Breaking the Fast
A recent study performed at the University of Massachusetts found that people who eat
breakfast at home are much less likely to become obese. In fact, the study showed that
people who skip breakfast are actually 4.5 times more likely to become obese than those
who eat breakfast regularly. The same study revealed that those who eat breakfast away
from home are still 2 times more likely to become obese. So, increase your chances of
staying lean by finding quick and healthy breakfast choices that can be prepared at home.
Sleep and Weight Loss
We all know that sleep and exercise are vital to achieving health and weight loss goals…
but are you missing something? The missing ingredient could be the quality and amount of
sleep you are getting at night. Fluctuations in sleep will throw off the delicate balance of
hormones that control appetite and metabolism. Here are a few helpful tips to achieving
Be sure you have a mattress that will allow your body to relax completely while you
sleep. An old mattress will not support the body while you rest and your body will
need to provide postural support throughout the night.
Try not to nap during the day, as this will deplete your need for rest at night.
Try eating a small healthy snack about 3 hours before bed. This will prevent your
blood sugars from dropping which may disturb a restful night’s sleep.
Pick a Cherry
Looking for a food that is not only delicious and healthy, but can actually help fight cancer?
Look no further than cherries! Cherries can relieve pain, which will improve your likelihood
of staying active as you age. This wonderful fruit is jam-packed with antioxidants, which
are nutrients that promote circulation and boost your immune system. Not only that, but
they are rich in quercetin, which is one of the most powerful cancer fighters available in
Sugary Foods May Cause Birth Defects
Women who are planning to become pregnant or are expecting mothers should beware of
foods high in sugar. Research done by the California Birth Defects Monitoring Program
found that women who are in their first weeks of pregnancy should avoid sugary foods to
lower their chance of birth defects. Foods high on the glycemic index, like white bread and
soda, can lead to high blood sugar in the mother. This in turn, can lead to malformation of
the dural tube in the fetus. Obese women who consumed high amounts of sugar were
found to be four times more likely to deliver an affected baby than those watching their
Vitamin D Linked to Weight Loss
Vitamin D may be useful to those looking to lose weight. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin
that helps the body to maintain levels of calcium and phosphorus in the blood as well as
promote bone health. Scientists in New York found that women who are overweight have
less Vitamin D in their blood. By taking Vitamin D as a supplement, this valuable nutrient
will be available for use in the rest of the body and will not be completely absorbed into the