Category Archives: Healthy Eating

Start Fresh This New Year

Here we come to the close of 2016.  A new year is coming.  A fresh start to set news goals, overcome different obstacles and make a better ‘you’.  Undoubtedly everyone has the similar goal of improving myself.  This can be anything from creating less stress at work to simply working out more frequently.  It is clear we will all welcome 2017 with open arms and minds.

You may be one of the people that will mob to the gym and partake in the battle of equipment.  Maybe you’ll hire a nutritionist to better improve your diet.  Or you might start doing your own home remedies to lose some weight.  


One habit to consider this new year is consuming detoxifying drinks.  Detox drinks combine ingredients like fruits, vegetables and herbs and infuses them with water.  These bring major health benefits and reduce the toxicity in our bodies.  What better way to bring in the New year than to give your body a fresh cleaning.  These drinks are full of flavor and have zero calories, making for a great tool to shed some extra pounds.

Water infused drinks also come with other benefits to the body:

  • Reduction in inflammation: When your liver is cleansed, your digestive system gets a break, which helps reduce any swelling within the body.
  • Energy Boost: Toxins from the environment, pesticides, chemicals and other daily pollutants we encounter are stored in our cells. Detoxifying these toxins will free the body up, making it run more efficient.  This leaves less feelings of exhaustion and more for alertness.

 

  • Digestion and weight loss support: The ingredients used in water infused drinks will boost your metabolism.  Many fruits like grapefruit, contain special enzymes that boost metabolic functions by utilizing sugar.  This will leave your body feeling fresh and light
  • Promotes healthy skin:  Chemicals and pollutants can build up in our pores, causing wrinkles and dry skin.  By consuming fruits and vegetables, we can strengthen the metabolic mechanisms of our skin to give it a youthful glow.  Since Vitamin C is prevalent in many detoxifying foods, this will help to slow aging and heal wounds.

What this all translates to is a stronger immune system and faster functions.  By drinking infused water we can reduce muscle fatigue, recuperate faster and release fat cells more naturally.  

There are dozens of recipes with multiple ingredients you can use when making your detox drink.  Here are some of the more popular ones to choose from:

  • Watermelon
  • Cucumber
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Grapefruit
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Mint
  • Ginger
  • Rosemary
  • Dandelion
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Aloe Vera gel

So give these drinks a try.  Set new goals for the year and hit the ground running.  Be afraid to fail and try until you succeed.

Some Detox Recipes To Try At Home

Battling The Holiday Treats

What is your favorite part of the holidays?  Some will say the presents.  Others will say the giving spirit.  My personal favorite are the scrumptious foods and treats.  Santa themed cookies.  Cute gumball gingerbread men.  Christmas tree truffles.  There are so many mouthwatering goodies that will delight your taste-buds.  It’s almost to much to take in at times.  

After a couple dozen holiday parties filled with tables of endless treats, you might start to feel like this guy:

To find a little balance this holiday season and kick diabetes to the curb, consider these tips to stay healthy. 

When consuming sugary treats, keep portion sizes in check.  If you are faced with an irresistible table full of sweets, try a sampling method.  Instead of consuming the whole treat, eat only half of it and then move onto the next.  

Reduce added sugar and replace it with healthier alternatives like vanilla or cinnamon.  By doing this you can reduce the sugar in a recipe by ⅓ to ¼ the needed amount, while still getting a tasty treat.

Schedule your time.  Doing this will allow you to perform the activities needed, but also give you some downtime to relax and de-stress.

Stay nourished.  Instead of saving your appetite for the late lunch, be sure to eat a full breakfast and snack in between long waiting periods.  This will encourage you to eat less when it comes time for the real deal.

Be aware of drinks. The calories can add up when it comes to those fancy holiday sugary drinks.

Focus on eating.  By eating at the table, instead of by the TV, you will be less distracted and more cognizant of your plate.  This will also let you focus on eating slower, which will give your brain more time to feel full. 

Keep up with exercise.  It’s very easy around this time of year to slack off on fitness.  Dedicating even 10-20 minutes will help maintain your body.

Here are a few holiday recipes to fill your stomach and keep you healthy.

Healthy Eggnog Recipes 

Healthy Christmas Cookie Recipes

Healthy Vegetable Recipes