What to snack on while watching TV that won’t wreck your diet

What to snack on while watching TV that won’t wreck your diet

Thanksgiving? Turkey.
Birthday? Cake.
Mall? Auntie Anns.
Movies? Popcorn.
Munchies? Pizza.
Bad Day at Work? (Scratch that, anytime after work)? Wine.
Get Laid Off? Tequila. Mas Tequila.
Get Cheated On? Ben and Jerrys.

Every event in our lives is associated with food and drinks. No wonder we have such a hard time with food! The same concept applies as we wiggle our way onto the comfy sofa. TV goes on and brain goes off. This is when that little devil on your shoulder decides your previously full belly is in need of a snack. How could you possibly sit through an entire television sitcom without putting something in your mouth! Heaven forbid.

As a result, Just Fitness 4 U complied a list of 10 foods/drinks that one should eat or drink while watching T.V. Starting with the BEST possible option and finishing with the least favorable option.

  1. Air. Suck it up. That’s right. Sometimes we can’t have everything we want. After dinner (and a small dessert) it’s time to call it quits.
  2. Water. We have heard it before…often times people mistake hunger for thirst. So enjoy that H20 as you watch the Big Bang Theory.
  3. Tea. Something is so soothing about a nice cup of tea ol chap!
  4. Gum. At least give some part of your body exercise as you lie there.
  5. Celery. You actually burn more calories eating celery than consuming it and I don’t think anyone has every thought, “man, I ate WAY too much celery last night.”
  6. Roasted Veggies/Edamame. Any type of vegetable roasted is purely delicious and low in calories. Sprinkle a little olive oil, place in the oven at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
  7. Frozen Grapes. Grapes in their solid cold state stops us from eating them so fast and they taste like mini popsicles.
  8. Sandwich Roll Ups. More protein and less carbs compared to some other snacks.
  9. 100 Calorie Popcorn. It already provides you portion control, so snack till you pop.
  10. Ice Cream. That’s what you really want…I know! Just make sure you measure out the scoop. And don’t you dare think about eating out of the carton. Unless you got cheated on…then refer back to my list at the top.

 

What are you favorite healthy snacks? Share them with us in the comments!

 

What is Gluten

What is Gluten? Should I go Gluten-Free?

The Gluten-Free Lifestyle: Is it a fad? Is it for me? And in all honesty, what is gluten? So many individuals are willing to swear off gluten for life without truly understanding what it is. First, let’s get a better understanding of this grain before we say goodbye for good.

Gluten Explained: Gluten is a protein found in wheat and related grains. The purpose of gluten is two-fold; helping the dough rise and keep its shape, as well as, give dough it’s chewy texture. You will find gluten in pasta, couscous, bread, cookies, cereal, beer, dressings and sauces.

Why would someone go gluten-free? Originally, the gluten-free diet was intended to treat individuals with celiac disease; an inflammation in the small intestines when one does consume gluten products.

But in recent years, the concept of gluten-free has gone mainstream, causing gluten-free products to fly off the shelves. I don’t blame them. I came across a friend’s blog who decided to go gluten-free years ago, due to her sensitivities with gluten, and now she looks terrific. Thanks to a gluten-free diet she is thin, happy and symptom free.

But at the end of the day we forget the main reason behind eliminating this form of nutrient. Before we dig into a bag of gluten-free potato chips, ask yourself these questions:

  1. What is your interest in a gluten-free diet?

Have you noticed certain sensitivities after consuming the above mentioned food items? These include diarrhea, gas, bloating, dizziness, constipation (constipation is actually more common with children), chronic fatigue or inflammation in your joints.

If you don’t have these symptoms and simple want to lose weight, a gluten-free diet may not be the best solution.

  1. Am I willing to live a gluten-free lifestyle?

A fairly robust amount of information needs to be done before someone commits to gluten-free. It’s not just swearing off bread, there are so many foods that contain gluten. Even supplement, medications and toothpaste contain gluten.

Some may decide to limit their gluten lifestyle while others wish to completely eliminate it.

  1. How do I begin living a Gluten-Free life?

First we would suggest having a complete check up with your family physician or the appropriate specialists such as an allergist or gastroenterologist.

Self-diagnosis can be risky, as gluten-free diets can cause a nutrient-deficiency. These diets are low in fiber, iron, folate, nicacin, calcium, zinc and vitamin B12. Therefore, it is important that you work with a nutritionist or really do your homework.

In the end, unless you do have gluten sensitivities, a life of less bread and pasta, gluten free or not, will lead to a healthier result. Don’t become a victim to gluten-free chips and junk just because of the label.

To learn more about gluten and living a gluten free lifestyle, visit www.glutenfree.com

 

Do you follow a gluten-free lifestyle? What recipes can you recommend?

Myth vs. Fact:

Myth vs. Fact: It’s more expensive to eat healthy food.

Myth: It’s more expensive to eat healthy food.

Fact: With a little planning, eating healthy foods can actually cost less than shelling out for typical fast-food fare. Are you surprised?

A study at the Mary Imogene Bassett Research Institute found that a person who follows a diet of heart healthy whole foods can reduce her grocery bill by up to $8 a week. That translates to an annual savings of $416 a year for a single person.

To help reduce your grocery bill, swap legumes for meat products; buy less-expensive produce such as apples, oranges, carrots, spinach and cabbage; and purchase healthy whole grains like oatmeal and rice in bulk.

What other ways have you found that help you save money while maintaining a healthy diet?

 

The Foods You Should Buy Organic vs Organic

The Foods You Should Buy Organic vs. Non Organic

While going organic takes a positive toll on your body, it can take a negative toll on your wallet. Many find themselves in a debate of purchasing organic vs. non organic products.

Is organic really worth it? We did a little digging on this produce controversy and found certain foods were better to buy organic than others. The following 14 foods, according to the Environment Workers Group*, contain high amounts of pesticides. When deciding what to purchase organic, swap the following non organic produce with this list:

14 Foods You Should Buy Organic

  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Peaches
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Nectarines
  • Cucumbers
  • Potatoes
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Hot Peppers
  • Kale/Collard Greens
  • Summer Squash

The following 15 foods, also referred to as the Clean Fifteen, are considered the least contaminated.

The Clean Fifteen

  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupe
  • Sweet Corn
  • Eggplant
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Mangos
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Papayas
  • Pineapples
  • Sweet Peas (frozen)
  • Sweet Potatoes

*The Enviromental Workers Group is a nonprofit organization that advocates for policies that protect global and individual health.

The One Trick to Stopping Unhealthy Eating

The One Trick to Stopping Unhealthy Eating

It’s 5:30pm when your car participates in the the bumper-to-bumper dance and your stomach sings of hunger.

“It’s been a long day. Give me a beer, potato chips. Diet starts tomorrow,” you say as you waltz into the door.

While it’s easy to dance to tune of a forgotten healthy eater, there are ways to stick to the plan.  Eliminate that regretful feeling of eating Lays Potato Chips with a side of cold pizza and concluding with a sleeve of Oreos. The only way to stop from eating the bad stuff, is to stop the bad stuff from eating you.

Translation: When you see “bad for you” foods, you are persuaded to eat them. The trick is keep healthy items available at all times and easy to reach. Start with these common offenders:

First Offender:

What’s on the top shelf of your fridge? 

This is the first place where your eyes wonder when you open that glorious icebox. Keep veggies, hummus, salads and fruits at arms reach and eye level. Like the snacks you see above.

Second Offender:

What’s on your kitchen counter?

Bread? Don’t tango with that. Keep a storage of grab-and-go nuts and dried fruit on the counter ready to grab when hunger strikes.

Third Offender:

What’s in your cabinet?

Your cabinet is a safe haven of junk, chocolate and chips. Keep the soups, canned vegetables and beans at eye level and the front of the cabinet.

Fourth Offender:

What’s in your wallet? 

No, it’s not Capital One…When going to the store, make sure to have a grocery list of healthy items. This will prevent you from unhealthy ‘straying’ and buying the 2 for 1 Chips Ahoy. Shimmy on the outskirts of the grocery store where the produce and meats are located and stay clear on the inside isles.