After traveling from Athens to Agrinio, our next stop to experience the Mediterranean diet firsthand was an island in the eastern Aegean Sea named Samos. After having many meals rich in plant-based foods, fresh fish, olives and olive oil with the touch of creamy cheeses and lamb, we stumbled upon a small honey store that…
The Mediterranean diet is recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans as well as the World Health Organization as it is considered one of the healthiest ways of nourishing your body. The lifestyle of this diet has been associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. This was first observed when it was noted that…
Many of us feel that the holiday season is one long season to indulge! Come January first, many of us will be returning to our scales to see that we have gained 5, 10 or even 15 pounds that we had worked so hard to keep off over the year. Did we really work so hard all year round to give it all up in one month?!! As the season approaches, I’m constantly being asked how to keep those extra pounds from sneaking back on over the next month. I’m sure most of you will agree that it seems that weight is sometimes difficult to lose but creeps back on over night! Of course there are those who say indulge over the holiday season and watch the rest of the year. While I’m an advocate for the occasional indulgence, having your weight yo-yo up and down throughout the year can put you at risk for many chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and metabolic syndrome. Some people even become stressed out over the thought that all their hard work is going to go in the trash because of the holiday season. Keep your stress at bay with some tips to get you through till the New Year comes and you are back to your normal routine.
More and more we are finding out that increased added sugars in our diets, coming from the large amount of sugar sweetened beverages and processed foods we consume in the United States, is leading to increased numbers of overweight, obesity and many chronic diseases. In part 1 of my sugar series- The Truth About Sugar!, I discuss how to determine the difference between an added sugar and a natural sugar. In this article, part 2 of the sugar series, I discuss the health effects that these added sugars are having on our population.
Sugar- it is lurking in almost all the foods we consume in our diets. If you are buying something that comes in a package, box or, can, there is a good chance that sugar has been added to that product. We are constantly hearing that sugar is bad for us but is it really?
Eating vegan is a trend that is on the rise. People decide to eat vegan foods for several reasons including animal rights and religious reasons. While I am not a vegan there will be times that I eat vegan foods. I will stress that just because you are eating vegan does not mean that you will be healthier as foods such as potato chips, French fries and Oreos are all vegan foods. Also, if you choose to eat a diet containing animal products, you can eat a very healthy diet. The key here is whatever type of diet you choose to consume whether it is vegan, vegetarian or including animal foods, the choices you make within that diet are the answer to staying healthy.
Just like so many of you, my mornings are filled with stress and anxiety as I rush out the door with a long, busy day ahead of me. Preparing breakfast in the morning is not always an option if I want to get a solid eight hours of sleep. Skipping breakfast can be detrimental to maintaining your weight and health goals, so having something on hand that you can grab on your way out the door can be the difference from eating breakfast or not. Because of this, I’m always trying to think of new, quick, and easy breakfast options that will provide me with the nutrients to not only fuel my body and day but to keep me satiated until lunch time! This protein bread is a perfect addition to your healthy breakfast options. After many different tries with making a protein based bread, I finally concocted one with the perfect texture. Where as many people will associate pumpkin with the flavor of the highly sweetened pumpkin taste we have all come to know and love, this bread is not sweet at all as no sugars have been added. Instead this recipe is a bit more on the savory side. Even without adding sugar to sweeten this bread, it has become a very popular recipe for many of my clients.
For a lot of people, the start of a new year means the start of many other “new” things. Millions of people make New Year’s Resolutions at the beginning of each new year. Anything from quitting smoking, saving money, being more positive and losing weight are among the most popular ones. Walk into any gym the start of the new year and it will be packed. However, come February, the crowds will start to dissipate and the gym will be back to normal. Most people do not make it through the entire year pursing their resolutions. Some only make it a few months, some only a few weeks and only a third make it to the end of January. What are the keys to making a successful New Year’s Resolution?
New food trends are continually hitting our grocery store shelves. In the past we may have noticed new food items while shopping that we had never heard of before. Now with social media, you don’t have to be in the grocery store to learn about all the new food trends because you are bombarded with it on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Things like chia seeds, quinoa, root beets, gluten free foods, bone broth and GMO free foods have been among the health food trends over the past few years. As I’m sure you have noticed, some of these food items are “in” for a while and we never hear of them again or they stick around for the long haul. 2016 was no different in the health food industry. Here are some of the health food trends we saw in 2016 and whether you should keep them around in 2017.
Does this sound familiar? You spend all year living your healthy lifestyle and when it comes to the holiday season you may be hearing this from your family and friends. Or is this something you say to yourself only to find you’ve gained 10 pounds come the new year?