Almost everyone wants to live a healthier lifestyle, but sometimes figuring out what that really means can be tough, and making major change can be intimidating. The truth is that often living a healthier life is not about making massive changes, and even simple changes to your daily routine can pay big dividends in the long run. The SPLENDA LIVING™ Blog is giving real, simple, tangible advice to make living a healthier lifestyle an attainable reality. Check out our latest posts below, including information about healthy eating, exercising, and how SPLENDA® Sweeteners fit in with a healthy eating plan!
It seems that the topic of sugar consumption continues to make waves in daily conversations. Although the sugar talk has been around for some time now, many people are still unsure of just how much sugar they should consume, or how to enjoy a sweet taste without adding too many calories. And many wonder if they need to be on a “low sugar diet.”
It is common knowledge that an excess intake of sugar may lead to consuming too many calories, which in turn can result in weight-gain, obesity and related chronic illnesses. That said, it is moderation and balance – not some kind of “low sugar diet” – that’s a key part of a healthy lifestyle. However, honestly speaking, it can be challenging for people to resist a sugar craving. For that reason, I want to encourage you to swap some of the sugar you add to foods with a low-calorie sweetener, or try lower-calorie and reduced-sugar foods and beverages instead of full-calorie versions. Here are some easy tips to help you get started.
It’s finally summer! Time for more barbeques, rooftop drinks, and outdoor social events. While all these summer gatherings are supposed to be fun and carefree, sometimes they can become a source of stress when making healthy, balanced choices in choosing food and drinks. It can definitely be a tough balancing act to manage. I always talk with clients about the importance of finding a happy medium – on the one hand, you don’t want to overeat and end up not feeling great, but on the other hand, you also don’t to be sitting alone munching on carrot sticks the whole night. The key is enjoyment without feeling like you have to sacrifice. Here are my favorite healthy eating tips to help you achieve this balance throughout the summer.
Snacks are one of the most frequent topics brought up by my clients. Appropriate snacking in-between meals is important. Many people get hungry at times throughout the day but, when it comes to what to have as a snack they’re at a loss.
A mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack can be important – as ideally it should help sustain energy levels between meals. While cookies or donuts might be appealing during that afternoon slump, they also can do the complete opposite of what we’re hoping for: sugary snacks can make our blood sugar, along with our energy levels, spike and then drop.
What should a healthy snack contain?...
When talking about weight loss or causes of weight gain, everyone has an opinion about what’s effective and what’s not. But are those thoughtful tips based on science, or mere personal opinion? Let’s debunk some of the most popular weight loss myths, and address the use of SPLENDA® Sweeteners in weight management.
Let’s be honest, losing weight is usually not an easy feat; it is, however, quite possible to achieve. If you find yourself struggling with losing weight and are running out of ideas and tips on how to do so, then keep reading this blog.
As a nutritionist and consultant, I have met many people, especially women, who are constantly concerned about their weight and not being able find a plan to lose it. I have also come to notice that the majority of these women often seek help in the wrong places, such as online open forums, magazines, or in websites with incorrect information.
Although weight loss can sometimes seem like an impossible feat, approaching it requires a few essential elements. For instance, it does take personal commitment to stop worrying and start living your accomplishments on a day-to-day basis. Essentially, as you work towards achieving a safe and long-term weight loss goal, that commitment will help foster a healthier lifestyle and a more positive self-esteem.
Weight loss is not about depriving yourself from everything that tastes good. Instead, it is about learning to listen to your body and those hunger cues, so you can make the best decisions that can eventually help you reach your goal.
It can be difficult to make sense of all the latest – often conflicting – news and research about weight loss and weight management. SPLENDA LIVING™ bloggers have been addressing weight loss topics on this blog for several years now, providing credible, science-based information on timely food, nutrition and health topics. We hope the weight loss tips and information from our expert bloggers will help you make your own informed choices and provide support for your healthy lifestyle.
Who are the SPLENDA LIVING™ Bloggers? We are food and nutrition experts with graduate degrees in fields like Medical Sciences, Human Nutrition, Cultural Anthropology and Life Sciences Communications. We bring decades of experience educating consumers about healthy lifestyle choices, food, nutrition, and the role of low-calorie sweeteners in the diet.
Below are some featured blog posts to help you separate fact from fiction on weight management topics and provide useful weight loss tips that are practical and proven.
Reading food labels provides us with valuable information that can make it easier to find the products that best fit our nutritional needs. They can also be confusing.
For example, did you know the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has definitions for “low sodium,” “low fat,” “low calorie,” “low cholesterol,” “sugar-free” and “lower sugar” – claims which appear on food labels? And did you know the claims “sugar free” and “no added sugar” don’t mean the same thing?
If you’re trying to control the amount of sugar in your diet, understanding the labels of “sugar free foods” can help make your shopping trips less confusing – and that’s sweet!
Breakfast has always been one of my favorite meals, especially on damp, dark mornings. I have fond memories of waking up to scrambled eggs with buttered toast or Mom’s famous omelets. Whatever our breakfast consisted of, it was always very filling but definitely not low in sugar … can you say sweet corn muffins, French toast, pancakes (don’t forget the maple syrup) or homemade coffeecake? Breakfast was indeed a very memorable meal, thanks to a mother who loved to cook but didn’t necessarily strive to follow healthy breakfast recipes.
Now I personally know many people who are successful at improving their eating habits throughout the day, every day, and that includes eating a healthy breakfast. They also appear to be heeding health professional recommendations to reduce the amount of added sugars they’re consuming.
If you and your family enjoy eating a healthy breakfast to start the day right, here are a few yummy breakfast recipes made with SPLENDA® Sweetener Products that use less sugar and are incredibly satisfying. Give them a try!
Last year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture released the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. One of the key recommendations was to reduce our intake of added sugars to less than 10 percent of our total calories, or no more than about 12 teaspoons a day if consuming a 2000 calorie diet. The Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations from the American Heart Association also call for a reduction in added sugars intake to help lower your risk for developing heart disease. As a result of these recommendations, the food and beverage industry has been working to reformulate many products to lower the added sugar content.
This means we are starting to see new claims on the front of some food packages, changes in ingredient lists and in the nutrition facts panel. One way we can keep the sweet taste in foods and drinks at home while using less sugar is to replace some of that sugar with artificial sweeteners. In fact, the more we cook and bake at home, the more options we have to reduce the added sugars in our diets. Let me show you how.
Have you caught wind that the Nutrition Facts label we’ve become accustomed to for more than two decades is undergoing a makeover? It’s a fact! By July 2018, most manufacturers will be required to update their labels and we thought you’d want a sneak peek at the key changes.
As you peruse the nips and tucks of this makeover, keep in mind that the main thrust of the Nutrition Facts label is to make sure that you have the nutrition information you need to make informed food choices. As you know, nutrition science is constantly evolving and new healthy eating guidelines, like the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, emerge as they did early in 2016. These factors came together to influence the label makeover.
The new Nutrition Facts label will change in appearance and will add or delete a few nutrients and vitamins and minerals. The biggest changes, which may help some consumers manage their prediabetes or diabetes, aim to increase the details you have at your fingertips about carbohydrate and added sugars in your foods. Now that’s good news!