Traveling Healthy: Destination, Las Vegas?

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Staying healthy when traveling to Las Vegas seems like a contradiction in terms. How could you possibly be mindful of your physical well being in Sin City? And why would you want to?Leaving the latter question alone for the time being, a recent trip led me to realize that it is quite possible these days for the health and fitness conscious traveler to have an outstanding trip to Vegas.One of the biggest negatives about visiting Las Vegas from a health perspective: secondhand smoke. Most of us picture Las Vegas as one big casino, swirling in a haze of cigar and cigarette smoke. While the tobacco biz is certainly still thriving in LV, it is possible to mitigate your exposure to the stuff. (more…)

The Hardest Vitamins and Nutrients to Get from Your Diet

table of vitaminsStanding in front of the shelves at the grocery store can be bewildering.  With all the choices and knowledge that have been presented to us regarding proper diet and nutrition, we need to become walking nutritional encyclopedias in order to keep our bodies and health in balance.   We are told that vitamins and minerals are essential for optimum health and well-being, and yet we are also told we should only get them from our diets.  One Mayo Clinic site tells us that “vitamins are compounds that we must have for growth and health,” and that “they are usually available in the foods that we eat.” One Harvard site, meanwhile, tells us that multivitamins are recommended, serving as a nutrition "insurance policy."  So who should we believe? (more…)

School Meals: Nutrition May No Longer Be a Choice

healthy schoolsBoth parents and kids face a slew of choices when it comes to all things back to school. Pencils or pens.  Lunch box or paper bags.  Easy classes or challenging ones...But they may no longer have to choose when it comes to nutrition and school meals.  That's right. As a result of the Healthy Hungry Free Kids Act, which was passed in 2010, schools have had to consider what makes up a healthy choice when it comes to nutrition, and they've had to change their menu and vending options. In January 2012 the USDA revised school meals to limit calories and add more fruits, veggies and whole grains. Now, as early as next year, schools must also offer snacks low in fat and salt in vending machines. (more…)

HealthSimplified: A Video Interview with Mitzi Dulan RD

Mitzi Dulan RDRecently, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Mitzi Dulan, Registered Dietician and nationally recognized nutrition and wellness expert who has inspired millions to lose weight and get fit.   Mitzi is currently the team nutritionist for the Kansas City Royals Baseball Team and co-author of The All-Pro Diet: Lose Fat, Build Muscle, and Live Like a Champion with NFL future Hall-of-Famer Tony Gonzalez, helping people learn how to eat clean to get lean. (more…)

Dietary Fiber: 21 Amazing Things You Never Knew

amazing fiber

While the word "fiber" conjures images of foggy sludge drinks and tasteless, twiggy cereal, we've come to know just how crucial getting enough fiber is to our health.  Getting enough through foods holds benefits beyond simple "regularity."  Read on to learn what a health champion fiber is, and why it has made a comeback in today's wellness market. (more…)

The Benefits of Fiber for Weight Control

weight loss and soluble fiberThe worst part of beginning a diet is learning which lovely foods you'll no longer be able to eat:
  • No more donuts
  • No more pizza
  • No more ribeye soaked in butter
  • No more...
I don't know about you, but I stopped listening after "pizza."The sad fact is, though, to control your weight you will have to cut out a lot of these foods and limit your intake of many many more.But there is one thing you don't need to cut back on to benefit your weight.  In fact, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH), you should be eating more of it.  A lot more.This magical substance is, of course, Fiber. (more…)

Vitamin D Supplements May Boost Vitamin D Levels Better Than Sunshine

vitamin d3 gummyAs winter winds down, we chase those moments when sparse sun rays pierce through lifeless skies. But does sunshine offer more value, boosting physical health along with your mood? Of course, sunshine remains a top source of good vitamin D levels,  a predictor of good health. A review of records of Canadian infants shows that by age one, they are getting only a bit over 10 percent of the amount of vitamin D that they need through food such as oily fish, fortified dairy products and cereals. A recent study, however, shows that vitamin D supplements and vitamin D from cow's milk may steal the spotlight from sunshine, when it comes to lifting vitamin D levels. (more…)

25 Superfoods To Turn Your Diet Around

diet superfoodsWith the beginning of a New Year, many people are looking to change their diets and adopt a healthier lifestyle. If you are looking to supercharge your diet, there is no better way than with superfoods!While results from diet changes vary from person to person, there are documented, common benefits that many may notice by adding superfoods into their daily eating plan.  Simply transforming your diet may have a profound impact on your health! (more…)

HealthSimplified: A Video Interview with Dr. David Katz

Recently, as part of the HealthSimplified Interview Series, SmartyPants Vitamins had the pleasure of sitting down with Dr. David Katz,  You can check out our extraordinary talk with him below.Dr. David Katz is an internationally renowned authority on weight control, nutrition, and the prevention of chronic disease.  Among his many accomplishments are:
  • Founding Director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center (funded by the CDC)  SmartyPants' senior medical advisor, David Katz
  • Two-time diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Founder and President of the non-profit Turn the Tide Foundation,
  • the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Childhood Obesity
In addition, he has authored:
  • 150+ scientific articles
  • nearly 1,000 newspaper articles
  • twelve books and counting

Here are some highlights from our chat

  • Making Health a Priority - starting in the Family, carrying it out to the Culture
  • Teaching Health to our Kids is as Important as Teaching Financial Responsibility to them
  • Health is a Responsibility - it impacts your family, your community, and your culture
  • How Businesses can Benefit by Moving in the Direction of Health
  • Reinventing Elements in Industry so that Everyone Wins
  • More Money Can be Made Cultivating Health, rather than Treating Disease
  • Getting Healthy isn't just about Will Power - it's also about Skill Power
  • Wanting Health is great, but you've got to have the skills on board to achieve your goals
  • Dieting alone doesn't make sense - it's time to get the whole family involved
  • Learning to Love Food that Loves you Back
  • Making Health Easier for Everyone through the NuVal System

Tweetable Insights from Dr. Katz:

  • Learn to love the food that loves you back. (Click to Tweet)
  • Children and parents will get to Health together or not at all. (Click to Tweet)
  • If we want Health to be the default choice, we need to make it easier. (Click to Tweet)

Resources Mentioned:

Few in any field are so worthy of the term "Authority".  Dr. Katz uses his considerable expertise and weight in the Health field to help everyone put more years in their lives, and life in their years.  You can follow him at @DrDavidKatz.If you liked this video, would you share it with your friends?  Just click here to post it to Twitter. 

50 Healthy Ways to Maintain a Healthy Weight

tips for weight control

The New Year is upon us, and with it comes fresh attempts to change old patterns. If you've already hit your target weight and are looking to keep what you've worked so hard for, here is a list of 50 healthy ways to maintain your weight.  And if a happy weight has eluded you, these tips can also be applied to anyone's weight loss journey.

Note: you don't need to follow through on all of these suggestions.  Adopting even some can give you the push you need to achieve your goal.

1.       Assess your starting point.

Many people have unrealistic goals when it comes to ideal body weight. Assess your body weight using the body mass index (BMI). The BMI is a ratio between your height and weight. Beyond maintaining a healthy wait, a good realistic goal would be to lose enough to get into the next category (for example, from overweight to normal.  Aiming for a shift from Obese to Normal would be less realistic). (more…)

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