Did you know that less than half of the population knows how to read a food label? That fact scares us! Food labels tell us vital information about the things we are putting in our body, so we really want you all to not fall into that percentage and be more aware about your food. We know that food labels can be very confusing, especially when you are trying to eat on a low-carb diet. Well, fear food labels no more–we are here to help! Let’s conquer the food label.
Though it was proven in a 2011 study by Wilks, et. al. that a high protein and low-carb diet is the most effective way to lose weight, exercise comes in at a close second. Maintaining both a healthy diet and a rigorous exercise regime is a little difficult but is definitely manageable. To make your life a little easier and to maximize your weight loss, we have provided you with a great exercise plan that includes both cardio and weight training. Before starting the regime, it is important to know the benefits of each exercise style. If you would like more exercise options, bodybuilding.com is a great resource.
Although winter squash isn’t compatible with the GreenLite diet plan, pumpkin can be enjoyed in moderation. To give you an idea of just how different squash can be, one cup of acorn squash contains 29.9 grams of carbs, butternut squash has 21.5g of carbs, but pumpkin only has 12 grams. Please note that we are talking about true pumpkin, not pumpkin flavoring or pie mix!
Pumpkins also have great health benefits you may not be familiar with. Read on for some inspiration to add pumpkin into your diet plan. Continue reading
When you make the commitment to yourself to lose weight, it is helpful to be able to separate fact from fiction when it comes to the weight loss tips. Some tips are promoted to sell a product, while others can actually help you lose weight.
Here are some tried and true weight loss tips to support your goals to shed those extra pounds.
My father passed away at the young age of 64. He had suffered his first heart attack at the age of 51 and suffered with diabetes and coronary heart disease for the rest of his life. At the age of 55, I saw myself following in my father’s footsteps. Continue reading
Many of us struggle with satiety, or successfully achieving the feeling of being full, which can lead to poor food choices that puts us on the fast track to ill health and excess weight gain. Here are some tips on how you can feel fuller and more satisfied after eating without turning to poor food choices to fill in the empty gaps.
“Be Prepared” is not only the motto for the Boy Scouts of America but should be the motto of anyone trying to lose weight and eat healthy. Making smart food decisions during the day are much easier when you are armed with healthy food.
One of the biggest places where bad decisions are made is the workplace. People tend to have candies and treats on their desk, and the break room is stocked with take-out food, birthday cakes, and doughnuts – not to mention the biggest culprit of impulse eating… the vending machine!
If you want to stay on track and meet your goals, set yourself up for success. Staying full throughout the day with nutritious food makes you much less likely to feel hungry and make a bad choice, especially in the late afternoon. An easy way to ensure you are feeling full is to eat a salad every day with lunch. Preparing Mason jar salads in advance not only cuts down on midweek prep but they stay fresh, and the components stay separated to retain their goodness. Since the jars were originally made for canning, their lids are airtight and far superior to reusable plastic containers. There is nothing worse than fishing your salad out of your bag only to discover it is soggy and wilted. Follow our tips below for a surefire way to eat clean during the week!
Let’s face it: cooking at home every day can be tedious, and sometimes, you just want to relax and let someone else do all that work. But when you go out to eat at restaurants, it is so difficult to find meals that fit into the low-carb diet that you are on. Here are a few helpful tips to stay on your plan while dining out, according to About Health.
Go With the Right Crowd
If you are new to the low-carb diet, having supportive friends and family will make dining out a breeze. If you are comfortable with it, let them know about your dietary restrictions. Maybe they will be a little more conscious about what they order in front of you. It does not hurt to ask! Continue reading
by Heynia Loro-Cooley
I remember going to the grocery store with my grandmother when I was nine-years old. Shopping with my grandmother was always an experience in of itself, but more importantly was what I learned from her. I remember picking up a packaged tube of pink and blue swirled yogurt and my grandmother immediately told me I could not have it claiming it was not “real” food. My grandmother proceeded to tell me that real food should look and taste like real food. If food is packaged, processed, and filled with artificial sweeteners and preservatives with a lengthy nutrition label, do not eat it!
We are all aware of the large amounts of processed and artificially flavored foods available at the grocery stores. How did we become a society where high-fat, fast food, and processed food became so popular? How have “fake” and synthetic flavored foods changed our taste and perhaps altered our desirability for more fake foods and less real and whole foods?
It can be really tough to stick to a healthy diet in the summer. If you are not invited to a barbecue, then you are probably smelling one at your next-door neighbor’s house. Or if you are just driving down the street, fast food joints and restaurants throw open their doors to the sunshine and warm weather, hoping the smell of food will draw customers into their establishments. This can almost be too tempting, but fear not – it is still possible to maintain a healthy, low-carb diet in the summer.
1. You Don’t Have to Avoid the Grill Entirely
And then it happens: you are at your aunt’s house for a birthday party and out comes the grill. Do not feel like you have to have a greasy hamburger or hot dog just because everyone else is eating one. Instead, opt for a piece of chicken or some grilled vegetables. And if your family uses barbecue sauce, either ask for the low-carb version or skip it entirely.