It Happened This Week: Green Tea, Eating Your Sunscreen & Dieting Daughters

By Marsha Hudnall
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Have you been drinking green tea to speed weight loss?  If so, read what the LA Times has to say about the claims.

Summer may be coming to a close but there's still plenty of sun in our future.  And that means, of course, that we still need to watch out for those damaging rays.  The good news:  What we eat can help us do that.  Science Daily reports on SPF on Your Plate, connecting the Mediterranean diet with skin cancer prevention.  That Mediterranean diet just keeps getting better and better!

Now for the not-so-good news:  The Emily Program reported on a study out of the University of Minnesota that showed almost half of 365 adolescent girls interviewed, many of whom were overweight, said their mothers encouraged dieting.  "Girls whose mothers encouraged them to diet were two times as likely to binge eat and five times more likely to engage in extreme weight control behaviors than girls whose mothers did not encourage them to diet. Extreme weight control behaviors include taking diet pills or laxatives and vomiting for weight control purposes."  Sigh.

Have you seen Eat, Pray, Love yet?  I haven't but did read the book.  So was able to give my thoughts to friend and colleague Carolyn O'Neil for a column on what we can learn about food from the book/movie.  Read them in her article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  Hint:  It's about enjoying our food as one part of a full life.

Check out this recipe from our talented culinary team for Zinfandel Honey Yogurt Parfait with Almonds, developed for SpaIndex.com.  Check out their site for a lot of other tasty-sounding recipes.

It's over & out for me — I'm off to enjoy a walk on a lovely Friday as the summer draws to a close in Vermont.

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