Kerri Ann Jennings's Blog (Page 24)

August 30, 2011 - 1:39pm

When I feel a pound or two creep up on me I can usually keep it in check with some extra exercise and by paying attention to what I eat. After all, paring down calories and ramping up exercise are two keys to weight loss. But as a registered dietitian and associate nutrition editor of EatingWell Magazine, I also know that there are some zero-effort ways to enhance weight loss. Intrigued? I’ve compiled 6 top tips for lazy ways to lose pounds.

Take a Multivitamin
I’m not in favor of diet pills, but…there is some evidence to suggest that taking a daily multivitamin may...

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August 18, 2011 - 11:37am

You may have noticed gluten-free labels on more foods—everything from breads to brownies—at the supermarket in the past few years as the number of gluten-free products has rapidly increased. This is great for people diagnosed with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity who can’t tolerate gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. As a registered dietitian and associate nutrition editor of EatingWell Magazine, I know how important it is for people with celiac disease to avoid gluten (which can cause their immune system to damage the lining of the small intestine, decreasing the absorption of nutrients and, if not treated, lead to severe nutritional deficiencies).

Must-Read: Should You Go Gluten-Free...

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August 11, 2011 - 11:13am

By 2020, one in two Americans could have diabetes or prediabetes (borderline diabetes) and 75% of Americans could be overweight or obese by 2020. These staggering predictions could be the unhealthy reality for many of us if we don’t take action, according to two reports released last year.

This epidemic of diabetes and obesity occurring together is being called “diabesity.” When I wrote about diabesity in a recent issue of EatingWell Magazine (where I’m the associate nutrition editor), I explained why obesity is considered a risk factor for diabetes: it makes cells less able to use insulin...

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August 1, 2011 - 10:10am

How often have you heard or read, “Healthy food is expensive”? I hear this assumption a lot, as it’s frequently pegged as one of the causes of America’s obesity crisis. Fruits and vegetables, in particular, are mentioned as overly pricey and inaccessible for many people. Which, when we’re talking about health, is a problem.

As a registered dietitian and associate nutrition editor at EatingWell Magazine, I think it’s important that everyone reap the enormous health benefits of eating fruits and vegetables. Produce delivers important nutrients, such as vitamins and fiber, as well...

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July 29, 2011 - 12:26pm
By Kerri-Ann Jennings in EatingWell Blogs

When 19 restaurant chains (including Burger King and IHOP) pledged on July 13th to tighten up their nutrition standards for children’s meals, McDonald’s got some flak for not getting with the program. But it turns out the fast food behemoth had plans of its own. Just two weeks later McDonald’s rolled out some changes to their Happy Meals—namely, they’re now replacing ½ of the fries with a ¼ cup serving of sliced apples (soda is still the default drink option, unless customers choose chocolate or 1% milk). In addition, the burger chain has pledged to set nutrition standards for the food advertised to children under 12—meals need to have less than 600 calories, no more than 35 percent of calories from fat, 10 percent of calories from saturated fat and 35 percent of total sugar by weight. These standards are pretty loose (after all, the USDA recommends limiting...

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