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Dishing It Up for May 2019

Toronto Holistic Nutritionist Laurie McPhail Dishing It UpDishing It Up serves up a selection of stories, studies & so on from the world of wellness & nutrition each month.


In this month’s issue of Dishing It Up…

The Land of Immortals:  How and what Japan’s oldest population eats
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, but the research has long favored men
Fast walkers may live longer, study says
Is Dancing the Kale of Exercise?
Emma Thompson Reflects on Life, Loss and Resilience

Here’s a taste of each from the sampler platter…

Sampler Platter

The Land of Immortals: How and what Japan’s oldest population eats
“Nearly two-thirds of the residents of Okinawa are still functioning independently at age 97…. There is a valuable lesson in how they eat.  Remember this term: hara hachi bu. Translation: Stop eating when you are 80% full…. There is a basic biological reason this works. It takes about 20 minutes for the stomach to send signals to the brain that it is full. Unfortunately, most people can shovel down another several hundred calories in that short time. Instead, if you push the plate away and just wait, you will have eaten less and still feel satisfied.”
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Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, but the research has long favored men
Heart disease “is the No. 1 killer of women but many people — including some doctors — are not aware of women’s unique cardiac risks and symptoms, which is a ‘very serious issue when women seek emergency medical care’ …. For instance, women with heart disease may not have chest pain but instead experience shortness of breath, fatigue, sweating, back pain or indigestion …. the greatest tool women may have is to advocate for themselves.”
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Fast walkers may live longer, study says
“People with body weight ranges that span from underweight to obese have a longer life expectancy if they walk more briskly compared to those in the same weight category who don’t, according to research published this month in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.”
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Is Dancing the Kale of Exercise?
“Studies show that dance provides multiple cognitive and physical health benefits, suggesting it may be the kale of exercise.”  Having recently tried my hand (or, rather, feet) at Scottish Country Dancing, I can attest it is a serious mental workout, as well as physical…my brain generally packed it in before my body did!
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Emma Thompson Reflects on Life, Loss and Resilience
I am a fan of Emma Thompson and became an even bigger one when I read that she supports a foundation which focuses on making a healthy diet more affordable for families.  This article is full of gems from an inspiring woman who just turned 60, like this one:  “For young women … as well as women of her own age, Thompson has a message: ‘Summon your powers,’ she says. ‘You’ll find they are great.”’
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