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What is Contemporary Diet and Nutrition?  It provides knowledge about a changing environment – how, what, and why we eat what we do.  Nutrition professionals look at the population of any area, it is important to understand the make-up of that population and the influences on what we eat.  Diversity in food patterns can stem from culture, religion, geography, climate, traditions, or even economical reasons.  This resource list is to explore three different aspects of this topic and find articles, websites, software, or books to help you find a little healthy nutrition diversity.

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Weight Loss Support

Sometimes we need a little support to help us with weight loss.  There are some gluten free and non-GMO products that you can try.  They made a difference for me.  Here is the link to share my Plexus page:  PINK DRINK

You can also better define your goals and accomplish them through Hypnosis.  Check out my "MIND" page and call for a free consultation to see how hypnosis can help you achieve your goals.


Dietary Guidelines: What do I eat?

Many individuals are just unsure of what to eat.  What is healthy eating?  I find these resources useful for nutrition professionals as well as any individuals looking for ways to plan healthy meals or evaluate the health of their current food intake.

This poster is a beneficial one as a quick reference on the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans by the “What’s On Your Plate” info it provides.  It does not just show the food pyramid, it explains each section and how much is appropriate.  Click on the poster for a copy.

The “SuperTracker” website provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and provides tools for tracking food intake compared to dietary guidelines, physical activity, and even weight tracking.  It also provides reporting and planning tools to stay on track.


Foodborne Illness Prevention: Keeping food safe to eat

Once we know what healthy foods to eat, we need to know how to keep our food safe to eat.  Foodborne illness and disease can be prevented in several ways.  Storing food safely, keeping food the correct temperature, and safe food handling and preparation play a large role in preventing foodborne illness.  It is important to keep a clean kitchen by using proper cleaning tools and sanitizing.  To learn more about keeping your food safe to eat, check out these resources.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website has a plethora of information about food safety including statistics, outbreaks of illness, and safety information.

Food, provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has articles about current food safety, outbreak updates, food recalls and contributing articles.

Click the videos below to learn more about food safety from the Partnership for Food Safety Education


Contemporary Weight Loss Programs Warning

Sometimes when weight can be a problem, individuals choose products off the shelf promising to fix their obesity.  Some of these products contain: Benzphetamine, Diethylpropion, Phendimetrazine, Phentermine, Orlistat, and Sibutramine. These drugs use different mechanisms of action to assist with weight loss. Suppression of appetite, blocking fat from being absorbed in the intestine, or increasing levels of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine in the body are ways these drugs work.  Some are regulated by the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) because of potential addiction.  The drug Phentermine stimulates the hypothalamus gland which controls the autonomic nervous system (ANS) in the brain.  The drug affects neurotransmitters that are responsible for the body’s fight or flight response.  During this response, hunger has no room to act, and the body burns calories instead of storing them as fat. 

There are arguments about the safety and risks of these drugs.  My opinion is not to create artificial responses with drugs, as the body gets confused as to what it is supposed to react and can result in overstimulation.  This overstimulation causes the body to increase the heart rate, sweat glands, and other bodily responses that can be dangerous in some individuals.  If you want to increase your heart rate and these bodily functions, the best way to do it is with physical exercise, not exterior nervous system stimulants.  See if some of the resources here can help with deciding what is best for you.

WebMD provides free information about weight loss, action plan templates, and even online support groups.  Drug free!.

Medline Plus is provided by the National Institutes of Health bringing you credible health information.  The obesity web page has a toolbox full of useful items for you to use for free.  You can sign up for newsletters, see videos, find trackers, and much more.

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