Myth: clean eating is not easy eating. When you get in the habit of shopping for healthy food, cooking a little more and – as a result – feeling more naturally energized, you won’t even bat an eye. For those who believe eating a “clean” diet means you’re doomed to drab, non-creative cuisine for the rest of your life, I highly recommend cleaning your act for one day…just one. If you’re up for it, go for a second day, a third and so on. In no time, you’ll have newfound food favorites and a clearer understanding of how nutrition impacts your overall health. Read more →
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Tell me what you want, what you really, really want. We’ve all been there: You’re trying to read a book, or pet the cat, or clean the kitchen floor. And you can’t stop thinking about…fill in the blank.
For some people, it’s a cookie. Some long for potato chips, while others are ready to scream for ice cream or pudding. And here’s the problem with trying to substitute supposedly healthy foods, like carrots and celery, for those cravings: You can end up eating so much that you actually consume more calories than if you had just one serving of the real deal!
Here’s some news that won’t make you feel blue: July is National Blueberry Month! And that’s berry good news for those of us seeking reasons to share the health benefits of blueberries. An entire cup of blueberries has just 85 calories, and that cupful is overflowing with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber.
Nursing is estimated to burn about 500 calories a day. Without even going into all of breastfeeding’s countless health benefits to your baby, this factoid alone is a pretty good incentive to nurse—especially if you are like me and put on, oh, a wee bit more than the recommended 25-35 lbs during pregnancy.
But not all women have an easy time losing weight when they are nursing. Nursing can make you very hungry! And going on some kind of extreme weight loss regimen could potentially affect your milk supply.
There are safe ways to lose weight while breastfeeding, though. (I should know—I lost 40+ lbs. of baby weight three times while successfully plumping up each of my kids!)
Here are my tips for reclaiming your pre-pregnancy jeans…while you’re still wearing a nursing bra:
Helping your teenage son or daughter choose a healthy path isn’t always easy. Teens don’t like to be told what to do. They like to be in control of themselves—especially when it comes to their bodies. I’ve found that the best approach is to lead by example, provide suggestions and put the tools they need to make good choices right in front of them.
Q: What are your go-to foods when you’re traveling or on the go?
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A: Busy doesn’t begin to describe the holidays. Then, right after New Year’s we have just enough time to catch our breath before the start of a new race season. The life of an athlete – no matter your level — is demanding, which is why it’s imperative to fuel our bodies with healthy food. You can stay energized through the holidays and beyond by keeping a few nutritious, grab-and-go snacks on hand.
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