Whether you’re stocking up on school supplies or hosting a Labor Day party, make sure to add brightly-hued, plant-based foods to your family’s back-to-school shopping list.
A diet packed with vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes provides our bodies with a steady supply of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals. This makes it easy to power through almost anything, whether it’s running a company, directing a car pool, or helping your child study for his or her next algebra test.
Not sure where to start? Try one or all of these seasonal staples: Continue reading “Back-to-School Shopping? Power Up With the Healthy Basics”
The American Heart Association (AHA) is suggesting that children consume no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day. That is only 25 grams.
According to the AHA, children are now getting way more than the suggested sugar limit of 25 grams and it is adversely affecting their health. A diet high in added sugars is strongly associated with weight gain, obesity, insulin resistance, abnormal cholesterol and fatty liver disease in children.
What is added sugar? Added sugar is anything added to a food that it wouldn’t normally contain. Table sugar, fructose, maple syrup or honey used as an ingredient in processing, preparing foods or beverages, eaten separately, or added to a meal at the dining table are all considered added sugar. Common foods that have added sugar are soft drinks, candy and baked goods.
One can of soda alone contains on average 35 grams of sugar!!!!
If you want to learn more about sugar and its effects on the body, watch the documentary Fed Up and read these five things you may not have known about sugar, but you should: Continue reading “New Sugar Limit Recommendations For Children”
Have you ever seen those people in the gym day after day, week after week, and possibly year after year putting in the time, effort and energy but never getting the results they’re after?
Want to boost your results? Interval training is incredibly effective. With high intensity interval training, or HIIT, you’re using short bursts of intense movements for up to a minute, then bringing your heart rate and intensity down for a few minutes until you’re ready to increase the intensity again. The entire workout can be less than 20 minutes but the impact is huge. You can do this with little or no equipment and the results come quickly – truly the perfect workout for busy professionals. Continue reading “Make Your Workout Work Better – Try HIIT”
I ran across the documentary Fed Up while perusing Netflix one weekend. It is a film that investigates the food industry’s influence on U.S. dietary guidelines and the resulting impact on the health of Americans.
According the to documentary, many diseases can be attributed to the amount of sugar we consume on a daily basis. The amount has increased dramatically in less than 40 years and so have heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Sugar is added to everything – ketchup, pasta sauce, salad dressing, breakfast cereals, juice and energy drinks, baked goods, yogurt, and even baby formula. And more.
The addiction to sugar starts young. Addiction? Yes, addiction. One study showed that of 43 cocaine-addicted rats given the choice between cocaine and sugar water over 15 days, 40 of them opted for sugar!
Another problem is that, unlike fat, protein, salt or any other nutrient, there is no recommended daily allowance for sugar. Look at a nutrition label. See what’s missing? Continue reading “The Documentary FED UP”
Last week I gave you 10 reasons why you should be eating blueberries. And here is one more… a blueberry smoothie is incredibly delicious! Although fresh and organic blueberries are second to none, frozen can easily be used once blueberry season is past. For now, though, blueberries are still in season, and fresh blueberries are readily available at local stores and farmers’ markets.
This smoothie also makes a fantastic post-workout snack. Packed with antioxidants and protein, it is a great way to recharge your body. In fact, a blueberry smoothie is a great idea for any meal, or to give your kids as an after-school snack. Continue reading “Breakfast Today: Blueberry Smoothie”