Ready and Armed for Thanksgiving!

Icelebration-315079_640f you are reading this, then you have already taken a step toward losing weight and empowering yourself. You have made a promise to yourself and are on the path to a healthier you. The holidays can be challenging for everyone with a newly adopted diet plan, but a little preparation and some mindful eating tips will go a long way.

Just because you are eating healthier foods does not mean you cannot enjoy the day. It is important to prepare and arm yourself for different situations to avoid pitfalls. Luckily, our helpful tips have you covered! Continue reading

Sweetened Beverages: How Much Sugar You Ingest

Soft_drink_shelfDid you know that the average American drinks 2.6 glasses of soda per day? One glass is equal to a 12­-ounce can, and a 12-­ounce can of coke has 50 grams of added salt and 40 grams of added sugar, which hides the salty taste. The added salt in sodas is most likely subtly influencing you to continue drinking more sodas even though drinking more sodas will not really satisfy the underlying thirst for water. This is like drinking super-­sweetened seawaters, which do not have any nutritional value. It is not that the sugar and salt are no­no’s. You need sugar as an energy source for your body, and you need salt to maintain the fluids in your body as well as for your brain’s neurons to be able to send signals to each other. However, there have been studies that show a direct correlation between dietary salt consumption with sugar-­sweetened beverage consumption, which, in turn, leads to an increased risk of an entire slew of medical conditions. Continue reading


MushroomsIf you are a mushroom lover, then now is the time of the year to really enjoy the local and abundant fungi offerings. The local grocery stores, ethnic supermarkets, and Bay Area’s farmer markets are full of in‐season mushrooms. The GreenLite program recommends at least 2 units of vegetables per day to promote healthy weight loss, and mushrooms are an easy way to get part of your daily intake. Throw them in your morning omelet, your lunch salad, or at night with a lean protein and green vegetable. You really cannot go wrong with mushrooms.

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Weight-­Loss Tips for Women Over 40

If you are a woman in your forties, then you may be curious as to what the best weight loss program for women over 40 may be. Do you even need to alter what you have been doing all along to compensate for your age?

The answer is: yes.woman-995437_640

In your early forties, your body starts to change, and these changes affect processes, such as digestion, metabolism, and other functions. This can make it harder to lose those extra pounds. Here are some tips to help you regain control over your fluctuating weight.

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Cortisol: What it is & Why it is Important

What is Cortisol

When you are trying to lose weight, managing chronic stress is more important than ever. Addressing stress levels is key for starting off a new diet plan on the right foot or maintaining one for long-­term success. The main culprit that can stifle your weight loss is cortisol, the stress hormone involved in the body’s “fight or flight” response.

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Stay on Track While Eating Out

handwritten-italian-marketing-menuWhen you are deciding on how to lose weight, eating out at your favorite restaurant may be the first thing you nix from your schedule, but that does not have to be the case. You can still be social and enjoy the dining out experience with your friends and family. You just need to remain conscious of your food choices and dining habits in order to keep your diet on track. Continue reading

How Pilates Can Help You Lose Weight

by Heynia Loro-Cooley

6365669707_432874944f_bFinding a complimentary exercise regimen to incorporate while trying to lose weight can be a bit challenging. This is especially true when the extra weight is causing strain, inflammation, and pressure on the joints such as the hips and knees. For every pound of extra weight carried on the body, four pounds of pressure are experienced on the joints.

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Calculating Your Weight Loss

belly-2354_640A weight loss calculator is one of the many tools available to someone who is trying to lose weight. There are two most commonly available types of weight loss calculators available online. One type gives you an estimate of how long it will take to reach your weight goal based on what your calorie intake is. The second type gives you how many calories you need to consume in order to reach your weight goal by a certain date.

However, the question still remains: how do you lose the weight?

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Tricks to Avoid Halloween’s Sweet Treats

HalloweenIt is almost Halloween, which is the first of three major holidays when people have a tendency to go off track and over‐indulge (Thanksgiving and Christmas are the others). The scariest part about Halloween is not the ghouls and ghosts, but the candy and treats that are absolutely everywhere at this time of the year. It does not help that candy is packaged in mini‐sizes that are daring you to “just eat one.”

Below are 4 tips that will help you stick to your weight loss plan and have a healthy Halloween.

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Wild Things

Fresh piece of venison on the forest background

Fresh piece of venison on the forest background

Although game meat is a great source of very lean protein, most people in the United States are not familiar with it. By definition, game meat is the flesh of a wild animal or bird that is hunted for food or sport. Game meat is not eaten as much in the United States in comparison to other countries in the world, which is unfortunate considering its excellent benefits. Meat like buffalo, elk, ostrich, rabbit, and venison are not only high in protein but also low in fat and calories. Because of these, these types of meat are great complements to our weight loss program.  Continue reading