Keep Your Metabolism Going!

Looking for ways to control your metabolism? Here are some simple tips to keep your metabolism going!

  • Get enough sleep
  • Drink green tea
  • Make your workout intensity higher
  • Eat breakfast, it’s the most important meal of the day!
  • Lift weights
  • Drink more water!
  • Add some spice to your foods– a dash here and there can help boost your metabolism
  • Make sure you squeeze in some cardio during the day
  • Eat clean, eat wisely
  • Grab a cup of coffee or tea in the morning– just watch the amount of sugar and milk you put in your cup!
  • SMILE and LAUGH often

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For more information: http://greatist.com/health/11-scientifically-proven-ways-boost-metabolism

 

Keep Your Skin Glowing, Naturally!

“Certain foods are naturally rich in nutrients that may help keep skin healthy and even fight signs of aging. Vitamin C, beta-carotene and antioxidants found in fruits like peaches, plums and nectarines work beneath the surface to protect and rejuvenate skin from the harmful damage of ultraviolet rays. Peaches are especially rich in alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), a key nutrient added to many age-defying cosmetics.

Watermelon, ruby red grapefruit and tomatoes are all rich in lycopene. Lycopene actually protects skin cells from the sun’s burning rays which can lead to premature aging and even skin cancer, and replenishes the cells.

Bright-colored fruits and vegetables, such as bell peppers, tomatoes, pineapple, strawberries, cantaloupe, oranges, carrots, spinach and broccoli, are your best choice for vitamins A and C. Colorful fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C and A are important for collagen formation, which helps keep skin firm.

And don’t forget about water!! Staying hydrated keeps your skin firm and well-hydrated.”

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For more information: http://www.nujournal.com/page/content.detail/id/535768/Head-to-toe-healthy-glow.html?nav=5087

Need Some Flavor In Your Water?

A lot of people I talk to have trouble drinking water without any flavor.. and I don’t blame them! Our taste buds like a little flavor, but there are healthier ways to add this flavor rather than buying flavored waters, drinking sports drinks, relying on soda to fill the need of flavor in our beverages. Here are some tips to adding NATURAL flavors to our water!

You will need…

-1-2 liters’ of water, depending on how strong you want it to taste
-Part of 1 watermelon or 1 cucumber
-1 lemon or lime
-A handful of fresh mint leaves (approximately 10-13)
-Ice cubes

Slice up a good amount of watermelon into cubes, rind and all, and put them into a jug or pitcher. Cut 1 juicy lime into wedges and toss in with the watermelon. Add a handful of fresh, fragrant, mint leaves and pour in 2 liters of cool water, filling the jug all the way to the top. Let this sit overnight in the fridge and let all the yummy flavors steep and infuse the water. When you want to drink it, put in a generous helping of ice cubes, pour, and enjoy daily.

Remember: You can always substitute a fruit or a vegetable depending on your own taste! You don’t have to follow this recipe step by step, this is just to give you an idea of how great you can make your water taste.. and look!

Doesn’t this look refreshing?

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Happy June!

Food 10 Simple Choices

 

Happy June, bloggers!! Can you believe it’s June already?! Here are a quick 10 simple ways to help you stay on track during the summer! Be sure to share your ideas and thoughts as well!! Do you have any alternatives you use when cooking or baking to help you stay on a healthy track?

SIMPLE Do’s & Don’ts To A Healthier Lifestyle

DO:

1. Drink water: Water is the most essential nutrient for cells. For added flavor, try adding fresh fruits, cucumber slices or lemon and lime wedges to ice-cold water.

2. Eat a “mixed” breakfast that includes foods containing a little carbohydrate, a little protein and a little fat. For example, eggs and a bowl of fruit or a protein shake with soy milk and a banana includes three essential macronutrients, provides energy and tastes good, too.

3. Eat less fat. The average American eats the equivalent of a stick of margarine a day, most of which is hidden in processed foods

4. Increase the amount of fiber in your diet. Fiber helps maintain colon health

DON’T:

1. DON’T rely on pills for nutrition. Pills cannot substitute for a whole food. Foods contain much more than just vitamins and minerals.

2. DON’T become dehydrated.

3. DON’T eat sugary foods in the morning. A burst of refined sugar on an empty stomach will trigger a flood of insulin that suppresses the immune system and feeds any abnormal cells.

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Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal – The fight against cancer begins at the kitchen table

 

Don’t Reach For A Sports Drink, You Most Likely Don’t Need It

Most sports drinks are loaded with sugar and are not necessary for consumption before, during, or after exercising, unless you are an athlete who does high-intensity workouts over an hour. Here are a list of beverages to keep in mind to skip the high sugary sports drinks the next time you exercise..

  • Best drink for hydration: Coconut water–  coconut water is low on the glycemic index, so it won’t dramatically affect your blood sugar, this drink may also promote heart health.

Vita Coco 100% Pure Coconut Water (1 bottle, 17 fl oz) 90 calories, 0 g fat, 22 g sugar

  • Best drink for enhanced performance: Coffee– scientific research has linked caffeine consumption with increased endurance and reaction times. The problem is, most caffeine-enhanced energy drinks are loaded with added sugars.

Coffee (8 fl. oz) = 2 calories, 0g fat, 0g sugars [without milk/cream or sugar of course!]

  • EBoost: A great way to get green tea on the go: EBoost. Unlike most green-tea based energy beverages, it’s sweetened with natural, zero-calorie Stevia, and it has an impressive antioxidant profile.

EBoost (1 packet): 5 calories, 0g fat, 0g sugars

  • Chocolate Milk: Drinking a combination of carbohydrates and protein after a hard workout can help restore your energy and aid in building lean, metabolism-boosting muscle

Low Fat Chocolate Milk (8 fl oz): 158 calories, 2.5g fat, 25g sugars, 8g protein

  • WATER!: Nature’s beverage is calorie-free, cost-free, and unless you’re an elite athlete who does high-intensity exercise for more than an hour at a time, it’ll take care of all your workout hydration needs.

Water: 0 calories, 0g fat, 0g sugars

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For more information: http://eatthis.menshealth.com/blog/5-sports-drinks-actually-work-0

 

LOOKING FOR A PICK-ME-UP?

We all have our moments when we are feeling down and need some energy to get us through the day! Here are some healthy ways to boost your energy..

Drink water: Being hydrated is an easy and inexpensive way to increase energy levels. You don’t need vitamin water or sports drinks!

Eat Breakfast: This is the meal that sets the stage for the entire day!

Protein: Not consuming enough protein during the day can be a primary reason for fatigue.

Think smart when it comes to carbs: Pick whole grains and avoid processed sweets.

Snacks: Having healthy snacks handy throughout the day is important. Don’t starve yourself, you will only over-indulge later!

Get up and move: When you’re feeling tired, get up and move around! Continuously sitting throughout the day will only make you more tired.

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For more information: http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/26/health/healthy-energy/index.html?hpt=he_c1

Turkey For You, Turkey For Me!

Americans will devour 675 million pounds of turkey on Thanksgiving Day! Here are some tips to live a healthier day…

  • Go light on the dressings, gravies, sauces etc. They can be loaded with fat, sugars, calories and tons of sodium. The smaller amount, the better!
  • Remove the skin: the skin contains extra calories and fat – and is usually coated in butter. Remove as much as possible!
  • Eat before going to your big dinner: A healthy lunch before a big dinner will help you eat less!
  • Drink water: It helps you feel full through the day and will help boost your metabolism
  • Be happy and talk with your friends and family on this day rather than focusing on the food. If you indulge, don’t feel guilty about it. Tomorrow is a new day and Thanksgiving only comes around one time a year. However, don’t just say you will change tomorrow– you have to actually do it!

 

Say NO To The Candy!

“An estimated 600 million pounds of Halloween candy is purchased in the U.S. each year – that’s an average of about two pounds of candy per person.”

Try these strategies to stop your sugar cravings:

  • Completely cut it out of your diet: Sugary sweets and other processed carbohydrates are absorbed into the bloodstream almost immediately, causing a rapid rise then crash of blood sugar, insulin, and energy. The result: We continue to look for more sugar! This might not be an easy thing for most of us, but be patient because it can take up to days or several weeks for cravings to disappear.
  • Read labels: Even if you think something is healthy or appears to be healthy, it can still be loaded with sugars. Whole grain breakfast cereals, cartons of low-fat flavored yogurt, granola bars, 100% fruit juice etc, are all loaded with sugars that can be hidden.
  • Try cutting back on alternative sweeteners it may train your taste buds and brains to become acclimated to intensely super-sweet foods and drinks.
  • Protein, protein, protein: Incorporating enough protein – particularly at breakfast – can help to curb cravings, burn more calories, and consume fewer calories throughout the day.
  • Keep a glass of water by your side at all times: One of the first signs of being even slightly dehydrated is fatigue, and when that sleepiness hits, we most likely turn to sugar for a quick pick-me-up.
  • SLEEP, DREAM, NAP: Studies have consistently shown that lack of sleep can negatively impact hormones that regulate our appetite and blood sugar levels.

So, when you go to pick up that piece of candy or sugary food.. think twice! The sugar will make it hard to just eat one.. it will have you wanting to come back for more! You have control, you can control your diet and how you feel!

For more information: http://www.nola.com/health/index.ssf/2012/11/cant_stop_eating_halloween_can.html  Molly Kimball is a registered dietitian in New Orleans