You know the feeling: You ate too much for dinner, and now you're so bloated you think you're gonna pop. Or maybe it was the way you wolfed down that burrito at work between meetings. Or it could be PMS. Whatever the reason, you're feeling gassy, puffy and miserable—and longing for stretchy pants.
At a certain point in life, summer plans seem to revolve around weddings. I'm coming off a three-weekend wedding streak, with three weddings in as many cities. That's three welcome parties, three celebratory cocktail hours, three series of passed appetizers, three-course meals, three-layer cakes and three next-day brunches.
Maybe you think you don't use sugar substitutes. Maybe you steer clear of diet sodas and "lite" foods to avoid chemicals like aspartame. But if you've eaten certain high-fiber cereals, salad dressings, frozen entrees—or even sipped some nondiet iced teas—then you've probably consumed a lot more of them than you realize. And your odds are only growing: sugar substitute use in packaged foods has been rising steadily for the past -decade—the amount in our food supply now tops 26 pounds per person annually.
Recipe to Try: Champagne Float
Let's get something straight: Eating certain foods probably won't spice up your sex life overnight. When it comes to sex, most experts agree it's what in your head—not what's on your plate—that counts most. "Sexual performance is more about body confidence than nutrition," says Jessica Crandall, R.D., a certified diabetes educator and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
I enjoy the morning ritual of packing healthy lunches and snacks for my kids to bring to school when I'm not in a hurry. But most days, packing lunch is just one more task I need to check off before we all rush out the door. It takes time, energy and money to plan out kids' meals and to make sure they are getting the nutrition they need. And it's a real bummer—and a waste of food and dollars—when lunches come home half-eaten.
Good news for fruit lovers everywhere: eating fresh fruit is associated with a lower risk of diabetes and a lower risk of complications if you already have the disease, according to a new study published in PLOS Medicine.
Featured recipe: Fresh Fruit Salad
Summer is finally upon us, and that means patio parties, barbecues and other delicious family affairs. With so many tasty al fresco opportunities penciled into the calendar, a lot of us attempt to compensate by eating better all week long in anticipation of a weekend splurge. But you may be doing yourself more harm than good.
Who wouldn't love a lower grocery bill? If you're trying to be money conscious but don't want to sacrifice your diet, we completely understand. When it comes to eating healthy on a budget, focus on foods that you can buy in large quantities, are versatile and pack a nutrient punch. Here are 6 foods you should add to your cart. They may not be the trendiest items out there, but they are nutritious and economical.