Boost Metabolism While You Sleep

Remember in biology class when you learned about the parts of the cell and you wondered why you had to know this stuff? Really, when would you ever use this information in real life? Well here it is. But wait, there's more...
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Misleading Fat Labels – When 2% is Really 40% Fat

Misleading Fat Labels – When 2% is Really 40% Fat

By: Shanyn OlpinLet’s face it, if you were selling a product that has 2% fat when you measure it one way, but 40% fat if you measure it another, you’d want the packaging to read that there was only 2% fat in your product. That is how it goes in the food industry. But that kind of advertising is misleading to consumers.If you care about what you eat, and you want to be a savvy consumer, you are going to have to learn not only to READ packages and labels, but how to FIGURE THEM OUT. Don't let this cause you chronic anxiety! As far as fats go, here is the skinny on figuring out how much of it is actually in your food. (more…)...
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Coping with Stress? Cheat on Your Diet.

Coping with Stress? Cheat on Your Diet.

By: SMP Staff"That which you resist, tends to persist" - and gets bigger.Ever noticed that the longer you battle a craving, the stronger it gets? Suddenly, the thought of a satisfying piece of chocolate becomes the uncontrollable urge to eat the whole bag.A recent study showed this result when they asked three groups of female college students to think about chocolate, avoid thinking about chocolate, or think about whatever they wanted. Guess who ended up eating the most chocolate? Yep, it was the group that tried to avoid thinking about it.1 (more…)...
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Don’t Eat That for Breakfast!

Don’t Eat That for Breakfast!

By: SMP StaffHow does your breakfast effect your health?You wake up. You’re hungry. You open the cupboard and see two cereals, Captain Crunch and Raisin Bran. What you do next may not only effect your day, but your life.What you eat for breakfast is vitally important to your health. It influences many things; what nutrients you get, how healthy you are, your ability to fight disease, how much energy you have, your cravings, your ability to focus, your mood and how much and what else you eat for the rest of the day.Skipping breakfast is not a good idea. For one thing, people who skip breakfast tend to weigh MORE than those who don't. This sounds contradictory. It would seem that not eating breakfast calories would help people to lose weight, actually the reverse is true. (Read Why Diets Don't Work to find out why.) (more…)...
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Is Gatorade Good for Kids?

Is Gatorade Good for Kids?

By: SMP StaffSports drinks are different from protein drinks, meal replacement drinks, vitamin drinks, recovery drinks, fitness waters, endurance drinks, and recreational drinks like Kool-Aid and colas. Each drink has a specific purpose (we will talk about each of these in future articles), but the purpose of quality sports drinks is three fold.1. Hydration2. Replacing glycogen stores (sugar that is stored in the liver and muscles)3. Replacing electrolytesWe will use Gatorade as our example because it was the first of the major sports drinks. It was created by physicians and researchers at the University of Florida in 1965 to combat some of the problems facing the school’s football team. The players were suffering from cramps, exhaustion and a host of other problems caused by training in the area’s hot and humid conditions. The researchers discovered that the players were not drinking enough water or replacing the electrolytes and glycogen that was lost through sweat and exercise. (more…)...
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Soft Drinks that Stress You Out

Soft Drinks that Stress You Out

By: SMP StaffWhen people are stressed they sometimes reach for a soft drink, but have you ever stopped to think, “What’s in this drink?” The answer might surprise you. It doesn’t matter if it is regular or diet. There are some things in all kinds of soft drinks that may stress you out. (more…)...
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The Dimensions of Health and Wellness

The Dimensions of Health and Wellness

By: Dr. Mike OlpinOn the first day of class every semester, I usually ask the students, “What is a healthy person?”Typically, I get answers like, someone who exercises, eats right, is thin, has good hygiene, gets enough sleep, doesn’t do drugs, has nice skin, is in shape, isn’t sick, is tan, isn’t overweight, someone who has lots of energy.Did you notice something about all of these responses?They all have to do with a person’s physical health. That is usually what people think of when they think of health, but there are other aspects to a healthy person. What else is a healthy person? (more…)...
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Natural Anxiety Relief

Natural Anxiety Relief

By: SMP StaffWant to help overcome stress in a natural way? How about by eating food? Sounds good, but you must eat a certain way to make eating an effective anxiety remedy. (more…)...
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What Sleeping has to do with your Waistline

By: Shanyn OlpinThat Freshman Fifteen, may not all be from the cafeteria food. It may be because you haven't been hitting the snooze button enough. Sleep, or lack of it, not only affects your mind, it can seriously affect your waistline. Here's how. (more…)...
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