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Foods You Should Eat or Avoid Before Exercise

What should I eat before I exercise? That’s one of the questions athletes of all ages and abilities most commonly ask in sports nutrition workshops. While most people expect a simple response such as “Eat a banana,” or “Have a slice of toast,” the answer is actually more complex and depends on many factors.

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Controlling Blood Glucose for Brain Health

Poor diet choices, and being overweight and inactive often lead to blood glucose problems. And research suggests that elevated blood glucose levels in people with or without diabetes may be linked with cognitive problems.

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Weight Problems and Related Diseases Can Persist Over Generations

Knowing about a person’s family history, especially the socio-economic conditions that persisted over generations, is important to understand, for example, the correlations between financial or educational limitations and potential lifestyle-related health problems such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

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In Praise of Doing Less

Summer is over and it’s back to work, back to school, back to business as usual. Especially for us Americans, who labor longer hours and take fewer days off compared to the Europeans and even the notoriously industrious Japanese, being busy counts as normalcy, while leisure time is considered a luxury most can ill afford. The notion that hard work is essential for getting ahead in life is so deeply ingrained in our culture that its validity is hardly ever questioned. A rare and refreshing exception is Richard Koch, the bestselling author of “The 80/20 Principle – The Secret to Achieving More with Less.”

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Stop Your Nighttime Binges

Do you sometimes crave a late-night snack, even after you’ve had a big dinner? Or worse, do you find yourself binging at night? If so, you’re not alone. Millions suffer from this problem that often leads to obesity, diabetes, and depression. How does this happen? It’s not a character flaw or an emotional issue, it’s not some psychological trauma that you have to overcome. Mostly, it’s simple biology.

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Our Estranged Relationship with Food

Americans feel less assured about the quality of their food than they used to. In a recent survey by Consumer Reports magazine, over 90 percent of respondents said they wanted to know more about what they were eating and would welcome detailed information about food production, including country of origin and genetic modifications. At the same time, the vast majority of consumers buys its food supply from places that offer convenience and low prices. Those are not organic grocery stores or local farmers markets. Walmart and Target are the new top destinations for food shoppers.

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