September 22, 2016 |
IF THERE'S ANYTHING we abhor more than belly fat, it's the sense that we are getting older. From those first strands of gray, we fight tooth and nail to deny the inevitable. Zeroing in on our fears and insecurities, clever advertisers relentlessly pitch us anti-aging products and procedures. Honestly, though, anti-aging is an oxymoron, because no creams, magic potions, or even the best cosmetic surgery can reverse the aging process. We can take responsibility for how we age. We can decide to respect our bodies by giving them the proper daily care, the best nutrition, and, of course, daily exercise.
April 22, 2016 |
Samantha Quinones bought kale for the first time this week - and ate it raw in a salad mixed with some spinach. Chalk it up to a class on food and nutrition that the 25-year-old single mother of two boys is taking at Congreso de Latinos Unidos in North Philadelphia. Quinones, who lives in the Mayfair section of Northeast Philadelphia, said the class, sponsored by the food-service giant Aramark and the American Heart Association, is making a big difference to her. "I'm more aware of what I buy at the grocery store," Quinones said.
November 10, 2015 |
Dr. Mona Reidenberg Sutnick, 79, of Center City, died Oct. 25 of complications from dementia. Dr. Sutnick was an award-winning nutrition educator and author of the book Nutrition and Women's Health . Though she was born in Philadelphia in 1936, she spent her childhood in a variety of locations, thanks to her father's job as a Navy doctor during WWII. "She used to say that she must have attended six different schools before the sixth grade," said her husband, Dr. Alton Sutnick.
June 12, 2015 |
Some recipes are sacrosanct, passed down on stained and creased index cards from one generation to the next. If you grew up on soul food, like Dejenaba Gordon did, collard greens is among them. "I've only known one way to cook collard greens: Boil it for hours with turkey or pork," she said. But last week, she stood up in front of a capacity crowd at the Free Library's Culinary Literacy Center and proposed something radical: Quickly saute the greens with caramelized onions, olive oil, and Dijon mustard, a compromise that preserves the nutrition and cuts out the saturated fat. The point wasn't to break with tradition, but to embrace it - while rethinking familiar flavors and ingredients in the context of 21st-century nutrition concerns.
December 24, 2014
BEING THE mother of a 6-year-old, I go to lots of children's birthday parties. I've been noticing a phenomenon called precocious puberty, which hits girls especially hard, though increasingly I've noticed it in boys, too. I'll find myself thinking, "Whoa! She's 7? She's developing breasts and looks like a little woman!" Or, "My goodness, he's 8 and already taller than me!" Witnessing this has made me curious and, along with other moms I talk with, I'm concerned, worried and bewildered.
December 22, 2014 |
At the start of the life-or-death competition in the Hunger Games series, the contestants are presented with a cornucopia teeming with tools for their survival. The protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, is warned to steer clear. As much as she needs the resources, charging into the stockpile will put her in the throes of a savage competition for dominance. Those seeking the keys to a healthy diet these days face a similar predicament. Decades of studies have produced vast stores of data about the foods and nutrients likely to enhance and extend life.
August 21, 2014 |
Eggland's Best L.L.C. has flown the coop. After seven years perched just off the Trooper Road exit of Route 422 in Montgomery County, the producer of higher-nutrition eggs, each stamped with a red EB , relocated its headquarters last month to Malvern. The move was to make way for a mixed-use development planned for the Trooper Road site and is not a sign of distress at EB, said Charles T. Lanktree, president and CEO. While the egg industry in general has had sales as flat as a crepe, EB's unit sales have been up double digits each of the last 17 years, an average of 14 percent each year, Lanktree said.
August 2, 2014 |
LeSean McCoy has stopped eating Doritos at midnight. That's part of the Eagles running back's emphasis on nutrition, which helped him drop four to seven pounds this offseason in an effort to become even quicker. McCoy led the NFL with 1,607 rushing yards last season, but apparently that was not enough. He wanted to be lighter. McCoy has trimmed down to about 209 pounds. "I felt like last year, even with the year I did have, it was based on guys up front really blocking well and [me]
September 27, 2013 |
As the leisurely rhythms of summer give way to the more frantic routines of fall, those responsible for feeding a family have the challenge of navigating mealtimes around multiple schedules. I have always felt, and research bears out, that sitting down to eat, even for a few minutes, is better than eating in front of the fridge, or in the backseat of the car. Sit-down meals with others promote better eating habits, better relationships, and even better grades. So how can a busy family manage to eat healthy home-cooked meals here in the real world of competing priorities and overfilled schedules?
August 9, 2013
YOU MIGHT not call him a brainiac, but Dr. Neal Barnard is certainly brainy. He takes care of his gray matter and wants you to take care of yours. He'll be at the Ethical Society Friday night to talk about it. Power Foods for the Brain (Hachette) is Barnard's latest book, and his thinking on food and health is worth paying attention to. Not just because he's a best-selling author, does nutrition research, teaches medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and runs the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, all of which take mental acuity.