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Portion Control: Is There Too Much Food On Your Plate?

Portion control is critical for anyone to find success with their weight goals. The spotlight on portion control was re-lit when First Lady Michelle Obama introduced the healthy eating initiative called “My Plate”. The portioning recommendations were created to help with weight control and as a means to curb the alarming rise in type 2 diabetes in the United States. Continue reading

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How to Survive a Food Court

If you find yourself in a food court while on vacation or shopping, how can you find foods that won’t sabotage your fitness goals?

-If you’re ordering Chinese food, stick to one entrée and one side. Try and add steamed vegetables to that entrée, or brown rice (small portion) to reduce the salt and total calories of the dish.   Continue reading

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Tips for Cooking Kale and Other Greens

Kale, spinach, swiss chard, mustard and collard greens have been elevated to superstar status lately, and rightfully so.  But many cooks are intimidated to try to cook them at home because they don’t understand how to get the most flavor out of them. Continue reading

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Sirloin Steak with Deep Red Wine Reduction

servings- 4 (3 ounces cooked steak and 1 tablespoon sauce each)

1/2 cup dry red wine
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce Continue reading

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Your Health Is What You Eat

Your health is what you eat.

A simple sentence but an honest truth.  We know this is true for body mass, weight gain or loss, for your energy level and for exercise results.  Think of your body as a fine car. The quality of the fuel you put in equals the performance levels of the different systems. If you eat high processed foods loaded with preservatives, salts, sugars and saturated fats, your body will feel sluggish.  It will process those ingredients at an erratic speed leaving you tired. It does not feed your muscles so that it can repair itself to be able to come back stronger at your next workout. Continue reading

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Make Vegetables the Star of the Show

I grew up with my family creating a very successful hamburger, family-style restaurant chain, but I must confess, my love diet has gravitated more toward vegetables, and away from beef every year.

Vegetables deliver excellent nutritional possibilities at a reduced calorie count.  In the Weight Watchers system, vegetables are point-free.  Summer is the Olympics of the vegetable growing season.  The possibilities are boundless with a cornucopia of colors and possibilities. Continue reading

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The Health Halo Effect

The point of advertising is to entice you to buy products or services that you didn’t ‘know’ you needed.  Many of us know this, yet we fall as quickly as children do, for the marketer’s tag lines and false claims, again and again.  Their products claim; low-fat, low-calorie, gluten-free, sugar-free and even organic. Continue reading

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Strawberries: Delicious & Full of Health Benefits

Strawberries are luscious, versatile and a nutritional powerhouse.  On top of their sweet taste, a Harvard Study published in January of 2013 linked eating berries to a lower risk of heart attacks among younger woman.  The study found women, age 25-42, who ate 3 (1/2 cup) servings over an 18 year period of time, showed a 34 percent reduced risk compared with those who ate less than 1 serving per week.  The study cited anthocyanin (water-soluble vacuolar pigments that may appear red, purple, or blue depending on the pH), as the beneficial bi-product of eating the berries. Continue reading

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Carbs Are Not the Bad Guys!

Carbohydrates have been labeled by certain diet gurus as fat boosting little demons.  Reality needs to be separated from the hype.  The reality is carbohydrates provide an energy source because they are filled with fiber, minerals and vitamins. But they need to be a certain kind of carb; complex carbs, not simple like white bread, white rice and white flour
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Up Your Odds: Exercise AND Eat Right

Gaining weight back after ‘dieting’ is difficult for people on many levels. This process of yo-yo dieting can be physically and emotionally damaging.  Studies reveal that the most effective form of weight loss and maintaining weight loss is a lifestyle combining healthy eating and exercise. Continue reading

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