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Brierley Wright's Blog (Page 28)

October 6, 2010 - 11:26am

When I think about food antidotes for aging body parts, I think of my Baby Boomer parents (sorry, Mom and Dad!). I don't think of myself or my husband. Turns out I should—and so should you—because what you eat can help ward off aging starting in your twenties or thirties. Don't despair, Mom and Dad, because it's not all downhill yet: there are also food antidotes when you're in your fifties, sixties and beyond! Here's what you can eat to keep your body healthy as you age.

Brain
From our mid-twenties on, the brain—particularly the frontal lobe, where much of problem-solving and short-term memory is processed—shrinks at a rate of 2 percent per decade. A 2006 study in Neurology showed that people who...

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September 27, 2010 - 12:21pm

In the past couple of years I’ve really scaled back how much red meat I eat. Partly because I truly enjoy meatless meals (and it helps that I’m getting much better at cooking delicious ones!). Partly for the environmental benefits. And also for my health, which is what spurred my interest in finding an answer to this question: Does eating red meat increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer?

Related: What to eat to beat the odds of breast cancer

Here’s what I found: A...

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September 14, 2010 - 11:09am

Not a single one of my jobs has been in a place where I can step outside midday and have my pick of lunch spots within walking distance. (Let me paint you a mental picture: the area surrounding my current office has been described as “rolling farmland.”)

Related Link: 4 diet-busting takeout lunches to skip (and what to order instead)

It’s kind of odd that each job panned out that way, but it works for me—I’ve always said that with a little planning, bringing my lunch to work is an easy way for me to eat healthy and keep my weight in check.

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September 3, 2010 - 9:46am

I’m at an age—and stage in life—when half my friends are hoping and attempting to get pregnant and the other half are trying hard not to get pregnant.

Related Link: Already pregnant? Get 7 easy, healthy pregnancy diet tips here.

So, as a nutrition editor, it was second nature for me to wonder if eating certain foods could influence one’s baby-making odds. In the September issue of EatingWell Ana Mantica delves into the research to find a list of foods that can amp—or dampen—a man’s virility. Here they are:

Fertility Booster: Fruits and...

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August 30, 2010 - 11:07am

I’m on a high from my summer vacation—and already not looking forward to it ending. No one wants to trade their carefree summer days spent outdoors for 8 hours of fluorescent lights, a desk and a computer. And even worse, the end of summer vacation also means summer is winding down. So if you’re like me and feeling a little bummed about returning to the office (or going back to school) and the upcoming season transition, I suggest you have these mood-boosting foods on hand.

Chocolate: I know, I know, this is not news to you. But what I like is that there’s some science behind the theory that chocolate makes us happy: eating dark chocolate (1.4 ounces of it, to be exact) every day for two weeks reduced stress hormones, including cortisol, in people who were highly stressed, a study done at the Nestlé...

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