Friday, September 9, 2016

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Nutrition News: B-12 for the Brain, Commuter Weight Gain, Cooking Methods and Diabetes Risk

Is Your Commute Making You Fat?
A new study of British commuters conducted by the Royal Society for Public Health has found that those with long, “non-active” work commutes — passive rides in trains, buses or cars – may suffer consequences including heightened stress, blood pressure and BMI and decreased time for healthy activities, such as cooking nutritious meals, exercising and getting adequate sleep. Almost 38 percent of those polled said their long commute meant they had less time to make healthy meals at home, and 29 percent said their commute compelled them to eat more fast food. Noting that the survey found, too, that workers were consuming an extra 767 calories per week due to their long commutes, suggests eating a healthy breakfast (prepared ahead of time, if necessary) before leaving the house.

Boiling Beats Frying
Decreasing your risk of getting Type 2 diabetes may be a matter of not only what foods you eat, but how you prepare them, as well. New research indicates that it’s best to boil, steam or poach your foods. Frying, grilling or baking them (aka “dry-heat cooking”) can produce something called advanced glycation end products (AGEs), high levels of which are linked to insulin resistance, cellular stress and inflammation. Of course, what you eat is also key, a nutritionist not involved in the study, Samantha Heller of NYU Langone Medical Center, told UPI, noting, “Vegetables and other plant foods aren’t as high in AGEs.”

B-12 Brain Boost
You may think that if you eat a well-balanced diet, including animal-protein foods such as meat, fish, milk, cheese and eggs, you’re clear on the vitamin-intake front, but New York Times health and wellness writer Jane Brody suggests that may not be the case. A woman of a certain age (75, to be precise), Brody takes a daily supplement of vitamin D and is considering adding vitamin B-12 as well. “You see, the ability to absorb B12 naturally present in foods depends on the presence of adequate stomach acid, the enzyme pepsin and a gastric protein called intrinsic factor to release the vitamin from the food protein it is attached to,” she explains. “Only then can the vitamin be absorbed by the small intestine. As people age, acid-producing cells in the stomach may gradually cease to function, a condition called atrophic gastritis.” Vitamin B-12 deficiency has been linked to depression, dementia, mental impairment and low energy, among other things.

Amy Reiter is a writer and editor based in New York. A regular contributor to The Los Angeles Times, she has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Glamour, Marie Claire, The Daily Beast and Wine Spectator, among others, as well as for Salon, where she was a longtime editor and senior writer. In addition to contributing to Healthy Eats, she blogs for Food Network’s FN Dish.

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Mazen’s 4th Birthday

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If you were turning four what would you request? We planned a day full of his favorites: popsicles for his class party, Citizen Burger for lunch, birthday cake ice cream for a treat, and pizza for dinner. Plus a handful of presents he has been talking about for months!

I made him this birthday week calendar so he could keep track of all the fun things going on. We’re celebrating some more this weekend with grandparents, and a party with his friends!

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We caught Sylvia as they were leaving school. These two love each other so much!

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After school, Matt and I took him downtown for lunch. He rode his bike all the way there!

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Despite the giant bowl of sweet potato fries in front of him, he was a bit grumpy. We think in retrospect he was just hot! I don’t get why kids can’t just say “I’m hot.” Instead he grumped and complained about being out to lunch and perked up when we had ice cream for dessert.

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We walked back to Matt’s to see his new Star Wars legos!

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And then to my house to open more presents. Batman all day over here!! He’s been talking about this Bat Bot for ages. It’s remote controlled, transforms, and plays all kinds of sounds. I also got him these figurines and a Nerf blaster. #boytoys

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We had homemade pizza for dinner topped with his favorites: mushrooms, peppers, pepperoni, and spinach. I used a pre-made dough from Whole Foods, and it was delicious!

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We played Bat Cave games well past bedtime : )

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I spent some time re-reading my birth story, and looking at newborn photos of Mazen.


He was so cute!


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Moments I Wish I Had On Video

Hi, friends! Happy FRIDAY to you!

A little story for you guys… so, the other day, I pick up Quinn from daycare. When we arrive home, I take him out of the car and place him on the ground. As we start to walk toward the front door of our house, he suddenly stops in his tracks and then stomps on a bug with his foot. He immediately apologizes to the bug and says “sorry,” which is both funny and adorable, especially since he just killed it. Qman then picks up the squashed bug, smiles as he proudly shows it to me, and then tries to stick it on the side of my car. Haha! The whole thing was ridiculous and hilarious, and I soooo wish I had it on video, so I could show Mal and relive it again. Oh, toddlers… they’re so fun. Anyway, this little story inspired today’s post, so here are some moments from my life that I wish I had on video—to watch again, relive, and feel those feels all over again.

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Opening the door and seeing Mal for the first time in years for our second first date. If you didn’t know already, Mal and I have a long history together. We rekindled our relationship in 2003 with a group bowling date, and I still remember the moment that I saw him standing in the hallway outside my Brookline apartment. I even remember what the two of us were wearing (similar outfits – black tops with jeans). I just wish I could see both of our faces and remember those (likely awkward) moments of reuniting after all those years apart. I have a feeling it was love at second sight! Smile

Any Saturday night (not finals week, obviously) at Union, preferably one that involved running home late at night. During the winter, it was so cold in update New York, my roommate and I often ran home from parties. It was so ridiculous and fun, I’d just love to see a video of our (drunken) antics!

Speaking of running, I’d love to see a video of me running down Beacon Street during the Boston Marathon. Somehow, I survived 24+ miles and felt pretty good. I still remember what song was playing (“Shut Up and Dance” – Walk the Moon) and how I felt. I’d love to relive that moment.

Any part of our wedding day. We were so broke when we got married, we couldn’t afford a videographer. Hell, we found our photographer on Craigslist, so the physical memories from our wedding day are few. And, for this reason, the advice we always give friends getting married is DON’T skimp on your photographer and videographer. I really wish we had video and better photos from our big day.

The infamous night at “The Gallery” during my semester abroad to York, England. All I remember is the night starting with vodka and it ending with my friends helping me walk home barefoot through the streets of York. And rumor has it that I got “locked” inside a Burger King and banged on the door to get out because I wanted to go back to The Gallery. Man, I was a mess. Even still, I’d love to see what happened that night. I’m curious after all of these years!

Getting off the T to take a call from NuVal. My phone started ringing when the train stopped at Park Street, so I hopped off and took it. NuVal offered me a part-time contractor job, which allowed me to quit my full-time job and pursue CNC. It was both exciting and scary, and I had no idea what was to come. Knowing what I know now and how much my life has changed for the better, it would just be really cool to see myself in that moment.

Any part of our trip to Ireland. We had so much fun driving around the countryside. I would love, love, love to relive that vacation.

Quinn at 2 years old falling asleep on me. I just want to feel the feels of cuddling with my son. I know he’s not going to be small forever, and I want every memory to last.

Meeting Murphy for the very first time. Oh, wait. I do have that moment on video!

The mayhem in Quinn’s bedroom last night. I live with a bunch of clowns. All four of us were running around Qman’s room yelling, barking, and laughing. It was so fun and definitely a moment that I would love to relive.

Question of the Day

Your turn! Share a memory that you wish you had on video! 

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