By Heather Ashare - DietsInReview.com
Halloween and its homage to sugar is lurking just around every corner. As the temptation mounts each time we go to the grocery store to purchase enormous bags of candy bars and suckers, remember these surefire ways to treat yourself during this spooky time without tricking your diet plans before the holidays. You can survive Halloween on a diet.
Before going to the store, determine how many bags of candy you will need, not how many you want. That way you know the stockpile of candy is for the little goblins and gremlins at your door.
Don't Play Favorites.
Avoid buying candy that you love, and select only the candy that you are not tempted by. If you know you'll lose all self-control around a certain candy-covered chocolate, do yourself a favor and opt for something you're not likely to crave.
Skip the Candy.
It might feel like you're violating some code, but more and more people are opting to hand-out healthy snacks or non-edibles
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By Brandi Koskie - DietsInReview.comRead More »from Three New Fitness Wii Games Released This Week
This week, three new fitness video games were released for use with the Nintendo Wii (or Nintendo DS). With the creation of the Nintendo Wii an entirely new genre of video games has been born, and it's probably the best thing to ever happen to video games. These games don't allow you to immerse yourself in the cushions of the sofa, glassy-eyed and crumb-covered for half a day. These games force you to get up on your feet, raise your heart rate and get your blood pumping. You'll have fun, get in a workout, burn some calories and feel entertained, all in the comfort of your own home, by yourself or with a friend or family member.
Nintendo's Wii Fit Plus, Jillian Michaels' Fitness Ultimatum 2010 and the first Biggest Loser Wii game are now available for you to purchase, and put to good use. These aren't meant to gather dust.
Learn more about each of these new games and see if one, or more, is a good fit for your at-home fitness regimen.
By Carmen Staicer, Chief Mom - DietsInReview.comRead More »from 5 Ways to Have a Healthy Day
Most days you probably scramble out the door with kids hovering around both legs, make-up half done, and five minutes to spare. This daily scenario is happening in homes across the country, and it's not helping our moms get any healthier.
Take a deep breath, and if you can make these five healthy habits part of your routine, you'll start and end each day feeling better.
1. Get Plenty of Sleep. Getting enough sleep each night is an important key to maintaining a healthy weight and having plenty energy to get through work, exercise and managing the household.
Learn the importance of sleep for good health.
2. Make Breakfast a Priority. Studies have shown that a healthy breakfast helps jump start your metabolism, with the best choice being a complex carbohydrate and protein combination. Eggs and bacon might taste yummy, but it's a higher fat choice.
Try these healthy breakfast ideas for an on-the-go lifestyle.
3. Carry a Water Bottle.
By Brandi Koskie and Jason Knapfel - DietsInReview.comRead More »from 7 Ways to Prevent Breast Cancer with Diet
There are a number of ways you can be an active part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, including wearing a pink ribbon, participating in events, or making a donation to a related organization. However, it can be an even better idea to take steps that allow you to prevent the disease that will affect one in eight women. There are several steps you can take to avoid being a statistic, and instead a survivor, or someone who has never had to face it.
The most obvious of which is minding your diet. We all know that a balanced and nutritious diet has a wealth of benefits, and counting breast cancer prevention as one is pretty positive.
Here are 7 strategies for preventing breast cancer that you can start implementing today.
1. Eat more produce. Fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants that help protect against all forms of cancer.
2. Reduce fat consumption. Studies on dietary fat have been conflicting, but most experts say it's
By Matt Johnson - DietsInReview.comRead More »from 10 Ways to Stay Safe While Running
While the benefits of running are extensive, it can also have its down sides if you don't take precautions to be a safe runner. Here are a few runner safety tips to keep in mind as you hit the road to ensure you return short nothing more than breath and sweat!
1. Map a path: Always plan your path before you start the run to avoid getting lost or ending up in a dangerous area.
2. Run before sunset: Try to run during the daylight hours, or follow a well-lit path if you must run at night.
3. Take a buddy: A running buddy is always a safe move in case of injury or to keep would-be assailants away. Not to mention the support and motivation that come along too.
4. Stay Hydrated: It's important to drink plenty of water before, during and after your run to keep your body hydrated and prevent possible cramps.
5. Wear new running shoes: It is recommended that you get new shoes every six months or so; this will help prevent your feet and knees from future
By Jason Knapfel - DietsInReview.com
The clever acronym PHIT stands for the Personal Health Investment Today Act of 2009. The PHIT Act was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives last spring, and is intended to amend the IRS code to allow fitness-related tax deductions for up to $1,000 for individuals, or $2,000 for married couples filing jointly or heads of household.
However, not all athletic and fitness expenses qualify. The PHIT Act defines qualified expenses:
- Youth camp and physical activity fees
- Membership fees for a health club
- Exercise/fitness classes or personal trainer's instruction
- Sports league fees (any age)
- Marathon/triathlon registration fees
- Equipment used exclusively for participation in physical exercise/activities
Expenses that would not be covered include:
- Expenses incurred from member-owned and operated private clubs
- Clubs that offer golf, hunting, sailing and horseback riding
- Apparel and footwear not used exclusively
By Brandi Koskie - DietsInReview.comRead More »from 7 Healthy Tailgate Party Food Swaps
We've bid farewell to summer and warmly welcomed college football season. That means it's far from time to pack up our grills. If anything, it's all the more reason to fire them up! If you're one of the many who spend your Saturdays tailgating or throwing football parties at home, you know all too well how easy it is to create a buffet of food that is about as healthy as what they're serving in the stadium. And if you're also one of the many who is trying to get in shape before the holiday season, then you know you can't afford to spend the next 12 or so Saturdays eating like a linebacker.
With that in mind, we have some ideas to make healthy tailgating enjoyable, delicious and just as satisfying. It's entirely possible that the guys won't even notice or mind!
As you grocery shop for snacks and cookout grub, consider some of these healthy tailgating recipes and food swaps. Odds are, they'll taste better and no one will recognize the difference as
By Matt Johnson - DietsInReview.comRead More »from A Lesson in Gym Etiquette
No matter where you go to the gym there always seems to be that one guy or girl who becomes the center of attention. From grunting while lifting weights to talking endlessly when you're already pressed for time, they just don't seem to get it. As a personal trainer I am in the gym all day and have witnessed each and every act of poor gym etiquette. Is it really that hard to wear headphones, do your workout, and then shower without causing a scene? Well, for some people, it is.
So in the interest of helping everyone mind their manners at the gym, here are the top gym dos and don'ts!
1. No grunting: If the weight is really that heavy, you should use less weight before you hurt yourself or someone else.
2. No cell phones: Most people go to the gym to exercise and get away from reality for a while. No one wants to hear an annoying cell phone ring or someone on the next machine yapping on the phone.
3. No children: This is a disaster
By Jason Knapfel - DietsInReview.com
Our bodies naturally produce cholesterol. The amount you produce is dependent on genetics. It's not inherently bad as you need cholesterol for various bodily functions. However, too much cholesterol can be unhealthy. The American Heart Association established a range for daily cholesterol consumption:
- Less than 200 mg/dL is considered healthy.
- 200 to 239 mg/dL is borderline high cholesterol.
Many of our favorite foods also contribute to high cholesterol. But there are some foods that can lower these levels. Here are the top five foods to lower cholesterol:Read More »from Five Foods That Lower Cholesterol
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By Carmen Staicer - DietsInReview.comRead More »from Can Winning the Weight Loss Battle Mean Losing the Love Battle?
Many people work incredibly hard to lose weight. They diet, exercise, struggle and sacrifice all in the name of becoming a more fit and healthier individual. They might use a support team, a popular diet like Weight Watchers, or invent their own method. However, they often find that once they've lost weight their spouse or significant other has negative feelings- they might be mad, upset or incredibly enough, jealous. They might make unkind comments, sabotage with former indulgences, and even accuse of infidelity or betrayal.
It's no laughing matter - it happens more often than you might think. So if you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, where weight loss equals love lost, how can you handle it at a time when you really want to feel supported and encouraged?
Remember, you lost the weight for you. Or you should have. Losing weight for someone else rarely works and can even backfire. While your successful weight loss can put you over