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"Let Food Be Thy Medicine"

February 2019

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.  



Gluten Is Perfectly Fine for the Vast Majority of People:  Newsflash ... For most, eating gluten is not only okay, it's actually good for you! Research continues to show that gluten containing whole grains (wheat, rye and barley) benefit the heart and the brain. (The Tonic)

You Don't Have To Go No-Carb: Instead, Think Slow Carb:   Love your carbs? Me too! Admittedly, I survive on them - veggies, steel cut oats, whole wheat, legumes (lentils, soy and beans) and berries make up 90% of my diet. For optimal health, forgo refined carbs and enjoy slow digesting  varities  instead ... daily (NPR)

57 Ways to Lose Weight Forever, According to Science:   LOVE these weight loss suggestions. Notice no dieting or deprivation is required! (Health) 

Plant-Based Diet: What Is It, Why Try It, What Can You Eat?   Want to stay healthy as you age? If so, pass on Paleo, veto Keto and instead eat a plant-based diet rich in fruits, veggies, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. Enjoy animal products too ... in moderation. Cultures that eat this way remain the longest living, disease-free civilizations in the world. (Newsweek)

Soy: Still Good for the Heart?    I highly encourage eating organic, whole sources of soy several times a week, if not daily. It's a versatile, healthy plant-based protein that is gentle on the environment. Use soy milk to make your oatmeal, enjoy non-gmo, organic edamame in your salad and/or tofu and black bean sauté (with onions, peppers, cumin, and chili powder) to fill your whole wheat or corn tortilla. YUM ... you won't miss meat, promise! (Tuft's Newsletter)

7 Tasty Foods With More Fiber Than a Cup of Broccoli:    We should be eating 25-30 grams of fiber a day. Most of us don't even consume 15 grams. Eating the recommended amount lowers your risk for diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Here are 7 delicious, fibrous-rich foods that you'll love that will love you back - pasta included! (Cooking Light)

Dairy: Health Food or Health Risk?   The debate continues ... if you consume dairy, stick to plain, organic, low-fat, fermented varieties and don't overdo it - think yogurt, kefir, low-fat cheese and cottage cheese. Avoid butter, creams, full fat milk, and flavored dairy of all kind.   (Harvard Health Blog)

Can Collagen Supplements Improve Your Skin's Appearance?   Consuming collagen enriched foods and protein powders to improve your skin? Save your money!!! (Nutrition Action Newsletter)

Why Your LaCroix Obsession Isn't So Healthy:   Oh No! If this is true, what a bummer. I had no idea that LaCroix uses cans lined with BPA ... back to plain, filtered water out of the tap for me. (Health) 

How Healthy Is Your Heart? 6 Numbers Will Tell You:   To protect your heart and brain, keep these 6 markers within the optimal range. Double click on each marker to view healthy levels. In my opinion, triglycerides need to remain below 100 not 150 as stated. (Cleveland Clinic) 

Steep Climb In Benzodiazepine Prescribing By Primary Care Doctors:   The next epidemic? Are you taking Ativan, Xanax, Valium or some other benzodiazepine on a regular basis? Do you realize they share the same characteristics as opioids and they too are addictive? (NPR)

Drinking While Pregnant: An Inconvenient Truth:  IT IS NOT OKAY TO DRINK WHILE YOU'RE PREGNANT - NOT EVEN FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS. "Rates of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are higher than we knew." This guidance is not sexist. It's a fact backed by much research (NY Times)

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: