Helpful info for a healthier lifestyle

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!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 9:20am  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

The connection between certain foods and our emotions can be very strong. I know having carrot cake with cream cheese frosting puts the “happy” in my happy birthday celebration, but it isn’t the only way to put a smile on my face. Yet many of my clients have told me they find it difficult to cope with the ups and downs of everyday life without turning to sweet treats to lift their spirits.

If you’ve ever eaten your way through a sleeve of Girl Scout cookies to help you deal with a difficult situation, you know what I’m talking about. Whether it’s an overwhelming project at work or an extended to-do list at home, using food to “feed” your emotions can become an unhealthy habit.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 10:51am  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

All of the talk about resolutions to lose weight in the New Year seems to focus on adults who went overboard during the holidays - but what about teens and children? Don’t they celebrate right along with the rest of the family? Parents and other caregivers are role models for the lifestyle behaviors they’d like their children to adopt, so if parents are off track, their children probably are too. Maybe it’s time to refresh your entire family’s healthy eating and fitness goals to start the year off right!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 11:07am  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor

I am not one to eavesdrop, but I do often stop and listen (very discreetly) when people are talking about food and nutrition issues, mainly in grocery stores. Sadly, more often than not, misinformation abounds. While myths about nutrition and its impact on health are widespread, two areas where I know consumers may not have all of the facts are: 1) carbohydrate-related, particularly what “low carb” means or does not mean, and 2) what the glycemic index (GI) is all about.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 2:18pm  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

One of the things that makes holidays so special is the food. Even though there is no law against roasting a turkey in February or baking sugar cookies in July, many of us rarely do. Instead, we reserve our favorite recipes for certain days of the year when we can eat them while celebrating with family and friends.

If you’re looking forward to enjoying some traditional holiday fare in the weeks ahead, but dread the holiday weight gain that can often go with it, there is a way to “have your cake and eat it too.” And it can even start with dessert!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 9:54am  |  POSTED BY: Hope Warshaw

If you or a loved one has diabetes you, or they, have likely been encouraged to follow a “diabetic diet” or perhaps the term “diabetic diet plan” or even “diabetes meal plan” was used. Do you wonder if there’s just one diabetic diet that’s right for everyone with diabetes or prediabetes regardless of a person’s age, height, weight, physical activity level, eating habits, food preferences and so on? Great question!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 8:41am  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor

Many years have passed since I went trick or treating. Things have changed. Plenty. We, as adults, are paying more attention to the healthfulness of the treats we hand out and serve at Halloween parties. While a smattering of uber-sugary treats are fine, a few go a long way. Halloween can still be a fun-filled holiday without all the sugar-filled treats.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 11:07am  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

The added hours we get to spend outdoors during Daylight Savings Time and mild weather that goes with it make it easy to be more active in the summer, even if it does just feel like you’re having fun. Who doesn’t jump at the chance to go for a swim or paddle a kayak on the lake? Contrary to what some kids may think, the sound of school buses rumbling through the neighborhood doesn’t mean the fun is over. There are still plenty of ways for the entire family to enjoy outdoor activities together now that fall has arrived. Here are 30 Family Fitness Tips for Fall…

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 6:44pm  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

Would it still be a Caesar salad without the garlic croutons, or still be a strawberry shortcake without the buttermilk biscuit? If you have been diagnosed as being sensitive to gluten, you are likely to face many recipe challenges. And the task is even harder if you want to lower your added sugar intake, too. But just like learning to make new recipes using ingredients and preparation methods that you haven’t tried before takes practice, you can master the art of gluten free and lower-added sugar cooking and baking to keep your meals real.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 10:24am  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

If you’re trying to lose weight and keep it off, take a look at the successful people in the National Weight Control Registry for inspiration. They have all lost weight and kept it off – and for most of them, for more than five years! What you’ll see is it takes more than a diet, and that the use of low-calorie sweeteners, like SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, can be a helpful part of your new healthy lifestyle.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 12:42pm  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

The theme for many of our current eating trends is, “You are what you don’t eat.” This includes many fads, such as detox cleanses, not eating anything that cavemen didn’t eat and going gluten free, lactose free or GMO-free. What people may not realize when they adopt one of these fads is that there are sometimes unintended consequences. For example, eliminating some types of foods from the diet can also result in eliminating certain valuable nutrients that the body needs; or the omitted foods might be replaced with ones that are no better, or even worse.