Maximum Metabolism Diet & Exercise Plan

What is ‘The Maximum Metabolism™ Plan’?

The Maximum Metabolism plan is designed for you to safely and permanently:

  • Increase your Basic Metabolic Rate (BMR)
  • Lose excess body fat
  • Build and tone muscles
  • Create a positive change in your appearance
  • Develop healthy lifestyle habits
  • Achieve a greater feeling of personal well-being

The Maximum Metabolism plan allows you to eat healthy, delicious and filling food — while reducing fat and calories. You’ll increase your basal metabolic rate (BMR…metabolism when you’re resting) to burn fat more efficiently on a daily basis. You’ll develop a simple daily exercise regimen to maintain muscle tone — while still burning more fat. You’ll acquire the good habits so all-important in maintaining a leaner, healthy body.

What we ‘do’ is what we ‘get.’

The key to weight-loss is multi-faceted. It embodies more than simply “going on a diet” if you hope to make it permanent. The long-term answer lies in changing our eating habits and exercising properly. (Most of us know how to eat right…we just don’t do it.)  There are generally deep emotional issues around our being overweight. So a strong “will” and determination is necessary to make the required changes in our lifestyle. That’s why it’s important for you to decide just how much weight you should lose — not somebody else. It’s good to ask for support from those significant others in your life. (Though sometimes those nearest and dearest to you can inadvertently sabotage your earnest efforts to achieve well-being.) So learn to feel good about the steps you are taking towards your goal. Acknowledge yourself every day.

Ten Steps to changing your life

  • 1. Supplement each day at the proper time to increase your energy, BMR and determination.
  • 2. Exercise for 20 to 60 minutes, preferably in the morning, 5 to 7 times a week.
  • 3. Eat a low-fat, balanced diet of three meals and two snacks every day.
  • 4. Take a complex multi-vitamin daily , such as Source Naturals Life Force™.
  • 5. Eat at least two servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables every day.
  • 6. Drink six to eight glasses of water every day.
  • 7. Limit or stop drinking alcohol.
  • 8. Stop eating two to three hours before bedtime.
  • 9. Reach for your walking shoes before reaching for the fridge.
  • 10. Acknowledge yourself and the steps you took towards your goal each day.

What kind of ‘exercise’ is required?

A combination of a regular walking program with appropriate aerobic and weight exercise is essential for best results. The Maximum Metabolism exercise plan takes only a short time each day, and is designed to help you reduce stress, increase energy levels, burn calories, lose unwanted fat and gain muscle tone. And remember, the more muscle tissue you have…the higher your basal metabolic rate (BMR)…and the more calories you’ll burn.  It’s best to exercise in the morning so that you get the higher BMR benefit all day long. Another important, though less known, benefit of daily exercise is that it causes the release of endorphins, or ‘feel good’ hormones in the brain.

Walking & Aerobics

Walking has become a very popular aerobic exercise simply because it works. One only needs good shoes, comfortable clothes and several minutes a day. It will improve both leg strength and toning, preserve lean muscle mass, and help you lose fat.  The average optimum walking distance and pace ranges from 1-4 miles a day at about 3-6 miles per hour. This translates to between 10 and 20 minutes to walk one mile. After stretching your leg muscles for a few minutes, start with a short distance and gradually work your way up to longer and more swiftly-paced walks. The object is to walk at a brisk pace, so that you’ll start burning calories immediately, and after approximately 18 minutes, begin to burn fat.

Beginner’s walking program

  • Total exercise time: 45 minutes.
  • Warm-up: 3-4 minutes of stretching.
  • Total walk time: 35-40 minutes.
  • Aerobic workout: Mileage – 1.5 miles.
  • Pace: 2.5 miles per hour.
  • Cool-down: 3-4 minutes of after-walk stretches.
  • Frequency: 5 times a week.
  • Weekly mileage: 7.5 miles.

Advanced walking program

  • Total exercise time: 60 minutes.
  • Warm-up: 5 minutes of stretching.
  • Total walk time: 45-50 minutes.
  • Aerobic workout: Mileage – 3 miles.
  • Pace: 4 miles per hour.
  • Cool-down: 3-4 minutes of after-walk stretches.
  • Frequency: 5 times a week. (You can walk 3 miles a day for 5 days – or 2 miles every day.)
  • Weekly mileage: 15 miles.

For a change, you can switch certain days of your walking plan with other aerobic exercises such as jogging, biking or dance aerobic workouts. You can use an exercise bike, rower, treadmill, stepper or swim laps. You could join a health club, or do it with a friend. The point is to exercise regularly on an established, weekly basis.

Weight Training

Another very important aspect to regaining a healthy new you is getting involved in some form of appropriate weight training. Whether you decide to join a club, or check out some of the excellent books on the subject for in-home use, weight training can be a significant part of your attaining a healthy body. We simply need to understand that as we get older and less physically active in our daily lives, it’s increasingly necessary to reverse the sedentary process that got us here in the first place.

A good weight training program can rebuild, reshape and continually increase the size of your muscles. Muscle makes you look and feel thinner, as muscles take up 20% less space than fat. Adding muscle will:

  • Raise your metabolism further to melt more fat away.
  • Tighten flabby body areas.
  • Allow you to eat more calories of favorite foods.

So get out there and enjoy your surroundings, the weather, the new day, and a newly emerging healthy you.

References
 Source Naturals (n.d.). Maximum Metabolism Diet & Exercise Plan. Retrieved from http://www.sourcenaturals.com/articles/2783/

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Isopure Protein Powder: We’re All More than Muscle

Isopure protein powder

Nature’s Best opened its doors in 1984 with Hal Katz leading the way as president. For 29 years the company’s goal has been to create the highest quality Sports Nutrition products with genuine consumer value. Ingredients, formulations, packaging and advertising are the result of the highest standards of quality and validation through successful performance.

In June 1998, Nature’s Best revolutionized the meal replacement supplement industry with the introduction of IsopureIsopure is the first meal replacement/after workout supplement to have 50 grams of 100% Pure Ion Exchange Whey Protein Isolate.  All of the impurities such as fat and lactose are removed to provide the athlete with the cleanest tasting, most refreshing product of its kind.  Isopure is also available in a Zero Carb and Low Carb version.  All formulations of Isopure are lactose free, which means less gastric disturbance with minimal bloating, a huge advantage to those who are lactose intolerant.

In October 2009, Nature’s Best launched Isopure Plus – a new line of whey protein isolate drinks that are easily digested and readily absorbed by the body making it a perfect alternative to patients that can’t tolerate other drinks. By using our proprietary Clear Protein Technology to create a line of clear, delicious, protein-based nutrition drinks, Isopure Plus brought innovation to a market long dominated by thick or milky shakes. The refreshing crisp taste of Isopure Plus makes it the clear alternative to other nutrition drinks.

References

Nature’s Best (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.naturesbest.com/en/we_are
Isopure Company (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.theisopurecompany.com/

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Bach Flower Essences for Stress Relief

Rescue Remedy, Rescue Remedy Spray is the most famous of the Bach remedies, but in fact is not ‘a remedy’ at all. Instead it’s a blend of five different Bach Flower Remedies.

This mix was created by Dr Bach to deal with emergencies and crises – the moments when there is no time to make a proper individual selection of remedies. It can be used to help us get through any stressful situations, from last-minute exam or interview nerves, to the aftermath of an accident or bad news. Rescue Remedy helps us relax, get focused and get the needed calmness.

Impatiens: For those who act and think quickly, and have no patience for what they see as the slowness of others. They often prefer to work alone. Teaches empathy and understanding of and patience with others. We’ve found it very fast-acting in alleviating an impatient attitude and lowering stress.

Star of Bethlehem: For trauma and shock, whether experienced recently or in the past. Teaches the ability to recover from traumas and to integrate them into the present life.

Cherry Plum: For those who fear losing control of their thoughts and actions and doing things they know are bad for them or which they consider wrong. Teaches trust in one’s spontaneous wisdom and the courage to follow one’s path.

Rock Rose: For situations in which one experiences panic or terror.

Clematis: For those who find their lives unhappy and withdraw into fantasy worlds. They are ungrounded and indifferent to the details of everyday life. Teaches one to establish a bridge between the physical world and the world of ideas; may foster great creativity. Is also used to bring clarity and alertness to the present moment.

The Rescue Remedy is designed to help deal with immediate problems. If you are working through an underlying problem – or if you need rescuing every day – you will find a longer-term solution by selecting a personal blend of remedies.

Many people chose to carry Rescue Remedy in their purse, at the office, in the car or in the diaper bag. You never know when you need it.

References
Bach Flower (n.d.). Rescue Remedy, Rescue Remedy Spray. Retrieved from http://www.bachflower.com/rescue-remedy-information/

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Advanced Nutrition for Female Support

Featured Items

Eve Women’s Multi-Vitamin, 90 Softgels, NOW Foods

Female Balance, with Wild Yam, Dong Quai and GLA, 90 Capsules, NOW Foods

Soy Isoflavones 60mg 120 VCaps Non-GE, NOW Foods

D-Mannose 500 mg, 120 Capsules, NOW Foods

Today’s active woman has mastered the ability to balance family,  work, and social responsibilities. This unending to-do list, coupled  with constantly evolving nutritional needs, can be emotionally and  physically draining. In order to function at the top of her game, it  is vital that she provide her system with the compounds needed to  stay healthy, energized, and strong. Let’s review some of the most  fundamental aspects of women’s health, as well as some of the most  effective support supplements.

Energy

Considering how on-the-go today’s woman is, she can’t afford to be  lacking in the energy department. Some of today’s most effective  energy-support supplements include B complex vitamins (which also  support healthy hair, skin and nails), as well as Green Tea—a potent  antioxidant. MCT Oil (medium chain triglyceride) serves as an  excellent source of instant energy that also provides the body with a  readily utilized source of beneficial fatty acids. L-Carnitine is another  ideal supplement for energy. This amino-acid like compound transports  fat into the mitochondria of cells, where it is then converted to energy.

Fitness

In addition to the obvious cosmetic appeal, maintaining a lean, healthy  figure offers many important health benefits. In order to achieve this, it  is important for busy, active women to consume a healthy diet, exercise  regularly, and ensure that her body has all the tools needed to stay fit.  Without adequate protein intake, the body will not have the building  blocks needed to maintain lean muscle, produce hormones, increase  strength, and stay focused. Consuming a quality protein supplement  in between meals, or as a meal replacement, is an easy way to make  sure that her protein needs are being met. Soy protein is high in  phytoestrogens, which may support healthy estrogen levels.

Cognitive Support

The brain, like every other organ in the body, is constantly in need  of nutrition. When the nutrients it needs are not being provided, the  brain can’t do its job properly. Choline and Inositol are two unique  members of the B vitamin family that help support healthy cognitive  function. Phosphatidyl Serine (PS) is an effective phospholipid  that helps relay messages throughout the body, while utilizing its  antioxidant properties to protect neural cells. Some users combine PS  with Ginkgo Biloba extracts for additional cognitive support. Studie have shown that the active compounds  in Ginkgo may help support healthy  neural activity and circulation.

Stress Management

Stress is a normal part of life, and  a defense mechanism that prepares  the body to deal with potential  threats. Chronic and long-term stress,  however, can snowball throughout  the body, negatively impacting the  normal function of several major  systems. In addition to practicing stress  reduction activities, such as exercise,  meditation, and yoga, a number of  dietary supplements have been shown  in studies to help support a healthy,  balanced mood. These include GABA,  Relora®, St. John’s Wort, Kava, and  Valerian root extract.

Healthy Bones

Women are four times more likely  to develop osteoporosis compared to  men, and one in two women over  the age of 50 are expected to suffer a  related fracture. A growing body of  experts believes that these statistics  may be directly related to deficiencies  in key nutrients such as vitamin D,  vitamin K, and calcium. Some studies  have suggested that supplementation,  especially among women who do  not get these nutrients from their  diet, may benefit significantly from  supplementation.

Hormonal Support

Throughout her life, a woman’s  hormone production and activity  will undergo many changes. The  nutritional sciences have helped us  better understand which nutrients  and natural compounds can be  taken safely to ensure balance and  healthy hormone levels. Herbs such  as Red Clover, Black Cohosh, Dong  Quai, Wild Yam, Red Raspberry,  and Chasteberry have been shown  to support a wide range of female  health concerns, including several  associated with menopause. Also,  natural Progesterone lotions are  becoming a more popular alternative  to conventional hormone therapy.

 

References

NOW Foods Inc. (n.d.). Women’s Health. Retrieved from http://www.nowfoods.com/idc/groups/public/documents/digital_asset/078588.pdf

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MegaFood’s Non-GMO Commitment

MegaFood is Non-GMO.

You may already know that MegaFood has a very strong non-GMO commitment. Our products with a lime green non-GMO butterfly seal have the proper documentation to be labeled GMO Free, and we are really proud of this. Our farm partners and suppliers have been required to disclose non-GMO documentation for our ingredients since 2009. We believe strongly in mandatory labeling initiatives, so we carefully selected a group of our products to undergo third-party verification by the Non-GMO Project. The Non-GMO Project is the leading third party verification organization that was founded by independent natural foods retailers in the U.S. and Canada in 2008 (just one year before we started requiring non-GMO documentation for our products).

Our first 5 products to be verified by the Non-GMO Project are: Blood Builder, Wild Blueberry, Magnesium, Calcium and Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium. The Non-GMO Project has also recognized our manufacturing facility in New Hampshire, as compliant for Non-GMO Project Verification. Our shiny new walls are proud to wear this certification.

Non-GMO Project Verification is a pretty big accomplishment for supplement companies like us. Our vitamins contain many different ingredients (as many as one-hundred in one product — yeah 100!). Part of the process for Non-GMO Project verification requires us to provide multiple pieces of documentation for each ingredient – that could be as many as 200 documents per product, talk about a paper trail! These forms certify that the ingredients we use in our products are pure and free of GMOs. The certification goes deep – literally – down to the soil in which some of our fruits and vegetables are grown. When you compare a supplement containing one-hundred ingredients to a product, such as a baked good which may have up to ten ingredients (or a corn-chip which has three… yup, corn-chips have 3 ingredients: corn, oil, salt), you can clearly see the level of complexity and the time needed for review. This makes the verification commitment very time consuming for both supplement companies like us and the Non-GMO Project.

Non-GMO is rapidly becoming the new “standard” in consumable manufacturing and we are very proud to be part of this movement. We have formed the Non-GMO Working Group, a team of dietary supplement manufacturers who work together to source non-GMO ingredients and support non-GMO farmers – think of us like a group of superheroes… ya’ know like; Batman, Iron Man, Wonder Woman and everyone in between – all working together for one cause. As a unified group we have a larger influence over ingredient suppliers and farmers to provide upfront documentation for non-GMO verification. Additionally, as we continue our commitment to clearly label our products as non-GMO we are financially supporting other mandatory labeling initiatives like Prop 37 in California and I-522 in Washington state.

We have additional products that are in the process of being verified, and by working closely with our farmers, suppliers, and similar like-minded supplement manufacturers (the superhero gang) we are taking large strides to improve the process of verification with the Non-GMO Project. Keep an eye out for more MegaFood Non-GMO Project Verified products in the future! And thank you for supporting the cause!

See More: http://www.vitasprings.com/megafood.html

References
MegaFood (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.megafood.com/

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Ginseng Energizers in Winter

Herbal tonics have a long history of traditional use for supporting normal energy levels, preserving vitality, and enhancing physical performance. Ginseng, one of the most highly regarded energy tonics of Chinese herbalism, is an herbal adaptogen, which helps the body adapt to a variety of stresses. It is a key ingredient in the following ginseng energizers offered by Planetary Herbals.

Full Spectrum™ Ginseng
Full Spectrum™ Ginseng Extract combines a standardized extract of Korean ginseng root, concentrated to 20% ginsenosides, with whole Korean ginseng root. Combining the extract with pure root ensures all the important compounds of ginseng are captured, for a broad range of ginseng activity.

Ginseng Classic™
This formula, formerly known as Four Noble Gentlemen, is one of the classic ginseng energizing formulas of Chinese herbalism (Si Junzi Tang). It was first written about in 1078 A.D., and has remained one of China’s most valued tonic formulas for almost 1,000 years. This dynamic combination reflects the tradition and power of Chinese classic formulas. It combines red Kirin ginseng root with atractylodes root, Poria cocos sclerotium, and licorice root.

Ginseng Elixir™
This classic Chinese formula was described more than 700 years ago (Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang). Its combination of energizing and tonifying botanicals has been one of China’s most frequently used compounds for seven centuries. Included are astragalus root, licorice root, molasses, atractylodes root, bupleurum root, cimicifuga rhizome, jujube fruit, dong quai root extract, dong quai root, and ginger root.

Ginseng Revitalizer™
Ginseng Revitalizer™ is based on a classic formula that has been used since 1078 A.D. to support energy levels without the use of stimulants. This dynamic formula combines extracts and whole roots from several varieties of ginseng (Panax, American, and Tienchi) with Eleutherococcus senticosus and a blend of energizing and tonifying botanicals.

References
 Planetary Herbals (n.d.). Ginseng Energizers. Retrieved from http://www.planetaryherbals.com/articles/5769/

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Introducing to Popular Yacon Syrup!

We’re glad that the Most Popular Yacon Syrup is Now In Stock!

Probiotic Sweetener with Low Glycemic Index!

Yacon is a distant relative of the sunflower with edible tubers and leaves. The syrup from this sweet root is raising eyebrows in the medical community and natural product world for its medicinal qualities. It contains fructooligosaccharides (FOS), which pass through the digestive track unmetabolized, providing few calories. The sugars, however, are metabolized by the bifidobacteria in the large intestine and contribute to improved digestions and absorption of vitamins, such as B-complex. The undigested portion of yacon serves as prebiotic-food for ‘friendly’ bacteria. Other benefits of FOS supplementation include increased production of beneficial short-chain fatty acids, such as butyrate, increased absorption of calcium and magnesium and improved elimination of toxic compounds. Preclinical studies indicate an increase in bone density after consumption of FOS. It may help diabetics regulate and normalize glucose levels in the blood due to its FOS content. It is considered hypoglycemic and holds promise as a sweetener for diabetics and others who choose not to consume sugar.

Traditional Ethnobotanical Information

This delicious root crop has been grown in the Andes by the Inca and their descendants. Related to sunflowers, Yacon has large succulent roots that have a juicy, watermelon flavor. From this we produce an exceptionally sweet syrup which can be used like honey or maple syrup.

You hold in your hands the finest traditional botanical available on earth. This botanical is a long standing favorite in South America where it has been empirically selected for its effectiveness over many generations. Only organically cultivated or sustainably wild harvested plants are collected and shipped to our laboratories.

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Lowering Cholesterol the Natural Way

Featured Items

Cholesterol Kick-Start, 60 Capsules, 10 Day Results

Cholesterol Kick-Start, 60 Capsules, 10 Day Results

Cholesterol Rescue, 60 Tablets, Source Naturals

Cholesterol Rescue, 60 Tablets, Source Naturals

Cholesterol Pro, 60 Tablets, NOW Foods

Cholesterol Pro, 60 Tablets, NOW Foods

While most people resort to taking dietary supplements to lower high cholesterol, natural methods are being pushed and highly recommended by doctors and nutritionists to maintain and improve one’s well-being.

Granted that these supplements and medications work well with your body, doing it the natural way has a lot of other benefits other than cutting off fat deposits running (and blocking) through your veins. As the old Appeal to Nature argument goes, “A thing is good because it’s natural.”

Interested in starting to go all natural? Here are some tips:

Know your food

Take the good ol’ doctor’s advice, “watch what you eat” in order to significantly drop your cholesterol rate. But this does not suggest you to stop enjoying food. Remember, eating right is very different from eating less, that’s why upsetting your appetite for you to eat less or worse, not eating at all won’t do any good. The key here is balanced diet and knowing the nutrition facts of your food (e.g. saturated fat, trans fat, sodium, sugar, protein, carbohydrates, etc.)

Separate the Good from the Bad

Eating wisely is just like choosing what is right from wrong. Consuming food with high fatty content reduces High Density Lipoproteins (HDL) AKA good cholesterol in your body, so it’s better to go for white or lean over red and bloody. You may also consider eating fish as substitute for meat. As for cooking, use olive oil or sunflower oil instead of regular palm and coconut oil, as the latter two contains higher saturated fat. It is better to go for baked, steamed, stewed or poached food instead of fried. Eat more fibrous grub such as fruits, veggies, oats, and nuts, while cut down a couple of notches on food with high calories and carbs.

Rock Your Body

Car is to fuel as body is to food. Thus, the logical thing to do is to use that fuel, or as the analogy goes, burn it. And by burning it, not just by simply go through with your day. Watching TV or sitting on the same office chair for 8 straight hours won’t do the job. Do more dynamic physical activities, such as brisk walking, jogging, sports or aerobics to release that pent-up energy. A good 45-minute cardio a day is ideal for lowering bad cholesterol in your body.

A Little Booze Is Not That Bad

As long as you don’t abuse alcohol by going on a binge drinking spree, then you’re fine. Drinking 2 to 3 glasses of red wine daily reduces the risks of heart-related diseases. Resveratol, polyphenol and flavanoids are anti-oxidants found in wine grapes raises the levels of HDL in your body, while protecting the lining of your heart’s blood vessels to prevent blood clotting. Same goes beer drinkers. Beer, particularly dark beer, has antioxidants that relatively provide the same benefits as that of wine.

Kick your Smoking Habit

Cigarette and other tobacco products contain free-radicals that cause the constriction of blood vessels and damage to the arteries’ lining. These effects inevitably lead to build-up of HDL and other fatty substances on the artery walls. Kicking the habit improves blood circulation as the carbon monoxide level in your body drops significantly, while long term benefits include avoiding risks of acquiring heart diseases.

Dodge Stress

As the song goes, “Relax!” Stress comes in many forms, and it’s going to get you whether you like it or not. Stress imposes the increase of cholesterol level in your body by triggering chemical imbalance and the release of fatty substance. For most people, breathing exercises and yoga are the best counteractions for stress. Although, techniques to alleviate stress may still vary, depending on the person’s character and preferences in handling stress.

Natural Supplements

Aside from taking prescribed supplements, natural supplements such as garlic cloves, barley, green tea, oats and artichoke are still considered far more effective and safer. Most of these traditional supplements have the same benefits for lowering your cholesterol level.

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NOW Foods Bone Calcium

Bone meal is a natural source of Calcium Phosphate, a composition of Calcium and Phosphorus known as hydroxyapatite. Hydroxyapatite, found in teeth and bones, confers rigidity to these structures and is well absorbed from the digestive tract. Phosphorus is necessary for the production of bone tissue and plays an integral role in the maintenance of the body’s acid-base balance. NOW® Bone Calcium has been enhanced with Vitamin D, as well as complementary minerals, such as Magnesium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, and Boron, that work with Calcium to support healthy bone metabolism.* NOW® Bone Calcium is naturally derived from cattle raised in Australia. It is sterilized and tested for heavy metals such as lead and aluminum to assure the lowest levels possible.

See more at: http://www.vitasprings.com/bone-calcium-240-tablets-now.html

References
NOW Foods Bone Calcium (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.nowfoods.com/Bone-Calcium-240-Tablets.htm

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Holiday Survival Guide: 8 Strategies to Avoid Overeating

Featured Items

Advanced Fiber Force, 100 Capsules, Good ‘N Natural

Herbal Laxative, 250 Tablets, Good ‘N Natural

Multi-Enzyme Formula, 100 Tablets, Good ‘N Natural

Colon Cleanser, 240 Capsules, Good ‘N Natural

Lemon Ginger Tea (Digestive Aid) 16 tea bags from Yogi Tea

Stomach Ease Tea 16 tea bags from Yogi Tea

Purely Peppermint Tea (Stomach Soother) 16 tea bags from Yogi Tea

Organic Gas Relief Tea, 16 Tea Bags, Traditional Medicinals Teas

Eater’s Digest Tea 16 bags, Traditional Medicinals Teas

With the holiday season upon us, food is everywhere. From festive holiday parties to dinners with friends and family, let’s face it, this time of year tends to center around food. And, it is perfectly OK to indulge on occasion, sans the guilt, without gaining weight. The trick is to enjoy what you are eating, and to eat mindfully while avoiding overindulging and gaining weight in the process.

For the good news, according to research published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Americans, on average, gain just about one pound during the holiday season, with overweight individuals gaining a bit more. This is really not too bad, as long as we keep it to just one pound and get back on track come the New Year.

To help avoid gaining weight this holiday season while also enjoying your favorite foods, here are some strategies that I have used successfully with clients that I counsel in my nutrition practice.

1. Eat healthy MOST of the time.

Make healthy low-calorie choices when you can and do not waste calories nibbling at home while watching TV. Celebrate only at a holiday dinner party or during a holiday event. Plan your day and even plan for your occasional splurge.

2. Eat what you LOVE.

Do not waste calories overeating on cookies and junk food that you do not like just because they are sitting there or because someone else is eating them. Save your extra calories for special foods you enjoy during this time of year.

3. Mind your PORTIONS.

What I love about portion control is that you can still indulge in your favorite foods instead of banning them completely. And you do not have to eat tiny portions. The trick is to eat larger portions of healthy foods balanced with smaller portions of more indulgent and high-calorie choices.

4. Try eating off of RED plates.

Red is a festive color and red plates certainly go with the season. New research published in the journal Appetite found that we eat less when eating food on a red plate. Subjects who were given pretzels on a red plate ate significantly less than those given pretzels on a blue or white plate. Who knew? Certainly worth a try. The authors suggest that the color red may work as a subtle stop signal (like a red traffic light) which may guide us to reduce our intake.

5. Eat MORE fruits and veggies.

High in fiber, rich in nutrients, and low in calories, enjoying colorful fruits and vegetables is a win-win. Try filling half of your plate with fruits or vegetables at each meal.

6. Limit LIQUID calories.

When we drink our calories instead of eat them, we do not tend to register fullness and we often end up consuming extra unnecessary calories. For example, we often eat a bag of chips with the soda we are guzzling down. And liquid calories such as soda are pure empty calories. Many alcoholic drinks also tend to be high in calories and drinking tends to decrease our resistance to temptations. It is OK to enjoy an occasional glass of red wine, or white wine spritzer, but best to have the drink with dinner and not on an empty stomach. And, fill up on water or seltzer, both calorie free, before your meal.

7. Keep up your EXERCISE routine.

Choose an exercise routine you enjoy and pick a time that works for you so that you will stick to it.

8. DROP the guilt.

If you overate, do not feel guilty. And now there is now research to prove it.

New research found that people who feel guilty after eating large amounts of snack foods tend to gain more weight than those who don’t feel the guilt.

This year, enjoy the holiday season sans guilt!

References
Dr. Lisa Young (December 17, 2013). Holiday Survival Guide: 8 Strategies to Avoid Overeating. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-lisa-young/holiday-health_b_4441757.html?utm_hp_ref=healthy-living


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