Eating a high-fat, high-sugar diet may have a negative effect on more than just your physical health — it can also be harmful to your mental health. A new study published in the journal Biological Psychiatry examined how sugar and fat affect the normal bacteria in the intestine and the impact that has on the brain’s functioning. Read more
Looking for the fountain of youth? According to nutritionist Elisa Zied, MS, RD, CDN, you can eat your way to becoming more vibrant and energized, and look and feel younger. Healthy Eats spoke with Zied, the author of the book Younger Next Week, who discussed how you can turn back the clock in just seven days.
Healthy Eats: As a dietitian who has counseled clients about weight loss and healthy eating, what prompted you to write your book Younger Next Week: Your Ultimate Rx to Reverse the Clock, Boost Energy and Look and Feel Younger in 7 Days?
Elisa Zied: Younger Next Week is an outgrowth of my experience as an overweight teen, always trying to fit into a tight pair of jeans and to reach that so-called “ideal” weight; as a woman who finally achieved a healthier weight and lifestyle that I’ve maintained well into my 40s; and as a registered dietitian nutritionist who has worked with women for more than a decade — and who continues to educate, inform and (hopefully) inspire women to make sound, science-based and realistic changes in their eating, fitness and lifestyle habits. The book emerged from the “post-traumatic 40 disorder” my friends and I started to suffer from because of the stress caused by things like health challenges, work challenges, relationship problems, caring for children or older parents. As a result, many of us looked and felt depleted emotionally and physically. I wrote Younger Next Week to empower women to give themselves permission to care for and nurture themselves by eating and sleeping better, fitting in fitness, [and] finding positive ways to cope with and manage stress. That, in turn, helps them look and feel their absolute best no matter what their age. Read more
Wondering why the hashtag #IIFYM has been dominating your Instagram feed lately? No, it’s not a cousin of #TBT or #FBF. It stands for “If It Fits Your Macros,” and it’s a new diet trend that focuses on the macronutrient content of the food you eat. Macronutrients are proteins, fats and carbs. Though the diet has been popular with bodybuilders for years, it’s recently gained a mainstream following.
The theory is this: Meet a certain number of carbs, proteins and fat each day, and you will build muscle and burn fat. The goal is to break down your daily caloric intake into 40 percent carbohydrates, 40 percent protein and 20 percent fat. Sounds simple enough. The crazy part? The types of foods you eat don’t matter. Proponents of the diet claim that as long as you meet your daily macros — whether it’s from brown rice or brownies — the diet will work.
Want to give the diet a try? Here’s a sample day of eating to help you do it the healthy way. Read more
Your intentions are healthy, but your choices may not be. Prevent diet sabotage by keeping an eye out for these seven foods.
1. Snack Mixes
Trail mix and other sweet-salty-crunchy concoctions may be handy snacks, but be careful that you’re not mindlessly munching on not-so-healthy versions. Many packaged varieties come filled with sugary candies and super-salty seasoned munchies. Some also contain highly processed sweeteners and partially hydrogenated oils (aka trans fats). Read more
In this week’s news: A study finds benefits in intermittent fasting; a high-fat diet may be good for athletes, but not everyone; and if you drink coffee, your arteries may be spick-and-span. Read more
Are butter and coffee the answer to weight loss? According to Dave Asprey, the creator of the Bulletproof Diet, these two foods along with a laundry list of “bulletproof” foods are how you can shed pounds and reclaim your energy. If you think this diet is different than all the others, you’re sadly mistaken.
One of the most difficult barriers dieters face are folks who try to sabotage their weight loss efforts. These are the folks who will shove an over-sized piece of cake in your face at a party or insist on having fried food at every meal. Every dieter faces them; your best defense is to be prepared.
Those sweet little ones can be a dieter’s worst nightmare! Yelling for candy at the check-out aisle or insisting on eating chicken nuggets at every meal. Oftentimes you end up giving into their whining for processed foods and end up becoming the garbage disposal for their leftovers.
Your best defense: Both adults (dieting or not) and kids should be eating fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy foods. There are many deliciously healthy recipes that everyone can enjoy; get the kids in the kitchen to help choose and prepare healthy recipes and the whole family will benefit.
There’s always one office pal who brings in the basket of baked goodies, insisting on watching you eat it. Then there are office-mates who go in groups to pick up the latest fancy coffee drinks, some with no less than 350 calories a pop. And if you try and explain that you’re watching your weight—that’s the center of conversation for the next 2 weeks.
Your best defense: Stick to your guns (and your plan)– overcoming office buddies is all about mind over matter.
More and more studies have been supporting the concept of mindful eating when it comes to weight loss, weight control, and overall health. Here’s the 101 on this popular method that can help you develop healthier eating habits.
What’s Mindful Eating?
Eating mindfully involves an awareness of the foods you choose to eat, the environment you eat in and your hunger cues. Many folks don’t pay attention to their daily habits which may be leading to unhealthy eating (such as mindlessly munching in front of the TV). It’s common practice to take a bag of chips and relax in front of the TV for the evening. By the time the commercials hit, you’re wondering where all your chips went.
You really want to use all your senses when eating mindfully. Taste the food by savoring every bite, eat in a quiet environment or with pleasant conversation, smell the delicious flavors, and look at variety of colors (from fruits and veggies) that are on your plate.
Some mindful eating programs also incorporate meditation and gentle stretching. These techniques help decrease overall stress, which can help lower calorie intake if you like to eat when you’re stressed.