By Rebecca Scritchfield, RD - DietsInReview.com
Go ahead and fess up if your eating habits cash in vacation time right along with you when you head out of town, and upon returning home you find yourself feeling heavy, sick, and maybe even a little depressed. Think about it for a second. It sounds totally absurd to throw all your handwork out the window just because you're not at home. Vacations are supposed to be relaxing and rejuvenating. If you come home feeling guilty and stressed, then the vacation didn't do its job, which means you didn't either. But don't fret, we've got some tips that will help you avoid a nutrition vacation and have you return home feeling happy and healthy and ready to just continue making smart choices!
Embrace Portion Control! With portion size in mind, you can truly have whatever you want. Just not too much. By making fresh fruits and vegetables the priority on your plate, you'll fill up on nutrients and fiber but not on calories and fat. So it's OK to
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By Rebecca Scritchfield, RD - DietsInReview.comRead More »from Your Nutrition Habits Do Not Get Vacation Time
By Dina Skulte of Fit for Kids Sake for DietsInReview.comRead More »from 10 Ways Parents Can Fight Childhood Obesity
The rising obesity epidemic is no secret. And frankly, the stats are pretty frightening. I applaud first lady Michelle Obama for taking this issue head on by creating the Let's Move! campaign and Jamie Oliver for creating the Food Revolution campaign.
However, if America is serious about fixing this ever-growing problem, it's up to each one of us to make it happen. It's up to the parents of America's youth to become accountable for the health of our children. We need to be role models for our children, even when it comes to what we put in our mouths and how we treat our bodies.
Put to action these ten ways parents can help their children fight childhood obesity and raise a healthier generation.
1. Make it a family goal. Decide that making healthy choices is a priority of the entire family, and make it your mission.
2. Know the facts. Read books, health magazines, expert articles and blogs. Your body needs protein, carbs and
By Mandi Reading of TrainerMomma for DietsInReview.comRead More »from 3 Good Reasons to be a Healthy Mom
When I workout, I am often asked, "What are you training for?".
The only answer I can honestly give is, "motherhood."
I work with a lot of women who often joke that after having their children their bodies take a nose dive and they are stuck in an endless downward spiral. I disagree. Having children doesn't mean a life sentence of love handles. Our children can play a central role help us get and stay in shape.
I think there are three reasons to be a healthy mom that are beneficial for you and the kids!
1. They're Watching
While strapping my kids in their car seats one day, joking with them and laughing. My daughter asked, "Mom, why are you in such a good mood?".
Before I could come up with a good response she answered her own question, "Oh, I know. You worked out this morning."
These little people are watching our every move. They know which foods we're eating and if activity is a regular part of our schedule. Even if they
By Carmen Staicer - Chief Mom at DietsInReview.com
Easter is a highly anticipated holiday for kids. After going through Lent with out any treats, Easter would deliver a basket of goodies and a sugar high that caused a crash reminiscent of the 1929 stock market disaster. When I became a mom, I realized the calories in those Easter treats were not worth the gym time to work them off. I also learned that I could create a basket for my kids that would be well received, and also better for them.
The calorie counts in some of the most popular Easter basket treats should require sign-up in a spin class immediately following that last tasty bite. A Cadbury Cream Egg has 170 calories, in one egg! A four-pack of marshmallow peeps have 130 calories. And the Easter basket staple, a seven ounce hollow chocolate bunny has half a day's worth of calories at 1,050!
Instead, try these lower calorie candy alternatives, because we all know an Easter basket wouldn't be the same without them.
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By Jason Knapfel - DietsInReview.com
File this one under "I Could Have Told You That"...
Scientists are now saying that fatty food could be addictive. How else can you explain the crack-like appeal of bacon? And, that's not a joke. The study on rats suggests that high-fat, high-calorie foods affect the brain in a similar way as cocaine and heroin. When the rats consumed fatty foods in large quantities, it led to compulsive eating habits that resemble drug addiction.
"People know intuitively that there's more to [overeating] than just willpower," says the study's lead author Paul J. Kenny, Ph.D., an associate professor of molecular therapeutics at the Scripps Research Institute, in Jupiter, Florida.
It came as no surprise that the rats that gorged themselves on the human food quickly became obese. And, by monitoring implanted brain electrodes, the researchers found that the rats' brains had changed. In fact, here's where the similar-to-drug-addiction part starts - theRead More »from Fatty Food and Cocaine, Not So Different
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By Brandi Koskie - DietsInReview.comRead More »from Dr. Siegal Bribes Donna Simpson Not to Reach 1,000 Pounds
The appalling news that Donna Simpson is working diligently to become the heaviest woman in the world has been met with shock and awe. Her current weight is more than 600 pounds, and she consumes 12,000 calories each day to help her reach a deadly goal of weighing 1,000 pounds. A 12,000-calorie diet is absurd consumption for a human; that's what some adults should eat in an entire week! A 2007 Guinness Book of World Records title holder for being the world's biggest mother, Donna has the support of her boyfriend in what is no doubt a catastrophic endeavor.
As people near and far reach out pleading with her to rethink this "project," one well-known weight loss professional is hoping a bribe will lure her back to reality and put a stop to this "prolonged suicide."
Dr. Sanford Siegal is the world-renowned weight-loss expert behind the popular Dr. Siegal's Cookie Diet. The Cookie Diet uses fiber- and protein-rich cookies and shakes in this meal
By Mathue Johnson and Brandi Koskie - DietsInReview.comRead More »from 5 Low Calorie Beers for St. Patrick's Day
Like many other holidays on our calendar, St. Patrick's is one that can quickly become a consumption fest if you're not careful. Traditionally green-dyed beer is consumed; for that matter, any variety of cold suds are consumed. This is one of those times when the phrase "all things in moderation" can be your ally. You can drink (responsibly!), enjoy the holiday and not feel guilty about it. Just don't forget that alcohol packs a punch of empty calories; calories that impact your daily consumption and any weight loss goals.
Without sacrificing the calories for wholesome foods throughout the day, build a drink or two in to your calorie budget on March 17 if you plan to imbibe with friends. While Irish favorites like a Guinness Extra Stout will set you back 104 calories and a Harp serves up 153 calories, not to mention the pub food, you might be wishing for a lower calorie option from the bar.
Try these lower-calorie beers for St.
- DietsInReview | Work + Money – Fri, Mar 12, 2010 5:02 PM EST
By Jason Knapfel - DietsInReview.comRead More »from 6 Ways to Spring Clean the Kitchen for Weight Loss
It has been a long and snowy winter. But thankfully, spring is just around the corner. Can't you feel it? While it may not be as significant as New Year's resolutions, spring is also a time for renewal. With the fresh aroma of flowers filling the air, we start shedding our layers of clothing and find that winter hibernation left us with a few extra unwanted pounds.
Do you have some extra weight that you need to shed before bathing suit season arrives? Then use this spring break to to start adjusting your habits. For starters, spring clean the kitchen.
Here are five ways that will re-shape your eating habits, and your waistline along the way.
1. Grocery Shop Wisely. If it's not in your kitchen, you won't eat it. While a simple mantra, its importance is profound. Don't shop for food when you are hungry, and even better, try going after a meal. Also rethink the pattern in which you shop. Shop the outer perimeter of the store first, where the
- DietsInReview | Healthy Living – Wed, Mar 10, 2010 10:27 PM EST
By Rebecca Scritchfield MA, RD, LD - DietsInReview.comRead More »from 5 Ways to Make Spring Break a Spring Board for Health
One of our favorite sayings is "Nothing changes until you do." If you've ever complained about not eating right, being overworked, not having time to workout, or not taking care of yourself the way you should then you have probably spent some time hoping things could change. Instead of hoping, start doing. With spring break starting for many this week, try these five ideas to help get you started and make more productive use of your week off.
1. Make a plan. Without a plan, you're left with good intentions that aren't executable. With any extra time this spring break do some personal reflection and goal setting. Think about one behavior at a time. For instance, what you'd like to change about nutrition. Write it down. Continue this until you have a list of changes that have been on your mind. Then, prioritize by what are the most important behaviors to change and easiest to change? Start there. Be consistent. Don't think about how
By Mathue Johnson - DietsInReview.comRead More »from Ladies, Eliminate Those Pesky Bingo Wings
You've probably heard or even used the expression "bingo wings." It's slang to describe the excess fatty tissue that hangs under the arm and waves to and fro, like when a member of a Tuesday night bingo club wins and shakes the winning card over-head. It's not the most flattering term, but it does offer some comic relief for a body issue that plagues many women.
This particular problem area is known as the triceps brachii muscle. The triceps is a three-headed muscle that comes together to join at the elbow. Extending the forearm and adducting the shoulder are the two main functions of the triceps.
So if you've caught yourself enviably staring down Michelle Obama's or Jennifer Aniston's sleek, fit arms, then maybe it's time you got a pair yourself. Here are a few ways to help tone those so called "bingo wings" in time to don a tank top for the warm weather months ahead.
1. Add an early morning, mid-day, and/or evening walk or jog to your daily