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Showing posts from November 7, 2010

Boosting the immune system

Last weekend we froze...this week calls for shorts and it is absolutely beautiful. What a change in the Florida temps. Regardless of where you live, the weather is going to change and you will likely find yourself around people fighting colds or the flu. I haven't gotten the flu shot in a good 5 years. I believe my immune system is pretty strong. Sure, exercise, good sleep and minimizing stress helps with maintaining a healthy immune system but more than anything, the diet plays a critical role in how our body fights off infection. I find it amazing that I don't get sick. Despite training for Ironman's, working out in gyms, interning outside the home (school, nursing home, etc.) and traveling, I feel as if my immune system stays strong because of the foods I emphasize in my diet and because of the foods I de-emphasize in my diet. Yet another reason to take pride in wholesome and natural foods. Of course, even the most nutritious diet does not ensure that a person won't

The Right Stuff

Once again, I'm falling behind on my stack of enjoyable reading. I'm 7 interning days away (1 1/2 weeks) and 1 final away, from being finished with my 11-week, 372 hour, food service rotation. I can't believe it!! In 2 weeks I will officially be over half-way finished with my 10-month dietetic internship. Nutrition Action is one of my favorite nutrition magazines and the material is absolutely excellent! The scientific advisory board is comprised if PhD's and MD's and there are even a few RD's on staff. I love the back page of the magazine titled "Right Stuff. Food Porn". In the July/August 2010 issue, the feature food (Right Stuff) was Orzo. The magazine suggests RiceSelect Whole Wheat Orzo and DeLallo 100% Organic Whole Wheat Orzo. This product doesn't toss out the bran and germ like refined pastas. The Whole Wheat Orzo contains B vitamins, iron, fiber (6-9grams), 10% or more of a day's vitamin B-6, magnesium, zinc, copper, and selenium in