Monday, January 30, 2012

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes: Did you know that yams and sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamin A and beta carotene? Sweet potatoes are also a good source of fiber. They have a ...

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Eat Less Sugar

Sugar. Even the word sounds sweet.

Did you know that by some experts’ count, we are all eating the equivalent of 160 pounds of sugar each year! And that that sugar is one of the worst ingredients - some say poison - you can put into your body?

If you crave chocolate, or cake, or any other sweet stuff, the fact is, like most people, you’re probably addicted to sugar. Of all bad habits, it’s one of the worst. In fact, this is one bad habit that can poison your entire life.

But you can change that. Because like smoking, you can break bad habits - and addictions. The choice is yours.

Step 1: You Decide
The first step, then, is choosing to trade your bad habits for good ones. Out with the bad sugary foods,and in with the healthy. It’s as easy as that! With this one step, you can change your entire future.

Once you’ve made up your mind, the next step is to look around and evaluate the foods you’re putting into your body. Why are you eating them? Are you getting any nutrition from them? There’s a lot of learning and taking stock ahead. This won’t be easy.

Changing your beliefs and attitudes about yourself and your eating is one of the most difficult challenges you will ever face. But it can be done with good old-fashioned stick-to-it determination, effort, and education. Many people just like you have kicked the sugar habit. I know it can be done - I’ve helped people do it. Not only did they get a new outlook on life, they lost weight in the process!

Recipe for Success
If you’re to be successful at breaking the sugar habit, then it’s important to understand how sugar affects your body. And how healthy food - your new, good habit - can give your body the nutrients it craves. Once you learn that, you will never again want to put poison into your body.

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Questions about nutrition: Top 5 FAQs - MayoClinic.com

Questions about nutrition: Top 5 FAQs - MayoClinic.com

Eating: Get Your Mind in the Game

Eating: Get Your Mind in the Game:

Are you really hungry? Find out when to eat, how much to eat, and why so you can eat healthfully all the time.

The Family That Eats Together Stays Healthy Together

Recent studies have shown that not only do children like to sit down at the dinner table and eat a meal with their parents, but they are more likely to eat a well-balanced, nutritious meal when they do.  But with the hectic lives we seem to lead these days, getting the family all together in the same place at the same time can be a difficult chore. Between work schedules, after-school activities, errands, and the like, it seems we have less and less time.   But with a few simple ideas and some planning, meal time can be an enjoyable and treasured family time.

Designate no less than one night per week to have a sit-down meal with your family.  Sunday nights are usually a good choice for this because you have more time to relax and the weekend chores have been completed. 

Involve your children in the meal planning and preparation.  This gives them a strong sense of self and the foundation for a lifetime of healthy meal planning and preparation. 

Make sure the television is off, and make it a rule that all phone calls go to voice mail or the answering machine during the meal.  Take this time to visit with one another and enjoy one another's company.  This is a great time to reconnect and find out what events happened this week.  Take your time eating, and teach your children how to do the same in the process.  Eating slowly is a healthy habit.  Don't jump up and start clearing dishes and putting things away until everyone is done eating and talking. 

On those days that you can't sit down as a family, try to make a habit of sitting down and chatting with them while they are eating, instead of rushing around catching up on the chores.  This shows them you're interested and that you care and want to be and involved and important part of their every day life. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

How to Stop Overeating

Please read this whole post as you are about to find out about a tool that is proven to help you defeat the battle of the bulge.

But first, if you have a weight problem and do NOT think it is because you are eating too much....

Then you either need to see a doctor or you may have to do a reality check. Unless you have a medical condition, overeating is THE CAUSE of a flabby midsection.  You can
verify this with any health professional.

So what is this tool?

Well, it isn't just another miracle pill or a workout you will never do! This tool actually works with your brain, making it easy to make the right food choices and actually get motivated to exercise.

And yes, stop overeating.

The results are that in an independent test of this specific tool, 92% of the subjects were able reduce their weight the natural way. Here is an example from Ann Carlo of Sag Harbor New York:
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''This is fabulous. Thought I forgot all about it yesterday, until I realized that I ate breakfast (which I rarely do), drank a lot of water, had a veggie dinner and DIDN'T EAT ANY SUGAR . . . A MIRACLE! Can't convince me that this system does not operate on some level . . . even though you're not always conscious of it at the time.''
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A Proven Way To End Overeating
The tool is clinical hypnosis in the form of a 4-CD set created by a major league psychologist, Dr. Roberta Temes.

These are the same sessions she uses with celebrities and other VIP New York clients that allow them to almost effortlessly make the right eating and exercise choices without the struggle.

Although she has worked with some celebrities we cannot name, she also has also been able to help normal people finally gain control over cravings they never believed they would overcome.

Here is what Syndi Ellison, The Advertising and Finance Manager for Washington State Magazine had to say about the program,
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'I am now down 20 pounds and still have not had any problems with stress eating (my lifetime habit is to overeat). I am also walking close to 5,000 steps per day now (a little over 2.5 miles) and into a size 16 from a 20/22 and people are finally beginning to notice. I personally thank you for your program even though I don't understand how it works. I am starting to like who I see in the mirror.''
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Beware of unqualified programs.

Dr. Temes is on the Department of Psychiatry at the SUNY Health Science Center Medical School so everything she does is based on research and not ''pop'' psychology.  This is why it is the first hypnosis program we have ever recommended.

Here are some of the amazing things that will happen to you when you go through Dr. Temes seven session program:

*     Cravings will be reduced instantaneously, allowing you to stop binging before you start
*     New neural pathways will be created that empower you to replace unhealthy eating habits with healthy ones
*     Experience effortless motivation without relying on willpower
*     Your desire for sodas will be eliminated and replaced with a craving for WATER!
*     Pounds will melt away as you automatically eat the right foods and right portions, while making exercise a part of your every day routine.

And that's just a tiny fraction of what will happen when you experience this 7 session audio program.

The best part about this program is that it uses hypnosis, so there are no guide books or things you are supposed to do later.  All you do is spend 15 minutes a day listening to the sessions and the changes start to happen.

Most people notice a dramatic change within just 7 days!

Because we have had a great experience with this program and because it is so important to your health that you are able to stop the self sabotage, we have negotiated a great way for you to try the program.

Normally just one appointment with Dr. Temes would be over $300, but with this set you receive seven valuable sessions (over $2,000 in office visit time) for less than $100 that you can use in the privacy of your own home.

And just for you they are going to add $75 of really useful bonuses.

And truly unique is that they give you a full ONE YEAR SUCCESS guarantee, so there really is no risk.

Take Back Control Today  <== Click Here

This is truly a no brainer.

Arthur M.

P.S.  Some important notes:

*This program is ''eating plan'' agnostic - you choose the plan.  Over 20% of the people on the program use it to stay on a plan given to them by a dietician.

*You can use this program in the privacy of your own home.  Seven sessions that you can use over and over again

*This program, especially for you, is just under $100 - this is $250 less than just one session with Dr. Temes in person.

Stop Overeating Today <==Click Here

The Mainstays Of Dining Out Made Healthier

Meat and potatoes. Potatoes and meat. If you want any combination of those two foods, you will find them at a steakhouse. Or, you could look no further than your local grocery store. You will pay far less and be able to cook healthier food by stocking your own kitchen with these essential mainstays of the steakhouse menu.

Skip the Extras

If you are familiar with any steakhouse, you probably notice the ever-present rolls they bring you when you are seated. While these rolls don't technically do too much damage to your wallet, your waistline is a whole different story. Unless you are running a marathon, skip the bread and save your appetite for the actual meal.

When you are cooking at home, you don't have to worry about the bread and rolls; don't make it or buy it and you can avoid it. Your healthy diet would also benefit from avoiding the pre-meal snacking that goes on during preparation. A nibble here, a nibble there, and before you know it, you have eaten a whole serving before you've even dished up your plate. Focus instead on cooking your meal, then dishing up the right size portions of your protein and veggies for a healthy meal that rivals any steakhouse.

Lay Off the Trans Fats

If you are cooking steakhouse-style meat and potatoes, you will want to tweak their style of cooking. Sure, it tastes great, but the recipes call for copious amounts of trans fats, like butter and lard. The best way to get the most flavor our of your meats and other foods is to keep it simple. Using some dry seasonings with a little canola oil will help the flavor soak in while keeping your meat unstuck from the grill or pan. If you want to add more flavor, try marinating your steaks in a homemade balsamic vinaigrette for a few hours before cooking. And don't forget the garlic. Lots of flavor without any fat or sugar.

Choose Your Drinks Wisely

Of course, water is the best choice when it comes to choosing at a steakhouse or in your kitchen. But if you want to choose something other than water, you have a few options. Start with soda, for instance. As a rule of thumb, the more clear the soda, the better chance is has to be better for you. You may want to try some of the fruit or herb-infused carbonated beverages. You get the same fizzy comfort without all of the extra chemicals, sugar, and sometimes even salt.

If alcohol is on your menu, then red wine is normally your best choice. With the high levels of antioxidants and the lower calorie count compared to beer, liqueurs, or sweeter white wines, dry red wine comes out on top. Dry white wines are still a better choice than mixed drinks and beer when it comes to watching your calorie and carb intake. If you choose a mixed drink, use diet mixers in order to keep your calorie count to a minimum. The added sugar in the mixer with the sugar already in the liquor can quickly get away from you. Using a clear carbonated water like Perrier creates a healthier alternative to any syrupy mixer.

The steakhouse experience is easy to duplicate at home without all the fat, salt, and sugar. You are basically looking at a few ingredients; meat, potatoes, and a green. What could be simpler! For a healthier alternative to the restaurant variety of the steakhouse menu, be sure to skip the bread, choose your drinks wisely, and stay away from unhealthy fats. Opt for the natural flavors of the ingredients over artificially enhanced recipes. Not only will your dinner taste better, but it will be much healthier.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Don't Let the Government Shut Us Down

The following is the text of an email I received from the Healthy Back Institute:

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Right now some very powerful people at the highest levels in the U.S. government, big business, and mass media are trying to completely shred your freedom and manipulate your thoughts and life for their own gain...

They're working hard under the radar to pass bills known as SOPA and PIPA that are cleverly disguised ways to censor the health info you are allowed to know and not know...

By passing these bills, these elites will give themselves the power of both accuser and judge. They'll have the legal means to shut down any website that violates THEIR definition of health ... meaning any site that threatens their profit and power!

That means the independent sites out there that expose the lies of the giant drug companies and government health agencies would likely be shut down ... including LoseTheBackPain.com!

You would no longer receive THE TRUTH such as the shocking prescription drug statistics and two other health articles below...

But YOU can stop them...

Click here now to learn the truth about SOPA/PIPA and take action!

And pass this email on to everyone you know and urge them to take action, too. The deeper you dig into these bills the more you see they are a deadly threat to your freedom ... but together we DO have the power to stop them.

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Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, MFT
Co-Founder, Healthy Back Institute

P.S. These are just three examples of the type of information they most certainly wouldn't approve of you having access to!

20 SHOCKING Prescription Drug Statistics

Shutting Down the "Oxy Express"

EPA Approves Cancer-Crops

Friday, January 20, 2012

Almond Butter: The New Peanut Butter?

Almond Butter: The New Peanut Butter?

The Food You Crave Made Healthier At Home

PF Changs – The Food You Crave Made Healthier At Home

You've resisted the temptation for months and months. But, there will come a day when you can no longer control the urge to order take-out. You know if you eat this food it will be loaded with unhealthy ingredients. But how can you resist? You don't have to. You can make it at home, healthier and better than ever if you know what to watch out for.

Easy on the Soy Sauce

Soy sauce can be thought of as liquid sodium. In an article by the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, they urge caution stating that one tablespoon of soy sauce has 1,000 mg of sodium. A great way to reduce the amount of sodium in these dishes is to simply cut back on the measurements when adding soy sauce. You might also want to choose a reduced sodium variety of soy sauce which takes the sodium count down to 700 mg per tablespoon. This is still way over most people's daily allowance but will help.

A good alternative to soy sauce is the Bragg brand of liquid amino acids. They have the same soy sauce taste without all of the sodium and these amino acids are actually beneficial to your body. Amino acids help your body break down and absorb the nutrients from the foods you eat. Avoiding the sodium and having a healthy boost to your diet sounds like a win-win to me.

No MSG Here

Otherwise known as monosodium glutamate, MSG is a flavor enhancer commonly added to Asian foods. While MSG has not been scientifically linked to health issues, it is not found in nature. It is only an additive, and nothing more.

When you make Asian-style cuisine at home, there is no reason to enhance the flavor unnaturally. By picking out the best and freshest ingredients, your dishes will be flavorful on their own. There are plenty of healthy methods for enhancing flavor. For instance, if you want to enhance the flavor of your sauces, reduce them by simmering until the volume is one-half to one-quarter the amount it started out as. This will intensify the natural flavors and keep you away from non-natural ingredients. A small amount of sea salt will brighten the flavor of your dishes. And fresh herbs and seasonings are always a reliable, and healthier, form of flavor enhancement.

Fresher is Better

If you decide to cook in rather than eating out, picking the right ingredients can make your Asian dish the best. If you have a local farmer's market nearby or a store that is dedicated to selling local, fresh ingredients, then start your grocery list there. By buying local, you know your ingredients were picked when they were ripe and not ripening as they are shipped across the country, if not the world. Take a look and ask around to find your local fish monger, butcher, and farmer's market. They may be closer than you think.

If you are looking for healthy Asian-inspired food without leaving your own kitchen, you just need to keep a few key things in mind. Be sure to go easy on the soy sauce, try reducing your sauces for more flavor, choose a variety of herbs and spices, and shop locally for fresh ingredients. If you stick with these simple tricks, you will have delicious meals that will stick to your ribs without sticking to your waistline. And you can even go back for second helpings without the guilt!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

WHFoods: What are some healthy beverages that would fit well in my "Healthiest Way of Eating"?

WHFoods: What are some healthy beverages that would fit well in my "Healthiest Way of Eating"?

WHFoods: Cooking Healthy with Sweet Potatoes

WHFoods: Cooking Healthy with Sweet Potatoes

WHFoods: 4-Minute Healthy Sautéed Bok Choy

WHFoods: 4-Minute Healthy Sautéed Bok Choy

Your healthiest breakfast most definitely can be right at your kitchen table

The average American household spends about thirty minutes getting ready to start the day and only four of those minutes are consumed with making and eating breakfast. Health studies have shown that breakfast is the single best way to get your metabolism moving after waking up from a good night sleep. It's no coincidence that we know the term “breakfast of champions.”

So how exactly are you supposed to eat a healthy breakfast in four minutes? The short answer is, you can't. But there is some good news. Instead of driving through the fast food place for a sodium-rich, fat-soaked breakfast, why not plan ahead. With the right plan, those four minutes out of your morning can produce a delicious and healthy breakfast for you and your family.

Hit a Grand Slam in Your Own Kitchen

A tasty breakfast doesn't have to be bad for you. There are a number of different foods you can substitute for the high-calorie breakfast meals we all love. And, they take the same amount of time to prepare, if not less. If you're trying to reduce the fat, start with turkey bacon or turkey sausage on your plate. Precook these the night before and heat them in the microwave if that helps.

For the other menu items, choose organic, cage-free eggs for the healthiest protein. Scramble up egg whites to get all the protein without the cholesterol. Stir in a dash of prepared mustard for a bit of a flavor kick. Or, scramble up one whole egg and two egg whites to enjoy a filling breakfast packed with protein with a third of the cholesterol but all the flavor and the color.

If hash browns are a part of your favorite breakfast, make them healthier by baking them on a shallow baking sheet instead of frying them. A little olive oil and shredded potatoes is all you need. A few flips with a spatula and they are ready to enjoy. Again, you can precook these and then just heat them in the oven for a few minutes. The trick is to re-think your favorites and plan ahead. You can prepare anything for breakfast the night before, even scrambling the eggs, so in the morning all it takes is a quick reheat and away you go.

Flapjacks You'll Flip For

When it comes to the ultimate stack of pancakes, IHOP is definitely hard to beat. But with a few tricks up your sleeve, there's no competition between you and this breakfast giant; you'll win every time. To make your flapjacks healthier, you've got to start with the main ingredients. Try substituting a little whole wheat flour for white flour to help manage blood sugar and reduce cholesterol. If you are not a fan of how the heavier flour weighs your fluffy pancakes down, try a small amount of baking powder to your batter to help give your flapjacks a little rise.

And remember, a touch of sugar goes a long way. You can bet the pancakes you eat at your favorite breakfast place, no matter where you go, will always have a lot of sugar. If your pancake recipe calls for butter or other fat, you can substitute applesauce or use an oil that's healthier. Pancakes are made with only a few ingredients, so make those ingredients healthy and you can't lose!

What about those oh so delicious fancy pancakes, like chocolate chip? If you absolutely can't contain your desire, there is hope for you, too. Dark chocolate is actually a great source of antioxidants. Start by adding a bit of dark cocoa to your pancake mix. Then you can dress up your pancakes even more by sprinkling a few semi-sweet chocolate chips on top of each pancake after you flip them onto the second side on the griddle. Just a few will go a long way to making your pancakes pretty and delicious. Remember, use healthier ingredients to begin with so when you add your little treats, like chocolate, your pancakes aren't a total disaster to your diet.

Of course, all your healthy choices will go out the window if you smother your stack of pancakes in butter and sugary syrup. Instead, keep mashed fruit in your freezer and spoon a bit out for a delicious and nutritious topping. Applesauce is another favorite, as well as vanilla yogurt. If you still can't imagine pancakes without maple syrup, make your own at home. Again, you get to control the sugar and fat.

Still tempted to grab a stack of pancakes on the road because you don't have time in the morning? Again, it's all about planning. Make your pancakes ahead of time and freeze them for later. When you need a good breakfast in a hurry, take a couple out and pop them in the toaster or on a cookie sheet in the oven and you will have perfectly cooked pancakes in minutes.

Drinks Of Choice

When you decide what to drink with your breakfast, think closest to nature first. A glass of juice, whether it's orange juice, tomato juice, grapefruit juice, or cranberry juice is always a good start. Again, read the labels and watch out for the hidden sugars in prepackaged fruit juices. A tall glass of milk may be perfect for you. Whether you prefer skim or whole, cow's milk, soy, almond, or rice, read the label carefully and choose wisely according to your diet needs. You won't be able to be so choosey if you eat at a restaurant. A glass of water is also the perfect start to your day.

Coffee may be on your menu, but be sure to watch out for the added sugar and cream. A little goes a long way. Try honey or raw sugar for a healthier choice. Low fat milks may be a substitute for cream, but watch out for the added sugar in your fat-reduced dairy products. Plain tea may be a better option if you can't manage coffee without a lot of added sweeteners and creamers. Artificial sweeteners and non-dairy creamers are also worth consideration. The idea is to be aware and choose the best breakfast drinks for your healthy diet.

It's true that a good breakfast starts the day out right, both for the way you feel and for your metabolism. But what sort of breakfast you eat makes a difference. Re-create some of your favorite breakfast dishes at home so you can control the ingredients. Your healthiest breakfast most definitely can be right at your kitchen table.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Decadent Desserts Get A Healthier Makeover

If you want a cheesecake at least as good as the one your grandmother used to make, a trip to the Cheesecake Factory may be in order. With hundreds of fantastic desserts on the menu, your taste buds will soon be dancing merrily about. But, if eating healthier and weight loss are your goals this year, why not find an alternative. Yes, you can have your cake and eat healthy, too. Plan ahead, take a few minutes, and create a healthier alternative in your own kitchen.

Carrot Cake

The average carrot cake has almost 1500 calories per slice. Yes, you read right. More than half of the daily intake of calories for an adult male football player in one delectable slice of what sounds like a healthy dessert! There has got to be a way to enjoy this moist, delicious dessert without adding all those calories to your day's intake.

Start with a simple substitution of buttermilk. Rather than adding oil when making the cake, you can substitute buttermilk. Buttermilk sounds fattening but it actually has much less fat and calories than oil. Buttermilk also has less fat and calories than regular milk which makes it a healthier choice for the icing, too. You'll end up with a moist cake and tasty frosting with fewer calories and fat. So, yes, this is one classic cake you can enjoy with less guilt if you tweak the recipe and make it at home.

Warm Apple Crisp

What about that wonderful warm apple crisp topped with creamy rich vanilla ice cream? Of course, substituting frozen vanilla yogurt is the most obvious substitution for a healthier dessert, but there is something else to consider. The biggest culprit of added calories is the apple crisp itself. This healthy sounding dessert has almost three times as many calories and grams of sugar than that topping of real ice cream. So we want to start from the bottom up when talking about making a healthier alternative to this tasty dessert.

To put the skinny on your apple crisp, start by eliminating that can of apple pie filling. Instead, simply cut up fresh ripe apples. If that sounds like too much work, an apple cutter that slices the apple into wedges in one motion would be just the ticket. They can be found in many stores and are very inexpensive. For an even tastier creation, choose a variety of apples. You'll find different tastes and textures in different apples. And, using a sweeter apple will allow you to reduce the sugar in your recipe even more.

Cheesecake

In order to keep your cheesecake on the healthier side at home, try using low-fat cream cheese, unsalted butter, and reduced fat graham crackers. Being able to control your ingredients is the biggest way to manage your healthy diet when it comes to desserts.

Just because you want to eat healthier doesn't mean you have to skip out on desserts all together. You can have the best experience possible by taking the time and experimenting to find what works best for you and your health goals. Whether it is carrot cake, warm apple crisp, or the all-time favorite classic cheesecake, when you use the proper ingredients, you can enjoy these desserts without ruining your healthy diet. You may even find these newer versions of the classic desserts actually taste better.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

What Your Parents Got Wrong About Food

What Your Parents Got Wrong About Food: hand in cookie jar

WebMD describes incorrect parental advice on food, such as using dessert as a reward..

Monday, January 9, 2012

Favorite Finger Food Takes A Healthy Turn

Buffalo Wild Wings – Favorite Finger Food Takes A Healthy Turn

Once you have a hankering for chicken wings, there isn't much you can do to stop it. From the messy spicy sauce to the juicy tender wings, you can't stop thinking about them. So off you go to your favorite wing place. Now, I hate to bring this up, but a majority of the wings you get at a wing place are not the best for your waistline. The good news is that wings are simple to make at home, and with very little effort they can be made healthier than you might think.

Make Your Own Seasonings

One of the main ingredients in your favorite sauce is butter. The butter helps the sauce to thicken and gives it that velvety smooth consistency. If you want to keep your recipe healthier, you can always opt for something a little less fatty than butter. Reach for the canola oil, safflower oil, olive oil, or coconut oil instead of the butter.

You can skip the sauce entirely if you use a spicy dry rub instead. This lets you control the amount of sugar and sodium you put on the wings and you don't need any fats at all to create the flavor you love. A dry rub is a concoction of spices that give the chicken wings flavor without adding a lot of added calories in the form of fat. Once you have figured out how you want to coat your wings, it is time to think about cooking them.

Steam Heat

A great way to keep your wings healthier and tasty at the same time is to pay close attention to how you cook them. If you want a tender and juicy wing, try steaming them before you bake them. Steaming your wings allows a lot of the natural chicken fats to drip off, allows the skin to get crisp and keeps the meat inside tender. You can also add a small pan of water inside your oven when baking the wings in order to keep some of the moisture in while they are cooking.

Dry Heat

If you want to give your wings the most flavor while keeping them low fat and easy to cook, instead of deep frying them, try going with a dry heat. You can do this several ways; smoking, grilling, or baking. Smoking will give the wings the flavor of whatever type of wood you choose, like mesquite or apple. Grilling will give you that deep charred flavor from the charcoal. Baking in the oven will give you any option for flavoring that you wish. These dry methods are healthier alternatives to submerging your wings in oil to cook them.

Three Pronged Approach for Healthiest Wings

To review, if you want the healthiest spicy chicken wings, make them at home with a dry rub or a carefully mixed sauce, then steam them, and finally use dry heat to cook them. This will give you a nice cross between healthy spicy wings and juicy dine-out wings. Your healthiest spicy chicken wings are in your own hands – and in your own kitchen!

Finally the Dip

No discussion of wings is complete without mentioning the dip. Typically, wings are served with a side of bleu cheese dip, celery sticks, and carrot sticks. Most pre-packaged bleu cheese dip is loaded with sugar. You can avoid this by making your own. Choose a recipe that includes only a few basic ingredients like crumbled bleu cheese, sour cream or yogurt, and maybe some mayonnaise. Try the simplest first; you can always adjust it. The idea is you are in control of the sugar, fat, and salt. Double the amount of celery and carrots and enjoy a much healthier treat!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Weight Loss Surgery and Emotional Overeating

If you suffer from emotional overeating, at some point you may have thought about weight loss surgery. But, weight loss surgery is a drastic treatment to take so you need to make sure it’s right for you. You need to know the different options out there when it comes to weight loss surgery too as well as the pros and cons of it. So, let’s take a look at all these things.

1. Lap-Band

The lap band surgery option is known as a restrictive surgery and the band can be adjusted. What happens during this surgery is a doctor will go in and place a silicon ring around the top of the stomach. There will be a small pouch above the ring that gets left for the food to go into. What happens is that because that pouch is so small it fills up quickly making the person feel full quickly. The food works its way, slowly, into the main stomach eventually.

It’s normal that every once in awhile the doctor will have you come in for a procedure where saline is injected into the ring. The purpose for this is to inflate the ring, decreasing how much the pouch can hold even more. If need be, the opposite can be done too.

Pros:

* It’s adjustable meaning that saline (fluid) can either be removed or injected into the ring.
* The digestive process is not compromised; food is digested "the usual way."

* The procedure is very invasive because it’s done laproscopically.

Cons:

*If the band/ring twists, more surgery may be required.

* Slow weight loss results.

* You will have to have several follow-up visits with your doctor.

2. Gastric Bypass

The gastric bypass is known as malabsorptive. This is a drastic surgery. The process for this surgery is where a pouch is created at the top of the stomach. This pouch is created by using staples unlike the above surgery where a ring is used. Once the pouch is created the small intestine (a part of it) is actually re-routed so it connects to this pouch. This creates a smaller stomach.

Where does the term bypass come into play? It’s called bypass because that’s exactly what the food is doing. It’s bypassing the rest of the stomach and the original small intestine connection.

Pros:

* Quick, significant and permanent weight loss results.

* Mild side effects, such as heartburn, tend to be resolved easily.

Cons:

* Patients are usually required to take several supplements so they don’t go through nutritional deficiency.

*Dumping syndrome – I’m sure you can figure out on your own what dumping refers to!

* Cancer and other serious health problems can go undetected because it’s harder for doctors to see the intestine and stomach via endoscopy.

These are the two main weight loss surgeries. While weight loss surgery can help with weight gain associated with emotional overeating, it doesn’t help resolve the underlying emotional issues that cause you to overeat. If you do opt for weight loss surgery, find a place that does it as a whole person treatment plan. Meaning, they require you to go through extensive counseling and therapy before the surgery (or even after the surgery).

 

Nothing stated or presented here is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider if you have any questions regarding a medical condition, your diet, nutritional supplements, an exercise regimen, or any other matter related to your health and well-being. See Health Disclaimer for more information.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Why is One Person an Emotional Overeater and Not Another?

People often wonder what causes one person to be an emotional overeater versus another person. After all everyone is wired with emotions and everyone goes through sadness, anger, etc so why does one person suffer from this disorder opposed to someone else? Here are some thoughts as to why this happens.

The disorder emotional overeating is a broad term. It actually refers to any eating habit where a person eats without genuine hunger being the real reason they eat. Meaning, an emotional overeater will get a sudden intense craving for a specific food but it’s not motivated by real hunger because if offered something else besides that craving they wouldn’t eat it. When real hunger is the motivating factor for someone to eat they are open to pretty much any type of food not one specific thing.

Emotional overeating disorder is more prevalent in women than it is men. This does not mean that men don’t suffer from it it’s just not as common as it is among women. Emotional overeating causes a person to turn to food to comfort them instead of dealing with their feelings, mostly negative feelings.

Past Trauma

It has been found that most people who suffer from the emotional overeating disorder have been through some sort of trauma in their past like sexual abuse. The person turns to food to ‘stuff’ their feelings and not deal with the anxiety, anger, etc they felt at the time(s) of the abuse. The stuffing of these emotions causes the person to gain weight and in the end making that person feel protected because they won’t be attractive to the opposite sex. The person doesn’t want to be attractive and this is sometimes done subconsciously while other times it’s a conscious thing. It’s not just sexual abuse that can cause a person to become an emotional overeater, other factors like not having basic needs met (like the love of a parent, etc) can make it happen too.

Poor Self-Image

Emotional overeating is more common in those people that lack self-confidence or have a poor/negative self-image. In a way, emotional overeating is a physical expression of what the sufferer feels inside, and the resulting weight projects the same image of self-disrespect.

Self-Medication

Just as alcoholics use alcohol as their drug of choice and heroin addicts use heroin, food is the emotional overeater’s drug. Alcoholics drink to numb their pain or take their stresses away, heroin addicts do the same and so do emotional overeaters. Food numbs them and their feelings.

Depression

Research has shown that there is a strong correlation between emotional overeating and depression. While depression can cause someone to overeat, it can also have the opposite effect. The worse depression gets it can cause an emotional overeater to stop using food as their coping mechanism meaning they’ll lose weight.

Stress

Cortisol is one of the hormones your body releases when you are stressed. Cortisol is known to have a hunger stimulating effect. So, the more stress a person is under the more vicious the cycle of emotional overeating usually is.

Individual Triggers

Each person is going to have their own trigger or triggers that cause them to overeat. But some of the more common triggers that all emotional overeaters usually experience are:

* Boredom

* Oral need or a need to satisfy your mouth's need to do something

* Social pressure or embarrassment at eating in public, resulting in overeating in private

* Financial stress

* Relationship difficulties

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Eating Right to Slow Aging Process

Eating Right to Slow Aging Process:

Are you eating the right foods? Read this..



Eat right‚ age slow


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Anti aging foods, help you with proteins, carbohydrates and vitamins necessary to produce collagen, which is needed to eliminate wrinkles and loosening of skin. The anti aging foods provide a natural way to fight against the premature aging process or the natural aging process in the 40’s.


Aging takes place when the cells in the body are affected by the external elements and become fragile. If these cells are healthy and are receiving oxygen, aging process can be delayed. Certain foods can help in avoiding this cell degeneration.


Through the anti aging foods, you can attain desired results, though in a longer period as compared to the chemical based anti aging products. These foods provide all the necessary ingredients to your skin that will make you look younger for a longer time. The main advantage is that it has no side effects.


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We all hear this all the time. It is time to take this seriously to achieve that healthy body.


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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Nutrition: Healthy Eating When You're Sick

Nutrition: Healthy Eating When You're Sick

Tips on Overcoming Emotional Overeating

Ever watch a movie where a woman who just broke up with her boyfriend sits down with a half gallon of ice cream to comfort herself? Ever hear someone say “I need chocolate. Chocolate solves everything”? I’m sure you have because in today’s society this is the ‘norm’ and how the media even turns overeating into almost somewhat of a joke. For those that suffer from it, it’s certainly no joke.

This article is going to give you some tips on how you can overcome emotional overeating but first there’s one more thing that needs to be mentioned. The first and most important thing is you have to be 100% honest with yourself. You have to be willing to admit you have a problem. If you can’t do that then you won’t be able to overcome it because you can’t fix something you aren’t willing to admit you have a problem with. Ok, now let’s look at some tips.

1. Food diary. It may seem like a pain to think about having to write down in a food diary everything you eat but it will help if you can look at everything you’re putting in your mouth. Take it a step further than just jotting down what you’re eating – make a quick note of how you’re feeling at the time you eat. This will help you identify triggers/patterns of emotional overeating.

2. Stress. One of the common signs of emotional overeating is gaining weight while under stress. So take note of times you are under a lot of stress (this goes back to that food diary and writing things down) and note whether you find that you always gain weight during those times or not.

3. Professional help. It never hurts to seek professional help. Emotional overeating can be hard to conquer on your own. It helps getting professional help especially a therapist because a lot of times you’ll find emotional overeating to be the cause of some ‘deep dark tucked away’ event in your life that caused you to start turning to food to comfort you. A therapist can help you deal with this in a healthy way instead of turning to food to ‘stuff’ those memories/feelings.

Those three tips don’t really tell you how you can overcome it so let’s look a bit further now at three more things. These tips are geared to helping you overcome emotional overeating whereas the tips above were geared more towards helping you decide if you’re an emotional overeater or not.

1. Stress relief. Most emotional overeaters eat when they are stressed. So, you are going to have to find a way to relieve stress that doesn’t involve food. Some examples may be going for a walk, painting your nails (because if they’re wet then you can’t eat), calling a friend, etc. You need to find what works best for you to relieve stress. What works for one person might not work for another.

2. Swap goodies for goodies

What this means is that you need to find other foods you can swap for your comfort foods. For example let’s say you love potato chips. You could still eat them but try the baked version instead of the regular version. Or let’s say you love ice cream. Instead of buying that, next time try going for frozen yogurt instead. Another thing you could do is allow yourself one day a week to enjoy (in moderation) the one comfort food you just can’t give up. So if you just can’t give up that ice cream or substitute a ‘healthier’ option like frozen yogurt then allow yourself to enjoy a bowl every Saturday (or whatever day you choose to be your ‘cheat’ day).

3. Why am I doing this?

Every time you go to put food in your mouth stop and ask yourself why am I doing this? If you find that you are genuinely hungry then by all means eat. But usually emotional overeaters eat out of boredom or stress or because of an emotion they’re feeling (anger, sadness, etc). If you aren’t truly hungry go and do something else.

Monday, January 2, 2012

The Latest News about Broccoli

The Latest News about Broccoli: It's no coincidence that more than 300 research studies on broccoli have con ...

From the kitchen: Allergy Free Cooking

From the kitchen: Allergy Free Cooking