Join us at the E. Street Y this week to talk about the latest diet myths and what you can do to overcome them.
Thursday at 10:30 am and 5:30 pm.
Have a healthy week!!!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Did you know...
1. In 1700 the average person consumed 4 pounds of sugar PER YEAR? In 1800 it increased to 18 pounds per year. In 1900, sugar consumption increased per person again to 90 pounds of sugar per year! The most recent study in 2009 said that over 50% of Americans consume 1.5 pounds of sugar PER DAY. That's 180 pounds per year!!!!
2. Today, 32% of Americans are obese with another third being overweight. That translates to 1/3 of Americans possessing a healthy weight. In 1890 the obesity rate of males in the age range of 55 was only 3.4% That is quite the rise!
3. Splenda is not made from sugar. It contains aspartame, and is a chlorinated sweetener. (Notice the word chlorine???) Agave syrup, which is touted to be natural is HIGHLY processed and usually 80% fructose. The end product doesn't even resemble the original agave plant. Honey is about 53% fructose but is NATURAL in the raw. Stevia, is completely safe in it's natural form, which comes from the leaf of the South American stevia plant.
4. Eating fructose is far worse than eating fat. The fructose elevates the uric acid, which decreases nitric oxide, raises angiotensin, and causes your smooth muscle cells to contact, thereby raising your blood pressure and potentially damaging your kidney's.
5. In 2004, a study showed hypertension among children is four times higher than predicted: 4.5% of American children have high blood pressure. In overweight children that increases to 10%. In adolescents, 90% of teens with high blood pressure also have an elevated uric acid level.
Monday, February 3, 2014
Five Food Rules to Help you Beat Winter Weight
1. Choose "white" carbohydrates carefully -- While the white carbs may satisfy our cravings they are the most detrimental in our weight loss efforts. Making the switch to wholesome wholegrain varieties will help you maintain a healthy weight and keep you full for longer, as they are rich in fiber and help keep your blood-sugar levels balanced. Nutritious wholegrain choices include whole oats, quinoa, brown rice, buckwheat, wholegrain pasta and grainy breads. Try substituting whole wheat flour in your baking. Get your cook on!
2. Drink 2 liters of water a day -
- Because of the cold, we often forget that our bodies need to intake water. Those space heaters we all love in the winter, are wonderful for dehydrating us. Try to drink at least two liters a day. Herbal teas count too. There are many wonderful health-promoting teas to choose from such as ginger (great for improving circulation), green (a powerful antioxidant and can help promote weight loss), rosehip (rich in vitamin C), peppermint (good for digestion) and chamomile (helps calm your nerves).
3. Eat protein with each meal -
- Eating protein is an excellent way to stay full longer. Low-fat proteins are wonderful snacks and should be your go to in your daily life. A good guide is to keep protein servings to the size and thickness of your palm. Some healthy protein choices include nuts, seeds, legumes (and legume-based foods such as hummus), eggs, fish, lean meat, chicken, low-fat dairy and soy products. Protein foods also help to create a feeling of fullness, preventing you from overeating.
4. Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables -
- When we diet, sometimes the fruits and vegetables often get pushed to the sides, and the focus is on protein. Fruit and vegetables are an excellent source of important vitamins and minerals including vitamins A and C, fol-ate, iron and calcium.Purple, red and orange varieties are particularly high in potent health-promoting antioxidants. However, if you are watching your waistline, don't overdo higher-GI veggies such as potato, sweet potato and pumpkin.
5. Start your dinner with soup -
- By starting your dinner with soup you can decrease the amount you eat during the main meal, there by enhancing the amount of weight you can loose. Doing this is not only a great way to increase your vegetable intake, it can help reduce the amount of food and calories you consume in a meal, according to a study by Pennsylvania State University in the US.