Month: October 2012

Tips for a Healthy Halloween

By Betty Murray Halloween is a holiday packed full of thrills and chills for kids and adults alike. It is also packed full of sugar and sweets. Halloween just wouldn’t be the same without trick-or-treating, but before your kids fill up their buckets of candy, take some time to prepare for a “healthier” Halloween. Try these …

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Pumpkin Seeds: Small seeds, big health benefits

By Betty Murray Did you know pumpkin seeds are packed full of nutritional benefits. When it’s time to carve pumpkins this year, don’t be too quick to throw away the seeds. Pumpkin seeds are a delicious and nutritious snack, in fact, they are some of the most nutritious seeds we can eat. Pumpkin seeds are rich …

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Healthy fall foods found at the Farmer’s Market

By Betty Murray Dallas is enjoying a slight drop in temperatures this week, reminders that the sweltering summer heat is over for another year. The fall season ushers in the holidays, which for most people means more parties, more celebrations and more eating. Eating fall foods doesn’t have to equal weight gain. There are plenty of …

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Nutritional and other benefits of eating organic foods

By Betty Murray Organic foods are more nutritious than non-organic foods. Or are they? A study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine in which doctors from Stanford University examined 240 other studies on organic foods over the last 40 years found that organic foods contain little additional nutritional benefits than non-organic foods. The Stanford …

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To lose weight, less is more when it comes to exercise

By Betty Murray If you’re looking to lose weight by working out, you will likely be disappointed in the results. Are you in denial that you need to change your eating habits in and exercise regularly to lose weight? Over the years, multiple studies have confirmed that exercise yields little weight loss when not combined with …

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The link between sugary drinks and genetic obesity

By Betty Murray Sugary drinks may increase the effect of genes that predispose people to obesity, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Sugary drinks, including sports drinks and soda are directly related to increased weight gain. They are the largest single food source of calories in the country. According …

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Vitamin D can help fight heart disease, cancer and chronic fatigue

By Betty Murray How much sun did you get today? Exposure to the sun boosts production of vitamin D in your body. Vitamin D is crucial to our overall health, but many people don’t understand the benefits of vitamin D. Vitamin D can help protect against diseases like osteoporosis, heart disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon …

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Enjoy the State Fair the healthy way: Healthy food options at the State Fair of Texas

By Betty Murray The State Fair of Texas is off and running, and like any year at the state fair, fried foods rule. An estimated 3 million people will visit the fair this year, many of them to indulge in the newest fried concoction, such as the fried bacon cinnamon roll, fried sugar, chicken fried cactus …

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