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Think before you drink: Sports drinks

Rehydration beverages were originally developed for use by competitive athletes DURING athletic events. Somehow though, sports drinks have earned an undeserved rep as being a healthier option than other sweetened beverages. Here are a few twists of the truth when it comes to the average person’s need for a sports drink.

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Anatomy of a Salad

If you’re a Simpson’s fan you may remember Homer taunting Lisa, an avid vegetarian, with the chant “You don’t win friends with salad.” Well, if you’re trying to make friends with your waistline, salad can either be a Godsend or a calorie bomb. It all depends on the anatomy of YOUR salad.

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Registered dietitians: NOT otherwise known as the food police

This weekend I had the privilege of attending a continuing education meeting of the PA Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, the professional organization of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and Dietetic Technicians, Registered in PA. For the past 100 years, our organization has tried to educate others about the many benefits of balancing our food choices and activity to help support great health. With my colleagues on my mind, I wanted to share some silly observations we often hear about our profession.

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Benefits of gardening

You might ask, what is the point of gardening if I can go to the grocery store or local market to buy my fruits and vegetables? Good question, but gardening has more benefits than just having a tomato you planted in your salad.

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How to keep your energy level up all day

What do you try to turn to for energy? A nap? A vitamin supplement? Many products these days are promising to provide a boost of vitality just when you need it. When it comes to real energy though, nothing can beat a good night’s sleep along with just a few simple eating strategies that, when done consistently, can help you fuel your busy day.

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How to practice mindful eating

After a stressful day as usual, you settle into the couch until your favorite T.V. programs are over. You’re not even sure when it turned into a daily routine. Looking down you notice the entire contents of the bag of pretzels in your lap has disappeared without you even noticing. Sound familiar? If this is a frequent experience, both your body and your health may benefit from eating more mindfully.

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Beans, beans the magical fruit

It’s time to spill the beans on the benefits of beans. We’re specifically talking about the vegetable, not coffee “beans,” those are actually not beans. There are over 1,000 different varieties of beans which are available dry, frozen or canned.

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Make sure to make time for family meals

Who doesn’t have a busy schedule these days? With increasing time commitments to sports and activities, families are often skipping eating together in order to fit everything in. Several studies though have shown that children and especially teenagers who eat dinner as a family have healthier diets, watch less television, and engage in less risky behaviors.

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So many choices, which milk is best for you?

Soy, rice, flax, almond, coconut, hemp, potato, chia, oat and now cashew milk? The ever growing list of plant beverages offered as cow’s milk alternatives makes the choice for topping a bowl of cereal a little confusing these days.

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Professionals give their tips for living a healthy lifestyle #5

This is the final entry in the No Sweat York Blog’s tips from local healthcare providers on how you can “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle” and meet the theme of National Nutrition Month®.

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