The most common excuse I hear for not eating healthy or exercising is, “I don’t have time.” I get it, you’re busy, but guess what? So are your fit and healthy co-workers, neighbors, relatives and friends.
And by the way, there’s nothing “more special” or “unique” about them that magically grants them time to exercise and cook a healthy dinner. They make it a priority because they know how awesome life is when you feel amazing.
While lack of time is a convenient (and common) excuse for living an unhealthy lifestyle, you must know in your heart of hearts that you deserve better. Right? I thought so!
Oh, and by the way? You can totally eat healthy even when you don’t have much time.
Here are 5 tips to eating smart even when you’re constantly on the go.
When you’re crazy-busy, the best way to guarantee adherence to your healthy diet is preparation. It takes the same amount of time to unwrap a...
How do you get motivated to cook when take-out is calling your name? It's hard but I'll tell you how we stopped dialing for pizza and started eating healthier without missing a step.
How many of us have a list of take-out restaurants at our fingertips at home and at the office? It often feels so much easier to reach for the phone or hit the drive up after work and order pizza, Chinese, subs… whatever. So how can you get motivated to cook when all you want to do is dial out for dinner?
First, you have to make it easy to make a healthy choice, and second, you have to make it fun.
There are three basic ways I make cooking at home more appealing than ordering out.
I know, I know! It sounds awful and demanding and “how can you possibly plan a full week of dinners!” but let me tell you, meal planning is your friend! From your waistline to your pocketbook, your whole life is going to thank you for this small act of organization. And it can be really...
Diet plays a huge role in balanced hormones. For women, particularly, hormone imbalance can be the root of many, many health problems that can make you feel crummy, make it difficult to lose or gain weight, impact your fertility and even increase your risk of certain cancers and other serious diseases.
Besides healthy fats (which provide the building blocks for steroid hormone production), fiber is my go-to for overall health.
Fiber is a special type of carbohydrate that doesn’t get converted to sugar and therefore doesn’t raise blood sugar levels like other carbohydrates do.
Insoluble fiber is found in the cell walls of plants and cannot be dissolved in water. This adds bulk to stools by binding with water and acting as a stool softener that...
Losing weight over fifty can happen if you stay focused and realize that it’s not going to happen as fast as it did when you were younger. Things have changed, namely your metabolism. It’s a harsh reality but you can get the scale moving down instead of up. Let me answer the top questions I see from my clients:
Your body starts slowing down by fifty. You’re losing muscle. You have less free time for personal care and you probably don’t have the energy you did when you were in your twenties. Combine that with a slower metabolism and eating habits that haven’t changed much in three decades and you have a recipe for weight gain that goes head to head with your best efforts to lose weight.
To lose weight over fifty you’ll need to balance how much energy you are putting out with how many calories you are taking in, improve the quality of what you eat, and make sure your hormones aren’t blocking your...
The average American, according to Dr. Oz, consumes roughly 150 pounds of sugar a year. When you consider that fact, it’s not difficult to guess why we, as a nation, struggle with obesity and diabetes. Mildly overweight people usually store about 5% of the sugar they eat for energy. They metabolize about 60% and they store about 35% as fat for future energy needs. The problem is that we rarely need to tap into those fat stores so they just keep accumulating.
What we whimsically call a “sweet tooth” is really just a cute name for a sugar craving, or a passion for sweet foods. If you’re the girl most likely to hit the dessert bar twice, you probably identify as someone with a “sweet tooth.” And that might not be entirely your fault.
There is recent evidence that suggests a genetic root to the lust for sugar. Plus research proves that “Sugar Addiction” is as real as drug addiction and probably harder to beat. Hardcore metabolic roots for...
Mindful eating is a powerful thing! Unfortunately, mindless eating is the norm.
We've all done it ... eaten something on the run without taking the time to enjoy it or even consciously realize that we are eating.
Or eaten an entire bag of potato chips while sitting in front of the tv. And let's not get started on those cookie tales.
For me, the object of my mindless eating was Reese's Peanut Butter cups. I cringe to think about how many calories a day I used to mindlessly eat just in candy alone.
Studies have shown that distracted eaters weigh an average of 18% more than mindful eaters.
Below are 10 tips to get you on the path to mindful eating.
When we focus on the food, our brain becomes more satiated. Turn off the TV, put down your cell phone and get away from that computer to maximize your eating pleasure.
Use all your senses (including common sense). Look at the food. Smell the food....
Whether you’re a morning person or a night owl, it’s still important that you start your day in a healthy way. By focusing on healthy eating first thing in the morning, you’ll be much more likely to continue eating natural, nutritious foods for the rest of the day. In this post we’ll be focusing on that very topic and listing five top morning habits that will help you eat healthy.
As you’re sleeping, your body becomes slowly dehydrated because it goes without water or any other fluid for more than six hours. So to ensure that your body and brain operate optimally when you wake up, make sure you drink a large glass of water as soon as the day begins. This water will kick start your hydration and metabolism and also flush out toxins, allowing you to start the day full of energy.
Many people skip breakfast either because they’re in a rush or they believe...
Unhealthy eating habits not only expose you to chronic diseases but can also ruin the hard work put into a good workout at the gym. The unfortunate thing is that most people who engage in bad eating habits don’t know how much of a detrimental effect it’s having on their fitness. To help you make better food choices and get you on the right track to a leaner and healthier body, here are five bad eating habits that you need to avoid.
One of the biggest secrets of healthy eating is to listen to your body. Learning to listen to your body helps you to only eat what’s necessary to satisfy your hunger and stop before you overindulge. Therefore, to become in-tune with your body’s needs, you need to drop the habit of mindless eating. If you’re not aware of what you’re putting into your body, you’ll constantly overeat without even realizing it.
To start eating mindfully, feel how satiated you are after each mouthful of food and...
Does the idea of eating healthier make you panic?
Is your first thought that you need to buy special food and completely change your lifestyle?
Well, here are seven tips you can incorporate today without ever setting foot in the grocery store or cracking open a cookbook.
Eating better is something EVERYONE can do to improve their health. And it doesn’t have to be time consuming, difficult, or stressful.
Try these seven easy steps to improving your diet, right now:
I don’t care if you are in a hurry, EAT BREAKFAST. Skipping meals is one of those dietary pitfalls most folks indulge in. We don’t have time. We’re hoarding calories for dinner. We have a meeting. Stop making excuses for not taking care of yourself.
Spreading your intake out over the course of the day will keep you properly fueled, prevent you from overindulging, and keep your metabolism working at peak form. Don’t make your body guess when you will feed it again....
Eating right starts with a successful trip to the grocery store. If you don’t have the right ingredients for a healthy meal, or buy too much junk food, eating healthy can be tough. With a few easy strategies, however, you can change your grocery shopping for the better.
Before you even set foot in the grocery store, plan out the meals you want to make for the week and base your shopping list on this meal plan. Search for coupons and sale items that match up with your list to save some money.
When planning your meals and shopping list, make sure that you have a good mix of the food groups. In general, focus on buying mainly fruits, vegetables, dairy, whole grains, lean meat and fish, nuts, and beans. Make sure you mix up the groceries you buy every week to give yourself some variety. An easy way to do this is to try one new fruit or vegetable every week.
Once you get to...