Compelled by my compounding fatigue and stomachaches, I waved the white (and red and green) flag, and embarked on my gluten-free adventure. I didn't realize that the benefits of a gluten-free diet would contribute to the improvement of other aspects of my life.
If you've made the choice (or goal) of going completely meat-free, don't allow your surroundings and your own fears to stop you. Hopefully, these tips can be one step towards helping you achieve the changes in your diet that are important to you.
Known as the "fruit of the gods," figs are in season now, but they're nothing new. In season from from June to early Fall, the sweet fruit were used by the Greeks as signs of prosperity and for early Olympic training. For the food nerds among us, a mini fig tutorial.
I wore what I didn't eat like a badge of honor. As a certified health coach, I felt like it was important to "walk the talk" and make sure that I was taking exceptional care of myself; but like every other thing in life, you can take even good things too far!
I secretly (publicly) would love it if he would learn to love produce the way I do, the same way I know he wishes I would eat a steak. At this point, though, besides it having no appeal, I'm pretty sure my body would violently reject red meat, were I to eat it.
Do candy bars have a tendency to jump off the shelves and into your cart when you're at the supermarket? You're not alone. From the weekly circulars to the cash register, the entire grocery-shopping experience is designed to ensure you spend as much time and money on junk food as possible.
When it's hot outside and you're keeping active, dehydration can leave you feeling light-headed and disoriented. Cooling off with refreshing beverages can keep your body hydrated and your waistline intact -- if you know which ones to drink.
No one would ever say "just try one cashew" to someone with a severe nut allergy, so why do they say "just take one bite" to people with wheat allergies?
The secret to eating while traveling is to identify the difference between eating and over-eating. Eating is enjoying food. Overeating is when you no longer taste the food. You are stuffed yet continue to eat.
My father nicknamed me "20 Questions" by the time I was 5 years old. Often times I would blurt out my next question as my parents were still rattling off the answer to the previous one, antsy to address the next puzzle piece in my mind.
Eliminating sugar from your diet can be done. If you do decide to go sugar-free, one of the best ways is to go cold turkey. Cut out sugar completely with these simple steps and you could be craving-free in a week.
Proclaiming yogurt as an official state snack is a terribly misguided proposal since the majority of yogurt on the market today is full of added sugars. The saddest part is those yogurts marketed to kids tend to have the most added sugars.
A great strategy to prevent emotional eating is to trade food for a short bout of exercise with your fitness-minded friends. Physically, exercise reduces stress and anxiety, alleviates boredom, and releases feel-good endorphins. Getting one of your supportive friends to join you can squash feelings of loneliness and provide an opportunity for you to vent, too.
You don't really know much about this whole Paleo thing, but how hard could it be, right?! Right. Just remember that old saying: Curiosity killed the cat.
There's more nutrition information available to all of us than ever before, but consumers seem more confused about what to eat.
I'm a "see-food" dieter. What grabs my eye in a moment of hunger is often what I go for. I find this is especially true for my kids. If I set out a plate of sliced fresh fruit and vegetables when they walk in the door from school, they'll dive in. If I don't, they're sniffing around the snack cupboard and complaining that I never buy Goldfish.
Starting to drink diet soda is a common behavior for those who have begun gaining weight as a way to counteract it, but if the lifestyle that caused the gain in the first place is not addressed, the diet soda will be of little help.
Rather than allowing for old habits to creep back in, try to focus your nutrition on the health benefits your will receive from eating well rather than placing all of the focus on aesthetic goals. By focusing on your long term health, you will be more likely to stick to your healthy habits.
While of course, it is important to eat foods that are nutritious, taste is a key reason why people choose to eat what they do. Pairing good nutrition with great taste creates a win-win situation.
Children and adolescents crave purpose -- they want to feel important. When you involve them in meal preparation, you reduce your workload and establish lifelong habits. Younger kids can set the table or tear lettuce. Adolescents can chop, slice or otherwise prep fresh meal ingredients.