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"Let Food Be Thy Medicine"

December 2017

Jean Varney
Jeannie Varney
 Nutrition Consultant


Welcome to the Eat Right Be Fit Live Well monthly link roundup.
Each week I read many interesting articles relating to nutrition, fitness and wellness. Here are some of my favorites from the past month. While every article may not be relevant to your personal circumstance, I hope at least one will spark your interest and provide you with a healthy tip you can incorporate into your daily routine.  



8 Alcoholic Drinks Ranked From Most Calories to Least:  Want to enjoy a drink or two this holiday season without expanding your waistline? Choose wisely, imbibe infrequently and avoid beverages with high calorie mixers. ( 

This milkshake has nearly as much added sugar as a liter of Coke:   During the season of toasts, don't drink to these.  (

Calorie Smackdown: Cola vs. Broccoli:  Here's a GREAT explanation of why you don't count calories. When it comes to weight loss and optimal health, it's all about the quality of the calorie not the number of calories.  (

14 Foods That Fight Inflammation:  Inflammation can harm your heart, brain, arteries and joints. Eat these foods daily to keep it at bay. ( 

Skipping Breakfast Associated with Hardening of the Arteries:   Trying to lose weight or ward off heart disease? Don't skip breakfast. "Participants in this study who skipped breakfast had the greatest waist circumference, body mass index, blood pressure, blood lipids and fasting glucose levels."  (American College of Cardiology)

BPA: still a big deal:  Do you drink from plastic water bottles, use Seran wrap, or microwave in plastic containers? If so, you could be increasing your risk of cancer, infertility, heart disease and obesity. To avoid endocrine disruptors, follow these guidelines. (

Who Is to Blame for Childhood Obesity?  Why do we have to place blame? Instead let's just commit to solving the problem.  Start now by making better choices for your children (and yourselves.) Gone, as staples, are the breakfast cereals, waffles, pancakes, chocolate milk, sodas, juice, lemonades and other sugary drinks, Nutella, fruited yogurt, pizza, chicken fingers, hot dogs, ham, bacon, french fries, white pasta, rice and restaurant meals. Resolve this New Year to serve more fruits, veggies, whole intact grains, beans, lean proteins (fish, chicken, eggs, fish and plain yogurt), nuts, avocados, and home cooked meals made with these ingredients. (

Does Cooking Vegetables Increase Their Nutrient Value?   Are you eating these veggies cooked? If so, great! If not, no worries, eating them raw is better than not eating them at all. And let's face it, a summer tomato, sliced, with a little basil, salt and pepper is to die for - who cares if some of the numerous nutrients aren't fully absorbed. :)  (

New Evidence for Critics of Weight-Loss and Sports Supplements:  Please avoid weight loss and body building and performance enhancing supplements. Up to 80% contain ingredients other than those listed on the label - many of which are dangerous and potentially harmful to the liver.  (WSJ)

To Maintain Muscle and Lose Fat as You Age, Add Weights:  Are you successfully losing weight? If so, make sure to strength train while dropping pounds to avoid losing muscle mass. Muscle is metabolically active. Retaining it as you shrink will ensure you keep your metabolism humming along.  (NY Times)

Birth Control Pills Still Linked to Breast Cancer, Study Finds:  While hormonal birth control pills and devices put women at a higher risk for breast cancer, obesity, smoking, alcohol consumption and a sedentary lifestyle are far greater risk factors. (NY Times)

Stressed Out, Anxious or Sad? Try Meditating:   Still haven't tried the Headspace App? I highly recommend it. It's a wonderful way to kick start your mindfulness practice. (

About Jean Varney 
Jean Varney is the founder and president of Eat Right, Be Fit, Live Well LLC, a health and nutrition consulting firm committed to empowering men and women to improve their health through sustainable changes to their diet and lifestyle.  Based in the Washington DC metropolitan area, Jean coaches clients nationwide by phone and in person.  She focuses on helping individuals make smart choices about the foods they eat in order to maintain high energy levels, avoid unwanted weight gain and decrease their risk of heart disease, cancer, type II diabetes and other chronic illnesses.  Jean received her training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City.  To learn more about her practice, please visit her website at: