5 Ways to Spring Into Movement After a Long Winter

It happened overnight. Or at least it felt like it in Vermont. One day it was snowing and the next it was 80 degrees! Spring is always a great time at Green Mountain – our participants are pumped to get moving after winter and enjoy the sunshine. At home, you can, too! Our Top 5 […]

The Health Benefits of Coffee

Is Coffee Good For You? I sure hope so; I love it.  Previous concerns about excessive coffee consumption contributing to high blood pressure, cardiovascular problems, decreased bone density, and so on, may be less of a concern as we learn more about the health benefits of coffee. Potential Pros for Healthy Adults Who Frequently Consume […]

How To Reduce Refined Grains

The new 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans was recently released and while many of the recommendations are not shockingly different from the 2005 guidelines, there were a few interesting changes. What caught my eye is the discussion, albeit it short, on reducing our intake of refined grains.  Previously, not much was mentioned about refined grains in […]

It Happened This Week – New Dietary Guidelines, Lousy Labeling, and Wearing Red

New dietary guidelines were released by the US Government on Monday, encouraging Americans to eat more fruits and veggies, mind their portion sizes, drink more water, and consume less salt. Also stressed are increased exercise, switching to low or fat free milk based products, consuming more whole grains, and choosing seafood over meat. Sounds like […]

Healthy Cooking Wednesday-Fruit Sweetened Cranberry Sauce

We’ve been going crazy playing with cranberries in the Green Mountain at Fox Run kitchen these days. You might have seen my grown-up gravy alternative, the Cranberry Balsamic Jus, which I’ve enjoyed on turkey, pears, salmon, butternut squash puree, and rice since its development a couple of weeks ago. It’s a keeper…as is this one, […]

Meals, Snacks & Your Metabolic Rate

In class yesterday, one of our participants was wondering if eating five or six mini meals is better for her metabolism than eating three major meals. At Green Mountain we work with three main meals, but also give people the opportunity to add snacks throughout the day as needed because everyone is different in terms […]

It Happened This Week: Fad Diets, Fortified Junk Food and BlogHer

This week, we’ve talked a bit about our past diet foibles. We’ve all had them, whether it’s cutting out carbs or adult weight loss camps like the Biggest Loser. In the archived post “Requiem for a Fad Diet Author,” Marsha wonders why we keep falling for fad diet schemes. The Onion has a funny take […]

It Happened This Week: Full-Figured Fashion, Bogus BMI and Drop Dead Divas

We’ve featured a few posts about plus-sized fashion this week. Last week marked the first-ever Full Figured Fashion Week (see models for the event posing on the left). The Daily Beast has interviews with the designers while The Frisky says: “Plus-Size Women Get Their Own Fashion Week, But Is That Enough?” Check out this healthy […]

Diabetes Care Gets High-Tech: Gadgets Help You Manage

We ran across this product recently and thought it was an interesting preview of things to come in terms of health care for people with chronic illnesses.  We’re not endorsing it or this method of diabetes management — we haven’t seen or tested it — but thought you might find it interesting, too. Research underscores […]

It Happened This Week: Cookbooks, Miley, Beyonce and Oprah

Diabetes Daily reviews “You Don’t Have to Be Diabetic to Love This Cookbook.” Teen idol Miley Cyrus created a stir on Twitter by writing about her jiggling thighs. The LA Times reports that insurance giant Kaiser Permanente now has farmers markets at many of their medical centers. The Calgary Herald says that one of Canada’s […]

It Happened This Week: Vitamins, Chicken and Fat-Friendly Docs

Green Mountain director Marsha Hudnall dishes her secrets for healthy living to USA Today: “The key is to understand what we really want. Sometimes it’s the doughnut, and sometimes it’s not.” While the notion of taking small steps may seem to conflict with the research Marsha discussed in Wednesday’s post, it really doesn’t because she’s […]

It Happened This Week: Diabetes Books, Frozen Goodies and Reality Shows

We’re jazzed that sustainability maven Alice Waters has introduced a new line of frozen foods. Each entree comes with an “oven-ready terra-cotta plate rubbed with garlic and sprinkled with salt” and “laden with seasonal vegetables.” Now that sounds like a winner! Link via Civil Eats. Diabetes Mine reviews the Real-Life Guide to Diabetes, recently published […]

Diabetes, Obesity, Sleep Apnea and Cardiovascular Risk

It is well known that many people with type 2 diabetes (anywhere from 30-50%) suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), but there is also a potential cardiovascular and other health risks associated with the disorder. Being overweight or obese increases the likelihood of OSA. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your upper airway temporarily collapses while you sleep and […]

Heart Attacks in Diabetic Women More Likely to Be Fatal

Women with type 1 or type 2 diabetes under the age of 65 are at a higher risk than their male counterparts for worse outcomes after heart attacks. “The female advantage with fewer cardiovascular events than in men at younger ages is attenuated once a woman has the diagnosis of diabetes,” report Dr. Anna Norhammar, […]

Diabetes: American Idol Judge Randy Jackson Diabetes Webcast on Heart of Diabetes

The American Heart Association wants the public to "Get in the K.N.O.W." about type 2 diabetes with American Idol Judge Randy Jackson.  Below is a youtube video of Randy Jackson talking about his part in the campaign to raise awareness about the disease. K.N.O.W stands for… Keeping active and maintaining a healthy body weight.A healthy […]

Diabetes: Fast Heart Rate Warns of Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes

Findings published in the Dec. 11 online issue of the American Journal of Hypertension show that a 'too-fast' heartbeat in early adulthood could herald cardiovascular problems later in life. The study of 614 residents of a rural farming community in southwestern Japan found that a heart rate greater than 80 beats a minute during a […]

Diabetes: Body Clock Gene, Melatonin and Increased Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

In several past posts, I've blogged about genetics and type 2 diabetes.  Now more research finds a possible connection between the disease and a gene responsible for our internal 'clock.' Published online on December 7th in Nature Genetics, an international group of scientists revealed the results of studying ten genome-wide association scans covering over 36,000 people of […]

Diabetes: How Genes May Affect Your Reaction to Metabolic Stress

Metabolic diseases including type 2 diabetes are a product of genes and lack of a healthy eating lifestyle. Now brand new research shows a link between a person's genetic profile and his or her metabolism. Researchers at the Helmholtz Zentrum München examined genetic and metabolite data from volunteers, pinpointing the various genetic markers responsible for […]

Diabetes: Can Genetic Screening Help Identify Type 2 Diabetes Risk?

Although genetic screening does seem to help identify people at risk for type 2 diabetes, current methods are just as effective. In a couple of new studies, researchers looked at newly discovered "genetic variants" for  an associated increased risk for type 2 diabetes. Results for both studies showed that the risk for type 2 diabetes increased with […]

Type 2 Diabetes May Increase Your Risk for Tuberculosis

A study from the University of Texas School of Public Health Brownsville Regional Campus (UTSPH) indicates that Type 2 diabetes patients may be more likely to contract tuberculosis (TB). From the diabetes blog at About.com: Type 2 diabetes, especially Type 2 diabetes involving chronic high blood sugar, is associated with altered immune response to TB, and this […]