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Wednesday
Nov252009

It's Not the Turkey That Knocks You Out on Thanksgiving

Written by Tom Nikkola - Director of Nutrition & Weight Management

As far back as I can remember, our family always went to my Godparents house for Thanksgiving. Many of the great-tasting foods were the same from year to year and the day often unfolded much the same. We'd arrive, visit, have appetizers while watching one of the football games, eat dinner, dessert and then like magic; the adult men would fall fast asleep while the women visited in the kitchen. I can still see and hear my Godfather, Bill, snoring on the chair and my Dad sound asleep on the couch. Year after year, someone would say, "It's the turkey. That tryptophan puts you right to sleep."

Is there something special about turkey that really does knock you out, especially on Thanksgiving Day? Why is it that you can have turkey on other days and there's no effect? Is there something special about a baked turkey? Or is it possible the turkey really has nothing to do with the afternoon coma many people are put in following Thanksgiving dinner?

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Sunday
Nov152009

Dining Out: Do Your Homework

Even though people are dining out today less often than in the past, according to a recent Zagat survey, the average person still eats out 3.2 times per week (previous statistics were 3.3 times per week). While it can be easier to cook a healthy meal at home, knowing what all of the ingredients are, it's still quite possible to eat well at a restaurant as long as you do some investigating before going out. Most restaurant websites have the nutrition information for their menus. Waiting until you get there is a recipe for disaster...

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Wednesday
Nov112009

Vitamins, Minerals and Weight Management

Is it possible that part of the reason for increased rates of overweight and obesity are a result of vitamin and mineral deficiencies in our diets? Do we tend to eat more food because the food we eat isn't really giving us what we need?

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Sunday
Nov082009

Comparing Low-Fat and Low-Carb

Dr. Atkins may have brought a heightened awareness of the use of low-carbohydrate diets, but their use in weight-loss is hardly new. They have been used in clinical practice since the 1800s. However, if you ask the average person about whether they are safe or healthy, you'll receive quite a mix of responses. More than likely, most people will say they are...

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Friday
Nov062009

"Mega" Benefits of Omega-3 Fish Oil

My wife recently told me a story about a shopping trip she was on. While waiting in line, she was doing some people-watching and began listening to the conversation of the woman in front of her, who was speaking with the cashier. The customer placed a large bottle of fish oil on the checkout counter, and the cashier responded by saying, "I've heard a lot about fish oil being good for you." The customer responded by saying, "Gosh, I wouldn't know. My vet told me they'd be good for my dog, so they're for him. I don't use them." We had a good laugh as she told me the story, but it presents a good example of how, even though the benefits of fish oil are talked about almost everywhere, not everyone really understands the significance...

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Thursday
Oct292009

Meal Frequency, Metabolism and Weight Management

You have to eat every few hours or your metabolism will slow down. If you miss a meal, you'll lose muscle. The more often you eat, the faster your metabolism will be. Do any of these statements sound familiar? Are they true? We'll take a look at these questions in brief today.

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Sunday
Oct252009

Just Tell Me What to Eat

Take a walk through the diet book section at any bookstore and prepare to be amazed. There are countless books on what is considered the optimal diet for health and weight loss. It is no wonder we are confused on what to eat. Many books have an "acceptable" food list along with...

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