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The Snacking-Sleeping Connection:

The amount one snacks appears to be related to the amount of sleep one gets. That is the finding of University of Chicago and University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers, as summarized by the Pulse wire report.

In general, less sleeping may lead to more snacking. The study was conducted at the sleep research laboratory of the University of Chicago and was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers compared subjects who slept 8.5 hours per night with subjects… Continue

Added by Ed Diaz on February 4, 2009 at 11:25am — No Comments


Sitting in front of a desk every day can wreak havoc on your body, especially since most of us don't have the best posture. Hunching the shoulders and slumping in your seat can cause back pain, headaches, tension and tightness in your back, neck and shoulders. The following stretches target that muscles of the back, neck and shoulders as well as the hips and glutes. Taking time to do some of these stretches throughout the day can help increase flexibility and reduce tension and… Continue

Added by Ed Diaz on January 29, 2009 at 5:54pm — No Comments


Processed foods have been altered from their natural state for safety reasons and for convenience. The methods used for processing foods include canning, freezing, refrigeration, dehydration and aseptic processing.

We tend to think of processed foods as bad, but it turns out that many processed foods are not unhealthy. For example, milk would be considered a processed food because it is pasteurized to kill bacteria and homogenized to keep fats from separating. While some people prefer to… Continue

Added by Ed Diaz on January 14, 2009 at 8:58am — No Comments


If you are serious about altering your body, there are a couple of areas to look at. Does your body have any medical issues that affect you or require treatment or medication?

What physical activities do you enjoy to do? Which ones do you not enjoy? Be honest!

What do you want your body to look like and why? Be specific.


1) Start to read, research, learn about nutrition, food, how your body uses food, what types of food are… Continue

Added by Ed Diaz on January 8, 2009 at 8:11pm — 2 Comments

Good Nutrition will Help Reduce the Risks of Colds and Flu

Lifestyle Suggestions

Yes, your diet really reduce your risk of catching a cold or influenza1? Nutrition expert Lisa Hark PhD, RD2, director of the Nutrition Education and Prevention Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, certainly thinks so. Dr. Hark explained to me how diet and other smart lifestyle choices will help you to avoid the sniffles, stuffy nose and aches of the cold, as well as the outright misery of influenza.

According to Dr. Hark, food and… Continue

Added by Ed Diaz on December 25, 2008 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Vitamin D Deficit - Especially during the winter

Vitamin D is vital for the absorption of calcium which, in turn, is essential for maintaining strong bones and avoiding osteoporosis. It follows that vitamin D has an important role to play in fall prevention.

Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy have found that many older adults do not get enough of the vitamin, according to the Pulse wire report. The scientists noted that seniors tend not to get outdoors as much as younger persons, which matters since… Continue

Added by Ed Diaz on December 21, 2008 at 3:12am — No Comments

Breakfast is "Critical"!

People who Eat Breakfast
• Start their day strong
• Show greater focus & energy
• Boost metabolism all day
• Eat healthier & smaller meals
• Are less likely to overeat

People who Skip Breakfast
• Are in starvation mode, increasing stress
• Have low energy & loss of focus
• Slow their metabolism to save energy
• Eat larger unbalanced meals
• Tend to binge on junk food

Added by Ed Diaz on December 19, 2008 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

New "Fitness and Nutrition" Group

NSHP folks, even if you don't like working out, or you feel you don't have time to work out its not a bad idea to start learning about fitness and nutrition. There are simple things you could do at work, during the day, even sitting watching TV that will lead to a healthier lifestyle. Don't be shy or fear this, attack this stuff so you could feel better!

Added by Ed Diaz on December 18, 2008 at 9:26pm — 5 Comments

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