It’s that time of year for lotsa small packaged halloween treats that forever flow into my mouth!
So what does 100 calories of Halloween treats look like? Take the Men’s Health quiz here!
One of the reasons for weight gain is stress, and a major source of stress is money!
Get buff on a budget with these tips from Women’s Health!
Q: I’m trying to eat right, and I read labels when I shop, but I’m pretty confused about the difference between refined and unrefined carbohydrates and how they affect my health and weight. From what I can tell, bread, rice, and pasta are all bad. Is that true? If so, I’m in deep trouble.
A: Click here!
Q: I’ve heard that vitamin A acetate can deplete minerals in bones. I take a multivitamin that contains vitamin A acetate — am I at risk for osteoporosis?
A: Click here!
Q: How do I work around my injury?
A: Click here!
Q: Every time I’ve tried improving my diet, I’m good for a few weeks and then I falter. Do you have any advice on how to keep at it?
A: I think everyone can relate to this feeling — when starting a new project, there’s an excitement that not only fades with time but also weakens when confronted with the resistance we have to changing our habits. The new challenge is to stick to your new routine even after that initial motivation fades.Here are some ways to keep yourself on track:
- Why did I slip up today?
- Are there patterns in my setbacks?
- Do I tend to struggle with the same types of foods or a specific time of day?
- Is there something going on in my life that is stressing me out?
- Forgive your mistakes.
Read more here!
Here are some fat burning tips from Women’s Health. Click on this link to see their reasoning and workout routines behind the tips listed.
- Shock your body
- 8 cup(s) lettuce, mixed greens, torn
- 2 grapefruit, peeled and sectioned
- 1 avocado, pitted, peeled, and sliced
- 2 tablespoon vinegar, raspberry
- 2 tablespoon avocado oil, or olive oil
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
Arrange the greens, grapefruit and avocado in a bowl. For dressing, in a small bowl whisk together raspberry vinegar, avocado or olive oil, the water, sugar, and salt. Drizzle over the salad mixture.
This article from BBC News describes the negative affects of white wine on your teeth and how to minimize them. White wine affects your teeth more than red wine (even through red wine dyes your lips, tongue and teeth!). The origin, vintage or alcohol content is not what affects your teeth, but the pH and duration of contact with your chompers.
To minimize the pH affects, try eating cheese at the same time. Cheese is rich in calcium which is good for teeth and what the acid targets in the teeth.
“In the lab, adult teeth soaked in white wine for a day had a loss of both calcium and another mineral called phosphorus to depths of up to 60 micrometers in the enamel surface, which the researchers say is significant.”
What wines are the worst offenders? Riesling wines tended to have the greatest impact, having the lowest pH. What to choose? A rich red like a Rioja or a Pinot noir…Mmmm I love big reds!
But don’t think that brushing right away will save you white-wine-no-cheese people. Excessive brushing might make matters worse and lead to further loss of enamel. So maybe having a mini-wine and cheese tasting is the way to go. This combo helps neutralise the acid and boost the remineralising power of saliva to halt the acid attack.
Avoid eating strawberries or other fruit (and it’s juices) as this adds to the acid attack. So in conclusion: have red, or have white with cheese and wait 30min to brush!
Here are 20 tips from the Men’s Health article “20 Ways to Stick to Your Workout” by Adam Campbell.
- Sign up for a distance race
- Make a bet
- Exercise to your health
- Switch your training partners
- Think about fat
- Do a daily gut check (I did it, depressing, but will never miss a workout!)
- Join a fitness message board
- Strike an agreement with your family
- Listen to your favorites music
- Plan your workouts in advance
- Start with the exercise you dread
- Have a body composition test
- Don’t do what you hate
- Go through the motions even if you don’t feel like working out
- Start a streak
- Make your goals attractive
- See your body through her/his eyes
- Buy a year’s worth of protein
- Blackmail yourself
Funny, these two articles came in the same newsletter from EverydayHealth.com!
Can Alcohol Derail You Diet? Sugars from alcohol can add up if you imbib in one after work every night. Switch to wine, then wine spritzer and maybe you’ll be satisfied in a few weeks with just club soda and a lemon!
Light beer, 12 oz, 90 to 110 calories Regular beer, 12 oz, 150 calories Red wine, 5 oz, 120 to 150 calories Rum or whiskey, 1.5 oz, 98 calories Gin, 1.5 oz, 120 calories Vodka, 1.5 oz, 98 calories Now add in the sugary mixes! Juices! Pops! Rimmers!
Q: I’ve been hearing a lot about how good alcohol is for your health — but I always thought it was unhealthy to drink. Can you explain this?
A: After reports were released suggesting that alcohol has a protective effect on the heart, many people I know jumped for joy and cheered, “Finally something seemingly sinful is good for me!” In fact, a moderate amount of alcohol can be good for your heart health. Research shows that drinking any type of alcohol in moderation can lower your risk of stroke, raise good cholesterol (HDL) levels, and lower bad cholesterol (LDL) levels. And red wine contains antioxidants that can further protect the heart. So go ahead and enjoy your wine with dinner. To stay in balance, switch your glass of wine for your dinner roll or other starch serving.But stay sober! Once you drink past the point of moderation (which is defined as one drink a day for women, and two for men), alcohol’s benefits are quickly swallowed by its risks. Heavy drinking can really take a toll, leading to liver disease, stroke, cancer, and many other ailments. Alcohol also has plenty of calories. So if you don’t drink, don’t start. But if you do, enjoy — just take it easy.
October 19, 2009
Just wanted to confess that I ate a container of Hagan Daaz last night. I was forcing myself to study for a midterm and ate the whole thing. Not proud, it was good. So I effed up.
Got back on the healthy eatingn today, and worked out at home, legs, abs and cardio to DDR2.