Five steps to healthy eating at the office

Five steps to healthy eating at the office

Long hours at the office tempt workers to eat unhealthy food and sometimes skip meals, but it is possible to follow to a healthy diet with five golden rules

Many of us work in an office, which means sitting in front of a computer from 9-to-5. A lack of movement during the day is terrible enough but when combined with an unhealthy diet, things might go sideways.

An intense business tempo and working long hours negatively affects people’s diet. Irregular and unhealthy eating habits can cause illnesses, such as obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, musculoskeletal problems, herniated discs, and osteoporosis.

Office workers tend to skip meals, especially breakfast, forget to eat healthy snacks, or worse, eat junk food as they work […]

15 hacks that make packaged foods healthier

15 hacks that make packaged foods healthier

Few things are as vilified in the food and wellness world as processed foods. Odds are, you’ve encountered someone who is obsessed with clean eating or who has been practically reborn after following the Whole 30 food plan . However, at the risk of becoming very unpopular, I’m here to say that convenience foods aren’t so bad.

Certainly, there are varying degrees of convenience and packaged foods. I’m not advocating a diet of potato chips and hot dogs, but canned soups, frozen entrees and easy-meal makers, like jarred marinara sauce, have a place in my home and on my menu. As a busy working parent, packaged foods can be lifesavers when I’m too time-pressed to assemble my bagged lunch or […]

Our bodies may be treating fast food like an invading bacterial infection — and it could be killing us

Our bodies may be treating fast food like an invading bacterial infection — and it could be killing us

Our bodies may react to servings of fast food the same way it treats an invading bacterial infection, martialling certain immune cells and potentially contributing to serious inflammatory diseases, a new study suggests.

The study may offer important contributions to understanding rapid increases in coronary disease, strokes, autoimmune diseases and potentially Alzheimer’s, researchers said.

An international team of scientists studied the short-term and long-term impact of feeding mice food that mimics a “Western diet” — high in fat, sugar, salt and carbohydrates and low in fruits and vegetables.

Scientists found that when exposed to the Western diet, inflammation was detected within the mice as an immediate response — the same response expected for invading pathogens, such as a bacterial infection.“The bone marrow […]

How to Give Up Your 4 Worst Eating Habits For Good

How to Give Up Your 4 Worst Eating Habits For Good

There’s something addictive about salty snacks and sugary soda — science says so.

For instance, when your stress levels skyrocket, so does your need for potato chips. Research suggests that downing salty foods can decrease the amount of cortisol — a stress-producing hormone — in your body. At the same time, the feel-good hormone oxytocin increases, making you feel better after you indulge.

Sugar addiction is real , too. One study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that eating lots of the sweet stuff can stimulate regions in your brain associated with other addictions, like gambling or drug abuse.

Your move, then, is to nix these vices from your diet, so you can make room for the good stuff. […]

A bowl of this ONE breakfast food could help ward off arthritis, claim scientists

A bowl of this ONE breakfast food could help ward off arthritis, claim scientists

If you’re worried about your risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA), then you may want to take a look at your breakfast routine.

A new study has discovered that a fibre-rich diet can reduce bone damage in the painful, progressive disease.

In particular, researchers recommended eating muesli every morning as well as enough fruit and vegetables throughout the day.

They found in experiments on mice that fibre boosts a molecule produced by bacteria in the gut, which play an important role in the health of joints and bones.Study leader Dr Mario Zaiss from Germany’s Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) said: ‘We were able to show that a bacteria-friendly diet has an anti-inflammatory effect, as well as a positive effect on bone density. A new […]

Healthy appetites: Restaurants meet special diets

Healthy appetites: Restaurants meet special diets

Buy Photo Grain bowls, salads, avocado toast. Diners’ choices have been growing when it comes to vegetarian, vegan and whole-foods meals, especially with the opening of more quick and casual restaurants with a health focus.

But finer-dining restaurants pay attention to vegetable-focused plates these days, too. Some cater to diners’ special diets by categorizing dishes on menus (such as “animal” and “vegetable,” or “root to leaf” and “nose to tail”) and noting which dishes are vegetarian or vegan, dairy-free or gluten-free. You’ll see it at restaurants such as Braise in Walker’s Point, Odd Duck in Bay View and Wolf Peach in Brewers Hill.

Casual restaurants, too, are including a variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes on their menus, such as Cafe […]