Saturday, January 31, 2009

Healthy Big Game Snacks (that don't suck!)

Tonight's big game also means big eats, big calories and big fat, But it doesn't have to. Contrary to popular belief, there is such thing as Healthy Superbowl options by making a few simple changes. Changes such as:

• Baked, not fried chicken wings
• Turkey meatballs
• Low fat frozen yogurt instead of Ice Cream
• Light beer, diet colas or water
• Turkey hot dogs
• Baked chips or whole wheat tortilla chips

Enjoy the big game!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Jessica Simpson: What Happened?

We're just gonna say it... Jessica Simpson, you need NIM! Give us a call, 1-888-NIM-2-YOU

Physical Fitness: More than Just Good for the Body

US researchers have found a link between fitness status (as determined by 5 fitness tests and BMI) and academic achievement in school-aged kids. The participants ranged from grades 4 to 8 and had their physical fitness assessed by performing an endurance cardiovascular test, an abdominal strength test, a flexibility test, an upper body strength test, and an agility test. Academic achievement was assessed using standardized tests of both Math and English.

The researchers found a consistent, statistically significant link between number of fitness tests passed and academic achievement. To cap things, the more overweight the kids were, as determined by their BMI, the lower their academic scores were, on average.

The researchers do not know what the exact link here is, but they think it's safe to say that physical activity and fitness improves mental health and brain activity. They went on to say that ‘‘regular exercise can also alleviate stress, anxiety, and depression—problems that can affect school performance—and can even boost self-esteem."

Even if none of us are still in elementary school, the take-home message here seems to be that regular exercise not only does a body good, but it helps our minds stay sharp and...gasp...might even make us a little happier, more confident and less stressed out!

Sounds like a good deal to us.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Are Plums the New Blueberries?

Despite often being overlooked in the produce section, plums just might be the next hot power food on your shopping list. According to Dr. Luis Cisneros, a food scientist at AgriLife Research in Texas, "blueberries have some stiff competition".

Apparently, plums and other stone fruits such as peaches and nectarines have similar amounts of disease-fighting antioxidants and phytonutrients as an entire handful of blueberries! Great news, especially now, when the price of a pint of blueberries can be through the roof. The researchers say that further study is necessary, but definitely suggest including plums in your diet whenever possible.

Too Busy to Exercise? Maybe Not Anymore...

Sure, we've all made resolutions to get fit in 2009 (two words: NIM diet), but we don't always have time to hit the gym or otherwise exercise. Thankfully, some clever researchers in the UK clued in and studied whether doing short, high intensity workouts can be beneficial to your health, too.

According to the British researchers, doing a total of just 15 minutes of high intensity cardio training per day can improve the ability of the hormone insulin to control blood sugar levels and improve metabolic risk factors that have been linked to diabetes.

In the study, young to middle aged male participants performed a total of 6 sessions that were spaced out, and did 4 to 6 30 second sprints per session. A total of only about 250 calories were burned per week but the ability of insulin to act on blood glucose was remarkable.

What can this mean for you? Even if you are too busy to head over to the gym or do long bouts of cardio, you can still take a step in the right direction. Be efficient: whatever cardio you do, do it hard. Take the stairs at work. Be a minute late for the bus and run to the next stop (OK, that one's pushing it a little, but you get it!). Use whatever time you have a little more wisely and you might just surprise yourself...and maybe your doctor, too.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Bonus: Even Your Brain Benefits from Cutting Calories

According to a new German study, healthy women ranging from 50 to 80 years old who were of normal weight or overweight and cut their calories by 30% showed a significant improvement in their performance on tests of verbal memory. Translation: cutting back the calories led to improvement in memory and a sharper mind.

The researchers suggest that by cutting back their calories, the women were more sensitive to insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar, as well C-reactive protein, a molecule associated with inflammation. These two factors have been suggested to improve brain function. To top it off, exercise has been suggested to exert similar effects on the brain.

As great as this all sounds, seniors must be careful not to cut out too many calories; doing so might result in too much weight loss and increase the risks of falls and fractures as well as other complications. To make sure this did not happen, the participants in this study regularly met with dietitians who advised them as to how much to eat and how many calories were safe for them to cut out. The key is to reduce calories in a safe way while maintaining proper nutrition (hmmmm...sounds familiar - Thank goodness for NIM!!)

Bottom line: A healthy diet and lifestyle is the key to a sharp mind and optimal health at any age!

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Time to spice things up!

Great news for anyone looking to add a little spice to their lives! Not only do they have zero calories and pack a ton of flavour, studies have shown time and time again that spices are like little concentrated health-boosting machines. Regardless, we could all use a little extra heat in this cold weather, couldn't we?
Read more about these natural health promoting wonders here

Dieting Tips From Kate Winslet

As if being a millionaire actress married to an Academy Award Nominated director (Sam Mendes) wasn't reason enough to resent Kate Winslet, here's another.

At Sunday's SAG Awards the future Oscar winner revealed her dieting secrets that include, "... not exercising at all, and I’m eating whatever I like."

Geeez... some people have all the luck!

Monday, January 26, 2009

News You Can Use: Stave off Alzheimers

Good news today in the fight against Alzheimers. According to research recently published at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, consuming two glasses of apple juice a day could delay the onset of Alzheimers.

Professor Thomas Shea, from the university's Centre for Neurobiology, who led the research, said: "These findings provide further evidence linking nutritional and genetic risk factors for age-related neurodegeneration. They suggest that regular consumption of apple juice can not only help to keep one's mind functioning at its best, but may also be able to delay key aspects of Alzheimer's disease and augment therapeutic approaches."

Friday, January 23, 2009

Three 'Healthy' Snacks That Aren't So Healthy

Will all the rage in grocery stores being so-called 'Healthy' snacks, we thought we'd point out three favorites that may not be nearly as healthy as they claim.

1. Dried Veggies: Sound great right? I mean what's not healthy about anything with the word Veggies. The problem is, products like Snapea Crisps aren't exactly light on the calories. According to, about 22 crisps have about as much fat as the unhealthiest bag of Doritos.

2. Granola Bars: Now this one hurts. Because you know what's holding my personal favorite 'healthy' snack together, enough sugar and syrup that I might as well have grabbed the Lucky Charms.

3. Bran Muffins: The silent killer. Okay, not exactly, but one medium muffin is pretty much equivalent to a Dunkin Donut. We're sorry.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

NIM Video Recipe: Pizza Omelet

In the first of our new weekly video series of "NIM Video Recipes," NIM Chef Stephen Hakoda and Vice President of NIM Rebecca Malen demonstrate the creation of a NIM Pizza Omelet.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Save Money and Stay Fit

WIth the two most popular New Year's Resolutions being saving money and staying fit, we at NIM thought we'd spend the next couple of posts metaphorically killing two birds with one stone by offering up these helpful suggestion.

Idea #1: January is the Month to join a gym.

Thanks to the one-two punch of the sinking economy and this being January, gyms are bending over backwards to get you to sign on the dotted line. According to the LA TIMES "Lapsed members of the upscale SportsClub/LA ( were recently invited to return with no need to pay the one-time initiation fee, which can be at least $600, and no membership dues for two months, a savings for some of at least $330" Other chains offering reduced rates for the new year include Bally Total Fitness, Curves, and Gold’s Gym."

That said, a year-long gym membership shouldn't be taken lightly. So before you sign on the dotted line, be sure that you're actually going to make use of your fairly pricey membership. Because from personal experience we can attest to the fact that handing over $80 a month for a gym membership that you don't use isn't the easiest pill to swallow.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Get Fit with the Wii Fit

Looking for a way to lose weight and half fun? No really, it's possible. Assuming of course you have a few hundred dollars lying around to purchase a Nintendo Wii! Here's the skinny:

Blogger Steve Dembo decided to publicly humiliate chronicle his weight loss adventures with the Wii fit and after two weeks of 45 minute Wii Workouts he shrunk from 234lbs to 227lbs.

To learn more about the Wii Fit click here.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Diet, not exercise, plays key role in weight loss

Study: Better nutrition trumps physical activity in avoiding obesity

Physical activity has many proven benefits.
It strengthens bones and muscles, improves mental health and mood, lowers blood pressure, improves cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, breast cancer and colon cancer. Exercise is also good for your brain.
It may not be a cure-all for obesity, however.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Fat Melting Ultra Sound!

Wow, this is cool. Just heard on Fox News that a new service is about to launch that MELTS FAT in our bodies. The service is called 'UltraShape', its actaully already available in Canada and it works with an ultrasound beam that selectively targets fat cells around the stomach, middle and hips and zaps them. It's like Lipo without the surgery. My preliminary research says that it actually works!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Does the weight loss drug Alli work?

About a year ago there was a hoopla in the media about a new weight loss drug being mass marketed in the United States (available without a prescription) called Alli. We know that a wonder weightloss drug is bound to come out - eventually, its just a question of when, and so we started wondering 'is Alli it'.

Well, its been about a year and the verdict is in. The answer about Alli is...

 yes, it works, just not very well. 

Alli promotes weight loss by decreasing absorption of fat by the intestines, which reduces the number of calores you absorb. The issue though is that it doesn't reduce calorie absorption that much, it must be coupled with healthy eating AND it has side effects.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

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