Winter is approaching, and with that cold and flu season. While nothing can completely stop a cold in its tracks, a healthy immune system can help ward off the germs that cause colds and the flu, and may even minimize a cold’s duration. Overall, a healthy lifestyle that includes eating a balanced diet, adequate fluids, physical activity and adequate sleep is your best investment in immunity. That said, there are some specific things you can do now to boost your immunity. Check out these tips from our Registered Dietitian Lea Basch.
Following the breaking scientific research published on September 17th* that showed that consuming the artificial sweeteners saccharin (Sweet’n Low), sucralose (Splenda) and aspartame (Equal) may actually lead to diabetes and obesity due to their impact on gut bacteria, we at The Tasteful Pantry have received questions from readers asking what is ok to eat if now artificial sweeteners are bad for us and sugar is bad for us? It’s a completely natural question to ask, especially if you know you have a sweet tooth. The short answer is, there is no one right answer for everyone, and as with many things, moderation is the key. However read on for more information to help you weigh your choices.
Dear Lea: I am reasonably health conscious but when I get hungry, I crave sugary snacks that leave me dissatisfied about half an hour after consumption (low energy, tired, irritable). What types of snacks should I be looking to consume between meals so I don’t have this craving? Also, do you have an opinion on which sweeteners are better than others (e.g., Spelnda vs. Stevia, etc.)? –JH.
Dear Lea: I have been trying to cut body fat since summer is coming up. One of the main tips I got from online is weight training burns more fat than cardio exercises due to muscle building. As a vegetarian, what snacks do you recommend that would help me get to my goal? –GL.
Dear Lea: I’m wondering if you could make suggestions about foods that are good for people who are trying to avoid inflammation throughout the body. –CA.
Dear Lea: All I want to do in life is eat junk. My religious organization has a drawer filled with junk food and I can’t seem to stop eating stuff from it. There are chocolates, chips, cookies, old cookies, christmas cookies, more cookies, and you name it. I just love eating from that drawer. How can I stop? –AM
Dear Lea: What are the most common pitfalls of switching to a gluten-free diet? –JW.
Dear Lea: My daughter and I are embarking on a 28-day Fast Metabolism Diet adventure for the first time. Have you heard of this? My goal is to refresh my metabolism and shift old habits. –CP.
We here at the Tasteful Pantry are SO excited to welcome on board Lea Basch, MS, RD. As a registered dietitian, Lea will not only be helping us to select the delicious and nutritious snacks for our Treat Boxes and Shop, but will also be writing some very interesting and informative blogposts here on the blog about nutrition and special diets. She will also be running a column on the Tasteful Pantry main site (www.tastefulpantry.com) that will answer YOUR specific nutrition questions. Have you had a burning question about how to eat in a healthy way, or how to follow a ‘free-from’ diet? Now is your chance to get a personal response to your question. Just write in to Lea at DearLea@tastefulpantry.com, and get your questions answered here!