Be (Un)Craved.

Picture this…you’re sitting in an armchair, reading your favorite magazine (let’s say Real Simple, my personal fav), and all of a sudden it hits…an evil CRAVING!  You know there is chocolate in the kitchen, and you know you shouldn’t go get it, but you just can’t resist. And maybe its not chocolate, maybe its chips…

Be Super.

What the heck is a “super food”? After seeing this claim plastered all over food labels recently, I decided to delve a little further and look into what a super food actually is. And no, these foods unfortunately don’t wear spandex and large letters on their chests. Turns out “super food” is somewhat of a made…

Be Gutsy.

I grew up hearing all about bacteria and how bad it is, causing you to get sick and hiding on every surface in public places.  But bacteria isn’t all bad. Probiotics, often called “good bacteria” help keep our digestive system functioning properly and offer us some level of protection from harmful bacteria. While you don’t…

Be A Pal.

Check out www.myfitnesspal.com. It is not only an online calorie and exercise tracker, but it also has nutrition information for pretty much everything you can think of.  It even has specific brands of your favorite items. There is a web-based version, and mobile versions for the iPhone, and Droid.  A version for Blackberry is currently…

Be Plated.

Try this trick to help control your portion size… Use 7″ plates instead of the standard 9-10″ inch plates we typically keep in the kitchen cabinet. By having these small plates, it will be easier to serve yourself more appropriate portion sizes and resist loading up your 10″ plate. Make sure to store the smaller…

Be A Diligent Diner.

Dining out poses several challenges to those of us trying to watch our waistlines or just make healthier choices.  Menu items are frequently over-portioned and have hidden ingredients, calories and fat. Dining out doesn’t necessarily have to wreak havoc on your healthy lifestyle. Here are some tips for being more diligent when dining out: Have…

Be Grainy.

Eating whole grains instead of refined grains provides several health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and obesity, and can also help lower cholesterol levels. Refined grains have been polished and bleached so the outer bran layer, a layer containing rich antioxidants and fiber, and the inner germ, containing protein and…

Be Controlled.

The rate at which you perform your weight lifting has a big impact on your results. While lifting at a quick tempo may make it easier to lift more weight, you are not getting optimal results. Additionally, lifting at a quick rate limits the control you have over the weight which can lead to injury.…