What’s for Dinner?

It’s already hot where I live.  So I want  potato salad.  I love cold potato salad–but only homemade.  Anyone have a favorite recipe?  Here’s mine: boil whatever potatoes you have.  (I trim them and cut off any spots, but leave the skins on.  I’m lazy, and the skins are nutritious.) Drain and chill. Cut them

May 22, 2011 / by corematters / No Comments

How to Get From Mindless Eating to Mindful: PAY ATTENTION! READ THIS!

Brian Wansink, director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Laboratory, has made his career pointing out the mindless (and often mind-blowing) mistakes we make when choosing what, when and how much to eat. In one of his best-known studies, Wansink gave moviegoers at a Philadelphia theater 14-day-old popcorn instead of a fresh batch (Wansink

May 02, 2011 / by corematters / No Comments

Junk Food Makes Us Stupid…Really.

Don’t believe me?  How about a couple of M.D.s? Watch this and get back to me….  

Apr 14, 2011 / by corematters / No Comments

Here’s some real motivation….

February is Healthy Heart Month!   Right on topic, check out this recently released study using real people–over 300,000 of them: Research, published in the European Heart Journal, analyzed data from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) Heart study, and found that people consuming AT LEAST 8 PORTIONS of fruit and vegetables a

Feb 02, 2011 / by corematters / No Comments

Did You Know Your Bones are an Organ?

Yes.  A living, breathing, working organ.  Your skeleton contains blood vessels, nerves, and lymph vessels.  They have 3 layers:  outer shell, spongy bone, and a medullary cavity.  The spongy bone and medullary cavity are filled with marrow. We need our bones.   Desperately.  You know why?  First of all, they’re armor for some precious things.  Like

Mar 06, 2010 / by corematters / No Comments

Killer Salt?

Well, in a word, YES. We only need about 500mg (a 1/4 teaspoon) a day to keep our fluids balanced, and our muscles twitching properly.  The American Heart Association recommends eating less than 2300 mg per day–that’s about a teaspoonful. Anyone surprised? Many health experts consider high dietary sodium levels to be one of the

Oct 16, 2009 / by corematters / No Comments

To Carb or Not to Carb….

Are you as sick of the carb debate as I am? Let’s get straight to the heart of it:  what are carbs anyway, and why should we care? Here’s a definition straight from my personal trainer textbook, so it’s simple enough for gym rats, ie, muscle-heads (not me, of course….), to understand:  “Carbohydrates are the

Sep 03, 2009 / by corematters / No Comments

Labels…and math!

Finally, the last word on label-reading! We have to look at a few more things.  WARNING:  here comes the math…. Start with carbs.  When we read the carbohydrate data, remember that 1 gm of carbohydrates equals 4 calories.  You need to figure out how many calories you’re getting from the carbohydrates in this item.  If

Jul 09, 2009 / by corematters / No Comments

Is It Whole Wheat or Ghost Wheat?

Reprieve– no math today.  Well, a little–just a look at proportions. Since we’re reading the ingredient list looking for trans-fats, let’s stay there for a moment. Notice the list of ingredients on anything you intend to put into your body.  Ingredients are listed here in order of quantity, and the order is descending.  So the

Jul 02, 2009 / by corematters / No Comments

Are You Reading Food Labels?

If we are going to watch what we eat, we are going to need to learn to read the nutrition label on food packages.  I know.  I hear the moans.  You’re moaning with good reason.  Turns out, those labels aren’t always completely honest, and we will need to do some math. And rather than explain

Jul 01, 2009 / by corematters / No Comments