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Chia Egg Yumminess

Chia Egg YumminessIf you like scrambled eggs, you will love this! You can now make your favorite breakfast with a little nutrient punch. Iím on a mission to try every recipe in my new book so I started with the egg recipe and added a few little tweaks of my own. The best thing about chia eggs is you can add chia gel to your eggs any way you like to make them. Read More

Chia the Great: Benefits and Uses of Chia Seeds

We Heart ChiaRecently I was at the book store and found a cook book dedicated to only Chia Seeds. I had already been hearing all the hype and wondered what it was all about, so I decided to jump on the bandwagon and purchase the book. I hadnít even realized what an awesome little seed this is. There are so many benefits when adding this to your diet. The seed is flavorless so you can add it to pretty much anything and it will not change the flavor. As a matter of fact... Read More

Binge Drinking: A Health Risk Plagueing American Youth

Risks of Teen Binge DrinkingFor millions of people around the world, having a drink or two on the weekend is one of lifeís small pleasures yet booze can quickly become a problem when we overindulge. Statistics show that not only are more Americans drinking, they are also consuming more copious amounts of alcohol and our health is paying too high a price for having a good time. Did you know that binge drinking has been related to a host of health issues, including heart disease, stroke, cancer, liver disease and STDs? Read More

I Could Have Binged All Night

Emotional bingeing, it's time to break the cycle.Last night we were out with my in-laws for dinner. I had looked at the menu ahead of time and I had decided exactly what I wanted to eat. After ordering my salad and asking the waiter to add avocado to it, my mother-in-law, who at the time was downing bread and butter feverishly, leaned over and said "But isn't avocado so fattening?" ERRRR! That was really annoying...can you relate? Read More

How to Get Through Holiday Parties Without Bingeing

Get through a holiday party without bingeingIt's that time of year when temptations are E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E. Holiday parties can be so challenging. I don't know about you, but when I used to binge, I could easily gain 9 pounds in as little as 3 days from stuffing myself at a holiday party that would then turn into a 3 day binge. Here's what I did last night and the sort of thing YOU CAN DO to sail through a party and come out happy at the other end of it. Read More

Are You a Food Addict, Emotional Eater or Simply a Nibbler?

What are you? Emotional Eater, Nibbler, or Food AddictAs a Food Psychology Coach, I come across people who have all different types of issues and patterns with regard to overeating. Although each of these people feels afflicted and distressed by their behaviors and the related consequences, there are dramatic differences between those I call ďnibblersĒ, ďemotional eatersĒ, and the very disordered type of eating that accompanies true ďfood addictionĒ. Read More

Eating Healthy for a Week

Healthy Eating, an everyday habit.The main key to eating healthy is planning, planning, and planning! If meals are not planned, you will be scrambling to get meals at the last minute and end up eating whatever is fast and convenient. This greatly increases the chance of eating fast food or processed food. If each meal is planned out ahead of time, it will be the fastest solution for you when you are hungry and tired since it will be planned already. This takes some discipline on your part as you will need to do this at least once a week to plan for the entire week or at the end of the day for the next day. For me planning out meals once a week works better because life seems to get in the way too much of the time. If I can just sit down sometime during the weekend and plan the entire week I will actually do it. Read More

Sample Static Stretching Routine

Week 3 ~ Static stretching routineTo ease tension that can happen while sleeping we will start with side to side neck stretches and then do a few neck and shoulder rolls. Begin by sitting cross-legged on the floor. Bring your left ear over to your left shoulder and hold for 30 seconds then repeat on the other side. Relax for a moment and then roll your shoulders to the back for about 30 seconds, and then to the front for about 30 seconds. Then lift your shoulders up to your ears, tensing the muscles, and allow them to drop completely. This helps to relax the neck muscles. Bring your chin to your chest and begin rolling the neck to the left and roll all the way around until the chin is back at the chest. Repeat in the other direction. Repeat this entire process at least one more time. Read More

21st Century Stress, Cortisol and the American Obesity Epidemic

It could be stress that is making you fatUnfortunately, the 21st century is full of stress. A personís body is built to withstand stress, which is not always a good thing. There are many changes that go on with different hormones being released and so on. With all these changes come things such as a lowered metabolism. The problem with stress is that it affects a personís body in so many ways it doesnít know how to handle it. Read More

The 5 Things You Can Do Immediately To Stop Binge Eating

five tips to stop binge eating foreverYou know that horrible feeling you get when youíve screwed up your diet yet again even though this time you were SURE things were going to be different? Donít you hate to keep going round and round on the binge cycle not-so-merry-go-round? I still canít believe how long I actually did this over and over again. For 45 years I spent my life sticking to diets very strictly only to soon cave in and devour everything in sight which sometimes turned into gaining as much as 9 lbs. in 3 days! Read More

How to Stop Binge Eating Without Relying on Willpower

Willpower vs. Wantpower. What are you willing to do?When you think of how to stop binge eating and lose weight, one of the first things that probably crosses your mind is gearing yourself up to find the willpower to stick to a diet. It seems like you need willpower not only to follow the diet plan but also to commit to starting an exercise plan, and to endure other difficulties for an extended period of time in order to put an end to the insanity of yo-yo dieting and food addiction. And what happens if you do get to your goal weight and stop bingeing? Then you likely feel that you have to try to maintain the same level of willpower to prevent yourself from gaining all the weight back and having those old habits return to haunt you. All binge eaters have experienced these struggles. Read More

People Are Addicted to Food

Are you addicted to food?Obesity has become an epidemic in America with 66% of Americanís being classified as overweight or obese. There is no known cause for this but we can assume that the exposure we have to calorie-dense foods and too little activity has a hand in it. I read an article that suggested once people start eating certain foods, they can become addicted to it. The person then has no choice but to come back for more as the dopamine levels in the brain actually drop causing the person to never feel satisfied. Read More

Dietary Supplements are a Waste of Money

Dietary Supplements vs Fruits and Vegetables: What will you choose?Approximately 160 million Americans are taking dietary supplements in the United States but are they really making us healthier. A set of surveys done from 2003-2006 show that supplement use was up by 14% from 1988-1994, with Multivitamins being the most popular among them. A survey of 900 doctors showed that 51% took supplements themselves, while 79% recommended supplements to their patients. In 2009 Americans spent a total of $26.9 billion on dietary supplements, with $1.9 billion being on vitamins alone. With increased media and advertisement exposure there is growing popularity among supplements. In 1994 Congress passed the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, giving supplements their own regulations and giving the companies more freedom to advertise their products. Research on supplements is very difficult and anytime there are positive results, the media focus on this promoting the product to the consumer. Read More

Bloomberg's Soda Ban: Helpful or Too Controlling?

Too much sugar in sodaWe have been hearing in the news lately about Mayor Bloomberg and his ban on soda in New York City. The mayor along with the Board of health has managed to pass a law that will take effect on March 12, 2013, banning any sugary drinks larger than 16oz. This ban will affect any establishment that receives regular health inspections including; restaurants, fast-food establishments, delis, movie theaters, sports stadiums, and food carts. This will not include places like 7-eleven, vending machines, most newsstands, and grocery stores. Diet soda or any drinks that contain more than 70% juice or alcohol will not be included in the ban either. If you love a nice venti Starbucks Frappuccino you can kiss that good-bye also since this ban will pertain to any sugary drinks that contain less than 50% milk. Read More

Ice Cream vs. Greek Yogurt In a Smoothie

In a smoothie, what's better ice cream or greek yogurt?I have a new love and itís Greek Yogurt. I had heard so many good things about it and finally got the gumption to try it out. There were a couple different kinds including plain, vanilla, honey, and honey with strawberry. I bought the honey flavored since I planned on using it in a smoothie. I normally use Vanilla Ice Cream in my smoothies but that adds so many extra calories, I wanted to try the yogurt instead. When I compared the calories between the two, the Blue Bell Vanilla Ice Cream I use is 160 per Ĺ cup while The Greek yogurt is 160 per 4oz. This proves to be exactly the same since there are 8oz in a cup. Comparing the fat content, the ice cream has 70 calories from fat while the yogurt has 90 calories from fat. Knowing this, what is the benefit of switching from ice cream to yogurt in my smoothie? Read More

Eating out is making Americanís fat

burger and friesIt seems more and more that people are just too busy to eat dinner these days. Between work and soccer practice, we donít have time to cook. By the time dinner rolls around we are too tired and too often make the choice to keep it simple by paying to have someone else do the cooking and the cleaning. Sounds easy but we are actually sacrificing our health for convenience. If you have ever looked at the nutrition facts page for a restaurant then you know what I am talking about. The food at a restaurant is loaded with as much as 50% more calories, fat, and sodium than if you were to cook the same meal at home. Often the calories in one meal from a restaurant are as much as a person should have for an entire day. Read More

Advantages of using a calorie tracker

calorie counting dietDieting is a $40 billion dollar industry in America. There are way too many choices and mostly everyone knows none of these diets will work long term. What I have come to discover over the years is that the best way to control weight is by keeping track of the calories a person intakes. Logically itís that simple. The whole reason a person gains weight is simply because they are not burning more calories than they put in. Recently, I have been putting on a few pounds despite the fact that my job is highly active and I am far from a couch potato. So I decided to start tracking my calories to see what it is I am doing wrong. Read More

The Dangers of Drinking Soda

Glass of sodaIt is no secret that soda contains alarming amounts of sugar and has absolutely no nutritional value what so ever. The soda companies are the number one user of refined sugar. Each can of soda contains about 10 teaspoons of sugar. Thatís over 100% of the recommended daily allowance a person should have in a day. Even though itís no big secret how bad soda is, it still makes up ľ of all drinks consumed in the US each year. Soda has been called many things such as, toxic, poisonous, lethal and venomous. It is linked to osteoporosis, obesity, tooth decay, heart disease and many more health problems. If we take a look at the main ingredients in a soda, it will give us a better idea of just how bad it really is. Read More

The Improtance Of Eating a Healthy Breakfast

Imoprtance of eating a healthy breakfastBreakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day. Unfortunately with the busy lives we tend to live, this is the one meal we too often skip. This meal is important mainly because it provides the energy and brain function we need throughout the day. Many studies have shown improved concentration and performance, Strength and endurance, and weight control in people who eat a healthy breakfast every morning. In fact, breakfast eaters tend to weigh less. Read More

The dangers of following a fad diet

Fad diets are bad.We hear every day several offers to lose weight quick in one way or another. With obesity becoming an epidemic in the United States, many people have taken advantage of this opportunity to make money. The dieting industry has become a $40 billion dollar industry. As more and more people are becoming over weight, we are seeing more and more offers to lose weight. There are many problems with all the fad diets on the market today. They donít work and often actually cause more problems than they fix. Read More