Looking for ways to control your metabolism? Here are some simple tips to keep your metabolism going!
For more information: http://greatist.com/health/11-scientifically-proven-ways-boost-metabolism
“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.”
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)
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?
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?
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
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.
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..
For more information: http://eatthis.menshealth.com/blog/5-sports-drinks-actually-work-0
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.
For more information: http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/26/health/healthy-energy/index.html?hpt=he_c1
“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:
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