Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in comments
Search in excerpt
Search in posts
Search in pages
Search in groups
Search in users
Search in forums
Filter by Categories
Biggest Loser
Fitness
Health
Nutrition
Obesity
Uncategorized
20 Ways to Get Your Family Onboard with Healthy Eating
July 16, 2014
0

When your fitness tribe also happens to be your family, it might be challenging to get everyone excited about kale, quinoa dv2014018and cauliflower — especially little mouths that aren’t accustomed to eating these foods. Here are 20 tips to help you get your family on board with healthy eating.

1. Don’t suddenly overhaul your family’s diet. Start small with one healthy change at a time.

2. Be a role model. Eat the nutritious foods you want your family to eat.

3. Nudge, don’t nag. You want your family to want nutritious foods.

4. Introduce new foods gradually and prepare them a few different ways to see what everyone likes best.

5. Stock healthy snacks in plain view — place a bowl of fruit on the counter, for example.

6. Eat nutritious meals together as a family. They don’t have to be fancy, just delicious.

7. Make the farmer’s market a family affair. Have the kids choose one vegetable they want to help prepare that week.

8. When making casseroles, meatloaf, chili, soups and stews, toss in some grated, chopped, or pureed vegetables, too!

9. When you talk about healthy foods with your family, highlight the nutrients the foods provide.

10. Explore new ways to prepare veggies. If you usually steam, try roasting or grilling. Start by trying some easy, 5-star recipes online.

11. Teach your kids to honor their hunger cues. When they tell you they’re full, don’t insist they clean their plate.

12. Take pride in food presentation. Research shows beautiful food actually tastes better.

13. Get your family involved in meal planning and food prep. For example, have your kids choose something to eat for Meatless Monday.

14. Limit fruit juice intake to one 6-ounce glass per day. Any more than that and those calories will quickly add up.

15. Have fun with healthy foods to make them more appealing to kids. Try making celery boats, or cutting fruit and vegetables into fun shapes with small cookie cutters.

16. Stir frozen vegetables into canned soups or frozen entrees. This is something older kids can do even when they’re fending for themselves.

17. Select snacks that provide around 150 to 200 calories, and also make sure they contain some protein, fiber, or healthy fats.

18. Teach your family how to read the Nutrition Facts Label and have them help you scan the ingredients at the grocery store.

19. Adopt a “No Sugar-Sweetened Drink Policy” at home. Make milk or water the go-to beverage at mealtime and save soda, fruit punch, and sports drinks for special occasions.

20. Learn a few healthy ingredient swaps, such as using Greek yogurt in place of sour cream, or coconut oil instead of butter in baked goods, to cut down on saturated. Simple substitutions go a long way in helping your family eat more healthfully.

Got a great suggestion for getting your family onboard with healthy eating? Share it with us in the comments section!!

6 Foods You Should Be Eating More
June 27, 2014
0

6 Foods You Should Be Eating More Of

myfitnesspal avodado

No one likes to be on high alert when it comes to calories. In a dream world, that huge slice of German chocolate cake would only be around 100 calories, and nutritionists would suggest skipping vegetables in favor of a creamy pasta dish for dinner. Sadly, we don’t live in that world, folks, which means we need to be smart about what we put on our plates.

Annoying, the challenge of making healthy choices can lead to a lot of confusion and questioning at meal time. Who hasn’t experienced the dread of wondering whether or not the bite you’re about to take is “good” or “bad” for your weight loss goal? It can cause you to look at out food options in terms of what you can’t eat. But what if you changed your mindset, and looked instead at what you can eat?

There are tons of delicious foods you should be eating more of—not less! And you might find adding more of the healthy choices to your eating plan, will help you naturally eat less of the processed, sugar-laden, carb-loaded, fatty foods you don’t need. Here, Megan Roosevelt, R.D., L.D., founder of Healthy Grocery Girl, reveals 6 nutrient-dense foods you can load up on.

Sweet Potatoes “Fiber helps us feel full and satisfied, as well as manage blood sugar levels,” says Roosevelt. Consider the vitamin and mineral benefits, including potassium and vitamin C, and you should be opting for treat-like sweet potatoes, more often. You can bake them, mash them, or serve them up as sweet potato fries, just like your classic white potato.

Avocados Avocados are brimming with benefits. “Protein, fat, and fiber are the three key nutrients that help us feel full and satisfied,” says Roosevelt. “Healthy fats in our diet also support the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins.” Next time you’re tempted to use sour cream, add a quarter of an avocado to your dish instead. Whipped avocado has a similar texture, but offers more healthy nutrients.

Zucchini You can swap in zucchini as a base for many recipes—from fries to brownies. Roosevelt’s favorite switch is for pasta. “Use a julienne peeler to make noodle-like strips, and you’ve got a low-calorie, low-carbohydrate option that’s also nutritionally dense and contains fiber,” she says.

Corn Tortillas White flour causes your insulin levels to rise, which promotes fat storage. Corn on the other hand contains more fiber, so you’ll stay full after noshing on that veggie wrap or taco. “Fiber delays digestion and regulates the release of glucose from our food into our bloodstream, helping us avoid blood sugar spikes and crashes,” says Roosevelt.

Sliced Whole Fruit There’s no reason not to eat more fruit, says Roosevelt, who again points out that it’s all about fiber—and flavor. “Feeling full after meals and snacks is key for weight loss. If we’re always hungry, it’s hard to lose weight,” she says. Her suggestions: Use fruit slices in sandwiches and wraps instead of jam or jelly (try PB and apple, or almond butter and pear), and toss fruit slices into your water for a hint of flavor that will get you to drink more.

Dark Chocolate Need a sweet treat? Don’t deny yourself now, only to binge later. A one-ounce serving of dark chocolate is about 150 calories, and it contains flavanoids that have been shown to improve circulation and heart health, says Roosevelt.

Which of these foods play a starring role in your diet? Tell us in the comments!

– See more at: http://blog.myfitnesspal.com/2014/06/6-foods-you-should-be-eating-more-of/?utm_source=mfp&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=jun25newsletter&mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRonuajKZKXonjHpfsX%2F7OgrUKG3lMI%2F0ER3fOvrPUfGjI4ASMRnI%2BSLDwEYGJlv6SgFSrTFMblm0LgLXhM%3D#sthash.JRVcfeHp.dpuf

6 Foods You Should Be Eating More Of

myfitnesspal avodado

No one likes to be on high alert when it comes to calories. In a dream world, that huge slice of German chocolate cake would only be around 100 calories, and nutritionists would suggest skipping vegetables in favor of a creamy pasta dish for dinner. Sadly, we don’t live in that world, folks, which means we need to be smart about what we put on our plates.

Annoying, the challenge of making healthy choices can lead to a lot of confusion and questioning at meal time. Who hasn’t experienced the dread of wondering whether or not the bite you’re about to take is “good” or “bad” for your weight loss goal? It can cause you to look at out food options in terms of what you can’t eat. But what if you changed your mindset, and looked instead at what you can eat?

There are tons of delicious foods you should be eating more of—not less! And you might find adding more of the healthy choices to your eating plan, will help you naturally eat less of the processed, sugar-laden, carb-loaded, fatty foods you don’t need. Here, Megan Roosevelt, R.D., L.D., founder of Healthy Grocery Girl, reveals 6 nutrient-dense foods you can load up on.

Sweet Potatoes “Fiber helps us feel full and satisfied, as well as manage blood sugar levels,” says Roosevelt. Consider the vitamin and mineral benefits, including potassium and vitamin C, and you should be opting for treat-like sweet potatoes, more often. You can bake them, mash them, or serve them up as sweet potato fries, just like your classic white potato.

Avocados Avocados are brimming with benefits. “Protein, fat, and fiber are the three key nutrients that help us feel full and satisfied,” says Roosevelt. “Healthy fats in our diet also support the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins.” Next time you’re tempted to use sour cream, add a quarter of an avocado to your dish instead. Whipped avocado has a similar texture, but offers more healthy nutrients.

Zucchini You can swap in zucchini as a base for many recipes—from fries to brownies. Roosevelt’s favorite switch is for pasta. “Use a julienne peeler to make noodle-like strips, and you’ve got a low-calorie, low-carbohydrate option that’s also nutritionally dense and contains fiber,” she says.

Corn Tortillas White flour causes your insulin levels to rise, which promotes fat storage. Corn on the other hand contains more fiber, so you’ll stay full after noshing on that veggie wrap or taco. “Fiber delays digestion and regulates the release of glucose from our food into our bloodstream, helping us avoid blood sugar spikes and crashes,” says Roosevelt.

Sliced Whole Fruit There’s no reason not to eat more fruit, says Roosevelt, who again points out that it’s all about fiber—and flavor. “Feeling full after meals and snacks is key for weight loss. If we’re always hungry, it’s hard to lose weight,” she says. Her suggestions: Use fruit slices in sandwiches and wraps instead of jam or jelly (try PB and apple, or almond butter and pear), and toss fruit slices into your water for a hint of flavor that will get you to drink more.

Dark Chocolate Need a sweet treat? Don’t deny yourself now, only to binge later. A one-ounce serving of dark chocolate is about 150 calories, and it contains flavanoids that have been shown to improve circulation and heart health, says Roosevelt.

Which of these foods play a starring role in your diet? Tell us in the comments!

– See more at: http://blog.myfitnesspal.com/2014/06/6-foods-you-should-be-eating-more-of/?utm_source=mfp&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=jun25newsletter&mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRonuajKZKXonjHpfsX%2F7OgrUKG3lMI%2F0ER3fOvrPUfGjI4ASMRnI%2BSLDwEYGJlv6SgFSrTFMblm0LgLXhM%3D#sthash.JRVcfeHp.dpuf

6 Foods You Should Be Eating More Of

myfitnesspal avodado

No one likes to be on high alert when it comes to calories. In a dream world, that huge slice of German chocolate cake would only be around 100 calories, and nutritionists would suggest skipping vegetables in favor of a creamy pasta dish for dinner. Sadly, we don’t live in that world, folks, which means we need to be smart about what we put on our plates.

Annoying, the challenge of making healthy choices can lead to a lot of confusion and questioning at meal time. Who hasn’t experienced the dread of wondering whether or not the bite you’re about to take is “good” or “bad” for your weight loss goal? It can cause you to look at out food options in terms of what you can’t eat. But what if you changed your mindset, and looked instead at what you can eat?

There are tons of delicious foods you should be eating more of—not less! And you might find adding more of the healthy choices to your eating plan, will help you naturally eat less of the processed, sugar-laden, carb-loaded, fatty foods you don’t need. Here, Megan Roosevelt, R.D., L.D., founder of Healthy Grocery Girl, reveals 6 nutrient-dense foods you can load up on.

Sweet Potatoes “Fiber helps us feel full and satisfied, as well as manage blood sugar levels,” says Roosevelt. Consider the vitamin and mineral benefits, including potassium and vitamin C, and you should be opting for treat-like sweet potatoes, more often. You can bake them, mash them, or serve them up as sweet potato fries, just like your classic white potato.

Avocados Avocados are brimming with benefits. “Protein, fat, and fiber are the three key nutrients that help us feel full and satisfied,” says Roosevelt. “Healthy fats in our diet also support the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins.” Next time you’re tempted to use sour cream, add a quarter of an avocado to your dish instead. Whipped avocado has a similar texture, but offers more healthy nutrients.

Zucchini You can swap in zucchini as a base for many recipes—from fries to brownies. Roosevelt’s favorite switch is for pasta. “Use a julienne peeler to make noodle-like strips, and you’ve got a low-calorie, low-carbohydrate option that’s also nutritionally dense and contains fiber,” she says.

Corn Tortillas White flour causes your insulin levels to rise, which promotes fat storage. Corn on the other hand contains more fiber, so you’ll stay full after noshing on that veggie wrap or taco. “Fiber delays digestion and regulates the release of glucose from our food into our bloodstream, helping us avoid blood sugar spikes and crashes,” says Roosevelt.

Sliced Whole Fruit There’s no reason not to eat more fruit, says Roosevelt, who again points out that it’s all about fiber—and flavor. “Feeling full after meals and snacks is key for weight loss. If we’re always hungry, it’s hard to lose weight,” she says. Her suggestions: Use fruit slices in sandwiches and wraps instead of jam or jelly (try PB and apple, or almond butter and pear), and toss fruit slices into your water for a hint of flavor that will get you to drink more.

Dark Chocolate Need a sweet treat? Don’t deny yourself now, only to binge later. A one-ounce serving of dark chocolate is about 150 calories, and it contains flavanoids that have been shown to improve circulation and heart health, says Roosevelt.

Which of these foods play a starring role in your diet? Tell us in the comments!

– See more at: http://blog.myfitnesspal.com/2014/06/6-foods-you-should-be-eating-more-of/?utm_source=mfp&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=jun25newsletter&mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRonuajKZKXonjHpfsX%2F7OgrUKG3lMI%2F0ER3fOvrPUfGjI4ASMRnI%2BSLDwEYGJlv6SgFSrTFMblm0LgLXhM%3D#sthash.j4dYyOm2.dpuf

6 Foods You Should Be Eating More Of

myfitnesspal avodado

No one likes to be on high alert when it comes to calories. In a dream world, that huge slice of German chocolate cake would only be around 100 calories, and nutritionists would suggest skipping vegetables in favor of a creamy pasta dish for dinner. Sadly, we don’t live in that world, folks, which means we need to be smart about what we put on our plates.

Annoying, the challenge of making healthy choices can lead to a lot of confusion and questioning at meal time. Who hasn’t experienced the dread of wondering whether or not the bite you’re about to take is “good” or “bad” for your weight loss goal? It can cause you to look at out food options in terms of what you can’t eat. But what if you changed your mindset, and looked instead at what you can eat?

There are tons of delicious foods you should be eating more of—not less! And you might find adding more of the healthy choices to your eating plan, will help you naturally eat less of the processed, sugar-laden, carb-loaded, fatty foods you don’t need. Here, Megan Roosevelt, R.D., L.D., founder of Healthy Grocery Girl, reveals 6 nutrient-dense foods you can load up on.

Sweet Potatoes “Fiber helps us feel full and satisfied, as well as manage blood sugar levels,” says Roosevelt. Consider the vitamin and mineral benefits, including potassium and vitamin C, and you should be opting for treat-like sweet potatoes, more often. You can bake them, mash them, or serve them up as sweet potato fries, just like your classic white potato.

Avocados Avocados are brimming with benefits. “Protein, fat, and fiber are the three key nutrients that help us feel full and satisfied,” says Roosevelt. “Healthy fats in our diet also support the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins.” Next time you’re tempted to use sour cream, add a quarter of an avocado to your dish instead. Whipped avocado has a similar texture, but offers more healthy nutrients.

Zucchini You can swap in zucchini as a base for many recipes—from fries to brownies. Roosevelt’s favorite switch is for pasta. “Use a julienne peeler to make noodle-like strips, and you’ve got a low-calorie, low-carbohydrate option that’s also nutritionally dense and contains fiber,” she says.

Corn Tortillas White flour causes your insulin levels to rise, which promotes fat storage. Corn on the other hand contains more fiber, so you’ll stay full after noshing on that veggie wrap or taco. “Fiber delays digestion and regulates the release of glucose from our food into our bloodstream, helping us avoid blood sugar spikes and crashes,” says Roosevelt.

Sliced Whole Fruit There’s no reason not to eat more fruit, says Roosevelt, who again points out that it’s all about fiber—and flavor. “Feeling full after meals and snacks is key for weight loss. If we’re always hungry, it’s hard to lose weight,” she says. Her suggestions: Use fruit slices in sandwiches and wraps instead of jam or jelly (try PB and apple, or almond butter and pear), and toss fruit slices into your water for a hint of flavor that will get you to drink more.

Dark Chocolate Need a sweet treat? Don’t deny yourself now, only to binge later. A one-ounce serving of dark chocolate is about 150 calories, and it contains flavanoids that have been shown to improve circulation and heart health, says Roosevelt.

Which of these foods play a starring role in your diet? Tell us in the comments!

– See more at: http://blog.myfitnesspal.com/2014/06/6-foods-you-should-be-eating-more-of/?utm_source=mfp&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=jun25newsletter&mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRonuajKZKXonjHpfsX%2F7OgrUKG3lMI%2F0ER3fOvrPUfGjI4ASMRnI%2BSLDwEYGJlv6SgFSrTFMblm0LgLXhM%3D#sthash.j4dYyOm2.dpuf

6 Foods You Should Be Eating More Of

myfitnesspal avodado

No one likes to be on high alert when it comes to calories. In a dream world, that huge slice of German chocolate cake would only be around 100 calories, and nutritionists would suggest skipping vegetables in favor of a creamy pasta dish for dinner. Sadly, we don’t live in that world, folks, which means we need to be smart about what we put on our plates.

Annoying, the challenge of making healthy choices can lead to a lot of confusion and questioning at meal time. Who hasn’t experienced the dread of wondering whether or not the bite you’re about to take is “good” or “bad” for your weight loss goal? It can cause you to look at out food options in terms of what you can’t eat. But what if you changed your mindset, and looked instead at what you can eat?

There are tons of delicious foods you should be eating more of—not less! And you might find adding more of the healthy choices to your eating plan, will help you naturally eat less of the processed, sugar-laden, carb-loaded, fatty foods you don’t need. Here, Megan Roosevelt, R.D., L.D., founder of Healthy Grocery Girl, reveals 6 nutrient-dense foods you can load up on.

Sweet Potatoes “Fiber helps us feel full and satisfied, as well as manage blood sugar levels,” says Roosevelt. Consider the vitamin and mineral benefits, including potassium and vitamin C, and you should be opting for treat-like sweet potatoes, more often. You can bake them, mash them, or serve them up as sweet potato fries, just like your classic white potato.

Avocados Avocados are brimming with benefits. “Protein, fat, and fiber are the three key nutrients that help us feel full and satisfied,” says Roosevelt. “Healthy fats in our diet also support the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins.” Next time you’re tempted to use sour cream, add a quarter of an avocado to your dish instead. Whipped avocado has a similar texture, but offers more healthy nutrients.

Zucchini You can swap in zucchini as a base for many recipes—from fries to brownies. Roosevelt’s favorite switch is for pasta. “Use a julienne peeler to make noodle-like strips, and you’ve got a low-calorie, low-carbohydrate option that’s also nutritionally dense and contains fiber,” she says.

Corn Tortillas White flour causes your insulin levels to rise, which promotes fat storage. Corn on the other hand contains more fiber, so you’ll stay full after noshing on that veggie wrap or taco. “Fiber delays digestion and regulates the release of glucose from our food into our bloodstream, helping us avoid blood sugar spikes and crashes,” says Roosevelt.

Sliced Whole Fruit There’s no reason not to eat more fruit, says Roosevelt, who again points out that it’s all about fiber—and flavor. “Feeling full after meals and snacks is key for weight loss. If we’re always hungry, it’s hard to lose weight,” she says. Her suggestions: Use fruit slices in sandwiches and wraps instead of jam or jelly (try PB and apple, or almond butter and pear), and toss fruit slices into your water for a hint of flavor that will get you to drink more.

Dark Chocolate Need a sweet treat? Don’t deny yourself now, only to binge later. A one-ounce serving of dark chocolate is about 150 calories, and it contains flavanoids that have been shown to improve circulation and heart health, says Roosevelt.

Which of these foods play a starring role in your diet? Tell us in the comments!

– See more at: http://blog.myfitnesspal.com/2014/06/6-foods-you-should-be-eating-more-of/?utm_source=mfp&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=jun25newsletter&mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRonuajKZKXonjHpfsX%2F7OgrUKG3lMI%2F0ER3fOvrPUfGjI4ASMRnI%2BSLDwEYGJlv6SgFSrTFMblm0LgLXhM%3D#sthash.j4dYyOm2.dpuf

avodado1No one likes to be on high alert when it comes to calories. In a dream world, that huge slice of German chocolate cake would only be around 100 calories, and nutritionists would suggest skipping vegetables in favor of a creamy pasta dish for dinner. Sadly, we don’t live in that world, folks, which means we need to be smart about what we put on our plates.

Annoying, the challenge of making healthy choices can lead to a lot of confusion and questioning at meal time. Who hasn’t experienced the dread of wondering whether or not the bite you’re about to take is “good” or “bad” for your weight loss goal? It can cause you to look at out food options in terms of what you can’t eat. But what if you changed your mindset, and looked instead at what you can eat?

There are tons of delicious foods you should be eating more of—not less! And you might find adding more of the healthy choices to your eating plan, will help you naturally eat less of the processed, sugar-laden, carb-loaded, fatty foods you don’t need. Here, Megan Roosevelt, R.D., L.D., founder of Healthy Grocery Girl, reveals 6 nutrient-dense foods you can load up on.

1. Sweet Potatoes- “Fiber helps us feel full and satisfied, as well as manage blood sugar levels,” says Roosevelt. Consider the vitamin and mineral benefits, including potassium and vitamin C, and you should be opting for treat-like sweet potatoes, more often. You can bake them, mash them, or serve them up as sweet potato fries, just like your classic white potato.

2. Avocados- Avocados are brimming with benefits. “Protein, fat, and fiber are the three key nutrients that help us feel full and satisfied,” says Roosevelt. “Healthy fats in our diet also support the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins.” Next time you’re tempted to use sour cream, add a quarter of an avocado to your dish instead. Whipped avocado has a similar texture, but offers more healthy nutrients.

3. Zucchini- You can swap in zucchini as a base for many recipes—from fries to brownies. Roosevelt’s favorite switch is for pasta. “Use a julienne peeler to make noodle-like strips, and you’ve got a low-calorie, low-carbohydrate option that’s also nutritionally dense and contains fiber,” she says.

4. Corn Tortillas- White flour causes your insulin levels to rise, which promotes fat storage. Corn on the other hand contains more fiber, so you’ll stay full after noshing on that veggie wrap or taco. “Fiber delays digestion and regulates the release of glucose from our food into our bloodstream, helping us avoid blood sugar spikes and crashes,” says Roosevelt.

5. Sliced Whole Fruit- There’s no reason not to eat more fruit, says Roosevelt, who again points out that it’s all about fiber—and flavor. “Feeling full after meals and snacks is key for weight loss. If we’re always hungry, it’s hard to lose weight,” she says. Her suggestions: Use fruit slices in sandwiches and wraps instead of jam or jelly (try PB and apple, or almond butter and pear), and toss fruit slices into your water for a hint of flavor that will get you to drink more.

6. Dark Chocolate- Need a sweet treat? Don’t deny yourself now, only to binge later. A one-ounce serving of dark chocolate is about 150 calories, and it contains flavanoids that have been shown to improve circulation and heart health, says Roosevelt.

Which of these foods play a starring role in your diet? Tell us in the comments!

Summer In Texas – Protect Yourself from the Sun
June 25, 2014
0

Did you know that your risk for skin cancer (melanoma) doubles if you have had more than five sunburns in your lifetime? You can reduce your risk by 50 percent with the use of sunscreen. The sun’s rays are strongest between 10 am and 2 pm. Even cloudy days can cause a burn. It is recommended that you use a broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

If you spend a lot of time in the sun, do you regularly apply sunscreen, wear a hat or use other protective clothing? If you don’t, you increase your chances of developing skin cancer. Each month, inspect your entire body for any skin changes. The following ABC’s will guide you on what to look for:

  • A – Asymmetry: One half does not match the other half
  • B – Border Irregularity: The edges are notched or ragged
  • C – Color: Varied shades of tan, black and brown
  • D – Diameter: Greater than six millimeters (1/4 inch)
  • E – Evolving: Change in size, shape, or shade of color

If you have a spot that looks suspicious visit a dermatologist right away.

Want more information? You can learn how to check a spot on your skin and get additional tips on protection from the sun’s harmful rays. Go to SpotTheSpot to learn more.

Ask Your Friends to Help You Stay Motivated
June 25, 2014
0

Are you trying to reach your summer fitness goals? If so – maybe it’s time to grab a partner. Studies show support from family or friends has frequently been associated with effective long-term weight loss maintenance. ShapeUp® lets you share your progress and invite your friends to support and challenge you.

Stay motivated by asking friends to join you on your ShapeUp® goals.FitBit Together you can kick start your weight loss or take a virtual walk from New York to Boston. With ShapeUp®, you can set health goals, track your progress against those goals, and compete with family, friends, and coworkers. As a member, you can also connect your FitBit directly to ShapeUp®, so logging exercise and steps becomes effortless.

Warning Signes of Type 2 Diabetes
June 16, 2014
0

ThirstDrink Water

People with type 2 diabetes frequently have no symptoms. When symptoms do appear, one of the first may be an increase in thirst. This is often accompanied by additional problems, including dry mouth, increased appetite, frequent urination — sometimes as often as every hour — and unusual weight loss or gain.

 

 

Headache

Headaches

As blood sugar levels become more abnormal, additional symptoms may include headaches, blurred vision, and fatigue.

 

 

band-aid_on_thumbInfections

In many cases, type 2 diabetes is not discovered until it takes a noticeable toll on health. One red flag is troubling infections, such as:

  • Cuts or sores that are slow to heal
  • Frequent yeast infections or urinary tract infections
  • Itchy skin, especially in the groin area

 

 

Sobering Facts about Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes
June 16, 2014
0
One out of three people with type 2 diabetes don't know they have it.

One out of three people with type 2 diabetes don’t know they have it.

The CDC just released its 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report (PDF), and the results are alarming: 29.1 million Americans have diabetes, and 8.1 million of those are undiagnosed. Type 2 diabetes strikes people of all ages, and early symptoms are subtle. In fact, about one out of three people with type 2 diabetes don’t know they have it.

This chronic condition thwarts the body’s ability to use the carbohydrates in food for energy. The result is elevated blood sugar. Over time, this excess sugar raises the risk for heart disease, loss of vision, nerve and organ damage, and other serious conditions.

The CDC created two excellent infographics (on diabetes and pre-diabetes) that you should definitely check out. You can view full-size versions them here and here.It really reinforces the need for biometric screenings on at least an annual basis. For many people, it’s the only screening they have all year — and the cost of untreated diabetes can be staggering.
Quick Skewers on the Grill
June 5, 2014
0

Quick Skewers on the Grill

What a perfect time of year to enjoy the last of our fresh garden vegetables on the grill.  What’s not to love!  Shish kabobs are easy to assemble and prepare, low in calories and low in cost. This meal can be assembled using creativity and input from all family members or friends. Make it fun! Ask each member of the family / party guests to suggest an ingredient for the skewers; place each suggestion on a sheet of paper and randomly pick four ingredients to use in meal. Whether it’s an all meat or all vegetables kabob, the magic is in the marinade!

Use what you love to your shish kabob.  This is also a very simple way to invite friends or neighbors over for an enjoyable evening together.

Veggies for Kabobs:

  • Onions
  • Your favorite peppers
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Your favorite potatoes, boiled until cooked through
  • Your favorite squash
  • Meat, Fish or Tofu
  • Your favorite chicken, fish, or other meat substitutes
  • Your favorite fish; shrimp or a tight fish
  • Firm tofu

Marinade

  • Choose or create your favorite marinade.
  • Or try this cajun marinade (it’s so easy): 4 tbs of olive oil (as needed) and 2 tbs of cajun seasoning (mixture of cayenne pepper, salt, black peper, onion powder, garlic powder, celery salt and chili powder)

Directions

  1. Cut vegetables, fish, meat and/or tofu into bite-size pieces. Soak skewers in water.
  2. Place veggies, fish, meats, shrimp and/or tofu in individual bowls and set out buffet style. Tell your family or guests to skewer their own kabobs and place each skewer into your chosen baste/marinate.  Allow to marinate for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Grill or bake shish kabobs for about 10 to 15 minute turning every 5 minutes on the grill or until the meat and/or fish is cooked throughout.
For Father’s Day, Get Him to the Doctor’s Office
June 5, 2014
0

For Father’s Day, Get Him to the Doctor’s Office

Father’s Day is a time to honor our loving parent. And there is no greater way to show that you care than by ensuring that they live a long, healthy life.

Does this description sound like your dad: stressed, stubborn, and just can’t spare a moment to visit the doctor’s office? Well, this year, give him a gift of peace of mind (for himself and for everybody that cares about him). Consider scheduling an annual checkup or routine physical for your father. If he does not have a regular family doctor, many neighborhood pharmacies and local grocery stores have mini clinics that can run routine checks for patients at around $60 to $100 a visit.

Recent research has showed that one in three men have not seen a doctor in the last year. In fact, further research shows that one in four men have not seen a doctor in the last three years. Their reasons for not visiting a doctor range from lack of time and the hassle of waiting to proclaiming that they feel “just fine.”

Here are a few tips for getting your father to the doctor’s office:

  1. Prevention is key. Even if he feels fine, patients with diseases and chronic illnesses that are detected early (heart disease, high blood pressure, etc.) have a higher rate of recovering and surviving longer than those that wait it out.
  2. What is the baseline? Collecting patient’s basic data is crucial in setting a baseline or patient history–in case of emergencies (heart rate and cholesterol counts), a patient’s normal/regular health information provides key insights to his or her health.
  3. Increase age=higher risk. As men get older, they are in more risks of developing colon and prostate cancer. Getting screened early means early detection and saving lives.
  4. Get over it and talk. Encourage your father to open up and talk about his health. Be persistent and pose direct questions that make it hard for him to avoid answering them. By showing how much it means for you to see him visit the doctor, he will be more likely to show up for the visit.
Is Sugar Toxic?
March 30, 2014
1

In 2012, 60 Minutes did a great piece on the dangers of Sugar in our diets. The report suggests that sugar is the most addictive substance on earth. It’s also the most dangerous and toxic substance anyone can consume. Sugar has similar affects on the brain like cocaine. Heart disease, cancer, diabetes type II and many more are contributed to processed sugar.

Take a look – and then share your thoughts!

THE TRUTH ABOUT VITAMINS
March 30, 2014
0

While many of us swear by the supplements we take as a part of our daily routine, do you ever wonder if you’re really getting a health benefit from taking vitamins. This BBC video tackles that question. Watch and make the call for yourself!