5 Things You Do That Make Your Vegetables Ridiculously Unhealthy

There's broccoli in there, er, somewhere. | Ezume Images/Shutterstock.com

There’s broccoli in there, er, somewhere. | Ezume Images/Shutterstock.com

First off, kudos to you for eating vegetables. As children, many of us did not appreciate the pile of green or orange stuff our plates. We were always told to eat it, but why on Earth did we have to do such a thing? Experts say it can take up to 10 attempts after a new food is introduced for a child to truly determine whether he loves it or hates it. And because those 10 attempts can be, well, painful for parents to bear (Remember all that dinner table whining? Your parents sure do.), kids’ veggies are often topped with a heap of melted cheese or drowned in a stick of butter in an effort to get the kiddos to lift up their forks. Unfortunately for many of us, those unhealthy veggie habits linger on well into adulthood.

When I travel out on the PGA Tour (yes, my job is pretty awesome), there are some tournaments where the golfers are offered wonderful food selections: the veggies are stir-fried or steamed, and the salad bar is full of freshly picked local produce. However, in some cases, the choices saddle us with weeks of legit detox afterwards: Yeah, there’s a steamer full of vegetables, but it’s corn – swimming in butter. Or, sure, there’s a salad bar, but it’s stocked with full-fat dressing, croutons, iceberg lettuce and bacon bits — and that’s it.

So while the notion of eating your veggies is wonderful, veggies are actually pretty easy to screw up. Here, five ridiculously unhealthy veggie-eating habits that should be limited or halted altogether. Any of them, er, sound familiar?  Read more »

Philly Students Audited Their Own School Lunches

A lunch at  Philadelphia’s Charter High School for Architecture and Design.

A lunch at Philadelphia’s Charter High School for Architecture and Design. | Photo courtesy of City Controller Alan Butkovitz’s office

Scarfing down a fattening, stomach-churning lunch every day used to be seen as a normal part of going to public school in America, as much as riding the bus and going to prom are.

But in recent years, as childhood obesity has skyrocketed, parents, students and health experts have pressured school districts to make healthier, more appetizing meals.

In Philadelphia, concerned students at one charter school took it up a notch and recently decided to audit their own lunches to see if they met federal standards. Read more »

SmartPlate that Detects Nutrition Facts of Food Completes $100,000 Kickstarter

This plate will calculate the nutritional value of your food.

This plate will calculate the nutritional value of your food.

When I spoke to Anthony Ortiz on Thursday, he couldn’t help being a little nervous. His company’s $100,000 Kickstarter campaign sat at $96,258 with just three days to go. With Kickstarter, if you don’t hit your goal, you don’t get a dime.

“Talk about a nail-biting nerve-wracking process,” said Ortiz, the CEO Fitly. “That’s the risk you take with a platform like Kickstarter – it’s all or nothing.” Read more »

Broad Street Run Training: How to Fuel Up for Long Runs and the Big Race

Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

I ran my first Broad Street Run in 1982; there were only 2,088 finishers in the race’s third year.

The Broad Street Run has grown a lot since then! And so has knowledge about what athletes should eat. The 1980s marked the emergence of the field known as sports nutrition. Back then, exercise physiologists were discovering that endurance athletes benefited from consuming approximately four to five grams of carbohydrates per pound of body weight daily. Read more »

Philadelphia International Airport Ranked Among Healthiest Airports in the Country

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I have never thought of the Philadelphia International Airport as a healthy-food destination. I always eat before heading to the airport, but if my flight gets delayed and my stomach starts to growl, I usually see it as an excuse to eat my one Cinnabon of the year because, well, what good healthy vegetarian eats are there? A decent amount, apparently: PHL was just ranked among the healthiest airports for nutritious food options in the nation by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, coming in at 11th place out of 19 airports that made the cut.

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5 Scary Facts About Americans’ Eating Habits

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In case you needed any more proof that our country’s eating habits are less than stellar, we’ve found it: Shape excerpted some of the most shocking figures from David Zinczenko’s (best known for his Eat This, Not That! series) new book, Eat It to Beat It! I can only come up with one word to describe these numbers: Jaw-dropping.

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To Do: Get Your Sports-Nutrition Questions Answered at Philadephia Runner Tomorrow

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Exercise and good nutrition go together like peanut butter and jelly: Yeah, sure, you could just have one or the other, but once you put them together, there’s no going back. But with new “superfoods” and protein-packed supplements popping up left and right, it can be hard to keep up with what actually qualifies as “good nutrition.” Luckily for us, best-selling author and sports nutritionist Nancy Clark will be at Philadelphia Runner tomorrow evening to answer all of our food and nutrition questions. Yes, please!

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Get a Pre-Holiday Body Reboot with Unite Fitness’s Clean Eating Challenge

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November brings to mind thoughts of pie, stuffing and creamy mashed potatoes. With so many delicious indulgences to look forward to, why even think about a cleanse, right? Wrong. The seven-day Unite Clean Eating Challenge, starting on November 4th, gives you a chance to reboot your system in preparation for the holidays. Because—let’s admit it—we’ve all eaten a few too many pumpkin shaped Reese’s cups already this week.

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