I has new kitteh! Yay! She's a rescue, about 2 years old, a small spayed female tuxedo beauty in good health, with a shy temperament. I have not had a cat in years. I am sure I am asking a question to which there are many answers and about which MeFites have strong opinions, but here goes: What is the current "state of the art" answer on the best quality and healthiest commercially prepared food for an adult, indoor, younger cat? [more inside]
Really brief, dumb question about nutrition: How bad is sugar for you if you're not overweight/obese or diabetic? [more inside]
Can someone point to good resources for real science-based nutrition? [more inside]
You are a lean, female athlete. Take me through your breakfast, lunch and dinner. Take me through your snacks. If you use supplements and/or protein powders, those too. [more inside]
Looking for a diet tracker app or website with the following functionality: [more inside]
I know that taking folate acid is the sure-fire way to make sure you get enough, but I have to wonder, what the heck did we did before the miracles of modern science to ensure healthy babies? Are there foods from other cultures (south/east asia, africa, latin america) that we don't always think of as being rich in folate? [more inside]
So as part of my (New) New Year's Resolution, I'm going to be doing the Men's Fitness 7% Body Fat Nutrition Plan. It's a more involved nutrition plan than I've done before, and it involves six meals a day, four of which I'll have to bring with me to the office. I'll be doing a ton of advance prep, of course, but how do my fellow office drones/fitness geeks on mefi organize and prep and store their food when they're going to the office every day and have to deal with four or five meals before going home? [more inside]
I'd like to make adjustments to my diet in an effort to overcome my chronic joint inflammation and poor circulation. [more inside]
A close relative is following a gluten-free diet. It's been two years and she feels the same as she did when she started. She's starting to think that maybe she's *not* gluten intolerant after all and got caught up in the hype. Have you or anyone close to you abandoned a GF diet? Did you/then wean back on or go all-in? [more inside]
With the help of a dietitian, I've been doing quite well in my effort to eat healthier and lose some weight. However, I need some more snack ideas before I get too bored of what I've got! [more inside]
Help me support my teen daughter with her health efforts... [more inside]
I eat pretty well, but I eat mostly the same stuff every day. Recently, my joints have started cracking a bit, and I'm wondering if mixing up my diet would help bring different nutrients to the body's hard workin' part. I'm 40, male, physically active, and am usually pursuing some kind of bodywork or therapy like Active Release Technique to keep everything cooperating. I have pretty good nutrition, but I want to mix it up. I'm open to supplements, too, but lean towards evidence-based suggestions that won't break the bank. [more inside]
Looking for diabetes management magazine with a low-carb or controlled-carb diet. My family member was relatively recently diagnosed and is not getting great diet education. [more inside]
I've struggled with my weight all of my adult life. Now I'm 34 and I feel like I'm at my wit's end. I just can't bring myself to fix my diet. What can I do? [more inside]
I need an online calculator that will allow me to enter everything my child eats for the day (or week, if possible) and return a list of micronutrients her diet is deficient in, along with suggestions for foods that are particularly rich in those micronutrients. All the data I need is in self.com but collating it into the format I'm after is too time consuming to do on a regular basis, and I don't want to re-invent the wheel if I don't need to. I've searched, obviously, but the Googles, they do nothing! [more inside]
I have a question regarding nutrition and vegetable intake that the internet has so far been unable to answer. I need an Idiot's Guide to eating the fewest amount of vegetables possible while still getting what vegetables have to offer. Are you willing and able to guide this idiot? [more inside]
I'm currently a 23-year-old with rapidly deteriorating teeth. I had braces from 2005-2008, which compromised my ability to clean thoroughly (I recall spending around 45 minutes twice a day cleaning and brushing my teeth, yet apparently that wasn't enough to prevent decay). So, when I had my braces taken off in 2008, I was left with a whole bunch of cavities that needed to be filled -- mostly around the back teeth/molars. [more inside]
It's a new year and there have been a lot of articles about diet, nutrition and exercise around the internet lately. Most seem to be based on hearsay, personal anecdotes or scientific studies of extremely small samples - as do most Google results when I try to search for a current 'scientific consensus' on what a healthy diet and exercise program looks like. Can any one point me towards an evidence backed report that covers these topics and is accessible to a layman?
Most people have heard the mantra that wheat bread is "good" but white bread is bad. However, virtually all commercial wheat breads contain added sugars in some form (molasses, etc.) while it is possible to obtain commercial white breads with zero added sugars (e.g. scali or Italian bread) and sugar is meant to be "bad" for us, contributing to cancer, obesity and diabetes. From a scientific or evidence standpoint, how do the relative merits of sugarless white and whole wheat breads stack up assuming one buys the best quality option from each category?
My doctor asked me to try the South Beach Diet to help my pre-diabetes. I'm about to take an antibiotic that makes most people queasy or worse, and I'm wondering what to eat if I start feeling bad. Normally, such as when I get the flu, I stick to the BRAT diet of bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. I can't eat any of those now without protein with them and only the whole grain versions of rice and toast. And when I'm nauseated things with flavor or fat like meat, stir fry, and salad are really unappealing. So South beach followers or diabetics/pre-diabetics -- what do you eat when you're feeling sick?
FDA recommends 4700mg of potassium intake per day. That translates to appr. 11 bananas or 5 unpeeled potatos, to pick two common and beloved examples among potassium-richest foods. Various other foods (dairy, nuts/seeds, fruit) also offer up to a few hundred mg per serving. But how is anyone able to meet 4700mg without overeating, especially those who are active and lose potassium through exercise/sweat? [more inside]
WeightWatchers has ceased to work. What are my non-surgical options. [more inside]
I suspect my diet is causing me chronic health problems. How can I confirm this and fix it without health insurance? Semi-elimination diet results inside - please help me interpret my observations. [more inside]
I was researching sequential eating and would like some advice, here are my thoughts and questions: It seems that it takes (on average) 2-4 hours for foods or beverages to leave the stomach. I was wanting to eat/drink something specific every two hours. I have 8 hours to sleep every night, and I like to eat right before sleep as well. This leaves me with 16 hours in a wakened state. Or, 9 segments of eating/drinking. (I drink water right when I wake up) On the basis of sequential eating, what are some useful tips/advice I could keep in consideration while putting together snacks of 1-3 things? It's looking like 4 meals a day, 5 drinks a day, alternating every two hours. OR, what I would rather prefer, is eating 9 meals a day (fruit in the morning with my water), and drinking 6oz of water every hour on the dot. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
In which I ask questions about optimizing minor weight loss (and maintaining weight loss); Very low calorie diets and exercise; Set points and starvation; Am I doin it rong? [more inside]
Help me figure out a way to eat healthily, without gaining weight, while traveling on work, across climates, geography, cuisines and hotels. Gained 7lbs/3kg in just the past 2 weeks of travel for work. [more inside]
Our sugar and carbohydrate consumption causes our bodies to store the glucose as fat. Why does the food pyramid tell us to eat more of that food? [more inside]
What can I eat that's bland as hell and healthy as hell? [more inside]
Can two days of changed diet significantly affect my running capabilities? [more inside]
What's the best/easiest way to increase my protein intake when eating is difficult for various complicated reasons? [more inside]
I am a nutritional newbie - I never took any classes on the subject, I'm a lifelong selective eater, and what little I know has been memorized, mostly in the last two months. I'm in need of some specific schooling on my current peculiar weight-loss situation. [more inside]
Protein powders, help me navigate the vast selection. [more inside]
How do people take fitness to the next level? How do you become an athlete? I need tips on reducing body fat % and becoming really, really strong, and I need perspective on the kind of effort I should be putting in. [more inside]
How do you measure how many calories are contained in food? [more inside]
Is there a substitute drink that contains nutritional benefits similar to orange juice (vitamin C, folic acid, possibly calcium) without the high sugar or artificial sweeteners? [more inside]
What restaurant foods seem/sound healthy, but are actually shockingly unhealthy? [more inside]
I am a junk food eating endurance athlete looking for books and other resources to inspire me change my diet and eating habits. [more inside]
Mum is trying to count calories in her recipes. Is there a free, online resource where she can look up nutritional information using British names for things (eg mince and courgettes, not ground beef and zucchini) and get the results in calories per 100g (not per 'medium item' or per 2/3 cup)? [more inside]
I know the scientific hows and whys of losing weight. Please hack my brain to get it back in the right head space. [more inside]
Easiest ways to add vitamins and minerals to your diet? [more inside]
Diet question: What's the secret to increasing exercise, eating less, and feeling satisfied (not hungry)?
weight loss filter: how do you balance an increase in exercise (calorie burn) with a decrease of calorie intake without feeling really hungry all the time? [more inside]
VegetarianDietFilter: Please help me stock my fridge with pre-cooked and/or raw meals and meal components for a vegetarian trying to kick processed/junk foods ... and who doesn't like tofu, seitan, or hummus. [more inside]
What five things do you recommend a person do to make themselves healthier, slimmer and overall a better person in 30 days? [more inside]
Is there a scientific consensus—ideally based on controlled, peer-reviewed, longitudinal, independently replicated studies—that an organic diet is healthier than a non-organic diet? [more inside]
Why aren't I losing weight anymore, despite meticulously tracking my calorie intake and exercising? [more inside]
What are the best Android apps for nutrition-diet-exercise? Just got my first Android phone (love it!) and am looking for the apps of my dreams.
How bad is it, really, to have a sugar addiction? [more inside]
Is there an online nutrition calculator that will let me input what I'm eating and provide an analysis? [more inside]
My wife and I have decided we'd like to make some fairly big changes to our eating habits. We eat relatively healthy as it is, but we'd like to set a goal of eating at least 51% "raw foods". We're a bit overwhelmed and would love some recommendations for recipe books, meal planning, grocery shopping, etc. [more inside]
What are hot and dry foods? I heard somewhere these are good for memory and people living the north western hemisphere. This is from Chinese methodology.