Eating Smart

  1. Numerous studies have proven that breakfast eaters are more likely to be productive and attentive in the AM than non-breakfast eaters.
  2. Proteins: compounds composed of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen and arranged as strands of amino acids.
  3. Amino (a-MEEN-o) acids: Building blocks for protein that are necessary for every bodily function.
  4. All types of fat when eaten in excess can cause weight gain, but overloading on saturated fat, specifically, can also put you at risk for serious health problems, including heart disease.
  5. Just because a food sounds healthy does not necessarily mean that it is. Some bran muffins are loaded with fat and sugar—certainly not worth the small amount of fiber they provide.
  6. For reasons that are unclear, cigarette smokers seem to require 50% more vitamin C than non-smokers. Instead of popping more vitamin C, why not just quit smoking?
  7. Generally, canned vegetables tend to be loaded with salt. So if you do buy cans occasionally, be on the lookout for labels that read "low sodium" or "no added salt."
  8. If you are watching your fat intake, avoid the following high-fat cooking preparations: fried, basted, au gratin, crispy, escalloped, pan-fried, sautéed, marinated (in heavy oil), stewed, or stuffed.
  9. Contact your local American Heart Association (or call 1-800-AHA-USA1) for a copy of their pamphlet titled "Savor the Flavors." This informative brochure features tips for choosing healthful meals when dining out.
  10. Don't rely on fruit juice or soda for hydration during prolonged bouts of exercise. These drinks are far too concentrated with calories, and therefore take a longtime to empty from your stomach. Sports drinks on the other hand, are special dilute formulas that leave your stomach as rapidly as plain water.
  11. Despite the wide-spread notion that chocolate, sugar, dairy products, and other fatty foods are responsible for the outbreak of pimples, most dermatologists today rarely identify an underlying relationship between acne and diet.
  12. A sensible weight lost plan should shed pounds slow but steady (otherwise it's just a lot of water, not fat)—approximately one to two pounds per week, which works out to four to eight pounds per month.
  13. Many people aren't diagnosed with anorexia or bulimia, but suffer from less serious "food things" that nonetheless control and hinder their lives. Remember you only have one life to live Get help and live it to the fullest!

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