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How to beat the Halloween munchie monster!

The scariest part of Halloween is the munchie monster that lives in my house. Me!

I can pop those treat sized chocolate bars into my mouth as easy as can be.

Before I even realize it I’ve eaten 700 calories. That’s the same as eating a double quarter pounder with cheese! WOW!

Not good!

But this Halloween is gonna be different. I’ve got a few tricks I’m going to try.

This post is so good I had to send it out again this year!

I also wanted to send it out a little before Halloween.

We all need to be reminded of a few tricks

to help us handle all the treats.

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  1. Buy the candy just before Halloween. If you buy it early it’s too tempting to sample it.

  2. Buy candy you don’t like. We usually buy our favorites.

  3. If you already bought the candy put it out of sight. Or better yet, have someone hide it. Out of sight out of mind!

  4. Eat your regular healthy supper before the trick or treaters arrive.

  5. If candy is too hard to resist, then give out other fun stuff. Like pencils, stickers, erasers, toy spiders and party favors.

  6. Chew some gum while you hand out the candy.

  7. Make a plan to eat only your favorite candy. Decide how many you will eat. Stick to the plan!

  8. If you attend a Halloween party eat the healthiest choice available. Limit the treats.

  9. Mix in some physical activity into the day. Walk with your trick or treaters. If you are home, put on your shoes and walk inside.

  10. Remember it’s just a day. It’s not a license to overindulge. You’ve worked too hard to blow it all on Halloween candy.  

If you are going to eat some treats you need to choose wisely. These favorite little treats are loaded with calories and fat.

  • Reece peanut butter cup – 1 fun size, 88 calories, & 6.5 grams of fat

  • Twizzlers – 1 fun size, 50 calories & 0 grams of fat

  • Peanut M&Ms – 1 fun size, 93 calories & 4.7grams of fat

  • Hersey’s milk chocolate – 1 fun size, 50 calories & 3 grams of fat

  • 3 Musketeers – 1 fun size, 63 calories & 2 grams of fat

  • Tootsie pop – 1 full size, 60 calories & 0 grams of fat

  • Nestle Crunch – 1 fun size, 60 calories & 3 grams of fat

  • Rockets or Smarties for U.S. friends – 1 roll, 25 calories & 0 grams of fat

  • Doritos – 1 fun size, 140 calories & 8 grams of fat

  • Oh Henry – 1 fun size, 70 calories & 4 grams of fat

  • Cheezies – 1 fun size, 90 calories & 6 grams of fat

  • Cookies and cream -1 fun size, 50 calories & 3 grams of fat

Here’s my Halloween plan. I will eat 2 mini chocolate bars & one mini bag of cheezies while I give out the treats. Then I will chew some gum. I will walk inside while I wait. My husband will hide the leftover candy!

TODAY’S little STEP: Make a plan for your Halloween. Plan what you will eat and when. Add some exercise to your day. Decide what to do with the leftovers. Stick to it and you’ll beat the Munchie Monster!

You can do this!  Every little step makes a difference!

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8 Smart strategies for food on the go!

 

We all have days when we need fast food. We live a fast life. We need to grab something on the go.

I like to write in the snack bar of one of our grocery stores. I love to watch the people and I am so much more productive.

I watch the people and I am interested in their food choices. Deep fried chicken, wedge fries and a side of potato salad.

I overhear complaints about sore knees, diabetes and doctor’s appointments.

It seems people don’t get the connection with what they eat and their health.

Better food equals better health!

Let’s find the good stuff!

What are the best choices?

  • A non-cream soup with crackers

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  • A salad with chicken or cheese and a lower fat dressing

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  • A sandwich

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  • A piece of pizza, not meat lovers

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  • Sushi

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  • A 6 inch turkey/chicken sub, extra veggies, hold the mayo

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  • A small bowl of chili with crackers

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  • A small chicken wrap, hold the mayo

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The best beverage choice is always water!

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Wow!  Good pictures make you want to eat healthy food!

What we feed our body matters.

We make the best choices even when we’re short on time.

Check out these links for some more great fast food choices.

Best choices for fast food

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TODAY’S little STEP: Make smart choices when choosing fast food. You will fuel your body well to handle the busyness of life!

A common fruit that’s your best choice!

blueberries

Can you guess which fruit is rated the best? It’s sweet and juicy. It has no fat, 82 calories for a whole cup and as an added bonus it has 3.4 grams of fiber. It’s packed with vitamins and antioxidants. It’s small and round and blue.

Blueberries are one of the best fruits we can eat.

There has been a great deal of research regarding the benefits of eating blueberries. They are high in antioxidants and they fight free radicals. Ok, that sounds impressive but what does it mean.

Let me tell you what I learned.

Free radicals are not good.

“Free radicals cause cell mutations, damage immune function, cause wrinkles and aging and are a contributing cause behind many diseases including cancer, heart disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and others.  

Antioxidants are good.

In simple terms, an antioxidant is a chemical compound that protects cells against the effects of free radicals.” Says Lindsey Getz 
of Today’s Dietitian

“Food is the best source of antioxidants,” says Joanne Larsen, MS, RD, LD, of   www.dietitian.com

Blueberries are one of the fruits that have the highest levels of antioxidant.

Here are 5 reasons why blueberries are good for us.

1.  Blueberries have the highest antioxidant capacity of all fresh fruit and are rich in vitamin C, B complex, vitamin E, vitamin A, copper, selenium, zinc and iron. Blueberries boost your immune system and prevent infections.

2.  Helps to preserve vision: Blueberry extract was used in clinical studies regarding vision. The results suggest that blueberries can prevent or delay age related eye problems like macular degeneration, cataract, myopia dryness and infections.

3. Aids Digestion: The high fiber in blueberries keeps your system working well. The fibre helps to fill you up and help you feel full for longer. Blueberries also promote a healthy urinary tract, which helps to ward off infections. The vitamins, sodium, copper, fructose and acids improve digestion.  http://www.womenfitness.net/blueberries.htm

4.  Aid in the prevention of high blood pressure or hypertension.  A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition followed a large group of men and women. They ate more than a ½ cup of blueberries a week. The results showed that the blue-red pigments found in blueberries called anthocyanins—offer protection against high blood pressure. Eating blueberries reduced their risk of developing high blood pressure by 10 percent compared to those who didn’t eat any blueberries.

5.  Blueberries are low on the glycemic index, which means they do not have a big impact on blood sugar levels. They are good for everyone, but they are a super food if you have diabetes.  http://www.womenfitness.net/blueberries.htm

How to Choose?

Choose fresh blueberries that are firm and have consistent colour. The whitish bloom means they are ripe. Shake the container gently, they should move easily.

Frozen berries are a good alternative. Freezing the berries does not alter the antioxidants.

How to eat them?

  • Use blueberries as fresh toppings on your cereal, oatmeal, waffles and pancakes.

  • Add to greek yogurt for a parfait.

  • Whip up a smoothie using frozen berries, low-fat milk and yogurt.

  • Mix fresh or dried blueberries into your regular salad.

   Be creative and find ways to eat them your favorite way.

There you have it!  You need to eat blueberries everyday!

Today’s little step: Incorporate ½ cup of blueberries into your daily food choices.

13 healthy yummy foods to eat!

What can I eat today? Yummy food is one of the blessings of my life.

I won’t live a life of deprivation!

I want to eat delicious food that’s good for me too.

Here’s my list of healthy yummy food that I’ve researched and found to be some of the best!

Nothing is too weird and everything can be found in a regular grocery store.

Lifestyle changes work because we are focusing on what we can have!

Here’s your

healthy grocery list

 

Almonds are high in protein and healthy fat. This is my go-to snack for protein. I have this with an apple. Serving-23 almonds

Apples contain lots of fiber and have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Serving-1 small My favorite are Royal Gala as they are sweeter and have a great texture.

Bananas have high levels of potassium which helps blood pressure levels and they are high in fiber. A banana added to my peanut butter toast is delicious and keeps me full longer. Serving-1 small

Beans are good for your heart as they have lots of soluble fiber, which can reduce cholesterol. I’ve discovered hummus, which is made from chick peas, which are also known as garbanzo beans! I like the roasted red pepper flavor and I have it as a dip with fresh vegetables. Serving-¾ of a cup

Blueberries, the super fruit that has the most antioxidants, which help the body guard against heart disease, cancer and memory loss. Frozen blueberries are part of my yogurt parfait almost everyday either for breakfast or as a dessert. Serving-½ cup

Broccoli, consider it the number 1 cancer fighter. I like it raw with hummus, or cooked. Serving-½ cup

Greek yogurt is a great source of bone building calcium and lots of protein. It contains beneficial bacteria, which inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria. My favorite is the sweetened coconut flavor. When I have this with blueberries for breakfast I’m satisfied for a long time. Serving-¾ cup of low fat

Kale, another great cancer fighter. It is also full of fiber and Vitamin K and antioxidants. I like it as a salad with a sweeter poppy seed dressing. Serving-1 cup fresh or cooked

Oatmeal continues to be a healthy choice. It is high in a special fiber called beta-glucan, which helps to lower levels of bad LDL cholesterol. It is a whole grain. I make it into granola and add a small portion to other cereal or my yogurt parfait. Serving-¾ cup cooked

Quinoa is now considered the new super food. It is packed with protein and fiber as well as many vitamins and minerals. I’ve tried it in salads but I think I like it hot better as an alternative to rice. I add some chicken stock for flavor. Serving-1 cup cooked

Salmon remains as one of the healthiest fish to eat. It is rich in Vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids, which protect the heart, and the brain. My husband loves salmon so we have this once a week. Usually I bake it in the oven and drizzle with maple syrup. Serving-3 ounces

Spinach is chock full of nutrients, iron, calcium and Vitamin A. As well as folate, which helps the body form red blood cells. I don’t like it cooked at all, but in a salad or on a sandwich I love it. Serving-1 cup fresh or ½ cooked

Tuna is high in protein, vitamin B and omega-3 fatty acids. Tuna salad made with low fat mayo is a great protein boost for my lunch. Serving-3 ounces fresh or canned

TODAY’S little STEP: Add these foods to your grocery list. Then just like me you can enjoy yummy food and reap the health benefits.

Every mountain is climbed one little step at a time!  Keep taking those little steps!

“And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up”. Galatians 6:9 New Living Translation

 

Make a simple change to be healthy!

Did you blow it? Do you feel like a failure? Is getting healthy too hard with your crazy lifestyle?

There’s hope!

Start right now! Take one little step to be healthy.        Yes, just one little step.

One step seems too easy. But, when we create a really easy goal we set ourselves up for success.

When we have success we feel empowered.

Lesley Lutes, PhD, an assistant professor in the department of psychology at East Carolina University, says

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“rather than trying an all-or-nothing approach that more often than not fails because it’s too hard to follow”.

Dr. Lutes backs up this statement with numerous clinical studies related to weight loss plans and programs.

Today’s the day! Take one of these little steps.

  1. Drink water as your main beverage. It’s calorie free, what your body needs and it makes your skin beautiful!

  2. Walk for 5 minutes everyday. Just set a timer and walk inside your house. If you feel good, set it for another 5 minutes.

  3. Switch to the smaller dinner plate. Your portions will automatically be smaller.

  4. Decide that your snacks will always include fruit. Add a handful of nuts for protein.

  5. Never eat directly from a bag or box of food. You will have no idea how much you ate.

  6. Have an accountability buddy, someone that you have to report to each week.

  7. Pray everyday. Jesus loves you and wants to help in your health journey.

  8. Quiet that inner critic. That voice in your head that says, “you’ll fail again, why bother starting again?” Instead repeat this statement everyday. “This little step is easy for me to do and it makes a difference. Taking care of me is important”!

  9. Be a food snob. If it’s not a 10 then it’s not worth the calories!

  10. Claim this promise from God! Memorize it! “For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you’.” Isaiah 41:13

Today’s the day!

One little step makes a difference.

Every mountain is climbed one little step at a time!

TODAY’S little STEP: Pick one little step to incorporate into your everyday life.

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I’d love to hear what little step you chose, let me know!

Christmas pep talk!

 

Christmas it’s a wonderful time of the year and the food is amazing!

But you’ve worked too hard to blow it!

Make this your healthiest Christmas.

Be intentional! Choose only your favorite sweet or savoury treats.

Slow down and savor every bite of the treat.

If it’s not a 10, it’s not worth it!

Keep using that smaller plate for main courses, especially Christmas day.

Drink 5 cups of water a day.

Find time to exercise everyday.

Relax and enjoy the change of pace and the break from routine!

TODAY’S little STEP: Be intentional! Make the best choices!

I hope you and your family have a happy and healthy Christmas. We have lots of snow here in Northern Ontario, Canada. Here’s a  few photos of the winter wonderland at our cottage.

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Healthier in one super easy step!

Looking in the fridge for something good to eat that feels like a treat?

This super food is low in calories, high in nutrients, vitamins, minerals and fiber. It comes individually packaged and can be eaten raw or cooked.

It’s Doctor approved, recommended and it’s sweet!

It’s delicious fruit!

Fruit is an excellent source of many nutrients; potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and folic acid. Eating more fruit can lower your risk of heart disease and protect you from certain cancers.

The naturally occurring sugar in fruit can satisfy your sweet tooth and the added fiber will help you feel satisfied for longer.

Eating more fruit is one of the simplest changes we can make especially if we replace higher calorie foods with fruit.

Eating more fruit is another little step we can take to be healthy and well.

But how much do I have to eat? 

Most women who are moderately active should consume 2 cups of fruit daily if you are under 30 and 1½ cups if you are over 30.

A serving of fruit varies depending on the fruit and it’s size. It is important to be aware of the portion size as the calories can add up easily.

Here are some general guidelines for portion sizes.

Apple-1 small(2 ¼ “ diameter)

Cantaloupe, pineapple and watermelon-1 cup of cut up chunks

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Grapefruit-1 medium

Orange, peach-1 large

Pear-1 medium

Strawberries-8 large

Blueberries, raspberries-1 cup

Dried fruit-1/2 cup

Fruit juice-1 cup

How can I include more fruit in my day?

Choose fresh fruit more often than juice. You benefit from the eating process and the fiber contained in the fruit.

Add berries or banana to your cereal at breakfast or have toast with peanut butter and banana.

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Mix fruit with Greek yogurt for a mid-morning snack.

Get creative and make fruit kabobs with strawberries, bananas, grapes and pineapple chunks. This appeals to the little kid in us as anything on a stick is considered a treat.

Decide that your snack will always include fruit. Apples and bananas are super easy to pack.

Make fruit smoothies with fresh or frozen fruit, try different fruit combinations.

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Add some peanut butter or low fat yogurt as a dip to your favorite fruit choices.

Individual portions of fruit are good to pack in lunches. Select ones that are packed in fruit juice, not syrup.

Freeze grapes and then enjoy them like candy on a hot day.

At dinner add some fruit to salads or serve a fruit tray with low fat dip as dessert. Fruit trays appeal to our eyes and most everyone can find a favorite.

Be adventurous and try a new fruit each week. Most grocery stores have a wide variety to choose from.

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Eat a variety of fruits as they all contain different nutrients and vitamins.

TODAY’S little STEP: As part of Camp #4 add a serving of fruit to one meal or snack. This will be more effective for your health if you replace a low nutrient snack with fruit.

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