Dallas is a town full of runners! There is at least one 5k, 10k or marathon nearly every weekend. As your mileage increases, so do your energy needs! Current research recommends distance runners need between 15-22 carbohydrates per pound of body weight. Why carbs? Because that is your body’s number one preferred energy source; specifically glucose! Carbohydrates are stored as glycogen which fuels endurance exercise like running! With marathoners, the general recommendation is 55%-65% of total calories from carbohydrates to saturate those muscles with glycogen! Glycogen actually depletes overnight, so your prerace fuel is vital to your success!
Go fetch! There is an obesity epidemic going on…and it’s not just humans! As humans gain weight, sometimes their four-legged companions pack on the pounds, too. At my Shih Tzu's last vet visit, Maddie was up more than a half pound- which is significant, given that she only weighed 14 pounds prior. As with humans, good nutrition and exercise are key for dogs too. Here are some tips on how you can get healthy with man’s best friend!
While we think pink in October, breast cancer does not discriminate, nor choose which month it will strike. It’s why we promote new screening and treatment options all year round. All four Methodist hospital campuses now offer 3-D mammography, so doctors have a full understanding and view of the breast tissue. This is especially helpful in younger patients who tend to have dense breast tissue that can sometimes hide a tumor.
When it comes to natural deliciousness, I find nothing compares to fresh-off-the-farm fruits and vegetables picked at their prime season for harvest. The fewer days from the farm to the dinner plate, the better foods taste and the more flavor and nutrition they add to my favorite recipes. And that makes eating healthier a pleasure!
It’s 7 a.m. on a Friday, and my dog and I have just finished our 15-minute morning walk. As Maddie tries to race up the stairs to my third-floor walk-up apartment, I pull back on the leash, and make my way slowly up the 36 stairs. I’m counting each step, and at the top, I’m walking like some version of Frankenstein. I pride myself on being in good shape, at least as fit as my Shih Tzu. I reluctantly admit that I may have over-exercised.
We spend up to one-third of our lives asleep, which is a lot. It would be nice to know that all those hours you spend in bed are well-spent. You might have insomnia and not be able to fall asleep at all. Or half of your sleep time could be spent in the lighter stages of REM while you’re tossing and turning. Or you’re snoring so loud that your partner isn’t getting any sleep either. Now both of you will be drifting off around 2 p.m. at work tomorrow… and that’s not helping anyone.
Back to school: a term that can send fear down the backs of students, and joy to their parents. For many adults, August means shopping for new school supplies and perusing the remnants of Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale. However, parents often fail to attend to a more pressing matter: procuring important annual vaccinations for their young students. Although the state of Texas mandates that children receive a certain set of immunizations prior to enrolling for, or attending school (you can find a list of required vaccinations here before school starts), these obligatory shots are often vague. Moreover, many parents fail to either have their children receive additional recommended vaccinations or even immunize themselves. Amber Hyde, MD, family medicine physician at Methodist Mansfield Medical Group, unpacks some of these ambiguities.
As the pressures of professional and personal life mount, stress becomes an increasingly prominent issue. Stress, the state of mental and emotion tension caused by adverse or demanding circumstances, is one of the leading causes of poor mental health. Unlike physical health, mental health refers to one’s overall physiological well-being; however, physical and mental health are positively correlated and affect our abilities to participate in healthy behaviors. Our partners at the Mayo Clinic have found that symptoms of stress can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, and obesity.
There’s no way around it – Texas summers are hot. In addition to the CDC’s recommended goal of 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day. How can one maintain a healthy diet while staying cool in the kitchen? If you don’t want to feel like you’re baking in an oven, beat the heat with these light, oven-free recipes that will keep your body fueled, hydrated, and satisfied.