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Monday, November 24, 2014         

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The holiday season is just around the corner, and for too many people that means 5 to 10 pounds of weight gain that will inevitably lead to a New Year's resolution to crash-diet. Wouldn't it make more sense to start those health and fitness resolutions at the beginning of the holidays instead of at the end?

One of the more impressive ways to look scary for Halloween is to wear some crazy decorative contact lenses. But be careful. They might sound harmless, but serious eye damage can occur if they are not used correctly.

The push to eat only "pure, clean and healthy foods" is everywhere. The message implies that to do anything else is harmful to your health and even to the environment. As these concepts infiltrate national dietary guidelines, some experts are questioning this rather elitist approach to nutrition and health.

By now you probably saw headlines about a new study that links artificial sweeteners with promoting obesity, disrupting blood-sugar control and increasing the risk of developing diabetes.

People have a lot of food fears. MSG, aspartame, sugar, trans fats and GMO foods are just a few that are high on many peoples' lists of concerns. Some popular food fears are quite legitimate and deserving of careful attention.

The equation for good health includes variables we can control, and others, not so much. With diet and exercise, we can make choices to enhance health. But when it comes to the everyday stresses in life, the triggers may be primarily out of our control. Life happens!

There is rapidly growing awareness that Hawaii needs to reduce its reliance on imported foods and increase food production within the state. Food security is highly dependent on agricultural diversity and sustainability.

People often tell us that figuring out how to eat a healthful diet has become very confusing. Worldwide, different cultures have evolved a wide variety of different styles of eating that support good health.

There is a great deal of scientific controversy about whether taking vitamin and/or mineral supplements is beneficial. Some studies indicate there is no evidence that supplements benefit health and that supplements may even harm health.

Some foods have gone from having a reputation of being bad foods to good foods and then to "superfood" status. As our regular readers will guess, we are not fond of the superfood concept.


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