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Thinking about using My Fitness Pal?

Using an app to track your food intake and activity level may sound helpful but may actually be hurting you. Apps like My Fitness Pal and Lose It! draw people in by claims that the app will make you “successfully lose weight and keep it off”. The truth is these apps can cause you to become so out of touch with your body that you become robot like; inputting everything you eat and all of your physical activity, planning your day around how many calories you have consumed and how much exercise you have done.  This is not a healthy or sustainable way to live.

Finding your way around the snack bar aisle

Snack bars can serve as a portable and quick snack between classes. Some brands offer really great nutrient-dense options that will give you lasting energy and other brands are more like candy bars. How can you tell the difference? How do you know which brand is right for you?

It’s a good idea to include a snack between meals if your meals are more than three or four hours apart. Snacks help prevent hunger and a lull in energy between meals.

Wondering how to best fuel around exercise?

Is getting into a new exercise/sport regime a part of your New Year’s goal? As important as it is to be active, it is just as important to fuel yourself so that you have enough energy to perform your best! 

Pre-Workout Fuel

The energy we ‘burn’ during a workout (i.e., carbohydrates, fat, and protein) is not from the energy that we consume prior to exercise, but rather the energy that was obtained and stored 24-48 hours earlier. 

Food eaten a few hours before exercise helps maintain blood sugar levels and prevent muscles from tiring out easily.

Confused about how to eat healthy?

Healthy eating can be confusing. Or at least we've made it confusing.

Book store shelves are stocked full of books promising a recipe for health and weight loss. You can find limitless information online to support a variety of different dietary approaches - paleo, gluten free, vegan, raw. So what's real? and what's best?

Kick that Cold to the Curb

It’s that time of year again, Gryphons!  The weather begins to get colder, the leaves fall off the trees, and autumn slowly turns into winter.  After surviving long nights in the library and what felt like never ending midterms, you wake up with a stuffed up nose and a cough that doesn’t seem to want to go away.  You head off to class wishing instead to be back in your bed, and once there, you realize that you’re not alone; most of the class is coughing, sniffling, and blowing their nose throughout the entire lecture.  So what exactly is causing all these colds, and is there any way to prev

The Versatile Avocado

The avocado - a bit of a health wonder. It’s considered a fruit, but it’s also a fatty one, unlike most fruits we know, so how good is it for us? And what ways are there to eat avocados?

Although avocados are high in fat, they contain mostly “good” fat – monounsaturated fat. Monounsaturated fat is associated with lowering LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and raising HDL (“good”) cholesterol. It can also help reduce inflammation in the body.

Avocados contain 9.9g of monounsaturated fat, 1.8g of polyunsaturated fat, and 2.1g of saturated fat per ½ an avocado. 

Take the Stress out of IBS

Irritable Bowel syndrome (IBS) is characterized by abdominal pain and changes in bowel habits (i.e. frequency, urgency, stool consistency) that are not related to an organic cause. This means that the individual has worked with a doctor to rule out other conditions, such as celiac disease or crohn's disease, but they are still left with symptoms. While the absence of a more serious medical condition is often a relief, the fact that symptoms are still present can be VERY frustrating and can prevent individuals from attending class, work, or even socializing with friends.

Some clues to help you spot a fad diet!

We eat for many different reasons - for fuel, for enjoyment, for social and emotional reasons to name a few. Eating for health is just one small part of why we eat. Extreme or fad diets can work in the short term, but in the long term they are unrealistic, cause individuals to miss out on social events, and can trigger cycles of binge eating due to intense hunger and feelings of deprivation.

Want to eat healthy? Give thought to HOW you eat

When students come to me for tips on healthy eating, they often want to know what to eat and what not to eat. Often, however, we need to give thought to HOW we eat before we can start to change WHAT we eat. We eat for tons of different reasons - for fuel, for enjoyment, for social and emotional reasons. Eating for health is just one small part of why we eat.

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