New Study On The Hassles Vs. The Benefits Of The Home Cooked Meal

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Thank you to PRWeb for supplying this article discussing how the blog examined a study from sociologists at North Carolina State University regarding the hassles and benefits of planning, creating and serving a family meal daily.

healthyheartDetermining whether or not families who sit down together for at least one daily meal are healthier than families who eat on the run has weighed heavily on busy parents for decades. In a new blog dated Oct. 1, 2014 titled “Benefits vs. Hassles of Home Cooked Meals,” blogger Liz Ernst addresses a new study titled “The Joy of Cooking?” that finds the chore of cooking family meals might be asking too much of already overstretched parents.

The study, written and published by North Carolina State University Sociologists Sarah Bowen, Sinikka Elliott and Joslyn Brenton, finds that time limitations, financial constraints, and the “feeding challenges that shape the family meal” might make the chore of cooking a family dinner too burdensome for parents, or more specifically, women.

The research findings show that the ideal of home cooking and family meals place undue stresses on many families, and are simply unachievable to others.

According to Bowen, an associate professor of sociology at NC State and co-author of a paper on the ongoing study, the study’s purpose is to understand the relationship between the ideal (of the family meal) that is presented in popular culture and the realities that people live with when it comes to feeding their children.

Study researchers interviewed 150 female caregivers in families with children between the ages of 2 and 8, and conducted in-depth observations of 12 of these families for a total of 250 hours. Their findings conclude that middle-class, working-class and poor families face some similar challenges, and that mothers from all backgrounds reported difficulty in finding time to prepare meals that everyone in the family would be willing to eat.

Input from mothers involved in the study include the struggle some say they feel between their desire to spend quality time with their children and the expectation to provide a home cooked meal routinely. Financial concerns also play a prominent role in meal planning, as many middle-class mothers often worry about their inability to afford fresh and organic foods for their meals.

Poor families face the toughest limitations, citing an inability to afford items like fresh produce or the kitchen tools they need to prepare meals, and to obtain transportation to and from the grocery store.

According to Bowen, poor mothers often skip meals and stand in long lines at non-profit food pantries to provide food for their children, which makes the idea of home cooked meal making seem unrealistic.

In her eHealthPath blog, Ernst offers suggestions from these and other study authors for overcoming many of the barriers modern families face in incorporating the family meal into their daily routines, and the many benefits doing so can provide. To read the blog in full, visit blog.


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What’s The Ideal Meal Size For gaining Muscle Mass?

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By Dr. David Kulla

manhealthyWith the advent of nutritional science in recent years, the importance of a healthy diet has become increasingly relevant in society’s collective consciousness. From our immune system to our skin, to the appearance of our hair, what we eat influences every aspect of our lives. Food plays a large, but often underscored role in the word of bodybuilding. So you may be asking yourself, how much should I eat and what?

When it comes to healthy muscle-building nutrition, we must part ways with the age-old axiom “bigger is better.” Consuming huge amounts of food to put on muscle mass is an ineffective strategy. The key is not simply a question of how much food we can pack on to our plates and into our stomachs, but the quality of nutrients we consume and how often. Lifting weights puts great stress on your body and eating heavy foods loaded with excessive amounts of protein and unhealthy fats does your body a disservice as these are more difficult to digest and divert energy—that would have otherwise gone to building muscle mass, to the processes happening in your stomach.

A common misconception is that eating everything in sight coupled with a disciplined workout routine will pack on lean muscle mass. This is fallacy; the body requires rich and powerful nutrients to work at maximum capacity and bodybuilding demands maximum performance. Eating three large meals a day sounds great, but to make significant muscle gains you must eat moderate portions of the right food types with increased frequency.

So what’s the ideal meal size to maximize muscle?

saladheartsmallExactly how much you should eat is often determined by body composition, sex, weight and individual goals. Generally speaking, to pack on muscle you should plan to eat five to six meals per day, with each meal containing at least 30 grams of protein and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Breaking up your meals throughout the day will heighten their nutritional value and boost your metabolism, resulting in more energy, improved workouts and ultimately better, leaner muscle.

The size of your meals will vary depending on your individual goals. For example, if your exercise regimen requires a caloric intake of at least 3,000 calories, your meals should be between five and six-hundred calories each. Salmon, olive oil, almonds, eggs, and lean beef should be staples in your diet as these are rich in protein and contain a great deal of nutrients that will turn your body into a muscle building machine! Additionally, it is important to include healthy carbohydrates like oatmeal, brown rice, bran cereal, whole grains, and leafy vegetables. Carbohydrates sustain your energy levels while you lift, so schedule their appearances accordingly. Finally, keep in mind that water is nutrition as well, and paramount for healthy muscle. In addition to drinking copious amounts of water, try a cup of green tea or a cup of coffee now and then as these can also encourage muscle growth.

Combined with a strict lifting regimen, eating five to six moderate meals made up of healthy, protein rich foods each day will have your muscles bulging in no time!

– This post was written for Your Health Journal by Dr. David Kulla. Dr. Kulla is a licensed New York Chiropractor and a nutritionist as well as owner of in Manhattan.

Good Nutrition Beyond The Family Meal !

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By Stacey Antine

healthyeatingboyFamily meals are an important tool to emphasize healthy eating and social habits, but the sky is the limit when you connect good nutrition to exploring the great outdoors on family time! Warm weather means it’s time to shut off the TV, to stop texting and get connected with trees, birds, worms and so much more right in our own state, town or backyard. Here’s how to get started on your exciting outdoor adventure with family and friends:

• Mark the Calendar. Schedule play dates with nature at parks, farms, farmers’ markets events and botanical gardens by getting them on the calendar when everyone (pets, too!) is available and then, start the research!

• Start a Garden. From my personal experience of working with thousands of kids of all ages, they love to grow, harvest and cook with their hand-grown food. There is nothing more rewarding for a child (or grown-up kid) to plant carrot seeds, watch their tops grow and then, dig for orange gold when these delicious carrots loaded with beta-carotene are ready to be harvested. Remember you won’t see dancing chicken nuggets in the garden or cans of soda being dumped on the plants because it would hurt the plants. Once kids make the nature-nutrition connection and apply it to their own bodies, their light bulbs go off and you will see their food choices move in a healthier direction.

• Jump into Composting. Composting and gardening go hand-in-hand. It’s an exciting way for the family to eat more fruits and veggies to help build up the pile, reduce landfill garbage, get some exercise and hang out with worms!

• Variety Cures Boredom. Each weekend can bring a new adventure by visiting the local zoo, hike a new path, bike ride as a family and pack a fun, nutritious picnic at the local park. Splurge by camping overnight (I can promise you that you will not find any vending machines at these locations!).

• Go Veggie Picking. Visit a local farm that offers the public the opportunity to pick your own produce and enjoy the experience knowing where your food comes from.

• Bring the Binoculars. Sitting still is a new concept for many of us in our 24/7 lifestyles, but if you just rest and take in the sites, you will be amazed to watch nature at work!

• Keep a Journal. Kids love to create journals of their experiences including what foods they picked and tried, what bugs they found, and any other family adventure. Everyone can participate in drawing, writing or adding stickers of what was observed. Don’t forget the camera!

Get planning and enjoy the great outdoors with your family and remember that good nutrition is an experience that can be achieved beyond the plate at the family meal.

– Stacey Antine, MS, RD, founder, HealthBarn USA, author, Appetite for Life and recognized as top 10 dietitians nationally by Today’s Dietitian magazine for her work with HealthBarn USA.

The “Case” For Eating Greener

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broccoliYour Health Journal…..”I wanted to promote a great article today in The Observer by Patty Hammond about the importance of eating healthy, especially your vegetables. Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may reduce risk for heart disease. Eating a diet rich in some vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may protect against certain types of cancers. Diets rich in foods containing fiber, such as some vegetables and fruits, may reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. Eating foods such as vegetables that are lower in calories per cup instead of some other higher-calorie food may be useful in helping to lower calorie intake. I suggest you visit The Observer web site (link provided below) to read the complete article. It is one of the most informative articles I have read recently.”

From the article…..

If you want to attain and maintain a healthy weight, as well as reduce your risk for developing chronic disease, it’s time to realize how important it is to eat your vegetables.

Not only do vegetables provide loads of nutrients like potassium, folic acid, vitamin A, vitamin C and dietary fiber, eating more of them can also help you consume fewer calories overall. That’s because fiber-containing foods, like vegetables, make you feel full more quickly. Plus, most vegetables are lower in fat and calories per cup than other foods and you won’t find any cholesterol in them. However, you need to be smart about how you prepare and serve them because sauces and seasonings can quickly add a lot of fat, calories, and sometimes even cholesterol to your vegetable dishes.

So how many vegetables should you be eating every day? Probably more than you’re currently eating, if you’re like most people. This is especially true if you eat a lot of greasy starchy fast food French fries and not many other vegetables. According to, the amount of vegetables you need to eat depends on your age, sex, and level of physical activity. Most adults should try to eat at least two or three cups of vegetables a day. When determining how much a single serving should be, just remember that, in general, one cup of vegetable juice, raw or cooked vegetables is a single serving, but when you eat raw leafy greens you need to eat two full cups to count them as one serving.
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