The ancient grain farro has become increasingly popular with chefs, thanks to its satisfying nutty flavor, healthy nutritional profile and versatility. Nutritionist Elena Dogliotti says farro has lots of vitamins and minerals, is low in fat and high in protein and essential amino acids.
Reaching a diet plateau can be frustrating, but Dr. Lee Kaplan of Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center says it signals the body has hit a new metabolic set point, and people need to change their exercise or diet approach. Kaplan called it "speed dating obesity therapies," where if one approach does not work another is tried, exercise is added or changed, or better sleep and less stress are encouraged.
Overeating but promising to work out later and having salads all week to allow for splurging all weekend are two ways people rationalize bad diet habits, but nutrition experts say they often do not work. Registered dietitian Evelyn Tribole says overeating leads to a disconnect between a person and their body, so the focus should always be on hunger, fullness and satisfaction during eating.
Rituals such as unwrapping food or stirring it in a certain way can increase the pleasure taken in consuming that food, researchers say. In the study, some participants were told to break a chocolate bar and unwrap half at a time, while others were given no instructions.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has eased restrictions on cranberries in proposed rules for school lunches -- a move that industry leaders in Wisconsin say amounts to an endorsement of the health benefits of cranberry juice. Some originally sought to restrict cranberry juice due to concerns over added sugar. Wisconsin is a major producer of cranberries, and Gov. Scott Walker along with a number of lawmakers have lobbied for the inclusion of cranberry juice in school meals.