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What Your Food Cravings Are Really Trying to Tell You

What Your Food Cravings Are Really Trying to Tell You

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Food cravings can really pack a wallop. A desire for red meat may come on so strong that you veer off the highway in search of a burger joint. Or perhaps all you can think about is a homemade brownie. But it turns out these impulses are sometimes more than simple urges—they can also offer intel about what your body really needs."We live in a culture that vilifies cravings,” says Marci Evans, a registered dietician and eating disorder specialist in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We think of them as forbidden desires that must be squashed. And that's unfortunate, because cravings aren't the enemy, Evans says. Rather, "[t]hey’re a communication from our body."Here, she explains how to interpret and heed those signals in a healthy, mindful way. And keep in mind, of cou
6 Really Good Things That Happen to Your Body When You Quit Sugar

6 Really Good Things That Happen to Your Body When You Quit Sugar

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Want lasting energy? Less belly fat? Younger-looking skin? Of course you do! Here's all the motivation you need to break up with the sweet stuff. Kicking a sugar habit is challenging—even for the most strong-willed among us. See, research has found that sugar tricks your brain into wanting more and more of it. But there's good news. A little sweetness is okay—emphasis on little. The American Heart Association recommends no more than six teaspoons of added sugar a day for women. Also okay: the sugar found in whole foods like fruits and veggies, says Kimber Stanhope, PhD, a nutritional biologist at the University of California, Davis. "These naturally occurring sugars come packaged with good-for-you vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other nutrients." But if you can di
Easy Sheet Pan Recipes for Chicken, Fish, Tofu, Pork—Even Pizza!

Easy Sheet Pan Recipes for Chicken, Fish, Tofu, Pork—Even Pizza!

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These healthy dinner ideas make cleanup a breeze. Maybe you’ve finally gotten used to busting out the sheet pan when you are in a recipe rut, or super-short on time. And perhaps you already know that you can make top-notch granola with it, or roast a whole head of cauliflower on it.But consider this: You can make a whole meal on a baking sheet, no matter your dietary preferences or restrictions. Cooking chicken? Great. Add chopped potatoes and leeks to the pan, too. Got halibut you’re wrapping in parchment? Consider the starches and veggies you might nestle around it. If you’re heating up that oven anyways, you might as well employ all its power, conserving energy.As you get more familiar with tucking one favorite dish in with another, you’ll start
Racial gap in heart health down due to declining health of white Americans: Study

Racial gap in heart health down due to declining health of white Americans: Study

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A new study out of UCLA has shown that health disparities between black and white Americans have decreased because overall heart health for white Americans has declined. Researchers looked at health records 40,876 adults -- white Americans, African-Americans, and Mexican-Americans -- and sorted them as having either “optimal,” “suboptimal” or “poor” cardiovascular health, using a standardized classification system. The study was published in Annals of Internal Medicine. The researchers noted that between 1988 and 1994, the number of black Americans ages 25 to 44 in "optimal" health was 22 percent lower than in white Americans. For black Americans ages 65 and older, it was 8 percent lower than white Americans in the same period. Those numbers have changed -- but those in good heart healt
Macular degeneration: 'I've been given my sight back'

Macular degeneration: 'I've been given my sight back'

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Doctors have taken a major step towards curing the most common form of blindness in the UK - age-related macular degeneration.Douglas Waters, 86, could not see out of his right eye, but "I can now read the newspaper" with it, he says.He was one of two patients given pioneering stem cell therapy at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. Cells from a human embryo were grown into a patch that was delicately inserted into the back of the eye.'Couldn't see anything'Douglas, who is from London, developed severe age-related macular degeneration in his right eye three years ago.The macula is the part of the eye that allows you to see straight ahead - whether to recognise faces, watch TV or read a book. He says: "In the months before the operation my sight was really poor and I couldn't see anything ou...