How were your holidays? Hopefully full of fun and good cheer. But I know that's not the way for everyone. Some of it might be forced cheer. Maybe you're tired of putting on a happy face. Maybe happiness is just...overrated. Why try so hard? Click on over to my other blog on healthywomen.org, where I let you in on a secret. And please do me a special favor? Feel free to ignore my advice. Do you have any secrets to share on how to be miserable?
Eat half your dessert Eat off smaller plates Snack on fruits & veggies Ask for salad dressing on the side Swap fries for a green salad Increase your fiber If you sit a lot, get up and move about once an hour Skip seconds Drink water before a meal Don't snack late at night Order your latte with skim milk Chew your food slowly Don't eat snacks directly from the bag - portion out a serving Stop eating before you're full Take the stairs instead of the elevator Eat before you get too hungry Eat before you go food shopping Eat sweets in small amounts When you eat out, ask the server
Ever since the outbreak of Listeria from bagged salad greens (eight times in 2012!), I've been paranoid about washing my greens. Even if they come bagged, and the bag is marked "triple washed," I pay no attention. Out comes my salad spinner (what a great invention - can't live without it) and rinse...and rinse...and rinse. I mean, who wants Listeria, which can multiply at refrigerator temperatures, and cause potentially deadly blood poisoning or meningitis in older adults and in people with compromised immune systems? Why take a chance, when all you have to do is..rinse? Here's what the FDA has to
Quick - what comes to mind when you hear the word "fiber?" I'll bet it's something to do with needing it to stay "regular." Well, yes, that's one thing fiber helps you do - avoid constipation. But it's important for other reasons, too. And since March is National Nutrition Month (it's also the month we change the clocks - yay!) it's a good time to think about putting more fiber into your diet. Why? Most of us are not getting enough fiber. Current recommendations call for at least 25 grams per day; the amount in five servings of either fruits or veggies and one or two servings of
I like to think that every generation learns from the prior generation and steps things up when it's their turn. This one thing is for sure: I always thought that we knew more about being healthy than our parents did. C'mon, look at us! We're the gym-goers, healthy eaters, obsessed with our input as well as our output. We're the healthy generation, the enlightened ones who know a thing or two about whole grains, too much salt, too little sleep. Aren't we? Now, take our parents. Did they know the difference between a crunch and a lunge? I'll bet they never knew that regular exercise can keep your
It's easy to dig into food that is in front of you, especially if it's the kind that you love and crave . For me, that's anything sweet. I can easily ignore the savory, salty stuff, but cookies, pies and cakes? Not so much. To save you some unwanted pounds, too-tight pants, mindless eating and that overall awful feeling of regret (AKA "self-loathing"), here are some helpful tips, brought to you from the American Academy of Family Physicians. Consider them the adult equivalent of a time out (AKA "get a grip"). Ask yourself whether you truly are hungry or if you are eating to fulfill another