Food & Nutrition

Everyone can use some healthy eating tips these days—when we’re bombarded with low-fat this, and sugar-free that, it can be difficult to know exactly what to put on our plates. We’ll continue to post recipes, eating suggestions and other healthy food tips that we think will help clarify the oft-confusing world of dieting, food fads and research that tells us one day that coffee is good for us and the next day it’s not. From research studies about the latest superfoods to recommendations from our nutritionists, Project Wellness offers practical eating healthy tips for even the most confused consumer.

Blood Sugar Balance–Why It’s Vital to Good Health

January 16, 2013
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Blood Sugar Balance–Why It’s Vital to Good Health

Most people understand that blood sugar balance is important for sustained energy, preventing diabetes and overall health. But blood sugar and insulin are part of a complex process in the body that is highly influenced by our diet and lifestyle choices. Here are the basics of how our bodies regulate blood sugar. What is...

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Race Day: 70.3 miles

Race Day: 70.3 miles

By Allen Gardner Allen is in his second year as a professional triathlete and trains out of Boulder, Colo. Pharmaca sponsors Allen, 26, who competes in 12-14 triathlons around the country each year.   Race Day feels just like a test in school. You study and prepare, and in that moment you are asked...

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To soy or not to soy?

August 24, 2012
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To soy or not to soy?

The ubiquitous soybean has been at the center of many health discussions of late. We find it everywhere, and there’s still controversy about whether or not it’s good for us. Here’s more background to help you make a decision about soy’s place in your diet. The soybean, a legume, is native to East Asia,...

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Great Reasons to Love Garlic

Great Reasons to Love Garlic

Garlic, also known as Allium sativum, has been around for centuries. Legend says it was found in Egyptian pyramids and ancient Greek temples as an offering to the Gods. And Hippocrates, considered the father of Western medicine, was said to have used garlic to treat cancerous tumors, pneumonia, digestive disorders, as a diuretic and...

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Coconut: Packed with Healthy Benefits

Coconut: Packed with Healthy Benefits

What is this nut that’s so hard to crack? Coconut is cropping up everywhere these days—coconut water, coconut flour, shredded coconut, coconut milk, coconut oil, coconut cream. When I was a young girl we’d shake them to check for water inside (an indication of a good coconut, according to my mom). The next task...

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Healthy Hydration for Hot Summer Days

Healthy Hydration for Hot Summer Days

Good hydration isn’t just about drinking lots of water—especially when you’re out in the hot summer sun. Even if you get your requisite 64 oz of water a day, exercising in the heat require the right minerals and electrolytes to keep your body moving. To determine whether you’re dehydrated, the simplest rule of thumb...

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What Makes a Superfood a Superfood?

May 25, 2012
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What Makes a Superfood a Superfood?

Though it’s not exactly a scientific term, the word “superfood” is often used as a marketing tool. So what does it mean exactly? Something is referred to as a superfood when it is nutrient-rich and provides multiple health benefits to the body. Those nutrients can include phytochemicals (compounds found in plants that have beneficial...

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What’s the Difference Between Food Allergy and Sensitivity?

April 25, 2012
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What’s the Difference Between Food Allergy and Sensitivity?

The term “food allergy” and “food sensitivity” are thrown around a lot these days. But it’s important to know that these two things are not the same.  In fact, there’s a very big and important difference between the two. As described by the Food, Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, a food allergy “occurs when the...

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Chia Seeds: A Tasty Way to Get Your Omega-3s

Chia Seeds: A Tasty Way to Get Your Omega-3s

Chia seeds are enjoying something of a renaissance these days—researchers are rediscovering their nutritional benefits, something the Maya and Aztecs cherished hundreds of years ago. Chia seeds come from the plant Salvia hispanica, which grows abundantly in the deserts of southern Mexico. As such, chia was a staple in the ancient Maya and Aztec populations...

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Mediterranean Diet May Reduce Cognitive Decline

Mediterranean Diet May Reduce Cognitive Decline

We often hear that the Mediterranean diet is a great way to eat—when done right, it can be packed with good fats, fiber, fruits, veggies and antioxidants, all of which can help boost heart health, reduce inflammation and help stave off chronic diseases According to a study published last year in the American Journal...

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