Lose Weight For Summer

On EverydayHealth.com there is a butt-load (excuse pun) of info on how to shape up in time for summer and maintain.

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May 12, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Exercise, Interesting Articles, Recipes, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

Still Hungry!?!

 From EverydayHealth.com:

Q: I am a very healthy eater who doesn’t skip meals, eats snacks regularly (mostly apples and oranges), and drinks plenty of water (more than 80 ounces a day). Despite all this, sometimes I am unable to control my hunger. What can I do to satisfy my appetite while staying within my nutritional goals?

A: I agree that there are times when fresh fruit doesn’t control hunger. When that happens, perhaps a small portion of peanut butter on apple slices would better keep your appetite in check. The protein in the peanut butter is satiating and can be a good option — as long as you don’t eat the entire jar in one sitting! One tablespoon is the maximum you should have with some apple slices if you are trying to watch your weight.

Satisfying your appetite may mean larger portions of chicken breast and salad to fill you up — these are also good options because the protein in chicken and a salad with low-fat or nonfat dressing is so filling. In general, if you want to feel fuller, try eating more lean meats, fish, and poultry. If you want to eat quantity, try large salads with plenty of different vegetables, topped with low-fat dressings.

 

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10 Easy Snacks

From EverydayHealth.com:

1. Up your dairy and fiber intake by mixing a 6-ounce container of plain, non-fat, Greek-style yogurt with 1/2 cup of berries and 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed, says Lanah J. Brennan, RD, a registered dietitian in Lafayette, La., and a nutrition blogger.

 2. Make your own trail mix. Start with raw almonds, chopped walnuts, and pistachios — look for nuts without added salt or oil. Then add raisins or dried blueberries and cranberries; again, be sure to look for those without added sugar.

 3. Mix 1/2 cup of low-fat cottage cheese with 1/2 cup of no-sugar-added applesauce and sprinkle with cinnamon for a tasty dairy and fruit combination.

 4. Dip sliced cucumbers, radishes, and grape tomatoes in hummus. You can substitute raw carrots or any other favorite vegetable for a great high-fiber snack.

 5. One of the best healthy snacks is popcorn, says Johnston. It’s low in calories and provides good dietary fiber. For variety, try spraying popcorn with low-fat, olive oil-based cooking spray instead of adding butter.

 6. An old snack favorite that combines dairy, vegetables, and protein is “bugs on a log.” Spread peanut butter on a celery stick and then sprinkle with raisins or dried cranberries for a nutritious mini-meal.

 7. Another quick and healthy snack is a half sandwich. Use whole-wheat bread and layer on some lean meat such as turkey for protein, a slice of cheese for dairy, and lettuce and tomato for vegetables.

 8. For a snack you can carry in your pocket, a bag of toasted almonds can give you a quick boost that is loaded with protein, healthy fat, and fiber, advises Joan Salge Blake, MS, a registered dietitian and clinical assistant professor of nutrition at Boston University.

 9. Healthy snacks can come from the freezer aisle, too. Frozen cubes of mango make a delicious snack. “Tropical fruit doesn’t have to be just for vacation,” says Blake. Frozen grapes and banana chunks are tasty, too.

 10. Salsa is a great vegetable snack. One-half cup of salsa equals one vegetable serving. For a tasty salsa dipper, try whole-grain crackers.

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What Foods To Absolutely Avoid?

From EverydayHealth.com:

Q: What are the absolute worst foods – those we should avoid at all costs?

A:  Wow — there are so many that fit the bill! Here are a few of them, along with some healthier alternatives:Stick margarine. This is probably my all-time least favorite food because it’s loaded with trans fat — the kind that increases bad cholesterol, lowers good cholesterol, and raises the risk of blood clots. And at 100 calories per tablespoon, this heartbreaker isn’t doing your waistline any good, either. As an alternative to stick margarine, you might use a “soft tub” variety of one of the reduced-calorie, trans fat–free brands.

Soda. One hundred percent of the calories in regular soda come from sugar or high-fructose corn syrup. Not only are such empty calories fueling our nation’s obesity epidemic, but they’re doing a number on our teeth. You see, when the bacteria naturally present in our mouths are exposed to sugar, enamel-eroding acid is produced and the risk of cavities increases. To make matters worse, most soft drinks (including the sugar-free kinds) contain added phosphoric and citric acids. Instead of using soft drinks to quench your thirst, try good old-fashioned water or naturally flavored seltzer.

High-mercury fish. Fish is a great source of lean protein and healthy fats, but certain species are also laden with mercury. This heavy metal has been linked to numerous neurological problems and is especially toxic to fetuses, infants, and growing children. To reduce your risk of exposure to mercury, do not eat swordfish, tilefish, shark, or king mackerel. Young children, women of childbearing age, pregnant women, and nursing moms should also limit their intake of albacore (white) tuna to no more than 6 ounces per week. If you can’t live without tuna, switch to canned chunk light tuna, which is lower in mercury. Better yet, try fresh or canned sardines or wild salmon; both are low in mercury and rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fats.

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AnnaLynne McCord’s Workout

From CelebrityDietDoctor.com:

“According to Barry’s Bootcamp if you do the workout four times a week you will build lean muscle mass because of the short burst of moves that are changing every 30 seconds to a minute.” Sample of a workout is:

  • Lunge and Curl with 5-10 pound weights for one minute
  • Leaping Lunges for one minute
  • Tricep Kick Backs with 5-10 pound weights 30 seconds each arm
  • Knee Drive, 30 seconds each leg
  • Squat Presses with weights for one minute
  • Plank Row with weights, one minute each arm  (This one is a challenge!)
  • Running Plank for one minute
  • Jump Squat for one minute (This one burns lots of calories.)

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Grilled Peach Salsa Recipe

It’s grilling and peach season soon!  I love grilled peaches with steak.  I’ve also developed a taste for hot stuff so can’t wait to try this.

Nutritional Info (Per serving):

Calories: 76, Saturated Fat: 0g, Sodium: 2mg, Dietary Fiber: 2g, Total Fat: 2g, Carbs: 16g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Protein: 1g

Prep Time: 10 mins, Cook Time: 5 mins, Total Time: 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 pounds peach(es), (3 to 4 medium), ripe, halved and pitted
  • 1 teaspoon oil, canola
  • 2 tablespoon onion(s), sweet, preferably Vidalia, finely chopped
  • 1 small pepper(s), jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 medium lime(s), zested and juiced
  • 1/4 cup(s) cilantro, fresh, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon mint, fresh, chopped

Preparation

  1. Preheat grill to medium.
  2.  Brush cut sides of peaches with oil. Grill the peaches until softened and browned in spots, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Let cool.
  3.  Chop the peaches into 1/4-inch pieces and place in a medium bowl. Add onion, jalapeño, lime zest and juice, cilantro and mint.

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Eat Clean Diet Tips

From the Eat Clean Diet newsletter – sign up here!

“I find late-night cravings normally come from boredom and not hunger.
I stay busy in the evenings and they pass without a pig out.”

– Wendy_morley

“I have found that [cravings] are rarely hunger related for me and that they will pass. So I distract myself. I take a bath with a great Oxygen mag and I brush my teeth. Nothing tastes very good after that, and I would hate to do it again!”
– Heidi

“I go to bed!”
– Tatttt2

“With 5 meals a day and 100 plus oz of water, it’s usually not an issue. However, when and if this problem arises, my answer is: ?water water water! I know that if my mind is saying ‘snack,’ it really means, ‘H20.'”
– Italynette

“I brush and floss my teeth, and then use mouthwash to lose any tastes that linger and this helps me lose cravings.”
– Idsmom33

“I just had a piece of gum – it helps when I have the late night munchies … something to chew on!”
– Cogmom

“I fix a nice steaming cup of decaf hot tea and sip it as I relax on the couch. It is calming and comforting.”
– Odessa

Of course, as Eat-Clean Diet® Community members Toodlepip and Jolamar pointed out, if we are truly hungry we shouldn’t deny ourselves. To satiate your evening hunger, try having one of the following small meal options:

“One dried organic fig will do the trick for me.”
– All4cate

“If I get the urge, I’ll try to stick to fruits and nuts.”
– Tanyaprud_homme

“Sometimes just a few spoons of yogurt/cottage cheese will do the trick.”
– Toodlepip

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Walking to Lose Weight?

From EverydayHealth.com:

Q: My doctor told me that I need to get more aerobic exercise, but I hate going to the gym! I do like to walk, but how fast and how long should I go to improve my cardiovascular health?

A:  I understand exactly what you mean about going to the gym; I’m not a big fan of it either. Personally, I prefer to exercise outdoors or at home. And like you, I really enjoy walking.Recently, I’ve begun recommending what’s known as interval walking to many of my patients. With interval walking, you alternate between short bursts of intensive effort and easier recovery periods, as opposed to walking at a steady, continuous, and potentially monotonous pace. In fact, studies show that you can get better results in 20 minutes of interval exercise than you would in an hour of steady-state exercise….Read the rest of the answer click here.

 

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South Beach Diet – An Elegant Fish Dinner

Cod With Artichokes and Basil (Phase 1)

Description
Marinated artichokes are a great convenience product because they provide concentrated flavor and a delicious liquid, which can also be used to flavor a dish. Together with aromatic basil, they are the perfect foil for flaky, light cod. You can also try pollack, haddock, snapper, or turbot for this recipe.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes

Serves 4

Ingredients
1 1/2 pounds cod fillet
1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon dried basil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
10 ounces marinated artichoke hearts (about 12 pieces), plus 1 tablespoon liquid from jar

Instructions
Heat oven to 450°F.

Place cod in an ovenproof baking dish, brush with oil, sprinkle with basil, and season with salt and pepper. Arrange artichoke hearts around fish and drizzle with artichoke liquid.

Bake until fish is opaque and just flakes with a fork, 12 to 14 minutes. Remove from oven and serve hot.

Nutritional information
Per serving:
250 calories
10 g fat (1 g sat)
8 g carbohydrate
33 g protein
3 g dietary fiber
430 mg sodium

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Diet and Exercise To Manage Stress

Stress can do horrible things to us.  I internalize stress to the point of physical illnes…luckily diet and exercise can help!  From EverydayHealth.com…

Stress can cause:

  • Eating disorders
  • Stomach ailments
  • Skin reactions
  • Emotional conditions
  • Sleep problems
  • Concentration difficulty
  • Heart disease
  • Lowered immune response
  • Cancer

Luckily diet, exercise and having some fun can help ease your stress and these associated side affects.

Today I’m going to start running again.  I have taken a break from working out and eating well because I had finals.  Had 5 this week and 2 coming next week.  After this I just have clinical placements!

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