Thursday, March 14, 2013
Our panel of experts are waiting in the comments to answer your questions about exercise and nutrition n the latest installment of Ask the Patch Pro.
It's time for another edition of Ask the Patch Pro, where each week we tackle a different topic and open up the comments section for questions. Our team of experts stop in to help you out and answer your questions. This week we're talking about getting in shape. Patch wants to help you get all of your fitness questions answered, but we needed some help. We've compiled a team of experts to help us out. Meet the experts:
Monday, March 11, 2013
Patch is looking for experts who can talk exercise and nutrition this week.
We want to help you find answers to your questions fitness this week, but we need a little help. In the latest edition of "Ask the Patch Pro" we need local experts who can answer readers' questions and offer advice. If you're a local expert and can answer these questions and more, let us know two ways. One: You can leave a comment on this post along with your email address. Two: You can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We need experts to answer questions on Thursday, March 14. Curious as to what we are looking for? Take a look at some of our previous Patch Pro posts: So what do you say, who wants to be our expert?
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Make your family's comfort foods a bit healthier this holiday season.
Over the course of this week, many traditional or “comfort” foods probably graced your table and since these foods might only appear once a year the inclination is to enjoy them as much as you want. While this is fine, you can find a midpoint that allows for enjoyment and some degree of healthy eating. Enjoying the special foods of the season is part of what makes the season special but if recipes still retain the more traditional high fat, high sugar, high calorie bent it might be time to make some modifications. Recipe changes that are easy to make include the following: In addition to recipe changes, you can maintain the comfort of traditional foods by choosing smaller portions, by eating more slowly to savor the flavor and by focusing …
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Our dietician says to enjoy the tastes of the season - just do it in moderation.
Holiday eating is often a time of lots of cookies and candy and a lot of eating on the run, two behaviors that can pose a challenge to a goal of healthy eating. Have no fear you can enjoy your holiday treats and still keep a healthy eating plan. If you’re spending the next two weeks baking for holiday parties you know that cookies, cakes, bars and candy are plentiful not only in your house but also at work – after all that’s where we take those “too many to keep” items. Manage your sweet eating by trying these tips: When it comes to grabbing meals on the run, studies show that we make poorer food choices and we eat more when we aren’t focused on what we are eating. If your day is packed with work, decorating, baking and shopping make sure…
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Younger women aren't the only ones with body image issues, our Washington University expert says.
Typically people assume that younger women are the main sufferers of eating disorders but a new study indicates that women over 50 also suffer from a variety of types of disordered eating. The study in the International Journal of Eating Disorders assessed body image in 1,800 US women. The study found that 27 percent of women over age 50 were overweight, 29 percent were obese, 42 percent were normal weight and 2 percent were underweight. In assessing eating behaviors the study found that 4 percent of the women binge eat, about 8 percent purge after eating by either vomiting or over-exercising and 70 percent reported dieting to lose weight. Of more significance 36 percent spent at least half of their time in the previous five years dieting…
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Registered dietitian and certified personal trainer at Des Peres Hospital shares easy ways to eat healthy this summer.
A popular way to beat the heat is by noshing on ice cream, snow cones and frozen treats (not to mention the hot dogs, potato chips and hamburgers that frequent summer cookouts). While sugar-packed snacks and foods high in fat are often the treat of choice, try a “summer swap out” to help your family have a more balanced diet. Abby Herrick, registered dietitian and certified personal trainer on staff at Des Peres Hospital's MyNewSelf Surgical Weight Loss Program, shared some tips and recipes. “At the grocery store, fill you cart with fruits like bananas, apples, watermelon, grapes and berries,” Herrick said. “You can freeze the grapes, dip the bananas and apples in low-fat caramel, make a watermelon fruit salad and use the berries in yogurt…
Monday, April 9, 2012
Our columnist looks at whether you should eliminate sugar from your diet.
The latest hype on foods that are bad for you has risen to the level of toxicity. Is sugar toxic? Should it be eliminated? What forms of sugar are they talking about? What does this belief do to your eating plan? Over the last several weeks news reports have indicated that sugar intake is connected to obesity, hypertension and obesity resulting in the label of “toxic” being assigned to added sugars, so what are the facts? The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that we limit our intake of added sugars to between five and ten percent of our daily calories with some segments of the populations being able to consume up to 15 percent. Added sugars are defined as; high fructose corn syrup, white sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, corn …
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Berries, soy and other goodies.
You’ve probably heard that blueberries help your memory, tomatoes help fight prostate cancer, soy aids in the fight against heart disease or many of the other claims about the health benefits of plants but is the benefit a function of part of the plant or just the fact that you are eating plant foods? Last week, at the Institute of Food Technologists Wellness 2012 meeting, a session on “Phyto-nutrients from Plant-based Foods” looked at the state of current research and what the science means in terms of the food we consume. The scientific evidence continues to show that eating more plant foods, especially those that are darkly colored or strongly flavored, helps to promote overall health and in some cases may fight disease. The questions …
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Have you augmented your diet this March?
Nutritious Bites--The month of March is just a touch past half way so working on “Get Your Plate in Shape” is hopefully moving forward nicely. If you need a refresher, or if you are still struggling finding the right balance, let’s take another look. One of the big goals for a healthy plate, as outlined by Myplate.gov, is to fill one half of your plate with vegetables and fruits. Choosing more darkly colored or strongly flavored fruits and vegetables pushes the health benefits of those food groups even more. As you plan your menus think about color and flavor, these ideas might help. In addition to boosting your intake of fruits and vegetables another big goal of a healthier plate is shifting grain choices to whole grains to help boost …
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Hidden sugars add calories quickly.
Sugar, whether it is naturally occurring or added to foods, is important to overall health. But for most Americans, the amount we are consuming goes way beyond what we need for health. Sugars, and other carbohydrate foods, are the beginning of the fuel the body needs to function. Carbohydrates all end up after digestion as glucose, and it is glucose that keeps the body working. So while we need sugars it seems lately that Americans have adopted the “If some is good, more must be better,” attitude regarding sugar. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans reports that added sugars, those added during processing, preparation or at the table account for 16 percent of our total calories when they should be less than 10 percent of our calories…