Ask the Trainer:
Q: How does eating healthy and exercising impact my health?
A: With proper exercise and nutrition, you can control, manage or completely avoid 60-70% of illnesses such as: heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, colon cancer, breast cancer, stroke, heart attack, arthritis, etc. Working out improves your confidence and self-esteem. It aids you in getting better sleep and giving you more energy and stamina throughout the day. Exercising slows down the aging process, improves sexual performance and restores libido. Last but not least, a healthy lifestyle builds and maintains healthy bones, muscles and joints while simultaneously increasing your immune system.
Q: How is my social life affecting my health?
A: Being healthy isn’t just a lack of illness, it’s a positive balance between body, mind and soul. In order for your social life to affect your life in a positive way, you need to create a healthy environment to socialize in. Socialize in a physically friendly a environment with walks in the park, meeting in an exercise facility for a class, biking, hiking, volleyball or tennis. Surround yourself with people who believe in healthy lifestyle and encourage your friends to join you. If you need to meet in a restaurant or a bar, choose healthy foods and low calorie drinks to stay on track.
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Ask the Dietician
With Mother’s Day in mind, our expert tackles nutrition matters affecting women
By Karen Collins
Q: Why does my doctor suggest that I avoid soy foods while I am taking an anti-estrogen medication to treat breast cancer?
A: Soy foods contain natural plant compounds called isoflavones that are referred to as phytoestrogens because they have estrogen-like activity. Note, however, that this is a much weaker form than our body’s natural estrogen. Women who have or have had hormone-sensitive breast cancers often question whether it is safe for them to eat these phytoestrogen-containing foods. Researchers now say that eating up to three standard servings a day of traditional whole-soy foods is probably safe for these women.
However, to avoid any chance of these compounds interfering with anti-estrogen medications, many experts advise against eating soy foods while taking these medicines. Foods that women should avoid include: tofu, tempeh, edamame, soy nuts, soymilk, soy flour, textured soy protein (often in meatless crumbles) and soy protein isolate. Soybean oil and soy sauce, which do not contain isoflavones, are safe to consume.
Q: How can I tell whether my baby gets enough milk if I breastfeed?
Q: What’s the latest research on preventing ovarian cancer?
Contributing editor Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDN, is a dietician with the American Institute for Cancer Research. For more information, visit AICR.org.
The problem of overweight children in America is easily explained, according to Dr. Alvin Eden, MD, longtime pediatrician and author of “Positive Parenting.” Larger portion sizes and eating out more often are both part of the problem. Children also spend too much time with TV, video games and computers.
With all of this temptation available to kids, what are parents to do? The treatment of childhood obesity is difficult. “The relapse rate is well over 95 percent,” says Eden, whose many years of experience as a pediatrician have shown him that the best way to deal with childhood obesity is, in fact, through prevention. “Prevention techniques should start at a very early time in the child’s life to maximize effectiveness.”
Here are seven simple and specific steps that parents can follow to prevent obesity:
Eden says by giving your child a healthy relationship with food from the beginning, you’ll provide your child with the opportunity to become a healthier, happier person.
From The Kitchen
Instead of commercial breadcrumbs, usually full of oil and trans fat, substitute a low sugar crunchy breakfast cereal such as Grape Nuts or organic wheat flakes (avoid cereals with more than four to six grams of sugar per serving).