Is Diet Soda Making You Gain Weight?

Diet soda sounds like an easy way to cut calories, but new research shows it may not be good for weight loss. Learn why diet soda may actually cause you to gain weight, among other problems.

If you feel better about having a burger and fries for lunch because you ordered a diet soda, you shouldn’t. Studies show that diet soda may not be any better for you than regular soda. In fact, it may even be worse.

Close to 60 percent of Americans drink diet soda on a regular basis. Many of them believe diet soda helps them with weight loss, but there is mounting evidence that diet soda may actually cause you to gain weight.

Diet Soda and Weight Loss: What Research Revealed

“Recent literature suggests… Read more »

7 foods to help you beat the heat this Summer!

Fresh, fabulous tasting and sure to help take the sweat out of summer eating, these 7 summer chillers are good for you too!

As the days of summer get longer and warmer, it can seem nearly impossible at times to keep cool in the blistering heat. Staying cool can depend on much more than icy-chilled beverages and air conditioning, and the foods you eat can absolutely lend a hand. Luckily for us, it’s difficult to think of a more joyful time for eating than summer. From ripe and juicy berries to plump and bursting cherry tomatoes, this vibrant season enjoys a particularly abundant and colourful array of fresh and seasonal foods. An added bonus? Many seasonal summer fruits and vegetables are simply superb for helping us lower our body temperature to stay cool Read more »

Raisin-Carrot Muffins Recipe

Ingredients

  • boiling water
  • 2/3 cup(s) raisins, golden
  • 1 1/2 cup(s) flour, all-purpose
  • 1/2 cup(s) flour, whole-wheat
  • 1/3 cup(s) wheat germ, toasted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, ground, plus additional to sprinkle on muffin tops
  • 1 egg(s), beaten
  • 1 1/4 cup(s) buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup(s) sugar, brown (packed)
  • 1/4 cup(s) oil, cooking
  • 1 cup(s) carrot(s), shredded

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Nutrition & Exercise – Eating to Fuel Your Workouts

World-class athletes know that success depends on training and nutrition. They carefully choose the foods they eat, so the right combination of nutrients will fuel them to success. Take some tips and transform your eating habits into a world-class diet. By eating wisely, you will reap the benefits of being properly fueled. Maximize muscle growth, aide recovery and replenish glycogen stores, and you’ll have the energy and endurance to power you through your workouts and athletic endeavors.

Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are an important nutrient for athletes because they maintain blood glucose levels during exercise and replace muscle glycogen, the carbohydrate that is stored inside muscles. Muscle glycogen is the main fuel during prolonged exercise. Read more »

Yummy Potato Salad – Recipe

RECIPE INGREDIENTS 

1 teaspoon salt

2 1/2 lb small red potatoes, unpeeled

3 celery stalks, cut into slices 1/4 inch thick

1/4 cup finely diced red (Spanish) onion

For the Dressing:

 

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup mayonnaise Read more »

Spaghetti with Tomatoes Recipe

Spaghetti with Tomatoes, Basil, Olives, and Fresh Mozzarella

Since the tomatoes here are not cooked, you’ll really notice their flavor–or lack of it. Make this sauce in the summer when fresh tomatoes are at their peak. The garlic is heated briefly in the oil, and then the garlicky oil is tossed with the spaghetti so the flavor is dispersed throughout the dish. The pasta is equally good warm and at room temperature.

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The Moderation in All Things

What comes to mind for you when you hear the word diet? If you’re like most people, you probably imagine eating carrot sticks, going to bed hungry, and giving up your favorite foods—and that’s why so many diets fail. Most people just can’t tolerate those kinds of restrictions for very long.

The more you try to eliminate your favorite foods, the more feelings of discomfort, deprivation and resentment build up. This can result in bingeing on all the foods you’ve been denying yourself, undoing all your hard work in a single day. But even if you can avoid that problem, are you willing to eat like a rabbit for the rest of your life?

Studies show that… Read more »

Top 5 Ways to Avoid Overeating

 

 

 

South Beach Diet followers are encouraged to eat until their hunger is satisfied — but not to stuff themselves. For those of us who are used to restaurant-size meals, it can be hard to know what a sensible starting portion is. When it’s time to sit down to a meal, try these tactics to avoid overeating:

  1. Eat slowly and savor your food.It may seem like an obvious point to make, but remember Read more »

Exercise is Good for the Body & Good for the Mind

 

It may come as a surprise to you that I don’t love to exercise. Sometimes I actually hate it. But I do it anyway, because the rewards far outweigh whatever discomfort I feel during a workout. Regular exercise leads to better health, more energy, a lower risk of heart disease and diabetes, and a longer life. But it isn’t Read more »

Seeking Exercise Motivation?

Lack of motivation is definitely one of the reasons for exercise burnout. Here are some steps that can help you stick with your workouts.

Set short-term goals. These are goals that are attainable in a matter of weeks; they prove that your hard work is paying off. For example, aim to walk 30 minutes every day for the next two weeks; or, if you are currently using 5-pound Read more »

Zucchini-Walnut Loaf Recipe

Here is a Healthy Recipe You can whip up when Zucchini season and this cake also Freezes well.

Active Time:  30 Minutes
Total Time:  1 Hour 15 Minutes
Yield:  2 mini loaves, 8 slices each

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Use Herbs and Spices to Spark Up your Food

Wake up your taste buds! Cooking with herbs and spices will enhance the flavor of healthy foods without adding fat, salt, sugar, or calories. Herbs and spices contribute bright color, savory taste and sensational aroma.

Tips for using herbs and spices:

  • Avoid overwhelming a dish with too many seasonings, and never use two very strong herbs together. Instead, season with one strong flavor, and one milder flavor to complement the food.
  • When cooking, add dried herbs early in the process, but use fresh herbs at the end for optimum flavor.
  • Add herbs and spices to cold dishes several hours before serving to allow the flavors to blend.
  • Fresh leaves should be chopped very finely. Exposing… Read more »

The Truth about Diet Soda

Think choosing no-calorie diet over the regular sugary soda is the smarter choice? Maybe not. A recent study found that diet sodas drinkers have larger waistlines than non-drinkers.

Zero calories—and zero nutrition.

The study compared diet soda drinkers to a group of non-diet drinkers (including both regular soda fans and people who didn’t drink any soda). While all participants’ waists grew over the course of the 9.5-year study, the diet soda drinkers had 70 percent greater increases in belly bulge.

But the results were downright shocking when researchers looked only at people who drank two or more diet sodas per day. The increase in their waist circumference was five times Read more »

Stop Dieting & Start Living Life!

You’ve heard it so many times that you probably say it in your sleep. “Diets don’t work; if you want to lose weight and keep it off, you have to make a lifestyle change.”

But what does a lifestyle change look or feel like, and how do you know when… Read more »

Take a Deep Breath Exercise

Proper breathing is an underestimated, but critical building block of good health. Slow, deep breathing gets rid of carbon dioxide waste and takes plenty of clean, fresh oxygen to your brain and muscles. More blood cells get the new, oxygen-rich air instead of the Read more »

Vegetarian Asian-style Hot Pot Recipe

Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 50 mins

Ingredients

  • 5 1/4 cup(s) broth, vegetable, or reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 slice(s) ginger, fresh, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 2 clove(s) garlic, crushed and peeled
  • 2 teaspoon oil, canola

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