Setting the Stage for Weight Loss

It’s often said that you shouldn’t take on a new project without first organizing your surroundings. Weight loss is a worthy endeavor so let’s make sure that you’re ready to roll: Prepare your breakfast and lunch in the evening. If you wake up late or encounter another problem in the morning, you will likely deprioritize…

4 Not-So-Easy Ways to Make Nuts Unhealthy

Add a lot of chocolate to your spread and remove a lot of the protein and fiber.  Serve with refined graham cracker “dippers”: Hershey’s Spreads Snacksters (Chocolate with Graham Dippers) provides: 250 calories, 13 grams fat, 2 grams saturated fat, 22 grams sugar, 4 grams protein, and 2 grams fiber per container. For comparison: Smucker’s®…

Understanding the Difference Between Hunger and Craving

People say “only eat when you’re hungry” which is an oversimplified and often unhelpful piece of advice, especially for people who struggle with emotional eating or who have health conditions that affect appetite. In general, the following rules explain the difference between hunger and food cravings:   Hunger Cravings Caused by physical needs physical or…

Four Weeks to Spring Clean Your Life

It feels like winter still has much of the nation in its icy grips, which makes cleaning up and getting ready for the spring even more enticing – as if we can somehow hasten the arrival of warmer weather by making our homes more appealing. Why don’t you take a break from cleaning windows and washing…

The Foods You’re Most Likely to Binge On

Binge eating refers to eating 5,000 – 15,000 calories in one sitting. Stress and negative feelings often precede a binge eating episode, and binge eaters usually eat in secret and hide food. Besides drastically increasing the chances of being overweight or obese, binge eating is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart…

32 Foods That Improve Sleep

Salmon, halibut, and tuna, chickpeas, fortified cereal – The vitamin B6 in these foods aid the manufacture of melatonin. Tart cherry juice – In one study, two cups of tart cherry juice each day improved melatonin levels and improved chronic insomnia. Milk, yogurt, cheese, green leafy vegetables – Foods that contain calcium might make it…

20 Tips to Waste Less Food

Apples will last 10 times as long if they are kept in the coldest part of the refrigerator (usually the bottom drawer). Make a mixture of one part vinegar to three parts water to wash your berries in. They will stay fresh for several more days than they would otherwise. Store onions in a hole-punched…

12 Tips for Quitting Soda

Sugar-sweetened beverages are undeniably terrible for us and accept part of the blame for obesity, diabetes, weakened bones, kidney stones, poor dental health, and a slew of other conditions plaguing Americans. However, sugar-sweetened beverage consumption is not dropping quickly enough as more studies warning about the dangers of sugar-sweetened beverages are unveiled. Consumption still hovers…

Is Your Starch Resistant Enough?

Resistant starch, discovered by British researchers in the early 1980s, looks like starch but acts like a fiber, meaning that it passes through the small intestine to the colon without being digested. It seems to improve efforts to lose weight, treat digestive problems, and prevent both diabetes and cancer. There are several different forms of…

America Runs on Donuts, and That’s a Bad Thing

Do you know how much sugar you’ve consumed today? If you’re an average American, it’s likely in the ballpark of 420 calories worth – 28 teaspoons! The recommendation is no more than 100 calories/6 teaspoons for women and 150 calories/9 teaspoons for men. Consider that a single piece of Black-Out Cake from The Cheesecake Factory…