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  1. Weekly Round-Up - Week Ending on 4/12/2013

    Every week, we're bringing you the best - the most interesting, exciting and informative news, articles, studies and blog postings from the week before. Whether you would rather listen to all the general information about happenings around the country, partake in some celebrity gossip, expand you knowledge about scientific research in health and fitness, or connect with another person on a similar journey towards leading a wholesome life, we've got you covered.

    We scour the web for the choicest material and consolidate it all in one place so you don't have to. Enjoy!


    Top News

    “New app Turnyp to match special dietary needs with restaurants”
    via: NY Daily News

    Are you lactose-intolerant? A diabetic? Perhaps you have a peanut or gluten allergy? If any of these apply, you may find it difficult to choose the proper restaurant and meal when you want a night out. That’s where Turnyp comes into play. This new app is giving people a way to determine which restaurant choice is best. Users can plug in any food allergies or intolerances and find listings of restaurants that will work for them.

    “Vegan diet attracting more people, according to Birmingham-based study”

    A lot of people living in the U.K. are turning to veganism to meet their diet needs Is this a new trend, on the up-and-up? Will it carry over into the U.S.? Unlikely, but only time will tell.

    “Taco Bell promises better nutrition - by 2020”
    via: USA Today
    By: Bruce Horovitz

    Taco Bell is one of the worst offenders when it comes to selling high calorie, high sodium, high fat food. Their Grilled Stuffed Burrito alone packs an astounding 880 calories. And that’s not including the two tacos and large soda they serve as part of the meal. Responding to numerous complaints, the fast food giant finally says they’re going to make some much-needed nutrition changes. The problem? They’ve given themselves quite the cushion to do it in - within the next 8 years. Hardly seems like much of an improvement.

    “Most kids’ meals still far from healthful, group warns”
    via: Orlando Sentinel
    By: Sandra Pedicini

    Despite the attention children’s nutrition (or lack thereof) has received in the last few years, kids’ meals are still a long way off when it comes to balance and health. According to this article, 97 percent of major restaurant chains have yet to provide healthy meals to kids.


    “McDonald’s director of nutrition talks healthy options”
    via: The Republic
    By: Heather May

    Never known to be champions of promoting nutrition, McDonald’s has recently made some attempts to add healthier options to its menu, including offering oatmeal, apples (instead of fries) and lower-calorie salads. Now, to promote its new McWrap, McDonald’s nutrition director Cindy Goody sits down to answer some tough questions about the restuarants role in furthering obesity.

    “One woman hopes her weight loss inspires community”
    via: 9News Denver

    A woman with down syndrome shares her day-to-day activities in her quest to lose weight in the hopes that she can inspire others with down syndrome to get healthy as well. This is a touching story about 24-year-old Briana Carrey’s journey to overcome her weight issues and achieve her goals.

    “Mike Tyson thanks vegan diet for happiness”
    via: The New Zealand Herald

    Mike Tyson is often thought of as a tough guy - definitely not a person to trifle with. But what may shock you is that he also is a vegan, and he credits is meatless diet with helping him find peace, happiness and structure in life - as well as drop over 130 pounds.

    “‘I’ve been on a diet my whole life,’ says 79-year-old actress Joan Collins”
    via: Daily Mail UK
    By: Alasdair Glennie and Laura Cox

    For many women, taking on the latest fad diet is just par-for-the-course in life. But how healthy is it to be embarking on one diet or another all the time? Can you really find happiness and inner peace that way? Actress Joan Collins, a 79-year-old with a near-perfect figure, dishes about her lifestyle and how she was constantly on one rigid diet or another to keep up with Hollywood’s demands of physical perfection. The real issue here: expecting young girls’ role models to look skinny and “perfect,” instead of promoting a message of common-sense health.

    “Trisha Yearwood shows off weight loss at ACM awards”
    via: Los Angeles Times
    By: Nardine Saad

    Trisha Yearwood is married to country legend Garth Brooks, a feat many women could only dream about. But she’s also famous for much more. As a singer, cookbook author, and host of a Food Network TV show, Trisha’s weight had been climbing for years. But at the 2013 American Country Music Awards, Trisha showcased a whole new style - complete with a skin-tight dress and a weight loss of over 20 pounds. How did she do it? Check out this article for the interview.,0,1039947.story

    Blog Posts

    “5 Things You Need to Know About a Gluten-free Diet”
    via: WQAD 8
    By: Shellie Nelson

    Gluten-free dieting is all the rage, with many Americans striving to accomplish that in their diet. But how many of us really need to go 100 percent gluten-free? Is there much benefit? Shellie breaks down some of the confusion - and realities - that going gluten-free has.

    “Apparently, Some People Can’t Be Bothered With Food”
    via: The Salt: What’s on Your Plate
    By: Eliza Barclay

    After Rob Rhinehart wrote a blog detailing his attempt to give up all food and substitute it with a shake concoction packed with the nutrients he needed, he got quite the backlash. Take a look at this blog, where writer Eliza Barclay gives her opinion on his liquid replacement of food and the impact it had (and will still have) on others.

    “Three Ways Manufacturers Trick You on Food Labels”
    By: Jamie Yacoub, M.P.H, R.D.

    Even when you think you’re eating healthy, unprocessed foods, you may not be. Ever really stopped to think about the difference between “multi-grain,” and “whole grain”? If you’re like most of us, then you probably haven’t - and food companies are banking on that confusion. Check out this blog about the top 3 tricks they play on you to get you to buy what you THINK may be healthy, even though its not.

    “Why Does Losing My 4 Feel so HUGE? A Stream-of-Consciousness Post”
    via: Dropping 40
    By: Lori Jo Vest

    If you’ve ever crossed from the threshold from one decade to the next, then you’ll definitely want to check out this post. Blogger Lori Jo lays out her emotions and feelings about turning 50 next month in a way many can relate to. For Lori, turning 50 means accepting herself as still young, while entering into another phase of maturity.

    “The Runner Wave”
    via: Rather Be Runnin’
    By: Ashley Jones

    If you’ve been jogging through a park early in the morning and passed another runner who awkwardly waved at you, then you just might have been passing Ashley Jones. Ashley’s comical post about giving a courtesy wave (or thumbs up) to other runners is quite entertaining.

    “Slow Like Turtle”
    via: Elbow Glitter
    By: Megan Sullivan

    For many who decide to get fit and start running, speed can be discouraging. It’s easy to forget that you should be proud of yourself for getting out there as long-term runners breeze by you. If that’s an emotion you’ve ever experienced, then check out Megan’s post. She stays positive, especially by reminding herself that the competitions she enters do more than just work in favor of her health - they benefit others. As the saying goes, “No matter how slow you’re going, you’re still lapping everyone on the couch.” Very true.


    “Running, rather than walking, will help you lose weight and keep it off”
    Medicine Science in Sports & Exercise
    via: HealthDay News

    Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory studied thousands of runners and walkers over a six-year time period and determined that not only are runners more likely to lose greater amounts of weight, but running is much more likely to help them keep that weight off.

    “Carnitine - found in red meat and some energy drinks - may raise risk from fat, cholesterol”
    Nature Medicine [Journal]
    via: The Wall Street Journal

    A new study revealed that along with the higher levels of saturated fats and cholesterol found in red meats, another component may be to blame for elevated risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular disorders. Carnitine, also found in some energy drinks, may be responsible for thickening the arteries, clogging them and thus leading to an increased risk of heart disease. Another reason to cut back on meat intake? And even more incentive to eliminate energy drinks from your diet.

    “Weight loss surgery can alter your genes”
    Cell Press
    via: Fox News

    A new study from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden indicates that weight loss surgery can alter genes so that your body is more likely to burn fat, store sugars properly and even decrease your risk of diabetes.


    Author: Caitlin H

    Diet-to-Go Community Manager

    Caitlin is a journalist by trade and an avid runner. She is passionate about maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle and encouraging people to engage in common-sense eating. Caitlin believes in living a well-rounded life, to include balancing time with family, friends, fitness and food.

    Follow Caitlin on Twitter @CaitlinHendee


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