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Weight and Exercise

If you are fighting being overweight, exercise alone is not the answer. There was a recent study by the American Diabetes Association done with mice. They had running wheels in their cages but they would lock them for several days at a time. What they found was interesting.

When the wheels were locked, the mice roamed around the cage expending energy through walking around. When the wheels were then unlocked, they would run the wheel, but decreased expending their energy off the wheel.

Let’s equate that to us. When we exercise at a gym, on a treadmill, take a walk or however we get our spurts of exercise, do we tend to sit around more because we “got our exercise in” rather than keep the momentum going?

Do we tend to eat more when we do more vigorous exercise thinking you can because you exercised? We may need to take a step back and look at what we are doing with exercise and eating regimen.

What’s So Great About Garlic?

Let’s talk about garlic. It can be pungent, it can be sweet. They grow in a bulb comprised of cloves. A bulb can contain about 10-20 cloves. It grows all overthe world. At one time, it was used mostly for medicinal uses.

Garlic is healthy in many ways. It can help combat the common cold. A study found that it reduced colds by 70% and also reduced the number of days of the cold. It can help reduce LDL cholesterol. It has antioxidants. Some people use garlic supplements.

There are many ways people prepare garlic. Peel off the cloves and remove the peel. Even that has a few different ways to accomplish it. You can just peel it off – sometimes it is difficult to remove them. One trick I like to use is to lightly smash it with a knife and sometimes it peels right off. Another way is to put the cloves between two a couple of bowls and or some kind of closed container and shake it.

After you have the peels removed from the cloves, you can do several things. Some people may put whole cloves in their dishes, you can slice them, mince them, crush them.

 

Eat Colorful Fruits and Veggies for Brain Health

Eating lots of colorful foods such as bell peppers and strawberries that have high flavonoid content could slow cognitive decline according to a new research study.

People who consumed about 600mg, about .02 ounces, of flavonoids in a day have a 20% lower risk of cognitive decline than those who ate just 150mg, about .005 ounces per day. This according to a study published recently by the American Academy of Neurology journal.

3.5 ounces, 100 grams, of strawberries has about 180 mg, .006 ounces, of flavonoids. An apple has about 113mg, .003 ounces, of flavonoids the study stated.

Flavonoids are a collection of compounds that have strong antioxidant properties. They are commonly found in many fruits and vegetables study authors stated.

Any damage to the brain’s blood supply will be a major contributor to cognitive decline, that anti-inflammatory properties of flavonoids help protect the blood supplies.

 

 

Shopping for Groceries Online May Help Reduce Junk Food Purchases

A new study has found that eating healthier may be as simple as not going to the grocery store as often.

Participants in the study who ordered groceries online spent less money on junk food compared to those who shopped in person. The study was published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

Researchers tracked 137 shopper’s spending over 44 weeks from either 2015-2016 or 2016-2017.People who shopped online spent on average about $2.50 less on unhealthy food purchases like candy and frozen desserts compared to those who shopped in stores.

While the study did not look at why this is so, researchers suggested some likely reasons such as opportunities for impulse purchases. Online shoppers avoided all the in-store marketing and other food stimuli.

The junk food and soda coolers at the checkout don’t exist online, they added.

 

We Know We Should Eat Breakfast, But What About Lunch?

If you’ve been concentrating on eating healthy you probably already know not to skip breakfast. But what about lunch? Should we skip it? Or make room for an honest midday break to eat, even with a very busy schedule?

One thing to think about is that making time to eat a healthy lunch can help us organize our eating day and keep us in touch with our hunger cues. This is valuable as it stops one from snacking their way through the workday.

Even just 30 minutes carved out around midday for lunch helps avoid a late afternoon energy slump. Skipping lunch can have effects beyond low blood sugar, hunger pangs, and irritability. It also means you’ll consume most of your calories in the even which leads to all kinds of health problems.

People who struggle with excess or uncontrollable nighttime snacking will find it much easier to control if they go into dinner not feeling starved because they’ve had a filling and balanced breakfast and lunch.