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Healthy Easter Tips, Recipes

Enjoy your Easter celebration without ruining your diet.  Use these healthy Easter recipes and tips to make your celebration fun, festive and fit.

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Weight Loss Spotlight10

Quick Diet Trick Helps You Eat Less

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Malory BandLooking for a simple way to eat less during the day?  A clever gadget from Great Britain might do the trick. It's called a Malory Band and it serves as a reminder to stick to your diet throughout the day.

The Malory Band is simply an adjustable cord that you wear around your waist.  You put it on in the morning, then throughout the day, if your belly expands from overeating, it serves as a reminder to back off.  According to the company, "It acts as a psychological alarm bell to your conscious mind, warning you not to over-eat."

Of course, this isn't the most sophisticated way to change your eating habits, but it might work for some dieters.  How often have you stopped eating because your jeans were getting too tight or because you had to unbutton your waistband?  The band serves a similar function.

In the United States, the Malory Band is only available through Amazon.com.  I asked a representative from the company why a dieter wouldn't just tie a ribbon around their waist rather than paying  nearly $40 for the band from the company.  They told me that aside from the fact that the band is pretty, it provides certain benefits over a ribbon.

"Our band does not stretch, will not break, snap, rot, rub or fray and doesn't retain water (so you can shower in it). Also, it's fully adjustable: the band has a unique button-hole system running its entire length. As you lose weight, you simply adjust the band to the next button-hole. This means you only ever have to buy one Malory Band and also that you can chart your progress through the number of button-holes that you have moved."

The Malory Band isn't a comprehensive diet fix and it certainly isn't the solution for everyone.  But it's a clever idea that might work for some.  I would suggest, however, that if you try the band (or simply tie a ribbon around your belly) that you examine the factors that affect your eating so that you can reach and maintain a healthy weight over the long term.

(photo source: Malory Band/Amazon)

Faith-Based Weight Loss Programs Show Promise

Tuesday April 15, 2014

faith based weight lossIf your church provides you with a sense of community and support, you may be able to use those pillars to make your weight loss program more effective.  Churches across the country are beginning to offer faith-based weight loss programs.  According to research into the programs, they often work, especially among minorities.

Get Support, Honor Your Values

So why should you go to your church to lose weight?  It might seem odd to head to the chapel instead of the gym to slim down, but in many ways it makes sense.  The people who share your faith are also most likely to share your values and your priorities.  They can offer meaningful input when you are struggling to maintain your commitment to a diet or exercise program.  In addition, these are people who you are likely to see on a regular basis when you attend services.  Seeing and communicating with them may help to hold you accountable.

Find or Start a Faith Based Weight Loss Program

If you are ready to lose weight, ask your local pastor or rabbi if there is a weight loss program in your community.  If not, consider starting one.  You don't need to be an expert to begin.  Simply gather friends and members of the congregation to meet and share recipes, walk or participate in other physical activities, and communicate about diet successes and failures.  The group can also follow any of my free e-courses together and support each other through the process.

And remember to connect with me on Facebook, on Twitter, at Google+ and through my newsletter.

(photo source: morguefile)

Healthy Monday Tip: Manage Holiday Stress to Avoid Overeating

Monday April 14, 2014

holiday stressThis week, millions of families will join together to celebrate Passover or Easter.  For some dieters, the gatherings cause stress,.  Holiday schedules can make sticking to your workout routine a little bit harder and navigating meal time can be tricky.

Get Diet Support

If you are trying to lose weight, don't be afraid to ask for help.  If there is one thing that successful "losers" have told me repeatedly it's that they would not have lost weight if they didn't learn to reach out to friends and family for support, especially during holiday gatherings.  Sound scary?  Use these ideas to approach your loved ones.

If you are preparing the holiday meal, don't be afraid to add a few healthy holiday items to your table.  If you are visiting someone else's home, call ahead to see if the host or hostess would be willing to add a diet friendly dish or two that you prepare.

Get Creative to Manage Snacks and Sweet Treats

Another tactic that I often use is to modify the 80/20 Rule (my favorite eating plan) for daily use.  So, instead of indulging throughout the whole day, I choose an hour or two to make more relaxed food choices.  Then I stick to a clean diet during the rest of the day.  I also like to keep large glass pitchers of orange/basil water around because they look festive and help me avoid unhealthy snacks.

Got a tip to avoid overeating?  Share it on my Facebook page!

(photo source: Jessica Miller)

Let's Get Honest About Honey, Says FDA

Thursday April 10, 2014

is honey good for your diet?If you use honey to sweeten your food or drinks, new guidelines from the Food and Drug Administration should make buying the product a little bit easier.  The FDA has drafted guidelines to clarify the use of the word "honey."  According to the new recommendations, manufacturers that blend corn syrup, sugar or other products with honey will have to say so on the label.

Is Honey Good for My Diet?

Honey, blended or otherwise, may or may not be the best choice for dieters. Some healthy eaters prefer to avoid artificial sweeteners and choose natural alternatives instead.  This isn't necessarily a bad idea since some researchers are finding that use of artificial sweeteners may cause you to crave more sweet foods in the long run.  But that doesn't mean that honey or other natural sugars are good for you, especially when consumed in large quantities.  Honey is a form of sugar and eating too much sugar, natural or otherwise, can cause problems.

Reduce Your Sugar Intake

If you are trying to lose weight or clean up your eating habits, trying to reduce your sugar intake is the perfect first step.  You may not realize how much sugar you consume each day because hidden sugar is added to many foods that aren't sweet, like salad dressing and pasta sauces.  Dieters are especially vulnerable because many low-fat foods are high in sugar.

Take the quiz to find out if you consume too much sugar, then make small changes to reduce your intake, increase your energy level and lose weight.

(photo source: morguefile)

 

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