Registered dietitian Jeanine Stice says too much alcohol can sabotage your diet, reduce your ability to maintain optimal nutrition and contribute to depression. Drinking can increase your appetite by 20%, replace nutritious foods with empty calories, and impair absorption and metabolism of vitamins, she says.
Think of a refrigerator as a vending machine and stock it with healthy food, make nutritious snacks easy to reach and place good foods at eye level to improve nutrition, says Betsy Berthin, a registered dietitian in Miami. She also says to wash, chop and bag fruits and vegetables immediately so they are ready to eat when hunger strikes.
A study of more than 7,300 Dutch women found that those with high caffeine intake, equivalent to about six cups of coffee daily, while they were pregnant gave birth to babies that were slightly shorter, on average, compared with those born to mothers with lower caffeine intake. High caffeine intake also was tied to an increased risk of having a baby who was small for gestational age.
Study data showed a connection between walking more and a lower risk of developing metabolic syndrome, which can lead to heart disease and diabetes. People who took between 5,000 and 9,999 steps daily had a 40% lower risk of metabolic syndrome, while those who walked 10,000 or more steps had a 72% lower risk, compared with people who were sedentary.
High carbohydrate intake may be a consequence of pancreatic cancer and not a cause, according to U.S. researchers. Researchers said some patients, before they receive a diagnosis, may start to replace fatty foods that cause indigestion, a first sign of pancreatic cancer, with more digestible carbohydrates.