Fruit and the Northern Climate

This article from Healthzone.ca made a good point – those who want to eat fruit in a northern climate have to suffer with out-of-season fruit.  Here’s how to manage eating good fruit all year round.

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Working Out In Your 20s Helps Prevent Middle Age Spread

 

“In the study, which appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers followed about 3,500 people between the ages of 18 and 30 for two decades.

Women who maintained a regimen of moderate-to-vigorous exercise throughout the study gained about 13.5 pounds less, on average, than their least-active counterparts, the study found. “

Click here for the  artile from CNN.com!



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Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

I gained 5 pounds last year but also worked out and gained muscle.  However I am worried the same might happen this year so here are some more tips of avoiding the holiday weight gain:

  • Tackle the buffet table with a plan. “Always survey the buffet table first and then get in line with your plate and choose the things you really want, including healthy choices,” Gans says.
  • Position yourself away from the hors d’oeuvres. “Stand away from the hors d’oeuvres,” Gans advises. “If you’re near them, you’ll eat one. If you stand away from them, hopefully you won’t.”
  • Have a snack before you go to a party. “Most people, knowing they’re going somewhere, will not eat during the day, saving up their calories,” she says. “That’s a nightmare waiting to happen because you’ll end up eating too much because you’re so hungry.”
  • Bring a healthy dish with you. If you’re going to someone’s home for a potluck or buffet, bring a low-fat, low-calorie offering. “Be the one who says, ‘I’ll bring a vegetable,’ or ‘I’ll bring a salad,’ ” Gans says.
  • Engage in the leftover battle. If you’re at someone else’s house, don’t leave with leftovers. If you’re throwing the dinner party, send everyone home with leftovers.
  • Talk at parties, rather than eat. Gans encourages party-goers to “use the time to catch up with friends and family, not just to eat food.”
  • Keep up your normal exercise routine. You’ll be able to relieve holiday stress, burn excess calories, and avoid weight gain.

Above tips from EverdayHealth.com.

Here are some of my tips. 

  • Holidays are about eating holiday food.  Avoid the generic boxed chocolates (Turtles, After Eights, Pot Of Gold) so that you can have a Christmas cookie or dessert.
  • Enjoy a few hors d’heurves (shrimp, veggies and a great dip) instead of chips.
  • Ditch the juices, pops, cider, eggnog and have water.  This will cut the liquid calories and keep you hydrated and digestion flowing.  Also helps with bloat.  Try to avoid alcohol too.  If you do have a drink, try to imbibe only once.
  • Try to stay healthy at breakfast.  Enjoy a full-on bacon, eggs, hashbrown brunch at least once, and fully enjoy it without guilt.  However, don’t eat like that every morning.  Bacon, sausage, buttered toast, dessert-style pastries, juices etc. all add up on calories and make you groggy the rest of the day!
  • Get some exercise.  It doesn’t have to be a full-on hour.  Take a walk..it may be snowing but usually when it snows it’s warmer (warmer when the sky isn’t clear).  Do 5 min of yoga or stretching.  Play with the kids.  Do something!

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Everyday Health App

I saw this this morning and immediately downloaded the app. 

  • Medically reviewed information on 50 top health conditions
  • Expert answers from doctors and pharmacists
  • Mom-approved remedies for everyday aches and pains
  • Nutrition facts on hundreds of snacks – salty and sweet, healthy and sinful

Click here for the app.

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Thinking Of Eating Can Help Curb Eating

A new study that is published in the journal Science theorizes that thinking of eating a food can help reduce the amount of such food you consume.  This indicates that you can reduce a craving just by thinking of eating the food.  Imagine sticking to your diet and having the psycological feelings that you at all the food you really want to?  Try this over the holidays!

“We found basically that repeatedly imagining the consumption of a food reduces the subsequent actual consumption of that food,” says Casey Morewedge, the lead study author.

“We think it can help them reduce the desire to consume, to eat less of the bad foods that they crave…and make healthier food choices,”

Read the article here from HealthZone.ca.

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