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Processed Meats and Cancer Risk: The Research

May 20, 2016, 8:12 am ARTICLES

In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) came out with a new statement in regards to processed meats and cancer. It advises people to moderate consumption of processed meat to reduce the risk of cancer. The WHO also classified processed meats as Group 1, meaning they are carcinogenic to humans. This rating may be surprising – Group 1 also includes smoking tobacco—but
according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), this does not mean that they are equally danger...

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Does our Internal Clock affect our Eating Habits?

May 12, 2016, 6:31 pm ARTICLES

Dietary and nutrition recommendations typically focus on the quality and quantity of the food rather
than on when it is consumed.  New evidence has emerged to help shed light on the relationship between mealtime and its physiological effects.  This week, a study that will be published in the Journal of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences sought to demonstrate the intersection of the circadian system (internal body clock), the behavioral cycle (including the sleep/wake an...

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The Myth of High-Protein Diets

March 23, 2015, 4:28 pm ARTICLES

MANY people have been making the case that Americans have grown fat because they eat too much starch and sugar, and not enough meat, fat and eggs. Recently, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee lifted recommendations that consumption of dietary cholesterol should be restricted, citing research that dietary cholesterol does not have a major effect on blood cholesterol levels. The predictable headlines followed: "Back to Eggs and Bacon?" But, alas, bacon and egg yolks are not health foods. Read More

Colon Cancer Month

March 16, 2015, 6:48 pm ARTICLES

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people age 50 and older.The good news? If everyone age 50 and older were screened regularly, 6 out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to encourage people ...

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Shakshuka with Lamb Merguez

March 13, 2015, 2:00 pm RECIPES

Adapted From: Food in My Beard Preparation Time: 30 minutes + overnight marinating
Cooking Time: 30 min minutes
Serving Size: ½ cup polenta + 2 eggs + 1 sausage patty; Serves about 4

1 Slice on the Slice Plan. . Ingredients
Sausage
1 lb Ground Lamb
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Coriander
1 tsp Fennel
1 TB Paprika
½ cup Dried Chiles (ripped and broken, seeds removed)
1/8 tsp Ci...

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The [Potential] Effect of Emulsifiers

March 9, 2015, 2:00 pm ARTICLES

People are always trying different methods of achieving a healthy weight. For those who feel extreme pressure to "cook more," or for that matter do not know how to cook at all, this may result in an increased use of processed foods. Frozen diet meals, foods labeled "low fat" or "healthy," and even meals sent straight to your door (i.e. Nutrisystem) become an area of interest. Why not have the best of both worlds - convenience and nutrition? We all know that most processed foods aren’t good for...

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5 Reasons to Eat Frozen Fruits + Vegetables

March 2, 2015, 3:13 pm ARTICLES

Pop quiz time. It's 3 p.m. — what's for dinner? Maybe this week you didn't have time to plan your meals, and dining out is calling your name. As much as we’d all love to serve our families from-scratch meals seven days a week, life happens; we are busy, and that isn’t always possible. So what can you do? By utilizing frozen foods, you can make quick, convenient and easy dinners at home.
Here are five reasons you should consider frozen fruits & vegetables: 1. Frozen Fo...

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NY Times Op-Author Gets it All Wrong: "The Government's Bad Diet Advice"

February 23, 2015, 3:00 pm ARTICLES

Most people know that The Sage: Nutritious Solutions was developed by a singular dietitian, Mr. Cook-It, in order to help spread truth about nutrition and awareness about ways to live healthier, richer, fuller lives. Nutrition is a confusing topic for a lot of people, as food is the heart of society, love, and comfort. Food elicits strong emotions, connections, and memories. Most people feel that “good nutrition” means forgetting about all of these factors in lieu of being “hea...

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Type 1 Diabetes & The Artificial Pancreas

February 16, 2015, 3:47 pm ARTICLES

In those without Type-1 Diabetes, insulin regulates blood sugar by allowing cells in the body to turn the sugar in the blood stream into energy. In those living with this kind of diabetes, the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin and other blood sugar-regulating hormones are destroyed by the immune system, so diabetics produce no insulin on their own. Additional abnormalities are often also present, including abnormal secretion and/or action of glucagon (1), the hormone produced to raise b...

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Ingredient Spotlight: Turmeric

February 9, 2015, 3:00 pm ARTICLES

Turmeric has been used for thousands of years and is a common spice in Southeastern Asian cuisine (especially Indian cuisine). During the 13 century, Marco Polo described the spice as very similar to saffron, but "not really saffron". It provides dishes with a brilliant yellow color, as often seen in curries. Turmeric has even found its way into Western foods, and is commonly used as a natural food coloring for butter and mustard, and as part of the pickling process. It is a mild tastin...

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Breakfast Has Benefits!

February 2, 2015, 3:00 pm ARTICLES

We all hear how "breakfast is the most important meal of the day," but is it? For started, an adequate breakfast has been linked to the following: • Cognitive performance • Feelings of well-being • Weight management • Greater overall nutrient intake • Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes But, what does adequate mean? Research tends to vary when it comes to defining what a healthy breakfast includes. However, the result of this abundant research has result...

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Oranges vs OJ: Which is Better?

January 27, 2015, 4:23 pm ARTICLES

Adapted from: Rachel Arthur, Food Navigator USA The original article, found HERE, discusses the differences in health markers as it relates to consumption of fresh oranges versus juice from oranges. The study found that vitamins A and C levels in orange juice are reduced by 3-18% compared to that in fresh oranges. In addition, fiber and flavonoid (compounds with antioxidant abilities studied to have an anti-inflammatory association) levels were also diminished upon juicing. Despite thi...

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15 Ways to Improve Your Nutrition for 2015

January 5, 2015, 5:24 pm ARTICLES

The New Year is upon us and what better time than to reconsider your nutritional goals? Often times, we see people starting "diets," joining gyms, or purchasing weight-loss pills. Of course, the healthier way is to start a new lifestyle, one that welcomes in nutritious food, makes you feel better and gives you the energy you need to sustain overall health and wellness. Here are 15 easy tips to help you do just that: 1. Balance it Out - make sure to include all food groups (protein, starc...

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Because... Diet

December 15, 2014, 3:00 pm ARTICLES

There never is really a "time of year" when nutrition is NOT on someone’s mind. Whether you are thinking about your physical appearance, the types of foods you eat, trying to be more physically active, or doing what you "should not be doing," the idea of nutrition is the underlying theme. In response to any of these feelings, we try to implement small changes in our lives. Sometimes, we implement larger changes that do not last. While a series of smaller changes is usually recommended ...

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Trisodium Phosphate (TSP) in Foods

December 8, 2014, 3:00 pm ARTICLES

I've seen a meme shared on social media multiple times this week, asserting that our foods contain paint thinners in the form of Trisodium Phosphate (TSP). The image below was shared on a FaceBook page called “Organic Health” with the caption “It's right in our faces… Just mocking us. Can you believe there is paint thinner in cereal?” The meme links to an article over at ‘Natural Cures Not Medicine' (here). The article contains very little scientific materia...

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Eating Disorders + Potential Health Risks

November 24, 2014, 3:00 pm ARTICLES

Here at The-Sage, we spend lots of time talking about chronic diseases, recipes, and even educational videos - all with food and nutrition in mind. However, one of the least discussed topics in food and nutrition are eating disorders. In reality, millions of lives are impacted by eating disorders in the United States everyday. Eating disorders are a set of conditions that include: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. The National Eating Disorders Association estim...

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Easy Spice Blends!

November 12, 2014, 5:00 am MEDIA

Making Spice Blends from home reduces the amount of crap you feed you and your family's bodies! Use simply pantry ingredients to flavor any dish deliciously! Check out some of the recipes out, below: Taco Seasoning: 1 TB chili powder, 1 TB cumin, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder, ½ tsp coriandor, 1 TB salt, ¼ tsp cayenne Cajun Seasoning: 1 tsp cayenne, ¼ tsp turmeric, ¼ tsp ground mustard, ½ tsp chili powder, 2 TB oregano, 1 TB thyme,...

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The Scoop on Protein Powder and Women (Quoted)

November 10, 2014, 3:00 pm ARTICLES

Check out this post written by a Temple University Journalist on the benefits and risks of protein powder supplements in women! Before Madeline Hamberger began incorporating adequate amounts of protein into her diet, she weighed a mere 90 lbs. "I always had the assumption that protein would make you gain weight, so I tried to avoid it," Hamberger said. "I was not educated [in terms of nutrition] at all." The 21-year-old Phillipsburg, N.J., resident, now a contestant in bikini fitness co...

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Is Grass-Fed Beef Really Better?

November 5, 2014, 3:00 pm ARTICLES

A lot of people believe grass-fed beef is better tasting meat, nutritionally superior, and more environmentally friendly than commercial corn/grain-fed beef. It certainly costs more than your typical commercial beef, but before you shell out the extra dollars - how honest are these said benefits of consuming grass-fed versus grain-fed beef? Whether you are debating between restaurants to satisfy your cheeseburger craving or at the grocery store shopping for meat for taco night - we investigated ...

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Sweet Potato Gnocchi + Mushroom Goat Cheese Sauce

October 24, 2014, 3:54 pm RECIPES

Preparation Time: approx. 30 minutes Cooking Time: approximately 5 minutes Serving Size: 1 cup gnocchi with ½ cup sauce - Serves about 8 2 Slices on The Slice Plan Ingredients 2 lb butternut squash, diced large 1 cup parmesan cheese, grated 2 TB brown sugar 2 tsp kosher salt ½ tsp ground nutmeg 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour Goat Cheese Mushroom Sauce 2 TB olive oil 1 lb portobello mushrooms, sliced 1 TB garlic,...

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Breastfeeding Tips and Tools

October 20, 2014, 4:00 am ARTICLES

Breastfeeding has well-established benefits for both mom and baby; it fosters the development of the infant’s immune system, strengthens the maternal-infant bond, has economic advantages over formula feeding, helps mothers return to their pre-pregnancy weight and might even act as a buffer against type 2 diabetes and obesity for the infant. Furthermore, breast milk provides the perfect balance of carbohydrates, fats, and protein while providing necessary vitamins and minerals that no formula ...

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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pancakes + Honey Roasted Pistachios

October 17, 2014, 2:00 pm RECIPES

Pumpkins are nutritious power foods as they contain so many great vitamins and minerals. Pumpkins trump bananas in potassium content, which is vital to electrolyte balance and muscle function. Pumpkins have lots of fiber that is great for maintaining digestive health. Pumpkins contain antioxidants like beta-carotene and vitamin C, which are wonderful for your skin, your immune system, and preventing other oxidative damage. Pumpkins also have a generous Vitamin A content, which is needed for ...

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LIVE from FNCE®!

October 16, 2014, 2:00 pm PRESS

Mr. Cook-It will be going to the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Atlanta, Georgia this week to stay on top of current nutrition research, updated recommendations and interventions, and network with colleagues! He will be posting LIVE tidbits from the conference - to stay on top of what is going on or chat with him in Atlanta, contact him through social media: Facebook Twitter ...

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Why We're Nuts About Nuts!

October 13, 2014, 2:00 pm ARTICLES

Nuts are a delicious and nutritious snack as well as an important ingredient to many dishes. Nuts can be roasted, salted, flavored, tossed in salads, baked in breads, mixed in pastas, or otherwise eaten raw! Once pegged as a high fat and calorically dense food group that we should stay away from, nuts are now embraced and considered highly advantageous to our health. Nuts range between about 160 to 200 calories per 1 ounce serving (about a small handful), making the caloric differences pretty ne...

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Packing Healthy School Lunches 101

October 6, 2014, 2:00 pm ARTICLES

The school year is now well underway - one big challenge you may be faced with is packing for your child's school lunch. Packing a healthy and nutritious lunch that your child will actually eat and not ditch for vending machine chips or corner store candy can be difficult. Eating a healthy meal at lunch will not only help your kid retain his or her energy for the second half of the school day, but it will also provide them with long term health benefits as well. Here are 6 tips to help you nail...

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"Does Calorie Restriction Equal a Longer Life" on Stone Soup Blog!

September 30, 2014, 4:06 pm PRESS

“As early as the 16th century, humans have been fascinated with "the fountain of youth." Since then, people have made great attempts at lengthening their life span, hoping to maintain optimal health as long as possible. Recent studies have suggested calorie restriction (CR) as a way to delay or prevent the onset of many age-related conditions…” Read more… HERE. ...

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How healthy are smoothies? I went out and bought myself a Nutribullet. The promise of healthy smoothies and the quick breakfasts lured me in. So this is my normal everyday smoothies: a good handful of spinach; some fruit that is in season ( apple, pear, etc), I toss in a banana, and maybe some berries. 3 tb of Greek yogurt, 2tb of peanut butter, and some ground flax seed. (The PB and yogurt help with protein -- I'm vegetarian). Is this a healthy habit or am I fooling myself? --- Chris

September 29, 2014, 7:39 pm DISCUSSIONS

Chris - Thank you for your question!Smoothies can be a great way to get in nutrition on-the-go. It's all about the device! The nutribullet, ninja, and vitamix are all great options. The goal with the device here is to preserve the beneficial natural fibers found in the fruits and vegetables you are pureeing. Now, let's talk ingredients. While peanut butter is a great option for protein (especially for vegetarians), it is also high in fat. If you are not trying to lose weight or are at a healthy...

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'Sleep: An Ingredient for a Healthy Life' Article on Stone Soup Blog!

September 24, 2014, 8:44 pm PRESS

“Most people know to get enough sleep. But busy lifestyles, erratic work schedules, or even new children (and puppies) can keep someone from getting the sleep they need. Current research now shows a connection between good (nutritious) health and sleep. So the question is … do you get enough?…” Read More… HERE:

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Calorie Restriction = Longer + Healthier Life?

September 1, 2014, 4:00 am ARTICLES

As early as the 16th century, humans have been fascinated with the idea of "the fountain of youth." Since then, people have made great attempts at lengthening their life span, all the while hoping to maintain optimal health as long as they can. Recent studies have suggested calorie restriction (CR) as a possible way to delay or prevent the onset of many aging-related conditions with increased longevity and health span. CR is defined as a 10-40% reduction in intake of a nutrient-rich diet....

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Eye Health + Nutrition

August 25, 2014, 4:00 am ARTICLES

Your mother may have told you to eat your carrots to keep your eyes healthy and strong. This may actually not be that far from the truth - the vitamin A found in carrots is a crucial nutrient to optimize eye health. Your eyes need more than just carrots to stay healthy, though. There are several key nutrients involved in maintaining good eye function that can be easily obtained through a balanced diet. Research has shown that in addition to vitamin A, other carotenoids such as lutein and zeaxant...

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I have 2 questions: 1. Is sugar intake linked to cancer? 2. Does gluten cause inflammation in a person without gluten sensitivity- If so, is this linked to cancer?

August 14, 2014, 7:49 pm DISCUSSIONS

Thanks for your question - I think this speaks a lot to people who are very worried about “getting cancer” from something in the diet. As with most things, the research can vary place-to-place, food-to-food, etc.  One thing to keep in mind is that there are a variety of catalysts that lead to increased cancer risk. We know most of them (smoking, genetics, excessive alcohol intake, just to name a few), but it is very hard to discern foods - well, because we do not just eat ONE food o...

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Peptic Ulcers: Myths + Nutrition Tips

August 11, 2014, 2:00 pm ARTICLES

Peptic ulcers are open sores that occur in the stomach or duodenum (the first section of the small intestines) of the gastrointestinal tract when the stomach lining has been compromised by strong stomach acids. The lining protects your GI tract from the acidic environment needed to digest food, however if the lining becomes damaged, you are at risk for developing an ulcer. Some common misconceptions that people believe cause peptic ulcers include consuming too many spicy foods and stress. Stomac...

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Nightshade Vegetables + Inflammation

August 4, 2014, 2:00 pm ARTICLES

There is a lot of speculation out in the media, the internet, and in word-of-mouth conversation about nightshade vegetables and how they can contribute or worsen inflammatory conditions such as inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), arthritis, and even osteoporosis. But what are nightshade vegetables? They are vegetables that fall under the Solanum group of vegetables believed to contain "dangerous alkaloids." These vegetables have been cultivated for consump...

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"Clean Eating"... What is it?

July 28, 2014, 2:00 pm ARTICLES

"Clean Eating" is trending among the more health conscious population along with individuals who wish to be more health minded. "Clean Eating" has become a hot nutrition topic as more people flock to attempt various diet challenges that typically look like "Clean Eating for X Number of Days." But what exactly does "Clean" eating even mean? What are the benefits and risks of following this dietary regimen - and are these claims substantiated in any way? The basis of clean eating i...

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Can you explain the benefits of eating yogurt in relation to probiotics, etc. Also, would you recommend eating Greek yogurt over regular yogurt?

July 27, 2014, 9:09 pm DISCUSSIONS

Great question! With all of the media hype surrounding yogurt, it is always good to go back to basics and remember what the true benefits of probiotics are in the first place.  We have established a symbiotic relationship with the bacteria in our gut since the beginning of human existence. Over time, we have evolved to be dependent on them, and them with us. Maintaining a healthy gut, as mentioned in the post found HERE, is key to feeling your best. Probiotics are beneficial bacterial microorga...

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What is the role of b vitamins in the body?

July 27, 2014, 7:46 pm DISCUSSIONS

Thanks for your question! While all B vitamins have their own unique functions in the body, B vitamins in general act as a coenzyme. Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folate, Biotin, Pantothenic acid, B6, and B12 all act as part of coenzymes - which are small molecules that combine with an enzyme and activate it. Without a coenzyme, the enzyme is not able to do its job. Enzymes in the body help to affect absorption of key nutrients (including protein, fats, and carbohydrates), metabolism, and excr...

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Tangy Mustard Cucumber Cannellini Salad

July 25, 2014, 2:00 pm RECIPES

Recipe courtesy of Sydney Allen, check her out HERE. Preparation Time: 8-10 minutes Serving Size: ½ cup; Serves about 6 1 Slice on the Slice Plan. Ingredients 1-15 oz can cannellini beans 1 English cucumber, diced 2 medium bell peppers, diced 1/8 cup of olive oil ¼ cup of stone ground mustard ¼ cup of BBQ sauce ½ TB apple cider vinegar Directions Combine beans, cucumber and bell peppers into a large mixing bowl. ...

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The Slice Plan on Food & Nutrition Magazine!

July 24, 2014, 8:01 pm PRESS

Check out The Slice Plan featured in the Books section of Food and Nutrition Magazine… HERE. Purchase your very own copy by visiting www.the-sage.org/thesliceplan !

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Diet Soda: Does it Help or Hinder Weight Loss?

July 21, 2014, 2:00 pm ARTICLES

Aspartame, sucralose, and saccharine - all words that might sound scary or confusing to you. This might be because of the controversial and health-conscious debates that have surrounded artificial sweeteners, otherwise known as non-nutritive sweeteners, over the years. Name brands you may be more familiar with include Equal, Splenda, and Sweet’N Low (the blue, yellow, and pink packets, respectively). The most recently explored question in research and in the media regardin...

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Nutrition + Acid Reflux (GERD)

June 30, 2014, 2:00 pm ARTICLES

Have you ever eaten a particularly greasy or spicy meal and experienced a burning sensation from your stomach back up to the throat? Did it feel predominantly in your chest? You may be more familiar with the term heartburn, however, this is clinically referred to as gastroesophageal reflux or simply GER. GER may affect us more as we age but is something that all age groups may suffer from, including infants and children. GER may be the norm for some people, simply a process of agin...

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Krill Oil: A Viable Source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids? Article featured on Stone Soup Blog!

June 23, 2014, 1:36 pm PRESS

“Omega 3 fatty acids are known to help reduce LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels, reduce triglyceride levels (fats from carbohydrate intake), increase HDL ("good") cholesterol levels, and generally are beneficial to help reduce risk of cardiovascular disease. The reason is because HDL helps carry LDL (which attaches to your arteries and can cause high blood pressure, clots, etc.) to the liver for disposal…” Read more… HERE....

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Can you discuss the differences between mindful eating and intuitive eating?

June 21, 2014, 3:42 pm DISCUSSIONS

Wow, what an interesting question. I have to say, when I started The-Sage, I never imagined the various types of questions I would get from visitors. But, I am glad you have come to the right place to have your inquiry addressed. So, here goes: While both are nutrition-related philosophies based around becoming more in tune with your body in order to achieve a positive relationship with food, there are some inherent differences between mindful and intuitive eating behaviors. Being mindful is de...

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Oral Health + Nutrition

June 16, 2014, 2:00 pm ARTICLES

Tooth decay is among the top chronic diseases affecting humans worldwide. Good nutrition and eating habits, routine visits to the dentist, and good oral hygiene practices are essential in the maintenance of oral health (1). Dental health is a vital component of nutrition because our digestive systems begin with our mouths and teeth. There are several nutrients that are beneficial to oral health and there are also some typical beverages and foods that we should enjoy minimally due to their negati...

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Mahi Mahi Tacos + Tropical "Sage Salsa"

June 13, 2014, 4:01 am RECIPES

Preparation Time: approximately 15 minutes Cooking Time: approximately 20 minutes Serving Size: about 2 tacos, Serves about 4 2 Slices on The Slice Plan Ingredients 8 corn tacos 2 - 6 oz mahi mahi filets 2 tsp chipotle peppers in adobo, minced ½ tsp kosher salt ½ tsp black pepper ½ tsp cumin ¼ cup radish, julienne cilantro (optional) Tropical "Sage Salsa" 1 TB orange juice 2 tsp lime juice 1 p...

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I was wondering what are the nutritional changes in the U.S. over time, and also are their any significant historical events in the fast food industry, or in society, that has had an impact on the industry of fast foods?

June 11, 2014, 4:12 pm DISCUSSIONS

Your question is a heavily loaded one and unfortunately there is no quick answer.There are some really great books out there that help explain this huge issue in our country. Check out the Literature section of www.the-sage.org for some recommendations. I recommend starting with “Food Politics” by Marion Nestle! There have been several nutritional changes in the United States that have impacted the fast food industry and society's relationship with food. In the aftermath of the Great...

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How is alcohol metabolized?

June 5, 2014, 7:23 pm DISCUSSIONS

Good Question! As we know, alcohol is an unknown substance by which our body begins to metabolize as soon as it is ingested. This means that your body preferentially metabolizes alcohol over anything else, including food. The thought that food will be digested first and thus, will allow you to “get less drunk” is a myth and really doesn't amount to much scientifically. When metabolism starts in the stomach, several actions involving enzymes located in the fluid within the cells (prim...

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Optimizing Skin Health through Nutrition

June 2, 2014, 1:38 pm ARTICLES

Skin is something very difficult to hide from the world, and while our initial reasoning for maintaining skin health might be due to vanity - skin is our largest organ that protects our internal body from the external environment. Aside from being one of the most influential factors in our perceived sense of beauty, skin is important for regulating body temperature, wound healing, immune response, and even blood pressure control. Nutrition is a critical component in maintaining skin health. The ...

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Garcinia Cambogia: Fab or Fad?

May 30, 2014, 2:00 pm ARTICLES

If a new supplement out on the market sounds too good to be true, it usually is…right? Garcinia Cambogia Extract (GCE) is a pill that promises dramatic weight loss and has been receiving a lot of buzz from television doctors and famous celebrities in the media and on the web. GCE is advertised as a 100% natural and pure product that contains a key weight loss ingredient called Hydroxycitric acid (HCA.) HCA is extracted from Garcinia Cambogia, which is a "pumpkin shaped fruit that gro...

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What are your thoughts on grains? Should we be eating more protein and less carbs? I understand that we need complex carbs, but I am curious to see what your thoughts are on this topic. Books like 'Grain Brain' are confusing to consumers because it's making grains to be the bad guy (of course because of GMO's and the like) and the general recommendation is to have whole grains. Should the general public be consuming fewer grains than what's recommended by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

May 20, 2014, 2:44 pm DISCUSSIONS

The topic of whether or not to eat grains is a great one to discuss in this type of forum If you read my previous post on “Going Gluten Free,” I do touch on this topic a bit. The mindset behind grain-based carbs is that they are unhealthy for you, should not be consumed because our ancestors did not, and they “make you fat.” Let's go through some of these misconceptions. Modern Wheat is the Problem - It's true that wheat is a relatively new plant. But it can be put it i...

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Red Wine + Health

May 19, 2014, 2:00 pm ARTICLES

Search “Red Wine” and you will get millions of hits on it's potential health benefits. This is because it is as popularly associated with health and wellness as dark chocolate and coffee, regardless of the facts. In spite of the potential health benefits, frequent consumption is still not advised. Red wine has in fact shown to benefit heart health but only in moderation. Red wine has also been a hot topic in possibly decreasing risk for cancer, minimizing neurological ...

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What advice do you have for someone with Hashimoto's in terms of dietary changes?

May 15, 2014, 12:54 pm DISCUSSIONS

Thanks for asking! We love to help. If people do not know what Hashimoto's Disease is, it is a condition where the immune system attacks the thyroid gland, resulting in thyroid gland enlargement/inflammation and hypothyroidism. Because the thyroid is a “conductor,” of sorts, regarding metabolism, energy, body temperature, fertility, muscle strength, and energy - it is important to do what you can medically and nutritionally to get things under control. Without getting too deep into...

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Cystic Fibrosis + Oral Health

May 12, 2014, 2:00 pm ARTICLES

May is Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Awareness Month and as you may or may not know CF has many health concerns for those diagnosed with the disease. Oral health is often pushed to the way side for most of us, let alone for individuals dealing with the management of CF, who can have multiple lung treatments everyday. However, dental health is an extremely important component of nutrition, as the digestive system begins with our mouths and teeth. Some concerns for dental health and cystic fibrosis ...

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Avocado White Bean Dip

May 9, 2014, 4:00 am RECIPES

Preparation Time: approximately 10 minutes Serving Size: ½ cup Makes about 10 servings 1 Slice on the Slice Plan. Ingredients 2- 15.5 oz cans cannellini beans, drained/rinsed 2 avocados, diced large 4 TB olive oil 1 TB kosher salt 1 TB garlic, chopped 2 tsp cumin, ground 1 tsp chili powder ½ tsp cayenne pepper (optional) ½ lime, juice of (about 1 TB) 2 TB cilantro Directions In a food processor, combi...

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Cystic Fibrosis + Nutrition

May 5, 2014, 9:40 pm ARTICLES

Pictured: Mandy Wagner, CF Survivor 1985-2012 For many people, Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a condition they have never heard of. However, CF is the most commonly inherited disease in the United States, affecting over 30,000 people. In the U.S., 1 in every 3,700 people will be diagnosed with CF each year. On the plus side, early detection and treatment means that the median age has increased dramatically over the past decade alone. So what is CF? CF is a lifelong disease caused by a d...

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RE: Gastric Bypass Surgeries

April 28, 2014, 2:00 pm ARTICLES

Obesity is an ever-growing epidemic in the United States (affecting over 50% of the population) that is also responsible for increased rates of type- II diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and other health risks. Healthcare has focused its energy on "fixing obesity" through the help of bariatric specialists, who perform specific surgeries to kickstart rapid weight loss. The three most common gastric bypass surgeries include, Roux-en-Y, Laprascopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, and the adjusta...

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Sleep: An Ingredient for a Healthy Life

March 31, 2014, 2:00 pm ARTICLES

Most people know to get ‘enough sleep.’ Busy lifestyles, erratic work schedules, or even new children (and puppies) can keep someone from getting the sleep they need. Current research now shows a connection between good (nutritious) health and sleep. So the question is… do you get enough? ‘Enough’ can be described in different ways, but usually describes anything more than 6 hours of sleep. Sleep deprivation may also not be intentional; it could be related to Obstructive ...

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Who is Mr. Cook-It?

March 9, 2012, 7:51 pm ARTICLES

Mr. Cook-it, AKA Zach Breeding, is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and professional Chef. Zach started his career in foodservice at the age of twelve working on a crab boat, and has worked in every aspect of the industry since - from waiting tables to managing a private club kitchen. His culinary education began at Eastern Technical High School's Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management program. In 2006, he earned his BS in Culinary Arts from The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, where he wa...

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