7 ways to conquer stress cravings | Health Beat

7 ways to conquer stress cravings | Health Beat

A surefire element for a stress-free afternoon: a good cup of English black tea. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Stress eating is a fact of life for many women. Here’s why: When you experience stress or anxiety, your level of the stress hormone cortisol tends to rise. This drives your insulin level up and makes your blood sugar level drop. Hormonal ups and downs of your monthly cycle or perimenopause can complicate the situation. “When estrogen…

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Ready for a breakfast tweak? | Health Beat

Ready for a breakfast tweak? | Health Beat

A whole wheat version of your favorite breakfast sandwich will substantially increase the nutritional content. (For Spectrum Health Beat) It’s a hard habit to break—sinking your teeth into a favorite fast-food breakfast sandwich. But your drive-thru addiction could be making a big dent in daily calorie and fat limits without giving you the nutrients needed to fuel your day. Take these steps for a healthy breakfast sandwich remix, great taste included: Skip the sausage When…

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Red flags to watch for in young athletes | Health Beat

Red flags to watch for in young athletes | Health Beat

A fixation on weight or dieting could indicate your young athlete is grappling with issues that could harm her health. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Exercise is essential for girls, but problems can occur if they take in too few calories. Young females who eat too little risk menstrual irregularity, weak bones and eating disorders. Among high school girls, only 1% have all three issues, but between 16% and 54% have one of them, and that…

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Want protein power? Give peas a chance | Health Beat

Want protein power? Give peas a chance | Health Beat

Foods containing pea protein extract don’t provide the fiber, B vitamins and essential minerals and phytochemicals you’d get naturally from split whole peas. (For Spectrum Health Beat) In the quest for more plant-based protein sources, yellow peas have been getting a lot of good press. And the number of packaged foods enhanced with this “pea protein” has tripled in the last few years. But dried split peas, whether yellow or green in color, were an…

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Which milk is the cream of the crop? | Health Beat

Which milk is the cream of the crop? | Health Beat

The definition of milk continues to evolve to include new blends and fresh flavors. But is it better? (For Spectrum Health Beat) Moooove over, Bessie. Cow’s milk has lots of competition. You can fill your glass with a milk-like beverage made from hemp, coconut, cashews, macadamia nuts, oats, peas, flax, sunflower seeds or quinoa. And the longtime favorites―soy, rice and almond milks―occupy more and more space on store shelves. In the past few decades, the…

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