Marcia

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Name: Marcia Crawford
Date registered: July 11, 2011

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  1. Coconut oil craze-y — July 17, 2017
  2. CDC Top Ten — July 10, 2017
  3. No Fish Tale — June 29, 2017
  4. Eating index — June 26, 2017
  5. Which is the most important nutrient? — June 22, 2017

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No Fish Tale

The stories we tell about fish are neither a tale nor fishy! The health benefits ARE numerous and I loved a MedicalNewsToday headline from June 2017:

Rheumatoid arthritis: Regular fish intake may ease symptoms.

No cures, no claims, no broad sweeping statements. “MAY ease” was also a clue that this was real research. The study published in Arthritis Care & Research was conducted at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

While this was a small study and types of fish were not specified, their results coincide with what we know about fish. For a variety of reasons, fish seems to decrease heart attack and stroke incidence. It MAY be related to its fat content or it MAY be related to its vitamin D content or it MAY be the benefit from some chemical in fish we have not yet isolated. And it just MAY be healthy because we are not eating something else!!

Study participants who ate fish once/month or less had more disease activity while those who ate fish more than twice weekly showed significantly less RA activity. We can’t extrapolate this to osteoarthritis but combined with the cardiovascular benefits, let’s proclaim fish is VERY good for you.

Nutrition Minute readers won’t say “I don’t like fish” because that’s not good thinking but a few of you are thinking, “I like fish, but can’t cook it at home”. But that’s also a “stuck” mentality.

The internet has endless recipes for fish but this link caught my eye for someone needing some inspiration https://greatist.com/eat/healthy-fish-recipes. All types, all cooking methods…

Get “unstuck” and cook fish to be well.

Marcia

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Eating index

A local newspaper, The Journal-Gazette, recently ran an article about how our region eats. On a Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index, our metro area ranked in the bottom fifth of (perhaps) comparable communities.

This is not a study by any stretch of the imagination. There is no science to the results. It represents people willing to answer questions on the phone. It asks people to self-report eating habits. So, I doubt the “results” reflect much of anything but the author immediately jumps to a solution: eliminate food deserts.

Wow, if that “solution” would have any impact, we have solved all health issues connected to diet. Build grocery stores and farmer’s markets on every corner. And they will come.

Despite the evidence that Americans leave their “deserts” routinely and despite the evidence that having healthy food available does NOT lead to healthier choices, we continue down that well-meaning path. The problem with the misdirection is that we’re wasting resources.

Thankfully, the article quoted Julie West, a DuPont Hospital Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, saying PLANNING is a key factor in healthy food habits. No one plans an unhealthy trip to the store. No one plans to eat a candy bar for lunch. No one plans to eat fast food every day. Those habits reflect lack of planning.

Our resources would be better spent, helping consumers, of every age, make a plan. As we speed up every aspect of our lives, thinking, reflecting and planning is left behind. As un-glamorous as it sounds, thinking through a week of eating (or even the next three days) and planning where and what your meals will be, gives you your first step toward better choices.

How would you answer the question: Did you eat healthy all day yesterday? PLAN to be well,

Marcia

 

 

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