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
Popcorn image via Wikipedia

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.

Read more at RealAge.com

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Sugar That Staves Off Hunger

Grain products: rich sources of complex and simple carbohydrates
Sugar is sugar, right? Maybe not. Turns out that there is one type of sweetener that helps fill you up, while another leaves you craving more.

The two sugars in question: glucose and fructose. Glucose appears to quell hunger, and fructose seems to ramp it up.

The sugars may affect your appetite differently because of the unique ways in which they affect malonyl-CoA, an important appetite-suppressing molecule in the brain.

Most dietary carbohydrates contain glucose. Foods high in carbohydrates include breads, pastas, beans, potatoes, bran, rice and cereals. The primary food sources of fructose are fruits, vegetables, and honey.

Read more at Realage.com

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Put Your Thirst First!

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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.

Read more at Realage.com

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Don’t Burn Healthy Cooking Oils!

Read more at RealAge Food bites
Olive, canola, peanut, sesame, grapeseed . . . these five heart-smart plant oils have one terrific thing in common: They’re rich in monounsaturated and/or polyunsaturated fats, which have cholesterol-lowering benefits. But overheat them and those healthy perks may go up in smoke. Cooking at high enough temperatures to set off smoke means the oil’s breaking down, losing nutrients, and releasing potentially carcinogenic free radicals. And when oil hits its “smoking point,” food cooked in it tastes off. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t cook with these healthful oils. Just pick and choose what you use.

Read more at RealAge Food bites

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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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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Miraculous Disease-Fighting Fruit: Apples


The emerging data on apples is impressive and should have a profound impact on making healthy eating choices. Apples are packed with powerful phytonutrients that can support the body’s healing and disease-fighting ability.What are the benefits of the ordinary apple? According to research, apples may have beneficial effects for diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, and asthma.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Beef and mushrooms on rice


served with whole grain biscuits and hummus

Another very healthy lunch today. Very little white flour in those biscuits, only 1/2 cup, mostly oatmeal, corn meal and ground flax. You can see I put a spoon full of rice on my plate, the added a layer of chopped spinach, topped my the meat and mushroom sauce. Dessert was a small piece of chocolate cake frosted with my special mix chocolate peanut butter.

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Saturday, August 9, 2008

Italian Chicken


Sue made this delicious Italian Chicken for lunch today.
First, I placed a small quantity of twisted colored pasta on my plate. Then, I put layers of low-fat Mozzarella, creamed broccoli and chopped spinach on top. The final touch was a scoop of of Italian Chicken from the crock pot. Sue also made those whole grain biscuits for lunch. Now, all I need is my Saturday nap!

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