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8 Summer Steps for Healthy Living

In the warmer, longer, lazier days of summer, the living may not be easy, but your life probably feels less chaotic. Even adults tend to ad...

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Eat Oatmeal

Oats are your friends! Eating a cup of oatmeal in the morning will prevent you from gorging in the afternoon.


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Dr. Oz's Diet Guide

Dr. Oz explains the basic principals of the most common diets and how to follow them.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Authority Nutrition

Daily articles about nutrition, health and weight loss. All of them are based on studies and written by qualified experts.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Automate Your Meals

Automate your eating by planning your meals ahead of time. That way you're less likely to make an unhealthy last-minute food choice.


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Clean Eating

Eat more of the good. Eat less of the bad. That's the whole idea behind clean eating. It's all about, well, cleaning up your diet so that there's a greater focus on whole foods (think fruits, vegetables, protein and healthy fats), and less reliance on processed or refined foods.

How to start clean eating in just 7 easy steps, CLICK HERE.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Eat This, Not That

This Website is all about eating healthy. They have great tips and lots of helpful information on weight loss, better health, restaurants, exercising, and much more.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Drink Water, Especially Before Meals

It is often claimed that drinking water can help with weight loss, and this is true.

Drinking water can boost metabolism by 24-30% over a period of 1-1.5 hours, helping you burn off a few more calories.

One study showed that drinking a half liter (17 oz) of water about a half an hour before meals helped dieters eat fewer calories and lose 44% more weight.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Kids and Food: 10 Tips for Parents

It's no surprise that parents might need some help understanding what it means to eat healthy. From the MyPlate food guide to the latest food fad, it can be awfully confusing.

The good news is that you don't need a degree in nutrition to raise healthy kids. Following some basic guidelines can help you encourage your kids to eat right and maintain a healthy weight.

Here are 10 key rules to live by:
  1. Parents control the supply lines. You decide which foods to buy and when to serve them. Though kids will pester their parents for less nutritious foods, adults should be in charge when deciding which foods are regularly stocked in the house. Kids won't go hungry. They'll eat what's available in the cupboard and fridge at home. If their favorite snack isn't all that nutritious, you can still buy it once in a while so they don't feel deprived. 
  2. From the foods you offer, kids get to choose what they will eat or whether to eat at all. Kids need to have some say in the matter. Schedule regular meal and snack times. From the selections you offer, let them choose what to eat and how much of it they want. This may seem like a little too much freedom. But if you follow step 1, your kids will be choosing only from the foods you buy and serve. 
  3. Quit the "clean-plate club." Let kids stop eating when they feel they've had enough. Lots of parents grew up under the clean-plate rule, but that approach doesn't help kids listen to their own bodies when they feel full. When kids notice and respond to feelings of fullness, they're less likely to overeat. 
  4. Start them young. Food preferences are developed early in life, so offer variety. Likes and dislikes begin forming even when kids are babies. You may need to serve a new food a few different times for a child to accept it. Don't force a child to eat, but offer a few bites. With older kids, ask them to try one bite. 
  5. Rewrite the kids' menu. Who says kids only want to eat hot dogs, pizza, burgers, and macaroni and cheese? When eating out, let your kids try new foods and they might surprise you with their willingness to experiment. You can start by letting them try a little of whatever you ordered or ordering an appetizer for them to try.

Click here for the other five key rules.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

What to Eat on the Paleo Diet

Eat
Grass-produced meats
Fish/seafood
Fresh fruits and veggies
Eggs
Nuts and seeds
Healthful oils (Olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut)

Don't Eat
Cereal grains
Legumes (including peanuts)
Dairy
Refined sugar
Potatoes
Processed foods
Salt
Refined vegetable oils


Click here for more information about the Paleo Diet.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Control Emotional Eating

We don’t always eat simply to satisfy hunger. All too often, we turn to food when we’re stressed or anxious, which can wreck any diet and pack on the pounds. Do you eat when you’re worried, bored, or lonely? Do you snack in front of the TV at the end of a stressful day? Recognizing your emotional eating triggers can make all the difference in your weight-loss efforts. If you eat when you’re:

Stressed - find healthier ways to calm yourself. Try yoga, meditation, or soaking in a hot bath.

Low on energy - find other mid-afternoon pick-me-ups. Try walking around the block, listening to energizing music, or taking a short nap.

Lonely or bored - reach out to others instead of reaching for the refrigerator. Call a friend who makes you laugh, take your dog for a walk, or go to the library, mall, or park—anywhere there’s people.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Summer Tips for a Healthy Heart

The arrival of spring and summer means days at the pool, family picnics, baseball and other outdoor activities. Here are some tips to keep your family physically active in the warmer months:


  • Hydrate!: Drink plenty of water before, during and after physical activity to avoid dehydration. For low-calorie flavor, add slices of your favorite fruits such as melon, oranges, berries or even cucumber or mint to a pitcher of water and refrigerate for two hours. Read our Staying Active in Warm Weather and Staying Hydrated - Staying Healthy. 
  • Protect your family from the sun: wear wide-brimmed hats, always apply water-resistant sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and reapply sunscreen every 2 hours. 
  • Heat safety: avoid intense activities between noon and 3 p.m. when the sun is at its strongest. 
  • Dress for the heat: wear lightweight, light colored clothing, choose light, breathable fabrics such as cotton, and wear sunglasses to protect your eyes. 
  • Head indoors: when the heat gets unbearable, try indoor activities at your local YMCA or rec center like basketball, swimming, yoga or racquetball.

Friday, August 12, 2016

10 Things to Know About the Mediterranean Diet

How to eat like a Greek

At this point, you probably already know that the Mediterranean diet is good for your health. Research proves over and over again that people who put an emphasis on produce, fish, whole grains, and healthy fats not only weigh less, but also have a decreased risk for heart disease, depression, and dementia. So what are you waiting for? Here are the basics: Shop the market perimeter, eat seasonally, and break (whole-grain) bread with people who make you smile. Now for the nitty-gritty.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Healthy Snacks for Kids: 10 Child-friendly Tips

Healthy snacks for kids don't have to be dull. Consider 10 tips for quick and healthy snacks.

Snacking is a major pastime for many kids — and that's not necessarily bad. Nutritious snacking can help your child curb hunger throughout the day, as well as provide energy and important nutrients. Find out how to make healthy snacks for kids.

1. Keep junk food out of the house Your child won't clamor for cookies, candy bars or chips if you don't keep them on hand. Set a good example by choosing healthy snacks yourself.

2. Go for the grain Whole-grain foods — such as whole-grain pretzels or tortillas and high-fiber, whole-grain cereals — provide energy with some staying power.

3. Mix and match Serve baby carrots or other raw veggies with fat-free ranch dressing or hummus. Dip graham cracker sticks or fresh fruit in fat-free yogurt. Spread peanut butter on celery, apples or bananas.


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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Can Eating Too Few Calories Stall Your Metabolism?

If you're like most people who want to lose weight, you want to lose it fast. So you may be tempted to make drastic changes in your diet to dramatically reduce the number of calories you consume. But what you may not know is that eating too few calories can actually backfire and sabotage your weight-loss efforts.

"It would make sense to stop eating [when you are trying to lose weight], but it actually works in the opposite way," says Kimberly Lummus, MS, RD, Texas Dietetic Association media representative and public relations coordinator at the Austin Dietetic Association in Austin, Texas.

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Monday, August 8, 2016

The Health Benefits of Water

Did you know that your body weight is approximately 60 percent water? Your body uses water in all its cells, organs, and tissues to help regulate its temperature and maintain other bodily functions. Because your body loses water through breathing, sweating, and digestion, it's important to rehydrate by drinking fluids and eating foods that contain water. The amount of water you need depends on a variety of factors, including the climate you live in, how physically active you are, and whether you're experiencing an illness or have any other health problems.

Fast Fact
The body loses water through breathing, sweating, and digestion, which is why it's important to rehydrate by drinking fluids and eating foods that contain water.

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Friday, August 5, 2016

The Day-Off Diet

The building blocks of the plan are simple. After starting your day with hot water with lemon, your daily menu will include the options to eat or drink your breakfast, and then plan out your lunch, dinner, and snacks for the rest of the day with the help of this shopping list. Plus, don't forget to take the Day-Off Diet assessment to find out which social support group you belong in as you start the plan. With this many tips and tools on top of a day to take completely off, this diet is an easy, healthy lifestyle change that you can really sustain.

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