Love your smoothie but not sure if it’s helping or hindering your weight loss efforts? Read this article in the Daily Makover to find out for sure — Do Smoothies Help You Lose Weight?
As the temperature begins to rise, the desire to begin spring cleaning sets in. Have you cleared out your closet, basement or garage yet? If you haven’t, it’s probably on a “to-do” list somewhere. But, have you given any thought to spending time in the pantry or refrigerator to get rid of the foods that are less healthy in order to make room for those that are good for you?
Experts agree that eating clean and exercising daily are the key components to overall health and wellness. There is no better time than now to begin both regimens. Go for a walk or a bike ride or anything else that gets you outdoors for at least an hour a day. Spend 15 minutes a day in the sun without sunscreen. Why? Many Americans are vitamin D deficient and will benefit from the exposure. However, what most people don’t know is that, without adequate vitamin D, the body cannot absorb calcium. So, the key to strong bones is vitamin D + calcium.
Do you have low fat dairy products in the refrigerator? If you don’t, toss the old. Dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurts are rich sources of important nutrients, including calcium and protein. Unlike other foods, when fat is removed from dairy products, no additional ingredients are added. So, stock up on low fat dairy but beware of flavored yogurts that are very high in sugar. Instead, have plain yogurt, add fresh fruit, a teaspoon of honey and a tablespoon of flax or chia seeds for a satisfying and nutrient rich treat.
What about fresh produce? Fresh fruits and vegetables are delicious but they can be expensive and spoil quickly if not consumed. My advice to clients is to check what’s currently in season before buying. The seasonal produce is always less expensive. There are many websites that can give you this information, including fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org. When possible and affordable, choose organic if the skin on the produce is eaten. For example, choose organic apples or berries but not organic bananas or pineapples. Also, check out your local farmers market to look for the best prices on fresh produce. It may surprise you.
What about your pantry? Is it stocked with wholesome snacks and cereals or nutritionally deficient ones? How do you know? Read the food label. Ideally, a serving should have less than 8g of sugar, 5g or more of protein and 20% or more of dietary fiber. I also like to encourage clients to look for foods that have no more than 5 ingredients listed. This will help you determine if that cold cereal you have been eating is actually good for you. Does your oatmeal contain just oats or other unnecessary ingredients? Now is the time to toss these nutritionally inadequate foods and spend some time reading food labels in the aisles of your local supermarket to find ones that you’ll feel good about eating.
So, before you clean out anything else this spring, head to the kitchen. Toss out the old and replace with healthy, nutrient dense foods. You just might be amazed at the new found energy you’ll have to do all those other things on the never-ending “to do” list.
In this article featured on newbeauty.com, read what the latest trends are in healthy eating.
Many people like to shower their Valentines with chocolates and candy. But what if your loved one wants to tone down the sweets?
Click on the video link to see some perfect breakfast in bed meals that won’t disappoint those on a diet.
Organic apples are the number one fruit that should be bought organic. Watch this video on Mom Life TV to see why.
In this back to school segment which aired on Access Hollywood Live, I shared some tips on how to avoid the dreaded freshman 15.
Some tips on how college students can eat healthier on the go to avoid putting on those extra pounds. Watch this video from the Better Show for advice.
Officially, obesity in children is defined as a body fat level that is more than 30 percent for girls and 25 percent for boys. Unlike adults, children are measured on the Body Mass Index (BMI) scale according to their age and gender, as their height is frequently changing. For children between two and 19 years-old, Centers for Disease Control Growth Charts define those with a BMI at or above the 85th percentile and below the 95th percentile for children of the same age and sex as overweight; those with a BMI at or above the 95th percentile are classified as obese.
It isn’t easy to pin down exactly what caused this, well, trend. For Deborah Levy, the answer is twofold.
“First, these kids are less active,” she explains. “Years ago, kids would ride bikes to go to friends’ houses; today they are driven everywhere. Kids also used to have a gym class at school almost every day of the week. Now, gym classes are only a couple of days a week. Our tweens and teens spend more time on the computer, cell phone, playing hand-held games, and watching TV than playing ball or jumping rope outside. Next, portion sizes of the foods kids choose to eat often are growing in size. For example, bagels are twice the size of what they used to be and pizza slices are much larger as well. So, when kids don’t realize what portion sizes should be and think they can enjoy a bagel or two slices of pizza, what they don’t realize is they may be taking in the equivalent of two bagels or four slices of pizza in calorie and fat content.”
Click here to read this article on The Daily Meal looks at the causes and effects of the childhood obesity issue and potential actions to help children and their parents who continue to struggle with this.
Let’s face it. This has been a very long winter. In fact, our feet have been shoved into our snow boots for way too long. But, that all begins to change now. The snow is melting and its time to dig out our shoes without shearling. Reach deep into the closet and you will find that your open toe clogs, sandals, and flip flops are still there, waiting to be worn.