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December 27, 2001
Do you need a nutritional supplement? By Lynn Little An estimated half of Americans now take some kind of nutritional supplement. The term "nutritional supplement" encompasses a wide range of products with multivitamin/mineral supplements the most commonly used. People cite a variety of reasons for taking supplements, ranging from those that are medically necessary to "popping a couple of pills" as an easier alternative to practicing healthy eating habits. While supplements are beneficial under some circumstances, they are not recommended simply as an alternative to a nutritious diet.
BY LYNN F. LITTLE | April 17, 2002
If you're eating by yourself tonight, you're not alone. You're part of a growing trend. Each evening, many Americans eat alone. Whether you're an adult heating up a cup of soup or a child microwaving a hot dog, solitary dining has its pitfalls. Several studies have shown that the diets of people who regularly dine alone come up short on important nutrients. For many, cooking for one or two seems like too much work. Often, recipes serve at least four. Bulk foods may be economical, but not necessarily interesting over time.
By Lynn F. Little | August 12, 1997
Vegetarian diets have become an increasingly popular option. Moving to a plant-based diet lowers the risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and certain cancers. Most people following a vegetarian diet can meet all their nutritional needs as long as they eat a wide variety of foods each day. However, as you eliminate animal foods from your diet, you need to include other foods that can supply the missing nutrients. So, what about children raised on vegetarian diets?
May 16, 2001
Want to save money? Pack your lunch You have heard this before, but it's still true: You can save money by bringing your lunch to work. A typical takeout or convenience meal can easily cost $4 to $6 a day. Packing your lunch can save $3 to $5 every day. Add up that money weekly, then monthly and suddenly you have some serious cash on hand. The time to think about lunches is not at 7:30 in the morning, as you are about to run out the door. Instead, think about the noontime meal when you do your weekly shopping.
By Teri Johnson | June 13, 1998
Many parents come up dry when trying to choose healthful drinks for their children. In a recent survey by The Gallup Organization, pediatricians said they believe many parents aren't aware of the role beverages play in their children's diets. Most doctors recommended that they serve 100 percent fruit juice instead of fruit-flavored beverages. Many people don't understand the difference between fruit juices and fruit drinks, says Dr. Marianne Neifert, a Denver pediatrician known as "Dr. Mom" who writes for Parenting and Baby Talk magazines.
Melissa Tewes and Joe Fleischman | Your Health Matters | April 29, 2011
With increasing popularity of low-carbohydrate diets, beans are an often overlooked super food.  Because beans provide a rich source of carbohydrates, they are often avoided and feared as a culprit for weight gain. If you choose to actually "spill the beans" you will be missing out on the many health "bean-a-fits. " Many dieters choose to eliminate, or significantly limit, carbohydrate-containing foods in an attempt to lose a few extra pounds or to prevent undesirable weight gain.
by JANE SCHMIDT | December 27, 2005
So long, 2005! I hope everyone is having a lovely holiday season and enjoying these last festive days of the year with friends and family. It's hard to believe that the year 2006 is just around the corner - I wish you and your family a wonderful new year that's filled with joy, happiness, and peace! I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the wonderful and kind neighbors who are contributors to this column - without your contributions, this column simply would not be in existence.
By CHRIS COPLEY | | June 22, 2012
I've often thought modern humans would be wise to look to earlier generations for guidelines on how to live well individually and in groups. So I was intrigued in late 2011 when my wife said she was going to follow the so-called "Paleolithic diet" for a month. She read "The Primal Blueprint" by Mark Sisson, which encourages people to eat like humans did before the development of agriculture. "I'm only going to eat things people ate before 10,000 years ago," my wife said. "Meat, vegetables, fruit, eggs, nuts.
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