The seven-minute workout has been getting a lot of attention, but former Air Force special-ops trainer Mark Lauren says there is no magic number as long as the regimen boosts the heart rate and taxes muscles. He said building strength and endurance means using "big compound exercises" that use many muscles at the same time and changing up work-to-rest ratios to achieve both goals.
Studies show that people are eating more snacks, which may add to obesity problems, and registered dietitian Richard Mattes said eating frequency may be a bigger problem than food portion size. Still, small meals and snacks often are recommended for weight loss, so the types of food eaten as snacks are important. Dietitian Jill Weisenberger said snacking can be a way to add more nutrients, such as fruits and vegetables, to a diet.
Norwegian researchers said a study of dietary patterns from birth through age 5 found children who ate more unhealthy foods had more behavior problems -- such as anxiety, aggression and hyperactivity -- than those who had a healthier diet. The study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry also linked fewer behavior problems in children to mothers who ate a healthier prenatal diet.
A peek at what foods dietitians and nutritionists keep on hand shows their top picks include oatmeal, eggs, cayenne pepper and hummus. The list also includes the expected fruits and vegetables, along with beans, avocado, salmon, nuts and grass-fed beef.
Quinoa, a food staple considered sacred by the Incas thousands of years ago, is experiencing a modern renaissance as a gluten-free grain, a complete protein and a versatile health food for use in breads, cereals and beverages. Shauna James Ahern offers quinoa recipes on her blog "Gluten-Free Girl," including a fruit-crumble topping with quinoa flakes, red quinoa topped with butternut squash, tofu and red peppers, and a summery quinoa salad with smoked salmon and capers.