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Meat, Vegetarian? What Diet is Better?

Should I eat meat? Only vegetarian diet is healthy! The Paleo Diet!

Do you have questions about what diet/eating plan is better for you? Many people do. I have studied nutrition and experimented with a variety of eating plans. Here are my thoughts on this topic.

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Happy New Year 2012

Mary Pat 2011Happy New Year everybody. And may this be non-apocalyptic 2012! It is a new year for great eating and great health.

What are your hopes and plans for this year? Do you have a weight or health goal for this year? Keep reading this year. I can help you reach your goals.

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Trade a sugar-sweetened beverage for water, no-sugar-added juice

I participate in a Daily Challenge by Me and You Health. It is fun and thought provoking. I think that I live a very healthy life-style. This makes me think about what I do on a daily bases. Today’s challenge was: Trade a sugar-sweetened beverage for water, no-sugar added juice or skim or low-fat milk. I am going to divide this into 2 blog posts.

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Weight Loss and Eating for the Holiday

We are on a holiday weekend, 4th of July! Typically, lots of picnics and lots of food, some healthy and some not so healthy. What do you do?

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Weight Loss and Teeth

If you want to lose weight you need to have good choppers. Good chopper ya say? Yep, you need good teeth.

Did you know that digestion starts in the mouth? You need your teeth to bite food as well as chewing and grinding the food. Food needs to be ground and mixed well with saliva.

If you don’t have good teeth, you can’t chew your food. If you can’t chew good healthy foods, you can’t be healthy.

No teeth or teeth in poor condition is related to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancers, and Alzheimer’s disease.

The Journal of Dental Researsch found that many dental problems can be signs of serious health complications.

The sugar and carbohydrates in food, known as “fermentable carbohydrates” are thought to be the cause says University of Washington School of Dentistry professor Philppe P. Hujoel, DDS PhD.

“Fermentable carbohydrates are found in drinks high in sugars like soda pop, fruit juices, presweetened teas and coffees. You can also find these carbs in snack foods like chips and processed grains like white bread.

The fermentation process goes like this. You eat/drink a high carbohydrate food. It is joined with bacteria in the mouth and produces acids. A mouth high in acids causes tooth decay and loss of teeth. Remember that processed foods often have lots of sugars and trans fats.

If you are having dental problems you are setting yourself up for some major health problems. Problems with your teeth set you up for cavities, bleeding gums, periodontal disease, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancers and Alzheimer’s disease.

Choose a diet that is healthy for your teeth. Choose whole foods. Have a wide variety of colors in your vegetables. Chose lean meats and fish. Eat fresh fruit instead of juice.  Limit sugars, simple carbohydrates, and trans fats.

Also take good care of your teeth. Brush twice a day. See a dentist twice a year. If you are short on money, find a dental clinic. Your health depends on the health of your mouth.

Remember to chew, chew, chew your food. Digestion starts in the mouth. Give your digestive system half a chance.

Healthy weight is about over all health. Let your healthy smile help.

Chose health. How? One healthy choice at a time.

Blessings, Mary Pat

Mary Pat FitzGibbons RN MS writes on weight loss and other health issues facing Baby Boomer Women today.

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Weight Loss and Spices

When you are cutting back of fats, sugars, and salt, food can taste pretty bland. It is time to head, no run, for the spice rack.

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Weight Loss, Plan To Be Healthy

Do you plan? Or do you just roll through life? Have you heard this saying? “If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.” If you have a wish to lose weight, then you better set goals and plan. Here is what I mean.

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Weight Loss and Eating Fats

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Weight Loss and Carbohydrates

Lets talk about yummy carbohydrates. Carbs are fuel

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Diet and June 21st Longest Day…

Today is June 21st. heris the longest day of the year… for those of us in the northern hemisphere. What does this have to do about weight loss, dieting and healthy weight.