Nutritionist Elizabeth Barlettah asks, “Have you decided to lead a healthy lifestyle, lose some weight, and eat healthier? “It’s great! And here you’ll find useful tips and encouragement!

Each of us was in the situation when we promise ourselves to eat healthier and smarter, tried different diets, etc. It seems that nothing works for us! Our expert Elizabeth admits in her personal blog that people all around the world have the same problem, so you are not alone! However, there is a solution to it! We must develop a habit of eating right. This is a key point! There are great recipes for lip-smacking healthy meals which you can make even with electric bbq grill. Habit is something that we do without any effort – it doesn’t feel like work! We do it automatically! So, all we need is just to develop a healthy eating habit! How to do it? Read on!

Keep Educating Yourself

The more you know, the better! Keep reading the right literature, online reviews, communicate with people who lead a healthy lifestyle. It would be best if you created the right mindset – it’s the first step to develop a habit.

Besides, you have to understand which food is healthy and which one is not, so read the labels and know the ingredients! Read more

What Are The Best Foods?

5 Healthy Flour Substitutes Vegans Need To Know About


Joshua Howard, shares articles about an eco-friendly and healthy lifestyle on his site, EcoLifeMaster! Recently he shared with Healthy Lombard that white flour is made from milled wheat with the germ and the bran eliminated so there is only the starchy center of the grain.

White wheat flour is a very popular ingredient of today’s cooking industry. Unfortunately, it isn’t good for our health, it has low natural minerals and vitamin content. The energy it gives comes to the end very quickly, but nut effectively. White flour is rich in carbohydrates (76 %), and calories (358 Calories per 100 g).

White refined flour may cause some health problems:

  • Higher blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, diabetes, obesity, and higher cholesterol
  • Inflammatory diseases like arthritis
  • Cancers
  • Suppression of the immune system
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Fatigue, anxiety, hypoglycemia, depression, and other health issues

If you are interested in healthy gluten-free recipe ideas, you’ve probably seen mentions of “alternative” flours. Coconut, almond, and quinoa are just a few kinds of flours health food fans have been using. Read more

Are Ancient Grains Healither?


How We Can Improve Child Nutrition When Healthy Eating Isn’t Accessible

Robert Murray, MD (Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) Board Member) and Grace Perry, RD, LD (AFHK Program Manager) recently shared that children are the products of their environment and experiences; like sponges, they absorb all that’s around them. They’re constantly picking up language, mannerisms, ideas, and habits. The people in a child’s life — especially during their formative years — will have a lasting influence on them for years to come.

That’s why it’s critical for everyone from family members to teachers to coaches to faith leaders to understand the impact they have on a child’s diet and nutrition and the resources they have available to support children’s healthy eating habits from the start. Diet quality can affect a child’s growth. Not only can it change their physical development, but it impacts cognition, behavior, well-being, and ability to deal with life’s challenges as kids grow older.

Despite the fact that there is an abundance of publicly and privately funded programs and resources with the goal of improving children’s healthy eating opportunities, experts agree that these resources don’t always stretch far enough or get to those who need them the most. Furthermore, an urgent need for these programs is often unforeseen for parents who may have sudden financial obstacles to overcome. Read more

What Do We Know About Diet and Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease?

The National Institute on Aging asks, “Can eating a specific food or following a particular diet help prevent or delay dementia caused by Alzheimer’s disease?” Many studies suggest that what we eat affects the aging brain’s ability to think and remember. These findings have led to research on general eating patterns and whether they might make a difference.

The Mediterranean diet, the related MIND diet, and other healthy eating patterns have been associated with cognitive benefits in studies—though the evidence is not as strong as it is for other interventions like physical activity, blood pressure, and cognitive training. Now researchers are more rigorously testing these diets to see if they can prevent or delay Alzheimer’s disease or age-related cognitive decline.

Diet and Dementia Risk

Changes in the brain can occur years before the first symptoms of Alzheimer’s appear. These early brain changes suggest a possible window of opportunity to prevent or delay dementia symptoms. Scientists are looking at many possible ways to do this, including drugs, lifestyle changes, and combinations of these interventions. Unlike other risk factors for Alzheimer’s that we can’t change, such as age and genetics, people can control lifestyle choices such as diet, exercise, and cognitive training. Read more

The Benefits of Ginger for Osteoarthritis

An all too common disorder, osteoarthritis produces chronic pain and disability. The first major study, published in 2000, showed no benefit of ginger extract over placebo, but that study only lasted three weeks. The next study, in 2001, lasted six weeks and, by the end, was able to show significantly better results compared to placebo. However, because the placebo did so well, reducing pain from the 60s down to the 40s on a scale of 1 to 100, ginger reducing pain further down into the 30s was not especially clinically significant, so an editorial in the official journal of the American College of Rheumatology concluded that “ginger should not be recommended at present for treatment of arthritis because of the limited efficacy.”

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Gluten Free Dining Options

Nicole Palmieri, Senior at Glenbard South High School, shared with Healthy Lombard that In the past 20 years, our world has seen more awareness for “gluten-free,” “gluten allergy,” “gluten sensitivity” options at restaurants and fast-food chains. It can get all too confusing, so here is a comprehensive list of fast-food places and restaurants in Lombard, or near the area, that have gluten-free options, menus, and which ones to steer clear of. Also in this article, you will learn about the difference between celiac disease and gluten intolerance.

Fast-Food that Offer Gluten-Free Options:
• Many fast-food chains offer gluten-free french fries upon request. This includes Chick-Fil-A, Five Guys, Sonic and Arby’s.

• Chains that have the worst opportunities for gluten-free options (according to include Burger King, McDonald’s, Taco Bell and KFC “as they have extremely limited options and the risks for gluten crossing-contamination are high.”

  • Those with severe celiac disease should be cautious when ordering food that has any possibility of cross-contamination. In this case, the more questions the better!
  • Cross-contamination appears often in fried foods, so ask if your food will be cooked in oil that is specifically meant for gluten-free items. Also, ask if equipment like toasters, pizza ovens, panini presses, different spatulas, etc. are used for the purpose of keeping conscious of those with a severe gluten allergy.
  • Again, the more questions the better! If you have celiac disease and are asking your waiter or cashier, try to gauge how secure they are in their answers. If they do not seem to know, ask to see a manager! Better to double-check then risk it.
  • Arby’s has a separate gluten-free menu, but most foods that are not potato-based or eaten without bread are gluten-free there. Chipotle is almost unanimously gluten-free, except for its soft flour tortillas. (

Another tip is to ask the fast-food place, or any restaurant for that matter, if the food is prepared specifically on a separate surface from gluten-containing items. Read more