Tuesday, July 16, 2013

De-Bloat Your Diet//1. Breakfast c Mitch Mandel

1. Breakfast

Best: Fresh fruit and organic yogurt.
"The fruit is full of nutrients. And probiotics in the yogurt help with digestion." (Search: What are probiotics?)

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Worst: Anything high in salt.
"Think bacon or sausage, because the salt is just going to make you balloon."

De-Bloat Your Diet//2. Lunch c Mitch Mandel

2. Lunch

Best: Fish and a veggie salad.
"Use green peppers, cucumbers, and lots of lettuce, because they have a ton of water--which fills you up." (Related video: 3 Protein-Packed Salads)

Worst: French fries. "They're saturated in oil and covered in salt. If you eat something like that, you're not going to look cute. You're going to look puffy."

De-Bloat Your Diet//3. Dinner c

3. Dinner

Best: Grilled chicken and vegetables.
"I like steamed asparagus or spinach sauteed with lemon and garlic."

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Worst: Pizza.
"It's bread and cheese. And cheese can be high in salt and fat."    

De-Bloat Your Diet//4. Dessert c Thinkstock

4. Dessert

Best: Organic berries and dark chocolate.
"They're actually good for you."   

Worst: A candy bar.
"It's pure garbage. It's artificial everything"

De-Bloat Your Diet//5. Snack at the Movies c Mitch Mandel

5. Snack at the Movies

Best: Bring your own.
"I sneak in Popchips or Green & Black's organic chocolate. I just paid $15 for the ticket, I'm not going to ruin my health too."   

Worst: Popcorn.
"It's got a gazillion milligrams of sodium and around 1,200 calories."

De-Bloat Your Diet//6. Fast Food c Subway

6. Fast Food

Best: The vegetarian sandwich from Subway.
"It's all veggies, and low in calories. I add avocado."

Worst: Fried chicken.
"Deep-fried, nonorganic chicken with those gooey sauces: pure sugar, fat, and salt--with hormones on top!"

Monday, July 15, 2013

7 Foods That Help You Sleep

7 Foods That Help You Sleep


They’re not just for pie filling: Cherries contain melatonin, a compound that plays a part in healthy sleep. “Melatonin may help regulate sleep-wake cycles,” Moore says, “especially for people experiencing a disruption to the body’s internal clock, like night-shift workers.”

Best bet: Keep cherries fresh longer by storing them in the refrigerator and washing them just before eating.

Other sources of melatonin: Oats, sweet corn, rice

Tuck in With Turkey

tuck in with turkey

This deli counter staple contains an amino acid called tryptophan. “Tryptophan helps the body produce the mood-boosting brain chemical serotonin, which has been shown to aid in relaxation and sleep,” says Marisa Moore, R.D., a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

Best bet: It takes about an hour for tryptophan to act on your brain, so plan your night noshing accordingly.

Other sources of tryptophan: Chicken, tuna, soy foods, whole-grain bread
Try this: Get a double dose of tryptophan by combining turkey and whole-grain bread.

Soy Story

soy story

Calcium-fortified soy milk boasts two sleep-boosting nutrients: tryptophan, which increases the snooze-inducing serotonin in the brain, and calcium, which helps your body use the tryptophan to manufacture melatonin, another natural sleep aid.

Best bet: Heat it up a bit—some people find a warm drink is more relaxing than something straight from the fridge.

Other sources of calcium: Milk, cheese, yogurt

Tea for Tonight

tea for tonight

A warm cup of tea before bed can soothe and relax you—but only if it’s decaffeinated. Chamomile tea fits the bill. Plus, chamomile is traditionally used as a sleepy-time herb.

Best bet: Make your tea strong. Use one chamomile tea bag, but cut the water in half—drinking too much liquid before bed will have you getting up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom.

Another relaxing tea: Mint tea

Cereal Filler

cereal filler

Cereal made with whole grains such as wheat or oats help with sleep in two ways: First, whole-grain cereal contains the snooze-inducing amino acid tryptophan. Second, the fiber and complex carbohydrates in whole-grain cereal increase insulin in the blood, which may help more tryptophan get to the brain.

Best bet: Whole-grain cereal with little or no added sugar.

Other sources of whole grains: Oatmeal, whole-grain bread

Nut Case

nut case

Cashews are a rich source of magnesium. Research has found that people whose diets are low in magnesium may have more trouble falling asleep and staying asleep than those who get enough magnesium. According to the National Institutes of Health, substantial numbers of Americans don’t get the recommended daily amount of magnesium. If you’re having trouble sleeping, you may be one of them.

Best bet: Keep sodium to a minimum by choosing unsalted cashews.

Other sources of magnesium: Whole grains, milk, green leafy vegetables, other nuts

Beef Up

beef up

The National Institutes of health says that 12 million Americans have restless legs syndrome (RLS), a condition that can interfere with sleep by causing an irresistible urge to move the legs. RLS can be caused by a deficiency of iron or vitamin B-12, and beef is an excellent source of both.

Best bet: Combine beef with foods such as bread that contain folic acid, which may also be in short supply among people with RLS.

Other sources of iron and B-12: Tuna, chicken

Sunday, July 14, 2013

10 Surprising Foods Nutritionists Would Never Eat - Some of Them Are "Healthy"

Salad with Dressing photo
It's no secret that nutritionists and dietitians recommend eating a balanced diet filled with fruits, vegetables and whole grains. And while many eat-right gurus shy away from foods high in sugar, calories and fat, there are a number of items sitting on the supermarket shelves today that are downright frightening. (A drink that doubles as hair dye? A scent that has been proven to cause respiratory toxicity?)

Fat-Free Salad Dressing

Don’t muck up your gorgeous colorful, healthy, salad by dressing it with a bottled fat-free salad dressing, advises Keri Glassman, MS, RD, CDN, author of The New You and Improved Diet (http://www.nutritiouslife.com). “Although these dressings typically have less calories, they are filled with a long list of not-so-pretty ingredients.” A few of these unattractive items include sugar, high fructose corn syrup and artificial colors (such as yellow 5, yellow 6 and caramel colors, which is an ingredient found in soda). “The way I see it, salad dressing should have fat!” she adds. “The fat helps keep you satisfied—among many positive traits—and helps you absorb all of those great nutrients found in the salad itself. Think about it: Would you buy veggies that are ‘vitamin and mineral free?’ So don't eat salad dressing that is ’fat free.’”

Fat-Free or Light Yogurt

This other popular “good for you” food has also made the no-no list. “One of the most pervasive food myths is the idea that consuming dietary fat makes you fat,” explains Shira Lenchewski, RD, founder of the Work+Play Method™ (http://www.shirard.com). “But truthfully, consuming any macronutrient (meaning carbohydrate, protein or fat) in excess will result in weight gain. The fact is, fat adds flavor, and when it’s removed, sweeteners and artificial flavors are typically added in its place. And trust me: that is not a good thing!”

Bright colored yogurt

It’s not just about how much fat is in your yogurt, but which ingredients are in it, as well. “Yogurt is meant to contain simply two ingredients—milk and cultures, a white and creamy healthy treat,” says Glassman. “Bright pink and bright blue may be pretty shades to wear, but they do not belong in yogurt since these colors are created with unnatural dyes and added sugars.” If you’re looking to liven up your breakfast or snack with color and flavor, Glassman advises going the old fashioned route and tossing in fresh berries.


Speaking about sweeteners…also known as sucralose, this additive is marketed as a “natural” product because is made from sugar. However, this statement is misleading—because sucralose does not exist anywhere in nature. “In reality, it’s made from sucrose—table sugar—in a lab via a slew of harsh chemicals,” states Lenchewski. “During the process, oxygen and hydrogen are exchanged for chlorine—yes, as in pool water!” As a result, this switch actually makes Splenda 600 times sweeter than table sugar. “And because sucralose is so much sweeter than natural sugar, it can over-stimulate the sugar receptors, making you crave intensely sweet foods throughout the day. No, thank you!”

Egg Beaters

If you think you’re eating smart by buying these “healthy” eggs in a carton, think again! “An egg substitute contains over 20 ingredients, including egg whites, coloring, vegetable gums, maltodextrin, spices, and vitamins and minerals native to egg yolks,” explains Lenchewksi. While the product is marketed as “all the goodness of real eggs, only better,” in truth, whole eggs are really the gold standard when it comes to quality protein. “Sure, whole eggs have cholesterol, but we’ve learned that dietary cholesterol is different from blood cholesterol, i.e. LDL,” she says. “Egg yolks not only contain essential fatty acids and vitamin D, but they are also one of the richest dietary sources of choline, a multipurpose B vitamin involved in brain function, mood, memory and anti-inflammation. And let’s be honest, is there anything better than a gooey egg yolk on a Sunday morning?”

Kool-Aid Soft Drink Mix

Sure, this classic make-it-yourself beverage contains sugar and empty calories, and while it may be a no-brainer that sipping green tea is far more beneficial, Jackie Newgent, Newgent, RDN, CDN, author of 1,000 Low-Calorie Recipes (http://jackienewgent.com/ ), would yell “No way!” after the Kool-Aid Man would exclaim “Oh, yeah!” for a couple of other reasons. “This drink is so wrong in so many ways,” she states. “First of all, you won’t find neon blue or any other artificial Kool-Aid colors in nature anywhere, which is horrifying. But if that isn’t reason enough, let me just say this: I won’t drink anything that potentially works best as the preferred hair dye for teens!”

Butter-Flavored Microwave Popcorn

The label on the bag may read 94% fat-free or 100 calories, but Newgent would rather go hungry while watching a movie than touch this snack. “The typical version is a whole grain ingredient gone awry by way of trans fat, fake flavor, and more,” she says. In fact, a 2012 study published in The American Journal of Pathology states that the ingredient which gives microwaved buttered flavored popcorn its buttery flavor and scent (2,3-pentanedione, also known as PD), can cause respiratory toxicity! “Plus, that smell…come on, your nose knows it’s just not right!”

Rice Cakes

“Rice cakes remind me of the ‘low-fat diet’ days when nobody looked at sugar grams or carbohydrate quality,” states Lenchewski. While this snack contains limited calories, she believes its lack of taste will lead down a destructive path. “Traditional diet foods don’t work because they always leave you wanting more,” she explains. “And although most rice cakes aren’t more than 60 calories and 15 grams of carbohydrates, they literally taste like air, so you can wind up eating way more than you bargained for. I’m all for truly enjoying everything I eat, while I’m eating it, and then moving on. Let’s leave rice cakes in the past, with dial-up Internet and Bennifer.”

Spray Can Cheese

Keep in mind that convenience isn’t always a good. “Just because you can fit something in a can, doesn’t mean it belongs there,” says Newgent. Ranking number one on the ick factor is knowing that a few versions of this non-refrigerated item does not even contain cheese—it is made with additives, chemicals and coloring agents that mimic the taste (and smell) of the dairy favorite. “This pseudo cheese product—along with its science experiment-sounding preservatives—is so far from the real thing, even the cows are appalled!”

Cheese Doodles

Glassman finds this faux cheese product equally as sickening. “Do we really even need to say why?” she asks. “If a food is not the color nature intended, you can pretty much bet that it is pretty awful for your body. “Yes, of course some foods like beets make great natural colors, but fluorescent orange? Now that would be one pretty plant that I would love to see! I’ll be waiting…”

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