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The 8 Worst Foods for You

8 of the Worst FoodsEveryone’s looking for healthy food in the New Year, but what foods should you avoid as much as possible?  Here are 8 of the worst foods for you:

Processed Meat
The American Institute for Cancer Research says meats preserved by smoking, curing, or salting, or those that contain chemical preservatives, are linked to an increased risk of colon cancer. Products like bacon, salami and pepperoni also tend to have lots of salt, fat, and cholesterol, and very few nutrients. While a few pieces of bacon won’t hurt, the added salt and fat won’t help your health either.

It’s no surprise that fried, frosted and glazed dough made the list, but they may be worse than you thought. Doughnuts are packed with trans fats, sugar and refined flour and contain between 10 and 20 grams of fat each, along with tons of empty calories. Trans fats raise bad cholesterol levels and increase the risk of heart disease, so avoid banana cream-filled doughnuts and just reach for a banana instead.

Potato Chips
Another worst food that shouldn’t come as a shock are potato chips. Chips are packed with trans fats and, along with french fries, contain acrylamide, a substance that accumulates in foods fried in oils at high temperatures and is known to be carcinogenic. While “natural” potato chips have gained popularity in recent years, they’re not much better.

It’s not just the empty calories in regular soda – drinking as few as two soft drinks a week can nearly double a person’s risk of pancreatic cancer and soda consumption has been linked to diabetes, premature aging and osteoporosis. Here are 6 reasons to stop drinking soda today!

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10 Healthy New Year’s Resolutions

10 healthy resolutionsIf you haven’t made a New Year’s resolution yet, you’re not alone. If you’re looking for inspiration, try one (or two) of these healthy options:

#1: Cook More, Eat Out Less
Cooking more meals at home will not only help save money but help you eat healthier and provide meals for lunches and dinners during the week. Learn new ways to spice up your kitchen by taking a Beaumont healthy cooking class.

#2: Small Steps, Not Big Reps
Don’t expect to go from the couch to a 5K overnight. Take small steps first and build towards your goals. Take the stairs instead of elevators and escalators. Take a walk every morning or after dinner. Go to the gym three times a week instead of two. Add 25-50 push-ups and sit-ups to your daily routine. Eventually the small steps will allow you to take bigger steps and reach larger goals.

#3: Drink More Water
Your body needs adequate water for muscles and organs and dehydration makes your skin look dry and wrinkled. Drink at least eight big glasses of water a day to stay hydrated, happy and looking your best.

#4: Don’t Drink Your Calories
It’s easy to consume hundreds of calories a day in beverages alone. A medium mocha is 400 calories, a glass of orange juice is 100 calories and a 16z bottle of regular soda is 200 calories. That’s 35% of your daily calories (for a 2,000-calorie diet) without eating any solid food. Rather than drink those calories, substitute brewed coffee, an actual orange or other calorie-free beverages like water.

#5: Sleep More
Sleep is good for your mind and body, helping keep you more mentally fresh and looking better. Lack of sleep is linked to a greater risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes as well as problems with attention and memory retention. Adults need between 7-9 hours of sleep each night— and don’t think you can cheat and make up for lost sleep on the weekend.

#6 This is the Year to Quit Smoking
Smokers, you don’t need us to lecture you on why to quit now. We know smoking is one of the toughest habits to break, but Beaumont offers classes and support groups to help you go smoke free in the New Year. Check out a list of classes designed to provide a supportive and encouraging environment to help you finally kick the habit.

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A Healthy Audible on Your Game Day Snacks

Healthy Super Bowl snacksby Rebecca DaSilva, R.D., Beaumont Weight Control Center

Behind Thanksgiving, Super Bowl Sunday is the second largest eating holiday for Americans. While the food served at Thanksgiving can be treacherous to a dieter, Super Bowl Sunday has less redeeming qualities.

Did you know that:

  • The National Chicken Council is reporting that 1.23 billion fried chicken wings will be consumed during the football game?
  • Some pizza makers expect to sell twice the number of pizzas on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year?

We asked our fans and followers for their recommendations on the best Super Bowl snacks and were hit with a pretty standard list: pizza, dip, chili and chicken wings.

Your Super Bowl party may not be complete without these foods, so here are healthy version of each:

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When to choose organic foods

Our guest blogger, Allison Arnett, M.S., R.D., registered dietitian, Beaumont Weight Control Center, talks about keeping the cost for organic food lower and responds to Stanford University’s recent study that concluded there’s little evidence that going organic is much healthier.

If you frequently think you would prefer to buy all organic foods if they were not so expensive, you are not alone. I am commonly asked by patients if they should eat all organic foods or if there are certain organic foods that they should definitely purchase.

First, let’s set the record straight, the word “organic” is not synonymous with healthy. Cookies, sugar cereals and granola bars that are organic usually have equal amounts of sugar and fat as their conventional counterparts. Avoiding these foods in general can shave a few dollars off your food budget.

The Environmental Working Group compiles an annual list of the vegetables and fruits containing the most and least pesticide residue; thus, those which would be more important to buy organic. Sometimes being creative with these foods can be helpful, for example buying frozen organic blueberries or buying organic blueberries in bulk when they are on sale and freezing them can trim a few dollars off your food budget.

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