Summer barbecue season is here! When you think BBQ, I’m sure the image of a big, juicy hamburger pops into your head. However, this traditional cookout staple has the potential to pack on the pounds and sabotage any diet. Lighten up and slim down your summer meals with these tips to make your hamburger healthier!
To a woman, “fat” is a terrible word. Whether it’s on your body or in your food, it’s never desirable! So much conflicting information has come out about fat that you almost have to be a nutritionist in order to make the right choices at the supermarket!
Are all fats bad for you? It’s been the subject of controversy for decades – most people are still flying blind when it comes to what’s in fatty foods. It’s tough because foods can contain more than one type of fat. In general, it’s all about picking good fats to help balance the bad ones. We know that saturated and trans fats will jeopardize your health and make you gain weight. Doctors now believe that you can be much healthier (and thinner) if you consume mostly unsaturated fats: monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and omega 3 fatty acids.
Consumed in moderation, the following types of good fats can positively affect your diet, health, and, ultimately, help you live longer and look younger.
Going on a diet can be such a pain. We feel deprived and unhappy because we have to replace the foods we love with green leafy stuff. All of this strife because someone claimed that eating greens is the only way to lose weight!
One of the most resented diets is The Low Carb/No Carb Diet. Read: No BREAD, No SUGAR (aka CHOCOLATE) and No Cake! What this diet forgot to mention is that there are carbs that are actually good for you. Here’s the breakdown of simple vs complex carbohydrates.
Heart-healthy decisions that start at the grocery store end in your kitchen when it comes time to prep and cook your meals. And despite popular belief, preparation doesn’t have to be time consuming or difficult, you just have to know how to get started.
To help you get on track, here are five tips on healthy food preparation!
How many calories do you eat each day? Most women say 1200. But if you add in the sugar packets in your coffee, a few sticks of gum and that handful of trail mix you ate today, that number may be higher than you think. The only way to really know how many calories you’re eating is to keep a food journal.
There are plenty of apps to help you – MyFitnessPal is my favorite* – and here are a few tips to get the most out of your counting:
- Record what you put in your mouth as soon as you do it. You may forget little things that may add up later. And if you have a selective memory you might also “forget” things that you shouldn’t have eaten.
- Take notes and check for patterns. If you found that you tend to hit up the vending machine at 3pm every day, maybe you can pack a healthy snack for when the craving hits. Maybe you’re starving yourself all day and then binging at night? A great key to weight loss is eating your heaviest meals earlier in the day.
- Don’t forget your exercise. It’s easy to just say that you’ll go to the gym tomorrow, but if you actually record your workouts, you’ll be able to see how much you’ve accomplished and you’ll be motivated to keep going.
- Hydration is key. The best thing about a journal is you can even keep track of how much water you’re drinking. Drinking lots of water will keep you fuller between meals and will help replenish fluids you lose while you’re exercising.
- Be honest. No one is going to see this but you. If you ate a whole pint of ice cream yesterday… WRITE IT DOWN. This is not a shame book. This is a journal to keep you on track and focused.
*MyFitnessPal is my favorite because when you close out each day it let’s you know how much you’d weigh if every day was like today. Pretty motivating!
When surrounded by family and friends, it’s hard to say no to good food. Whether you drank a little too much, had two or three helpings or had a slice of every pie/cake available, no worry. We’ve got a great day-after Thanksgiving detox for you!
Many people forget the true purpose of a detox which is to:
- Release toxins from your body by stimulating your liver;
- Improve circulation throughout the body;
- Refuel your body with healthy nutrients;
- Eliminate waste through skin, kidneys and the intestines
If you keep these things in mind, this will be just the detox your body is craving!
Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude, spending time with family or loved ones… oh, and indulging in tons of rich and savory foods. If you’ve been on your workout grind, Thanksgiving has the potential to undo all of your hard work. It has been estimated that the average Thanksgiving dinner sets us back about 2,000-3,000 calories–more than the entire daily allowance for the average woman.
If you’re nervous about gorging on turkey and stuffing, don’t fret! Follow these tips during your Thanksgiving festivities tomorrow to ward off excess calories and enjoy your meal without the guilt or the weight-gain!
Losing weight after having a baby can be a difficult task. And it’s not easy when some celebrities seem to drop the pounds in a flash after giving birth. While they do have expert help in the gym and in their kitchens, we can still take a few pointers from these famous women who have slimmed down post-pregnancy. Here are four fierce celebrities who have bounced back to their pre-baby weight, and we’ll tell you how!
It’s no secret that when we decide to lose weight, we want to lose it FAST! But most diets aren’t healthy, especially when they require you to starve yourself or deprive your body of nutrients that it desperately needs to function. Diets where you take in too few calories can actually slow down your metabolism and make it harder to lose weight!
This Dr. Oz approved 7-day crash diet from weight-loss guru Dr. Joel Fuhrman, says it will get you on the fast track to dropping pounds in just one week feasting on nutrient-dense foods – rich in vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidants – that are low in calories. Here are three steps for anyone who wants to be thinner in one week!
With flavors that range from mildly sweet to tart and tangy, blueberries are nutritional superstars bursting with flavor while being very low in calories.
A few years ago, researchers at Tufts University analyzed sixty fruits and vegetables for their antioxidant capability. Blueberries came out on top, rating highest in their capacity to destroy free radicals. Packed with antioxidant phytonutrients called anthocyanidins, blueberries neutralize damage from free radicals that can lead to cataracts, glaucoma, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, peptic ulcers, heart disease, and cancer.
Anthocyanins, the blue-red pigments found in blueberries, improve the integrity of support structures in the veins and entire vascular system. Anthocyanins have been shown to enhance the effects of vitamin C, to improve capillary integrity, and to stabilize body cells’ collagen matrix (the ground substance of all body tissues).
Among their rich supply of phytonutrients, blueberries include a flavonoid called kaempferol, which studies have shown can decrease the risk of ovarian cancer in women who consume kaempferol-rich foods.
In short, blueberries are a natural nutritional powerhouse and a healthy addition to your diet. I know you’re wondering “how can I add these to a Live Rite shake?” well look no further than this “Black & Blue” and Toned Recipe right here!