Every bite you eat impacts your health – with each swallow you are either moving toward your weight goal or away from it. So how do you figure out what to eat and how much to eat of it every day? You can calculate this information from reading the nutrition labels on foods. This post will guide you through exactly what you’re looking for:
On the label, the serving size is listed first. The rest of the information on the label is based on the serving size, so it’s important to look closely at it. Is the whole package one serving? Or is it showing the data for one serving but the package is actually three servings? It’s easy to glance at a bag of chips and think ‘Oh, it’s only 100 calories’ when in reality it is really 300 calories for the entire bag.
Percent of Daily Value
The percent of daily value is calculated for a 2,000 calorie day. The nutrient guidelines tell you how much percentage of each nutrient is in the food when compared to that 2,000 calories. As you read through labels, keep these numbers in the back of your mind… [click to continue…]
Most of us simply do not drink enough water, so we’re constantly thirsty and we often mistake this for hunger. This can result in overeating and dehydration. If you make a real effort to drink plenty of water every day, you’ll curb that thirst and you’ll even fill yourself up. It’ll also help prevent you from snacking too much! Also, drinking water is important because it flushes out toxins, it helps carry nutrients to your cells, and it supports every system in your body.
If you don’t like plain water, and regularly drink soda you’re going to have to wean yourself off of those sugary drinks. You can try herbal teas instead of plain water if that helps (they’re free from calories). You can also try fruit infused water as well. This includes adding fruit to your water pitcher (sliced lemons, cucumbers, oranges, berries, or any other fruit you enjoy) and letting sit for overnight. It’s that simple and it’s delicious! Start drinking more water to lose weight today. [click to continue…]
I adore this time of year and all of the pumpkin deliciousness it brings! But many of those pumpkin goodies are not very weight loss friendly. This recipe is still just an occasional indulgence, but it is lightened up from the original version. Plus, anything that pairs pumpkin and cream cheese is a must try in my book Enjoy!
Prep Time – 20 min
Cook Time – 25 min
Total Time – 1 hr
PUMPKIN BREAD INGREDIENTS:
2 cups canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling!)
1 egg whites
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar** (I use the Splenda blend)
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice [click to continue…]
Everyone is busy these days and thus it is no surprise that many people find it easier to buy food than to cook it. However, eating out (or ordering in, or taking away) often will only jeopardize your healthy eating efforts simply because you lack control in what goes into your food. Even salads and healthy offerings in restaurants usually contain a high amount of calories because of the amount of oil, dressings, sauces, and so on that the cooks put into the food to make it taste good.
So, your best bet is to cook food at home yourself whenever you can. This way, you can control the amount of salt, sugar, oil, and so on that goes into the food that you are later going to put in your mouth. Cooking doesn’t always have to take hours; there are many recipes online that only take less than half an hour to prepare.