Chronic inflammation in the body may increase your risk for several chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, arthritis, cardio-vascular disease, cancer, dementia and others. Weight gain and a diet filled with processed foods is linked to chronic inflammation. In addition to losing weight, choosing foods that reduce inflammation while reducing foods that are pro-inflammatory may help. Here are a couple of links to find out which foods can help and which foods to avoid. http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/foods-that-fight-inflammation Harvard School of Public Health article and arthritis foundation anti-inflammation diet.
Last, Friday I attended a lecture by Dr Jim Painter, PhD, RD a professor, researcher and author from Eastern Illinois University. He has been studying the changing weight and eating patterns in the US over the past 50 years and has some interesting theories with good research behind them. Guess what the number one isssue seems to be. Portion size! If you grew up in the 60's and 70's, you may remember the standard size soft drink to be 7-8 oz. Today it's double or triple that. Same patten for most of the restaurant meals we eat. Even food companies [...]