Helpful info for a healthier lifestyle

New Year's Resolution: Reduce Added Sugar in Drinks by Sipping Smarter

Sugar in Drinks

Here we are, almost two weeks into 2017. The holidays are behind us. New Year’s resolutions have been made and some already have been broken. If implementing a healthier lifestyle is one of your resolutions and you have not yet made any changes (or have fallen off the resolution bandwagon early), today is the best time to start. Why? Because “start tomorrow” may never happen. So procrastinate no further.

One essential component of a healthy lifestyle involves choosing the right foods and beverages in appropriate portions. However, people sometimes focus solely on their food choices and completely forget about the sugar in drinks they are sipping or guzzling.

Can You Count on Popular Diet Programs to Lose Weight?

Diet Programs

I once had a client say to me that she wanted to lose weight, but she just hadn’t found the right diet yet. She went on to explain that she had tried many popular diet programs over the years, but none of them ever worked for her. When I probed further to find out what she did and didn’t like about the diets she tried, I discovered she had successfully adopted several new eating behaviors from each one. What she didn’t realize was that she was customizing her approach to healthier eating habits with each change she made, and creating a plan that would work for her for over the long run.

If you’re hoping to start the New Year off by making a resolution to lose weight, there are many things you can learn from all of the popular diet programs out there. While you may not be able to adhere to all of the recommendations, all of the time, any change you make that improves what and how much you eat – and that you can stick to - is a win for you!

Strategies to Ward Off Hunger While Trying to Lose Weight

Control Appetite While Trying to Lose Weight

If you’re looking ahead to the New Year and dreading the thought of starting another weight loss resolution that will leave you feeling hungry all the time, you may want to check out the concept of “Volumetrics”. It’s all about feeling full while trying to lose weight. Imagine being satisfied at the end of each meal, and between meals, with no hunger pangs to derail your commitment. Now that’s a diet you can stick to for life!

How to Avoid Those Added Sugars in Holiday Sweets

Hidden Sugars

Holiday festivities are in full swing and the countdown to 2017 has begun. You’re probably thinking about sweets, treats and goodies associated with celebrations. Perhaps Aunt Margie’s peanut butter fudge has been on your mind for weeks; you just can’t wait to rip the plastic wrap off the serving tray so you can devour a large square (or two) of her ooey-gooey holiday specialty.

But wait. You tried all year to eat better and exercise more. Are you really going to overindulge in added sugar, fat, and calories for the next few weeks because it’s a tradition? Hopefully not. There may be much more added sugars and many more calories in holiday foods than you ever suspected. But you can make small changes to eat a little better, while still enjoying some holiday treats.