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. SPLENDA LIVING™ Blog is giving real, simple, tangible advice to make living a healthier lifestyle an attainable reality. Check out our latest posts below!
As a registered dietitian I am always talking and writing about food and nutrition. I want to be sure everyone knows that a balanced diet is essential to good health. But your diet is not the only thing that must be balanced. Eating right is just one part of a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise and emotional well-being are equally important parts of a healthy lifestyle, and they must all be balanced for you to feel your very best.
One thing that does not contribute to a healthy lifestyle is the feeling you must do everything perfectly, especially when it comes to your diet. I can’t think of anything that could be more stressful! The balance we are seeking allows for some ups and downs, so strive to do your best and be forgiving if you can’t always live up to your own expectations for healthy eating habits.
If you’ve ever planned a budget you know some things on it are essential (buying food), while others are optional (eating out). The same is true for the calories we consume, or more specifically, where our calories come from. The calories found in foods that deliver essential nutrients are more important than the calories found in foods that provide few or no nutrients. Once we eat the foods (and calories) that deliver all of the nutrients we need each day, any calories left in our budget are considered “discretionary” calories.
Since February is American Heart Month, it’s the perfect time to talk about how we can make better choices when using our “discretionary calories” for improved heart healthy eating.
As the mother of two, now young adults, I know firsthand the pressures mothers face when trying to feed their children the most nutritious meals. I still remember some nights feeling that my ‘good’ maybe wasn’t good enough and that perhaps I should be preparing more foods from scratch or providing more variety in their meals.
So for all you parents feeling like your good isn’t good enough, I have great news. Although most of us will probably never be perfect home chefs, there are many things within our control that we can do to form healthy eating habits in our children. I can’t think of a better gift for my own kids than encouraging and cementing healthy eating habits.
I’d like to share with you my top tips that have worked really well not only with my own children, but also with the families who seek my help.
Calories add up quickly. If you are determined to lose weight, or maintain a healthy weight, in 2017, I’d like to recommend one way you can accomplish your goal: save calories rather than count calories, especially calories from added sugars.
If you don’t believe that small savings can make a difference, a recent study confirms that a “small-changes” approach to diet and exercise can be appropriate for all family members and is a simple long-term lifestyle option that may positively impact weight gain and weight maintenance. It also noted that no-calorie sweeteners can be a useful tool in achieving those small changes.
Here are four ideas I recommend to save on sugar calories, especially during colder months.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Avoiding weight gain between November and January is all about changing what you’ve been doing year after year that has contributed to the inevitable extra pounds you see on the scale on New Year’s Day. If you’re ready to do something different, I’ve got some suggestions to help you get started!
When you look back on how you’ve celebrated the year-end holidays in the past, what patterns of behavior do you see? Are you making several late night trips to the mall to do your shopping, spending every weekend decorating the house and socializing more frequently with friends after work? Does that leave you with less time to prepare and eat meals at home, keep up with your regular workouts, and take the dog for a walk?
Americans are starting to realize just how much sugar is in our diets! But not all sugar is created equal. Some sugar is naturally occurring in foods like fruits and milk. But then there’s sugar that is added to foods and beverages for taste. Sometimes sugar is added to foods that already have naturally occurring sugars, like yogurt. Some added sugars are in obvious places – we know that there is sugar in drinks like lemonade, in candy, baked goods, and other treats. But there are often sugars added to foods you would never think of – like salad dressing and savory sauces.
Want to reduce the added sugars and calories in your day without sacrificing taste? SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener is challenging you to spot the places in your diet where sugar is added, and identify the occasions where you can easily swap out the added sugar and the calories with the delicious SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener. The goal of this 30 day challenge is to give you the tools to make small changes in your lifestyle that can help you reduce added sugars and calories, without sacrificing taste.