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The Mom and Dad Monthly Allowance

Here is my latest published article from “The Dollar Stretcher” magazine.

The Mom and Dad Monthly Allowance.

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Avocado: High Fat, High Calorie…Great For You!

If you enjoy avocados as much as I do, you really like them!

Squish them up to make homemade guacamole, add them to salads, spread them on toast…they are a great healthy addition to many recipes.

Avocados do have a high fat content, but it is of the healthy fat denomination. 30 gms per medium avocado.

Calories? Yup, they have a lot of those too; about 230 per cup.

Don’t be scared to include this fruit in your diet, as the health benefits are outstanding. Just remember to keep your portion sizes small, around two tablespoons per serving.

Enjoy these articles below for more info:

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/avocado-advantage

 

http://oss.mcgill.ca/everyday/avocados.pdf

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=5

 

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Go Nuts!

Are you shying away from nuts because you think they are too high in fat and calories?

It’s true that they are high in fat, but almost all are high in the GOOD fats. High in calories? Yes, but also high in a multitude of other beneficial minerals like selenium. Eat  a little, gain a lot of health benefits.

Check out this article from the Harvard Medical School: http://www.health.harvard.edu/fhg/updates/update1004d.shtml

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Sweet or Regular; Which Potato is Better For You?

I have had clients ask me about eating potatoes versus sweet potatoes, and what the difference was health wise.

I always say that you can never go wrong with eating  your veggies, but all veggies are not created equally.

Potatoes are enjoyable as roasted, mashed, fried, and baked; skin on, skin off…they are great and tasty in many forms. However, they have a GI (glycemic index) value of between 56-111 (depending on the potato), which is at the top of the chart. For more info on the Glycemic Index: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glycemic_index

Potatoes

Sweet potatoes, on the other hand are in the medium category on the GI, and have a host of other benefits such as antioxidants and high fiber content. For more info on sweet potatoes, check out this site: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=george&dbid=69

As with all carbohydrate rich foods, you should take care to eat only what your body needs, and keep your plate mostly loaded with high fiber, colorful veggies with low caloric values, such as spinach,  green leaf lettuce, and celery. For more lo-carb veggie options, check out this link: http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/whattoeat/a/whatveg.htm

That’s all for now; remember to eat well most of the time to enjoy the benefits of your workout program. If you work out hard but eat a ton of junk, you may still remain at the same weight and not look any differently.

One more interesting link on potatoes and their contents: http://breastcancer.about.com/od/cancerfightingfoods/a/potatoes.htm

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How Well is Your Nutrition Know-How?

Here is a great, quick little quiz from one of my favorite sites, Sparkpeople.com.

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/quizzes_start.asp?quizid=32

With these fun, fact filled questions, you can get a wealth of nutrition knowledge that you can use everyday! Have fun.

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The Worst Restaurant Foods | Eat This, Not That

The Worst Restaurant Foods | Eat This, Not That.

Check out this link from Men’s Health Magazine; they have some great pages on healthy and not-so-healthy eating that might surprise you!

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Are you Thirsty?

Water intake is so important for everyone, but if you exercise regularly, it’s even more important as you are losing water through sweat and keeping your internal organs cool.

How much water should you be drinking to stay hydrated? Check out this link to the Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/water/NU00283

I like to have a glass of water as soon as I wake up, then some more with breakfast. A little with my workout, post workout, in the afternooon, etc. It’s not that hard if you keep a full bottle on hand wherever you go. Fruits and veggies are also a great source of water.

Cheers!

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What’s for Dinner?

Having trouble figuring out easy and healthy dinner ideas on a regular basis?

The internet is such a great tool for finding recipes, and here is one I’d like to share.

Fish tacos with wild salmon! Sounds yummy and healthy too.

Click here to see the recipe: http://www.food.com/recipe/amazing-salmon-tacos-133959

Enjoy your dinner!

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Acai: Healthy and Amazing?


Acai, pronounced AH-SIGH-EE, has been talked about significantly in the press; it has been touted as a “super food” and proclaimed to have many health properties, such as high levels of antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins C and E.

Let’s find out just what Acai is, and what it can do for your health.

The Acai berry grows naturally in Brazil, and is about the size of a grape, but with less pulp. The seed takes up approximately 80 percent of the berry, and is separated before using the pulp.

Acai berries in powdered, freeze-dried preparation are high in dietary fiber and low in sugar; both important properties for people who have blood sugar issues.

A December, 2008 study published in “The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry” proved that the antioxidants in acai berries are absorbed into the bloodstream; an important discovery for people looking to improve their health by ingesting antioxidant-rich foods.

Many websites have claimed that consuming acai will help people lose weight quickly, like no other superfood out there, but these claims have not been based on scientific research, and are unfounded.

Weight loss is not a sure thing with any specific foods, and acai berries are no exception. According to an article in CanadianLiving magazine, Toronto-based Registered Dietitian and nutrition expert Cara Rosenbloom says that there is no scientific evidence showing that acai is an appetite suppressant, nor can it speed up your metabolism or flatten your belly.

What you will get from acai, however, are the benefits of berries, like fiber and vitamins that are part of a healthy diet.

Acai has been shown to be very high in antioxidants, which is a substance that reduces the oxidative damage to cells, such as that caused by free radicals. Free radicals attack molecules and modify chemical structures in the body.

Antioxidants, such as those found in acai, can help to reduce the risks of certain types of cancer, and age related macular degeneration.

Acai may be the latest wonder food on the market, but it has similar properties to many other berries out there, including regular, tried and true strawberries and blueberries. You can get great health benefits at a lower cost by eating these berries when they are in season, or eating frozen when it’s winter.

A March, 2009 article on CNN’s website which interviewed Johnny Bowden, a certified nutrition specialist and author of several health books agrees that most berries are high in antioxidants and do the same thing as acai; they have simply not been marketed in the same way.

So, eat your berries, any of them, and enjoy the great health benefits of antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins!

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Emotional Eating, Anyone?

If you’re like most people out there, you eat to celebrate, to wallow, to enjoy, to mourn…the list goes on. Food and emotions often go hand in hand.

If you’re having trouble keeping food out of your emotional reaction to a situation, here is a quick article from one of my favorite sites, Sparkpeople.com:

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellness_articles.asp?id=693

Food and emotion should be separate entities, but they sometimes collide.

Next time you reach for the chocolate when you’re bored, remember that there are other ways to cure your boredom that don’t involve empty (but tasty 🙂 calories.

Good luck on your path to health!

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