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Is Juicing Fruits Healthy? Nutritionist Explains – Doctor NDTV

Juicing, pulping, squashing, preparing jams, candies or pickles out of fresh fruit is indeed a creative and intelligent way or preventing food wastage. Read here to know more.

Juicing fruits can rob of them of their fibre and antioxidant content

Do you prefer eating a fresh fruit or do you like juicing it? The practice of juicing fruits and vegetables may be preferred when you want a detox or simply when you trying to cut back on your calorie intake. But, it may not be the best thing to do. Juicing fruits and vegetables robs them of their fibre and antioxidants. Nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar, in a recent Insta post, elaborates on the reason she is against juicing and the few times that the practice should be preferred.

According to Diwekar, it is okay to juice fruits in the following three cases:

Citing the example of plums, she goes on to add how that there are always a few plums that get squeezed or "pachko", as she calls it, when you buy a bunch of them. These squeezed plums are usually the ones which no one wants to eat, irrespective of the fact that they are still safe for consumption and are juicy, but fall out of flavour.

To juice or not to juice - It's the season of plum and we celebrated it with a glass of plum juice today. But aren't juices unhealthy?' Read on - When you buy fresh plums, you invariably have some which pachko. And when they do, no one wants to eat them. They are still good, safe and juicy but fall out of favour. What do you do then? Well, you simply channelize the grandmother inside you, and you squash the whole thing into a juice. Because pran jaye but food wastage na hoye. And you quickly drink together as a family before it discolours. Because fresh fruit, rich in antioxidants, will discolour within few minutes of air exposure. (Fruit going bad is a good sign). On the other hand, bottled juices in cafes, tetra-packs, detox packages, spas, etc., are only business as usual. These juices don't go bad which means they are not good to begin with. They are simply monetising the narrative that a juice is healthy. But, for a big section of the population, even the freshest juice is not. E.g. for people with diabetes, PCOD, obesity, heart disease, etc., it can quickly upset blood sugar regulation and deprive them of essential nutrients that would otherwise be available with proper chewing of fresh fruit/ vegetable. To summarise, juicing is fine only in the following cases 1. When it prevents food wastage for the family 2. When someone is having a tough time to chew 3. When there is a general loss of appetite P.S. - In Indian kitchens juicing, pulping, squashing, making jams, candies, pickles out of fresh fruit was a creative and intelligent way of preventing food wastage. #eatdontjuice

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Also read:Fruit Juice Vs Whole Fruit: Here's Everything That Is Wrong With Juicing

This is one situation where there is no harm in juicing plums or any other fruit. Not only will it prevent food wastage, it will also provide you with some nutrients from the fruit, without any artificial flavour or sugar.

The same cannot be said for bottled juices in cafes or tetra pack juices of detox juices. Not only do they contain added colour and flavour, they are also loaded with sugar (even if they claim to be healthy).

Even the freshest juice is not healthy for people with diabetes, PCOD, obesity and heart disease among others, informs Diwekar. The "can quickly upset blood sugar regulation and deprive them of essential nutrients that would otherwise be available with proper chewing of fresh fruit/ vegetable," she explains in her post.

Juicing, pulping, squashing, preparing jams, candies or pickles out of fresh fruit is indeed a creative and intelligent way or preventing food wastage, acknowledges Diwekar in her post.

Also read:Expert Opinion: This Is The Best Time To Eat Fruits


(Rujuta Diwekar is a nutritionist based in Mumbai)

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Free diabetes and nutrition program offered through Zoom – Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Spectrum Generations, in partnership with Healthy Living for ME, will offer a free workshop to help individuals with diabetes, prediabetes, their caregivers or family members.

Living Well with Diabetes will be offered through Zoom beginning Monday, Aug. 13, and running through Thursday, Sept. 17. Workshops participants will meet weekly from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., according to a news release from Augusta-based agency.

Topics such as testing your blood sugar, menu planning, stress management, increasing activity level, treating low blood sugar, caring for your feet, and healthy eating will be discussed.

This series is free and open to the public but registration is required. For more information and to register, call 207-620-1642 or email [emailprotected]. Technical support is available.

Healthy Living for ME is a statewide network of evidence-based programs that empower adults to address and better manage their health issues. All workshops are listed at

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Healthy snacks, setting small goals best ways to lose the pandemic 15 weight gain –

CLEVELAND, Ohio We dont need fancy research studies to deliver the same message that comes across loud and clear when we try to wriggle into pre-COVID-19 jeans. As a country, weve put on weight. Call it the Pandemic 15.

When normal life was upended, we indulged in Netflix and chill, with the chill augmented by ice cream. Nightly glasses of wine were an antidote to a day of Zoom work meetings. We baked the sourdough bread, and we ate it with relish. With gyms closed, exercise seemed like even more of a chore than usual.

About 22% of adults said they had gained five to 10 pounds since stay-at-home orders went into place, according to a survey conducted by Grand Canyon University in Arizona. Risk factors for weight gain while sheltering in place were inadequate sleep, snacking after dinner, lack of dietary restraint, eating in response to stress, and reduced physical activity.

In times of major stress, people feel as if they have so much disruption in their lives no routine, kids home from school, working from home that they dont have the bandwidth to think about diet and exercise, said Gary Foster, chief science officer at WW, formerly known as Weight Watchers.

People werent thinking (the pandemic) would last this long, Foster said.

An Italian study found that obese people in northern Italy had significantly gained weight 1 month after the beginning of a lockdown. Lack of exercise, boredom, anxiety and depression, and consumption of unhealthy foods were correlated with significantly higher weight gains.

People prone to emotional eating did just that, even if they had established healthy habits before the pandemic, said Meghann Featherstun, clinical dietician and wellness coach at University Hospitals.

The lack of work or school schedules was a big factor in changing our eating patterns, said Emily Iammarino, a pediatric dietitian at MetroHealth Systems.

When youre home, that routine and schedule can really go out the window and its easy to find yourself eating meals at odd hours and snacking a lot in between, Iammarino said in an email. Youll be snacking on some pretzels while listening in on a Zoom conference and before you know it, the bag is empty.

Another big factor is the lack of physical activity, Iammarino said. At work, walking to your car, the bathroom, printer or water cooler, adds up over time, Iammarino said. Many people arent going shopping, out to eat, or to the gym as much as they used to, increasing the time spent just sitting at home.

Some people gained weight during the disruption. Others used their new daily routine to renew a commitment to a healthy goal, make more time for exercise and take control of their food intake, Featherstun said.

I have seen both ends of the spectrum, Featherstun said.

At UH, enrollment in a seven-week workplace health and wellness class for employees swelled recently, Featherstun said. More employees felt they had time to participate because they are working from home, she said.

The UH wellness program, which focuses on balanced meals, food behaviors and exercise, always had an online component, but was exclusively online starting in April, she said.

Other weight-loss support groups also offered online help to people struggling to maintain healthy habits despite the disruption in their lives.

When state-wide shutdowns occurred across the country, WW quickly changed its weekly meetings into virtual workshops, giving members a sense of community at a time when they couldnt be with family or friends, Foster said.

The pandemic can be an obstacle to health and wellness, or good time reimagine how your family eats and set new routines, Foster said.

Its an opportunity for a reboot, he said.

Here are idea about how to work towards a healthy lifestyle, from Foster, Iammarino and Featherstun:

Eat proper meals; dont graze all day. Hide the chips and place fruits and veggies in a prominent place in the refrigerator.

Think of one small change you can do today, such as eating breakfast, choosing healthy snacks or moving your home office further away from the kitchen.

Look for small wins. Whats important is progress, not perfection.

Set specific and reasonable goals. It might be walking for 15 minutes, or drinking a glass of water with meals.

Experiment with new healthy recipes. Make extra batches so that you have homecooked meals waiting and dont have to rely on fast food.

Switch up your exercise routine. If youve mostly been doing workouts in your living room, start going for walks, and vice versa.

Expect setbacks and dont let them derail you from your health and wellness goals. Just get back to your routine as soon as possible.

Practice self-compassion. Berating yourself for a slip-up calling yourself a lazy idiot with no willpower is not productive. Talk to yourself as you would a friend, by being honest by not harsh.

Expect to lose about 1-2 pounds a week. Slow and steady wins the race, Featherstun said.

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Mark Andrews: Healthy living can leave a nasty taste in the mouth –

But never mind all that. Boris has now decided to take on another challenge: what we have got on our plates. The Prime Minister has called for 'a summer of weight loss' as he seeks to get to grips with the nation's obesity crisis.

I must admit, the idea of this sounds quite appealing, in a Mad Lizzie or Mr Motivator kind of way. I could quite easily imagine Boris appearing on breakfast television each morning in a nylon tracksuit and headband, teaching us all how to do sit ups in time to Agadoo, what's not to like? You certainly couldn't imagine Angela Merkel or Theresa May doing that.

Sadly, I don't think Boris Johnson is going to be doing that either. The Summer of Weight Loss which isn't quite up there with The Summer of Love is going to be more about telling us to improve our diets rather than encouraging workouts to popular novelty songs.

Obesity has never been a problem I have had to contend with. At school I was always the gangly, lanky kid, known among many other things as 'Sticks'. While all the talk is about overweight youngsters today, I spent my youth desperately trying to put on weight. Yet no matter how many Mars bars, pork scratchings or other similar delicacies I consumed, I remained stubbornly scrawny.

I did briefly flirt with weight training in my late 20s, but quickly became bored with the time consuming monotony of it all. After a few months of squats, bench presses and curls, I concluded I would rather remain a wimp and have a life, than dedicate my life to the pursuit of physical perfection. And 20 years on, with the big 5-0 looming large and half a lifetime of dietary abuse behind me, I'm still decidedly slim. OK, you probably wouldn't call me Sticks these days, and I have got a bit of a tub around the belly, but considering the amount of junk I have eaten over the years, you would think I might have a little more to show for it.

As it happens, I've been trying to clean my act up over the past few years. After being called into the doctors' surgery for one of those mid-life health check-ups, I was advised to change my diet. While obesity is not a problem, cholesterol is. Nothing serious, but it was suggested that I should be getting my five fruit and vegetables a day, and taking a drink which lowers cholesterol.

This change to my lifestyle has raised one or two eyebrows. When my brother spotted the shiny new electronic scales in the kitchen, he asked me if I had become a drug dealer. And it hasn't always been easy. In the early days, my pork scratching consumption probably increased, as every time I ate a pre-sliced apple or dried fruit bar, my immediate reaction was to reach for a piece of pig to take away the taste. But I have got used to vegetables by smothering them in sauce, I have discovered which fruit bars taste palatable and which don't. I realised that my cravings for fatty pork go away if I ate rice cakes or cashews. Except that I've since discovered that rice cakes are also unhealthy something to do with carbohydrates and that the cream I have been putting on my strawberries is probably also killing me. So although I've changed my diet from eating things I do like to things I don't, I've still not quite cracked it.

And that is why I fear the Government's strategy is going to fail. There was a feature in one of the Sunday newspapers the other week, offering suggestions for 'painless ways to get your five a day'. I scanned it and my heart sank. It was full of all sorts of exotic and fancy recipes, pasta this, fruit salad that, in other words all the sorts of food that people who like the taste of fruit and vegetables will enjoy. And which those of us who don't will hate. Which helps no-one.

It's always the same. It's always about trying to convince those of us who don't like healthy food that we've got it wrong, rather than helping us to make it palatable enough to tolerate.

What we want to know is which are the blandest tasting fruits that we can slip into our diets without noticing, and what sauces it is safe to use to mask the flavour of your vegetables. If I can't put cream on my strawberries, what should I use? Which are the least harmful crackers?

In other words, if the Summer of Weight Loss is really going to work, it is going to need to be given a bit of a populist twist, it needs to be kept simple, and made attractive to those who are not its natural followers. Which you would think would be right up Boris's street.

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Healthy Living: Seven weight loss ‘myths’ you need to stop believing – Longford Leader

Has lockdown left your clothes feeling a little more snug? According to a survey by Kings College London and IPSOS Mori, 48% of people in the UK say theyve seen the scales creeping up during the pandemic.

Understandably, many of us have turned to food for comfort, plus our lifestyles suddenly became much more sedentary and giving ourselves a hard time for gaining a bit of weight is the last thing anyone needs.

But if you are thinking about embarking on a post-lockdown health kick, its a good idea to approach it sensibly.

So much is said about losing weight that its hard to know what advice you can trust. Between crash diets, Instagram fads and demonised food groups, theres a lot of conflicting information. Weight loss myths prevail and theyre particularly rife at the moment, with many people looking for ways to shed the extra pounds gained during the heightened stress of lockdown.

To help you on your way, we asked some experts to talk us through some of the most common weight loss myths

1. You can target problem areas

Many people have a part of their body theyre unhappy with, and targeting these so-called problem areas can often be a main motivator in their weight loss journey but regimes that promise to tackle specific areas are misleading.

Unfortunately, if your goal is to solely lose weight off somewhere specific, like your tummy, youre probably going to experience disappointment, says David Wiener, training specialist at Freeletics ( Weight is lost by eating a healthy, balanced diet along with regular exercise, but everyone is different and you cant predict where the fat will be shed from first.

Adding exercises that target the abs and core can help to tone muscle in this area, however, but fat loss is part of a bigger picture.

2. Carbs should be avoided

Most fad or celebrity diets always revolve around cutting out specific food groups, such as carbs, claiming that its a fast-track solution to weight loss, says Wiener.

Carbohydrates are a really important part of a balanced diet though. Wiener explains theyre the bodys main source of energy for the brain, and they also contain essential dietary fibre, which aids in digestion.

While they may [sometimes] be the higher calorie option on paper, the reality is carbs make you feel fuller for longer, which means youre less likely to binge on snacks throughout the day, Wiener adds.

3. Some foods speed up metabolism

The popular theory goes that the faster your metabolism, the more calories you burn and the easier it is to keep weight off. Foods and drinks such as green tea and protein-rich foods are renowned for being good at speeding up your metabolism, says Weiner, who warns that spiking your metabolism only lasts for a few hours at a time. These processes need energy; the amount of energy they need is dependent on an individuals body size, age, gender and genes.

So, while it may be possible for certain foods to spike your metabolism shortly after they are ingested, there is no scientific proof that they are beneficial for your overall metabolism.

4. Biology has no effect on weight loss

Weiner stresses that everybody is different when it comes to weight loss, and theres no simple one size fits all rule. Peoples bodies are affected differently because of varying metabolisms, hormones and muscle mass. Some diets or training regimes will have great success with some people and not with others, he says. You could take more time to lose weight than others, and thats totally fine. Just be patient and trust the process.

5. Detoxing is good for you

Detoxing often largely revolves around cutting out most of your usual food and just having detox juice or shakes instead. Although trendy, health experts often advise caution.

Jo Travers, registered dietitian and author of The Low-Fad Diet, says: A healthy, balanced diet is called such because it is healthy and balanced. When you cut certain foods, it ceases to be balanced and by definition, this means the gut isnt getting what it needs.

A juice detox is a key example. There is very little protein content in juice, so your body will be forced to break down muscle in order to complete important processes like making hormones, enzymes and neurotransmitters. This is usually why people rapidly lose weight on a juice fast; its mainly muscle.

6. Fats are bad when trying to lose weight

Just like carbs, fats often have a bad reputation in the world of dieting. Its not fat that makes you gain weight, its simply eating too many calories that makes you gain weight, says personal trainer Elliott Upton.

One important thing to remember with fats is they contain more calories than protein and carbs, so theyre just easier to overeat there are nine calories per gram of fat, compared to just four calories per gram with carbs and protein.

Certain fats are also very good for us and essential for healthy function. Losing weight and living a lean and healthy lifestyle actually requires some essential fats in your diet. Plus, fays become even more important if youre reducing your intake of carbs, as a low-fat and low-carb diet together is not sustainable, adds Upton.

He says healthy fats are vital to hormone production and they aid in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K.

You should avoid man-made trans fats, which can be pro-inflammatory and are associated with myriad health complications. Healthy sources of fat to include in your weight loss diet are oily fish, like salmon and mackerel; nuts, like cashews, walnuts and almonds; seeds, like chia flax and sesame; and butters and oils.

7. Losing weight should always be a linear process

Losing weight is not always a straightforward and quick journey. Rather than quick-fix diets and fast weight loss, instead think in terms of a general lifestyle change that takes time.

As Wiener explains: Its normal for peoples weight to fluctuate up and down. For example, people are generally lighter in the morning than in the evening. And for women, holding onto water weight can often become more significant during their menstrual cycle.

The bottom line is that making small lifestyle changes and adopting healthy habits over time can help you lose weight in a sustainable, healthy and enjoyable way.

If youre concerned about your weight, its a good idea to speak to your GP, who can give you further advice on losing weight sensibly at home.

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One 19th-century artist’s effort to grapple with tuberculosis resonates during COVID-19 – The Conversation US

Like everyone else, artists have been challenged by new conditions and routines since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have had to adjust what they make as well as how and where they work, coming up with innovative ways to be productive in makeshift studios with limited supplies and in relative isolation.

One thing is certain, though: In response to daily headlines of devastating illness, suffering and death, the need for creative expression and meaningful reflection on loss remains essential.

For the past several years, Ive been researching the impact of disease on late 19th-century American artists. At the time, medical science was ill-equipped to manage rising rates of communicable disease, leaving art to help fill a need to comprehend and process illness.

One of the artists featured in my forthcoming book on art and disease is the painter Abbott Thayer, whose life and work underwent dramatic change following the death of his wife from tuberculosis. For the grieving painter, art functioned as a kind of medicine.

In the late 18th century, tuberculosis started to be tinged with romanticism; it was thought of as an illness that could lead to elevated consciousness, creative insight and intellectual acuity. The poet John Keats and the pianist Frdric Chopin both died young from tuberculosis, cementing its reputation as an affliction of artists.

An early biographer of Robert Louis Stevenson argued that tuberculosis enhanced the writers talent, and in a sculptural relief depicting Stevenson during a stay in New York City, Augustus Saint-Gaudens portrays the bohemian writer with long hair and a cigarette in hand, looking alert and productive, despite being propped up by a stack of pillows in bed. As one critic observed, the relief captured Stevensons picturesque unfitness, as though illness heightened his allure.

If the effects of the disease were poorly understood, so too was the way in which it spread.

For hundreds of years, the cause of disease was believed to be miasmas, or foul-smelling air. Eventually, in the 1880s, medical science realized invisible microorganisms were the source of contagion, and that germs could be quietly passed from person to person. Unlike miasmas, which could be identified through smell, germs moved undetected through crowded cities. They were everywhere.

By the time the wife of painter Abbott Thayer succumbed to the disease in 1891, germ theory was widely accepted and would have been familiar to the artist, who was the son of a physician and public health expert. Fearing his three young children would be next, he sought out a healthy environment a place with plenty of fresh air and surrounded by nature, where the family could eat nutritious meals, roam freely outdoors and get plenty of rest.

The Thayers werent the only family looking for therapeutic settings. The 1870s marked the start of the sanatorium movement, in which individuals who had tuberculosis, or thought they might, were able to steel themselves against the illness in medically supervised, open-air compounds often near the mountains, desert or the sea. At the time, tuberculosis was the cause of roughly one in seven deaths in the U.S.

The life Thayer created for him and his children in Dublin, New Hampshire, was modeled on this type of facility. Their home, at the base of Mount Monadnock, gave the family ample opportunities to be immersed in fresh mountain air, which was then thought to be the purest type of air.

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On a typical day, Thayer spent his morning painting and then climbed Monadnock or took long trail walks with his family. These outdoor activities encouraged the kind of deep breathing believed to free toxins from contaminated lungs.

The Thayers also slept outdoors in individualized lean-tos a three-sided shelter that allowed them to breathe fresh air throughout the night. Thayer also invented a breath catcher a device worn around the nose and mouth, not unlike the protective masks of today whichprevented the bodys noxious exhalations from freezing onto bedding at night, according to the thinking of the time. He also wore a special kind of wool underwear marketed for its protective qualities against disease in a further attempt to avoid germs.

While Thayer was working to protect the health of his family, his art underwent a shift.

Early in his career, Thayer mostly painted landscapes and portraits. But following the illness of his wife Kate, Thayer turned his own children Mary, Gerald and Gladys into the primary subjects of his work.

In the first of these, Angel, he painted his eldest child Mary as a heavenly creature, whose pale, chalky skin underscored by her white robe and wings conveys a fragility evoking the effects of tuberculosis.

The painting brings together the contradiction of a healthy daughter and sickly mother, collapsing the promise of wholesome youth and the fear of bodily disintegration.

In A Virgin of 189293, Thayer depicted all three children standing outside. The clouds, which emerge from Marys shoulders as wings, allude to Thayers earlier depiction of her in Angel and thus to her role as a stand-in for his late wife.

Given the way in which Kates illness focused the familys attention on nature and health, it seems significant, too, that the children, shown barefoot and windswept, walk vigorously and purposefully. Their classical clothing pays tribute to the ancient Greeks, celebrated in Thayers time for their commitment to physical fitness and outdoor living.

Immersed in a therapeutic environment while perhaps on one of their treks up Monadnock, Thayers children embody the life their father embraced. They become models of healthy outdoor living in an era of contagious disease.

The image may look antiquated, but it resonates today.

Both tuberculosis and COVID-19 target the lungs. Symptoms for both diseases include shortness of breath and coughing. There was no effective way to treat tuberculosis until the development of streptomycin in the 1940s, so prevention and perseverance during Thayers time as with COVID-19 often involved good hygiene and healthy living. Like Mary, Gerald and Gladys, we are still taking walks in nature in an effort to escape the psychological and physical limitations of quarantine.

Today, filling our lungs with fresh air remains a reassuring sign of health just as it did more than a century ago.

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Give yourself a boost: 3 ways to keep the immune system in top shape – Las Vegas Sun

Boosting our immune system to help us fight disease and illness more effectively is crucial, pandemic or no. Eating healthy, along with exercising regularly and engaging in stress-relieving activities, are critical.

Through a balanced, varied diet, you can improve your immune system by consuming antioxidant-rich foods and phytochemicals, or chemical compounds of plant origin, explains Samantha M. Coogan, director of the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics at UNLV.

Coogan says that antioxidants fight off free radicals, which, according to, are unstable atoms that can damage cells, which can lead to potential infection. When these cellular linings are broken or disrupted, foreign matter or waste products can potentially enter the cell and attack the organelles and cell as a whole, Coogan says, adding that such antioxidants as vitamins A, C and E, along with copper, selenium and zinc, are beneficial in helping to prevent these kinds of attacks on cells.

While people often turn to supplements to get antioxidants and vitamins, Coogan doesnt recommend them. Food first, she says, followed by supplements only if necessary.

Move for Health

Exercise is another important factor in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Working out directly affects your immune system because of the purposeful stress response you put onto the body, Coogan says, adding that when we work out, free radicals are produced.

But isnt that counterproductive?

So you want to boost your immune system, but youre not sure what to eat. Samantha M. Coogan, director of the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics at UNLV, has some recommendations. Next time youre at the grocery store, load up on the following:

red, orange and yellow produce

citrus fruits


green, leafy vegetables












green tea

Coogan says the production of free radicals is a normal occurrence, and explains why nutrition before and after a workout is critical to help fight off those free radicals after your exercise session, and to help recover and repair the stressed and damaged muscle tissue.

Again, Coogan assures this is all completely normal, and even beneficial. The more we expose our bodies to that type of external stimulus, it requires the body to react every time, she says. Each time, it will adapt more quickly and readily.

Finding a safe way to exercise during the pandemic can present its difficulties, especially in the summer when living in the desert. Lifting weights at home, following a yoga instruction video on YouTube and hiking are just a few ways to incorporate activity into your daily routine.

Another advantage of exercise: its role in alleviating stress, which can wreak havoc on the immune system.

Neurotransmitters and stress hormones are released in direct response to external stimuli, whether it be physical stresslike exercise or physical traumaor mental and emotional stress, Coogan says. Cortisol tends to be one of the biggest culprits when it comes to stress, which also hinders weight management or loss, because cortisol increases fat around the organs, known as visceral fat. While other stress hormones like epinephrine and norepinephrine are responsible for the fight or flight response, cortisol is the main obstacle when it comes to weight maintenance and our stress response, Coogan says.

Exercise for the mind

People are more stressed now than ever before, but even during a pandemic, we can incorporate stress-relieving activities into our daily lives.

One way to reduce stressful responses: Give yourself something on which to focus. Stimulating your brain can help stave off stress, especially if you try something new, Coogan says, although she clarifies that doing something familiar can be just as effective.

Find something unrelated to work, school, the pandemic or whats going on around the world right now, and find something that brings you happiness and puts a smile on your face, Coogan says. The health expert recommends video games, a comforting TV show or movie, reading, meditation, puzzles, yoga, brain teasers, painting, adult coloring books, an instrument, knitting or learning a new skill.

Coogan says that during the pandemic, she picked up embroidery as a new hobby. Im so in love with it, she says. I am a very detail-oriented person, and getting lost in the intricacies of the patterns and the way the threads come together to form this beautiful work of art produces very happy hormones and brings me a lot of joy and satisfaction in the work Ive done. I can get lost in it for hours as I give all my attention to the detail of the pattern, with my favorite music playing or a comedy special on in the background.

Coogan says the activity doesnt have to be intricate or complicatedor produce anything. If it has a positive benefit to you, keep doing it, she says. If youve mastered that boss level 100 times, but each time you do it, it makes you feel good, then keep doing it. If sitting on the couch for nine hours straight binge-watching See with Jason Momoa brings you joy and fulfillment for that day, despite no productivity in the traditional sense, thats also OK, Coogan says, adding that she may or may not have done that herself.

Vegging out, she says, is still a way of taking control of stress. Just dont let yourself get lost in your own silence or your own head, Coogan says, warning that can trigger even more stress. Its all about moderation and finding healthy habits.

Make sure to switch up what youre doing, she saysand maybe dont binge-watch Netflix every single day.

For more information on micronutrients, Coogan suggests visiting the National Institutes of Healths nutrient recommendation page.

This story appeared in Las VegasWeekly.

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Healthy eating is the cornerstone of a healthy body – Martinsburg Journal

Ginnie Maurer

Falling Waters

As we continue to live through this pandemic, some may be wondering when the next one will hit. We've already experienced several in the 21st century, so we might as well get used to these events. But how can we each individually take responsibility for our own health so the effects of a widespread outbreak don't affect us and our loved ones with great intensity.

First, we need to know what a healthy being looks like. One who takes dozens of pills daily is most likely treating symptoms and not underlying causes. By starting with underlying causes, we can build our health one step at a time-or more appropriately one vegetable, grain, fruit, bean, and nut at a time. Yes, healthy eating is the cornerstone of a healthy body. Twinkies and potato chips, sodas (diet or otherwise) do not support our wellbeing. In fact these and many other foods do just the opposite. But our health care system seems to be okay with that as few health care professionals are taught much about human nutrition though that is the one thing their patients rely on daily to live.

Additionally, our healthcare system treats diseases after they occur instead of nurturing healthy living so that many of these diseases can be avoided. We have a medical model that supports the use of pharmaceuticals to cure all ills, when in fact those very same pharmaceuticals may be masking underlying causes and may even create illnesses of their own. Pharmaceutical companies don't make money if you can get your "medicine" from the produce aisle or farmers market, so they are invested in getting you hooked on all sorts of pills, potions, and procedures.

We learned the sad truth that tobacco kills long after many people died from smoking-related diseases; do we have to wait years to learn how deadly animal-based foods are to our lives, do thousands/millions need to die before we realize that three times a day we are actively destroying ourselves? No pill can do what you need to do for yourself which is to embrace a plant-based program of eating. In numerous, long-term studies with thousands of participants, plant-based eating has been shown to slow the progress of or reverse our major killers: heart disease, cancer, diabetes, among others No pill can cure you of these diseases but eating a plant-based diet can go a long way in easing symptoms and possibly reversing them. But why wait until you get one or more of these diseases? Start eating a plant-based diet today and you may not be living your life on the edges of health. And while you're healing yourself, you will also be educating your health care professionals on an alternative to pharmaceuticals.

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Whatcom Family YMCA Announces that the Lynden YMCA Will Not Reopen –

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For 40 years, the Lynden YMCA has taught children to swim, developed youth sports skills and teamwork, improved the health and well-being of the community, and built a place of acceptance and fellowship. Though the YMCA remains committed to healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility throughout Whatcom County during these unprecedented times and beyond, the Y has determined it is not financially viable or prudent to reopen the Lynden location for the foreseeable future.

Over the past few years, due to the rising costs of operating the pool and building, this facility has run at a deficit.Unfortunately, the economic impact from the COVID-19 pandemic has made these losses insurmountable, at least until the pandemic has passed.

It is with profound sadness we announce that we are not able to reopen the Lynden YMCA at this time, said Bill Ziels, CEO of the Whatcom Family YMCA. We respect the City of Lyndens desire to reopen the site and understand they may explore leasing the building to other operators. We sincerely hope a solution is found that will enable the facility to reopen and serve the community.

While the Y will not be able to provide a central location in Lynden currently, they are exploring ways to offer programs and services when COVID restrictions are fully lifted.

We know the Y is needed now more than ever to help our communities endure and recover from this crisis. The Y is more than just a placewe are a movement, said Ziels. We greatly appreciate the help and support we have received from the City of Lynden, and we value our long-term relationship.

The YMCA has been a part of the Whatcom community for over a century andis grateful for support during this critical period. Today, they continue to provide vital services such as much-needed childcare and youth enrichment, food delivery to those in need throughout the county, in-person and virtual healthy living classes, and more.

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Mixing Fun And Healthy Living: Why These Beverage Founders Bet On Premiumization – Forbes

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AVEC Co-Founders Dee Charlemagne (left) and Alex Doman (right) recognized trends in a traditional ... [+] industry and a void in the marketplace.

The Journey To Founding And Funding A Fresh Startup In A Traditional Industry

There was a time when ads claimed how delicious (and healthy) processed food like American cheese and Twinkies were. Chemical flavorings, colors, preservatives, and lots of sugar: These ingredients have now inspired whole movements and businesses whose aim is to eradicate them from our foods and beverages. As far as beverages go, for years people had been satisfied with mixing their whiskey with lemon-flavored soda or their rum with cola-flavored soda. Of course, there have been fancy mixers such as orgeat and falernum, but a visit to your local bar, restaurant, or club most often served guests cocktails with old-school mixers from a soda gun.

AVEC DRINKS Co-Founders Denetrias Dee Charlemagne and Alex Doman knew that they and their fellow consumers deserved a healthier, tastier mixer alternative and set out to develop one. They both saw how people would try to hack their way to a healthier drink by switching out sour mix for citrus, adding herbs, or even nut milks.

Healthy Trends And A Void In The Marketplace

After seeing these trends toward less processed and more indulgent food and drink with more natural, healthy, and interesting ingredientsand after rejecting some other less fun, less lucrative entrepreneurial ideas while still at Columbia Business School, both class of 2020Charlemagne and Doman also recognized the relative void in the premium mixer marketplace. They eventually agreed to collaborate to create AVEC, named after the French word for with. With the examples of successful premium natural beverages like Seedlip and Fever-Tree mixers, they established their line of premium all-natural carbonated mixers featuring low sugar and exotic flavors.

AVEC provides an innovative alternative featuring 5 flavors of all-natural, low sugar carbonated ... [+] premium mixers.

The Right Industry At The Right Time With The Right Team

Domans experience as a management consultant with a food & beverage or hospitality specialty (working with a range of businesses from S&P 500 stalwarts to new-born startups) along with Charlemagnes background in media and advertising (working at top firms like Ogilvy and Mather, WPP, and VICE Media building the brands of others) combine to form a diverse and complementary team that offers a fresh voice and an innovative product to a relatively stale, undiversified field. Although they just launched, the duos startup has already attracted the likes of Liquor, Trendhunter, Eater plus The New York Timess Florence Fabricant's Front Burner column. Doman states, The industry is crying out for a healthy alternative to sugar-filled mixers and tasteless soda water. Our five flavors use real juice, natural botanicals, and spices to create delicious mixers without all the sugar.

Although Charlemagne and Doman have yet to seek formal funding, Charlemagne does speculate about the eventual funding support for AVEC given the historical challenges. As she describes it, Im aware that there are only about 40 black female founders who have raised over $1 million in VC funding. I have met some of them and continue to be inspired by them as we build AVEC. Overall, Black founders have received about 1% of VC dollars, females founders 8%, and Black women founders .0006%.

Originally AVEC targeted raising a $1 million Pre-Seed with a big launch this summer. Due to Covid-19 and how it has affected deadlines worldwide, instead, they raised a Friends, Family, and Angels round. They launched softly while their customers have been meeting friends at virtual happy hours and quieter gatherings at home and now outside.

Bridging The American Divide

One woman whom Charlemagne finds particularly inspirational and fascinating to follow is fellow Columbia alumna Ursula Burns, MS 82SEAS ME, the former and first-ever Black and female CEO and chair of Xerox. She explains, As a Black woman who is a leader in her field, I know she had to work that much harder to get where she wanted to be, where she needed to be, to succeed and fulfill her potential. That motivates me in everything I do. Her story plus a class I took during my MBA program called Bridging the American Divide made me think differently about the kind of business leader I want to be. The class talks about the causes and consequences of the American divideand what the students as future business leaders might do to help bridge it.

Setting Goals For AVECs Future

We want to redefine the mixer category in the US around modern valueshigh quality, all-natural, low sugar, but also diverse teams and sustainable supply chains, Doman explains. He points out that the companys very name suggests and encourages the act of bringing people together, which in todays world is needed more than ever. Ultimately, AVECs founders know that when people convene to eat and drink together, they are creating moments where they can converse, connect, promote change, and drive empowerment.

AVEC with 6 Feet Apart Tables at White Horse Tavern "Drink Better. Mix AVEC."

Charlemagne adds, We want to promote living a balanced and healthy life while injecting a sense of fun in our brand and the way our products are consumed. Once we achieve that with the AVEC brand, there are several lifestyle directions we could pursue where we could continue to support diversity in taste and in communities.

When asked about what her idea of more immediate success would look like for AVEC, she envisions walking down the street and spotting people in restaurants, bars, and on terraces drinking an AVEC drink, with or without spirits. Based on their traction and the attention they have garnered so far, it looks like AVECs founders are on their way to making that first vision a reality.

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Cecilia F. Pineda is Senior Associate Director at the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center at Columbia Business School. For a while, her passion for food and beverage manifested in owning and managing restaurants/bars/catering companies, and marketing and distributing retail and wholesale food products.

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