You may not realize it but your sleep habits may be directly related to any weight gain. A late night at the office or that Downton Abbey marathon all add up to sleep deprivation. Too little sleep can put on the weight now and in your future. Watch Your Mouth They say everything in moderation, right? Not so with sleep. Too little and you end up short-circuiting your health - mentally, physically and emotionally. And it can add inches to your waistline. When we stay up late, or rise to ... Continue Reading
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Learn how you can substitute foods to trim down your favorite recipes.
I grew up in Tennessee, and as such, reveled in the traditional Southern diet – rich, delectable, and not always so healthy. After years of enjoying foods bathed in butter and cream, I couldn’t imagine a diet outside these confines. The prevailing thought was that food couldn’t possibly taste good if fat and sugar weren’t involved. It wasn’t until I adventured beyond these “necessary” ingredients that I discovered a whole new world of wonderful flavors – and ironically, ones ... Continue Reading
Practical tips for building a positive body image, and modeling it to our kids.
In our home, “DIET” is a four letter word. Like many teenagers, I became obsessed about diet and body image, partly fueled by glamorous magazine ads, television and marketing. As I’ve grown older I’ve gained a better body image, partly due to maturing and developing healthy habits physically and emotionally. Having my body change back and forth six times through pregnancy has also been a humbling experience. Through those changes I surrendered expectations of what I thought I should ... Continue Reading
Eliminiate processed foods and incorporate whole foods, without a fuss.
I have always loved being in the kitchen. Cooking, baking, anything that is homemade tastes better in my opinion. Enter three children in five years ... lack of sleep, lack of time, lack of energy led us to boxes of cereal instead of homemade granola, yogurt with more sugar than a serving of jelly beans, and worst of all ... many drive through windows. A year after having my third child, I decided it was time for me to stop feeding my family junk and return to the kitchen. I found that there ... Continue Reading
Small changes can lead to a big difference in your health and fitness goals this year.
When I was a mother of a newborn, I remember thinking I could eat anything I want. That included iced mochas, pumpkin pie, cookies, whatever. I was always athletic, but had a healthy appetite for food. I thought working out gave me the okay to eat whatever I chose. Wrong. My daily iced mocha added up to 350 EMPTY high sugar calories a day. That was an extra pound every week and a half. My children are now 8 and 5, so I’ve had plenty of time to make every mistake in the book as far as ... Continue Reading
Good nutrition is important for learning, so keep these tips in mind as you send your child back to school.
Back to school time means a getting back on track in many ways. The lazy days of summer can sometimes lead to lax eating habits and sleep schedules. Now is the time for parents and children to discuss healthy eating habits and nutrition. Good nutrition is important for learning; research has shown that children who regularly ate breakfast had better standardized test scores, better behavior, and were less hyperactive than children who skipped breakfast. When children eat high sugar breakfasts, ... Continue Reading
In a culture where children are increasingly sedentary and obesse, adding healthier habits to your child’s routine can be easy and painless.
Raising healthy kids is not easy. Picky eating, video games, piles of homework and fast-food campaigns are just some of the challenges facing parents today. Some days it may seem nearly impossible to instill healthy habits in our kids. The very best, and easiest way, to pass on healthy habits is to model them ourselves. And here are some other simple ways to sneak healthier habits into your kids' routines. Hide the veggies If your kids are notoriously picky eaters, the easiest way to sneak in ... Continue Reading