Dec 22

Eat Your Breakfast

Eat your Breakfast!

The so-called most important meal of the day is also the most skipped meal of the day.  Is that such a dietary crime?  Yes!  Your mother knew what she was doing when she nagged you to eat your breakfast.  Here are some of the reasons why!

  1. Eating breakfast will make you smarter.  Study after study has shown that eating breakfast improves concentration in both kids and adults.  That doesn’t make everyone ready to perform brain surgery, but a healthy breakfast will increase mental performance.
  2. Eating a healthy breakfast will help you meet your fitness goals.  People who skip breakfast tend to not be as successful with weight management as those who regularly eat a morning meal.  The false thinking is that skipping breakfast will save calories. Skipping meals leads to gorging later and overcompensating for the missed meal.  Eating breakfast will also help jump start a more revved-up metabolism.
  3. Make time to eat breakfast.  Not having enough time to eat in the rushed morning hours is the biggest reason people give for skipping Breakfast.  Breakfast doesn’t need to be time consuming or complicated.  Try grabbing some of these healthy food items that don’t require a huge hunk of time to eat; a piece of low-fat cheese and some fruit, left-over chicken wrapped in a piece of lettuce, or a bowl of whole grain cereal or toast.
  4. Not hungry in the morning?  You should be.  Many people don’t feel hungry in the morning because they eat too much, too late in the evening.  To fix this cut back on portions at dinner time and abstain from night-time snacking.
Dec 21

Multivitamins

Multivitamins

One way to make sure that you get at least the minimum amount of all your vitamins and minerals is to take a multivitamin every day. There is quite a bit of evidence that multivitamins are important for general health, immunity, and well-being. Most people don’t get adequate amounts of vitamins in their diet.  Processed foods, which make up a lot of the American diet, lose vitamins with processing.  But, multivitamins set you up for a healthy baseline without toxic levels of these vitamins.

In the past:

Vitamins were traditionally useful in preventing deficiency diseases which luckily, we don’t really see in this country anymore.  Still, vitamins are currently an important way to supplement your health.

Today vitamins are used to:

  • Support normal organ and body functions
  • Enhance immunity
  • Improve cardiovascular function
  • May even prevent cancer
Dec 21

May Diet

Long summer days can help you lose weight.

Most people tend to set new diet and exercise goals for themselves at New Year’s. But the best time to start a diet and exercise program is in May.

 Why in May?

  • The days are very long, which makes your energy levels go up and your food cravings go down.
  • You’re more likely to eat less and exercise more.
  • When you get home from work it’s still light outside, which allows more time for you to go on that run.
  • Many more fruits and vegetables are in season which makes them cheaper and more delicious.
  • There are a wide variety of fun, outdoor recreational activities to get involved in.

If you have lost sight of your New Year’s goals now is a great time to jump back in to health and fitness.  Take advantage of the success this time of year can offer.