Calories or Carbs? Weight, Health and Cancer Prevention

A calorie is a calorie – eat too many and you’ll gain weight; eat less and you’ll lose weight. Sounds simple, but a New York Times article by two obesity researchers is making headlines, and they question whether focusing on calories alone is really the answer for weight loss. It’s an important issue because obesity links to eight different cancers.Healthy versus unhealthy.

Their hypothesis, published last Friday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, proposes that the driving force for obesity in America is because we eat too many refined carbohydrates – chips, cakes, soft drinks, sugary foods and refined grains – rather than just too many calories. They say eating these foods can lead to higher insulin levels and an environment in our body that promotes fat storage. Their proposal that type of food is more important than total calories for both becoming obese and for losing weight is interesting, but does need more research.

What research is clear on – we know that cutting back on sugary foods and drinks and other refined carbohydrate foods is one important strategy in a total program for health and weight loss. And substituting whole plant foods like vegetables, fruits and whole grains can help lower cancer risk. Continue reading


Three Healthy Ways to Celebrate with Mom

Make sure your weekend plans for celebrating with your mother or special women in your life include healthy food, fun and pampering. I’ll make it easy for you – check out my three favorite articles that have great ideas to help you do just that.http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-mother-daughter-image6941381

  1. Your Mother’s Day Healthy Gift Guide. Peruse our slideshow to get some great ideas for creative gifts that your Mom, Grandmother, Aunt or other special woman will love.
  2. Mix up physical activity with these unique Spring Exercise Trends to get moving in new ways. Learn about Bollywood, Zombie Races and Cy-Yo.
  3. Breakfast in bed or brunch on the patio are always sure to please. Check out how to create a beautiful, healthy brunch with a build your own breakfast bar.

Let us know how you are celebrating the special women in your life this Mother’s Day.


Your County’s Health and Cancer Risk

The latest report on county health rankings found, once again, where you live makes a  difference to how long you live and your health. The least healthy counties have twice the death rates as the nation’s healthiest, according to the report. Wepeople_03

This is the fifth annual County Health Rankings, a report that compiles data on mortality and 29 health factors, including many that relate to cancer risk. For these factors, the findings are slightly encouraging for the nation. These include:

  • Obesity: Obesity rates for adults are holding steady with a rate of 28 percent for 2012. Prior, obesity rates increased from 16 percent of adults in 1995 to 28 percent in 2010. Aside from smoking, obesity is now the single largest risk factor for cancer. The latest research shows that obesity is a cause of 8 cancers, including post-menopausal breast, ovarian and endometrial. Continue reading