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Shara Rendell-Smock, author

Shara Rendell-Smock has written more than twenty computer software manuals, numerous newspaper articles, including a monthly health column for The Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

She's the author of two books of non-fiction: Getting Hooked: Fiction's Opening Sentences 1950's- 1990's
Living With Big Cats: The Story of Jungle Larry, Safari Jane, and David Tetzlaff
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The author currently lives on Florida's Space Coast.

Shara signed with a New York Literary agency in December.

Nutrition and Your Health: Dietary Guidelines for Americans

  1. Eat a variety of foods.
  2. Balance the food you eat with physical activity--maintain or improve your weight.
  3. Choose a diet with plenty of grain products, vegetables, and fruits.
  4. Choose a diet low in fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol.
  5. Choose a diet moderate in sugars.
  6. Choose a diet moderate in salt and sodium.
  7. If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation.

This guideline is updated every five years. U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 4th ed., 1995.

A Basic Way to Wellness - Nutrition

In our society, sometimes it seems that it's usual to be sick and unusual to be well. If you feel this way about your own life, you can help change this trend by getting back to basics.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans says 'Eat a variety of foods.' It's easy to get stuck in the mind-set of eating only specific foods. We need to widen our food -- and fiber -- choices. We may even need to get away from thinking of certain foods as forbidden. Just eat them in moderation (assuming you have no need to adjust for medical conditions, such as diabetes).

The American Heart Association recommends eating a balanced diet of fruits and vegetables (preferably raw), fiber (whole-grain breads, cereals), pasta, beans, lean meat, skinless poultry and fish.

A bonus for shifting a diet toward fruits, vegetables, and grains is that these choices are more economical than meats, cheeses, and fast foods. Some examples of good nutrition choices are English muffins, nonfat yogurt, granola, pita bread, bagels, oatmeal, rice, turkey breast sandwich, soups, and fresh and dried beans. Of course, keep fat and cholesterol low.

Herbs, Fiber, Fluids

When trying to cut down on salt intake, cooking with herbs can bring out the flavor of a dish without making it spicy. Examples of this are basil and tarragon in chicken dishes, dill, thyme, oregano, rosemary in vegetable dishes and soups, and lemon juice, garlic, and onion in general cooking.

Fiber is another advantage of less-refined flour, rice, and cereal grains. Fiber reduces the risk of heart disease, constipation, diverticulitis, and diabetes.

Never underestimate the importance of water. You may want to refill your drinking glass with water. It isn't exactly a nutrient, but it is essential to health. Aside from regulating body temperature, water carries nutrients to our cells and removes waste from our bodies.

Another liquid we can drink for improved health is juice. Many health conscious people believe "juicing" - especially making your own juice from raw vegetables -- is crucial to health. Carrot juice is the standby, followed by spinach, cabbage, parsley, beets, celery, cucumber, and bell pepper.

Want to feel better and possibly live longer? Strive for nutritional success: Give your body the fuel it needs so your body will give you its best.

Next Week:

Massage Therapy

What do you remember about Nutrition from school? E-mail me your insights at Also - "Massage Therapy" starts next week as a two-part series. . .any comments on your experiences with it are greatly appreciated.

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Issue # 20
Tuesday, March 17, 1998



Part 1 of 3 Basic notes about Nutrition

Part 2 of 3 Vitamins and Nutrition

"Back" to Health

Part 1 of 4- Looking After Your Back

Part 2 of 4- Avoiding Back Sprains

Part 3 of 4- Medical and chiropractic treatments

Part 4 of 4- Physical Therapy and Self Help Tips

Humour and Health

Part 1 of 5 - "Think You're Funny?" (A look at laughter.)

Part 2 of 5 - What the Experts Say. . .

Part 3 of 5 - A Matter of Perspective

Part 4 of 5 - Humour as a Coping Mechanism

Part 5 of 5 - Wooten on Humour and Coping

Overcoming Sleep Disorders

Part 1 of 4 - how your mattress can make all the difference.

Part 2 of 4 - strategies to help you sleep.

Part 3 of 4 - more strategies to help you sleep.

Part 4 of 4 - what is a sleep log and how does it work?


Stats indicate that for those over the age of 50, one of every two women and one in eight men will have an osteoporosis-related fracture. Our sedentary lifestyle puts us at risk for this disease. Yet osteoporosis is not inevitable. Here's some information on this disease and how we can prevent it.

Part 1 of 4 - - details the likelihood of developing this disease, and its dangers and consequences.

Part 2 of 4 - - presents the risk factors of osteoporosis and some of our misconceptions about the disease.

Part 3 of 4 - - insights into diagnosis, and basic management techniques.

Part 4 of 4 - - new medical treatments to stop osteoporosis, and safety in the home of osteoporosis sufferers.

Part of the original Sideroad. Text © 1998, Shara Rendell-Smock. Posted March 17 , 1998. Erin Go Braugh. The new Sideroad is now receiving traffic at

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