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Eat Smaller, More Frequent Meals and Snacks

13 Jul

healthy_snacks[2]Forget about eating three square meals a day (most of us don’t do it the right way, anyway — little or no breakfast, small lunch, enormous dinner, and unhealthy snacks throughout the day).  Eating smaller, more frequent meals and snacks has been shown to help control appetiteimprove mood and concentration, boost metabolism, and maintain muscle mass.  Aim to eat every three hours for a steady supply of energy throughout the day.

Eating breakfast every day is a must.  It kick-starts your metabolism and helps you burn more calories throughout the day.  Additionally, a little advance planning and preparation can help you manage eating more frequently during the day.  Think through your week when you do your Saturday or Sunday grocery shopping.  Take time, the night before, to prepare for the following day.

When it comes to snacking, think portability (and, of course, healthy).  Nuts (walnuts, almonds, pistachios, etc.); trail mix (homemade is best); string cheese; fruits and veggies (I like apples and carrots, with peanut butter); Greek yogurt; green tea; protein shakes; and beef jerky are healthy, portable snacks that can help you stay satisfied.

Think of nutrition as providing fuel to your body.  Small, frequent meals shouldn’t exceed your calorie needs, but should help you stay full and provide you with the energy you need to function effectively throughout the day.

Get STRONGER, Get FASTER!

Your thoughts?

Superfoods That Power Up Your Diet

27 May

Diabetes SuperfoodsThis information is excerpted from an AARP article (sadly, I’m a card-carrying member), and I thought it was too good not to share.  Add these foods to your diet to improve memory, lower blood pressure, boost immune function, and more.

Coffee is loaded with antioxidants and can protect against cell damage, reducing your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Thyme can fight bacteria.

Wild Salmon is full of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and helps prevent premature aging and premature death.

Kale is rich in vitamin K (essential for blood clotting) and lutein, which reduces the risk of cataracts and other eye disorders.

Avocados improve overall hormone function.

Basil and mint may boost the immune system.

Olives and olive oil lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and stroke risk.

Walnuts enhance heart health.

Green tea protects cells and may reduce the risk of certain cancers.

Dark chocolate can decrease blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Asparagus contains potassium and vitamin B12, important for cell repair and maintenance, and can protect against hearing loss.

Pomegranates can help keep the cardiovascular system healthy.

Garlic can help protect against heart attacks and strokes.

Yogurt is good for the gastrointestinal tract, and can reduce the likelihood of developing high blood pressure.

Blueberries can reduce heart attack risk and help protect against memory loss.

Get STRONGER, Get FASTER!

Your thoughts?

Health Benefits of Green Tea

6 May

green-tea[1]Green tea has been around for about 5,000 years, dating back to the Chinese, who used it medicinally.  More recently, green tea’s health benefits — especially its potential to fight cancer and heart disease — have attracted considerable attention.  There is also ongoing research to suggest that green tea may have a role in lowering cholesterol, burning fat, preventing diabetes and stroke, and staving off dementia.

Here’s why you should consider drinking (more) green tea:

  • Heart-Healthy.  Green tea may protect against coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis, high triglycerides, and hypertension.  The tea may also offer benefits reducing stroke risk and brain damage, and may help speed recovery from heart attack.  Green tea may also be useful as a treatment for high LDL cholesterol.
  • Anti-Cancer.  Green tea may protect against some cancers because of its high antioxidant content, and certain compounds in the tea may prevent the formation of new blood vessels that feed tumors, according to the American Cancer Society.
  • Prevent Diabetes.  Green tea has shown the potential to be used as a natural method of controlling blood sugar levels.
  • Healthy Gums.  Green tea may help prevent gum disease and cavities because it acts as an antibacterial, and green tea leaves contain fluoride, a substance known to prevent cavities.
  • Lose Weight.  The combination of caffeine and catechins (antioxidants) in green tea may boost metabolism and burn fat.  This benefit is specific to visceral fat, the type that accumulates in the tissues of the abdominal cavity and around the intestines.
  • Protect Your Brain.  Green tea’s catechins may offer a variety of neuroprotective benefits, resulting in a reduction in damage to brain cells. This may be of particular benefit to those at risk for or suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, or a general decline in mental sharpness.
  • Stay Healthy.  Although research is ongoing, green tea appears to have both antiviral and antibacterial properties.

Sweeten your tea with a spoonful of honey, and make it even healthier.  Honey is a natural energy booster, immune system builder, and cancer fighter.

Get STRONGER, Get FASTER!

Your thoughts?

Eat Smaller, More Frequent Meals and Snacks

24 May

healthy_snacks[2]Forget about eating three square meals a day (most of us don’t do it the right way, anyway — little or no breakfast, small lunch, enormous dinner, and unhealthy snacks throughout the day).  Eating smaller, more frequent meals and snacks has been shown to help control appetite, improve mood and concentration, boost metabolism, and maintain muscle mass.  Aim to eat every three hours for a steady supply of energy throughout the day.

Eating breakfast every day is a must.  It kick-starts your metabolism and helps you burn more calories throughout the day.  Additionally, a little advance planning and preparation can help you manage eating more frequently during the day.  Think through your week when you do your Saturday or Sunday grocery shopping.  Take time, the night before, to prepare for the following day.

When it comes to snacking, think portability (and, of course, healthy).  Nuts (walnuts, almonds, pistachios, etc.); trail mix (homemade is best); string cheese; fruits and veggies (I like apples and carrots, with peanut butter); Greek yogurt; green tea; protein shakes; and beef jerky are healthy, portable snacks that can help you stay satisfied.

Think of nutrition as providing fuel to your body.  Small, frequent meals shouldn’t exceed your calorie needs, but should help you stay full and provide you with the energy you need to function effectively throughout the day.

Get STRONGER, Get FASTER!

Your thoughts?

Superfoods That Power Up Your Diet

22 Apr

Diabetes SuperfoodsThis information is excerpted from an AARP article (sadly, I’m a card carrying member), and I thought it was too good not to share.  Add these foods to your diet to improve memory, lower blood pressure, boost immune function, and more.

Coffee is loaded with antioxidants and can protect against cell damage, reducing your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Thyme can fight bacteria.

Wild Salmon is full of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and helps prevent premature aging and premature death.

Kale is rich in vitamin K (essential for blood clotting) and lutein, which reduces the risk of cataracts and other eye disorders.

Avocados improve overall hormone function.

Basil and mint may boost the immune system.

Olives and olive oil lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and stroke risk.

Walnuts enhance heart health.

Green tea protects cells and may reduce the risk of certain cancers.

Dark chocolate can decrease blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Asparagus contains potassium and vitamin B12, important for cell repair and maintenance, and can protect against hearing loss.

Pomegranates can help keep the cardiovascular system healthy.

Garlic can help protect against heart attacks and strokes.

Yogurt is good for the gastrointestinal tract, and can reduce the likelihood of developing high blood pressure.

Blueberries can reduce heart attack risk and help protect against memory loss.

Get STRONGER, Get FASTER!

Your thoughts?

Health Benefits of Green Tea

8 Apr

green-tea[1]Green tea has been around for about 5,000 years, dating back to the Chinese, who used it medicinally.  More recently, green tea’s health benefits — especially its potential to fight cancer and heart disease — have attracted considerable attention.  There is also ongoing research to suggest that green tea may have a role in lowering cholesterol, burning fat, preventing diabetes and stroke, and staving off dementia.

Here’s why you should consider drinking (more) green tea:

  • Heart-Healthy.  Green tea may protect against coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis, high triglycerides, and hypertension.  The tea may also offer benefits reducing stroke risk and brain damage, and may help speed recovery from heart attack.  Green tea may also be useful as a treatment for high LDL cholesterol.
  • Anti-Cancer.  Green tea may protect against some cancers because of its high antioxidant content, and certain compounds in the tea may prevent the formation of new blood vessels that feed tumors, according to the American Cancer Society.
  • Prevent Diabetes.  Green tea has shown the potential to be used as a natural method of controlling blood sugar levels.
  • Healthy Gums.  Green tea may help prevent gum disease and cavities because it acts as an antibacterial, and green tea leaves contain fluoride, a substance known to prevent cavities.
  • Lose Weight.  The combination of caffeine and catechins (antioxidants) in green tea may boost metabolism and burn fat.  This benefit is specific to visceral fat, the type that accumulates in the tissues of the abdominal cavity and around the intestines.
  • Protect Your Brain.  Green tea’s catechins may offer a variety of neuroprotective benefits, resulting in a reduction in damage to brain cells. This may be of particular benefit to those at risk for or suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, or a general decline in mental sharpness.
  • Stay Healthy.  Although research is ongoing, green tea appears to have both antiviral and antibacterial properties.

Sweeten your tea with a spoonful of honey, and make it even healthier.  Honey is a natural energy booster, immune system builder, and cancer fighter.

Get STRONGER, Get FASTER!

Your thoughts?

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