Author Archives: Amy Scott

11 Healthy Reads Not On Your Radar

Winter is just around the corner and it’s time to curl up and enjoy a good book in front of the fire. (After your workout, of course!) Below I’ve listed eleven wonderful books on diet, health, and well-being that may not be on your radar. 1. The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and…

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Racism, Sexism and Michelle Obama

This morning as I drove to work, I caught a brief interview by Ari Shapiro on National Public Radio. He was talking to a woman attending a Romney event and her comments about Michelle Obama were troubling. First of all, she stated that Michelle Obama doesn’t “look like a first lady.”  When pressed to explain this statement with its obvious racial…

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Got Stress?

The economy, the housing market, your job, your children, your hour-long commute, or caring for your aging parents are just a few things that can add stress to your life. But what does stress have to do with your waistline? Enter cortisol; a stress hormone that causes people to accumulate fat around the center of…

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Ryan Lochte and Fast Food

Thanks to filmmaker Morgan Spurlock and his movie Super Size Me, we all know what happens when fast food is eaten every day. But what happens when someone stops eating fast food?  And what if that person is an elite athlete? Last month in an interview in Outside magazine, interviewer Ryan Krogh asked the Olympic swimmer…

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State Fair Fare – 10 Reasons to Pack a Lunch

I live in Minneapolis; a place that was recently categorized by the 2012 American Fitness Index as first place in the Healthiest Cities in the country. I couldn’t be prouder. Now imagine my surprise when I saw a website highlighting some of the Minnesota State Fair’s more daring edibles. My people wouldn’t eat this kind of food, would they?  Maybe?  Well,…

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Talking About a Revolution

Lately I’ve been thinking about health as a revolutionary act. In order to be healthy, one has to go beyond the information provided by government agencies; avoid food that is high in terms of profit margins; learn about the government subsidies that keep corn and soy a part of our daily diet, and purchase food free of pesticides that disrupt our…

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Making Bad Food Good or Pimp My Chili Cheese Dog

This post was inspired by my husband who, on one of our first dates, offered me a chili cheese dog. For years, I was in a weight-restricted sport that forced me to maximize calories in terms of nutrient density. (If I could only have 1000 calories a day, I was going to make sure I…

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10 Foolproof Ways to Fatten up Your Kids

Childhood obesity is a hot topic in the media. Statistics from the Center for Disease Control indicate that 17% of children and adolescents are not obese. That is over twelve million children. Everyone has heard about the Let’s Move initiative or Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. But what is being done for the kids who no longer…

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