Smoothies have become very popular for people on the go that want to get in extra nutrition. However, they become a liability if loaded with sugar and fat. Those extra ‘empty’ calories may lead to fat gain or even compromise your metabolic system. Many commercial smoothies found at fast food restaurants or even specialty smoothie stores can be filled with sugar, fat and other ‘empty’ calories. However, there is a way to build the perfect smoothie. Disregard ingredients like chocolate syrup, ice cream or whole milk that lead to bigger
Believe it or not, statistics show ONE out of every FOUR people will have a heart attack this year….that’s a scary number. Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women, exceeding even cancer and other chronic diseases. Below are key strategies to decrease the chance for heart disease and/or heart attacks. 1. The TYPE of Beef You Eat “Where’s the beef?” you ask. Well it shouldn’t be from commercial cows. Not a good choice if you want to prevent heart disease, or worse, a heart attack. The cows used
This holiday and like many others, you are most likely faced with extra holiday treats, get together with family & friends and possibly planning a getaway if you are lucky enough to enjoy a long weekend. Here are some simple holiday tips to stay on track with your fitness goals. 1. Start with a healthy breakfast. It's the most important meal of the day and you may not be able to control what’s served on the brunch or dinner table but you can certainly control what you eat when you wake up.
Commonly called the ‘alligator’ pear, the avocado is one of the best fruits for many different processes in the body. Plus, it can go with almost anything – a great topping on your cheeseburger, the perfect addition to your salad, etc. It’s even great by itself or alongside other lean proteins. The biggest advantage comes from the high level of fat contained in this fruit. However, before reading any further, don’t be scared by the little big word F-A-T. Healthy Fats Avocados are roughly 85% fat. Now I know that’s a
Snacking is a good strategy to keep your metabolic engine cranking. I’ve spoken on this subject before. We never want large gaps between meals (more than 4 hours) as it causes our resting metabolism to slow down as a way to conserve energy. As North America becomes busier and busier, more people are substituting grab-and-go foods for actual meals. Snacking is up 15% as a means to support our standard breakfast, lunch and dinner options. In fact Americans are spending up to $48 billion per year on salty and sugary
We hear and read about certain foods being BAD for us all the time. Should all wheat and gluten products be avoided? Are fried foods bad for you? Should eggs be included at every breakfast? The list goes on and on with the media constantly reminding (and confusing) us that certain choices may lead to weight gain, poor health, risk for diabetes, etc. Well here are four that may actually improve your overall health and trim the waistline at the same time. Gluten Products The term gluten-free may be one of
There are many, many diets out there. Whichever it is, human weakness is a reality for all that participate. Yes, I’m talking about cheating…. and NOT the relationship kind. Trust me though; there is a silver lining here. Including cheat meals in your plan is a way for your body to get what it needs. The key is remaining strong in the process. Don’t let feelings of guilt begin to fester, leading to more bad food choices that ultimately sabotage your long-term weight-loss goals. Just eat the cheat food, forget
I think we’ve all heard it at one time or another, “don’t eat too many eggs because they’re high in cholesterol”. And, if you have high cholesterol levels, there may be a greater chance for heart disease, right? This thinking is not entirely true. Both doctors and researchers have determined that eating a whole egg will NOT raise your cholesterol. In fact this food may help dissolve cholesterol and fat due to the nutrient choline found in the yolk. Let’s take a closer look at some of the other benefits.
#1 Plan, Pick, Prep & Pack Once, Eat for a Week! This past Sunday morning would have been better to catch up on my sleep or cozening up on the couch for a Netflix marathon but instead I trekked out to the supermarket. One quick trip is less stressful and time-consuming than attempting to navigate the produce section and express lane multiple weeknights after work. And if you go with an organized grocery list and meal plan, you never have to stare into your fridge wondering, "What's for dinner?" or resort
Caffeine is a naturally-occurring mild stimulant that exists in a variety of foods, most notably coffee as well as tea, chocolate and cola drinks. No surprise, the average person consumes an inordinate amount of caffeine annually. Over 113 million people drink at least one cup of coffee per day. The good news: there are many positive health benefits linked to regular caffeine intake. Just make sure this primarily comes in the form of coffee and tea, not soda. 1.Mental Alertness Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system by blocking the neurotransmitter adenosine, usually