4 Tips To Make Fast And Healthy Food Choices

4 Tips To Make Fast And Healthy Food Choices

Making the commitment to lose weight gives you a great feeling. You’ve taken control of your life and you’re looking forward to getting healthier day by day. But then reality steps in. Managing Food Temptations The fact is that it can be hard to eat healthy—not just in making the right food choices but in the extra time it can take to prepare those good-for-you meals and snacks. When you’re hungry, it’s so easy to reach for a bag of chips or box of cookies if there’s nothing better on hand or nothing you can fix in a matter of minutes. But with a little imagination, you can create meals and snacks that are not only fast, but also healthy. Here are a few ideas to get you started. Tips For Taking Control of What You Eat CREATE MEAL PLANS – This is often the hardest habit to get into, but once you start it brings amazing results. Take time on the weekend to plan out your meals for the week, or at least your dinners. Try one new recipe each week to keep things interesting. MAKE EASY-REACH HEALTHY SNACKS – Wash and cut your favorite fruits and veggies, then put them into containers in your fridge. Storing them at eye-level helps you spot them quickly so you can make a better choice. DONE-FOR-YOU SMOOTHIE PACKS – Put all your smoothie ingredients into a zip-lock bag and then freeze them. You can write any additional non-frozen ingredients or directions on the front of the bag. Then just grab a bag and throw in your blender or food processor for...
Want To Lose More Weight? Use Your Brain

Want To Lose More Weight? Use Your Brain

Open any magazine, watch any TV show, and you’ll see ads on the “science” of weight loss: what foods to eat, how certain foods affect your metabolism, the right time to eat—and more. While these are indeed important aspects of dropping pounds and getting healthy, studies are now proving that your mind also plays a huge role in your overall health and your ability to lose weight through the brain-gut connection. One mind-based strategy that could help you reach your weight loss goals is mindfulness, specifically mindful eating. Focus, Focus, Focus Research by the Harvard Medical School have shown “that a slower, more thoughtful way of eating could help with weight problems and maybe steer some people away from processed food and unhealthy choices.”  One study indicated that mindfulness-based therapy helped binge eaters to enjoy their food more and control their eating with less difficulty. Mindfulness is keeping a moment-by-moment focus on our thoughts, feelings, and environment while doing something. Mindful eating entails: Taking small bites and chewing slowly Noticing the flavors, colors, smells and textures of the food you’re eating Not watching TV or reading while eating Eating with your non-dominant hand Putting your fork down between bites Your Body Gets It Darya Rose, author, PhD in Neuroscience, and owner of the site Summer Tomato, partnered with NordicTrack to create a great mindful eating infographic that explains just how your body benefits from this practice. Among the proven benefits are: Increased immune functions An enhanced feeling of fullness so you feel satisfied and don’t over-eat Decreased stress levels which can enhance gut health and improve overall mind function Improved...
If You Want to Succeed in Weight Loss, Do These 3 Things…

If You Want to Succeed in Weight Loss, Do These 3 Things…

You want to succeed with your weight loss goal, right? Of course you do! So, follow these three tips to help you get there. 1. Stay accountable. Accountability is key to accomplishing any goal, so it goes without saying it’s also vitally important as you embark on a weight loss journey. In a WebMD article, Kenneth Schwarz, PhD, asserts, “In the realm of dieting, there is evidence that social support is a positive factor influencing weight loss.” Finding someone who will be your accountability partner can do wonders for your weight loss. But remember – this is about accountability – you’re not necessarily looking for someone to be your best friend (you know, like that friend who tells you there’s no reason for you to shed any weight). You’re looking for someone who will be supportive and will offer suggestions to keep you on the right track. 2. Change your perspectives. You know what they say – change your attitude, change your life! Are you setting a weight loss goal for someone else, or because you feel like you “have to”? Or are you doing it for you? When you do something for yourself instead of being directed by someone else, you’re more likely to have the motivation to get you going – and to keep going when you feel challenged or ready to give up. Think about all the reasons you want to be energetic and healthy – feel them – feel the reality of all those fabulous reasons! Envision yourself fitting into all your clothes, feeling zesty and vibrant, having the energy you need to move through...
Are YOU Drinking Enough Water?

Are YOU Drinking Enough Water?

Why Weight? is presenting a free online webinar, “Let’s Talk Sugar and Water: Get Health Wise with WW Coach Eliot” on Tuesday, April 26th, 2016.  Learn valuable information about daily choices you can make that will have life-alternating HEALTHY effects for you – tips that will keep you healthy and so much more! One of the many topics Eliot will cover is water, so here’s a jumpstart with some amazing info about one of our most important sources for good health! Here at Why Weight?, we’re big believers in how changing your attitude and the perspectives that you have can truly change your life. So, print this article off – and the next time you’re about to reach for an unhealthy can of your favorite sugary drink, reach for water instead and remind yourself of all the wonderful benefits it has to offer you! Envision each sip of refreshing water revitalizing every cell, nerve, tissue, muscle, and organ in your whole body. Enjoy! Water:  Good Health Begins with Safe Drinking Water The water crisis in Flint, Michigan has brought awareness to the extreme importance of having a safe source of drinking water.  It’s a wake-up call to everyone:  Just because it looks like healthy drinking water doesn’t mean it is. While municipalities are required to test public water frequently, home owners should also have private wells tested, too.  It’s a small price to pay for ensuring you and your family and even your pets have a safe source of drinking water. There are remedies such as filtration systems or bottled water that can be utilized contamination is detected. Bottom...
Do You Need to Change Your Attitude About Sugar?

Do You Need to Change Your Attitude About Sugar?

Coming up on April 26th, Why Weight? is offering a free online webinar, Let’s Talk Sugar and Water: Get Health Wise with WW Coach Eliot. In the webinar, we’ll cover daily choices that result in life altering change, practical alternatives and tips to keep you healthy – plus so much more (see below for details and signup link). A Sugar Story Leading up to this exciting event, I wanted to share a story about a conversation I had recently with one of our clients, we’ll call her “Jane”. Jane called me and said she felt like she was “denying herself” cake and sweets while on the program. And as we all know, it doesn’t feel very good to be denied something. Most of us have probably heard about the dangers of sugar, but for many, the “risks” associated with consuming sugar just don’t outweigh the perceived “benefits”. We’ve been in a long-standing love affair with the granulated white stuff for centuries. For instance, did you know that in 1700, the average person ate about 4 pounds of sugar yearly? Fast forward to 2009, where over 50 percent of us consume one-half pound of sugar every single day! If you do the math, that’s about 180 pounds of sugar every year – wow! Change Your Attitude, Change Your Life Now back to Jane: I said, “Jane, are you really being denied? What I see is that you’re being denied something that’s nutritionally deficient anyway.” We can get into the science of sugar and why it’s bad for us, but in the end, the only thing that’s going to make a...
Two Fun Recipes to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth This Spring

Two Fun Recipes to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth This Spring

We’ve made it our goal to show you that healthy food CAN also be delicious. Once a month, we’re sharing mouthwatering, delicious recipes that you can make right at home using ingredients available at your local grocery store. Plus, every recipe comes with a fun food fact about one of the ingredients used. Now that it’s officially Spring (FINALLY!), here are two delightful recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth this Spring and beyond! Recipe #1: Strawberry Sorbet Generous cup of strawberries (approximately 5-6) Juice of 1 lemon Stevia™ (as needed) Water (if needed) To prepare, Freeze fresh strawberries about 1 hour. Blend fresh frozen strawberries, lemon juice and sugar substitute in blender until very well blended. Serve immediately, or place in freezer to allow it to firm up even further. And your fun food fact for today is… A member of the rose family, the strawberry has its seeds on the outside. Because of this, strawberries aren’t technically “true” berries like blueberries. And, botanists consider each tiny seed on a strawberry to be its own separate fruit – who knew?! Recipe #2: Candied Apples 4 apples 4 packets Stevia™ 1 teaspoon of cinnamon 2 cups of water 1 teaspoon of vanilla To prepare, Place 4 apples in a baking dish. Pour the water over top. Sprinkle sweetener and cinnamon over apples. Bake at 350 degrees for an hour. Remove from oven and add vanilla to the liquid and stir. Take apples out and pour sweetened water mixture over them. Enjoy! And your fun food fact for today is… The peel of an apple is rich in fiber and has...