eating right

This month we’re taking a look at the ingredient list and defining what some of those “mystery” ingredients are. If you are going to eat it, you should know what it is, right?

Enriched Wheat Flour

This month we’re taking a look at the ingredient list and defining what some of those “mystery” ingredients are. If you are going to eat it, you should know what it is, right?

High Fructose Corn Syrup

This month we’re taking a look at the ingredient list and defining what some of those “mystery” ingredients are. If you are going to eat it, you should know what it is, right?

This month we’re taking a look at the ingredient list and defining what some of those “mystery” ingredients are. If you are going to eat it, you should know what it is, right?

Soy lecithin is a commonly-used surfactant – or, thickener – in many foods on the market today, and may have health benefits. It adds creaminess to recipes and is a source of choline, which helps dissolve fat and cholesterol and can help regulate your kidney, liver and gallbladder function.

This month we’re taking a look at the ingredient list and defining what some of those “mystery” ingredients are. If you are going to eat it, you should know what it is, right?

I have said over and over that the best way to get a healthy, lean body is to load up on fresh fruits and vegetables (instead of “food products” like boxed items and processed foods), and spring/summer is the perfect time to do so! In season right now are antioxidant-rich (and oh-so-sweet) blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries, as well as great-for-you greens like spinach and kale, and omega-3- (and 6-) packed avocados. Here are a few ways to get a great variety:

You think you eat well, but those stubborn pounds keep hanging on. Time to take a look at your snacks – are you having nuts for both your morning and afternoon snacks? Do you keep that bag of peanut butter pretzels in your desk drawer and munch all day long?

Having trouble sticking to your good eating habits late at night? Eating before bed is a nasty habit worth breaking – laying down with a full stomach slows your digestion, making it harder for your body to metabolize fat. Most of us late-night overeaters do so because of boredom, habit, stress, or lack of variety in the dinner menu. Try brushing and flossing your teeth right after dinner – it will signal to the body that eating is finished for the day, and a minty-fresh mouth may help ward off a late-night sweet tooth…

Can’t stop dipping into your coworker’s dish of mini chocolate bars? Leave the empty wrappers in plain sight on your desk.

A recent study at Cornell University showed that people who save a visual reminder of their indulgences eat about half as many candies over the course of a few hours than those who destroy the evidence. This can also apply to savory foods – another study found that when bones from chicken wings were cleared, diners underestimated their intake by 50 percent. So don’t let selective food amnesia keep you from your fitness goals!

I am sure you’ve heard to take vitamin C, echinacea and zinc to keep your immune system strong, but popping pills is no match for eating nutrient-rich foods when colds and flu are lurking in the shadows. Here are some foods to help keep you strong during the holiday season:

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