Everyday technology can be used to help us improve our personal health. Yes, there's an app for that. Several apps, actually. And it can be overwhelming to figure out which ones are worthwhile to use. I haven't tried them all, but I do have several that work for me. The list below includes only ones that I use daily or very frequently to help me specify my goals and then track my … [Read more...] about Set Goals and Track Progress with Apps
If you've got a soda habit you can't kick, try crowding it out. It can feel overwhelming, depressing, and impossible to think about giving up your favorite soft drink altogether. So start with a smaller change. Add different, healthier beverages to your routine. And find some new-to-you beverages that nourish your body, leave you feeling better, and reduce the number of times you reach for the … [Read more...] about Got a Soda Habit You Can’t Kick?
Low-carb diets long have been touted for weight loss. But today one also gains attention for its overall health benefits: the ketogenic diet. Doctors originally developed Keto, as it's commonly called, for people with epilepsy. They discovered that fasting helped epileptics control their seizures, but fasting cannot be done long term. They needed a way to trick their bodies into thinking they … [Read more...] about The Ketogenic Diet: Can it Help You?
My childhood memories of the State Fair include rides, games, and animals, of course. But central to the experience was the food, and we all discussed ahead of time what we planned to eat. Buttery, fluffy biscuits filled with country ham, and warm, chewy fried dough topped with powdered sugar – those were my non-negotiables. My gotta-haves. We also usually tried the local ice cream, … [Read more...] about Is It Possible to Eat Healthy at the Fair?
Many of us reach for a sports drink when we exercise, work in the yard, or just spend a lot of time outside in the summer. We know we're going to sweat. But sweat isn't just water and salt. It's a mix of vital nutrients that our bodies need. If not replenished, our systems can become unbalanced, and our health can be compromised. The effects may be sudden, in the case of dehydration or heat … [Read more...] about Want a Sports Drink that Works as Hard as You Do?
When the FDA announced last week that it would be reconsidering a 22-year-old definition of "healthy," blogger Nicole Akers and I jumped at the chance to comment. She and I have exchanged blog posts a couple of times recently. Nicole's take on the FDA's news appears here, and the following is an excerpt of my article on her site. What does “healthy” mean to you? Or to your neighbor with … [Read more...] about What’s in Your Shopping Basket? (An Excerpt)