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Track Your Diet

Over the course of the next week, track everything you eat from that packet of sugar you put in your coffee, to that fillet mignon and baked potato with butter you had for dinner. The benefits of food logging range from being able to count calories to getting an overall view of your dietary

Take the 30-Day Sobriety Challenge

Take the 30-day challenge as described in the following article, "Take the 30-Day Sobriety Test". Let us know your comments as you go and especially when you are finished.

Eat The Recommended Amount of Vegetables Every Day For the Next 30 Days

How many vegetables do I need? Your age, sex, and level of physical activity all affect how many vegetables you need per day. Refer to the following table: DAILY VEGET

Start the Day Hydrated

The Challenge is to drink 16 ounces of water every morning.  Overnight we all become dehydrated so starting the day with a moderate amount of pure water is what we need instead of getting the water indirectly through our food.

Anti-Snack Attack

The Anti-Snack attack Challenge   For one week whenever you feel like eating between means (Snacking)   Do the following: Consider why you want to eat?  Is it because you really need food or is it because

Drink Water instead of Soda or Juice for a week.

For one week, instead of drinking soda, pop, energy drinks, sports drinks or juices drink plain water.  If you drink only water when you are thirsty, you will be providing your body what it needs and not the empty calories in the soda, energy drinks and juices.  Cut out all the diet dri

Read the Ingredient Label of Every Food You Buy at the Grocery Store

Over the next 30 days, every time you go to the grocery store read the ingredient label of all the food you plan on buying.  Take note of the types of foods you are planning on ingesting and think about the effect on your body.  Remember that whole, natural foods are the healt

Mix Taste and Nutrition

Healthy smoothies are a quick, simple and tasty way to get your daily dose of many nutrients, such as fruit and veggies, anytime of the year.  However, you do have to be careful about what exactly is in your smoothie, because many can be loaded with too many calories and simple sugars. 

Health Library Updates

The Not-So-Sweet Sugar Addiction

How is your relationship with sugar? Do you stare at it longingly through the shop window, sitting there in a golden glow, with a big, red ribbon on top, until you get up the courage to ask for it for Christmas? Do you obsess and whine, think about it constantly, and count down the minutes until

Start the Day with a Healthy Breakfast

  Breakfast is more likely to be healthy if it contains a variety of whole foods which are plant-based and unprocessed. The quality of food is increased if it is locally produced. When the food is locally produced, t

Seasonal Recipes from the Tickled Palate: Zucchini

Proudly my husband and I birthed our two zucchini plants, Summer Squash Fordhook Zucchini from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. I have lost count on the number of squash harvested from these plants. At first, I thought I would lose them, picking up a moldy wilt, but after I stopped watering from above

Stella Fong's Monthly Contribution: The Tickled Palate

Tickled Palate  My food and wine path was never planned. I fell into this journey by accident and have loved every step. Way back when I had a career in the Biotech industry and then in the Computer Engineering arena. I now smile, because when I was in Biochemistry l

Seasonal Recipes from Tickled Palate: Carrots

I am sure carrots were the first vegetables I tasted, though it may have been fed to me out of a glass jar with a twist top when I was an infant. Traditionally orange, these days they can be white, purple or yellow.  Mostly I love that they take on a brilliant color when cooked. Maybe this i

Microbiome: What you should absolutely know about the Microbes in your Gut.

The Microbiome is all the organisms that live on or in your body. There are more than 100 trillion microbes and at least a few thousand different species that inhabit your body. Most of these live in your gut. There are more than 1 billion bacteria in one drop of fluid in y

Ingredient Labels: What You Need to Know?

Ingredient Labels: What You Need to Know Now For starters, we applaud you for even taking an interest in the topic of understanding ingredient labels. So many people today are so overly concerned with calories, carbs, or other items on the nutrition labels of food that th

How to Adjust Ideal Body Weight Estimate to Percent Body Fat?

Using both the ideal body weight calculating formula and BMI is an excellent tool for determining healthy weights in populations. And for approximately 95% of individuals, these calculations are still very accurate and useful. However, some people will have either more than average or less than a