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What to Eat or Avoid Before Bed

10/21/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

What you eat before bedtime can affect how well you sleep. As a rule of thumb, it’s best not to eat within an hour of going to sleep. A good bedtime snack, however, can help you relax and prepare for a night of rest. Depending on what you consume, food before bedtime can either help you sleep better or keep you from getting enough rest. Here’s what to avoid eating if you want to sleep: Caffeine: This may seem obvious since caffeine is a known stimulant, but most people don’t realize…

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Nutrition Myths & Facts

10/10/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

Our understanding of nutrition has improved so much over time. So how can you eat to stay healthy? Separate nutrition fact from fiction to be as healthy as you can be. Did you know Indiana University Health is now offering same-day primary care appointments from Indiana’s most highly skilled doctors? Schedule an appointment today at 844.8.IUHEALTH or visit iuhealth.org/primarycare.

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Eating Disorders

08/21/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

Many people are concerned with their body image and want to look their best in the latest fashions. Instead of increasing exercise and working on their diet, they take it to extremes and develop an eating disorder. Eating disorders are a daily struggle for 10 million females and 1 million males in the United States. What is an eating disorder? Eating disorders are illnesses that involve unhealthy relationships with food and exercise. Whether a person restricts food intake, binge eats, compulsively…

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Do You Know How Alcohol Affects Your Body?

08/19/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

After a long week at work many people kick back with friends to relax and enjoy an alcoholic drink. However, alcohol can have harmful physical effects. It is important, if you do drink alcohol, that you always drink responsibly. While it is often overlooked, alcohol is a drug and can be harmful and addictive if not drank responsibly and in moderation. A common misconception is that alcohol only damages the liver. While it is true that liver damage may occur from heavy drinking, it is not the only…

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Motivating Kids to do Well in School

08/14/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

Summer is winding down and very soon the kids will be heading back to school for the year. In order for students to have a successful school year, parents and guardians must also prepare for the school year. Motivating your kids to do well in school can be challenging, but these tips will help set everyone up for success.   What are some ways that I, as a guardian or parent, can help my child prepare for school? As a parent or guardian, you play a huge role in the success of your child’s…

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Lighten up your backyard barbecue

07/22/2014 | WellnessHealthy EatingIU Health Physicians

We wait all year to savor summertime foods – grilled burgers and hot dogs, cold salads and delicious desserts. While foods synonymous with summer taste great, these staples of the backyard barbecue can spoil our efforts to eat healthy. With some pre-planning, there are ways to enjoy seasonal “cookout” foods and maintain a healthy diet. Look for lower-calorie alternatives – The grocery store snack aisle is full of reduced-fat and lower-calorie potato chips, tortilla chips and…

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Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis

07/10/2014 | Healthy EatingPediatrics

Although we are unaware why, food allergies are on the rise in the United State. One in every 13 kids has a food allergy, which equals out to about two kids in every classroom across the United States. What is a food allergy? The body’s abnormal response to a certain food is a food allergy. For an unknown reason, the body thinks that the food is harmful and causes an allergic reaction to occur. The reaction can be mild or in some cases the reaction can be severe and cause anaphylaxis, this…

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The best fuel for your kids’ body before, during and after a sporting event.

06/20/2014 | WellnessExerciseHealthy Eating

Summer can be a busy time if your children are participating in baseball games, swim meets or other sporting events. You make sure they have their team uniforms, water bottles and equipment before they head out the door. But are you making sure they are practicing healthy eating habits before, during and after their workout? Healthy eating before, during and after events is important to ensure your child is performing to the best of his or her ability. Here are some guidelines for choosing the…

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Kale—What is it good for?

06/20/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

Kale is a nutritional superhero. This leafy green vegetable is packed full of vitamins A, C and K, as well as minerals like copper, potassium, iron, manganese and phosphorus! One serving of kale has only 40 calories with three grams of protein and 2.6 grams of fiber. This is one vegetable you will want to be sure to add to your diet. Kale is great for adding to your salads, soups, wraps or sandwiches. You could also try substituting chopped kale into your baked dishes, such as quiche or lasagna or…

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Protein Diet Mythbusters

06/13/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

Are you the kind of person who craves a big, juicy cheeseburger, or do you prefer a crisp salad instead? The fact is, most Americans eat foods that contain meat and dairy products, which can lead to serious health problems. The trick is to find the right mix of protein, carbohydrates and fat for a balanced, healthy diet.  No matter what you eat, chances are you’ve heard a few things about protein that simply aren’t true. We’ve compiled a list of protein myths and the truth…

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