Sunday, March 7, 2010

Eat Healthier

Fruit bowl - containing pomegranate, pears, ap...
Fruit bowl image via Wikipedia

Follow these tips and you’ll be well on your way to healthier living:
  • Eliminate or significantly limit your consumption of sodas and other sugar-laden beverages: According to Calorie-counter.net one can (12 fl. oz) of Dr. Pepper, Coca-Cola or Pepsi Cola has 155 calories. You have to walk for 23 minutes to burn off one soda; or 45 minutes for drinking two a day. If you can’t live without soda, make it a weekly treat, not a habit.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables: The government recommends 2-4 servings of fruit and 3-5 servings of veggies a day. Most people don’t eat enough of both. Increase your daily intake with mindful eating: One piece of fruit for breakfast; a fresh salad (add a low-fat dressing) for lunch; and veggie snacks during the day. Substitute veggies and fruits for sugary treats and watch your cravings for sweets slowly diminish or disappear altogether.
  • Eat Less Refined Sugars/Sweets: Whether you’re a chocoholic, ice-cream lover or just plain crazy for sweets or unhealthy salty snacks, keeping these in moderation can be a tough balance. Who doesn’t love a sweet treat after lunch or dinner?
Read more about eating healthier at ACE Fitness

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

5 weight-loss myths to deny

Popcorn
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Misguided weight-loss myths do more harm than good. This article at HowStuffWorks.com examines five widely believed weight-loss myths that may lead to diet mistakes and some practical ideas to help you avoid them. Discover which foods aren’t as bad for you as you may have been led to believe!
2 of the Weight-Loss Myths:
  • Snacks and Desserts Will Ruin a Diet: Usually it’s not the snacks or occasional dessert that does a diet in, so much as it is the type and quantity of said treat. The occasional snack is necessary to avoid dips in blood sugar, keep energy levels high and avoid binging at main meals.
  • Never Eat in the Evening: Experts are now downplaying this rule because calorie consumption, rather than time of day, is the key determinant of diet success. The main point is that a pre-bedtime snack or dessert isn’t detrimental to your diet, so long as it’s not eaten on the heels of a high calorie day.
Full list of weight-loss myths at HowStuffWorks.com, with thanks to Guy Kawasaki.

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Commonly Craved Foods


Potato Chips
Commonly Craved Foods in the United StatesGot a Craving? Forget Moderation!

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Got a Craving? Forget Moderation!

Read about Chocolate at Wikipedia.org
Chocolate
Just a tiny taste of a treat and you’ll be able to put the craving out of your head for good, right?

Nope. Leave the ice cream carton in the freezer. Put the bag of mini chocolates down. Don’t even look at them. In a study, just one taste of a treat triggered more indulgences a mere 25 minutes later.

Read more at RealAge.com

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Chew More, Weigh Less?

Read about Almonds at Wikipedia.org
Smoked almonds

Next time you grab a handful of nuts to snack on, count to 40.

A recent study revealed that when people ate a small serving of almonds, 40 chews quelled hunger better than 10 or even 25 crunches of the same amount of nuts.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Put Your Thirst First!

DVDs and books by Denise Austinby Denise Austin
Who doesn't love sugary drinks? I definitely do! Soft drinks, sweetened coffee drinks, and some fruit juices might not seem like much when you're drinking them, but they can add hundreds of calories to your diet — and your waistline! The diet versions are a little better, but only a little. They're still crammed with sodium and chemicals. Their sweet taste can even trigger cravings for other sweets!
Remember that you can have a can of soda or your favorite latte! Just be sure to consider these drinks as treats and not an everyday part of your eating plan. To quench your thirst, try herbal tea, seltzer flavored with lemon or lime, or the most sensible drink of all — refreshing water!

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Eat Right!

by Denise Austin
Denise Austin is a long time favorite of both Sue and Mike
Best Bets for Healthy Snacking
Snacking is not a dirty word for dieters if you're careful about what you reach for! I can think of loads of nutritious, low-calorie foods that can help you feel full and boost your energy without ruining your day. Stick to a sensible serving size and you're good to go! Here are some ideas to get you snacking healthy!
  • Cut up veggies with hummus
  • Sliced fruit with nonfat Greek yogurt
  • A few almonds or walnuts
  • Low-fat cottage cheese
  • Air-popped popcorn
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • String cheese
  • Baked tortilla chips with salsa
  • Homemade smoothies or fruit shakes
Try a few of these snacks this week, and a few more next week. Constantly switch things up so that you don't get bored — and you'll be all set to handle your next snack attack!

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Try the Camera-Phone Diet

Mike's Christmas dinner.
Could your camera phone help you lose weight? One study seems to suggest so.

When people in a small study snapped a picture of everything they ate for 1 week, something interesting happened. They took better stock of their meals -- and ate less or ate more healthfully because of it.

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Coming Soon to a Restaurant Near You: Calories on the Menu

Fasten your belt buckles. With Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s putting the ink on landmark legislation, California’s chain restaurants menus will soon join New York City in providing patrons all the calories, grams of fat, carbohydrates and other nutritional information they’d never want you to know about.

On Sept. 30, 2008, California became the first state nationwide to require chain restaurants with more than 15 outlets to post calorie counts for each item on their menus and menu boards. In January, New York City became the first American city to pass a law requiring full disclosure of calories on restaurant menus.

This American Council on Exercise page also includes a list of foods to eat rather than similar high calorie and fat options. Many are more than 200 calories less.

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Cancer or fat from artificial sweeteners?

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The good news relating to cancer:
results from subsequent carcinogenicity studies (studies that examine whether a substance can cause cancer) on these sweeteners and other approved sweeteners have not provided clear evidence of an association between artificial sweeteners and cancer in people.
Read more at Artificial Sweeteners and Cancer: Questions and Answers

The bad news: Scientists at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, warn us that artificial sweeteners make us eat more.
The data clearly indicate that consuming a food sweetened with no-calorie saccharin can lead to greater body-weight gain and adiposity than would consuming the same food sweetened with high-calorie sugar.

Read more from Purdue researchers Susan Swithers and Terry Davidson who wrote in the journal Behavioral Neuroscience, published by the American Psychological Association. You can read their technical article A Role for Sweet Taste in PDF form.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Watermelon-a superfood?

ScienceDaily.com (July 1, 2008) — “The more we study watermelons, the more we realize just how amazing a fruit it is in providing natural enhancers to the human body,” said Dr. Bhimu Patil, director of Texas A&M’s Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center in College Station.

“We’ve always known that watermelon is good for you, but the list of its very important healthful benefits grows longer with each study.”

Scientists say watermelon has ingredients that deliver Viagra-like effects to the body’s blood vessels and may even increase libido.

Read more about watermelons

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Chris Coleson Lost 79 Pounds McDonald's Diet

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Teach Kids to Eat Healthy!

by Denise Austin
Denise Austin is a long time favorite of both Sue and Mike
Instead of passing on bad eating habits, aim to teach your kids how to eat right with this advice from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases:
  • Eat breakfast every day. Don't let your child learn the habit of skipping meals, which leads to overeating later in the day.
  • Reduce the amount of fast food you eat as a family. When you do eat fast food, stick to the healthier options available.
  • Don't promise dessert if a child eats their vegetables. Using one food as a reward for eating another sends the message that some foods are more valuable than others, causing kids to favor the "valuable" foods.
  • Instead of loading up their plate, start with small servings and encourage your kids to ask for more if they are still hungry. This helps them recognize their natural hunger cues.
  • Allow your child to choose how much he or she eats from the healthy, balanced options you provide at mealtime. Don't focus on getting children to "clean their plate."

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Friday, May 2, 2008

Sticking to Success!

DVDs and books by Denise Austinby Denise Austin

Which diet works best? According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the answer is "The one you stick with!"

Experts followed dieters on various plans — low-carb, low-fat, and low-calorie — for a year, and found that each had a dropout rate of about 50 percent. But those who stayed the course of the diet all lost weight — ranging from 4 to 7 pounds on average. When the plans were evaluated to see which one provided the greatest health benefits, the balanced low-calorie plan won out! This plan — like mine! — contains plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains, and lean meats.

In short, the experts say that successful dieting isn't as much about eating a magic combination of foods, but more about staying the course. And remember that eating well is not just about weight loss, it's also about improving your health! So keep going! Your persistence will pay off in pounds lost and health benefits gained!

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Friday, April 25, 2008

Nuts About Your Eyes

Regardless of their shape, size, or type, fatty foods may be bad for your eyes. With this exception: nuts!

Yep, eating nuts at least once a week may help protect your peepers from vision-stealing conditions like macular degeneration.

Read more Nuts About Your Eyes at RealAge.com

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Friday, February 29, 2008

What's Your Eating Type?

DVDs and books by Denise Austinby Denise Austin
Part of overcoming your struggle with weight is understanding how it began. Need some help getting started? See if you can recognize your overeating type. Keep in mind that you may be a combination of these:
  • The Indulger: For indulgers, eating is used to nurture and reward. While you should be good to yourself, that doesn't have to come with calories attached. Think of some nonfood rewards instead. How about a bubble bath, pedicure, or some new flowers from your garden, for example?
  • The Critic: Critics are always telling themselves that they're never going to be good enough — so why bother? "You can't, you won't, you aren't…" And on and on it goes. Remember, being fit isn't about being perfect. It's about doing your best and getting back on track when you derail.
  • The Rebel: Rebels eat "bad" foods to feel good. But remember, unhealthy eating doesn't "get back" at anyone. In fact, the only one you're hurting is yourself. So dye your hair, listen to alternative music, or wear red when everyone else is wearing gray, but skip the chocolate cake!
  • The Victim: The voice inside the victim's head says, "You just can't stop yourself. You're helpless." You eat and eat, then tell yourself it wasn't your fault. There's always an excuse. But the reality is, the only one who can control your eating is you. So stop feeling powerless and start taking charge!

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Good and Bad Fats: The Ultimate Guide

Remember when any fat was bad fat? When the only difference between a croissant and a donut was snob appeal? Now science has found that some fats are good fats.

TOP FATS: THE OMEGA-3s

Among the best fats on the planet, omega-3s add years to your life by dramatically reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke. They may also stave off arthritis, depression, and some cancers, and might even tame menstrual cramps, postworkout soreness, and give you clear, soft skin and great hair!

Eat these frequently:
  • Fatty fish, such as wild salmon, sardines, herring, and tuna
  • Flaxseeds and flaxseed oil
  • Walnuts

GOOD FATS: THE MONOS


All monounsaturated fats are kind to your heart because they raise good HDL cholesterol and lower bad LDL cholesterol (the kind that clogs arteries). But virgin olive oil, the MVP of monounsaturates, does more. For starters, it contains micronutrients that are needed for hormone and enzyme production. But olive oil also boasts compounds that may fight breast and colon cancer as well as boost the cancer-fighting power of other foods.

Delicious sources are:
  • Olives
  • Virgin olive oil (be sure it's virgin; processing destroys nutrients)
  • Canola oil
  • Peanut and other nut oils
  • Nuts
  • Avocados

PRETTY GOOD FATS: THE POLYS

Most polyunsaturated fats are heart-friendly, but, with the exception of omega-3s, they don't have the star power of other healthy fats. Also, poly fats contain omega-6s, which are healthy unless you get too many of them -- and most Americans get up to 25 times more omega-6s than they need. Omega-6s should be eaten more sparingly because they can overwhelm the superstar omega-3s. Overall, try to get most of your polyunsaturated fats from omega-3 sources.

Find them in:
  • Corn, soybean, safflower, canola, sunflower, and cottonseed oils
  • Fatty fish (canned light tuna counts)

LOUSY FATS: THE SATS

Saturated fats are mainly trouble because they raise blood cholesterol to artery-clogging levels. In one study, eating a single slice of carrot cake and drinking a milkshake that were high in sat fat hindered the body's heart-protective functions. Loading up on saturated fats may also harm brain molecules that help form memories, raising the risk of dementia.

Skimp or skip:
  • Meats, particularly with visible fat
  • Poultry skin, fat, and dark meat
  • Whole-milk dairy foods, including butter, full-fat cheeses, ice cream, sour cream
  • Most hard margarines (those in stick form)
  • Coconut and palm oils
  • Lard and shortening

DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT 'EM: TRANS FATS

These fats are so scary that they're being banned in some cities, and food manufacturers and restaurants are working fast to find substitutes. Trans fats boost bad cholesterol, decrease good cholesterol, gum up arteries, and set off inflammation throughout the body, which can trigger a host of problems, from stroke to diabetes.

Bypass completely: Be suspicious of any fast or processed food that's not labeled trans-fat-free (packaged-food labels must now list trans fats), including:
  • All deep-fried foods -- chips, French fries, onion rings, donuts, etc.
  • Many fast foods
  • Candy
  • Commercial baked goods -- cookies, pies, cakes, rolls, muffins, etc.

Bottom line: Stay away from trans fats the way you'd avoid highways on the day before Thanksgiving. Clog city.

Read more from RealAge.com

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Friday, February 8, 2008

Thwart a Sweet Tooth!

DVDs and books by Denise Austinby Denise Austin
Are you a softie for sweets? The empty calories from sugary treats are a big reason for many people's battle with the bulge. Find out what tricks other Fit Forever! members use to temper a sweet tooth:
  • Cut back gradually: If going cold turkey on sweets only makes you want them more, try cutting out one or two each day over time.
  • Keep a food journal: You'll be less likely to reach for those empty calories when you see in writing how fast they add up.
  • Substitute: If you must have a sweet, pick a small one. Have a Tootsie Pop instead of a candy bar, for example.
  • Clear out: If you can't resist temptation, don't keep sweets in your cupboard at home or in your desk at work.
  • Load up on aqua: Drink a big glass of water when a craving hits, or have a cup of fruit-flavored herbal tea. That's usually all it takes to make it pass.
  • Be active: Take a walk, put on an exercise video, or take a spin on the bike when your sweet tooth strikes. By the time you finish, the craving is usually gone and you've burned calories instead of eating them.
  • Get back on track: Don't beat yourself up or abandon your goal if you slip up. Managing your weight isn't about perfection, it's about persistence!
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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Amazing Omega-3 Eggs

Amazing Omega-3 Eggs
source The Maker's Diet by Jordan Rubin

High omega-3 eggs are nature's nearly perfect food. Eggs contain all known nutrients except for vitamin C! They are good sources of fat-soluble vitamins A and D as well as certain carotenoids that guard against free-radical damage to the body. They also contain lutein, which has been shown to prevent age-related macular degeneration. When possible, buy eggs directly from farms where the chickens are allowed to roam free and eat their natural diet, or purchase eggs marked DHA or high omega-3 eggs (they contain a healthy balance of omega-3 to omega-6). Despite the unfounded cholesterol scare during the past 15 years, eggs can be a healthy addition to anyone's diet; they can actually help reduce the risk of both heart disease and cancer.

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Monday, February 4, 2008

Stealth Health: How to Sneak Age-Defying, Disease-Fighting Habits Into Your Life Without Really Trying

Stealth Health: How to Sneak Age-Defying, Disease-Fighting Habits Into Your Life Without Really TryingStealth Health: How to Sneak Age-Defying, Disease-Fighting Habits Into Your Life Without Really Trying
By Reader's Digest


Discover The Everyday Health Plan - the simplest program available to enhance your health by promoting weight loss while increasing your energy level and strengthening you immune system. This east-to-use plan contains more than 1,200 tiny modifications to make you healthier. The ideas are fresh, unusual, simple, fast, and thoroughly researched and doctor-approved.

This book has changed my life!5
I thoroughly recommend buying this book. Its simple, easy to read guide is well organized and thought out. I've been easily incorporating the changes it recommends in my life without overwhelming me. This is a must read for anyone who wishes to de-stress their lives and add health with ease. Judea Eden

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When Calories Do -- and Don't -- Count

When Calories Do -- and Don't -- Count

Americans have a love-hate affair with calories. At any given moment, more than 4 out of 10 of us say we’re on a diet, yet we are gobbling 300 calories more each day, on average, than we did 20 years ago. And calorie counts sometimes dominate our lives: We choose workouts based on how many calories they burn, shop for calorie bargains at the grocery store, and blame holiday calories for our widening waistlines. But do we really understand when calories do -- and don’t -- put on pounds? Take this true/false test and see how you score.

1. True or False: Women trying to lose weight should eat no fewer than 1,200 calories a day.
True. It’s the lowest, yet still safe, calorie level for weight loss, says Elizabeth Somer, RD, author of 10 Habits That Mess Up a Woman’s Diet.

2. True or False: Most people have a pretty accurate idea of how many calories they consume.
False. People typically underestimate how much they eat -- sometimes by up to 700 calories a day. “But most of us tend to be off by about a third,” Somer says.

3. True or False: Excess calories go straight to your hips.
False. They go straight to wherever your genes tell them to.

4. True or False: Fat calories pack on pounds faster than carb calories.
True, if the calories are excess calories -- that is, more than your body needs.
5. True or False: Calories eaten at night are more fattening than calories consumed during the day.
False. Calories eaten at night aren’t any more fattening -- but they are more tempting.

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Saturday, February 2, 2008

Easy Ways to Lose Weight: 50+ Ideas

Look slimmer, feel trimmer! From Reader's Digest Stealth Health Simple Slimming

Spring is right around the corner and retailers have already begun stocking their floors with warm-weather goods -- including swimsuits. Besides looking great on the beach, commonsense tells us that one of the best things you can do for your overall health is to drop a few pounds. Or maybe more than a few pounds.
Being overweight significantly increases your risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer ... the list seems almost endless. Plus, if you do get sick or need surgery, being overweight can make any treatments riskier.

1. Once a week, indulge in a high-calorie-tasting, but low-calorie, treat.
2. Treat high-calorie foods as jewels in the crown.
3. After breakfast, make water your primary drink.
4. Carry a palm-size notebook everywhere you go for one week. Write down every single morsel that enters your lips -- even water.
5. Buy a pedometer, clip it to your belt, and aim for an extra 1,000 steps a day.

Books about health and diet from Reader's Digest

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Thursday, January 31, 2008

A Better Family Diet

Denise Austin is a long time favorite of both Sue and Mikeby Denise Austin
How can you get your family to enjoy eating healthier foods? Don't change their diet all at once. That's the advice of experts at the American Dietetic Association — they say it's easier to stick to small changes than drastic overhauls.

Try to limit changes to one or two small things at a time: for example, switch from white bread to 100 percent whole wheat, and substitute sweet snacks with real fruit. Once these changes have become the norm in your household, add a few more. Write down your goals for your family's diet, and keep a log of what family members eat every day to track their progress.

And make sure you pour on the praise! Encourage all attempts at eating right, and try not to criticize when things don't go as planned. Learning to eat healthy isn't about perfection — it's about persistence. Remember — bad habits won't be broken in a day, but good habits are built one day at a time!

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Keep Your Heart Healthy!

DVDs and books by Denise Austinby Denise Austin
If you were asked what the number-one cause of death among American women is, you'd probably say breast cancer, right? If so, you'd be wrong. It's cardiovascular disease that holds that title, and on average, 1 out of every 2.6 American women loses her life to this silent killer.

There are things you can do to prevent heart disease, though — including quitting smoking if you smoke, eating a healthy diet, and losing weight if you're overweight. Physical activity also plays a crucial role in keeping the heart healthy, and the American Heart Association recommends exercising for 30 minutes each day at a moderate-intensity level. Your heart is a muscle, and like any other muscle, it needs sufficient exercise in order to stay fit and healthy! Regular exercise helps you to maintain healthy blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. It's the key to maintaining a healthy weight.

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Monday, January 28, 2008

How to Elevate Oatmeal to Superfood - RealAge

"Drink a glass of this with your oatmeal to help elevate your breakfast to superfood status: orange juice. Why? The nutrients in oatmeal and OJ work synergistically to provide double the benefits you'd expect from simply adding their powers together."

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Some Fats Make You Hungrier

Fri, 18 May 2007 by RealAge.com

That fatty bacon cheeseburger may be loaded with calories, but at least it stomps out your hunger. Right?

Not necessarily. Compared to low-fat meals with the same number of calories, meals high in saturated fat will produce lower levels of leptin -- a hormone that turns off appetite. Here's how to get leptin levels up.

All fats, saturated and unsaturated, have 9 calories per gram. Because they provide equal amounts of energy, you'd think all fats satisfy your appetite in the same way. But they don't.

To get leptin levels up, you need to eat healthful unsaturated fats. You'll find them in nuts, seeds, olives, fish, avocados, and vegetable oils.

And while you're cutting back on hunger-amping sat fat, watch your alcohol intake, too. Alcohol also inhibits leptin.

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