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Healthy Lifestyle

Healthy EatingAlmost 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!

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 1:46pm  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

Using SPLENDA® Sweeteners or other high-intensity sweeteners instead of added sugars is a strategy that can produce big results at the end of the day without doing all the math. For example, just by substituting one can of diet soda for a can of regular soda automatically eliminates 10 teaspoons of added sugars from your day no matter what other changes you may make. Adding a SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener packet instead of 2 teaspoons of sugar to three cups of coffee a day removes six teaspoons of sugar from your tally.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 9:40am  |  POSTED BY: Sylvia Meléndez Klinger

Many Hispanics have cultural eating practices that are unique, and many health professionals do not fully recognize the elements associated with the assessment and construction of a diet plan that will work for Hispanics.

With 55 million Hispanics in the US, it is time to start paying more attention to these needs. The following tips will provide a number of practical applications that can serve as motivation for Hispanics to save some calories without sacrificing taste. 

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 8:29pm  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

Every generation of parents faces different challenges when it comes to raising their children. That may explain why grandparents and their adult children don’t always see eye-to-eye over what a child should eat for breakfast. Yet the one part of childhood nutrition they usually do agree on is the need to reduce the amount of added sugars children consume.

Back when I was in elementary school parents and teachers warned us to cut back on added sugars to avoid cavities and those dreaded trips to the dentist for drillings and fillings. Today, thanks to fluoridated water and better dental hygiene, childhood tooth decay is better controlled. Now children face rising rates of obesity and excess added sugars are being blamed for contributing to the problem.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 10:35am  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor

Eating a calorie-wise, nutrient-rich diet is another positive habit that many of us start out with, but too often discard. For both adults and children high-calorie, sugary, fatty foods, are widely available and can be hard to resist! It’s easy to get off the path of healthy eating, and convince ourselves that we are going to “start eating healthier tomorrow.”

But getting back into the healthy swing of things can sometimes seem overwhelming. However, a person need not overhaul his or her dietary habits in one fell swoop! Health experts recommend starting with just one or two changes, and then adding others. This approach to adopting healthier eating habits can make a big difference over time.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 9:47am  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

Don’t you hate it when you swear off your favorite banana nut muffins (or fill-in-the-blank treat) for an entire week only to find you haven’t lost an ounce when you next step on the scale? It’s easy to jump to the conclusion that you might as well eat all of the muffins (or whatever you gave up) that you want since omitting them from your diet didn’t lead to weight loss, but that isn’t what your little experiment proved.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 7:58pm  |  POSTED BY: Hope Warshaw

When it comes to those healthy eating should dos, it’s hard to always, even almost always, get these should dos done. That’s understandable! In our fast paced lives time is of the essence leaving little wiggle room for shopping for, preparing and eating healthy meals. Add to this the accessibility of way too much less-than-healthy ready-to-chow-down supermarket and restaurant foods. Yes, in total a big challenge!

Ready for handfuls of quick and easy time management meal prep tips solutions to conquer this challenge and be more successful at eating healthy in 2016? Excellent, because I’m ready to dish them out.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 2:15pm  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

What’s the most important “heartfelt” holiday celebrated in February? You get points for knowing Valentine’s Day is on the 14th, but did you also know February is American Heart Month? The goal throughout the month is to raise heart disease awareness, the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Then on the first Friday in February we celebrate National Wear Red Day where we not only get to make a fashion statement, but we can use it to remind women they may be at risk of heart disease and not know it.

I hope you agree February is the perfect time to show our love for the ones we love by helping them take steps to keep their hearts healthy!

Now for a harder question: How can we celebrate Valentine’s Day right smack dab in the middle of heart health awareness month and still be kind to our hearts? One simple answer is to have sweet celebrations, with less added sugars. Both the American Heart Association and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend cutting back on added sugars, and using SPLENDA® Sweetener Products is an easy way to do just that!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 8:36am  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor

For many of us, February is more than the harshest month of winter. It also can take a big toll on our newly resolved healthy lifestyle (aka our “resolutions” to start healthier habits as of January 1). There also are the well-known “winter blues” that come with darker and colder days, when we too often put off being physically active.

However, many people have their spirits lifted by some good old competition that involves throwing around a pigskin and kicking field goals. You know what I mean… the professional football playoffs as well as the “Big Game.” At game time suddenly the high calorie snacks and beverages start to magically appear. What is it about these high profile sporting events that make us – fans or not – throw those good healthy lifestyle intentions out the window?

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 9:50am  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor

It’s that time of year again. No, I’m not talking about pro football or snow storms or “when is spring break Mom?” I am alluding to the post-holiday talk about nutrition, diet and healthy lifestyles, be it around the kitchen table or in grocery store. You hear about it everywhere, from Internet news sources to neighborhood gatherings. With the holiday season behind us, almost everyone I know is thinking about initiating a healthier lifestyle for their entire family.

Here are some simple steps you can take for your whole family to have healthier eating habits.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 8:53am  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

No one ever makes a New Year’s resolution to lose just one pound, but maybe more people would get the results they want if they did. The big advantage in aiming to drop just one pound is that you’ll be rewarded more quickly than waiting to lose 10 or more. And you‘ll be rewarded more often, which can be a source of motivation to keep going.

Having a realistic weight loss goal will also make it easier to focus on just one pound at a time. Sound too good to be true? Let me explain why this approach works.