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Questions And Answers On Egg Nutrition Facts Usda

Caroline asks…

Why do people think humans need meat or dairy?

because we don’t. we simply don’t. in fact, both of those things are bad for us.
i don’t need to show you anything. you need to look for yourself. but you haven’t.
i have six siblings.. all alive. k?

mikiesen answers:

Of course they are bad for us. The USDA food pyramid is made up and promoted by the Beef and Dairy industry in a roundabout way.. There are many pockets and wallets involved, you could say. If people stopped buying beef, eggs and milk, they would be out of business. People would definitely be much healthier if they followed a vegan lifestyle. It has been proven and is becoming more and more mainstream with each passing year. The educated, enlightened people are of course first to start doing it. It has been estimated that in about 20 yrs, the vegan diet will be replacing the current USDA Pyramid. Doctors that don’t specialize in Nutrition only receive about 4-6 hours of nutrition classes in their whole medical training. They are trained to treat the effects, not the causes of poor health. It will all just depend how long it takes the idiots to smarten up. I say, if kids could visit a slaughterhouse or a factory farm on a school field trip, instead of an ice cream factory, then things would be very different. We are only allowed to see the “good, happy” side of the industry. But just like everything else our government is involved with, we are kept stupid and unaware (well, most of us). Spread the word, but don’t preach. They’ll all know you were right eventually. Good luck!

Nancy asks…

What should I eat if I want to gain muscle?

Not just what, but how much. How many eggs should I eat each morning? Is the yolk good or bad? Skim milk or whole milk? Those types of answers.

mikiesen answers:

Scooby is a good source for information about diet as it relates to bodybuilding and overall health maintenance. Check out his YouTube channel and look for all the videos which relate to diet using the search feature of just scrolling through the menu. He has a lot of short videos, his information is very good, he’s fun to watch, he’s got the bod to prove his methods work, and he isn’t going to try to sell you anything. Find Scooby here –> SCOOBY (YouTube) – http://www.youtube.com/user/scooby1961

The simple fact is very little is known about the effects of lipids on long term health problems such as atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease, etc. Francis Collins, head of the HIH, has stated that their criteria for heart health are based more on “best guessing” than scientific fact. He said (paraphrasing) It’s an imperfect world and sometimes we just have to make the best decisions even if we know them to be questionable. Therefore, it’s not known if egg yolks or whole milk are foods which should be avoided. However, the conventional wisdom and the best guesses of the NIH suggest their lipids (fats) are.

In general, what you should eat to gain muscle is the same thing you should eat on a regular basis; a diet of high quality and nutritious foods with the calories balanced as follows…

55% to 65% of calories should come from carbohydrates.
20% to 30% of calories should come from fat.
15% to 35% of calories should come from protein

Supplements should be avoided unless recommended by a health care professional. And don’t listen to anyone who recommends protein shakes, creatine, whey or soy, etc.

Here are some other links which you may find helpful.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE for HEALTH – http://nih.gov/
A MUST FOR DIETERS — http://www.freedieting.com/
BEST DIET TOOL ON THE WEB – http://www.myfitnesspal.com/
NUTRITION DOT GOV – http://riley.nal.usda.gov/
SCOOBY (Website) – http://scoobysworkshop.com/general_philosophy.htm
CALCULATORS – http://www.caloriesperhour.com/index_burn.php

Good luck and good health!!

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Kylee asks…

Why is that doctors and nutritionists will tell you that your body needs meat and dairy?

I know they’re going to say that lots of fruits and veggies are always good for you, but I heard that they’re going to recommend that you include meat and dairy when it’s clearly horrible for you. Why would they say this and why would they look down upon vegetarian/veganism?

mikiesen answers:

Your doctors and nutritionists shouldn’t be making up their own guidelines. They should be going by one of the established nutritional guides. Both the 2005 USDA MyPyramid and the 2008 Harvard Healthy Eating pyramid give vegetarian options for meeting the same nutrition requirements as meat. This is unlikely to change in the future.

The 2005 MyPyramid includes a “Meat & Beans” group. Within this group, the USDA considers all the food interchangeable, though it recommends more fish, nuts and seeds, and less meat and poultry, due to fat content. The USDA does not give any vegan alternatives to the “Dairy” group, however.

The 2008 Harvard Healthy Eating pyramid also gives alternatives, so you’re free to ignore the “Fish, Poultry & Eggs” group if you’re getting your protein from the “Nuts, Seeds, Beans & Tofu” group, and you’re free to ignore the “Dairy” group if you’re taking calcium and Vitamin D supplements.

The milk/dairy group is the biggest difference between the two pyramids. The USDA says “calcium-fortified foods and beverages… May not provide the other nutrients found in milk and milk products.” In fact, soymilk, on the USDA MyPyramid, counts as “Meat & Beans” not “Dairy.” Harvard, on the other hand, says “milk isn’t the only, or even best, source” of calcium. Harvard lists baked beans, bok choy, collard greens, and fortified soymilk as examples of calcium sources.

Looking forward, the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, the part of the USDA writing the dietary guidelines on which the next USDA pyramid will be built, looked specifically at studies of vegetarian and vegan diets. “In many observational studies,” the CNPP concluded, “vegetarian diets and lifestyle have been associated with improved health outcomes.” (section B2, page 25) So it’s a safe bet that the USDA will continue to provide vegetarian options in their next pyramid. Whether the USDA will add non-dairy alternatives to their next pyramid is uncertain, though the CNPP suggests alternatives: “Those who choose not to consume… Milk products should include other foods in the diet that contain… Protein, calcium, potassium, magnesium, Vitamin D, and Vitamin A.” (section D4, page 19) (Side note: Studies have shown that vegetarian diets are usually rich in potassium, magnesium, and Vitamin A, so the CNPP’s concerns seem to be geared more toward non-vegetarians who don’t drink milk.)

Lisa asks…

Does Sun Pat smooth peanut butter contain trans fats?

Looking for a replacement for Skippy and its nasty trans fats, but I don’t think the kids will eat unsweetened peanut butter. Not sure whether the peanut oil Sunpat says it contains is (or even can be) hydrogenated. Anyone know?

mikiesen answers:

>Here is a way to tell. There are only TWO sources of trans fats in foods:

Foods or ingredients that have been “HYDROGENATED.”
Foods or ingredients which contain an “ANIMAL SOURCE”

In the first case, look for things like Hydrogenated Oils (any kind, including soybean, corn, canola, olive, sunflower, safflower, etc). If the ingredient, for example, contains the term “Hydrogenated Corn Oil” you will know it has some trans fats.

In the second case, an animal source can be: dairy products, eggs, poultry and meat ingredients. If, for example, you see Egg Yolk as an ingredient you will know the product contains trans fats.

I see you live in Britain and I don’t know what your laws regarding declaration of trans fats is, but here in the US, we have to:

Declare all ingredients in the product by their most common name (so that consumers are not bluffed or tricked by “technical” terms)

Include any information on the Nutrition Facts Panel which meets the requirements of the Nutritional Labeling Law. In the case of Trans Fats, if the amount of Trans Fat is EQUAL TO or GREATER THAN 0.5% (that is one half of one percent) by weight (grams per hunred grams – which is equal to or greater than 500 milligrams per 100 grams), it must appear on the nutritional facts panel and be declared in the product.

In the US, obvious foods such as meat (beef and chicken) come under separate labeling rules because those items are covered by the USDA, not FDA (United States Department of Agriculture) instead of the Food and Drug Administration. I know, its crazy, but the US is wasteful and we have duplication in some cases of labeling enforcement. If we were smart, we would meld both into one single agricultural and food department at the Federal Level – but you see, politics always plays a role in government, even when it comes to common sense! You probably know that already.

Elizabeth asks…

What are health benefits of pecans?

I found out, I really like them, so are there any really good health benefits? (I first tried them in my strawberry poppyseed chicken salad from Panera Bread)

mikiesen answers:

Carb Conscious
Pecans are naturally low in carbohydrates – always have been, always will be. In fact, a handful of pecans (one ounce of pecans) contains only 4 grams of carbohydrates! That means that nutrient-dense pecans can add flavor, nutrition and disease-fighting properties to any diet that limits carbs.

High In Healthy Fat
Pecans contain approximately 60 percent monounsaturated fat and 30 percent polyunsaturated fat. This means that almost 90 percent of the fats (oils) in pecans are heart-healthy! Not only will these fats help curb your appetite, they can help protect your heart. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) felt there was enough evidence of nuts’ heart-healthy benefits that it approved the following health claim, “Scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts (including pecans), as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.”

Capable Of Lowering Cholesterol
Many low carb diets allow high-saturated foods, which are known to raise blood cholesterol levels. However, pecans contain an abundance of unsaturated fats, and studies have shown that pecans can help lower cholesterol levels. Pecans also contain plant components with antioxidant properties, which can slow the oxidation or “rusting” of LDL (bad) cholesterol. And, a recent study has confirmed that pecans also contain plant sterols, which have been in the news recently for their cholesterol-lowering ability.

NUTrition Packed
It can be difficult to obtain all the nutrients you need when you follow a diet that severely restricts any nutrient (such as carbs). However, pecans provide a lot of nutritional bang for your buckespecially considering the few carbs that are present in pecans. Pecans contain over 19 vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, vitamin E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, several B vitamins and zinc. Just one ounce of pecans (a handful or about 20 halves) has more zinc an important nutrient for proper growth and strong immunity than a 3.5-ounce piece of skinless chicken. Most good sources of zinc are foods of animal origin, but pecans offer an excellent plant-based source.

Plentiful In Protein
Pecans belong to the protein group in the USDAs Food Guide Pyramid, along with meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dried beans a group of foods that are naturally low in carbohydrates. Whether they are used as a meat alternative or as a snack, pecans provide a healthful source of needed protein, which is essential for proper body function.

Fiber-Filled
One ounce of pecans has about the same amount of fiber as a medium-sized apple, and provides 10 percent of the recommended Daily Value for fiber. Fiber keeps you fuller longer and will keep your blood sugar steady (an important element to low-carb eating).

Weight Control Benefits
Research suggests that pecans may help with weight control. One reason is their ability to help with satiety – which means that dieters and those looking to control their weight will stay fuller, longer after they eat pecans. Studies have also shown that consumers who eat nuts regularly are leaner than those who dont eat nuts regularly, and suggest that nuts may increase the rate at which the body burns calories.

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Questions And Answers On Weight Loss Programs For Women Over 50

Thomas asks…

How much weight did you lose on Weight Watchers?

I started the Weight Watchers points system 8 weeks ago and I’ve only lost 12lbs…I am a fairly large woman with 179lbs more to lose in order to get to my goal weight…I wish the weight would drop off faster…
I’d like to know from Weight Watchers clients (former or present), what were your results and how long did it take to reach your goal? If you used another means of weight loss, please share. I am just weighing out my options (no pun intended). Thank you in advance for your responses!

mikiesen answers:

Weight Watchers is set up to help you lose about 1-2 pounds a week. Generally the first couple weeks you will lose more but it is a slow but healthy process. I have been doing it for 16 weeks and have lost 22 pounds. My wife lost 50 in 6 months and has kept it off for 2 years now. She still counts points and we both will for the rest of our life. Not sure why Olivia thinks it can’t be done, it is basically just counting calories.

12 pounds in 8 weeks is a really good number. Don’t be discouraged that it is happening slowly cause if you quit it won’t happen at all. Here are some tips that may help:

1. You’ve lost 12 pounds – did you adjust your daily point allowance. Every time the 2nd digit of your weight changes you lose 1 point.

2. Only use the 35 weekly points if you have a special occasion such as a birthday party or such, and then use as little as possible.

3. If you haven’t started exercising this can really help kick start the weight loss. Start of slowly with a casual stroll as far as you can handle and work your way up from there.

4, Do not add extra points for exercising. Remember, the goal is to lose weight

5. Be sure you are calculating points correctly. If you have more than one serving of something you must recalculate the points multiplying the calories, fat & fiber by the number of servings.

The site below is a handy reference site for WW with points for dining out, food lists, recipes, articles and more. Good luck and don’t throw in the towel. If you stick to the program there is no way that you won’t lose weight.

Susan asks…

What weight loss program are you on and why?

I just started weight watchers and was curious the percentage of people on it, as well as other programs. I chose weight watchers because you don’t have to limit yourself on what you can and can’t eat, as long as you keep track of the points you’re allowed each day.

mikiesen answers:

I have made up my own: Eat whatever you want and still lose weight diet! I take 2 tbls. Apple cider vinegar in a glass of water before a meal and before bed. I take 2 or 3 bites of food and I am full. So I still get to eat what I want. ACV has 93 vitamins and minerals. Hair and nails look great for a 50 year old woman. ACV melts fat and deposits that cause arthritis. Aids digestion. Cures acne even in adults. Great for house plants and animals too!

Charlie asks…

What is the safest way to lose weight?

Diet and exercise or Diet pills and weight loss shakes?

mikiesen answers:

If you are talking SHORT TERM, this two-week-long weight loss program will work. It has worked for me, for Renee Zellweger (after her Bridgett Jones movies) and for many others who need fast weight loss. Follow these steps religiously:

1.Drink lots of fresh water every day using this formula: (your current weight) divided by 2 = ounces of water to consume each day. I like to drink room temperature water from a bottle because it’s easier to “chug.” I put four of the bottles on the kitchen counter and make sure they are all empty by the end of the day. Best to consume them throughout the day.

2.Don’t drink any alcohol of caffeine. No soft drinks. Only green teas. REMEMBER, THIS IS ONLY 14 DAYS. YOU CAN DO IT IF YOU REALLY WANT YOUR GOAL.

3.Fast walk or run for at least 60 minutes each day. It’s best to exercise in the morning since it will rev up your metabolism and keep our calorie-burn rate high throughout the day. You can do this by walking in place, using a treadmill, or walking outside. Whatever works for you.

4.Do at least 50 crunches each day. I break mine into 2 or 3 different sessions. Also, if I need to do 20 crunches, I play a little trick with my mind and I “pretend” I am going to count to 25. It’s amazing how this helps the body get to all of the crunches with the same intensity.

5.Eat only fresh vegetables! This is the key to the whole thing. Eat as many as you want, but DON’T eat any of the following: starchy vegetables including potatoes, squashes, pumpkins, and the like. They will work against you. Limit carrots, snow peas, and other veggies that are high in sugar content. NO GRAINS. Just fresh vegetables. You can eat salads, stir-fries, steamed, etc. But this is at the heart of your success.

6.Don’t eat anything after 7:00 p.m.

7.Put photographs (from magazines) up all over your house of trim, fit women. They will serve as motivators.

8.Several times each day – especially when you first get up and when you go to bed, say something like: “I am enjoying my weight of (your goal weight).” Put it in the present tense and say it many times – with feeling! This will affect your subconscious mind to help you achieve your goal. Also, post these words in the same places where you post the photographs.

Also, don’t be surprised if you start feeling better than you have felt in a long time. You will have more energy, most aches and pains will be gone, and your whole body will look brighter. One warning, early on your elimination will be a little “urgent.” You may have some cramping. But this will all go away soon. Your body is in a deep cleanse.

Don asks…

What is the best weight loss plan you have found that really worked for you?

Me and my hubby are trying to concieve, but I’ve been told that this probably wont happen unless I lose at least 50 pounds. (told by a doctor not my hubby) My weight is causing an insulin problem which does not allow ovulation. I have started by getting rid of all caffine drinks, and cutting out the sweets. I’m filling my body with plenty of water and walking 20 minutes a day. I know its just a start and will take some time, but does anyone know any good, healthy ways to diet and exercise without hurting your body?

mikiesen answers:

Weight watchers is a great program for weight loss. It really works if you stick with it. And starting out walking 20 minutes a day is awesome, but you’ll have to ramp it up to lose the weight. Find a Jazzercise class in your area. Me and my friends swear by it. Go and have fun and don’t give up, it gets easier the more you do it. There is a woman in my class that has lost 80 pounds with the WW/Jazzercise combo. And I’m working on it, I feel better than I have in my whole life! Good luck!

Jemima asks…

How do I maintain my weight, especially when I want to lose weight to be a size 5.?

I’m a size nine now, but I’m 5’3 and I weigh about 136 pounds. My weight for my height is suppose to be 120. I’ve been trying to lose 15 pounds for the past month, but I don’t have any motivation. I’d like to tone my stomach and thin out my thighs before summer. I’m trying the military diet but I don’t know any workouts that could help me.
Give advice please!

mikiesen answers:

My advice would be to try the low-carb diet. Seems really faddy, but it works. This works by eating about 500 calories below what you should be eating. So you should eat about 1400-1500 calories a day on this day according to your weight. And with the food you eat, do not exceed 50 grams of carbs a day. The rest must be high in fat and high in protein, but no carbs. (So if you’re a chicken/fish/meat lover, you’re gonna love this diet). What happens is that since the body is depleted of carbohydrates, its primary energy source, it will resort to fat as its main energy source instead of carbs.

I know motivation can be really difficult to keep. I have been there myself. Believe me, I know it’s hard. But I found just what I needed for my body transformation. Go on bodybuilding.com and go to the motivation section. This is where many successfully transformed users(men and women, old and young, fat loss and muscle gain) all sorts of people post their success in order to help keep you motivated.
Http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/bbmainmind.htm

For a start. Here was mine. Last year, in 2012, I was 16. I was roughly about 5’10” and 200 lbs. At that point I was working out a bit, but I was still pretty weak and fat. This was me at the start.
With shirt: http://imageshack.us/a/img90/3041/headass.jpg
Without shirt: http://imageshack.us/a/img16/39/20121102164212.jpg

After looking at Bodybuilding motivation, I had the motivation to stick to my strict diet and lifting program. I spent four months lifting and losing weight, and the rest dedicated to bulking up and gaining muscle. I lost 30 pounds of fat and gained 15 pounds of muscle. At the end of it I was about 185 lbs and 5’10”, but with a much stronger and much more solid physique.
Before and after photos
With shirt: http://imageshack.us/a/img839/4931/transformationr.jpg
Without shirt: http://imageshack.us/a/img16/7284/transformation3.jpg
I found the motivation I needed, and now I’m sharing it with you. Good luck, and stick with the program!

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Questions And Answers On Nutrition Information

Jim asks…

What is the nutrition information of a human fetus?

I’m getting into fancier foods, you know, Men, Women, kangaroos, maybe a little kitten flesh. But I’m trying to stay on my diet. What is the nutrition information of a human fetus?

mikiesen answers:

The sole source of nutrition of human foetus is maternal. It gets digested food from the mother’s blood.

Ken asks…

What is the nutrition information for the Chicken Broccoli Pasta Alfredo Bowl from Applebee’s?

I would really like to know the nutrition information for the Chicken Broccoli Pasta Alfredo Bowl from Applebee’s… I simply can’t find any believable calorie counts for it.

mikiesen answers:

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 Bowl
Amount per Serving
Calories 1644 Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 84g129%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Sodium 0mg0%
Total Carbohydrate 6.9g2%
Dietary Fiber 6.9g28%

Thomas asks…

Is it required by law for a restaurant to provide nutrition information to customers?

I work for a very popular restaurant chain, however, I have never been able to find any nutrition information on their menu items. I am wondering, is this legal? Perhaps they have a hard copy in back that I am not aware of, but it is not available on the website nor is it visible to customers at all.
Yeah, I thought it was that if a customer asks there MUST be some sort of copy. Hmm… I will have to ask my boss where that is.

mikiesen answers:

The LEAN Act (Labeling Education And Nutrition) require chain food restaurants, or restaurants with more then 20 locations to provide nutritional information.

If its not a food chain, they are not required to provide nutritional information.

I work at a family restaurant and all meals are prepared to order, which makes it hard to provide nutritional information. The chef doesnt measure the contents of each order, he does it from self experience, so the same dish may have a different calorie count. One Chicken Alfredo may have more or less cream then the last one that went out, because its not measured exactly.

Caroline asks…

How do you know if the nutrition information on the back of the food you purchase is accurate?

I recently bought some groceries, and i bought some muscle milk protein for my son, and i looked at the nutrition information and it said it had 32 grams of protein per 2 cups, is just a estimation or a accurate amount of grams of protein per 2 cups?

mikiesen answers:

It is required, by the government, that the manufactures are truthful when calculating the calories,sugar, etc. So when they are found out they will go to jail.

Mark asks…

Is it legal for a franchise restaurant to withold nutrition information?

I know a restaurant chain who repeatedly refuses to provide nutritional information when asked. For years, this company has given everyone the runaround. Being a franchise owner myself, I was told that I must have nutrition information about our food available upon request. My question is whether or not it is legal for a fast-food franchise to repeatedly refuse to provide nutritional values for their products. Who regulates this kind of thing? To whose attention should this be brought? It is a national chain, not some local mom-and-pop store.

mikiesen answers:

No this is not Legal I work in a restaurant chain and we MUST provide any customer who asks for it nutritional information. If this is a chain then I suggest you call head office and speak to someone higher up on the ladder.

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Questions And Answers On Avocado Nutrition Facts

Paul asks…

Are there any metabolism pills that you can get from a heath store to raise it?

I wan to raise my metabolism but U wanted to know if I could get anything from a heath food store. I want to loose weight? What can I do? Other than exercise as well.

mikiesen answers:

To answer your question simply, there are, but I do not recommend them. You can naturally boost your metabolism by eating smaller portions 5-6 times per day. This keeps your metabolism at maximum and allows you to burn calories easier. Here’s some further facts that may help you:

Let’s start by clarifying a couple of things:
1. Weight is not the best indicator of your health (because muscle weighs more than fat, two people of the same height can weigh the same and be drastically different in terms of health).
2. Body fat percentage is a true indicator.
3. Fat is burned by reducing overall caloric value.
4. If you burn more than you consume, you will lose fat (lower body fat percentage)
5. If you exercise and strength train, you can burn more calories and replace fat with muscle which will allow you to burn calories even when you rest.

If you are trying to lower your body fat percentage there are literally hundreds of ideas out there. In my opinion, the best way, which has been proven time and time again, is a two part method: Eat right and exercise. First, exercise is a no-brainer. You have to burn more calories than you take in for exercise to be considered exercise. How you do it is worth another answer all to itself. So, that brings us to the Eating Right part. If you understand how your body works, you’ve got a head start on the world. Food is fuel for the body. Once you’ve accepted that concept as more important than the idea that food is entertainment, then the rest will be relatively easy. If you are American, and I assume you are, the Nutrition Facts label that you find on all foods bought in the U.S. Are the next thing you need to understand. Go grab something from your kitchen (i.e. Jar of peanut butter or a bag of chips…anything with a nutrition label). OK, yeah you need vitamins and minerals and all that. But focus on these three items: FAT, PROTEIN, and CARBOHYDRATES.
Let’s take these one at a time:

FAT is basically divided into good fats and bad fats. The body needs good fats (mono- and poly-unsaturateds). You’ll find these in stuff like olives and avocados where the bad fat is minimal if not nonexistent. The bad fats are your saturated and trans fats that you’ll find in meats and oils. If you are trying to lose weight, keep these to an absolute minimum. My suggestion (based on a 1500-2000 calorie diet) is to limit yourself to no more than 15g of saturated fat per day. This is hard to do if you’re used to eating fast food. It’s also hard to do if you drink whole milk, eat cheese (even the 2% variety), and eat fried foods. All of these are high in bad fats. The good news is that you can substitute your diet to eat the very things you like to eat but with better ingredients. If you eat cheese, buy fat free. If you drink milk, buy skim. Slowly take yourself down from whole milk or 2% to 1% before going skim/fat free if the transition is too radical to do all at once. If you eat a lot of ground beef, use the extra lean variety (96% fat free/4% fat), or substitute lean ground turkey instead. Do whatever you have to do to get the bad fat grams down to less than 15 per day.

PROTEIN: The building block of nutrition (aside from your vitamins and minerals) is protein. You need it strengthen your muscles and it will be essential with your exercise routine. Without protein, you can’t build muscle tone or lean body mass. And guess what? Just having lean body mass (muscles) allows your body to burn more calories even when you are sleeping. Therefore, you are able to lose weight (bad weight, that is) just by sleeping. But, you have to exercise!! Don’t forget that. You can find foods that are high in protein but also high in saturated fat, so be careful. Stick to poultry (chicken, turkey), fish (tuna is a great source), and beans. Don’t fry your meats because if you do, you just added a bunch of bad fat to your otherwise healthy protein filled meal. Instead, grill, broil, or bake. You can do this! Don’t forget to exercise to exponentially reap the rewards of consuming protein.

CARBS. In my opinion, the no-carb diet is crap, because you need carbs for energy, especially because you are exercising! That’s right, you can’t forget you are supposed to be exercising. The trick is choosing the good carbs. You’ll see on your nutrition label Total Carbohydrates and Sugars. Sugars should be kept to a minimum and should be avoided within hours of going to sleep. The calories associated with them get stored (for energy) but are not easily burned when it comes time to burn them. Therefore, it’s harder to lose the weight associated with them. That’s why it’s not good to eat lots of candy, cookies, and ice cream that have a lot of sugar. The other kinds of carbs (complex carbohydrates) are essential. You can get these from grains and potatoes. Good stuff!!

Now that you have a brief understanding of these three nutrition components, time to get to it. Not as easy as it sounds? That’s because, you’re human. If you treat your body right (and I mean very right, by limiting your saturated and trans fats, limiting your sugar carbs, and eating plenty of protein), then you deserve a day when you can eat whatever you want. The body has cravings and you should be able to fulfill these cravings IF you can stand to wait until the end of the week. I call this one day of decadence your cheat day. After 12 weeks of exercising and eating right in this manner, you’ll get to the point where you don’t even crave the bad stuff anymore.

For more on this method, I encourage you to check out www.bodyforlife.com. The principals I wrote about are spelled out in greater detail there. Consult your doctor before drastically changing any diet or exercise routine. Good luck!

Thomas asks…

How much weight can I lose if I consume 1500 calories a day for two months?

I’m 5’8″, 197 lbs and I intened on running for 20 to 30 min four days a week.

mikiesen answers:

Let’s start by clarifying a couple of things:
1. Weight is not the best indicator of your health (because muscle weighs more than fat, two people of the same height can weigh the same and be drastically different in terms of health).
2. Body fat percentage is a true indicator.
3. Fat is burned by reducing overall caloric value.
4. If you burn more than you consume, you will lose fat (lower body fat percentage)
5. If you exercise and strength train, you can burn more calories and replace fat with muscle which will allow you to burn calories even when you rest.
6. You cannot “spot reduce”, that is losing fat on particular parts of the body. This is because is fat is gained and lost across the body as a whole. It’s up to your metabolism to determine where it comes of fastest. Cardiovascular exercise is key to losing fat across the body.

If you are trying to lower your body fat percentage there are literally hundreds of ideas out there. In my opinion, the best way, which has been proven time and time again, is a two part method: Eat right and exercise. First, exercise is a no-brainer. You have to burn more calories than you take in for exercise to be considered exercise. How you do it is worth another answer all to itself. So, that brings us to the Eating Right part. If you understand how your body works, you’ve got a head start on the world. Food is fuel for the body. Once you’ve accepted that concept as more important than the idea that food is entertainment, then the rest will be relatively easy. If you are American, and I assume you are, the Nutrition Facts label that you find on all foods bought in the U.S. Are the next thing you need to understand. Go grab something from your kitchen (i.e. Jar of peanut butter or a bag of chips…anything with a nutrition label). OK, yeah you need vitamins and minerals and all that. But focus on these three items: FAT, PROTEIN, and CARBOHYDRATES.
Let’s take these one at a time:

FAT is basically divided into good fats and bad fats. The body needs good fats (mono- and poly-unsaturateds). You’ll find these in stuff like olives and avocados where the bad fat is minimal if not nonexistent. The bad fats are your saturated and trans fats that you’ll find in meats and oils. If you are trying to lose weight, keep these to an absolute minimum. My suggestion (based on a 1500-2000 calorie diet) is to limit yourself to no more than 15g of saturated fat per day. This is hard to do if you’re used to eating fast food. It’s also hard to do if you drink whole milk, eat cheese (even the 2% variety), and eat fried foods. All of these are high in bad fats. The good news is that you can substitute your diet to eat the very things you like to eat but with better ingredients. If you eat cheese, buy fat free. If you drink milk, buy skim. Slowly take yourself down from whole milk or 2% to 1% before going skim/fat free if the transition is too radical to do all at once. If you eat a lot of ground beef, use the extra lean variety (96% fat free/4% fat), or substitute lean ground turkey instead. Do whatever you have to do to get the bad fat grams down to less than 15 per day.

PROTEIN: The building block of nutrition (aside from your vitamins and minerals) is protein. You need it strengthen your muscles and it will be essential with your exercise routine. Without protein, you can’t build muscle tone or lean body mass. And guess what? Just having lean body mass (muscles) allows your body to burn more calories even when you are sleeping. Therefore, you are able to lose weight (bad weight, that is) just by sleeping. But, you have to exercise!! Don’t forget that. You can find foods that are high in protein but also high in saturated fat, so be careful. Stick to poultry (chicken, turkey), fish (tuna is a great source), and beans. Don’t fry your meats because if you do, you just added a bunch of bad fat to your otherwise healthy protein filled meal. Instead, grill, broil, or bake. You can do this! Don’t forget to exercise to exponentially reap the rewards of consuming protein.

CARBS. In my opinion, the no-carb diet is crap, because you need carbs for energy, especially because you are exercising! That’s right, you can’t forget you are supposed to be exercising. The trick is choosing the good carbs. You’ll see on your nutrition label Total Carbohydrates and Sugars. Sugars should be kept to a minimum and should be avoided within hours of going to sleep. The calories associated with them get stored (for energy) but are not easily burned when it comes time to burn them. Therefore, it’s harder to lose the weight associated with them. That’s why it’s not good to eat lots of candy, cookies, and ice cream that have a lot of sugar. The other kinds of carbs (complex carbohydrates) are essential. You can get these from grains and potatoes. Good stuff!!

Now that you have a brief understanding of these three nutrition components, time to get to it. Not as easy as it sounds? That’s because, you’re human. If you treat your body right (and I mean very right, by limiting your saturated and trans fats, limiting your sugar carbs, and eating plenty of protein), then you deserve a day when you can eat whatever you want. The body has cravings and you should be able to fulfill these cravings IF you can stand to wait until the end of the week. I call this one day of decadence your cheat day. After 12 weeks of exercising and eating right in this manner, you’ll get to the point where you don’t even crave the bad stuff anymore.

For more on this method, I encourage you to check out www.bodyforlife.com. The principals I wrote about are spelled out in greater detail there. Consult your doctor before drastically changing any diet or exercise routine. Good luck!

Cindy asks…

Why do people say red meat is bad for you?

What is it about red meat?
Why is it that everyone says something diffrent?

mikiesen answers:

Because humans have mostly flat teeth like other plant-eating animals. We’re basically meant to eat raw plants and fruits, berries and nuts. In fact, when you eat foods that are alive as opposed to foods that are dead, the living energy transfers to you. Examples of living foods are green leafy plants like raw spinach that collect living energy from the sun, in fact all raw plants and fruits and nuts are alive when you eat them. And it’s not yucky, it’s gourmet. Just look up “raw dessert recipes” for example.. Mmm.
Plants and fruits and nuts contain loads and loads of calcium, iron, even protein! In fact, they contain all the minerals, vitamins and nutrients that your body needs. You can, and should, live off of raw living foods.

People are very uninformed.
You can get MORE protein and calcium and iron from spinach than you can from meat!

Plants absorb light photons from the sun and when we eat plants and fruits, for example a raw apple, we absorb that living sun energy. Did you ever hear about the Indian guy who lived off the sun (a.k.a. Sun gazing) for seven years? We live off of energy. Food is a means of gaining that energy, but it’s not the only way.

Http://www.sungazing.com/

You can prevent and cure diseases by eating raw living foods. Check out these people who cured their diabetes by eating raw living food for 30 days:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZe-igIE4dI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynXGA6fCEgU

(Look up “rawfor30days” on youtube)

Note to Yamster:
My link works.
Youtube is a credible source for people posting their film previews.
I have no association with PETA nor do I care to.
If I can live off of plants, why would I eat meat?
Do you know what brainwashing is? It’s spreading misleading information about proteins, for example.
I never said Indian dude lived without water.
I personally know someone who lived off of sun-gazing.

“Mainly carbohydrates”? How do you know I’m not only eating avocados, pecans, walnuts and almonds and coconut milk? I’d be exploding with pimples there are so many oils and fats!

Humans utilize amino acids to make our own proteins, and don’t need to consume whole proteins. It’s better to focus on amino acids, since breaking down whole proteins takes more energy. Fruits are packed full or amino acids, so are lots of other things.

Let’s take the example of spinach again, which is loaded with protein. Remember the Popeye cartoons? “Eat your spinach to grow up to be big and strong,” is what all parents used to say to their kids. Remember, Whimpy ate hamburgers and strong Popeye ate spinach… It was a no-brainer way back then.

Yamster asks, “do you think people should stop eating now and live off the sun?”
Answer: That would be great! But unfortunately people right now are too ill, drugged, and brainwashed to be doing that during this age. Sad, but true.

I’m happy you’re educating yourself about nutrition.. Keep doing your research! You’ll eventually come to the information I’m giving you.

Lisa asks…

am I fat haha i know its weird not to know and any diet tips?

Ok so i am a 13 year old girl and i am 5’1 and 111.6 and I play some sports and I am trying to lose wight so any dieting tips???

Thanks!

mikiesen answers:

You gotta watch out for sugar. That’s what the true poison is. Not calories. You think this is easy but when you look closely at nutrition facts, you’ll see everything has sugar: juice, fruits, milk, and because you want to get healthy and not fat, you’re going to have to avoid eating these, even if people tell you “oooh but fruitz r helthy”. They tell you that you slap them in the face. Calories are synonomous with energy. You can burn non fat calories just by wlaking around or simple aily exercise. Of course you have to burn those calories off and calories from fat are also something you have to dodge, but you need a healthy amount of fat (found in avocados, or nuts) for your body to consume on a daily basis. AND NO SUGAR

Nancy asks…

What are some tips on getting rid of zits?

im willing to try pretty much anything 😀

mikiesen answers:

The best way is to prevent them from appearing, these things will help

-Exercise! It helps to balance your hormones, and sweating naturally cleans out your pores

-Drink lots of water, it helps flush toxins out faster and keeps your skin hydrated and smoother looking

-Eat more fibre, especially beans and veggies. Poor colon health is a huge contributor to all skin disorders, including acne. You should ‘go’ everyday to keep things clear.

-Cut back on refined sugar, it’s your skin’s worst enemy. Sweeten things with honey instead

-Eat the right kinds of fats. Less fried junky food, and more healthy fats like salmon, avocado and olive oil. Fun fact – People who eat lots of these healthy fats also tend to live longer!

-Eat real meat and avoid junky meats like deli slices and hot dogs. Real meat is high in protein, zinc, iron and other nutrients that your skin needs. Deli meats are high in fats and salt, and have no nutrition. It’s ok to be vegetarian as long as you’re still getting enough protein etc

-Cod liver oil is a supplement I think everyone should take! It’s high in vitamin D and omega 3, which everyone is crazy about getting lots of anyway. These are really great for your skin. It also gives you vitamin A, which is the main ingredient in Accutane! Notice how our grandparents always had great skin when they were young? Most from that generation took cod liver oil daily!

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Questions And Answers On Egg White Nutrition Calories

Mike asks…

Whats the difference between egg whites and eggbeaters?

They are similar in calories and nutrition. I been eating eggbeaters in replace of regular eggs but i always am reading how healthy eggwhites are. Whats the difference?

mikiesen answers:

Nothing as far as I can tell. Eggbeaters are just the egg whites. The only difference I see is the eggbeaters are easier than separating a real egg and throwing the yolk away

http://www.eggbeaters.com/about-egg-beaters/faq.jsp

Mandy asks…

How many calories and is it enough?

Today i had 2 weetabix biscuits with 125ml of semi skimmed milk and an apple, then i had 2 large egg whites and half a can of baked beans, then an icecream cone from mcdonalds (190calories) a small bag of cheetos and an apple. Im full and dont want to eat anymore. How much calories is that and is it enough? Im 13, 5’5 and weight 51.5kg.

mikiesen answers:

You are 13 years old your metabolism is going really fast at your age. I do not know if you have hit puberty yet that will make a difference with your metabolism. You will need enough calories to allow for continued growth and to get enough nutrition to maintain go health as you continue to grow. You should weigh 56.81 for your height and a normal diet should be 1200-1500 calories per day for an adult for a person of your age it could go up according 2000 calories to your level of activity. Don’t starve yourself you are still growing and need enough nutrition to maintain a balance diet to remain healthy throughout your growing and developing years.

Don’t deprive yourself of a well balanced diet to try to be thin, Being healthy is always better. If you do not get enough nutrition it will show in brittle nails and hair loss, you are young eat stay active eat and enjoy life. Don’t over eat get with a parent and plan your meals or a dietitian, smart phones can calculate calories with certain programs. There are plenty of ways to eat healthy and not over do it.

Best wishes to you, eat smart and stay healthy .

Jim asks…

Counting calories in homemade dishes?

If I have an old recipe that doesn’t list nutrition info, just serving size, ingredients, and making, how do I count the calories?

Do I just add up the total amount of calories in the amount of each product going in, then divide by the number of servings? (Ex: 200 from 2 cups of flour, 30 from 2 egg whites, etc, then divide by 3 for 3 people…)

mikiesen answers:

I would think that you would add up the total amont of calories in the amount of each product going in…… Then divide by number of servings.

Jane asks…

Is there a website or program that will allow you to compare nutritional values of one food, make suggestions?

I was given a sample diet and it calls for 6 egg whites for breakfast. It is only a sample so I can modify. It would be ‘SWEET’ if I could enter a food and get comparable foods. Any ideas. I would be forever grateful!

mikiesen answers:

Eat plenty of green vegetables. They are low in calories and high in nutrition. Also lift weights in circuit fashion to get a cardio workout plus stimulate your lean body tissue and speed up your metabolism. Here are some free workout videos and other tips to lose weight fast..

Http://cybexmedical.com/

Caroline asks…

Whats a low calorie recipe for tofu burgers?

Now that summers coming me and my dad are looking into some alternatives to beef seeing as were both on diets, and we both mentioned possibly tofu burgers, i just havent any idea how to make them,

Low calorie- preferably under 220 .

Thanks!
If thats so- how about low calorie veggie burger recipes?

mikiesen answers:

The health benefits of tofu as a meat substitute are numerous. Consuming tofu regularly helps lower bad cholesterol, alleviates symptoms associated with menopause and even lowers the risk of cancer. Other major health benefits of tofu compared to meat include making middle-aged bones stronger and delaying the ravages of age. Tofu has been found to be a great source of calcium and vitamin E as well. Tofu or soybean curd is produced by grinding soybeans to form a milk-like substance, which is then compressed and left to coagulate. After the mass has dried into a gelatinous solid, it is cut into palm-sized cubes. Since soybean is cheap and abundant, but rich in protein, the popularly known benefit of tofu is that of being the “poor man’s protein.”
http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/the-health-benefits-of-tofu-is-it-nutritious-enough-to-replace-meat.html
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Tofu Burgers http://www.food.com/recipe/tofu-burgers-442282
Ingredients:
1 lb tofu, firm
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons barbecue sauce (or more, we like honey garlic)
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard (we like honey mustard)
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
5 tablespoons barbecue sauce (more or less as needed)

Directions:
1Place all ingredients in the food processor and mix.
2Shape into patties. The original recipe says it will make 8 patties but I usually make 5 or 6.
3Spray a fry pan lightly with Pam and brown one side of the burger. Meanwhile place a little extra BBQ sauce on the top of the burger and spread it around.
4Flip burger and repeat with the BBQ sauce. Brown
5Flip a last time and brown.
6Serve with your favourite toppings.
Read more at: http://www.food.com/recipe/tofu-burgers-442282?oc=linkback
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Veggie Burgers Recipe http://caloriecount.about.com/veggie-burgers-recipe-r8484
These are really good and very low calorie.

Recipe Ingredients for Veggie Burgers
1 zucchini, grated
1 potato, peeled and grated
1 carrot, grated
1/4 cup onion, grated
1/2 tsp oregano
2 egg whites
Recipe Directions for Veggie Burgers

Combine ingredients, mix well.

Pour 1/2 cup batter on hot griddle.

Fry 2 to 3 minutes on each side.

Categories

Main Dish

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 87.1g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
39
Calories from Fat
1
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
0.1g
0%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
30mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates
7.6g
3%
Dietary Fiber
1.4g
6%
Sugars
1.5g
Protein
2.3g
Vitamin A 26% • Vitamin C 20%
Calcium 2% • Iron 2%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.

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Questions And Answers On Herbalife

Charlie asks…

How much does it cost to become an Herbalife distributor?

How much does it cost to become an Herbalife distributor? There are a few questions about this but there aren’t any direct answers.

I want to know without emailing anyone, or speaking to anyone, or visiting someone’s website how much do I need to get started. I would appreciate a very direct and simple answer how much it will cost to get started. Thank you.

mikiesen answers:

In the US, it ranges around $60-80 for their business pack. If they are asking for you to pay for a ‘training package’ or don’t tell you it is herbalife right away, it is likely a scam. DON’T fall for it, I did and spent a lot of money. It’s a great company but there are people that abuse it for financial gain. The only other costs would be a merchant account if you want one or a website.

Alana asks…

What products in Herbalife should I take to lose weight?

Hello(:
Mkay.. Well, I’ve heard that Herbalife is an amazing company that can help with losing weight. I have tried losing weight, I can do the exercise, I just have trouble with eating the right foods, having the will power to say no, stuff like that.. And I’m a little nervous on trying this product, and a little confused on what products I should consider taking. If anybody can help with my situation please help(:
Thank You!

mikiesen answers:

Don’t use Herbalife products. Eat food.

Herbalife has been involved in many health problems. Here are some examples.

Example 1: “Severe hepatotoxicity following ingestion of Herbalife nutritional supplements contaminated with Bacillus subtilis.”
Ref: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19010564

Example 2: “An association between intake of Herbalife products and acute hepatitis was identified in Israel. We call for prospective evaluation of Herbalife products for possible hepatotoxicity.”
Ref: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17692424

Example 3: “Hepatotoxicity is probably associated with the use of Herbalife products. Hepatotoxicity due to herbal remedies is an important differential diagnosis in the diagnostic work-up of liver injury.”
Ref: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20197595

Herbalife is sold as a supplement and supplements are not approved by the FDA, are virtually unregulated, do not have the protections afforded foods and drugs, are not recommended by the US National Institute of Health, do not require any testing, are often contaminated, may not even be what the label says, usually contain cheap ingredients, are often over priced scams, have been known to be dangerous, and can have numerous adverse or unwanted side effects.

And, because Herbalife is only a crutch for healthy options, it should be avoided.

If you need to know how to lose fat, read my answer about how to lose fat –> http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=As615QJM4X_3ID9_05qmmlXty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20111028185603AAVcP4D

Good luck and good health!!

?

PS: Here are some good websites you may find useful.
• A MUST FOR DIETERS http://www.freedieting.com/
• BEST DIET TOOL ON THE WEB http://www.myfitnesspal.com/
• BEST FOODS FOR YOU http://www.choosemyplate.gov/index.html
• NUTRITION DOT GOV http://www.nal.usda.gov/food-and-nutrition

Marie asks…

Is there an online community for Herbalife distributors?

I’m started Herbalife last week and was wondering if there is an online community for Herbalife distributors working with nutrition clubs.

mikiesen answers:

I think anyone who is in Herbalife should check out the MyHCMTouch community.

As a MyHCMTouch member, I gain access to information, thoughts, business methods, training content and more from Herbalife Coaches. I am really loving it!

Here is the link to the MyHCMTouch online community (http://myhcmtouch.com).

Bob asks…

How do i start selling herbalife on ebay?

I want to make money selling herbalife. I don’t have much to invest. But i need to start somewhere.

Any ideas?
Any suggestions?
Thanks 🙂

mikiesen answers:

Go on Craigslist and type in Herbalife and see if you have any compettion. Also check Ebay! Unless you can live on this stuff instead of food, don’t do it! I just went online to Craigslist in Los Angeles, and up popped 21 listings. That’s pretty crowded!

Mark asks…

How fast can i lose weight on herbalife?

I started dieting by doing herbalife. 2 shakes a day and dinner. I also have been working out on top of it…… I. Currently weigh 321 lbs and am looking to lose at least 170 lbs to be at a healthy weight. I have never been this heavy. I gained a bunch of weight due to the stress of my last relationship which ended in October. How fast will the weight come off? Has anybody had good results doing this?

mikiesen answers:

Herbalife is a ripoff and a scam.

Herbalife has been involved in many health problems. Here are some examples.

Example 1: “Severe hepatotoxicity following ingestion of Herbalife nutritional supplements contaminated with Bacillus subtilis.”
Ref: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19010564

Example 2: “An association between intake of Herbalife products and acute hepatitis was identified in Israel. We call for prospective evaluation of Herbalife products for possible hepatotoxicity.”
Ref: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17692424

Example 3: “Hepatotoxicity is probably associated with the use of Herbalife products. Hepatotoxicity due to herbal remedies is an important differential diagnosis in the diagnostic work-up of liver injury.”
Ref: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20197595

Herbalife is sold as a supplement and supplements are not approved by the FDA, are virtually unregulated, do not have the protections afforded foods and drugs, are not recommended by the US National Institute of Health, do not require any testing, are often contaminated, may not even be what the label says, usually contain cheap ingredients, are often over priced scams, have been known to be dangerous, and can have numerous adverse or unwanted side effects.

And, because Herbalife is only a crutch for healthy options, it should be avoided.

You probably don’t want to continue on Herbalife junk for the rest of your life so consider the following.

It’s important to understand why you got the fat you want to lose and then habituate good and proper eating habits so you will not only lose it, but you will keep it off as well.

When you lose fat, you weigh less and, hence, burn fewer calories. Your BMR will be lower so you’ll have to eat less on maintenance than when you were heavier. And, losing the fat is only the beginning. Once fat is lost, you have to keep it off for the rest of your life and that may include such difficulties as the “Freshman 15”, college drinking culture, soirées and social drinking, pregnancy, somatopause (age-related slowing metabolism), a more sedentary lifestyle, affluence and access to more expensive, tasty, and fattening meals, etc. This truth is born out by the fact that 3 out of 4 adult Americans are overweight or obese. That’s means only 1 in 4 adult Americans has a healthy weight. (See: http://www.obesityinamerica.org/statistics/index.cfm ). It only gets more difficult to stay slim as the years roll by. It never gets easier. So, now is the time to establish good eating habits…the kind that will keep you svelte and fit in the days ahead and for the rest of your life.

To find out how the experts at the US NIH recommend we lose fat, read my answer about how to lose fat –> http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=As615QJM4X_3ID9_05qmmlXty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20111028185603AAVcP4D .

Good luck and good health!!

?

PS: Here are some good websites you may find useful.
• A MUST FOR DIETERS http://www.freedieting.com/
• BEST DIET TOOL ON THE WEB http://www.myfitnesspal.com/
• BEST FOODS FOR YOU http://www.choosemyplate.gov/index.html
• NUTRITION DOT GOV http://www.nal.usda.gov/food-and-nutrition

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Questions And Answers On Nutrition Articles In Magazines

Graham asks…

I write children’s literature. Can anyone suggest any magazines that will give a chance to a beginner?

I write various genres of childen’s literature: fiction for all ages, Christian fiction and non-fiction, fiction to help young children understand science, stories and articles about health and nutrition, and some non-fiction articles. I know each magazine wants different material. Can anyone suggest a magazine that will give a beginner writer a good chance of being published? So many magazines want well published authors only. There are a lot of people wanting to write children’s literature and the chance of being published is slim. Thanks for any advice you will share!

mikiesen answers:

Here are a couple of links you may find helpful:
http://www.writerswrite.com/childrens/markets.htm
http://writingcorner.com/markets/markets-childrens.htm

Best wishes!

Jemima asks…

What is the best magazine to buy for a biking (not motorcycle) enthusiast?

What is the best magazine to buy for a biking (not motorcycle) enthusiast?
My husband is really starting to get into biking, he bought a road bike a few months ago and wants to learn more about rd bikes. It’s our first anniversary next week (the paper anniversary) and I wanted to get him a subscripton to a bike magazine but have not idea which one is the best. Please help !!!

mikiesen answers:

Byron

“Bicycling” magazine it is. I have been an avid reader for a decade. Good articles, nutrition & hydration info, recipes, training info., and more…. Sorry, no fold outs….. 🙂

Soccerref

Mark asks…

How can I get more educated about nutrition?

I’m trying to be healthy and make sure my body gets what it needs but I’m so uneducated about nutrition, it was barely taught in school when I was growing up and I get mixed answers online. I’m thinking of asking my doctor for more information next time I see them, but that may be a few weeks. Where can I learn more about nutrition, any website or book recommendations?

mikiesen answers:

It’s great you want to learn more about nutrition! In my opinion, food is just as powerful as medicine. If you learn to eat right, your health will improve immensely. Unfortunately a lot of magazines and diet books offer poor and biased information on nutrition. I recommend going to a second hand bookstore and purchasing nutrition textbooks. I got 2 at a store called Half Price Books for $20! You may also be able to get some used at amazon.com but for a slightly higher price.

There are a few good websites that contain unbiased, not radical information on nutrition also. Here are some site that offer free courses on nutrition!
* http://extensiononline.tamu.edu/courses/food_nutrition.php
*http://education-portal.com/articles/List_of_Free_Online_Nutrition_Courses_and_Classes.html

Hope this helps!

Joseph asks…

Where is the best place on the web to learn about nutrition and what food does to your body?

I want to learn all about what different kinds of foods do to your body, and all about nutrition on the web.

mikiesen answers:

The following healthy living recommendations will help you if you’re trying to lose weight, tone up your muscles, have aspirations of building lean muscle mass, are attempting to get a wash board stomach, or just want to feel better:

*1) Burn more calories then you’re consuming everyday and measure your results using the following formula: Calories Consumed minus Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) minus Physical Activity. Get a diet and fitness calculator that you can put on your computer or cell phone. This will allow you to easily calculate this formula, set goals, log your daily calorie consumption, and register your physical activities.

*2) Eat natural and organic foods found on earth versus something created by a corporation to make money. Eat meals in small portions throughout the day and take a good multi-vitamin supplement.

Avoid “High Glycemic Load Carbs” (sugar, pastries, desserts, refined starches such as breads, pasta, refined grains like white rice; high starch vegetables such as potatoes) and drink lots of water. Read this article for more information on high GL Carbs:
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/carbohydrates.html

Do not try fad diets or diet pills. Here is an excellent food pyramid that anyone can follow: http://www.rayandterry.com/html/images/PyramidLRG.gif?osCsid=26a424be471d1337e7c2f105d5c64d9d

*3) Exercise on most days by doing cardiovascular training and/or resistance training activities.

Read a book or find a certified trainer to make sure your doing all resistance training exercises correctly. A great book to buy that teaches you the resistance training basics is “Weight Training for Dummies”. A superb magazine to buy with resistance training routines that will not get you bored is “Muscle and Fitness”. Signup for the free newsletter. An excellent free online resource is at http://www.exrx.net/

A good book to buy that teaches you the cardiovascular training basics is “Fitness for Dummies”.

*4) Get plenty of sleep. Sleep experts say most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night for optimum performance, health, and safety.

*5) Educate yourself continually on health issues and make a life long commitment to good health. A great free publication is “Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005”. A superb book to read is “You The Owner’s Manual”. An excellent periodic publication is the “Nutrition Action Health Letter”. A reputable test you can take to measure your biological age is at http://realage.com

Look at all areas where you can enhance your health. For example, make improvements in the quality of the air you breathe. Review outdoor air quality forecasts where you live and get an indoor air purifier. Send me an email or yahoo instant message to “gainbetterhealth” if you want an indoor air purifier recommendation and if you have any questions.

*Click on all the source links below to get the full benefit of the recommendations. The answers presented to your health questions are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

Daniel asks…

What’s an informative, affordable magazine for healthy living?

I’m looking for a magazine with a balance of information and articles that cover nutrition, fitness and tips for healthy living. What i AM NOT looking for is articles on quick weight loss, how to get beach abs in ten days, or tabloid gossip. I just want a magazine that honestly promotes good health, not sketchy weight loss or poor body image.

mikiesen answers:

You can subscribe on this internet site and receive regularly health news in your email.

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Questions And Answers On Supplements For Anxiety

Don asks…

Is Omega fish oil supplements good for anxiety?

What are the benefits of omega fish oil supplements, anxiety or otherwise…

mikiesen answers:

Articles concerning anti-depressant benefits are beginning to appear in peer-reviewed journals in recent years. Some of them claim benefits on their own but not necessarily additional benefits for those already taking prescription anti-depressants. (However, considering other the other health benefits of Omega-3’s, the consensus is generally positive. Of course, due to the “blood thinning” properties of Omega-3, one should be careful about taking fish oil supplements together with daily aspirin regimens, etc. As always, consult your GP.)

Wayne asks…

Herbal supplements for depression and anxiety?

I feel depressed a lot and I think I also may have anxiety issues. I don’t want to be medicated and on “drugs”..what are some good herbal supplements for anxiety and depression…? I have heard St. johns wort is good for depression.

mikiesen answers:

St. John’s Wort is supposedly good for ‘mild’ depression.

Valerian is great for anxiety and insomnia.

5-HTP is also good for anxieties.

Melatonin is also good for sleep.

Good old fashioned exercise is great for it all.

Graham asks…

What are the harmful effects of mixing effexor xr and abilify with marijuana?

I’ve been so exhausted lately…having day time tiredness and difficulty making it through class and i think it has something to do with the experimentation i tried last weekend. I have been on 7 mg of abilify, 75 mg of effexor xr for about 4 months now and smoked some marijuana. I have also been taking cola syrup (supplement) for anxiety. But now i cant stay awake or focus in class! What’s going on…somebody who knows tell me.

mikiesen answers:

Abilify can make you tired, pot definitely does.

Don’t quit taking you meds, though !

Bob asks…

What are the best herbal remedies for anxiety?

I suffer from social and general anxiety and panic attacks. I recently got a really great job offer but it’s very intimidating for me and I want to be able to be calm and relaxed during my first week so that I can concentrate on what I’m learning. I’ve heard mixed things about kava, but don’t know much about anyone’s actual experience with it.

What in your opinion are the best herbal supplements to ease anxiety and strengthen mental clarity? Pros and cons of ones you’ve tried would be great. Thanks in advance!

mikiesen answers:

Anxiety, depression, worry or stress can cause over 100 symptoms or health problems as as in http://au.search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=A0oGkmYCx0ZQ5CUA.T4L5gt.?p=%22over+100+anxiety+symptoms%22&fr2=sb-top&fr=ush-ans&type_param=&rd=r1

Prescription medication for anxiety, stress, depression and worry can give you bad side effects so natural remedies are often much better.

Natural remedies for anxiety, stress, worry and depression include exercise, Yoga, Melatonin, 5-HTP, Valerian Root, other herbs, vitamin B complex and other remedies as in http://au.search.yahoo.com/search?p=%22natural+anxiety+remedies%22&fr=ush-ans

Mandy asks…

What are some alternative supplements for anxiety?

I didn’t even realized I had it. Been very dizzy for about a year and no once can find the reason why. I’m now thinking it may be anxiety.

mikiesen answers:

There are quite a few things you can try, though with dizziness as a symptom I’d maybe try going to an alternative physician to see if there’s some underlying cause for the anxiety rather than anxiety being the “starting point,” if that makes sense. I know you said you’ve had people looking into it for a year, but sometimes holistic physicians can find things the other docs missed

As for supplements, you really can’t go wrong with Omega 3s, first off, which is what a lot of folks will probably tell you. Those have been the most widely researched. I like Nordic Naturals because of their purification process, but there are several good ones out there. Ashwaganda is also very good. (Much less well-known but gaining popularity.) As for cost, tsome of these can get pretty expensive. I used to work at GNC but don’t recommend buying through them. Their prices are ok, but iHerb is cheaper. For instance, the brand of Ashwaganda GNC sells, Nature’s Way, is $18.99. IHerb sells it for $12.34.

I wouldn’t recommend just supplementing, but it’s a good place to start. Make sure to research cost before you buy stuff, though…for me, finances can be as much of an anxiety trigger as anything.:) If you go with iHerb, there is a $5 off code: PIR752. Good luck with the anxiety–it SUCKS. Oh, also, Dr. Andrew Weil is very big in the alternative medicine community. I’d recommend posting in the drweil.com forums if you don’t find what you’re looking for here.

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Questions And Answers On How To Eat Healthy On The Road

Helena asks…

How can I stay healthy and maintain my weight while on a road trip?

I probably will go to a trip this summer and I recently lost 25 pounds. And I am wondering how can I keep my weight the way I am right now and also eat healthy on the road trip to my destination.

Because usually the stops have fast food restaurant and it’s obvious that most of the food are unhealthy.

mikiesen answers:

Pack lots of food! You should always have something in your car to snack on. Fruits and veggies are good or anything that doesn’t have to be refrigerated. You could get a cooler and fill it with ice to put water in it or any food that you may want to keep cool. If not, there is always smart options at restaurants. Most menu’s are diet friendly. If not, ask them to make it the way you want it.

Lynn asks…

How can I motivate myself to eat healthy food when deciding what to eat?

I recently rejoined my gym. I had three days in a row where I ate perfectly, and worked out and even lost a little weight. However the weekend hit and I lost control on my motivation to eat healthy foods. What can I tell myself to re-motivate myself?

mikiesen answers:

You are what you achieve every day. If excellence is something your’re striving for…then it’s not an accident it’s a habit. Life is not about where you start or where you end, it’s the distance your travel in your life. Everyone is always like..”oh later in life I wanna do this, later in life I wanna do that.” Later in life is turning around and looking in the mirror RIGHT NOW, that’s the later in life, and unless that turn around is something in progression…then later in life aint gonna be anything different. You never know the limits of your possibilities until you charter the waters of the impossible. Everybody wants things, but they don’t want to put the work and effort into it….so they’re just a f*ckn wannabe. Stop being a wannabe…you can become it…you can stop hoping and start DEMANDING IT. You think the people that work out and are at the gym every day want to be there? No, they’d much rather be at home watching the game, but later down the road they don’t always want to be watching the freaking game. One day they want to play the GAME. It’s about working out and getting done what you have to do to better yourself, this insures that you won’t be a SPECTATOR for the rest of your life. Winners, the difference between them and the spectators…is that winners have a belief, that overrides the crowds disbelief. BELIEVE in the journey you are about to embark on, mentally you MUST believe it before you physically start it, otherwise it will NEVER reach much betterment. Stop trying to learn from everybody else, believe in yourself adds enough of a reason to transform into something great! You gotta say..this comfort zone im in is a f*ckn danger zone, it’s stopping you from your TRUE potential. You’re always a lot more than you know, you’ve got more inside of you to give, stop selling yourself so short. You’ve gotta rewrite your own history in life man, stop listening to everyone says is the way it is. Failure is part of the recipe for success. You fail a 1,000 times before you succeed,every single person has. It’s the losers who fail once and QUIT. DON’T BE THAT PERSON! The loser and the winner both fail, its just that the winner gets back up and does it again. There are no shortcuts in getting the things you want in life. Remember, no sacrifice…no success. And when you get the success, what comes with that is many that love you, BUT the majority will hate you for it. Because your success is a spotlight shining down on their missed opportunities where they came up short, where they did not quite have it inside….where failure is what stood. You’re either going to show up today or you’re going to get shown up in life. So if you want to make real progress then you really have to look at your life in a different way, you have to say…I gotta take control of this process and not just hope that it’s going to work out like people do when they make a resolution on New Year’s day.

Nancy asks…

How to persuade my husband to eat healthier?

I have always eaten healthy, but recently i went meatless. My husband on the other hand thinks vegetarianism is a disease! He is fit and all that , but if he does not have meat on his plate it is not a meal at all! He does not realize the fact that just because he looks good on the outside does not mean his organs are healthy on the inside. I do not want to walk the road on my own, i need his support and a partner in this journey.
I tried over and over again, nothing seems to work. Does anyone have an advice? thank you.

mikiesen answers:

You can’t change him, but perhaps he will agree to eat vegetarian for dinner at home and satisfy his meat cravings when out. That’s how my partner and I were when we started converting to veganism. He wouldn’t trust what I had to say about nutrition, of course, but was willing to read a few chapters out of “The China Study,” which had led to my “conversion.” Now he’s on board too. Until his “conversion” he was happy to support me in my decision for myself and our kids, but he’d sneak off down to the kebab shop when we weren’t looking 🙂

Ken asks…

Foods to bring camping on a long road trip?

We are going on a 25 day road trip this summer and I am trying to figure out the best way to eat healthy, fresh(ish) foods. We will not have access to a freezer and will only be camping. We have a pop up camper but it has no fridge, we will only use a cooler. It does have electricity though. We have a Coleman Stove/Grill combo. I don’t want to stop everyday for fresh groceries because it will eat up time and money so I am trying to plan for items that will have the best longevity.

We are already planning to bring pasta, rice, canned soup, canned veggies, potatoes, some fresh veggies for snacking(carrots, broccoli, etc) cereal, pancake mix, juice boxes, bread, jelly, peanut butter, trail mix, deli meats(packaged kind…replenish once every few days), mac and cheese, hot dogs, chicken sausage. We plan to buy milk, eggs etc at the campgrounds as needed. We are bringing 2 coolers, one for drinks and snacks that we can open while driving and the other will stay closed to conserve cold air.

Any thoughts on how to eat fresh meats and veggies? How long will they keep in a cooler if we replenish ice? How long will they keep once cooked?

Thanks!

mikiesen answers:

Veggies will keep longer than you think with no refrigeration at all, especially low water kinds like carrots and broccoli.
Meat keeps much longer when cooked, so it’s worth your while to go ahead and cook it up at the first chance, then just reheat as needed. Anything should keep well as long as you keep it iced down for a minimum of 3 days, probably 5 max.

Jane asks…

Foods to bring for a long road trip with only camping?

We are going on a 25 day road trip this summer and I am trying to figure out the best way to eat healthy, fresh(ish) foods. We will not have access to a freezer and will only be camping. We have a pop up camper but it has no fridge, we will only use a cooler. It does have electricity though. We have a Coleman Stove/Grill combo. I don’t want to stop everyday for fresh groceries because it will eat up time and money so I am trying to plan for items that will have the best longevity.

We are already planning to bring pasta, rice, canned soup, canned veggies, potatoes, some fresh veggies for snacking(carrots, broccoli, etc) cereal, pancake mix, juice boxes, bread, jelly, peanut butter, trail mix, deli meats(packaged kind…replenish once every few days), mac and cheese, hot dogs, chicken sausage. We plan to buy milk, eggs etc at the campgrounds as needed. We are bringing 2 coolers, one for drinks and snacks that we can open while driving and the other will stay closed to conserve cold air.

Any thoughts on how to eat fresh meats and veggies? How long will they keep in a cooler if we replenish ice? How long will they keep once cooked?

Thanks!

mikiesen answers:

Your plans are good, perishable food will last as long as your ice lasts. A high quality chest will keep ice for 5 days at 90*, less if it gets hotter. I use a Coleman Extreme rated at just that. There are other brands as well with similar ratings;
http://www.walmart.com/search/search-ng.do?ic=16_0&Find=Find&search_query=ice+chest&Find=Find&search_constraint=0

A trick I use to keep things cooler longer is to keep a wet towel over my chests (as long as you have a plentiful water supply) another is to bury it in the ground, both techniques in the shade of course as well.

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Questions And Answers On Egg Nutrition Scrambled

Bob asks…

what is the best way to cook eggs without losing or decreasing the protein/nutrients percentage?

I want to cook eggs in other ways like scrambled because I’ve always cook it hard boiled and I want to know if cooking it in different way will lose some nutrients.

mikiesen answers:

Cook eggs to your heart’s delight in any way shape or form and you will not lose nutrition if you follow these two suggestions. First of all, if you are serious about wanting to get the best nutrition from your eggs, and I can tell you are – buy eggs as fresh as you can. If there is a farmer’s market and you can buy local eggs, do so. Keep them refrigerated of course, and before cooking them let them sit out awhile to lose a little of the chill so that they cook evenly. To get the best nutrition from an egg, you want to be sure that no egg is left behind. Leaving food in a pan is where you do lose valuable nutrients that the pan does not need. I recommend cooking them in pans you know are coated with DuPont™ Teflon® nonstick coatings and then you do not have to add fat to keep your food from sticking, also important in today’s good health measures.

Gail Greco
Chef/Editor of Carefree Cooking Magazine at www.teflon.com/recipes

Helena asks…

What are different ways to cook eggs for budgies?

Scrabbled???
I heard you can grind the eggs shells up and give them it???

mikiesen answers:

Wonderful source of nutrition for pet birds
You can serve eggs to your bird in a variety of ways, but it’s important to keep healthy preperation in mind. The healthiest way to cook eggs for your budgie is to hard-boil them and then cut them up (along with the shells) into bite-sized pieces. You can also scramble the eggs and broken shells in a very light amount of pure vegetable oil — but make sure to hold the salt and any other “human” seasonings!

Always make sure that the eggs you serve your bird have cooled to room temperature, to avoid burning your pet. Remove any uneaten egg food from your bird’s cage after two hours, to prohibit the growth of nasty bacteria.
Grinded egg shell is also good for them as I heard they will strenghthen your birds’s eggs. (maybe that will only be useful if u owned hens…..)

Thomas asks…

How many calories have I eaten today and is this ok to lose weight?

3 slices of brown bread (buttered)
3 scrambled eggs
2 slices of thick-cut peppered ham
1 bowl of fruity porridge (with sugar!)
2 bowls of fruity cereal with yogurt

This was spread into lots of little meals and snacks over the day. I know you can only give an estimate as I don’t know the weights I ate, but does it sound ok for the basis for a diet?

mikiesen answers:

Brown bread depending on the brand ranges from 48-120 cals per slice. So I’m gonna go with the average. The best way to count your calories is to just read the nutrition label! 😉

1224 Calories.

Mike asks…

How to consume eggs in different ways like omlet etc etc,,text in the recipes?

Nutrition value should be high and tasty for some extent…I have to consume eggs around 4-5 per day so let the options be wide enough for me to stick with it…

mikiesen answers:

1.bacon and Cheddar cheese omelet with avocado slices on top
2.scrambled eggs with Cheddar cheese.
3.breakfast burritos with eggs, cheese, sausage and peppers with hot sauce.

4.or if you want something more fancy
take a few eggs, beat well, add a little sour cream, salt, pepper, and mix well and spread out on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper cook on low heat and when done cover with pieces of cooked bacon and Cheddar cheese and roll, top with sour cream and green onions. Additional cheese optional.

Daniel asks…

What are the right kind of foods to eat for breakfast?

I’m not well educated with this nutrition stuff, and I keep finding myself skipping breakfast as well as eating Twinkies and pizza. I decided I want to eat healthier.
I’m 32 years old and surprisingly I ate a whole box of Twinkies and still weigh 127 lbs.

mikiesen answers:

Musili
Porridge oats
Weeabix
Shredded wheat
Boiled , scrambled eggs
Grilled Bacon
Quorn sausages
Note: not all cereals are good for you not even rice crispys alot have a high sugar content besides that the above are all healthy and nutrious

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