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 Hungry.

Ever heard someone utter the phrase “my eyes are bigger than my stomach” as they painfully try to finish off all of the food on their plate? Unfortunately, it’s true that we are more likely to consume food based on external stimuli including what time it is, what food is sitting out and visible, if other…

Be Colorful.

Taste the rainbow doesn’t just apply to skittles. When thinking about incorporating fruits and vegetables in your diet, also think about the colors of the fruits and veggies you are eating and strive to get a rainbow of colors daily. Fruits and veggies of varying colors offer different types of nutrients, all of which our…

Be Antioxidated.

Antioxidants are substances that our bodies use to slow oxidative damage to our bodies. Basically when our cells use oxygen, which is all day-every day, they naturally produce oxidants or free radicals (think of them as by-products). Just as oxidation causes rust  and breaks down metals, oxidants in the body cause the cells to breakdown.…