Are You Negotiating With Your Body?

If I had a penny for every time a patient of mine started a sentence with, “How bad is it if I eat_____,” I’d be a millionaire. When we’re asked to make big changes in our diet, we often start negotiating that just a little butter or a cheeseburger every once in a while couldn’t hurt, right? But it actually could. Several studies have shown that a single high-fat meal can immediately increase triglycerides in the body. One particular study found that for individuals that are at risk or already have coronary artery disease, blood vessel function became abnormal 3-5 hours after a high-fat meal, thus immediately increasing the risk for a cardiac event. The best bet is to continue with healthy eating habits, stress management and regular daily exercise. That burger is just not worth it.

If I had a penny for every time a patient of mine started a sentence with, “How bad is it if I eat_____,” I’d be a millionaire. When we’re asked to make big changes in our diet, we often start negotiating that just a little butter or a cheeseburger every once in a while couldn’t hurt, right? But it actually could. Several studies have shown that a single high-fat meal can immediately increase triglycerides in the body. One particular study found that for individuals that are at risk or already have coronary artery disease, blood vessel function became abnormal 3-5 hours after a high-fat meal, thus immediately increasing the risk for a cardiac event. The best bet is to continue with healthy eating habits, stress management and regular daily exercise. That burger is just not worth it.

66 Clever Ways to Keep Your Road Trip Healthy

From road trip food to on-the-go health hacks, here's all you need to have a safe vacation from city to city.

Summer is the perfect time for a road trip! But do you wonder how you can stay healthy with all the fast food and potential health issues along the way? Things can go downhill for everyone pretty quickly. Here are 66 clever and easy tips for keeping the trip on track for health and fun.

1. Pack Compact Snacks to Avoid Overeating

Reuse a cleaned creamer bottle or fill up a new tackle box with healthy bites like nuts, seeds, berries, dried fruit, and granola. This way, you'll cut down on multiple snack bags and boxes and won't over-indulge because you can only have a small handful at a time.

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