Do you feel as though your eating habits could use an overhaul? Making big changes to nutrition can seem daunting, so focusing on one small change at a time can be more manageable. Remember, small tweaks add up over time! One way to do this is by making “healthy upgrades.” These are simply a healthier take on your favorite foods and beverages that improve your nutrition without making you feel deprived. Do you want to [...]
photo credit: Trick or Treat... via photopin (license) With the holidays quickly approaching (yes I know, time flies right!?), it’s easy to lose sight of your health goals. For example, maybe you’ve worked hard on a weight loss goal for the last seven months, and just as you see the number on the scale almost hit your target weight…BOOM!…It’s time for the holidays. Starting with Halloween in October and going all the way [...]
Discerning what is truly healthy these days and what is only posing as healthy can be a constant battle for the everyday consumer. Unless one has education within the nutrition field or has spent quality time reading a variety of books and studies, plus has had personal experiences from which to learn, the odds can be stacked against us. For example, the debate over whole fat versus non-fat or low-fat still causes misunderstanding for many. [...]
The term gluten-free has been trending for a few years now, but confusion and reasoning for choosing this lifestyle still remains for many. Practicing a gluten-free nutrition plan has become more about weight loss and less about what’s really biologically and chemically occurring in the body. Unfortunately, this idea has made the concept more into a fad diet and less about internal health. Below are the actual truths behind gluten and how it’s really affecting [...]
As a health educator, I can’t help but observe people becoming so hyper-focused on one “right way” of eating that they no longer have the ability to listen to the stories their bodies are telling them. Eating mindfully is an always-evolving process; and, with that brings a responsibility to understand and evaluate different lifestyles, diets and supplements that are trending. My most recent nutrition research has been around the Paleo diet. For those of you who [...]
Sometimes going to the grocery store can be difficult. If you don’t have a list, are limited on time or you’re unsure of what’s truly healthy, then the trip may be unsuccessful. An important and necessary factor in eating healthily is planning. If there is no nutritious snack or meal on hand, then the likelihood of reaching for a convenient, pre-made item is greater. First things first, plan a trip to the grocery store each [...]
Sugar is everywhere, often hidden in our drinks and foods. Did you know that a recent study shows that the typical American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar every 24 hours? This is equal to 70 pounds of sugar each year! The effects of all this sugar consumption goes beyond weight gain. High sugar intake puts us at risk for many diseases and conditions. It has been linked to diabetes, Alzheimer’s, colon cancer, breast cancer, and [...]
The winter weather can be harsh on our skin. Try battling dry skin by incorporating more avocados into your diet. Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fat and vitamin E, both of which promote healthy skin. Try them on salads and sandwiches, and even in smoothies.
A common rule of thumb for "clean eating" is avoiding eating foods with more than 6 ingredients. This week, check the ingredients lists and choose foods with fewer ingredients. Those items are generally less processed. Ingredients are listed in the order from greatest amount to the least on the nutrition label. When browsing nutrition labels, be aware of added sugars, trans fat, and hidden salt.