Do you skip certain sections of a cookery book because you don't eat meat? When you read the words "butter" or "cheese", do you immediately turn the page in search of a different recipe? Instead of bypassing those recipes, look at them as if they were nothing but ingredient suggestions. Then choose to keep or change each idea until the recipe fits your healthier way of eating. What changes would you make to this delicious Great Northern Stew recipe?Continue reading...
With the holiday season now in full swing, weight-loss plans are often the first thing to be abandoned. The combination of schedule changes, added responsibilities and an abundance of available food can be potent. Are you worried you’ll overeat to cope with increased demands on your time? Do you dread visiting that one relative who grates on your nerves sending you for extra helpings to calm your anger? If you eat for emotional reasons, this added stress may feel especially challenging.Continue reading...
As cold and flu season rolls in, let your food be your medicine. Compounds found in some everyday foods act as anti-microbials, boosting your immune system and giving you extra protection against pesky germs. Combined with proper sleep, a healthy diet and a regular exercise routine you’re set to survive the season. The best part is you can simply incorporate these ingredients into a main meal or as a side, no hassle required.
Nicholas started losing weight by counting his calories and adjusting his food intake so he would lose at a reasonable pace. After bad days, when he would slip up or return to his old habits, he simply started again the next day. Nicholas lost over 130 pounds by not giving up, taking care of himself, and listening to his doctors. Now, his liver enzymes are back to normal levels, he feels better, and he uses his determination to maintain his current weight.Continue reading...
Have you ever delayed your scheduled workouts because you had no idea what to wear? I have a whole shelf of workout clothes yet find myself standing in front of the closet, at a loss, time and again. Whatever you choose, the bottom line should always be that it’s comfortable, you feel comfortable in it, and that it doesn’t hinder your workout. There’s always the “you can’t go wrong” outfit, but sometimes specific sports call for specific wardrobe measures.
Have you ever stopped to think about where the calories, fats, and sugars in your favorite energy bar come from? A quick look at ingredient labels shows that natural ingredients are on the rise. This means that the high, seemingly unhealthy numbers have a healthy source. As always, portion size is key, but when given the choice forget the empty-calorie artificial sweeteners and fortifiers and look for the following popular ingredients instead.
If you are still full from yesterday's celebratory eating, a bit of mindfulness applied to digestion is just the thing for you! Slow down with these tips and soothe your tummy with this delicious Leftover Turkey Vegetable Ravioli Soup. Then go for a nice walk.Continue reading...
Need an extra side dish for today's Thanksgiving meal? Take one bunch of tender carrots, mix in a bit of minced ginger, and in about 20 minutes, you will have the savory sweet goodness of Browned Butter Ginger Carrots and Onions on the table. The secret to this side dish is in the quality of the carrotsContinue reading...
Butternut squash makes an incredible swap for starchy sweet potatoes! Serve this at your Turkey Day table, and brace yourself for OOHs and AHHs...Continue reading...
One of the most shameful kitchen sights has to be a trash can full of leftovers and rotting produce, a sign of wasted money, time, and food. It’s sad to see, but sometimes the situation is hard to prevent! Lack of time and ideas, poor planning, an abundance of food…multiple excuses can leave you with no choice but to toss things. Sound like a common occurrence? Here are a few tips for putting good food into your body instead of into the trash (and keeping more cash in your pocket).
Susan had an active lifestyle, but wasn’t making healthy choices when it came to how much she ate. This, and the added stress of her job, caused her weight to slowly creep up, until one day she didn’t recognize herself in pictures. She started counting calories, working out harder, and paying more attention to the way she felt. Susan lost over 50 pounds, and keeps the weight off by staying active and counting calories when she feels herself slipping.Continue reading...
Confession: I’ve spent several nights watching (OK, obsessing) over inspiring videos promoting races and competitions. There is The Spartan Race and Tough Mudder, various marathons, the Color Run, MMA meets, triathlons, 5K’s and more. There’s something for everyone and training for one, either alone or as a team, can motivate you to keep up with workouts. Imagine yourself among the people, the excitement, the cheering, the sweat, finishing and feeling accomplished. If this sounds like fun, what are you waiting for? Read on to get started.
Do you worry about the mountain of butter, gluten, carbs, meat, and sweets on the typical holiday table? Instead of fretting, make a decision and a plan that will put you back in control. Mix in a few of these tweaks and workarounds. Then enjoy the healthy goodness in the happy company of friends and family.Continue reading...
Family traditions often dictate each element of a holiday meal. What do you do when health needs and lifestyle changes need to be considered? Can you blend the must have comfort foods that throw calorie control out the window with healthier dishes? This aromatic and savory casserole of stuffing is both vegan and calorie friendly. Give it a try tonight, it may well replace your family favorite!Continue reading...
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