According the National Institutes of Health (NIH), we’re consuming 3 pounds of sugar each week. That’s 22 teaspoons every day with the average teenager having 34 teaspoons daily, if not more. This drastic jump in consumption from years ago is not only behind the staggering rise in obesity, but is one of the main reasons why so many of us are suffering with illnesses, conditions, depression, and even disease. Is it as simple as saying that a major step toward improving our body and health means removing sugar from our diets? Many people living their best and healthiest lives yet will happily tell you yes.
Ready to see for yourself? Here are 10 steps to break your sugar addiction. Continue reading “10 Ways to Break Your Sugar Addiction: Just Follow These Steps”
According to a new study, getting your children to eat five meals per day could reduce the risk of obesity. Researchers in Finland followed 4,000 participants and gathered information from the prenatal stage to the age of 16.
They found that eating five regular meals per day, consisting of breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks, reduced the risk of obesity for both boys and girls. This was even true for children with a genetic predisposition to obesity.
It seems that breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, because skipping it was associated with higher body mass index and wider waist circumference in study participants. Continue reading “Reduce the Risk of Childhood Obesity”
High-intensity interval training is a great way to quickly fit in a day’s workout. HIIT is defined as alternations between time periods of less intense activity, and shorter duration, 100% effort, intense bursts of activity. This switch-up makes your body work harder and burn more calories faster than at a constant, mediocre pace. These maximum capacity intervals provide many health benefits. Just take a look at fit, healthy kids. They’re exerting themselves then recovering, unknowingly doing a variation of HIIT as they play!
Benefits of HIIT training stretch far and wide, including:
Efficiency. YES, you can benefit your body in 20 minutes rather than 45 minutes to an hour! Research shows 15-20 minutes of HIIT can help you better achieve your weight and fitness goals than an hour on the treadmill or elliptical. According to a study presented at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, “Just 2 weeks of high-intensity intervals improves your aerobic capacity as much as 6 to 8 weeks of endurance training.” Continue reading “HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training): The “No Time to Exercise” Excuse Buster”
There is something about fresh herbs and raw vegetables that just say summer to me. Especially basil… does anything smell better than basil?
I tried this recipe after a friend posted a picture of it on her Facebook page. It sounded fresh and light, perfect for those hot days when you don’t want to turn on the oven or the barbeque.
The recipe combines raw zucchini that has been cut into strips with a pesto made from pumpkin seeds, basil, garlic and lemon juice. She used a spiralizer for the zucchini, a machine that can turn any vegetable into something that resembles spaghetti.I used a vegetable peeler, so my “noodles” were a little wider and flatter. But I believe the end result was just as tasty. Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Summer Zucchini Pasta and Pesto”
Have you heard of the Paleo diet? It seems like a new diet craze pops up every few years, so how are you supposed to know if this one is right for you? We’ll give you the skinny on the Paleolithic diet: what you can eat, what you can’t, the pros, and the cons, so you can determine if this diet suits your healthy lifestyle and is worth trying.
What is the Paleo Diet?
This diet mimics the daily food intake of men and women during the Paleolithic era (or Stone Age). According to Dr. Loren Cordain, founder of the diet, cavemen were free from diseases that plague Westerners today, due to their intake of simple, unprocessed, whole foods; by changing our eating habits, we too, can repel illness, inflammation, and sluggishness—all while getting svelte in the process! Continue reading “Is the Paleo Diet Right For You?”