Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Right Way to Store Produce



This was in an older copy of Woman's Day.  It's worth sharing.

Refrigerate:
Apples
Apricots
Broccoli
Plums
Cucumbers
Brussels Sprouts
Cantaloupe
Cauliflower
Lettuce

Leave Out on the Counter"
Peaches
Avacados
Nectarines
Bananas
Watermelon (whole, uncut)
Tomatoes

Keep in a Cool, Dark Place:
Potatoes
Onions
Garlic
(stash separately in the kitchen cabinet or pantry so they don't absorb one another's odors.)

Monday, August 14, 2017

How to Waste Less and Save #5



#5 - As tempting as it may be to dump leftovers on night two or three, challenge yourself to get creative.  Use extra meatballs and sauce to make personal pizzas with veggies.  Toss leftover rice and pasta into soup.  Add veggie scraps when making chicken stock - or throw all your produce odds and ends together for a stir-fry.

COMMENT:  When my kids were young I kept a gallon plastic jar in my freezer.  Every night I would put my leftovers in the jar and when it was full I would thaw, add liquid if needed, and make some of the best soup you'll ever eat.  I added everything from spaghetti to cube steak to chili and of course all of my leftover veggies.  Only one time did this not work and that was when I had leftover turnips.  Not so good in a soup, at least not for me.  And of course you wouldn't add salad as a leftover.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

How to Waste Less and Save #4



#4 - As you plan weekly meals, try to come up with several uses for produce and bulk items.  For instance, you can enjoy bell peppers as a snack, stuffed with ground meat or in an omelet.

COMMENT:  This is something I do with some foods without even giving it a second thought.  The deli where I shop has rotisserie chicken and baked chicken for $4.99.  I buy the it with 2 things in mind - my salads and making chicken salad.  I pull the meat off the bones putting about half of it in a container to add to my daily salads and the other I chop up small and make my chicken salad.  The flavor from the rotisserie and the seasonings added to the baked make both dishes tasty.  I think I need to use my imagination a bit more to come up with more multitask ingredients.

One more thing I want to point out is my method of keeping lettuce longer.  Whether it be romaine or head lettuce, I wrap it up in paper towels before placing it in the refrigerator.  The paper towels keep the moisture down and prevents it from spoiling as quickly.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

How to Waste Less and Save #3



#3 - It may sound counter-intuitive to shop more often, but by making frequent trips to the supermarket you can buy smaller quantities and prevent spoilage.  If you don't want to add another errand to your to-do list, consider ordering online.

COMMENT:  I've tried this one and have to say that my freezer, as well as my pantry is full.  This simply doesn't work for me.  Every time I go to the grocery store, even for just one or two items, I end up checking out the meats to see what's on sale.  I walk through the store, again checking to see what's on sale.  I've tried a shopping list but I have this problem with passing up a sale.  So for me it's best to go less often.  As for shopping on line, I'm actually getting into that just a little.  I've found that I can buy non-perishable items such as paper products and even items like coffee on-line cheaper and I don't even have to enter a store and spot all those 'sale items.'  So this is one that you'll have to ask yourself if it will fit your shopping personality.

Friday, August 11, 2017

How to Waste Less and Save #2



#2 - If a recipe calls for spinach but you have kale in the fridge, make the swap.  You can also sub in pears for apples in a fruit crumble; leftover fish for chicken or beef in tacos; and fresh oregano for basil or thyme in a sauce.  Recipes are not set in stone!

COMMENT:  This is exactly what I 'preach' in my cookbooks - Think With Your Taste Buds.  I take it a step further by saying if you don't like an item substitute it for something you do like.  So, if your recipe calls for asparagus but you don't like asparagus and never buy it but do have some broccoli that needs to be used, 'think with your taste buds'.  They will tell you if the recipe will work in your own taste favor or should I say flavor.  If I have chicken that needs to be cooked I frequently go through the Pork section of cookbooks to come up with a new recipe and taste.  Seldom has this practice failed me.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

How to Waste Less and Save #1



I found these tips in Woman's Day by Nutrition Expert Joy Bauer, RDN.  They are all worth sharing.

#1 - Keep foods that spoil relatively fast, such as dairy products and soft fruit, in the front of your fridge or on the counter so you are more likely to grab them.  If there are cans of unexpired soup in your cupboard that you know you won't use in time, donate them to a local food pantry.

COMMENTS:  I try to make myself clean out the refrigerator at least twice a month.  Yes, I find food items in the back of the shelf that I apparently pushed back after a trip to the grocery store.  There have been cucumbers that have gotten soft because they were at the back of the crisper drawer.  Milk that was hiding behind a jug of grape juice or vice versa.  So, for me, moving them to the front and keeping them there just might be my answer.  And to save even more money, I now try to go through my pantry shelves at least twice a month, checking the dates of my foods and moving those that expire 1st to the front.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

SPICE #17 ANSWERS



1 - Vanilla is a spice - True - vanilla beans seed pods from climbing orchids native to Central America and South America.

2 - Ground spices have a longer shelf life than whole spices - False - When a spice is ground, its essential oils are more exposed to air, which makes them lose their aroma and flavor.

3 - Nutmeg and mace come from the same tree - True - Both spices come from the nutmeg tree; mace is the bright red outer covering of the nutmeg seed.

4 - Star anise is a fruit - True - The star-shaped spice comes from an evergreen tree.

5 - Spices most often come from a plant's leaves - False - Spices come from the non-leafy parts of a plant, such as the seeds, bark, roots, berries and fruit.  Herbs come from the plant's leaves.

6 - Allspice is a blend of cinnamon, cloves and black pepper - False - Allspice is a berry from the Jamaican bayberry tree.  It's called allspice for its complex taste, which resembles a mix of spices.

7 - Anise seeds are the same as fennel seeds - False - Both have a similar licorice flavor, but the seeds come from two different plants.

So - how did you do.  I didn't do so well with my answers but I sure did learn a lot.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

SPICE #17



These are True or False - See how many you can get right.

1. Vanilla is a spice T or F   (I say T)
2. Ground spices have a longer shelf life than whole spices T or F   (I say F)
3. Nutmeg and mace come from he same tree T or F   (I say T, think I read that somewhere)
4. Star anise is a fruit T or F  (I say T, because it looks like it might be a tiny dried fruit)
5. Spices most often come from a plant's leaves T or F  (I think F, I think most come from seeds)
6. Allspice is a blend of cinnamon, cloves and black pepper T or F  (I say F, don't know why)
7. Anise seeds are the same as fennel seeds T or F  (I'm having to take a guess on this and say T)


Answers to SPICE #16 - C - You can use the entire seed; it will stay potent for about 2 years.  Finally I got one right!

Check back tomorrow for the answers to this final SPICE Quiz (#17)


Monday, July 31, 2017

SPICE #16



Do you know which part of a whole nutmeg seed you should grate?

A - The outer brown skin
B - Just beneath the outer brown skin
C - The whole thing

I love using whole nutmeg seeds and I grate the whole thing so I'm guessing C.  Hope I'm right.


Answer to SPICE #15 - D - Piperine  Another wrong answer for me!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

SPICE #15



Did you know that peppercorns contain an essential oil that makes you sneeze?  Which of these do you think it might be?

A - Monoterpense
B - Capsaicinoids
C - Capsaicin
D - Piperine

I have no idea!  I'm going to guess the only 'word' I recognize which is C - Capsaicin.


Answer to SPICE #14 - B - High-quality saffron can cost up to $200 per ounce.
Finally I got one right!


Saturday, July 29, 2017

SPICE #14



Do you know which of these spices are the most expensive?

A - Vanilla
B - Saffron
C - Chili Flakes
D  Cardamon

I think I heard somewhere that Saffron is the most expensive so I'm choosing B.


Answer to SPICE #13 - A - Celery Salt.  Yep, I got another one wrong!

Friday, July 28, 2017

SPICE #13



Do you know what the primary spice is in Old Bay Seasoning?

A - Celery salt
B - Paprika
C - Black Pepper
D - Chili Powder

I use Old Bay frequently but I can only make a guess at this answer.  I'm saying B - Paprika.


Answer to SPICE #12 - C - Canada was the top exporter of spices to the U.S. in 2014.
Another wrong answer for me!



Thursday, July 27, 2017

SPICE #12



Do you know where America get the majority of it's spices?

A - China
B - India
C - Canada
D - Mexico

I'm guessing B - India.


Answer to SPICE #12 - C - The USDA recommended replacing ground spices after two to three years.  Smell your spices to make sure they're still pungent, and replace them sooner if necessary.

I got another one Wrong!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

SPICE #11



Do you know the shelf life of your ground spices?

A - 6 months
B - 1 - 2 years
C - 2 - 3 years
D - Dried Spices are good forever

I'm not sure about this one so I'm going to guess B - 1 - 2 years.


Answer to SPICE #10 - D.  Chai tea is typically made with cinnamon, cardamon, cloves, ginger, star anise, black peppercorns and black tea.  I missed that one too!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

SPICE #10



Do you know which spice is NOT traditionally used in chai tea?

A - Black Pepper
B - Cardamon
C - Cinnamon
D - Mace


I'm not a Chai Tea drinker so this is another guess for me.  I'm saying Black Pepper.


Answer to SPICE #9 - A - Sweet Smoked Paprka 1; B - Habanero Chile Powder 4; C - Cayenne Pepper  3; and D - Ancho Chile Powder 2

I really miss this one!

Monday, July 24, 2017

SPICE #9



Can you rank the heat of these spices? Rank 1-4 with 4 being the hottest.

A - Sweet Smoked Paprika ____
B - Habanero Chile Powder ____
C - Cayenne Pepper _____
D - Ancho Chili Powder ____

I'm saying A - 1; B - 3; C - 2; and D - 4

Answer to SPICE #8 - D is not a type of Paprika.  I got another one right!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

SPICE #8



Do you know which of these are NOT a type of paprika?

A - Hungarian
B - California Sweet
C - Pimenton
D - English

I've heard of Hungarian and think I've heard of California Sweet.  I'm going to take a guess and say D - English.

Answer to SPICE #7 - D - Termeric has long been used to enhance the color of mustard and other foods, including stocks and rice.  I got that one wrong!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

SPICE #7



Do you know what is often added to mustard to give it its yellow color?

Choose from:
A - Cumin
B - Saffron
C - Curry Powder
D - Turmeric

I'm guessing D - Turmeric.  Check back tomorrow to see if I got it right.

The answer to SPICE #6 is B.  Cinnamon sticks come from the inner bark of laurel trees.  When harvested, the bark naturally rolls up, then it's dried.  I got that one right too.  (I think I read this somewhere a long time ago.)

Friday, July 21, 2017

SPICE #6



Do you know where cinnamon sticks come from?  The answer to that is the Laurel Tree.  But what part of the tree is used to make cinnamon sticks?

A - Root
B - Bark
C - Leaves

I'm pretty sure I know this one.  I'm staying the Bark.

Answer to SPICE #5 - A - Dried Lavender.  It's technically an herb because it comes from the plant's leaves.  It is commonly found in the French herb blend herbes de Provence.

I got that one right but my answer was only a guess.  I didn't know it was actually an herb.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

SPICE #5



Do you know which of these items is NOT a spice?

A - Dried Lavender
B - Sesame Seeds
C - Juniper Berries
D - Fenugreek Seeds

My guess is A - Dried Lavender.  As for D - I'm not sure what that is but since it's a seed I'm guessing it is a spice.  Check back tomorrow to see if I'm correct.

For SPICE #4 - the answer was B.  Mrs. Dash was invented in the early 1980's as a seasoning alternative t salt; it was called Mrs. Pinch.  I got that one right!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

SPICE #4



I think most of us have heard of Mrs. Dash seasoning but do you know what it was originally creted for?  See if you can guess.

A - a Cajun flavoring mix
B - a salt-free seasoning blend
C - a liquid flavoring mix
D a seafood seasoning mix

I've used this product off and on for years and I think I started buying it as a salt-free seasoning blend so I'm going to guess B.

What is your guess?

Answers to SPICE #3 is C.  According to Food Network Magazine Cincinnati chili generally contains cinnamon, plus other baking ingredients such as cloves, allspice and even chocolate!

I got that one wrong.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

SPICE #3



Do you know which of these chilies contain the secret ingredient of Cinnamon?

A - Texas
B - New Mexico green chili
C - Cincinnati Chili
D - All of the above

I'm guessing B but I haven't looked at the answer so I could very well be wrong.  Check back tomorrow to see if you guessed it correctly.

Answer to yesterday's Spice #2 - A = 4, B = 3, C = 1, D = 5, and E = 2
How did you do?  I actually got this one correct.

Monday, July 17, 2017

SPICE #2



Can you match the right ingredients to create the correct seasoning?

A. Italian Seasoning
B. Taco Seasoning
C. Pumpkin Pie Spice
D. Chinese Five-Spice Powder
E. Poultry Seasoning

1. Ginger, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, cinnamon
2. Thyme, sage, marjoram, nutmeg, rosemary, black pepper
3. Ground chiles, cumin, paprika, oregano
4. Basil, marjaram, thyme, rosemary, savory, oregano, sage
5. Cloves, Sichuan peppercorns, cinnamon, fennel seeds, star anise

I chose A = 4, B = 3, C = 1, D = 5, E = 2

Do you think I made correct matches?  Check back tomorrow for the real answer

The answer to Spice #1 was C - Black Pepper.  It is the top-selling spice in the US.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

SPICE #1



What is the to-selling spice in the U.S.?

A. Chili Powder
B. Cinnamon
C. Black Pepper
D. Garlic Powder

When I answered this question I put my choices in order.  I decided the #1 would be Garlic Powder, #2 Black Pepper, #3 Cinnamon and #4 Chili Powder.  I was wrong.  Check back tomorrow to see if you chose the right answer.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Your Body and Water - Part 7



You May Need More Water If You're in a Hot Area


Water is essential for regulating your body temperature, so if you're outside on a hot day or stuck inside without air conditioning, you're going to need more water as the heat causes you to sweat more. Even if you're not active, spending the day in 90-degree temperature conditions could more than double your fluid requirement. And even more if you're physically active.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Your Body and Water - Part 6



You May Need More Water If You're Physically Active


Increased activity like exercise or physical labor can increase the amount of fluid lost when you sweat. It's best to drink two to three cups of water before your activity begins and drink about one cup of water every 15 minutes or so while you're active. You might need even more if you're working or exercising in extreme temperatures.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Your Body and Water - Part 5



You May Need More Water If You Can't Think Straight

Water is essential for brain function. Studies show that a loss of about two percent of your body fluid can cause a decline in mental function, so if you're having trouble concentrating, it may be time for a water break. 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Your Body and Water - Part 4



There are some things that can cause bad breath like eating onions or garlic. But another potential reason is a lack of normal saliva production. Even mild dehydration can reduce saliva flow so if your bad breath is accompanied by a dry mouth, drinking more water throughout the day may help. Keep a glass of water by your bedside for nighttime relief, too.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Your Body and Water - Part 3



Thirst is the desire to drink something. It can be triggered by the loss of fluid volume in and around cells and in the blood. Thirst is your body's way of saying you need water to avoid dehydration.


Thirst has a behavioral component as well and can be triggered by aromas and flavors, so just thinking about your favorite beverage can make you thirsty. It's also important to note that older people often have problems with the thirst mechanism and may not feel thirsty even when they're dehydrated.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Your Body and Water - Part 2



How Do You Know If You're Drinking Enough Water?


Most people can gauge their water intake by looking at urine color. If you're getting enough water, your urine will be pale yellow, and you'll urinate several times a day. Urine color doesn't work for everyone. Taking dietary supplements that contain riboflavin will make your urine bright yellow, and certain medications can change the color of your urine, as well. And if you have any kidney problems or other heath conditions you should talk to your health care provider about how much water to drink.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Your Body and Water - Part 1



I'm still trying to eat and drink with health in mind so when I found this I decided it was too good not to share.  It's from a site called Very Well. 

Your body contains more water than anything else, about 60 percent of your total body weight. Water helps regulate your body temperature, transports nutrients, and helps remove waste. Every day you lose water when you breathe, sweat, urinate, and defecate, and that water needs to be replenished. 

The big question is how much water do you need to drink every day? Although that's a simple question, it doesn't have an easy answer. It depends on some environmental and physical factors that can change every day. Also, it's not just the water you drink – about 20 percent of your water intake comes from the foods you eat. The remaining 80 percent comes from beverages, including water, coffee, tea, milk, and anything liquid.

The Institute of Medicine of the National Academy reviewed years of research evidence on adequate water intake and has the following recommendations:
Men: 13 cups (about 10.5 cups from beverages)
Women: 9 cups (about 7 cups from beverages)
Pregnant women: 10 cups (about 8 cups from beverages)

Breastfeeding women: 13 cups (about 10.5 cups from beverages)

Saturday, April 1, 2017

7 Ways to Outsmart the Super Markets (Part 7 - End)



Outsmart Checkout Impulses


And the last, but certainly not least dangerous contact point between you and your supermarket's products is the checkout lane. Fully stocked with sugary, salty and saturated fatty snacks, these grab-n-go items can pack a punch when it comes to piling on empty calories. Along with the plethora of candy situated in the checkout aisle are cold sodas, foamy fountain drinks, salty trail mixes and magazines touting the latest weight-loss craze. You can easily add hundreds of calories and a few extra bucks to your bill in the minutes you spend checking out. 


Battle plan: Flip through a magazine you know you won't buy, chat with the person standing behind you in line, organize your groceries perfectly on the conveyor belt—anything to keep your hand from wandering to those impulse purchases. If you haven’t eaten in hours and you don’t think you can make it home, plan ahead and purchase an extra piece of fruit to eat on your ride home.



(This is a hard one to pass by!  I'm standing there waiting in line.  There are all the goodies that I know taste so good.  I tell myself, "OK. Lets just buy one this time.  I can eat it in the car and no one will know that I cheated on my diet.  That is no one but me!  and my scales!)

Friday, March 31, 2017

7 Ways to Outsmart the Super Markets (Part 6)



Free Yourself from Free Samples


When you see little carts set up with mini toasters and microwaves handing out bits and pieces of goodies, you’ve entered the realm of free samples. This tactic is widely implemented by grocers to increase products sales because it works wonderfully. Free sample stations are great ways to demonstrate the versatility of certain products, but how often are the featured foods healthful or nutrient-dense? How often are they full of vitamins, minerals, lean protein, healthy fats and fiber? How often do they feature whole, unprocessed foods that are naturally good for you? The products grocers generally hand out to promote sales are convenience items, ones that shouldn’t be on your shopping list if you're trying to eat healthier. 

Battle plan: If the product is free of trans fats, made with whole grains or free of added sweeteners, enjoy a little nibble. Use your label-reading skills to determine if it’s a healthful item you can pick up during your next grocery trip. Look at the amount of protein, calories, fiber, added sugars, salt, and types of fats to assess how healthful the food might be.

(Boy do I fall for this one!  I sample and usually buy without reading the full label.  Also, how sanitary is this item, the cooking equipment and even the cook?  If it's in the bakery/deli dept and is placed out in a 'covered' tray to sample, how many other hands have been inside there?  Do they possibly have a cold that I'm about to catch?)

Thursday, March 30, 2017

7 Ways to Outsmart the Super Markets (Part 5)



Bust by Bargains


You see the signs: 5 for $10! Buy two get one FREE! 2 for the price of 1!  These "bargins" can seem like a great idea, but consider the product you’re saving on. If it’s on your list of super-healthy, nutritious foods, go for it! You’ve helped your health AND your pocketbook. However, consider the product—healthfulness should trump a bargain every time. Do you really need five rolls of cookie dough or a free box of pastries? It's not likely. 


Battle plan: If you’re only getting it because it’s on sale, you probably don’t need it. The same rule goes for non-food items like toiletries, cleaning products and household items. No excuses here.

(This is a hard one to pass up.  Whether it be donuts, cookies and worse of all, those holiday items that are on sale because the holiday has passed!  Think about it.  BOGO on Easter candies!  BOGO on Christmas cupcakes!  BOGO on everything that taste good but sure isn't good for you!  Also, I've found that some of the really healthy items such as shrimp are rip-offs.  I have a store that says Buy Two Get 3 Free!  Well, they raised the price of the 2 that you buy to where they really aren't a very good buy so watch for that too.)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

7 Ways to Outsmart the Super Markets (Part 4)



Boycott the Bakery


The smell of fresh bread, cinnamon rolls and apple pie is wafting through the baked goods area as you’re picking up your whole-grain bread this week. Your senses are begging you to bring some home; it just smells too good! Many grocery stores strategically plan their baking times during the busiest hour of the day. It has been proved that shoppers pick up more items when the luscious smells are present in the store. 


Battle plan: You've heard this one before. Never shop on an empty stomach. Shopping after a meal can help stave off cravings and keep you focused on the task at hand. Think about the delicious meals you are shopping for and don't let distraction get the best of you. If you must, send in the troops to grab your items and avoid any too-tempting aisles altogether!



(Have you ever noticed that this department is either before the produce or the dairy isle?  Think about it.  Bakery items before the fruit and veggies.  How do I not look there 1st.  And I sometimes have to walk through it just to get to that container of Almond Milk that is so good for me.  Ugh!)

Monday, March 27, 2017

7 Ways to Outsmart the Super Markets (Part 3)



Show Seasonal Spirit Who's Boss
Memorial Day (Super Bowl Sunday, Thanksgiving, or really, any other holiday) is right around the corner and you can bet your buttons the local grocer won’t let you forget it! Decorations, party favors and supplies are mixed in with fat- and sugar-laden desserts and snacks, all in one convenient center aisle display. Grocery stores play on your holiday spirit, enticing you to pick up extra goodies on a whim! These add-ons amp up your bill at the check out and can add loads of calories to your stash very quickly. 


Battle plan: Plan your celebration, complete with healthy snacks and recipes, and stick to it. Ditch the “we just might need” mentality. Simplicity is best (and healthiest) during these times of year!



(I hate this tactic!  I walk into the store and the holiday goodies are usually the 1st thing I see and it's really hard to walk past without thinking "I might need some of this just in case I have company.")

Saturday, March 25, 2017

7 Ways to Outsmart the Super Markets (Part 2)



Shelve Your Impulses

Major brands pay grocers to shelve their top-selling items at eye level. They even go so far as to place products geared toward children right within their little paws’ reach—cartoon characters, bright colors and all are low to the ground or cart-level for wee ones who sit in the seat of your shopping cart. 


Battle plan: Make an educated decision. Glance up and down before choosing an item (less inexpensive generic items, often the same nutritionally, might be lower or higher on the shelf than more expensive brand named products). And always check out the nutrition facts label. Also, if you are shopping with the kiddies, ask them to help you find healthful foods in the store. Turn your grocery list into a scavenger hunt checklist to play as you shop.


(I've found this to be the case when my kids were young and it apparently put me into the habit of looking at the middle shelves which I'm now trying to break.  There are so many really delicious products up high and down low.)

Friday, March 24, 2017

7 Ways to Out Smart the Super Markets (Part 1)



I try to eat healthy and lose a little weight along the way but have found that going to the grocery store doesn't necessarily make this task easy.  While reading some info sent out by SparkPeople I ran across something that I felt must be shared with those of you that, like me, have a hard time going to the grocery store and not picking up those items that are not only on our list but also not on our diet.

End the End Cap Enticement

Conveniently placed on the end of every aisle, "end caps" are home to sale items and seasonal kits that may not have been on your list but look oh-so-inviting when you see them. Items for s’mores, pumpkin pie, or green bean casserole are often creativity combined on these aisle ends. Foods on end caps are generally low in nutrients and high in added fat and sugar. 


Battle plan: If it’s on your list for greater health, you just saved a trip down the aisle. If it’s not, smile, but keep walking past the pretty display and find your next listed item.

(This also takes place in the produce department!  Ever noticed that stationed by the bananas you'll sometimes find vanilla wafers for making banana pudding?  Or pound cake beside the strawberries?)

Thursday, March 2, 2017

5 Snacks You Shouldn't Eat at Night (Part 5 - End)



(Again - Not Guilty!!!! I don't drink soda either.  Used to drink sweet tea but gave that up for water.)

Soda

Quite possibly one of the worst items on our list is Soda. These empty calories are adding to the weight problem all over America. Soda can keep you up late at night with high levels of sugar and caffeine. Even if you are opting for sugar-free and caffeine-free soda, you could still get heartburn from the carbonation. As tempting as it could be to watch your favorite show and sip on your favorite soda before bed, you need to stay away from these drinks. If you were able to give up soda all together, you would notice a very positive shift in your health overall.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

5 Snacks You Shouldn't Eat at Night (Part 4)



(Not Guilty!!!! I don't like chocolate, unless its white chocolate)

Chocolate


If you love to pamper yourself and live the good life, you may wind down your night by sitting in a bubble bath while eating some chocolates. While this may be very relaxing at the time, it might actually be keeping you from getting a good night's sleep. Chocolate has caffeine content that may keep you up when you should be sleeping. This snack can also leave you feeling hungry after your short snack. Instead of having chocolates during your bubble bath, try replacing this snack with a cup of milk or calming tea.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

5 Snacks You Shouldn't Eat at Night (Part 3)



(Guilty!  I don't go for the Lucky Charms but a bowl of rice cereal with a bit of sugar always made a good snack for me.  And yes I did usually wake up hungry.  Just didn't know why)

Cereal

Lucky Charms can be a great snack during the day. While it isn't very healthy, if you are active through your day, you should be fine. However, when you eat sugary cereals late at night, you are asking for trouble. Foods high in sugar will mess up your blood sugar levels and most likely make it hard for you to sleep throughout the night. You will wake up a few hours later feeling hungry and possibly even with a headache. Instead of having a bowl of sugary cereal, try having some oatmeal or other hot cereal that is low in sugar.


Monday, February 27, 2017

5 Snacks You Shouldn't Eat at Night (Part 2)



(Guilty again but not with the fast foods.  I'm guilty of making a nice roast beef sandwich!)

Red Meat


At night, it is difficult to sleep while you are digesting foods. This is why it is important to resist your craving for fast food burgers. While drive-through is almost always open late, you will have a hard time falling asleep with this meat sitting in your stomach digesting. While that midnight burger might be calling, stay away from red meat late at night.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

5 Snacks You Shouldn't Eat at Night (Part 1)



Yes I'm still trying to eat healthy so when I found this info from Health Alert News in my email, I had to share.

(I'm guilty of this)

Cheesy Snacks

When you get hungry late at night, a cheesy snack can be quite tempting. However, this snack is high in fat and is not a good option right before bed. Here are a few examples of cheesy snacks that will not be good to eat before bed:
nachos
cheese and crackers
pizza
grilled cheese sandwich

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

7 Reasons You May Not be Losing Weight While Dieting (Part 7 End)



7. Expecting too much.
The first week or two of a diet can result in five or more pounds lost, a significant change that can be exciting for anyone who has struggled with excess weight. But after that initial drop, progress generally slows to a healthy one to two pounds lost each week. That can be discouraging, but remember that you are probably trying to reverse years of weight gain.


Do: Be patient. Slow but steady isn’t exciting, but a study by the National Institutes of Health found that those who lost at the healthy rate of one to two pounds per week were far more likely to keep the weight off than those who lost faster.

Monday, February 20, 2017

7 Reasons You May Not be Losing Weight While Dieting (Part 6)



6. Overeating after working out.
Regular exercise is important to your health and helps keep your body burning calories, but working out does stimulate your appetite and that can leading to overeating. The journal Obesity Review published an analysis of many studies which revealed that up to 50 percent of people trying to lose weight actually increased their daily calorie consumption when they begin an exercise routine.


Do: Stick to your healthy eating plan even when working out leaves you extra hungry. Your metabolism will adjust as your body adapts to the increased activity.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

7 Reasons You May Not be Losing Weight While Dieting (Part 5)



(I have finally started doing this!)

5. Underestimating portions.
Paying attention to the amount of food you consume is an important step in eating healthy to lose weight. But most of us are so conditioned by the enormous portions of food served in restaurants that we don’t accurately gauge the right amounts when we’re eating at home.


Do: Remember these simple rules of thumb for healthy portions: A baseball-size serving for chopped veggies and fruits; a golf ball for nuts and shredded cheese; a fist for rice and pasta; and a deck of cards for lean meats and fish.

Friday, February 17, 2017

7 Reasons You May Not be Losing Weight While Dieting (Part 4)



4. Eliminating carbs or fats.
Many fad diets claim that certain types of foods, most notably carbohydrates and fats, are the primary cause of excess weight gain and should be eliminated from your diet. But a study published in Cell Metabolism found that low-carb and low-fat diets do not lead to faster weight loss than eating a reduced-calorie diet that includes these food groups.


Do: Eat a well-balanced diet, that includes complex carbs (like whole grains and fresh fruit) and healthy fats (like avocados and nut butters) to ensure your body has the fuel it needs to keep you energized and your metabolism burning.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

7 Reasons You May Not be Losing Weight While Dieting (Part 3)



3. Choosing fat-free everything.
Many food brands try to appeal to dieters with fat-free products, such as salad dressing and snacks. But fat-free items often have as many or more calories as full-fat versions (because extra sugar has been added, for instance, to help with flavor). Even worse, researchers at Cornell University found that people who eat fat-free snacks tend to consume more calories than those who eat the standard versions because they make up the difference by consuming more of the food.


Do: Reduce your fat consumption by eating foods that are naturally low in fats but still filling, such as vegetables and fruit, and opt for healthy fat options like avocados and nuts. When selecting low-fat or fat-free products, check the sugar content on the item to ensure all of the fat hasn’t just been replaced by sugar. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

7 Reasons You May Not be Losing Weight While Dieting (Part 2)



(Not Guilty of this one!)

2. Juicing instead of eating.
Many people today are trying juice “cleanses,” hoping to lose weight by replacing meals with fresh fruit and vegetable drinks. But juicing extracts the fiber in fresh produce that helps you feel full and it can increase your calorie intake. A cup of fresh pineapple, for instance, is about 83 calories, while a cup of pineapple juice is about 120 calories.


Do: Enjoy juice as an occasional between-meal snack, but not as a substitute for meals. And make vegetables the primary ingredients in juice, as they are lower in sugar and calories than fruit.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

7 Reasons You May Not be Losing Weight While Dieting (Part 1)



As always, I'm still on a diet.  I've tried everything and seem to get so far and the loss just stops.  This information came from NutriSystems and find myself doing several of these 7 things that may be preventing me from losing weight.  Wanted to share with other dieters out there.

(This is one I'm guilty of doing)

1. Skipping meals.

Passing on breakfast or lunch to reduce the amount of calories you eat each day can seem like a shortcut to losing weight, and this strategy may lead you to drop a few pounds in the short term. But a study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry reports that skipping meals actually increases belly fat, so no matter what the scale says you end up looking like you’ve gained rather than lost weight.


Do: Eat small meals and snacks throughout the day to keep your metabolism working steadily–that’s the safe way to reduce calories.