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7 Servings of Fruit and Vegetables a Day for Better Health?

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Artwork by Dr. Murad Abel We have heard the saying that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Never has this been truer than in today’s world. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health a whopping 7 servings of fruit and vegetables reduces risks of premature death by 42%. Vegetables still trump fruit but both have great benefits and one should do better at incorporating this food into their lives. The researchers studied data with 65,000 adults over the age of 35 between the years of 2001 and 2008. The survey asked about fruit and vegetable consumption within any particular 24 hour period. Portions were defined as 80 grams or 3 ounces each. The information was compared against mortality data over 8 years to see who is passing away.  On average participants ate 3.8 servings of fruit and vegetables a day. Those that ate more not only were less likely to die but also had lower BMI. They were better protected against heart d

Three Rules to Eating for Weight loss

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You want to eat right, lose weight, and improve your health but seem to be having a hard time reaching your goal. Pumping it out on the stair stepper everyday will only do so much if you don’t think about your eating habits. Making a few adjustments to your diet will go a long way in achieving your fitness goals without wasting hours. The three simple rules are: 1-Cut back on portions. 2-Reduce white bread, refined pastas, and crackers. 3-Move to low fat dairy and reduce portions. The vast majority of Americans are overweight due to lack of physical exercise and poor eating habits. Poor eating habits are the main cause of increased pants size and poor health above and beyond exercise. The amount of calories still takes the lead position in weight loss. No fitness training plan is complete without adjusting the food you are eating.  We all love bread but many conventional breads don’t love us back. White bread, white pasta, white rice, crackers, pretzels, and othe