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Health Halo Effect – Don’t Fall for the Hype

Posted by Stacy Covitz on Apr 24, 2017 8:49:27 AM

Methodist Health System Manager of Employee Wellness, Caroline Susie, explains what you need to watch out for on food labels.

“Made with Agave”, “All Natural”, “Gluten Free.” We’ve all heard or read these phrases before.  They adorn food packages to make you feel better about eating or drinking what’s inside. The labels are designed to make you think the food is healthy when in reality, these foods may not be any healthier than its less-expensive rivals. In some cases, the food may not be healthy at all. This is spin, and you just fell for it. 

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Topics: Nutrition

Eating to Prevent Colon Cancer

Posted by Caroline Susie on Mar 14, 2017 11:11:51 AM

While 90% of colon cancer occurs in adults over the age of 50, colon cancer diagnosis are on the rise in millennials. While researchers are still trying to figure out why, colon cancer still remains the number one most preventable cancer. Here is what the latest research shows us:

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How to Navigate the Salad Bar

Posted by Caroline Susie on Feb 20, 2017 1:59:06 PM

When you are trying to eat right, you go for the salad, right?  But did you know that some salads have more than 1,000 calories in them?  Gasp!  That is more than 3 oz lean beef, green beans and a potato side!  You can get to 1,000 calories in a hurry with toppings like cheese, croutons, fried meats and creamy dressing.  In fact, most fast food salads have more calories than a burger.  Yikes!  Here is how you can build and order salad and feel good about your decision.

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Topics: Nutrition, Recipes

Recipe Rehab: Game Day Edition

Posted by Lizzy McCrary on Feb 3, 2017 7:30:00 AM

One month into 2017, many resolutions have come and gone. Some faithful dieters are still sticking to their guns and cutting calories and increasing exercise. Often by the time the Big Game rolls around the first Sunday in February, healthy habits can go out the window. After all, Super Bowl food is rarely super-healthy.

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Topics: Nutrition, Recipes

The Skinny on Fad Diets

Posted by Caroline Susie on Jan 24, 2017 10:46:43 AM

We’re a few weeks into 2017…time for a New Year’s resolution touch-base. One of the most popular resolutions is to lose weight. People try to achieve that goal in many different ways.

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Topics: Nutrition, Wellness

Winter Farmer’s Markets Keep Your Fridge Stocked with Fresh Fruits and Veggies

Posted by Stacy Covitz on Nov 23, 2016 9:11:00 AM

The extended growing season in Texas means that many of the farmer’s markets in DFW are open year-round or at least part of the cooler months! Winter temperatures can put more stress on your immune system and possibly mean more sick days. To combat this wintertime malaise, load up on nutrient-rich produce to keep your body healthy and your immune system strong. Check out the list below to find a farmer’s market near you.

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Topics: Nutrition

Turkey Countdown

Posted by Caroline Susie on Nov 1, 2016 2:50:00 PM

T minus 3 weeks till Turkey

Fall weather will finally be here soon, but don’t bust out those stretchy pants and go into hibernation yet!  Did you know that right now, for most of us, is the lowest weight we will be all year?!  Sigh.  According to research out of Cornell, shortly before Halloween, we are at our lowest weight. But then comes the candy…and Thanksgiving, Christmas…by the time New Year’s rolls around, we are peaking weight wise.  And get this - according to research, what we gain over the next 10 weeks takes about 5 MONTHS to lose. 

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Garlic Breath is a Good Thing!

Posted by Stacy Covitz on Oct 27, 2016 7:30:00 AM

This Halloween, keep the vampires away and improve your health!

We’ve heard the myths – vampires hate garlic. But here are the facts - this allium vegetable, known for its pungent after taste and lingering scent, actually has numerous health benefits. 

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Topics: Nutrition

Fruit and Veggies – More Matters Month™

Posted by Caroline Susie on Sep 27, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Your mom gave good advice when she told you to eat your fruits and vegetables. The importance of produce is something you never outgrow. Eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and veggies can lower the risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer. But get this - only one in seven adults get the recommended dose of veggies each day. One in seven!! That’s why the Produce for Better Health Foundation are introducing Fruits and Veggies-More Matters Month™.  The recommendation is 5-9 servings of fruit and vegetables per day.  This may sound daunting, but fear not!  Serving sizes are much smaller than you might think:

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Topics: Nutrition, Recipes

Back on Track After a Cheat Day at the State Fair

Posted by Stacy Covitz on Sep 15, 2016 7:30:00 AM

So, you splurged at the State Fair of Texas. Now what? Read our tips to keep one cheat day from spiraling into bad patterns!

You can almost smell the Corny dogs and funnel cakes in the air. 

In just a couple of weeks, the State Fair of Texas will open its gates, and for 24 days, families from around the country will enjoy concerts, livestock shows, amusement park rides, auto shows, even the Clydesdale horses.

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Topics: Nutrition

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