Helpful info for a healthier lifestyle

How to Motivate Yourself to Lose Weight in 5 Easy Steps

Weight Loss Motivation

You wake up, look in the mirror and realize you’ve gained a few pounds. You tell yourself, “Time to cut back! This time I really mean it!” So, maybe you skip breakfast, eat a salad for lunch and cook a mix of veggies and chicken for dinner, nibbling on protein bars and sipping smoothies during the day. Within a few days, you may find yourself in front of the TV with a pint of ice cream or a bag of chips.

Sound familiar? For so many dieters, the cycle repeats.

It’s time to wake up and get real on long-term plans for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Maybe weight loss motivation isn’t the only problem. Confidence, accountability and support are also key factors in losing weight. Allow me to help with your motivation for weight loss: You can do it, and here’s how! 

Recipes Made with SPLENDA® Sweeteners Instead of Sugar to Warm Your Tummy and Your Heart (You’ll Love Them!)

made with SPLENDA® Sweeteners

Depending on who you talk to, winter weather at times can be almost unbearable. For a large part of the country, freezing temps, snow-covered lawns, and icy roads are what we experience when we step out the front door. It’s not my favorite season by any means but it comes like clockwork, once a year. And as the old saying goes, “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”

During winter, for whatever reason, many of us develop cravings for “comfort” foods that traditionally are high in sugar and fat (you know the ones I mean). So, when you arrive home after a morning of errands or from a long day at work or from an afternoon of sled-riding…and after you “de-bundle” (removing those puffer coats, cozy scarves and fleece-lined gloves), you may be looking to dig into some favorite cold-weather foods. However, it’s not a good idea to overindulge when you crave something sweet, warm and comforting.

If you haven’t started yet, now is a good time to start cutting back on your added sugar intake, as health experts recommend. So, to help you with easy substitutions for sugar, here are a few wonderful recipes made with SPLENDA® Sweeteners to make this winter.

We hope you enjoy them all, from unique hot chocolates to oven-baked treats that use apples and a SPLENDA® Sweetener instead of full sugar. 

The Road to a Heart Healthy Diet: Reducing Added Sugars

heart healthy diet

Note: February is American Heart Month

Sugar in a variety of forms has been a part of our diet for over 2,000 years. It’s hard to believe that an ingredient which plays a number of important functions in food, went from a luxury to a public enemy when eaten in excess. Although sugar can provide more than just sweetness to our foods, such as achieving desired texture, moistness, and other important functions; there is still a need for moderation.

With regard to added sugars and a heart healthy diet, The American Heart Association (AHA) states:
“Although sugars are not harmful to the body, our bodies don’t need sugars to function properly. Added sugars contribute additional calories and zero nutrients to food. Over the past 30 years, Americans have steadily consumed more and more added sugars in their diets, which has contributed to the obesity epidemic. Reducing the amount of added sugars we eat cuts calories and can help you improve your heart health and control your weight.”

How to reduce your intake of added sugars? Here are some simple steps: 

Kick Off Your “Big Game” Celebration with Football Party Food that Scores!

football party food

It’s that time of year again. Groundhog Day.

And, oh yes. The “Big Game.” A football game that is watched by more than 100 million fans around the world. Fans gather far and wide to watch their favorite teams play, while as spectators, many of us will consume way too many calories from football party food and drinks.

You probably know the drill. It happens every year: a fun-filled sports event marked by a day of mindlessly noshing way too much, with eyes glued to a big screen TV.

You can easily game-plan ahead for football munchies that won’t draw a red flag on your health-focused New Year’s resolutions. Here are some of my favorite recipes that call for less sugar that you may want to try. All are made using SPLENDA® Sweeteners.

We hope you enjoy these smart plays for football party food recipes as well as the Big Game…and may the best team win.