There seems to be a diet out these days to appeal to everyone trying to trim down. And, with the barrage of different diets in the
media, it's hard to know which diets work and which fall short.
What's important in a safe and healthy approach to weight loss? Before starting a diet be sure that your plan includes the following:
It’s balanced. By excluding food groups, your body is at risk of being deprived of the nutrients it needs to function. For example, the popular
Atkins Diet drastically reduces carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are a major source of energy for the cells of the body and also are a main source of your daily fiber needs.
It focuses on portion control. Have you ever seen the MyPlate
icon? MyPlate focuses on portion control and balanced meals by dividing a standard dinner plate into four food groups—fruits, vegetables, grains, and protein, with a side of dairy. Portion control is important to avoid overeating and can help reduce
It teaches lifelong, healthy eating habits. Longevity is impossible with impractical fad diets like The Hollywood Cookie Diet
and The Grapefruit Diet, which severely restrict calories and lack the nutrition (not to mention the variety) that your taste buds crave. By eating balanced meals and controlling portions, weight loss is achievable and can be maintained
throughout your entire life without having to crash diet.
For a healthy, balanced diet with controlled portions always remember to:
Which diet approaches have worked for you?
This article was submitted by Lindsay Sankovsky, Dietetic Intern, and reviewed by Kimberly Hammon, MS, RD, LDN.
Eating healthy and staying healthy is something that millions of Americans strive for every day. Unfortunately, it's not always so easy to eat healthy on a daily basis. With 36% of adults in U.S. considered obese, it's becoming more important for both adults
and children to start eating healthier. The experts from NorthShore University HealthSystem have provided some general guidelines for the recommended intake of each food group, suggestions for creating a healthy meal plan every day, as well as some healthy
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When children get sick, the simple solution isn’t always just a pill or spoonful away. Aside from the fact that many medications are not
recommended for children, it's also much easier for a child to overdose on medication than an adult.
In most cases, the amount of medicine a child should receive is determined by age, weight and height. When it comes to children and medication, reading labels is very important.
Dirk Killelea, Manager of NorthShore Evanston Hospital Pharmacy, shares the following “must-know” tips for giving children medications:
The best remedy for most kids is rest and hydration. If your child has a fever or cold, keep activities to a minimum and make sure they aren't too strenuous. Coloring, drawing or reading stories is a great way to spend time until he or she feels better.
If your child is experiencing loose stools or diarrhea, make sure to provide plenty of water or electrolyte-containing drinks like Pedialyte to prevent dehydration.
How do you manage your kids’ illnesses? What remedies work best for you?
Keeping tabs on the safety of your home often falls by the wayside with all the other tasks and chores in our daily lives. However,
failure to take the proper safety precautions can lead to injury, illness and sometimes even death.
While it’s easy to ensure that common household items are out of way and properly stored, used and discarded, there are some risks that you can't see at all. Carbon monoxide poisoning is very dangerous and because the gas is odorless and colorless, it's
hard to detect without proper monitoring.
Jerrold Leikin, MD,
Medical Toxicologist, shares the following tips for reducing your carbon monoxide poisoning risks:
Do you have a carbon monoxide detector in your home? How frequently do you check it?
A good night’s sleep can be the difference between night and day with children. Frequent lack of sleep can greatly impact a
child’s physical, mental and social well-being. It's also hard on the entire family.
It's recommended that children between the ages of six and twelve get 10-11 hours of sleep each night. This allows them to be better rested for school, and to further their growth and development. The challenge with childhood sleep disorders is that they
aren’t always easy to recognize. In fact, since the symptoms are so similar to other conditions (such as ADD and ADHD), sleep disorders often go misdiagnosed.
Mari Viola-Saltzman, DO, Sleep Medicine specialist, who sees both pediatric and adult patients, identifies some of the secondary effects childhood sleep
disorders may have:
How many hours of sleep do your children get each night? Do they have a nightly routine?
As the old adage goes, “You are what you eat.” When it comes to your health, this saying is true — eating healthier foods will make you feel
better, have more energy and help you maintain your weight.
Many of the foods we eat—as tasty as they are—aren’t always the easiest for our system to digest. This is true for highly processed foods, and foods high in sodium, sugar, saturated fats and cholesterol. It’s not to say that, in moderation, we can’t enjoy
some of these foods, but research has proven that a diet high in fresh food, especially green vegetables, may help prevent colon cancer.
Considering colon cancer is one of the most common cancers in men and women, it’s nice to know that a balanced, healthy diet may be the first step toward disease prevention.
Yolandra Johnson, MD, Gastroenterologist at NorthShore, provides easy ways to work more greens and other vegetables into your daily diet:
What are some of your favorite dishes that include vegetables? What are some of your tricks for including veggies in your diet?
It’s one thing to occasionally feel down, unenergetic and tired out, especially given the busy lives
so many of us lead. However, consistently experiencing feelings of sadness, exhaustion and anxiety to a point where it affects the rest of your life can be cause for concern.
Depression is a very common mental illness and impacts people in various ways. It is estimated that one in ten adults suffers from depression at some point during their lifetime.
Frederick Miller, MD, PhD, Psychiatrist at NorthShore, recognizes that living with depression can be a challenge. He offers the following tips for managing and coping
What makes you happy? How to you manage feelings of sadness and/or depression?
Routine blood work can be done to test whether or not you have high cholesterol. The challenge for many lies in determining
what the numbers mean and what risks you may be at for developing other health conditions, including heart disease.
This blood work measures three different components:
The general standard for healthy levels state your LDL should optimally be below 100, HDL should be above 40 for men and above 50 for women, and your triglycerides value should stay below 150. So what can you do if your levels are a little high?
Jeffrey Marogil, MD, Cardiologist at NorthShore, offers the following suggestions for keeping your cholesterol in check:
Do you know what your cholesterol levels are? Have you made any changes in your diet or lifestyle to reduce them?
Does it ever feel like you just can’t put on enough lotion during the winter months to keep your skin from being dry? With the
cold temperatures and icy walkways, winter can be tough on your body. And, it can be just as hard on your skin.
Dry, sometimes even itchy and flaky skin is a common condition for many when temperatures begin to drop. While the cooler outdoor temperatures may be one of the leading causes for dry skin, there are a handful of ways you can help keep your skin soft and well
Stephanie Mehlis, MD, Dermatologist, provides the following tips for reducing dry skin:
What skin products do you swear by to heal dry skin?
Snoring can impact more than just a restful night of sleep for you and a partner. Snoring is a condition that is caused
by the narrowing of the airways and relaxation of muscles in the back of the throat. When chronic, it can reduce the amount of oxygen being supplied to the body, put unnecessary stress on the heart or cause you to stop breathing.
Snoring can be an indicator of other health conditions. For example, sleep apnea—a condition that nearly half of chronic snorers have—can often be linked to cardiac and pulmonary diseases.
Alfredo Gonzalez, MD, Cardiologist at NorthShore, identifies the following symptoms to help determine if you have a sleep disorder:
How many hours of sleep on average do you get a night? Do you know if you snore?