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!
Online quizzes seem to be all the rage. They range from nonsensical ones (e.g., “What type of animal are you?”) to quizzes that are more serious (“What’s your knowledge of European history?”).
Thus, the time appears to be right to offer up a quick nutrition quiz here at SPLENDA LIVING®. You will not be scored; rather the intent is to improve your knowledge of some tips for a healthy eating plan. So here we go!
Just as you shift your wardrobe from dresses and shorts to cardigans and pants, recipes also go through a transition to the flavors and colors of fall. I always get questions from my clients about what they should be eating in the fall, and especially about how to start preparing for upcoming holidays (I’m looking at you Halloween!). I always reinforce that you’ll be ready for any season, or any occasion for that matter, if you have a healthy relationship with food.
What is a Healthy Relationship with Food?
A healthy relationship with food is different than a healthy diet; it doesn’t refer to what we eat. Rather, it refers to how we eat and more than that, how we think about eating. Food, diet, and our bodies are such personal topics, and often, can be pretty emotional! You might get nervous thinking about the food at a social event or feel like there are foods you “shouldn’t” be eating. You might decide certain foods (or food groups) are “bad,” and eliminate them entirely. Regardless of how the behaviors might present themselves, each of these thoughts can add unnecessary stress, pressure, and negative connotations to something we do every day – eating.
Have you lived this movie time and again?
Over the last two months you’ve enthusiastically taken steps to live a healthier lifestyle or, as you may put it, follow a diet. You’re tackling a host of action steps that might include some of the following:
- diet soda, unsweetened iced tea or sparkling water and no sugar-sweetened beverages
- more vegetables, including salads
- fruit for a snack instead of chips, candy or cookies
- dinner at home more often
- portions of meats and starches to eat just-right portions
- no fried foods, sweets and desserts most of the time
And you’re topping these changes off with a daily walking plan. Your goal is 10,000 steps a day. You start most weekdays with a mile or so alongside your neighbor who’s also trying to trim down.
Until recently your efforts have been paying off! You’ve lost about one pound a week. Great progress!
But, you’ve recently hit a weight loss plateau....
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!