Monthly Archives: October 2015

7 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know Vitamin D Could Do For You

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It’s the wonder-vitamin of the moment, and with good reason: Getting enough vitamin D seems to protect against just about everything, from cancer and depression to heart disease and an earlier death. When it comes to the sunshine vitamin, you’ve heard it all before—or so you think.

It turns out there are a handful of lesser-known reasons you’ll want to guarantee you get your daily dose. Which, by the way, is frustratingly tricky to pin down. The Institute of Medicine currently recommends men and women get 600 IU of vitamin D a day, but recent research suggests those guidelines are way too low—one possible reason about 42% of American adults seem to be vitamin D deficient. The IOM currently lists 4,000 IU a day as the highest amount of vitamin D you could take and still be safe, but we might need more like 7,000 to truly reap the vitamin’s biggest benefits.

Until science figures it out, let the following benefits inspire you to get some sensible sun exposure , eat more sources of naturally occurring vitamin D, and consider a supplement.

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5 Things That Will Happen When You Eat Oatmeal

Oatmeal is easy to love. It’s a warm, filling whole grain that is easy to prepare and packs a nutritious punch. You may be wondering, what’s the difference between rolled or steel cut oats? Rolled oats have simply been steamed and rolled-over to flatten before packaging. Steel cut oats, on the other hand, are just oats chopped up into smaller pieces with a sharp blade. Both maintain their whole grain status, so choose the one you like best because they’re both healthful choices!

In fact, a few things will happen if you start eating oatmeal everyday. For example:

1. You’ll manage (or maybe lose!) weight

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5 easy ways to detox after Thanksgiving


Ah, the Thanksgiving feast, where the number of dishes—and your family’s ability to sneak butter and cream into every dish—reinforce the themes of abundance and gratitude.

But it doesn’t mean you have to go on a ten-day juice cleanse.

Jessica Sepel, nutritionist and author of The Clean Life: Rebuilding Your Relationship with Food. Your Body and Your Mind, shares five smart detox tips that are super easy to do—anywhere. Yes, even at your parents’ place.

“Our holiday habits–overeating, excess sugar, alcohol, and less rest–can impede the body’s ability to detox naturally. The liver is the master of detoxification, but it becomes sluggish when we abuse it,” says Jessica Sepel.

This easy detox—with tips like dry body brushing and 20 minutes of yoga—will help lift your energy and leave you feeling rejuvenated. Just in time for another approaching holiday…

1. Lemon water. You might be tired (or even a little hungover…), but your morning latte is not the answer.

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16 Ways to Combat That ‘Groggy Morning’ Feeling

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Thanksgiving History

November Calendar - Time to Visit Plimoth Plantation Thanksgiving is a particularly American holiday. The word evokes images of football, family reunions, roasted turkey with stuffing, pumpkin pie and, of course, the Pilgrims and Wampanoag, the acknowledged founders of the feast. But was it always so? Read on to find out…

This article explores the development of our modern holiday. For information on food at the First Thanksgiving, go to Partakers of our Plenty. For additional children’s resources on Thanksgiving, you might want to view Scholastic’s Virtual Field Trip to Plimoth Plantation, explore our Online Learning Center, or visit our Homework Help page. If you’d like to join us for Thanksgiving dinner, please visit our Thanksgiving Dining and Special Events page.

Giving thanks for the Creator’s gifts had always been a part of Wampanoag daily life. From ancient times, Native People of North America have held ceremonies to give thanks for successful harvests, for the hope of a good growing season in the early spring, and for other good fortune such as the birth of a child. Giving thanks was, and still is, the primary reason for ceremonies or celebrations.

As with Native traditions in America, celebrations – complete with merrymaking and feasting – in England and throughout Europe after a successful crop are as ancient as the harvest-time itself. In 1621, when their labors were rewarded with a bountiful harvest after a year of sickness and scarcity, the Pilgrims gave thanks to God and celebrated His bounty in the Harvest Home tradition with feasting and sport (recreation). To these people of strong Christian faith, this was not merely a revel; it was also a joyous outpouring of gratitude.

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7 Foods That Are Making You Bloated

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After a weekend of indulging, it’s no surprise you feel bloated on Monday. But it’s not always rich, fatty foods that cause ballooning in your midsection. It turns out that the biggest culprits for those prone to tummy troubles are FODMAPs, finds research from The International Journal of Clinical Practice.

The acronym stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. In short: “These carbohydrates are poorly absorbed in the small intestine and rapidly fermented by bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract,” says Julia Greer, MD, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. This process creates gas, which leads to symptoms like bloating.

For short-term relief, Greer recommends lying on your stomach, exercising, and drinking water to help gas bubbles move along. But if you frequently have that too-full feeling, Lin Chang, MD, professor of medicine at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, suggests keeping a daily diary that includes meals, bloating symptoms, and bowel habits to help identify triggers. You may find that the 7 foods below are common offenders.

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5 Foods That Will Put You In A Rotten Mood

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Your diet can really wreck your mood—and not just because you still feel guilty for plowing through a pint of praline pecan ice cream the other night. “My clients easily make the connection between being hungry and being in a bad mood—a.k.a. ‘hangry’—but they don’t often realize that what they eat on a daily basis can also have a direct impact on their mood,” says Emily Edison, RD, a dietitian and sports nutritionist in Seattle.

There’s plenty of research proving the food-mood connection as well—feasting regularly on the wrong menu can spiral you into real depression. Here, the top offenders:

1. Refined carbohydrates

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Why You Should Never Throw Away Orange or Banana Peels

Did you know the peels of some fruits hold some of the most powerful nutrients in the world? There are many uses, both medicinal and practical, for orange and banana peels that aren’t known by many. So, next time you think about throwing away one of these peels, you may want to remember this information.


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Emotional abuse is as harmful as physical abuse, says new study

“These consequences are wide-ranging and include everything from anxiety and depression to rule-breaking and aggression.”

If you suffered through a childhood marked by adults who yelled at you, humiliated you, deliberately excluded you, intimidated or rejected you, you are likely to have suffered long terms effects as psychologically damaging as if they had actually beaten you, says a new study.

In the long run, says scientists at Canada’s distinguished McGill University, emotional abuse might hurt a child as much as violence or neglect.

Emotional abuse – which includes behaviours such as ridicule, intimidation, rejection, and humiliation – is much more common than physical abuse and neglect.

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