This Just In: Over Consumption of Sugar Contributes to Muscle & Joint Pain!

Americans eat a lot of sugar! According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the average American consumes roughly 47 pounds of cane sugar and 35 pounds of high-fructose corn syrup per year. We all know sugar is the main ingredient in the obvious villains such as candy, ice cream and other desserts, but there are also hidden sugars in most processed foods. This includes many so called “healthy” foods such as whole grain breakfast cereals, granola bars, pasta sauce, yogurt, and sports drinks. It is widely known that overconsumption of sugar causes obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, but did you know that it could be contributing to your muscle and joint pain as well? Source:

I tried a science-backed eating plan tied to a better memory and longer life — and never felt like I was ‘dieting’

Erin Brodwin writes: “You could say I’ve been around the diet block. I’ve been vegan, restricted my eating to an 8-hour window as part of an intermittent fast, and given ketogenic and vegetarian meal plans a spin — all in an attempt to give myself more energy, feel healthier, and power through the various activities I enjoy, like yoga, hiking, and rock climbing. The one regimen I’ve never tried, however, is the one I write about the most: the Mediterranean Diet. Source: I tried a science-backed eating plan tied to a better memory and longer life — and never felt like I was ‘dieting'”

Things You Should Make, Not Buy

Things You Should Make, Not Buy is a group of recipes collected by the editors of NYT Cooking. Source: Things You Should Make, Not Buy

10 things to know about cheese curds for National Cheese Curd Day

Why do cheese curds squeak? And other facts to know about Wisconsin’s favorite cheese — just in time for National Cheese Curd Day. Source: 10 things to know about cheese curds for National Cheese Curd Day

What is the Ketogenic Diet? A Comprehensive Beginner’s Guide

An in-depth look for beginners at what to expect when going on a keto diet. From what to eat and what to expect, to your daily needs and common approaches. Source: What is the Ketogenic Diet? A Comprehensive Beginner’s Guide

Facebook Delivers Both Food and Elections Now

Reminding you of your friends’ birthdays, showing you which of your relatives is racist, meddling in global geopolitics… truly there is nothing Facebook can’t do. The next step in their quest to monopolize your attention: Food delivery. Source: Facebook Delivers Both Food and Elections Now

Discipline Equals Freedom!

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. Source: Discipline Equals Freedom! | Mark’s Daily Apple

Spanferkel! My favorite German dish…

This Belgian Food Pyramid Is a Handy Cheat Sheet for Healthy Eating

There are many ways to eat healthy, but most experts would agree that candy, french fries, beer, and bacon are things to be kept to a minimum. Belgium’s new food pyramid puts those items in time out, while veggies and whole grains get the spotlight. Source: This Belgian Food Pyramid Is a Handy Cheat Sheet for Healthy Eating

Sweeten your standard sloppy joe recipe with cola

Welcome to MmmPop, our exploration of unexpected ways to use soda pop in recipes. Source: Sweeten your standard sloppy joe recipe with cola

The Story Behind the Greatest Internet Recipe Comment of All Time

The story of Sydne Newberry, a brownies recipe, and the woman who moved to the U.S. and stole her husband. Source: Story Sydne Newberry Brownie Recipe Comment Stolen Husband

Devon’s Award-Winning Chili Recipe

Devon's Award-Winning ChiliGet Devon’s Award-Winning Chili Recipe from Food Network. Source: Devon’s Award-Winning Chili Recipe | Food Network

The Emotional Toll of Childhood Obesity

At the risk of making this seem like an Oprah special, I want to share that I was a fat kid. I’m using the term “fat” because that’s what one of my best friends suddenly called me when I was 11 years old while we waited outside for school to start. He came to school different that day, his hair slicked back instead of his typical bedhead, and he was wearing a newly placed gold chain around his neck. He had unbuttoned a few buttons on his shirt until the teachers made him button it back up. Until that day, he and I would spend recess pretending to be giant robots, lifting rocks and throwing them onto the ground, wreaking havoc on imagined hideouts of evil villains who threatened the world with nefarious schemes. That all changed one day and it changed so suddenly that I recall it viscerally, like our friendship burnt down the way a house disappears in a four-alarm fire. I literally remember the smell of the grass that day.

Can you relate to this author’s story? I was ‘toddy potty 2×4 who can’t get through the bathroom door’. Go to the source if you were like me: The Emotional Toll of Childhood Obesity | Psychology Today

What Cookbooks Are Essential to Your Kitchen?

Hello, and welcome back to What’s Cooking?, the open thread where you get to share your brilliant thoughts, advice, recipes, and opinions on all things food-related. This week I want to talk about all of your favorite cookbooks. Source: What Cookbooks Are Essential to Your Kitchen?

How to Make Tea

How to Make Tea -

Lately, I have been turned on to the joy of loose leaf tea. My ‘tealologist’ Jenelle of Caffe Tlazo in Algoma, WI says that the tea we buy in the grocery store is the ‘hot dog‘ of teas made of from the floor sweepings of the good stuff. You can learn more about making good tea here: How to Make Tea – Ask Jenelle if you want to know more about buying good tea once you know how to make it…

7 Reasons to Love Apple Cider Vinegar

Jess-Ainscough-wellness-2Jess Ainscough writes:

I was first introduced to apple cider vinegar (ACV for short) several years ago after reading in a magazine that Fergie (Black Eyed Peas, not Duchess of York) takes a couple of teaspoons each day to assist weight loss. A body like Fergie by drinking apple cider vinegar? That is one bandwagon I was quick to jump on. While I’m still waiting for Fergie-like abs, I have been reaping the many other health benefits associated with including a little ACV in my diet. ACV has been touted for it many medicinal properties for yonks and it really is a cure-all remedy.

These are just a few benefits of apple cider vinegar…

Full story at: 7 Reasons to Love Apple Cider Vinegar.

It sounded disgusting to me, but I got used to it and it will certainly benefit your body more than that Coke you’re slugging with your meal. Continue reading “7 Reasons to Love Apple Cider Vinegar”

This Is Your Body on Processed Food

Ever wonder what happens inside your body when you eat processed food like gummy bears, Gatorade, or ramen? Here’s what happens:

What do you think?

via This Is Your Body on Processed Food.

77 Healthy Crock-Pot Recipes

Greatist – Health and Fitness Articles, News, and Tips

via 77 Healthy Crock-Pot Recipes.

12 Rules to Live By

My Philosophy Bookshelf(top)

Craig Ballantyne writes:

The one thing I admire about people who have strong nutrition beliefs is their dogmatic behavior.

For example, a vegetarian, under no circumstances, will ever eat meat. There is no, “well, everyone else is having a burger, so just this once, I will too.”

That’s not how it works.

Not when a vegetarian has a strong personal philosophy that they never, ever, ever eat meat.

And that strong personal philosophy guides them to guilt-free behavior that is congruent with their goals.

I’ve also taught my fat loss clients to develop their own personal philosophy – essentially a set of rules that dictate decisions, and I’ve also created my own rules that determine how I live my life so that I reduce guilt, stress, and wasted emotional energy.

Now the purpose of this email is not to say that my personal philosophies are wrong or right.

Instead, they are simply here to encourage you to adopt your own rules for the sake of living a better, more productive stress free life. You may have your own rules in your head, but I encourage you to put them in writing. And you can adopt a set of rules for every aspect of your life, from health to financial to family and business.

Go to the source if you’d like to get the rest of Craig’s perspective: » 12 Rules to Live By :zenhabits

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Grilled Cheese

Ahhh. My favorite winter sandwich topped off with a cup of tomato soup…

Get the scoop here: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Grilled Cheese.

Create Healthy Habits!

Take 21 days to create a new healthy habit and the habits you create will take care of you! With what healthy habits would you like to start the new year? A year from now, you’ll wish you had started today…

Oh, and by the way if you’re a geeky type you might want to look into tools like Habitforge to get you started!

image via Visual Inspiration: Create Healthy Habits!.

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