How Exercise Impacts Your Heart Health

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Quick and Easy Vietnamese Pork Noodle Bowl

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If you are looking for a quick and easy dish that is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters, then look no further!


  • 1 1/4 pound pork tenderloin trimmed and cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 12 ounces rice noodles *
  • 4 cups coleslaw mix prepared* (make your own using shredded cabbage and carrots)
  • 1/4 red onion thinly sliced
  • 4 1/2 cups chicken broth reduced-sodium
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons fish sauce *
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce reduced-sodium
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil or other neutral-flavored oil
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves fresh, thinly sliced
  • 1 lime cut into 6 wedges


Prepare the noodles according to package directions. Arrange the noodles in 6 serving bowls. Top with the slaw mix and onion and set aside.
While the noodles are cooking, in a medium saucepan, combine the chicken broth, fish sauce, and soy sauce and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to very low, to keep the broth just below a simmer.
In a very large skillet over medium-high heat, warm the oil. Add the pork and cook until browned and pork reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees F., 1 to 2 minutes per side (you may have to do this in batches). Let stand at room temperature for three minutes. Arrange the pork on top of the noodle bowls.
Ladle in the piping-hot broth, garnish with the basil and lime wedges, and serve.

Serves 6

* You can find rice noodles and fish sauce in the ethnic or Asian section of most major supermarkets. You can find prepared slaw mix, typically a combination of green cabbage, red cabbage, and carrot, in the produce section of most major supermarkets.


Recipe adapted from the Kansas Pork Association

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Bulimia Nervosa

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Bulimia nervosa, is an eating disorder which involves bingeing on food then vomiting, also know as purging, this cycle can lead to many different health issues, among them kidney disease, heart disease, osteoporosis and even death. As the most common of all eating disorders Bulimia typically affects women and teens. However, the last decade has seen and alarming number of young men also suffering with this deadly disease.

Warning signs, Symptoms, Treatment

Most people have been through it: using food to deal with feelings of boredom, stress, anxiety and even loneliness However with bulimia, overindulging is definitely more like a compulsion and therefore very difficult to actually counter on your own. And rather than eating properly in order to make up for it, you punish yourself by making yourself sick, going on a fast, or even working out to eliminate the excess calories. This vicious circle of binging and purging will take a devastating toll on your body and also your emotional well-being. Nevertheless the cycle can be broken. Therapy may help you establish a much healthier relationship with food as well as rise above feelings of anxiety, guilt, and shame.


Some individuals with bulimia will experience:

  • Bingeing on a regular basis. They eat large amounts of food in a short period of time, often over a couple of hours or less. During a binge, they feel out of control and feel unable to stop eating.
  • Frequent purging to get rid of the food and avoid weight gain. They may make themselves vomit, exercise very hard or for a long time, or misuse laxatives, enemas, water pills (diuretics), or other medicines.
  • Base how they feel about themselves on how much they weigh and how they look.

Any one of these can be a sign of an eating disorder that needs immediate treatment by an experienced professional.

Bulimia is different from anorexia nervosa, another eating disorder. People who have anorexia eat so little that they become extremely thin. People who have bulimia may not be thin. They may be a normal size. They may binge in secret and deny that they are purging. This makes it hard for others to know that a person with bulimia has a serious problem.

If you are concerned about someone, look for the following signs. A person may have bulimia if they:

  • Goes to the bathroom right after meals.
  • Is secretive about eating, hides food, or will not eat around other people.
  • Exercises a lot, even when she does not feel well.
  • Often talks about dieting, weight, and body shape.
  • Uses laxatives or diuretics often.
  • Has teeth marks or calluses on the back of her hands or swollen cheeks or jaws. These are caused by making herself vomit.


Bulimia can be treated with psychological counseling and sometimes medicines, such as antidepressants. The sooner treatment is started, the better. Getting treatment early can make recovery easier and prevent serious health problems.

By working with a counselor, a person with bulimia can learn to feel better about herself. She can learn to eat normally again and stop purging.

Other mental health problems such as depression often happen with bulimia. If a person has another condition along with bulimia, more treatment may be needed, and it may take longer to get better.

Eating disorders can take a long time to overcome. And it is common to fall back into unhealthy ways of eating. If you are having problems, don’t try to handle them on your own. Get help, you aren’t alone.

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