Sunday, January 30, 2011

help your guests stay slim

Pipe peppermint throughout your house.  A whiff may help curb your guests appetite.  Studies show those exposed to peppermint consume fewer calories than those that aren't.  Offer mint leaves and sticks of gum to keep would be snackers occupied.

Another tip.  Keep your guests standing.  Standing doubles your metabolic rate because you need more strength to hold your body up.  

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Friday, January 28, 2011

cold weather calorie burners

Shoveling the driveway 430 calories
Stacking firewood 358 calories
Building a snowman 286 calories
Pulling your a child on a sled 269 calories
Downhill skiing 215 calories
Ice skating 197 calories
Walking 118 calories

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Great Dieting Tips



Have 3 Healthy Snacks First
Eating 3 healthy low cal options to fill you up before having any high-calorie food.  Try to have a variety available.  Some options include:
- carrots
- apples
- oranges
- grapefruit
- tomatoes
- yogurt
- cucumber
- bell pepper
- lettuce

Pre-Portion Your Food
This way you'll see how much you're having.

Eat The Low-Fat Alternative
Pretty much everything these days comes in small portion size or diet alternatives.

Get Distracted
- Call someone
- Paint your nails
- Listen to music
- Clean
- Go for a walk

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

easy ways to count calories

don't guess - 80% of people underestimate the amount they eat per day by more than 600 calories. 
write it down - keeping a food journal helps track calories and keep the weight off.  you'll see what, when and where you're eating to help you identify any patterns you may need to change.
watch portion size - try the 100 calories packs to keep track. 

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Not getting enough calcium?

Dieters who aren't getting enough calcium may find adding a 1,200 mg daily supplement can help them lose more weight than by just cutting calories.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Going herbal

Herbs can help restore the body's healthy balance. The following show promise to help a variety of common health issues.

Maca - Used in Peru as an aphrodisiac and to enhance fertility. Reduces anxiety, depression and measures of sexual dysfunction.
Brahmi - Used in Ayurveda as a nerve tonic and thought to improve memory. Enhances cognitive performance.
Pycnogenol - Used by Iroquois to treat rheumatism, stiff limbs, and colds. Alleviates menstrual pain, hot flashes and improves cholesterol.
Curcumin - Used in Ayurveda to treat inflammation. Anti-inflamatory antioxidant, chemo preventative.
Rhodiola Rosea - Used in Russia to alleviate anxiety, depression and insomnia. Improves mental performance, decreases stress.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Set yourself up for a successful diet

Don't skip meals - easting every 4-5 hours throughout the day will keep your blood sugar levels steady and help you feel full.
Keep a food journal - write down everything you eat, noting your mood and hunger level each time.  You'll stay accountable and identify situations which cause overeating.
Exercise - even if just for 15 minutes a day.  It can relieve stress and put you in a more positive mood to make healthy choices.
Make sure to get enough sleep - sleep deprivation can increase hunger by decreasing levels of leptin, the hormone responsible for letting you know you're full.  You'll also be less tired and have more resolve to resist. 
Stay connected with friends - giving you support, motivation, inspiration to stay on track.

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Sunday, January 2, 2011

think before you eat

Before you decide to have a snack ask yourself these questions:
1. Are you really hungry? Rate yourself from 1-5.  If you're not really hungry don't eat.
2. Have you had enough to drink? Try drinking a glass of water or cup of tea.  Re-evaluate your hunger after 20 minutes.
3. Will you enjoy this food? Will you feel guilty or happy after eating?  Just thinking about it will help you eat more slowly and eat less.

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