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Dieting myths to ditch!

by Michelle on January 15, 2020

With the “new year new you” craze in full swing there are a lot of things you’re going to be hearing about what you “should” be doing, eating, thinking, etc. but here are some things that aren’t worth much when it comes to dropping pounds, getting healthy, and just feeling better in general.

Myth #1

You can eat whatever you want if you workout

Weight loss requires fewer calories eaten than burned…that’s it!  You must work out AND eat smart/healthy to see results.

Myth #2

You’ll burn more calories/fat if you don’t eat before a workout

You have to properly fuel your body in order for it to garner the benefits of a workout.  Also, if you’re overly hungry afterwards you run the high risk of eating more calories than you just burned…undoing everything!

Myth #3

All calories are created equally

Eating 300 calories of chicken is NOT the same as eating 300 calories of cake!  The body uses and stores calories differently depending on the nutrients that each food is comprised of.

Myth #4

You can’t eat at night if you want to lose weight

Eating too many calories all day long is what causes weight issues…not just at night.  Although, eating too late at night can interrupt quality sleep and/or cause digestive problems.

Myth #5

You can eat as much as you want as long as it’s healthy

While healthy food options contain very beneficial elements they also contain calories…some more than others.  Be sure to keep track of not only the portion size of healthy fare but ALSO the calories!

Slow and steady wins the race is the best approach to permanent weight loss!  Eat better, eat less, and move more…that’s what works every time!

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Tis the Season…to get sick!

by Michelle on December 18, 2019

With the weather turning colder and most of us spending more time inside, it’s easy to see why getting that lingering cold and cough happens to so many of us.  If just one person at work, at home, or even in a crowded store or restaurant is sick there’s a good chance someone within their vicinity will get sick as well.  And the multiple germ-ridden surfaces are major contributors on the fast track to illness.

It seems no matter what you do there is still a sniffle, cough, and/or sore throat that makes an appearance at the end of the year.  Maybe this year you can not only shorten the stay of these unwanted visitors in your body but possibly prevent them from rearing their ugly heads all together!  With a few natural items and some purposeful behavior you might do better this year at staying healthy.

Prevention:

  1. Hand washing is the best way to rid yourself of the germs you pick up through contact, but also important is not touching your face…specifically your eyes, nose, and mouth. These are three easy areas for germs to enter the body and cause illness.  Avoid rubbing your eyes, wiping your nose without a tissue, and touching your mouth unless you are sure your hands are clean.
  2. Keeping an even body temperature is also important because that way your body doesn’t have to work as hard to regulate your temp. AND fight off germs. While being cold doesn’t make you sick (germs do) it certainly makes your body work harder to keep your temperature at 98.6 degrees which lessens its ability to keep you healthy.
  3. Eating healthy and getting plenty of sleep is crucial to keeping your body and immune system in the best state possible to defend you against illness. Avoid processed, fatty, calorie-laden foods and beverages and be sure you’re sleeping as close as possible to 8 hours each night.
  4. Vitamins and supplements are great at filling in the gaps of your personal nutrition that you can’t quite meet with diet alone. Besides a good multi-vitamin try taking individual supplements that are specific to aiding the immune system and fighting off germs.

Natural Remedies:

  1. Vitamin C: supports the immune system and fight off colds.
  2. Ginger: helps bring down inflammation, clear congestion, and supports the immune system.
  3. Apple Cider Vinegar: helps to alkalinize the body (most people are more acidic) and being more alkaline may be more effective at fighting off viruses that cause colds and the flu.
  4. Honey: boosts the immune system and soothes sore throats and coughs.
  5. Eucalyptus Oil: breathing this potent oil helps open nasal passages for easier breathing.
  6. Neti Pot: this is a small pot that flushes out the nasal passages and can be effective in relieving sinus symptoms.
  7. Avoid Sugar: sugar weakens the immune system and can prolong a cold.
  8. Eat Healthy & Light: doing so allows for less energy going to digestion and more energy available for the immune system.
  9. Rest: The body needs a lot of rest and sleep (yes, they’re different) to allow it the time and energy to fight off germs and recover.  Overdoing it will only make the illness last longer.

Make this year the one that doesn’t end in illness, missed work, missed fun, and too much misery over poor health.

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To help you keep track

by Michelle on December 11, 2019

Regardless of what holiday you may celebrate this time of year, food seems to be a uniting theme of them all.  And if you’re trying to keep from gaining weight it can be difficult with all of the delicious temptations.  Here are some charts that will hopefully help…keep in mind these are just estimates, read labels carefully:

APPETIZERS/DIPS/SNACKS

Food Item Serving Size Calories Fat Grams
Olives (green) 1/2 cup 77 8g
Cheeseball (w/ nuts) 2 Tbsp. 246 20g
Mixed Nuts 1/2 cup 407 35g
Crackers 10 177 7g
Potato Chips (regular) 1 oz. (10 chips) 150 10g
Tortilla Chips (regular) 10 chips 140 7g
Onion Dip 2 Tbsp. 60 5g
Ranch Dip 2 Tbsp. 70 6g

 

MAIN DISHES

Food Item Serving Size Calories Fat Grams
Roasted Turkey (no skin) 4 slices (4 oz.) 190 6g
Baked Ham (fresh, cooked) 3 slices (4 oz.) 345 21g
Beef Brisket (cooked, lean) 3 slices (4 oz.) 291 15g
Beef Pot Roast 3 slices (4 oz.) 387 27g
Rib Roast 3 slices (4 oz.) 336 21g

 

SIDE DISHES

Food Item Serving Size Calories Fat Grams
Cornbread 1 square 152 5g
Biscuit 1 2″ roll 106 5g
Crescent Roll 1 100 6g
Cornbread Stuffing 1 cup 363 18g
Giblet Gravy (w/milk and flour) 1/2 cup 178 13g
Sweet Potato Casserole 1 cup 276 6g
Mashed Potatoes 1 cup 238 8g
Green Bean Casserole 1 cup 143 8g
Carrots (glazed) 1 cup 217 12g
Cranberry Sauce 1/2 cup 209 0g
Potato Salad 1 cup 277 15g

 

DESSERTS

Food Item Serving Size Calories Fat Grams
Cheesecake 1/12 of 9″ cake 412 25g
Apple Crisp 1 cup 402 9g
Pumpkin Pie (w/o whipped cream) 1/8 of 9″ pie 323 15g
Apple Pie 1/8 of 9″ pie 356 17g
Pecan Pie 1/8 of 9″ pie 456 21g
Sweet Potato Pie 1/8 of 9″ pie 295 14g
Coconut Cream Pie 1/8 of 9″ pie 429 24g
Bread Pudding 1 cup 311 10g

 

BEVERAGES

Food Item Serving Size Calories Fat Grams
Eggnog (w/whole milk and alcohol) 1 cup 439 19g
Eggnog (w/o alcohol) 1 cup 342 19g
Wine (dry, red or white) 7 oz. 142 0g
Wine Spritzer 7 oz. 91 0g
Beer 12 oz. 148 0g
Apple Juice/Cider 1 cup 117 0g

 

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Happy Pets…Happy Holidays!

by Michelle on December 4, 2019

If you’re like me you just can’t believe it’s already the first week of December!  Maybe you’ve waited until now to put up your decorations or perhaps they’ve been up for a while.  Whichever applies, if you have pets this means there is some important information you need to be aware of.

Pets of all types need to be considered both for safety as well as comfort when it comes to the holidays.  Here is a list of the main items to be aware of as well as some treats that we might love but must be kept away from our pets:

  1. Christmas Trees: Cats can climb up the trunk of the tree and dogs might try to jump up and get ornaments (or the climbing cat), knocking over the tree and injuring themselves.  Also, if you have a live tree the water basin it sits in poses another hazard.  Many times adding a preservative to the water keeps the tree fresh longer but is poisonous to pets who might drink it.
  2. Imitation Snow: Also called “flocking”…is poisonous and can flake off, falling to the floor where it’s easily ingested.
  3. Edible Ornaments: Cookies, cranberry and/or popcorn garlands, candy canes, etc. all are alluring to pets and pose a possible toxic problem.  Be sure to put them high up on the tree (out of reach) if you do wish to use them.
  4. Tinsel: Whether you like the single shiny strands or a garland it needs to be kept far away from pets.  It’s toxic and can clog their intestines and lead to poisoning.
  5. Light Strands: Keep lights out of reach since both cats and dogs might love to chew on the cords, posing an electrocution problem as well as a toxic hazard.
  6. Plants/Flowers: Poinsettia, Holly, Mistletoe, Christmas Cactus, English Ivy, and Amaryllis are considered toxic and result in gastrointestinal irritation & depression of the central nervous system.  They can even cause death.
  7. Foods: Chocolate, onions, garlic, chives, grapes, raisins, most nuts (especially macadamia nuts), and dairy can cause everything from mild irritation to a fatal toxic reaction.

Our pets, like small children, are naturally curious and tend to put everything into their mouths.  Keeping them safe needs to be a priority and keeping them stress-free is also important.  This time of year there is more clutter in the house with the decorations and sometimes extra people so be aware of the stress that the altered surroundings and visitors can pose.  Pets can stay safe with some planning and hopefully stay calm when they’re needs are considered.  These things can make them more pleasant when socializing with house guests and save you from some stress as well.

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10 Stress Relieving Super Foods

by Michelle on November 27, 2019

So much is going on this time of year…work, family, shopping mayhem, social engagements…it’s no wonder that the stress we’re under begins to take a physical toll.  Being short on time seems to make it nearly impossible to avoid the drive-thru or difficult to cook healthy food at home, so it’s no wonder pre-packaged items are the easy go-to.  However, if you try to add some of the following items into your daily diet you might notice you’re stress is less noticeable and you’re feeling physically better as well.

Here are some of the best “super foods” to help you feel calm and healthy:

  1. Green Leafy Vegetables: they contain folate, which produces dopamine (a pleasure-inducing brain chemical) which helps you keep calm.
  2. Turkey Breast: contains tryptophan, which may have a calming effect as well as amino acids (found in protein rich foods) and it helps produce serotonin (which regulates hunger & feelings of happiness and well-being).
  3. Oatmeal: a complex carb that won’t contribute to your already potential blood sugar spike in response to stress as well as keeping you full longer.
  4. Yogurt: full of calcium and protein in addition to probiotics that helps restore good gut bacteria (which is reduced when you’re stressed) so your digestive system runs well.
  5. Salmon: the omega-3 fatty acids in salmon have anti-inflammatory properties that may help counteract the negative effects of stress hormones such as adrenaline & cortisol.
  6. Blueberries: the antioxidants and phytonutrients in this berry work in your defense, helping improve your body’s response to stress & in fighting stress-related free radicals.
  7. Avocado: might help shut down stress-eating by filling you up and making you feel more satisfied; also a great source of healthy fat.
  8. Pistachios & Cashews: pistachios have heart-health benefits and may reduce acute stress by lowering blood pressure & heart rate, while the zinc content in cashews may help reduce anxiety.
  9. Seeds: flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds are all great sources of magnesium…a mineral that may help regulate emotions and has been shown to help alleviate depression, fatigue, and irritability.
  10. Dark Chocolate: a small piece (about a 1 inch square) has been shown to reduce stress hormones, including cortisol; the antioxidants in cocoa also trigger blood vessel walls to relax, lowering blood pressure & improving circulation.

Try incorporating some of these items into your daily diet and see if you’re feeling calm and healthy soon!

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It might sound impossible, especially if you’re the host, but having a stress-free holiday is something that you should focus on creating for yourself and your guests.  Yes, the meal is a large part of the event, but it’s not more important than the atmosphere of family and friends being thankful for one another and spending time together.  Stress is an inherent part of the day but there are ways to make it better with a little bit of effort.

  1. Ask for help: Have guests bring appetizers, side dishes, pies, rolls, etc. so you’re only doing the turkey, gravy and dressing.
  2. Prepare some items in advance: Fix ahead what you can so Thanksgiving Day is less hectic and you’re not trapped in the kitchen.
  3. Enjoy the company: Visit with your guests…it’s a social occasion, not just a meal.
  4. Eat well, exercise & sleep well: Eat light before the “big event”, take a walk or do some light yoga to stay calm, and get a good night’s sleep so you’re able to enjoy the holiday.
  5. JUST BREATHE: Taking a break to just breathe deeply is both restorative and calming.

(Take a long breath in through your nose for 4 seconds then exhale through your mouth for 4 seconds)

Even if you want to do everything yourself you can still enjoy the day in a stress-free way.  You control how everything going on around you affects you so focus on enjoying the day and you might find your outlook is contagious!

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Everyone knows all too well that the key to weight loss and weight maintenance is not eating too much…easier said than done!  So, appetite suppression is vital to keep the pounds from piling on, especially when tempted to overindulge.  Whether it’s a special occasion, the holidays, or just needing that comfort food to soothe your soul, controlling your appetite is very important but usually difficult.

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Here is a list of some popular Halloween candy that outlines the calories and sugar content to “hopefully” help you mitigate any damage you might do tomorrow night…and the coming days of candy overload!

  • Almond Joy, Snack Size – 80 calories, 8 g sugar
  • Butterfinger, Fun Size – 100 calories, 10 g sugar
  • Gummie Bears (Haribo) – 8 pieces, around 65 calories, 21 g sugar, and make sure to brush teeth well after gummy bears.
  • Heath Bar, Snack Size – 76 calories, and 9 g sugar
  • Hershey Kisses – Average 25 calories and 2 – 3 g sugar each kiss
  • Hershey’s Miniature Bars – Average  42 calories and 4 g sugar each bar
  • Jolly Rancher – For the kids who like candy with pucker power, a serving of three Jolly Ranchers is only 70 calories, 0 g of fat and 11 g of sugar.
  • Kit Kat, Fun size – 60 calories and 6 g sugar
  • Peanut M & Ms – Speaking of chocolate morsels, a fun size pouch comes in at 93 calories, but the kiddos are getting some protein here. The serving has 5 g of fat and 9 g of sugar.
  • Peeps – No, we’re not talking leftover chicks here. Halloween brings out the pumpkin variety. They come in way low on the calorie counter, but they’re basically a handful of sugar. One peep has just 16 calories, no fat and 3.5 calories.
  • Pixie Sticks vs. Candy Corn – Almost equal calories, 0 calories from fat, but 7 pixie sticks is healthier than 20 pieces of candy corn which weigh in at 147 calories.
  • Pop Rocks vs. Almond Joy – A package of Pop Rocks has just 25 calories compared to 80 calories for a mini-Almond Joy or Mounds.
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, Snack Size – 110 calories, 11 g sugar per peanut butter cup
  • Skittles, Fun Size – 60 calories, 11 g sugar
  • Smarties – 1 roll, 25 calories, 6 g sugar
  • Snickers, Fun Size – 80 calories, 4 g of fat and 8 g of sugar
  • Sour Patch Kids, Mini Bag – 50 calories, 10 g sugar
  • Starburst, Fun Size – 2 candies, 40 calories, 6 g sugar
  • Three Musketeers Minis – The fun size bar has less calories and fat than many other chocolate bars, just 64 calories, 2 g of fat and 11 g of sugar.
  • Tootsie Pops & Charms Blow Pops – The treat has lasting value—if you don’t bite into it, that is. The pops have 60 calories, 0 g of fat, but 10 – 13 g of sugar.
  • Tootsie Roll Midgee – This chocolaty treat comes in at 23 calories. At 3 g of fat and 20 g of sugar, six Tootsie Roll Midgees have a few less calories than 8 Starbursts.
  • Twix Minis –1 bar, 50 calories, 5 g sugar
  • Twizzlers (Strawberry Twists) – 2 pieces, 50 calories and 6 g sugar
  • York Peppermint Patty – If the minty taste is too much for your kids, you may be tempted to snitch this one from the goody bag. Watch the calories, though—all 140 of them in a full-size patty. It has 3 g of fat and 25 g of sugar. Jr. Mints, Snack Size are a better choice at 80 calories and 14 g sugar.

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Herbs for Weight Loss

by Michelle on October 23, 2019

Today there are a lot of “gimmicks” that try to convince you that with no effort at all you can lose weight and keep it off.  Well, I’m here to tell you that’s just NOT THE CASE!  While the body is a very complex collection of systems that are designed to work together and the same in everyone…there are countless factors that make weight loss more difficult for some than others.  This is why eating your way to weight loss is the best way!

It’s not a big secret that what you eat plays a central role in weight loss, but what you use as spices in your foods may be just as important.  Many herbs and spices have been shown to help fight cravings, boost fat burning and contribute to weight loss.  Here are 12 that may help you lose weight:

Fenugreek – A spice derived from a plant in the legume family, Fenugreek has been found to possibly help control appetite and reduce food intake to support weight loss.

Cayenne Pepper – A type of chili pepper used to bring a spicy dose of flavor to foods. It contains capsaicin which provides the heat along with numerous health benefits.  It can slightly boost metabolism to help increase calorie burning throughout the day plus it may also reduce hunger and increase feelings of fullness.

Ginger – A spice often used in folk medicine as a natural remedy for many ailments, some research shows it could aid in weight loss as well…especially reducing belly fat. It may help lower weight by increasing metabolism and fat burning while decreasing fat absorption and appetite.

Oregano – This herb is in the same plant family as mint, basil, thyme, rosemary, and sage and it contains carvacrol, a powerful compound that may help boost weight loss.

Ginseng – A staple in traditional Chinese medicine this plant has many health-promoting properties. Many studies have suggested this powerful plant could aid in weight loss as well as changes in gut microbiota composition.  It can also possibly alter fat formation and delay intestinal fat absorption.

Caralluma Fimbriata – Often found in many diet products, studies have found that it decreases belly fat and body weight while also helping to reduce hunger.

Turmeric – This spice is revered for its flavor, vibrant color, and potent medicinal properties. Most of the health benefits are due to curcumin, a chemical that has been extensively studied for its effects on everything from inflammation to weight loss.  One study showed its effectiveness on enhancing fat loss, decreasing belly fat, and increasing weight loss.  Turmeric’s beneficial properties are enhanced when used with black pepper.

Black Pepper – A common household spice that contains a powerful compound called piperine which supplies both the pungent flavor and potential weight-lowering effects. Black pepper shows the potential to effectively inhibit fat cell formation and reduce body weight.

Cinnamon – This aromatic spice is rich in antioxidants and offers several health benefits including increased weight loss. It’s especially effective in stabilizing blood sugar, which may help reduce appetite and hunger.

Green Coffee Bean Extract – Another extract commonly found in many weight-loss products it’s made from coffee beans that haven’t been roasted so they’re high in chlorogenic acid, which is thought to account for its weight lowering effects.

Cumin – A spice made from the dried and ground seeds of Cuminum cyminum, a flowering plant in the parsley family. Cumin is well known for its nutty flavor but it’s also packed with health benefits, including the potential to increase weight loss and fat burning.

Cardamom – This highly prized spice is made from the seeds of a plant in the ginger family and is used worldwide in both cooking and baking but may also support weight loss.

When used as seasoning for foods these herbs and spices can provide a burst of health benefits with minimal risk of side effects…just don’t go overboard.  Stick to about one tablespoon per day and be sure to pair them with nutrient-rich whole foods to help boost weight loss even more.  If you take herbs in supplement form it’s important to not take too much with foods to prevent adverse effects.  Also, if you have any underlying health conditions or are taking medications be sure to talk to your doctor and pharmacist before starting any supplement or using these herbs and spices in your diet.

Besides adding a lot of flavor to your favorite foods, many herbs and spices have been shown to increase metabolism, enhance fat burning, and promote feelings of fullness to aid in appetite reduction.  Utilizing these herbs and spices is a simple and easy way to help increase weight loss with minimal effort.  Be sure to combine them with a well-rounded, balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle to get the most out of their weight loss benefits.

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