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Fibroid Awareness Week

Fibroid Awareness Week

It’s Fibroid Awareness Week. Fibroids are muscular tumors, usually benign, that grow in the wall of the uterus for women.

Fibroids can be as small as an apple seed or as big as a grapefruit. 20% to 80% of women develop them by age 50.

Fibroid Size and Frequency

 

Not all women with fibroids have symptoms, but those who do can have pain, pressure on the bladder, frequent urination, or even a swollen abdomen.

Fibroid Symptoms

 

Risk factors for fibroids include age, family history, ethnic origin, obesity, and eating habits, like eating too much red meat. Eating plenty of green veggies is associated with a lower risk of fibroids.

Risk Factors for Fibroids

 

If you get pregnant and have fibroids, you might have more problems during your pregnancy. OB-GYNs are used to this situation, though, so talk to your doctor about your fibroids when you find out you’re pregnant.

Pregnant with Fibroids

 

Your doctor can diagnose you with fibroids through an exam or imaging tests like ultrasounds, X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans.

Diagnosing Fibroids

 

There are treatments for fibroids, including meds and surgery, if you have pain, they’re large, or you want to get pregnant.

Fibroids and Your Future

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Deciding on a Balanced Diet

Eating a Balanced Diet

Focusing on a balanced diet is one of the best ways to make healthy eating a part of your life.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans

The USDA sets Dietary Guidelines for Americans regularly to help guide balanced diet choices. While these guidelines can seem complicated, there are key takeaways from them you should know.

The Importance of Healthy Eating

Healthy eating helps prevent and slow the onset of diseases, like obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Include in a Balanced Diet

A healthy and balanced diet, which for most people is around 2,000 calories a day, includes a variety of:

  • Vegetables, including a variety of dark green, red, and orange veggies, legumes, which include beans and peas, and starchy veggies, like corn and potatoes.
  • Fruits, especially whole fruits, like apples and oranges, which are the perfect serving  size.
  • Grains, at least half of which are whole grain.
  • Fat-free or low-fat dairy (like milk, yogurt, and cheese) or appropriate substitutes.
  • A variety of foods high in protein, like lean meats, poultry, eggs, seafood, beans,  soy-based products (like tofu), nuts and seeds.
  • Oils (like canola, olive, peanut, and soybean) or naturally occurring oils in nuts, seeds, olives, and avocados.

Limit in a Balanced Diet

  • Added sugars should make up less than 10% of your daily calories, which can be hidden in processed and prepared foods, like soda, cereal, cookies, and more.
  • Limit saturated and trans fats, which should make up less than 10% of your daily calories. Foods high in these include butter, whole milk, and palm oil. Replace with unsaturated fats, like canola and olive oil whenever you can.
  • Limit sodium to less than 2,300 mg per day. Processed foods, like pizza, and canned soup and sauces can be high in this salt.

A Balanced Diet with MyPlate

MyPlate replaced the food pyramid as the guide to making sense of servings. It helps you look at your plate and strike a balance with each meal.

This chart can help you divide your own plates appropriately: MyPlate

Fruits and veggies should make up about half of your plate, with just over a quarter filled with whole grains, and protein should be under a quarter. (A few ounces of meat, a piece about the size of the palm of your hand, is a good serving size for most people.) Also work in a small serving of dairy through milk, cheese, or yogurt to round out your meal.

Making Smart Choices

Combine these guidelines with smart choices, and you’ll be well on your way to eating a balanced diet. And making these smart choices doesn’t have to be difficult. There are lots of tips and tricks that can help you make a balanced diet a part of your daily life.

Tracking Your Food

Then, you can target the number of servings you should be getting of the different food groups.

These can help you figure out calorie counts and limit sodium and sugar.

This can help you understand how balanced your diet and food servings are and set and reach food goals.

Making and Meeting Food Goals

  • Start small.

Making small changes in your eating habits can have long-term effects:

  • Switch to high fiber, low-sugar cereals.
  • Give up soda with flavored sparkling waters.
  • When you’re hungry, try drinking a glass of water before you eat something.
  • Plan for all of the places you go in life:
    • Instead of eating out for lunch at work, start planning and meal-prepping ahead of time, and avoid the vending machines.
    • If you know your kids aren’t making great food choices at school, get them involved in packing lunches they’ll love ahead of time.
    • When you know you’ll spend the day at the mall, carry snacks and a water bottle, eat a healthy breakfast or snack before you head out, and skip the food court. If you just can’t avoid a meal or a snack while you’re out, find the healthiest option. Load up a sandwich with veggies, get frozen yogurt without all kinds of extra sweet toppings instead of ice cream, and choose hot tea or unsweetened iced tea instead of a frappachino.
    • Check menus for calorie counts when you’re eating out. Ask for salad dressings and sauces on the side, avoid fried foods, and keep in mind that alcoholic drinks can be full of calories.
    • Many communities have community gardens. Join in and help out to get moving and to grow things your whole family can enjoy in meals.

Results and Rewards

  • Don’t beat yourself up when you have missteps.

Everyone struggles with giving up the foods full of sugar and salt that they love, so it’s important to stay positive and get back on track.

  • Plan your cheat day.

Many people have found that planning a weekly cheat day can help them stay on course knowing they can treat themselves later. And once you get used to a balanced diet, you’ll find that you’ll cheat in smaller and smaller ways, even on the day you’re allowed to.

  • Find healthy ways to treat yourself.

For example, do you love watermelon or raspberries? Splurge on the healthy treats you love. Enjoy a piece of dark chocolate each day or a glass of red wine each week. Another option, reward meeting your goals with a treat that isn’t food-related, like a new outfit, book, or manicure.

Up Next:

Now that you know the value of a balanced diet, learn to prepare before you go grocery shopping and shop smart to meet your goals.

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Nutrition Month Recipes Done Right

National Nutrition Month Recipes

It’s National Nutrition Month and a great time to focus on making healthy, fruit- and veggie-filled meals. Get started with nutrition month recipes and how-to videos.

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Whip up Tropical Coconut Oatmeal for a healthy dose of pineapple.

Tropical Coconut Oatmeal
Image and Recipe via Emilie Eats

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Chicken Corn Chowder makes the most of your kids’ favorite veggie.

Chicken Corn Chowder Recipe

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Chili Lime Mango Marinated Chicken Bowls are a balance of sweet and spicy.

Gluten Free Chili Lime Mango Marinated Chicken Bowls {How to Cook with Wine}

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One-Pan Garlic Roasted Salmon with Brussels Sprouts is a simple, elegant dinner.

One Sheet Pan Garlic Roasted Salmon with Brussels Sprouts

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Cauliflower Mac and Cheese with Chicken Sausage lightens up your favorite.

Dude Diet Healthy Mac and Cheese

The Dude Diet: Mac and Cheese Edition

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This easy Ginger Carrot Radish Salad is a perfect side for spring meals.

Ginger Carrot Radish Salad

ginger carrot radish salad

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Making the Most of Frozen Food

National Frozen Food Month

It’s National Frozen Food Month, and frozen fruits and veggies are wonderful ingredients to keep on hand.

First up is an easy Fried Rice filled with veggies straight from the freezer.

Fried Rice
Image and Recipe via Life Currents

 

Whip up this light Peach-Mango Sorbet for an easy and refreshing treat.

Peach-Mango Sorbet
Image and Recipe via Williams Sonoma

 

This copycat Corn Salsa is perfect on your burritos or tacos at home.

Chipotle Corn Salsa
Image and Recipe via Food Fun Family

 

Whip up an antioxidant-filled Blueberry Green Tea Protein Smoothie.

Blueberry Green Tea Protein Smoothie
Image and Recipe via The Gold Lining Girl

 

Green Pea Hummus is a vibrant way to get your veggies in.

Green Pea Hummus
Image and Recipe via Virtually Homemade

 

You’d never know this Triple Berry Crumble is so easy because of frozen berries.

Triple Berry Crumble
Image and Recipe via Tastes Lovely

 

Corn and Edamame Succotash is a simple, hearty side for any meal.

Corn and Edamame Succotash
Image and Recipe via Eat Simple Food

National Chili Month

National Chili Month

October is National Chili Month, which is perfect for fall tailgating, parties, and meals.

This Turkey Chili with Kale is hearty, filling, and packed with veggies.

Turkey Chili with Kale
Image and Recipe via The Vintage Mixer

 

Dump and forget about this Crockpot Creamy Taco Chicken Chili until dinnertime.

Crockpot Creamy Taco Chicken Chili

Crockpot Creamy Taco Chicken Chili

 

Use your favorite ground meat in this Crockpot Sweet Potato Chipotle Chili.

Crock Pot Sweet Potato Chipotle Chili {Paleo}

 

This Slow Cooker Verde Chicken Chili is nice and spicy for fans of heat.

Slow Cooker Verde Chicken Chili

 

The Best Healthy Turkey Chili is better for you than the classic beef version.

The Best Healthy Turkey Chili

 

Healthy Vegetarian Quinoa Chili is rich and filling, even without the meat.

Healthy Vegetarian Quinoa Chili

 

This Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Chili delivers with big flavor you’ll love.

Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Chili Recipe

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Avoiding Snacking Disaster

Secretly Healthy Snacks

We’re finishing up our month of secretly healthy recipes for Fruits & Veggies—More Matters Month with secretly healthy snacks.

Skip the milkshake and go with this Vanilla Mint Green Smoothie instead.

Vanilla Mint Green Smoothie

 

If you’re always craving the crunch, try these 30 Healthy Chip Recipes.

30 Healthy Chip Recipes

 

Homemade Fruit and Vegetable Snacks will please your toughest kid judge.

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Homemade Fruit and Vegetable Snacks + Video Recipe

 

This Vegan Avocado Chocolate Pudding is the perfect after-school snack.

Vegan Avocado Chocolate Pudding
Image and Recipe via Apollo and Luna

 

Make one of these kinds of Sweet Potato Toast for the perfect easy brunch.

Sweet Potato Toast: 3 Ways

 

Whip up Raspberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies for a delicious treat.

Raspberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Image and Recipe via Amy’s Healthy Baking

 

Get a simple and satisfying dose of veggies with Spicy Zucchini Quesadillas.

Spicy Zucchini Quesadillas

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Cooking Smart with Secretly Healthy Dinners

Secretly Healthy Dinners

For Fruit and Veggies—More Matters Month, we have ways to hide veggies in your diet with secretly healthy dinners.

This Secret Chicken Noodle Soup also has veggies blended in the broth.

Secret Chicken Noodle Soup

Secret Chicken Noodle Soup

 

Make this Creamy Pumpkin Spaghetti with Garlic Kale to satisfy your fall cravings.

Creamy Pumpkin Spaghetti with Garlic Kale
Image and Recipe via Pinch of Yum

 

Slow Cooker Turkey Quinoa Chili with Sweet Potatoes is the perfect hearty meal.

Slow Cooker Turkey Quinoa Chili with Sweet Potatoes and Black Beans

 

Green Goddess Mac and Cheese mixes plenty of greens into your childhood favorite.

Green Goddess Mac and Cheese
Image and Recipe via Simply Recipes

 

This Flatbread Salad Pizza is loaded with veggies and delicious.

Flatbread Salad Pizza with Pesto, Shaved Asparagus, Mushrooms and Feta

 

Get your veggies with Creamy Butternut Squash Noodles with Bacon and Spinach.

Creamy Butternut Squash Noodles with Bacon and Spinach

 

Your kids will never know what these Hidden Veg Meatballs are hiding.

Hidden Veg Meatballs

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