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5 healthy benefits of eating dark chocolate – TODAY

Who doesn't love chocolate? As a nutritionist, I'm happy to tell you this sweet treat can be part of a healthy diet ... In moderation. Too much of a good thing can certainly outweigh the benefits, but there are a few good reasons to support your chocolate habit.

When it comes to any food group, there is always going to be good and bad research, new and old. Whats important is that we take into consideration the quality of the research and our own specific lifestyle and health concerns when implementing health information.

Fortunately, there has been quite a bit of tried and true evidence suggesting the benefits of chocolate when you choose a type that is at least 70% cacao, and incorporate it into a healthy lifestyle. You. Are. Welcome.

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Here are a few of the many chocolate benefits:

In addition to stress-managing tools like meditation, dark chocolate has also been linked to stress-relief. It contributes to producing the feel-good hormone serotonin and contains magnesium, which is linked to reducing anxiety.

Cacao beans contain protein, fiber and are a great source of minerals like iron and magnesium. Theyre also rich in powerful antioxidants, particularly flavonoids like catechin, epicatechin and procyanidins. These are your bodys protectors against bad guy free radicals. Antioxidants combat damage caused by free radicals that contributes to aging, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimers and other diseases.

Some studies have suggested chocolate can reduce insulin resistance, and its healthy fats also slow down the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream, preventing sugar spikes.

Studies like this one have shown an association between eating chocolate and a lower risk of heart disease.

A life without desserts? Not in my book. A square of dark chocolate can be a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth while reaping the benefits of dark chocolate. If youre ready to get baking, these walnut chia thumbprint cookies are an excellent post-dinner treat, and yes, Ive even been known to add a few dark chocolate chunks to my peanut butter oatmeal.

Keri Glassman, MS, RD, CDN, is a renowned nutritionist, healthy cooking expert and wellness thought-leader. Follow Keri on Instagram @nutritiouslifeofficial

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Coronavirus anxiety? We asked experts how to stay healthy, fit, calm and positive – Lansing State Journal

Stay home and stay safe.

The state directive, meant to prevent further spread of the new coronavirus, puts many Lansing area residentsin uncharted territory.

With anxiety spreading as quickly as the pandemic, how can you best manage your own health and focus your perspectiveduring the outbreak?

Here's what experts recommend:

They've beenrepeated endlessly, but these five basics offer critical protection.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,the virus that causes COVID-19 is often spread when someone is in close contact with a person who sick, through droplets caused by a sneeze or cough. Here are some ways you can prevent the spread of COVID-19:

More: Coronavirus FAQ: What to know about COVID-19, how to protect yourself and when to see a doctor

More: What you need to know about coronavirus testing in Michigan

Disruptions in your life and the steady stream of pandemic news can cause stress, anxiety, anger and other negative emotions.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has a host of recommended ways people can support themselves during social distancing, quarantine and isolation:

Don't have a doctor and need more info on services available locally?

Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties offers mental health services. Find out more

Dr.Jean-Guy Daigneault of Mission Nutrition in East Lansing believes now is a great time for people who don't typically cookto learn.

"I would see this as an opportunity to do a little learning," saidDaigneault. "People should aim to eat real food and stay away from food that's processed like fast food which weakens immune system."

Daigneault offers tips for how to optimize your health during this pandemic.Thiswellness expert suggests you:

More: Coronavirus: How to use grocery delivery and pickup services during the crisis

Becky Newcombe, certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor in East Lansing, shares her top tips for maintaining physical fitness while respecting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's executive order.

More: Coronavirus: What does 'stay home, stay safe' order mean for Greater Lansing residents?

Newcombe's advice:

Newcombe encouraged peoplenot to feel limitedduring this time. She suggestedusing what's at home to support fitness efforts.

"The stairs in your house can help you with cardio drills, your counter or a chair can help you continue to do those Barre exercises," Newcombe said."Body weight exercises are some of the most effective ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle."

Reporter Megan Banta contributed to this article.

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Refeed Day: What It Is and How to Do It – Healthline

Adopting a healthier lifestyle can be challenging, especially if youre trying to lose weight.

With most weight loss diets focusing on consuming smaller portions and fewer calories, many people struggle to stick to these diets due to feelings of frustration when they dont experience results even if they follow the plan perfectly (1).

That said, many people are reporting success by adding a refeed day into their weekly eating routine.

Simply put, a refeed day is a planned increase in calories for one day on a weekly or biweekly basis. Its intended to give your body a temporary respite from calorie restriction.

This article tells you all you need to know about refeed days, how to do them properly, and whether theyre right for you.

A refeed day is a day on which you intentionally overconsume calories after a period of being in a calorie deficit whether it arose from eating fewer calories or increasing physical activity, or both (2, 3).

The idea behind a refeed day is to counteract the negative effects of being in a calorie deficit, such as lower hormone levels, increased hunger, lethargy, tiredness, and hitting a weight loss plateau (2, 3).

Although this sounds similar to a cheat day, the two should not be confused.

Cheat days involve uncontrolled and unplanned eating for one day. On most cheat days, any type of food is allowed in unlimited quantities (4).

In contrast, a refeed day involves thoughtful planning and controlled food intake. Unlike cheat days, only a moderate increase in calories is permitted, and the type of food matters, as most refeed days emphasize calories from carbs over fats and protein (2, 3).

While refeed days can vary from person to person, the main goal is to eat in a calorie surplus in a controlled manner.

A refeed day is a temporary break from calorie restriction that involves a controlled day of overeating with a focus on carbs. It aims to counteract the negative effects of calorie restriction and aid weight loss.

You may wonder why a temporary calorie surplus would lead to weight loss, but the reasoning behind it addresses one of the main problems most people have when losing weight a weight loss plateau or slowdown.

As you decrease your calorie intake and begin to lose body fat, a change in hormones occurs, which tells your body that youre experiencing a calorie deficit. At this time, your body will begin to look for ways to reduce it as much as possible to limit weight loss (2, 3).

In particular, a hormone known as leptin begins to decline. Leptin is produced by fat cells and tells your body that it has adequate fat stores, helping regulate appetite and encouraging calorie burning (2, 3, 5, 6).

However, low levels of this hormone signal your brain that youre entering an unknown period of calorie deprivation. As a result, your body receives signals to eat more food and burn fewer calories. This process is known as adaptive thermogenesis (2, 3, 5).

Adaptive thermogenesis is a protective process that alters your bodys metabolism to increase energy intake and decrease energy output to slow weight loss.

During this process, your body releases various hormones and increases food cravings to push you to consume more calories (2, 3, 7).

Additionally, the rate at which you burn calories can change. For example, you may experience a decrease in exercise activity thermogenesis (EAT) and non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT).

EAT involves deliberate physical activity while NEAT includes any energy used for daily tasks, such as walking, fidgeting, and general movement. Other components of your energy expenditure include your basal metabolic rate (BMR) and the thermic effect of food (TEF) (2, 3).

Due to the changes that occur as you lose weight, you may feel less energetic about exercise, opt for the elevator instead of taking the stairs, and move less in general.

Combined, the reduction in the number of calories you burn and increase in calorie intake lowers the likelihood of continued weight loss (2, 3, 7).

Though this may be viewed as a problem, its an evolutionary process that helped people survive during times of famine or starvation (7).

When youre trying to lose weight, you may be in a calorie deficit most days, therefore progressively forcing your leptin levels to drop (7, 8).

By introducing a refeed day every week or so, you might temporarily increase your leptin levels through increased calorie intake, which may help keep your bodys fat-burning process working more efficiently (3).

Carbs are the main focus of refeed days due to their superior ability to increase leptin levels, compared with fats or proteins. Therefore, by eating carb-rich foods on your refeed day, youre likely giving your body the best chance to balance its leptin levels (3).

Refeed days may elevate hormone levels, such as leptin, reducing the effects of adaptive thermogenesis, a survival process that has been shown to slow weight loss.

Refeed days may provide certain benefits.

The main reason for refeed days is to prevent a weight loss plateau.

When people are trying to lose weight, they may see immediate results initially, but this is usually followed by a period during which no weight loss occurs. This is partially due to a survival process called adaptive thermogenesis (9).

By feeding your body excess calories mostly in the form of carbs, your leptin levels temporarily increase, which may prevent adaptive thermogenesis from interfering with your weight loss (10).

However, more research is needed to better understand the effects of temporary refeeding and leptin levels (3).

Most research has found that food restriction ultimately leads to overeating or binging, which is why cheat days have become popular in the fitness community (4).

However, cheat days are designed as a way to binge on an unlimited amount of food, which may lead to a distorted relationship with food and limit your progress. In contrast, refeed days are designed to gently and purposefully increase calories, which may reduce binging (4, 11).

Introducing a refeed day may help limit binging by permitting foods typically discouraged on many diet plans, especially carb-rich ones. Furthermore, it may help satisfy cravings and decrease feelings of deprivation (12).

However, a refeed day coupled with an overly restrictive diet wont likely resolve this. Therefore, opt for an eating pattern that welcomes a wide-range of foods that you enjoy (12).

Refeed days may help improve physical performance.

During periods of calorie restriction, your bodys ability to store glycogen is limited. Glycogen is a long-chain carbohydrate thats stored in your muscles and liver and used as a quick energy source during physical activity (3, 13, 14, 15).

Since refeed days emphasize carb intake, this may help replenish glycogen stores, potentially improving your performance in the gym, on the race track, or on the field.

Though more research is needed, refeed days may help you overcome a weight loss plateau, avoid binging, and improve athletic performance.

Despite the possible benefits, some potential downsides need to be considered before introducing a refeed day.

Though the theory of refeed days makes sense, there isnt much research on the topic. Moreover, adaptive thermogenesis is still a contested topic among researchers, further calling into question the effectiveness of refeed days (16).

Moreover, the human body is incredibly sophisticated and can easily adapt to changes in food intake. Your metabolism does not experience lasting changes from one day of being in a calorie surplus or deficit and is largely dependent on genetics and age (17).

Just as it takes many days to weeks of calorie restriction for leptin levels to decline and adaptive thermogenesis to take place, it likely takes more than a single day to adequately elevate leptin levels enough to support weight loss (17).

Even though you may have a thoughtfully planned refeed day, you may have a hard time controlling your intake once you start. Depending on the intensity of your calorie restriction during the week, you may experience intense cravings that override your good intentions.

Therefore, when trying to lose weight, it may be best to limit yourself to no more than a 500 calorie deficit per day through both increased exercise and a modest decrease in calorie intake (18).

Though this balanced approach may make weight take longer, you may be less likely to regain it in the long run (9).

Although refeed days encourage a temporary respite from calorie restriction, they still emphasize diets as a way to lose weight.

Considering most diets fail to produce long-term weight loss, following a healthy lifestyle that does not eliminate entire food groups or encourage an intense calorie restriction may be most sustainable (19).

Most guidelines recommend a conservative approach to weight loss for long-term success. It involves a modest calorie deficit through increased physical activity and the consumption of whole, minimally processed foods (20, 21).

Through this approach, weight loss may be achieved without the need for a refeed day.

Any diet comes with the risk of negatively affecting your relationship with food.

Though refeed days encourage carb-rich foods for one day, theyre usually paired with diets that vilify carbs or other food groups, creating an unhealthy good versus bad mentality (19).

Moreover, only allowing one day free of calorie restriction every week or two may create a heightened sense of stress and fear surrounding food and calories. This may ultimately lead to disordered eating thoughts and behaviors (22).

If you have a history of disordered eating or eating disorders, it may be best to avoid refeed days and diets altogether, or to consult a qualified health professional.

Although refeed days are popular, theres limited research on their efficacy. Moreover, theyre usually paired with extreme diets that may promote a negative relationship with food and disordered eating thoughts and behaviors.

If youre interested in incorporating refeed days into your eating routine, its best to spend time planning them out to ensure youre not going overboard. Moreover, you may need to adjust the rules to meet your bodys needs.

Generally speaking, most people in a calorie deficit should consider including a refeed day once every 2 weeks, although this will depend on your body fat percentage and goals. Those with lower body fat percentages may need to increase their number of refeed days (2, 3).

Use the following chart as a reference:

*Note: Most women should aim to have a body fat percentage above 15% to support reproductive and overall health.

Although there are no official guidelines, most refeed days should aim to increase daily calories by 2030%. For example, if you need around 2,000 calories per day to maintain your weight, you should aim to have 400600 additional calories per day.

Aim to consume most of your additional calories from carb-rich foods, such as whole grains, pasta, rice, potatoes, and bananas, as carbs have been shown to increase leptin levels more than protein or fat (2, 10).

You can continue to eat protein and fat at each meal. However, prioritize carbs first, then protein, and limit fats.

Most refeed diets recommend limiting fats to around 2040 grams per day and suggest consuming around 0.680.9 grams of protein per pound (1.52.0 grams per kg) of body weight.

To ensure youre meeting your bodys needs, it may be best to speak to a healthcare professional before implementing a refeed day into your eating regime.

On refeed days, aim to increase your total daily calories by 2030%, with most of the increase coming from carbs.

If youre wondering what a refeed day would look like, here is an example. Keep in mind that the portions of each food will vary depending on your weight and other needs.

Conversely, follow an eating pattern similar to that of your regular diet and add additional servings of carbs to each meal.

Meals on refeed days should emphasize carb-rich foods with moderate amounts of protein and limited fats.

Refeed days are designed to give a temporary break from calorie restriction.

The theory behind refeed days is to improve your hormone levels, namely leptin, to prevent weight loss plateaus caused by a process known as adaptive thermogenesis. They may also decrease your risk of binging and improve athletic performance.

However, more research is needed to better understand the purpose and role of refeed days in weight loss. Moreover, they may not be suitable for those with a history of disordered eating.

If youve reached a weight loss plateau, you may want to consider incorporating a refeed day into your routine.

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Dietitians offer helpful ways to maintain healthy eating while abiding by safer at home orders due to COVID-19 – WATN – Local 24

Dietitians offer helpful ways to maintain healthy eating while abiding by safer at home orders by area mayors due to COVID-19

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Dietitians know it can be difficult to maintain eating well when you are at home because of "safer at home" orders due to the coronavirus pandemic. Jennifer Presson, a registered dietitian at St. Francis Hospital, said it's important to eat well by cooking balanced meals.

"Try keeping it basic and simple back to nature as possible, Presson said.

She recommends when the grocery store is out of meat to eat protein alternatives such as beans, tofu, and greek yogurt. Presson said it's also really important to not change your daily routine when working from home.

"Stick with your routine, wake up, get ready in the morning, make your breakfast," Presson said. "Sit down and work your normal day. Try to keep your body as close to a normal routine as you could."

For a snack, Presson recommends low-fat string cheese, whole grain crackers, and peanut butter with apples or celery. In between meals she said it's good to drink water or other calorie-free drinks to fight cravings. Presson said there are a lot of healthy recipes you can learn to make from home.

"Try to make some canned black beans with corn with no added salt in the can with diced red pepper with a fresh squeeze of lime juice and toss it together," Presson said.

Presson said you can stock up on frozen vegetables, fruit, and low-sodium canned goods, so you don't have to go to the grocery store every week.

Kristi Edwards with 901 Nutrition said during this time people can feel down or unmotivated. What you eat can translate into food that is good for your brain. She said a healthy diet turns into a healthy mind.

"What we feed our gut absolutely has an impact on how we feel," Edwards said.

901 Nutrition has a Facebook page called "Surviving Quarantine w/ 901 Nutrition" which offers recipes and ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Edwards said before you head to the kitchen for food ask yourself if you are actually hungry. This can be a good time to practice "mindful eating."

"How hungry are you right now on a scale from one to ten or are you eating because youre stressed or bored in this case," Edwards said.

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How to stay emotionally healthy during quarantine – Times of India

When we talk about self-isolation and quarantine, we assume that a home is a safe place, however, for a lot of people who are struggling with mental health issues, it becomes difficult to sustain. People often call me and ask why they are feeling emotionally imbalanced even when everything is going good around them- their work, family, friends - yet they are not happy, which is making the home environment toxic. This experience has become very common nowadays. A lot of us are going through a similar situation, but we are not able to figure out the reason behind this. Now let me tell you something. It is totally fine to feel this. Trust me, it is!

Emotions are something which we tend to ignore and therefore they are not accepted universally. In the last 4 years, I have been working with people who have faced a lot of discrete emotional imbalances. They feel emotions are triggered and post which the situation just spirals out of their control.

Because of all these non-existential phenomena happening around, sometimes it leads to an understanding that we all are entitled to an emotion which denotes our personality at large. For example, when you are going through a lot of emotional outbursts, we generally tend to react differently with people around us. Some people become angry, some go into depression, others tend to express their emotions with tears and thats how people around us tag their personality.

This makes us believe that we are acquired within an emotional parameter, but the fact is that no such emotional parameter exist in our what really are emotions?

Can you ignore emotions? No, right?

Let me explain this to you technically - emotions are complex mechanisms that are uncontrollable hardwired brain reactions. Emotions are just vapours. This volatile substance is constructed by us, the environment we live in and the social situations we experience.

Recall your childhood and the school days. I am sure every one of us went through a different sort of feeling when results were to be announced? Remember those days, when in the classroom, the teacher used to declare our marks in the test, or when we used to get our answer sheets. Can you tell me what you felt then? It was a different kind of stomach pain caused by nervousness and anxiety of knowing your marks. Once you knew the result, it vanished in seconds suddenly, right?

In such situations, billions of brain cells work together, and you do not have control over volatile substances called emotions.

The fact is, emotions are eventually built with the experiences we go through and the situations we indulge in. Believe me or not, there is a core area near your stomach, which is the powerhouse of our emotions. The sudden stomach pain we experience is nothing but STRESS!! The emotion that resides in the core.

Why does this happen?Just like reflex action, our system also reacts to the external stimulus provided. The external stimulus is the kind of environment or the social situation we are prone to and because of this social conditioning, our core experiences an emotional trajectory which may be in the form of excitement, happiness, sadness, anger and many more. Once we develop the emotion because of our social experience, we tend to react or respond to this stimulus, eventually coming out in the form of actions like crying, laughing, fighting, lethargy, unstable moods, etc.

We as human beings are unable to recognize and acknowledge what is going inside us due to which emotions get built up to an extent that at some point it takes the shape of depression, anxiety or any other psychological issues. However, it isnt under our control how to respond to such emotional imbalance and so, we dont acknowledge the same.

This unconscious response predominantly depends on our experience in a similar situation or a similar situation that has been faced by someone near to us.

When we start thinking, how did I react in the past when this situation came, our brain starts working like crazy. Our neurons start firing trying to make meaning out of the emotion that we experienced. At that particular moment, our brain also starts evaluating lifetime experiences, building the probabilities and trying to figure out what you relate it to rather than what it actually is. Moreover, this whole process is happening within a blink of an eye.

Such a state is called experiential blindness, which leads to predictions of reactions; they make sense in a quick and abstract way.


Now, let me give you a solution to this. Like we take care of our physical health, we should also take care of our mental health.

It is very important to acknowledge our emotions and regulate them to live a healthy lifestyle. We should be aware of social situations that act as a trigger for elevating emotions within us. Once we identify them and acknowledge them, we will be aware enough to manage our emotional arousal and henceforth our reactions to such a situation will be in our own hands. To put it simply, start identifying the situations that trigger such feelings, accept your reaction to such situations instead of ignoring and start dealing with them. Once you accept your behavioural change and your pattern of reaction in any sort of condition, you will be more open to yourself and know that this is how I will react, this will not only make you more condensed but also, youll become the boss of your reaction.

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A ‘very healthy’ 19-year-old succumbs to COVID-19 30 minutes after being taken to the hospital – Gentside

Luca Di Nicola, from central Italy, had his whole life ahead of him. Working as an assistant chef in London and maintaining a relatively healthy lifestyle, he was the last person you'd think would become a victim of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The coronavirus continues to spread on a global scale, and despite original thoughts, it seems to be able to lay claim to any victim in its path. Originating from Wuhan, in the Hubei province of central China, the virus has since spread throughout the globe.

Last week, a 16-year-old French girl was claimed by the virus after displaying only 'mild' symptoms. In addition, the UK saw the virus claim their youngest victim so far, a 13-year-old boy, following the death of a 12-year-old girl from Belgium who is thought to be the youngest victim in Europe.

According to his family, Luca had been unwell for about a week prior to his death. He visited his GP who gave him some paracetamol and told him he "did not have to worry about that bad flu". However, it was reported that yesterday (Tuesday), the young man had collapsed after experiencing some 'chest pains'.

According to one of the family members of the young man, they called the ambulance and we're able to revive him however his lungs had collapsed and were filled with water and blood.

His aunt told the local news:

Davide Di Nicola paid tribute to his late brother via an Instagram post in which he stated:

Our thoughts are with Luca's family as well as all the families who have been tragically touched by this deadly and unforgiving virus.

Currently, according to the UK has 25,150 confirmed cases of coronavirus with just under 1,800 deaths. We hope that the public respect and follow the guidelines set in place by the government regarding the lockdown, social distancing and quarantine practices. We all need to do our part to ensure that control over the spread of this fast-acting virus can be attained.

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Coronavirus anxiety is a thing: Here’s how to handle it – Jakarta Post

The coronavirus pandemic has caused another problem: an anxiety pandemic.

As the world is seemingly in chaos, with news outlets reporting about the pandemic non-stop and doctors spreading information on how to stay safe and protect each other, it can be quite overwhelming for anyone to navigate these difficult times. Coupled with our governments call for social distancing, effectively eliminating any physical social contact, all of this isenough to make any person go through psychological hardship.

If you are suddenly feeling shortness of breath, chest pain, dryness in the throator heart palpitations, especially when thinking or reading news about the coronavirus, then you might be experiencing an anxiety attack. The symptoms might increase the more you worry about the coronavirus and disappear altogether when youre distracted. This is all a sign of a classic anxiety attack.

Dont worry, you are not alone.

People have been reporting instances of coronavirus anxiety. Even in the clinic where I worked as a medical doctor, a lot of people are coming in with symptoms of shortness of breath, dry throatand cough. When asked if they have a fever or history of traveling, which is a telltale criterion necessary to diagnose the coronavirus for us physicians, they all said no. When prodded further, these people would go on to describe that their feelings are exacerbated by reading the news.

It is unlikely that you have the coronavirus. Instead, you might be experiencing an anxiety attack, I said to these patients.

According to psychologists, coronavirus anxiety is increasing in number of cases. Some groups of people are especially vulnerable: people with preexisting anxiety disorders, tendencies toward panic and people with a history of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Baruch Fischhoff, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and expert on public perception of risk, explained why we might be worrying more about new and unknown risks such as the coronavirus than familiar ones.

The coronavirus comes from a group of viruses that includes the famous MERS CoV and SARS CoV, which were reported as an outbreak in 2012 and 2003, respectively. According to data, we know that the coronavirus outbreak is not as deadly as the SARS epidemic, which killed 10 percentof the 8,093 confirmed cases. The coronavirus is even far less deadly than the SARS epidemic, which killed 34 percentof roughly 2,500 confirmed cases.

But this is not necessarily public knowledge. People are still more afraid of the coronavirus.

The reason for this, according to Dr. Fischhoff, might be simply because the number of cases and death tolls of the coronavirus continues to rise every day. With the coronavirus, we dont know where its going, he said in a podcast interview about coronavirus anxiety with the American Psychological Association.

According to Paul Slovic, PhD, a researcher in the field of risk and decision-making at the University of Oregon, another plausible explanation for the rise in coronavirus anxiety might be simply because people use emotions, instead of logical analysis, to evaluate risks. Instead of seeing the data, people make assumptions based on the worst and use a cognitive distortion tactic called catastrophizing, which is an irrational thought where we make something out to be far worse than it actually is.

How to handle coronavirus anxiety

Again, panic and anxiety is not a useful response toward the coronavirus pandemic. However, it might be hard to not feel that way when the news and even your own family are sharing information about coronavirus constantly.

The World Health Organization and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently shared information on how to deal with stress during the coronavirus pandemic.

1. Limit your exposure to media coverage on the coronavirus.

This means taking a break from places where fake information or hoaxes are thriving, such as Facebook, WhatsApp groups or other types of social media without credibility. Instead, stick to two or three trusted sources of information such as the WHO or the CDC.

2. Gather only necessary information to take precautions and prepare your plans to protect yourself and your family.

Again, said information must be obtained from trusted sources, such as the WHO, the CDC or your local government agency.

In addition, no need to panic-buy or over-buy. Unless you are a medical officer, then you dont need any protective hazmat suits, boots or face shields. Surgical masks and hand sanitizers are enough as precautions.

3. Stay in contact with your friends, familiesand loved ones.

Social distancing can worsen preexisting anxiousness. Give your friends or family a text or a call. Talk to the people you trust about your feelings.

4. If you are staying at home, work to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

This includes proper diet, sleep and physical exercise. Stick to a daily routine and avoid indulging in idleness like staying in bed all day or locking yourself up in your room.

5. Dont use smoking, alcohol or other drugs to deal with your emotions.

Instead, make plans to seek professional help from a mental counselor if your anxiety still persists.

As the coronavirus pandemic is rampant, the human mind has been another one of its casualties. Coronavirus anxiety is another aspect of the coronavirus pandemic that is overlooked. But actually, theres no need to panic.

If you still find yourself suffering from coronavirus anxiety after applying the aforementioned steps, find a trusted mental health counselor to talk about your worries. (kes)


Maria Cellina Wijaya is a medical doctor from Airlangga University with an interest in psychology. She is currently enrolled in a government-mandated one-year internship for physicians in Mojokerto, East Java.

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Fruit Street Health and Purple Carrot Announce Exclusive Partnership to Provide Plant-Based Meals and Nutrition Advice Via Telehealth – Yahoo Finance

Families can prepare meals together and participate in a healthy lifestyle program at home through live video conferencing with Registered Dietitians

Industry-first partnership also highlights the benefit of a holistic approach to reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes

NEW YORK, March 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Fruit Street Health, the only diabetes prevention program (DPP) offered through live group video conferencing with Registered Dietitians (RDs), and Purple Carrot, the first 100% plant-based meal kit company, announced an exclusive partnership to provide dietitian-approved, plant-based meals to Fruit Street participants. Additionally, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to enable more people to take advantage of this offering, Fruit Street is now allowing anyone - from low-risk individuals to people with type 2 diabetes - to sign up for its healthy lifestyle/DPP program at a reduced cost.To learn more, visit

"With more Americans practicing social distancing and staying home with their families during the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to increase access to healthy meals and nutrition advice through our telehealth platform and partnership with Purple Carrot," said Laurence Girard, founder and CEO of Fruit Street. "We have a team of more than 1,000 Registered Dietitians ready to help people eat healthy and stay active during this unprecedented shift in our daily routines."

As part of Fruit Street's lifestyle coaching, RDs teach participants how to adopt a 'food as medicine' mindset by focusing on the macronutrients, specifically the amount of carbs and sugars their participants are consuming each day. Fruit Street's RDs reviewed and verified that the Purple Carrot meals adhere to the dietary guidelines that Fruit Street participants are encouraged to follow in order to lose weight and reduce their risk for type 2 diabetes. Participants can then use the Fruit Street app to take pictures of the Purple Carrot meals they have cooked at home and receive encouragement from their dietitian and other group members.

"So many chronic health conditions can be addressed through food, and we've seen dramatic improvement in our customers' lives who have incorporated plant-based meals into their routine," said Andy Levitt, founder and CEO of Purple Carrot. "By partnering with Fruit Street's diabetes prevention program, we can extend the impact of a plant-based diet to help people reduce their risk for type 2 diabetes."

Fruit Street will be the first digital diabetes prevention program to partner with a plant-based meal delivery service as part of its holistic approach to improving health outcomes for people with, or at risk for, prediabetes. Fruit Street's comprehensive DPP program offers participants personalized attention and unlimited messaging with Registered Dietitians (RDs), a free wireless scale and Fitbit Inspire Activity Tracker to track their progress, and now a plant-based meal delivery service to help build healthy eating habits (for an additional fee).

Fruit Street's program is now being offered for only $19.99/month to anyone who wants to follow a healthy lifestyle routine, including individuals with type 2 diabetes and those who are considered low-risk for developing type 2 diabetes. In addition, participants can also use a Healthcare Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to cover the cost of the program. Purple Carrot subscriptions start at $72 a week. To sign up, visit

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About Fruit StreetFruit Street ( is a physician-funded telehealth startup that offers the only online diabetes prevention program (DPP) fully-recognized by the CDC that is delivered via HIPAA-compliant live group video chat. Fruit Street's program is proven to help people lose at least 5-7% of their body weight which can reverse the progression of disease, reduce personal health care costs and reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes and other chronic conditions. Fruit Street takes a more holistic approach to diabetes prevention, offering people a comprehensive lifestyle modification curriculum which includes personalized attention and unlimited messaging with Registered Dietitians (RDs), a plant-based meal delivery service through a partnership with Purple Carrot, and a free wireless scale and Fitbit Inspire Activity Tracker to track their progress. Founded in 2014 as a public benefit corporation, Fruit Street has raised more than $17 million in capital from hundreds of physicians who are dedicated to making a lasting social impact in healthcare.

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We’re Open We’re Open: XN Supplement and Smoothies offering healthy takeout options Ali Hoxie – WXYZ

WESTLAND, Mich. (WXYZ) Working out and eating healthy can become a real struggle while trying to remain indoors.

XN Supplement and Smoothies hopes to keep inspiring people to live a healthy lifestyle during this COVID-19 outbreak.

The biggest thing weve had costumers tell us is 'I didnt know you guys were open', we are under convenient grocery, you know, we have all the same certifications as a grocery store, said owner John McCarthy.

XN Supplement and Smoothies has locations in Brownstone, Westland and Monroe. They sell everything from frozen meals, snacks and energy drinks.

We look at ourselves as a convenient store for a particular set of lifestyle, where that is a healthy, more active set of our community, said McCarthy.

Right now, they are offering local delivery, which you can request during an online checkout.

If you are not local, you can call in an order and pick it up curbside.

They have cut down on their store hours during this time, and are now open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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American Heart Association offers tips to maintain healthy at-home routine – KRQE News 13

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (FOX) With the evolving impact of the coronavirus in communities across the country, the public is facing new challenges that are preventing people from getting to school, stores, the gym, and even staying healthy at home. David Romero spoke with the executive director of the American Heart Association, Sherri Wells to discuss resources and tips on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle at home.

Sherri encourages people to set a routine and to include physical activity in that routine. Activities such as jumping jacks, walking in place, and squats will allow you to stay active while remaining at home.

A lot of great staple foods such as nuts and grains can be found in your pantry. Believe it or not, frozen vegetables are a really good healthy resource, said Sherri. Canned vegetables, canned and dried fruits, whole-grain breads and tortillas, and nuts and seeds are also foods that can be easy and healthy snacks.

Sherri explains that individuals with heart disease are at a higher risk of getting COVID-19. What were seeing is that right now, across our nation there are 121 million people with heart-type situations. And so people with heart disease are about 48% of the most vulnerable individuals who are more likely to either contract the virus or have a harder time surviving it, said Sherri.

These individuals are encouraged to obey social distancing protocols and to remain at home. If you believe you have symptoms of COVID-19, you are asked to first call the coronavirus hotline at 1-855-600-3453 to be screened.

The New Mexico Department of Health also offers an online self-screening tool. NMDOH also provides available COVID-19 testing sites.

The American Heart Association provides additional resources for healthy living during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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