Making the Most of Breakfast and Lunch
Healthy Meal Options for Children
Fall is in full swing, the school year is finally upon us, and our to-do lists are growing by the minute. Extracurricular activities, busy work schedules, and other obligations leave little time for healthy meal preparation. This means we often eat on the go or buy prepackaged foods that can easily be thrown into a lunch box. While convenient, these aren’t always the best options for providing nutritious meals for ourselves or our children. The good news is that there are a number of options that can help you plan meals and snacks for your family that are tasty, healthy, and affordable.
10 Eating for Health Tips
Oats: Do They or Don’t They Belong in a Gluten-Free Diet?
By Jodi Friedlander, N.C.
November 10, 2013
Are you confused as to whether oats, even those that are certified gluten-free, can be tolerated by people with celiac disease and other forms of gluten sensitivity? If so, you’re in good company, as there’s quite a bit of controversy surrounding this topic. No matter where one looks, whether it’s some of the online gluten forums or the scientific research, there is little agreement and a lot of confusion. Some people with celiac disease tolerate oats very well; some do not. The same holds true for others who experience non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), which is in itself a confusing and only recently acknowledged medical entity. In fact, despite how much we hear about it in the media, very little is known about NCGS, and research into it is in its early stages. As for oats, there’s much to be learned here, too.
Eating Tips for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
By Mira Dessy, Certified Nutrition Educator
As the days get shorter, some people also transition into Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a form of depression that may affect as many as seven out of ten Americans. Believed to be caused by the reduced exposure to sunlight and a drop in serotonin levels, SAD may be further fueled by our current love affair with coffee and energy drinks (caffeine also suppresses serotonin).
Marin County: Breast Cancer Update
By Jodi Friedlander, N.C.
Few words strike fear into our hearts the way “cancer” does, and if you’re a woman this is especially true for cancer of the breast. So, in 2002, when it was reported that between 1995-1999 breast cancer in Marin County had peaked with a rate of occurrence of 198.5 per 100,000 white women per year, a number about six times greater than that of the rest of California,1 everyone got very scared. Marin County, after all, boasts a high proportion of well-educated, well-heeled women who purportedly eat well, exercise, reduce their stress, and breathe clean air. In other words, their level of risk factors would be considered low. If they were susceptible to such high rates of breast cancer, then who among us was safe? Theories about the causes of these rates ping ponged through the national media: Perhaps it was overexposure to dry-cleaning chemicals, excessive wine imbibing, or waiting until later in life to start families. In other words, some factor of the affluent lifestyle must have been to blame. Well, it turns out there was at least one lifestyle factor at work, though not one of the aforementioned suspects.