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Mum ditches 1,000 a month fast food habit and loses three stone in 14 weeks – Mirror Online

Posted: November 11, 2019 at 11:52 am

A mum who spent 1,000 a month on takeaways and meals out has lost more than three stone in just 14 weeks and overcome her "horrific" back pain .

Corrie D'Silva, 40, has shed an amazing four dress sizes after taking a standard against her weight by ditching her expensive eating habits and nightly bottle of wine for healthy homemade meals and exercising with a personal trainer .

The mum-of-two from Sandbach, Cheshire, started piling on weight in September 2016 after getting married and recovering from a severe back injury.

She was on medication after back surgery to cut out disks that were bulging into her spine and doctors told her she would never be able to train at the gym again. At her heaviest, Corrie reached 13st 5lbs and began wearing a size 16.

However, she has managed to lose more than three stone in just three months to weight 10st 2lbs and fit into a slender size eight after starting a mixture of strength and cardio training, which has also strengthened her back to help avoid further injuries.

Corrie, who runs her own mortgage broking business with husband Nick, regularly indulged in food and drink at networkoing events, ordered pizza or Thai takeaway several times a week or ate ready meals because she didn't have time to cook.

Corrie said: "Back then, I really lacked confidence and my back injury became an excuse not to exercise.

"After surgery I suffered from horrific pain and doctors told me to take it easy, meaning I could no longer train and could only go swimming and do yoga.

"It didn't just have a physical effect on me, it also had a mental effect because I didn't like myself.

"The turning point for me was when we moved house in May 2019. I realised I was so busy with the children and my business that I had picked up bad habits.

"I was doing damage to myself by snacking on crisps and sausage rolls and drinking a full bottle of wine to myself every night, and felt exhausted when I should have been enjoying my new house.

"My husband Nick and I liked to socialise a lot and we would probably spend the best part of 1,000 a month just on eating out and drinking, along with buying takeaways.

"At networking events I would have a three course meal at an Italian or steak restaurant, and we'd buy Dominoes or Thai takeaways a couple of times a week. On top of that I would drink wine and gin when out socialising.

"I had the realisation that my back would end up in worse pain if I carried on and I wanted to make positive changes for my health and children."

Despite being told by doctors not to train, Corrie got a personal trainer and began to eat healthier in May 2019.

Her initial weight loss goal was two stone, but she massively surpassed that by training twice a week, doing strength workouts including shoulder presses and sled drags.

Corrie ditched the takeaways and ready meals in favour of healthier options such as vegetable soup for lunch and salmon for dinner - and even gave up drinking for the 14 week programme.

Although she still attended networking events for her job, she usually ate beforehand and refrained from drinking.

Corrie said: "At first I was really worried about training because of my back issues, but I gave it a go with my personal trainer and the initial results were phenomenal. I regained confidence and had lots of support.

"My personal trainer took my back injury into consideration and I underwent physio at the same time. Now my back is a lot stronger.

"My physiotherapist can see the impact my weight loss and training has had when looking at my back, and can tell it's not under as much strain anymore.

"After surgery I had to lie down for two weeks straight and I was disappointed when doctors told me I wouldn't be able to train, because that meant I wouldn't be able to get back to the weight that I was before.

"At the end of my transformation, I felt like the person I always wanted to be. It was amazing to get myself back and I felt mentally better too.

"It's been a life changing experience for me and I felt like my personal trainer wrapped me up in cotton wool for three months and genuinely cared about my progress.

"My fitness venture has rubbed off on my children and husband too - it feels great to be able to get out more and be active with them. and it's given me a different lease of life.

"I now see pictures from when I was heavy and miserable and I feel embarassed - having come from a place in hospital after the surgery I thought 'this isn't who I want to be, there's more out there for me'.

"My message to others is that if you have an injury and want to lose weight, training and exercise is so beneficial for your mental and physical health, and you've just got to want it and make that change."

Corrie is still on her weight loss journey, and is currently enjoying a maintenance programme at the gym to keep herself on track.


LUNCH: Sandwich or panini with crisps

DINNER: Ready meals or pizza/Thai takeaway or meals out

SNACKS: Crisps and sausage rolls

BREAKFAST: High protein, e.g. scrambled eggs with bacon/on a bagel or oats

LUNCH: Chicken with vegetable soup or salad

DINNER: Salmon with lots of vegetables, sometimes with rice or potatoes

SNACKS: Yogurt or fruit

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Is CDW (CDW) Outperforming Other Computer and Technology Stocks This Year? – Nasdaq

Posted: November 11, 2019 at 11:52 am

For those looking to find strong Computer and Technology stocks, it is prudent to search for companies in the group that are outperforming their peers. Has CDW (CDW) been one of those stocks this year? Let's take a closer look at the stock's year-to-date performance to find out.

CDW is one of 629 companies in the Computer and Technology group. The Computer and Technology group currently sits at #6 within the Zacks Sector Rank. The Zacks Sector Rank considers 16 different groups, measuring the average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the sector to gauge the strength of each group.

The Zacks Rank emphasizes earnings estimates and estimate revisions to find stocks with improving earnings outlooks. This system has a long record of success, and these stocks tend to be on track to beat the market over the next one to three months. CDW is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy).

Over the past 90 days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for CDW's full-year earnings has moved 2.05% higher. This signals that analyst sentiment is improving and the stock's earnings outlook is more positive.

According to our latest data, CDW has moved about 64.74% on a year-to-date basis. At the same time, Computer and Technology stocks have gained an average of 28.26%. As we can see, CDW is performing better than its sector in the calendar year.

Breaking things down more, CDW is a member of the Computers - IT Services industry, which includes 28 individual companies and currently sits at #103 in the Zacks Industry Rank. On average, this group has gained an average of 18.58% so far this year, meaning that CDW is performing better in terms of year-to-date returns.

Investors in the Computer and Technology sector will want to keep a close eye on CDW as it attempts to continue its solid performance.

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Jorge Nava shares weight loss secret, update on Anfisa Nava relationship – Monsters and Critics

Posted: November 11, 2019 at 11:52 am

Jorge and Anfisa have changed a lot since their time on 90 Day Fiance. Pic credit: TLC

Jorge Navas mugshot update has 90 Day Fiance fans talking. Many cant believe its him but Jorge has spoken out now and confirms that he did lose 125 pounds during his time behind bars.

The incarcerated 90 Day Fiance stars weight loss wasnt accidental either. Jorge opened up to E! News recently about his shocking slim down and much like his wife, he credits his new physique to better eating habits and dedication to a workout routine.

I am glad that people are noticing some positivity out of such a negative outcome, Jorge told E! News by way of his lawyer. Hopefully people can see that I am able to turn things around even though I am at the lowest point in my life.

According to Jorge, hes been working out twice a day and he even has a partner to help hold him accountable. The inmate workout buddies get together at 4 a.m. for their first workout of the day, then they get another one in each afternoon.

Jorge said that he and his workout partner push each other to the limit and that they do a lot of jogging together.

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Increasing his physical activity has done wonders for Jorge Nava but thats not all that has been contributing to his new look. Jorge also was forced to change his eating habits while behind bars since inmates cant just help themselves to fast food and soda.

Jorge also weighed in on how hes feeling now that hes changed his diet and has become more physically fit.

I wanted to be in the best physical and healthiest shape possible, Jorge admitted. I feel healthy and energetic. I feel overall more confident with myself.

And with a possible release in August 2020, 90 Day Fiance fans have been increasingly interested to know if hell be headed back to his wife Anfisa Nava once hes free.

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As far as Jorge is concerned, he and Anfisa are still solid as a rock. He even confirmed that they are doing really well. Dont be surprised to see Jorge and Anfisa right back together once his sentence has been served.

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LPCN Awaits FDA Word, NKTR On Track, All’s Well With Five Prime’s FPT155 – Nasdaq

Posted: November 11, 2019 at 11:51 am

(RTTNews) - Today's Daily Dose brings you news about Alnylam's new positive efficacy results from its ongoing phase II open-label extension (OLE) study of Lumasiran for the treatment of primary hyperoxaluria type; Five Prime's initial safety data from its phase I clinical trial of FPT155 in patients with advanced solid tumors; Lipocine's much-awaited catalyst; Mirati's initial efficacy data from a phase II trial of Sitravatinib in metastatic urothelial cancer patients and Nektar's 18-month follow-up data from its PIVOT-02 study.

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Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc. (ALNY) announced new positive efficacy results from its ongoing phase II open-label extension (OLE) study of Lumasiran for the treatment of primary hyperoxaluria type 1.

Primary hyperoxaluria type 1 (PH1) is a rare disorder that mainly affects the kidneys. It results from the buildup of a substance called oxalate, which normally is filtered through the kidneys and excreted in the urine (Source: NIH).

The open-label extension phase II study of Lumasiran demonstrated a 76 percent mean maximal reduction in urinary oxalate excretion, with all patients achieving a urinary oxalate level at or below 1.5 times the upper limit of normal, and 68 percent of patients achieving a urinary oxalate level within the normal range (less than or equal to 0.46 mmol/24hr/1.73m2).

The Company has also initiated a new global phase III study of Lumasiran for the Treatment of advanced Primary Hyperoxaluria Type 1, dubbed ILLUMINATE-C. The primary study endpoint is set as the percent reduction in plasma oxalate from baseline to six months.

Alnylam expects to report initial results from the ILLUMINATE-C trial in late 2020.

ALNY closed Friday's trading at $93.03, up 1.63%.

Five Prime Therapeutics Inc. (FPRX) has said that initial safety data from its phase I clinical trial of FPT155 in patients with advanced solid tumors suggest that it may not cause the same safety issues seen with a prior molecule targeting CD28.

FPT155 is a novel therapeutic CD80-Fc fusion protein that directly engages CD28 to enhance its co-stimulatory T-cell activation activity without inducing super agonism.

In 2006, in a phase I trial of TGN1412, a compound that targets CD28, 6 healthy volunteers had experienced serious toxicity including multi-organ failure. The trial later came to be referred to as the "elephant man drug trial" because of the disastrous side effects like severe swelling of the head, the trial participants had suffered.

Five Prime noted that FPT155 was well tolerated at all dose levels, with no dose-limiting toxicities and no grade 4 or higher adverse events. Dose escalation with FPT155 is ongoing with the study currently enrolling patients at the 70 mg dose level.

FPRX closed Friday's trading at $3.89, unchanged from the previous day's close.

Lipocine Inc.'s (LPCN) testosterone replacement therapy TLANDO is still awaiting word from the FDA regarding approval. The regulatory agency's decision on TLANDO was on November 9, 2019.

TLANDO, formerly known as LPCN 1021, is a twice-a-day oral testosterone product candidate that is designed to help restore normal testosterone levels in hypogonadal men.

The FDA had turned down TLANDO in June 2016, citing deficiencies related to the dosing algorithm for the proposed label, and in May 2018, saying that the product could not be approved in its current form.

It remains to be seen if the third time will prove lucky for TLANDO.

LPCN closed Friday's trading at $2.73, down 2.50%.

Mirati Therapeutics Inc.'s (MRTX) initial efficacy data from a phase II trial of Sitravatinib in combination with OPDIVO in metastatic urothelial cancer patients with documented progression on a platinum-chemotherapy and checkpoint inhibitor, presented on Saturday, has shown that the compound has the potential to increase responsiveness in patients whose tumors are resistant to checkpoint inhibitors.

According to the Company, out of the 22 metastatic urothelial cancer patients who were evaluable for response with at least one radiographic scan, 1 patient achieved a confirmed Complete Response and 6 archived Partial Response. Twenty-one of the twenty-two evaluable patients achieved a Complete Response, Partial Response or stable disease.

The preliminary results from an ongoing phase I study of neoadjuvant Sitravatinib combined with OPDIVO in patients with resectable squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity, dubbed SNOW, showed that there was tumor reduction in all eight patients who were eligible for evaluation, including one complete pathological response. With a median follow-up of 31.4 weeks, all patients are alive with no disease recurrence to date, noted the Company.

MRTX closed Friday's trading at $104.78, up 6.92%.

Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR), on Saturday, presented 18-month follow-up data from a phase I/II study of Bempegaldesleukin in combination with Opdivo in previously untreated metastatic melanoma patients, dubbed PIVOT-02.

At a median time of follow-up of 18.6 months for 38 efficacy-evaluable patients, the confirmed objective response rate (ORR) was 53%, with 34% of patients achieving confirmed complete responses. Forty-two percent of patients achieved a maximum reduction of 100% in target lesions and DCR, also known as disease control rate (CR+ Partial Response + Stable Disease), was 74%.

The median percent reduction of target lesions from baseline was 61.5%. At a median time of follow-up of 18.6 months, the median duration of response has not been reached, with 85% of patients with responses having ongoing responses, noted the Company.

A phase III trial evaluating Bempegaldesleukin in combination with Opdivo versus Opdivo in first-line advanced melanoma patients is currently recruiting patients.

NKTR closed Friday's trading at $20.04, up 7.17%.

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9 things you need to know before signing up to a food subscription box – Shortlist

Posted: November 11, 2019 at 11:50 am

In the last few years, the demand for food subscription boxes has sky-rocketed as we all search for a way to eat more healthily and spice up what we cook on a daily basis (or you know, sometimes just to get us cooking to begin with).

The best meal delivery services are a great way of trying meals you wouldnt otherwise buy, avoid buying ingredients in excess and reduce the number of food shops you have to make.

And, with popularity rising, they are no longer just for city professionals with poor cooking skills, but for couples and families who are looking to eat healthier without any added fuss.

But, lets be honest for a second - even with discount codes and special deals, meal delivery services still cost a decent amount. So, to be sure youre spending wisely, we tried and tested Balance Box, a delivery service designed for weight-loss that pre-prepares your meals for you.

Here is what we learnt, and these are the 9 things you should know before signing up to any food subscription box.

Food subscription boxes can really vary in price, with most of the meals becoming cheaper the bigger your family. In the case of Balance Box, it is 22.99 per day if you sign up to a 4-day box, which is certainly not cheap but you have to consider the fact that unlike many food subscriptions it provides all your meals per day (with snacks), rather than just a dinner recipe. Others vary from about 3 a meal, to 6-7, though many do create quite big meals that you can eat for leftovers the next day.

Because of the nature of Balance Box, the service comes with a lot of boxes (three per day, plus snacks) so you need to make sure you clear room in your cupboards and fridge before it arrives. Space in the fridge is especially important as most of the ingredients used in the recipes are fresh so need to be kept cool.

Even if you choose to get recipes (rather than pre-prepared meals), most of the meal delivery services keep all the ingredients for each meal together in a big bag, so we would suggest clearing a whole shelf for your food subscription box if youre going to get one regularly.

Having somewhere for your box to be left if youre not in is essential. In the case of Balance Box, in London they deliver the box before 6:30am in so dont ring the doorbell (because youre almost certainly asleep) and simply leave it in a safe location outside your house for you to collect when you wake up. However, even if the box is delivered during the day, having a safe place for couriers to leave it means you dont have to worry or wait in for your delivery.

Depending on how many meals you get, the box can be pretty big so make sure to give yourself enough time to unpack it and put the necessary meals or ingredients in the fridge.

Theres nothing worse than the stress of having to rush first thing in the morning because youre going to be late for work. Itll probably take longer than you think to put everything away so be sure to give yourself at least an extra 15 minutes.

This is an obvious one. Any of the food subscription boxes should ask you about any allergies you may and dietary requirements. But it is something to be ultra-aware of especially for any of the food subscription boxes that include ready-made meals rather than raw ingredients. In the case of Balance Box, they do include a menu that has a full list of ingredients for each meal.

With Balance Box, you get to choose the style of menu - eg classic, vegetarian, free from or pescatarian - but beyond that you dont get to choose the meals themselves. However other subscription services offer a range of recipes for customers to choose from each week - giving you some variety and opportunity to try something new, but ensuring that you have picked something that you know you will like. However, if you prefer to have it all sorted for you by someone else and dont feel you have time to pick, that option might not be for you.

Due to the pre-prepared nature of Balance Box, the subscription does come with a lot of plastic boxes. However, theyre obviously aware of this because they do offer to pick up all of the plastic tubs to be recycled when dropping off your next meal box. They also package most of your snacks in paper - rather than plastic - bags, which is a welcomed addition.

Other subscription boxes have also been called out over excessive use of plastic packaging, which can be a pitfall for these subscription boxes who are trying to deliver fresh food safely. If you are trying to avoid single-use plastic, it is worth reading about each box to see firstly, what packaging they use, and secondly, if they offer any recycling pick-up services.

Knowing what days youre in the office, out for lunches, or at evening events will help you choose the right subscription box for you. If youre often out for work lunches, then you may want to consider a subscription box for dinner recipes only - and not a box similar to Balance Box that provides all your meals per day.

Alternatively, you can choose how many meals a week get delivered, so if you know you tend to be out for dinners with friends once or twice a week, sign up to a 3-meals-a-week box. That way you wont have meals piling up in your fridge and you're avoid wasting food and money.

Another obvious one, but food subscription boxes are a great opportunity to expand your repertoire of food and try new meals that you didnt know how to make before (and theyre often healthier, too). This can be a great thing when you feel stuck in your way at mealtime, but it does mean you need to be prepared to try new foods.

For example, when you subscribe to Balance Box you choose a menu-type but not the exact meals within it. That means you need to fully embrace whatever comes your way, as all three of your meals are pre-prepared for you. Theres no opportunity to avoid foods you hate, but it may mean you discover a new favourite food that you would otherwise avoid (pistachios are, now, our snack of choice). In the case of recipe boxes, you have more flexibility with ingredients you dont like as you have an opportunity to remove them before you make the meal.

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Weight-Loss Surgery for Teens Who Cant Lose Weight Any Other Way – The New York Times

Posted: November 11, 2019 at 11:49 am

Certainly this was no quick fix. She went through a yearlong process of trying supervised weight loss, driving an hour and 15 minutes every month to meet with a physician, a dietitian and a mental health specialist. I would have to take that entire day off school, my mom off work, she said. We had to do this once a month for a year before we could be referred to a bariatric center.

After she had the surgery, at 16, her hypertension and prediabetes got better. She was honest with her college roommates, not wanting them to see the small meals she needed after surgery and think she had an eating disorder. She had to navigate other problematic college food situations, she said, with cookie deliveries and late-night pizza expeditions. But from a weight of around 270 pounds (she is 5 foot 8), she has now stabilized around 190. Im still technically from a B.M.I. category considered overweight, she said. Im comfortable and Im happy with my body. She is serious about fitness and works out four or five times a week.

Perhaps the most sensitive question the policy statement examines is: How young is too young? Most of the studies involve older adolescents, though some international research looked at 12- or even 10-year-old patients. There is no lower age limit in the policy statement because the researchers could not find evidence drawing a firm line to mark a lower age boundary; the decision should rest with a whole team, including the child and the family, the pediatrician and the surgeon.

There are major disparities in access to bariatric surgery. Childhood obesity disproportionately affects children of color and those in low-income populations, Dr. Armstrong said. Those getting access to surgery are almost exclusively middle- and upper-class white adolescents. The biggest barrier is lack of insurance coverage; many private payers will not cover the surgery for those under 18, and almost no public payers will.

Often, childhood obesity is seen as the parents fault, and some worry that bariatric surgery is being offered as a quick fix. Dr. Armstrong noted that in many cases, the parents themselves have struggled with their weight most of their lives and want nothing more than to have their kids not go through this. She added, Most of them have tried everything they were capable of doing to help their children lose weight.

The impulse to keep trying with diet, nutrition and behavioral modifications runs deep in pediatrics, but the evidence suggests that if an adolescent needs bariatric surgery, its better not to wait too long, Dr. Armstrong said. Watchful waiting for extended periods of time can actually lead to less effective surgery and surgery with more complications.

Weight loss surgery generally reduces B.M.I. by about 10, so if the patient is a 16-year-old with a B.M.I. of 45 (anything over 35 generally meets the criteria for severe obesity), the B.M.I. going into adulthood after surgery is likely to be around 35 still obese, but much less severe. On the other hand, if the same child waits until the age of 19, when the B.M.I. may have gone up to 55 you can do the math.

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806 Health Tip: We Waste A Lot on Health Stuff That Doesn’t Work –

Posted: November 11, 2019 at 11:49 am

Look over your lifetime. Have you gone on fad diets? Have you tried to go that fast and easy way to lose weight? Only to find out it didn't work?

I feel most of us have at one time or another. I mean if there was some miracle way to get healthy and lose weight. If we find it do you know how happy we would be. Oh and how much legitimate money they would make?

There was a survey to see just how much money we waste on nutritional products and those fad diets that don't work. It seems we do waste a lot. In one year's time we waste $158 on stuff that doesn't work. You do the math. In a lifetime that can really add up. Wow. Boy does it add up to around $10,000.

If that seem ridiculous just think of the stuff we are suckered into buying in hopes that they actually work.

How many of us have tried those diet pills? They can work. I get's just that when you stop taking them you end up gaining back what you lost and then some. Unless you plan on taking those pills for life it is not something that is realistic.

Same thing with those weight loss teas. They may help suppress your diet at first but again it is a quick fix. It is not a long term fix at all unless you change your lifestyle.

It really is easy to get suckered into the cabbage soup diet, the celery juice diet. I know a lot of people that swear by drinking apple cider vinegar for weight loss. Again a lot of these do work on a short time basis to help with weight loss. It's just not something that will work long term unless you plan on making more long tern changes.

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Plant-Based Diet: What Is It & Why Is It Good For You? – Harper’s BAZAAR

Posted: November 11, 2019 at 11:49 am

Although the term 'plant-based diet' has been on the rise for some time, that doesn't mean everyone knows exactly what it means.Often perceived as being part of veganism and frequently misunderstood, its entry into the wellness world's vernacular isn't exactly new, with many doctors and dietitians having long advocated for the style of eating.So, to better understand exactly what makes up a plant-based diet, we consulted Sydney-based accredited practising dietitian and nutritionist Marika Day, for all the ins-and-outs. Keep scrolling to learn more.Main image via @romeestrijdWhat Is A Plant-Based Diet?

"A plant-based diet is one that is made up predominantly of plants," Day told BAZAAR.

"Many people get it confused with a plant-only diet, which would be a vegan diet. A plant-based diet or a plant-centric diet is one that includes mostly plants but smaller amounts of animal products."

It's important to note that although some people incorrectly use the terms interchangeably, most consider veganism to be underpinned by the belief that animals should not harmed or exploited for human consumption, while plant-based eating isn't built upon an ideology.

According to a vast amount of research, plant-based diets offer a number of positive health outcomes.

"Plants have numerous health benefits, from antioxidants to dietary fibre and so much more, so a plant-based diet is great for us," Day explained.

"A plant-based diet is much more environmentally sustainable than a diet which contains large amounts of animal products," Day said.

"By having less meat or animal products, we are reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, and we can't have healthy humans if we don't have a healthy planet, too."

Although there are no concrete restrictions as to exactly how much animal-derived foods you can consume on a plant-based diet, the key is to remember that your overall diet should be comprised largely of plants.

"There is no firm definition of what a plant-based diet is with regards to how much animal product would push you 'over'," Day said.

"My suggestion is to look at what you eat in a day, or even just one meal. [Ask yourself] 'What proportion of that meal is from an animal vs. plants?', then work on improving that ratio to bump up the plant portion."

From an environmental perspective, even the smallest changes can make a difference, Day emphasised.

"A little bit goes a long way when it comes to our health and the environment. I think it is so important to remember we don't have to be perfect. Small swaps or small reductions in animal products on a global scale make a big difference," she said.

"Our best dietary sources of plant protein can be found in foods like tofu, tempeh, lentils, beans, chickpeas, quinoa, and in smaller amounts in other grains, nuts and seeds," said Day.

If you're interested in moving towards a plant-based diet, it's a good idea to assess how much animal-based product you are consuming before making any changes, Day expressed.

"My suggestion would be to think about how much animal product you are having at the moment, then come up with one to two simple things you could do to increase your plant intake and reduce animal-based products.

"For example, it might be as simple as having one meat-free meal a week, or swapping out half the mince in a dish for lentils, or having a smaller serving of meat with your veggies. Don't over-complicate it, start where you are and make small but meaningful changes."

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The 1 Food Jennifer Lopez Will Never Eat – Showbiz Cheat Sheet

Posted: November 11, 2019 at 11:49 am

Jennifer Lopez is mostly known as an actress, dancer, and singer. But if youve followed her closely throughout her decades-long career, you know that shes a bit of a foodie, too.

Though she tends to follow a strict diet, the Goin In singer will occasionally pig out on a variety of foods. She eats everything from pizza and steak to octopus and less popular fruits. But, like everyone, J. Lo has her limits.

Heres the one food youll never catch Lopez eating.

In a 2013 interview with CBS News, the Get Right singer told host Gayle King that she cant stand exotic foods. These are usually unusual or taboo meats, vegetables, fruits, or spices.

I dont like the exotic kinds of food like snake like venison and things like that, Lopez said. It gets too weird.

But Lopez reportedly has some weird food habits herself. According to multiple reports, she has to have her coffee stirred counterclockwise. Its unclear why she allegedly has to have it this way, but if its not, she reportedly wont drink it.

Lopez follows a clean diet complete with plenty of protein, fruits, and vegetables. She tends to eat chicken, fish, smoothies, oatmeal, salads, and eggs.

I have her eating very clean because she needs really good fuel for all the things that shes doing, her trainer, Tracy Anderson, previously toldPeople. Its all organic and its all very well thought out, with the balance of very high quality proteins and a lot of nutrient-dense food everything is fresh.

Lopez steers clear of alcohol and caffeine. But on the rare occasion that she does want coffee, she always reaches for decaf (before stirring it counterclockwise).

Though she generally follows a strict food regimen, the Im Real singer doesnt totally deprive herself of her favorite foods.

Throughout the years Ive learned the importance of maintaining a healthier [] diet, shepreviously told People. I still eat some of the foods I love, but in moderation. I dont deprive myself.

When shes ready to pig out, Lopez loves Puerto Rican food and chocolate chip cookies.

I happen to know a woman that loves cookies and I meanloves,her fianc, Alex A-Rod Rodriguez, revealed in a November 2018 episode of Shark Tank. Jennifer eats a cookie every night before she goes to bed.

Rodriguez also said during a 2017 appearance on The View that Lopezs other guilty pleasure is chocolate chip ice cream.

Speaking of Rodriguez, he and Lopez often do diets and cleanses together. In February of 2019, the couple went on a 10-day, no-sugar, no-carb detox. After completing the challenge, they celebrated by having a feast.

According to People, they chowed down on fried and sweet plantains, pizza, fries, veggies, and more.

But they didnt waste any time getting back in the gym to work it off. Learn more about Lopezs workout routine here.

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The Freshman 15: Calorie counting and disordered eating in college The – University of Delaware Review

Posted: November 11, 2019 at 11:49 am

Tara Lennon/THEREVIEW On top all the numbers they have to keep track of in their head, the students in personal health management classes have to count another aspect of their lives for a week: the amount of calories they eat.

BY TARA LENNONSenior Reporter

Students simultaneously keep track of various numbers in their heads: the number of assignments they have due in the upcoming week, the number of spare hours they have to watch television, the number of friends they have on Facebook.

On top of all that, the students in personal health management classes have to count another aspect of their lives for a week: the amount of calories they eat.

As an assignment, they keep records of this for a week during their nutrition unit. Every person, according to Laura Gimbutas, an adjunct professor of behavioral health and nutrition, requires a specific amount of calories to maintain a healthy weight. The amount in question depends on a variety of factors, including muscle mass, activity level, height, basal metabolic rate and other genetic variables.

For this assignment, students first take a quiz on to determine how many calories they need each day. The quiz takes a few of these factors into account, but it cannot predict a specific persons basal metabolic rate. Therefore, it only provides an estimation for daily caloric intake.

Despite the potential inaccuracy of this estimate, students in this class compare their caloric intakes and the amounts of nutrients they received to the recommendations provided to them.

Gimbutas said that the goal of this assignment is to provide students with awareness of how calories work, the role they play in maintaining a healthy weight, how many calories are in certain foods and what other nutrients are in the foods they eat.

However, such an assignment may have unintended, harmful effects on some students.

Anything health-related runs the risk of becoming unhealthy, Gimbutas said.

According to Gimbutas, the practice of counting calories can lead to unhealthy, restrictive behavior. She said the assignment is short-term because counting calories for a long-term period is not necessary and if a person is eating balanced meals, they will naturally maintain a healthy weight.

Counting calories as a short-term assignment, however, can potentially trigger longer term disordered eating patterns.

Sharon Collison, a registered dietician and instructor in clinical nutrition at the university, said that counting calories is a harmful practice for those who have an eating disorder, a family history of eating disorders or addiction or are at high risk of an eating disorder. Such an assignment, she said, will not cause an eating disorder, but could trigger or start one sooner than it would otherwise happen.

Ive seen people with eating disorders in my treatment who have told me that they remember it started when they did an assignment that looked closely at food intake, Collison said.

Alexandra Juliano, president of the universitys chapter of Project Heal, an organization with the stated purpose of raising money and awareness for eating disorders, said that recent research also shows that counting calories instills a diet mentality within people and could potentially cause disordered eating patterns.

Gimbutas said that the majority of students do not run this risk. However, she does communicate to her students that she would tweak the assignment to suit their individual needs.

Collison said that a better alternative to this assignment would be to track the calories of someone else, as some college students may find calorie counting a triggering practice.

According to the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA), men and women are particularly vulnerable to disordered eating in college. Full-blown eating disorders begin typically between the ages of 18 and 21, and potentially, 4.4 to 5.9% of teenagers enter college with an untreated eating disorder. Experimentation with dieting can progress into pathological dieting and even further into a partial or full-syndrome eating disorder.

I think a lot of people probably have disordered eating or a poor relationship with food, Collison said. They dont trust their choices, they tend to have some black and white thinking, and they have guilt for eating foods they shouldnt be eating.

Juliano echoed the prevalence of disordered eating on college campuses.

Everywhere you go, theres someone to compare yourself to, whether its in class, in a student center studying, partying, the bars, Juliano said. I think a lot of college women have disordered eating behaviors and dont even know it because [their behaviors are] not necessarily diagnostic of a specific eating disorder.

She said that society has normalized unhealthy behaviors, therefore, students do not question their relationships with food.

Its almost a norm to skip dinner so that you can drink less and get more drunk, or skip dinner because formals coming up and you want to look good, Juliano said.

Although disordered eating may pose a threat to college students, many students use the phrase, The Freshman 15 to emphasize the threat of weight gain on college freshmen.

For kids that grew up in homes where they were overly healthy, they didnt have access to french fries and ice cream and now in college they have unlimited access to french fries and ice cream, Collison said. A lot of freshmen will overeat these foods because theyre not accustomed to having them often.

According to NEDA, freshmen gain between 2.5 to 3.5 pounds on average, far from the alleged fifteen pounds and only a half-pound more than the average of their peers who did not attend college.

Additionally, Juliano said that women naturally gain weight each year and, therefore, it biologically makes sense that students would gain weight. However, she said that students blame weight gain on their diet and cut their intake.

Students, according to Collison, rather than resorting to dieting, should trust their natural hunger cues and try to eat balanced meals along with their favorite foods to avoid restrictive eating patterns.

Juliano, personally affected by an eating disorder, now relies on intuition to guide her eating.

If I want a slice of cake, Ill eat a slice of cake and if I want a bag of chips, Ill eat a bag of chips, Juliano said. Thats a positive way to live, as long as youre keeping a balance.

Collison said that students should utilize online assessments if they feel they might have a disordered relationship with food. After they find out their risk of an eating disorder, they should seek the help of a professional, like the dieticians available at the student health center.

Juliano said that the university could improve the resources and education they provide regarding eating disorders.

In her experience, many students lack an understanding of what different eating disorders actually are, and the university could remedy this with expanded dietetics electives, an online course educating incoming freshmen like AlcoholEdu and information sessions during freshman seminar classes.

I think that the school could do better, Juliano said. Eating disorders deserve equal attention to other mental illnesses.

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