Wednesday, March 31, 2010

What is a macrobiotic diet?

Natural, whole and local ingredients are the foundation of the macrobiotic diet. It's about eating from your time, place, conditions and goals. Whole grains, seasonal vegetables, beans, and white fish are good examples. The macrobiotic diet is based on the elemental therories of east asian medicines. If it's hot outside eat cooling foods, if it's cold eat foods that are warming and unless you live in a temperate environment avoid tropical foods.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

What is the Mediterranean diet?

A typical meal consists of salad with olive oil, fresh grilled fish and red wine. It's very heart healthy. Eat mostly fruits and vegetables and consume only healthy fats like olive and canola oil, cut the red meat and eat lots of fish and red wine. Beans, lentils and lemons are also common elements.

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

4 weeks to losing weight

Week 1: Cut portions
Read serving sizes on labels and learn what a proper portion looks like.

Week 2: Have a healthy breakfast
People who lose the most weight eat breakfast.

Week 3: Stop eating after dinner
Engage yourself in another way by calling someone, playing a game or taking a bath.

Week 4: Curb the cravings
Eat a small low cal snack late afternoon to lessen your dinnertime appetite.

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Saturday, January 2, 2010

drinking on a diet

High caloric drinks include the more tropical drinks -- margaritas, pina coladas, mai tais, and the dessert drinks, instead try white wine, a light beer, or a straight martini. A 6 ounce margarita has 400 calories whereas a 12 ounce light beer only 100.

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

diet danger zone

The worst thing about the month of December is you gain a ton of weight. Your willpower seems to dissolve. With all of the food and parties it's so easy to just give in. Here are some sure-fire ways to dodge the eating frenzy:

buy diet friendly gifts such as tea
use smaller dishes
eat long lasting foods such as hard candy

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

ingredient swap

try these substitutions for less fattening baked goods:

- instead of white flour use whole wheat flour
- instead of eggs use eggs and egg whites
- instead of whole milk use skim or low fat
- use half the amount of add ins (chocolate chips, nuts...)
- instead of using butter to grease the pan use oil spray

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

fat free snow days

it's easy to start the snacking on snow days. here's some ideas for what to do instead:

- eat a light breakfast of oatmeal and fruit
- head outside and shovel, a great way to burn calories
- for snacks, trail mix of seeds and fruit are a good option
- go sledding or just take a walk

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Monday, January 19, 2009

better beverage choices

what you drink may affect your waistline more than you think by adding hundreds of empty calories to your daily intake. you could lose 20 pounds a year or more by making smarter beverage choices. here are some tips for better beverage choices:

- go with water, it has no calories. plus dehydration can actually slow your metabolism.
- drink your coffee black or use skim milk instead of cream
- drink green tea instead of coffee, studies show it may help boost calorie burning
- beware of sports drinks, drink water instead of these calorie loaded monsters

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

the good fat and the bad fat

Dieters often fear fat, but it's actually crucial to good health. The trick is to eat the right kinds of fat. Good fats create energy, transport vitamins, and regulate blood pressure and heart rate. They can also help reduce bad cholesterol.

Good Fat:
- Monounsaturated - olive oil, fish oil, avocado, olives, nuts
- Polyunsaturated - soybeans, whole grain wheat, vegetable oils
- Omega 3 - salmon, flax seeds, leafy green veggies

Bad Fat:
- Trans - cookies, crackers, doughnuts
- Saturated - dairy, red meat, crisco, coconut

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Friday, January 9, 2009

around the world in 80 calories

Here's a guide to eating ethnic for less calories

Asian:
- start with the soup to curb your appetite
- drink tea to fill your tummy
- use chop sticks to slow you down
- eat stir fried and steamed
- choose brown rice
- limit your sauce

Mexican:
- start with a soup
- watch those tortilla chips
- go for big flavors, they're often less fatty
- cut the cheese (and sour cream)
- avoid the refried beans

Italian:
- start with a soup (trendy huh)
- avoid pasta stuffed w/ cheese
- go for the red sauce
- watch out for excess oil

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

heart healthy grains

eating whole grains helps banish stubborn belly fat and lower your risk of heart disease. try brown rice, barley, couscous, pilafs, risottos and soups to add more in to your diet. in addition to filling up on fiber, you'll benefit from the essential vitamins and minerals and disease fighting elements of the complex carbs.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

party planing control

Follow these tips for staying in control at post holiday parties:

- Eat a healthy snack one hour before you go. That way you won't be as hungry
- Stick with the healthier items at the buffet such as shrimp, veggies and hummus
- Bring a healthy dish to share

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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

happy new year

the new year is all about resolutions. to honor this tradition we're devoting this month's topics to healthy eating. enjoy!

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