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It's only March — still time to conquer that New Year's resolution for healthier living.
Help is a click away with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's new SuperTracker website. It puts the MyPlate message (www.choosemyplate.gov) to work. And best of all, it's free. You type in the food; it calculates the calories. You type in your activity for the day; it calculates calories burned. SuperTracker is a new online diet and physical activity planning, assessment and analysis tool. With this tool, users can do everything from a quick food look-up to in-depth diet, activity and weight tracking and analysis over time. SuperTracker is available from ChooseMyPlate.gov/SuperTracker.
SuperTracker lets you:
— Personalize recommendations for what and how much to each and physical activity.
— Track foods and physical activity from an expanded database of foods and physical activities.
— Customize features such as goal setting, virtual coaching, weight tracking and journaling.
— Measure progress with reports ranging from a simple meal summary to in-depth analysis of food groups and nutrient intake over time.
— Put the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines into practice.
— Support family and friends by adding their individual profiles.
USDA officials are trying to give a more positive message with SuperTracker. "Diet" no longer refers to what people can't eat but what's actually good to eat on a diet. Some 55 percent of Americans are actively trying to lose weight, and another 22 percent are fighting weight gain, according to Datamonitor Research. If you're one of those, maybe SuperTracker can help.
Q AND A
Q: Can eating disorders occur even in middle age?
A: Absolutely. In fact, incidence of eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, as well as disordered patterns of eating and problems with distorted body image, may be increasing among middle-age and older adults that many be considered low risk for these problems.
Eating disorders and disordered eating patterns often flare up at times of transition in life in an effort to feel in control of something.
Stress related to divorce, infidelity, job loss or change, or kids leaving the nest are possible triggers. Women of all ages are especially targeted in cultural messages that place extremely high value on thinness. For vulnerable women, that can give messages about the health benefits of limiting midlife weight gain an undesirable emotional impact. Changing self-talk and avoiding restrictive diets can help steer away from sliding into an eating disorder — but once one has developed, treatment from a multidisciplinary team of qualified professionals is essential.
Regardless of age, appropriate treatment works. Research is clear that overweight and obesity increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer. But reducing that risk does not mean pushing weight to unrealistically low and unhealthy levels that require rigid rules for "perfect" eating. Most importantly, we all need to be clear that excess body fat defines a health risk, not who you are as a person.
Information courtesy the American Institute for Cancer Research.
Breakfast is one of those meals that can get monotonous when you're in a hurry. Here's a recipe from Eating Well magazine to break the rut. It's quick, healthy and low in fat, thanks to reduced-fat cheese and egg substitute.
Quick Breakfast Taco
— 2 corn tortillas
— 1 tablespoon salsa
— 2 tablespoons shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
— 1/2 cup liquid egg substitute, such as Egg Beaters
Top tortillas with salsa and cheese. Heat in the microwave until the cheese is melted, about 30 seconds. Meanwhile, coat a small nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Heat over medium heat, add egg substitute, and cook, stirring, until the eggs are cooked through, about 90 seconds. Divide the scrambled egg between the tacos. Serves one.
Per serving : 153 calories; 17 g protein, 15 g carbohydrates, 2 g fat; 3 mg cholesterol; 0 g fiber; 453 mg sodium.
Charlyn Fargo is a registered dietitian from Springfield, Ill. For comments or questions, contact her at email@example.com. To find out more about Charlyn Fargo and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.
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