5 New Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Got these from  (Womenshealthmag.com)

1.   Breakfast Burritos

Craving Mexican food but not the fat and calories that accompany your favorite dish? These breakfast burritos are the perfect alternative. Scramble egg whites place on tortillas, sprinkle cheese and beans over the eggs. Microwave for 30 seconds and flavor as desired with salsa.

2.   Strawberry Parfaits

If you’ve got a sweet tooth when you roll out of bed, head straight for this low-fat strawberry parfait. Cut strawberries into quarters and divide into low fat vanilla yogurt. Breakfast that tastes like dessert, sweet!

3.   Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon, Asparagus, and Goat Cheese

Gourmet breakfast in just 13 minutes! Smoked salmon, asparagus, and goat cheese scramble is full of healthy fats and packed with protein.

4.   Orient Express Oatmeal

Short on time but need a breakfast that packs a punch? You’ll only need four minutes to whip up this flavorful oatmeal. Mix the oats, milk, almonds, ginger, honey, and flaxseed in a microwavable bowl. Nuke for 2 minutes and top with yogurt. With almost 20 grams of protein, it will keep you going well past lunchtime.

5.   Multigrain Blueberry Waffles

Just like the waffles Mom used to make but better for your heart! These multigrain waffles are high in fiber and low in fat, perfect for a nice Sunday brunch. Pile on the fruit and leave the guilt in the cereal isle!

Germ Warfare

 

Etiquette expert Anna Post and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases are teaming up on an issue that concerns them both: people who show up for work even when they have the flu. Flu germs are highly contagious, the health agency says. And just as importantly, the etiquette expert says, it is very rude to sneeze in someone else’s face.

DON’T MAKE THESE RESOLUTIONS

To Lose 30 Pounds in Three Months. While weight-loss goals are commendable, making a high and unrealistic goal sets you up for failure. Instead of deciding on a huge long-term goal, set short-term goals by the month or even the day such as “lose four pounds by February,” or “cut 250 calories per day.” And when you reach your mini-goals be sure to celebrate them, and continue to set new ones to help you attain that big goal at the end of your weight-loss rainbow.

To Join a Gym. Just about everyone I know wants to exercise more in the New Year, making the resolution to “join a gym” popular. While a gym is a great place to work out, just signing the membership papers won’t get you to exercise more. Make a specific fitness-related resolution so exercise happens such as, “I will exercise three times a week,” or “I’ll sign up for a Zumba class once a week.” Specific, focused goals are more likely to happen and can jump-start other exercise goals.

To Cut Out All Sugar. Too much cake, candy, and cookies over the holidays can drive anyone to want to swear off sugar for good. But going extreme with your New Year’s resolution and trying to completely cut out certain types of food like carbs, sugar, or dairy cold turkey on Jan. 1, might be too much for you to handle. If you know you have a sweet tooth or can’t stay away from the bread basket, make a resolution to cut back instead of eliminating. Allow yourself to indulge every once in a while, otherwise you might end up binging and eating more than you would before you even made the resolution.

To Eat Healthier. Don’t get me wrong — deciding to eat healthier is one of the best New Year’s resolution you can make — it’s the broadness of the goal that is the issue. It’s best to define that goal with smaller, more specific goals such as “to eat green veggies at least once a day,” or “eat fruit instead of ice cream for my after-dinner treat.” These defined goals will be easier to follow, making you more successful at your original goal of eating healthier.

To Do Too Much: Resolution Overload. When the first of the year rolls around, many of us want to ditch all our unhealthy ways and start fresh and new, but making too many goals all at once can be so overwhelming that within a week you want to throw in the towel. To increase your success, start with one goal, and once you stick with it for a few weeks, go ahead and add another goal — it’s OK if all your resolutions don’t start exactly on the first day of the New Year.

Thanks to the folks at (FitSugar.com) for provding us this info.

HOW TO STOP EATING OUT OF BOREDOM (Health.com)

1. Plate It: When I want to eat everything in sight, it’s sometimes for a good reason: I’m hungry! If my breakfast, lunch, or dinner doesn’t satisfy me, I inevitably end up aimlessly snacking. Instead, I prepare a snack with a mix of healthy carbs, protein, and fat, and place it on a plate before I eat it. That way, I see how much I am eating instead of mindlessly chomping away.

2. Drink Up: I drink water throughout the day, but I also sip right before and during my meals to help satisfy my hunger. And if I’m feeling extra snacky, I’ll chug eight to 10 ounces of water and then wait a little while before I decide whether to eat something. Most of the time, water does the trick.

3. Take a Walk: A brisk 10-minute walk around the block with my iPod almost always cures my boredom munchies. Plus, I get a little extra exercise in my day!

4. Phone a Friend: When I’m bored and feel like snacking, I call a friend who I haven’t spoken to in a while and catch up. A good conversation always gets my mind off of food.

5. Paint My Nails: When I can’t seem to keep my hand out of the potato-chip bag, I break out my nail polish and give myself a manicure. My snacking usually stops right there because I don’t want to ruin the fresh coat of polish.

6. Organize Something: Instead of standing in my kitchen snacking away, I do something more productive with my time: I organize! My bedroom closet, my wallet, the junk drawer in the kitchen — it doesn’t matter, as long as it keeps my hands busy.

7. Chew Gum: I know I’m not hungry if I feel snacky after eating a big meal, so I chew a piece of gum to prevent myself from overeating. Usually my mouth just needs a distraction.

Surprising Causes for Your Irritation

Taken from Tesh.com from the John Tesh Radio Show.

Feeling ticked off? Here are three surprising causes for your irritation, along with simple tricks to help you feel better.

Your mind’s in too many places at once.

Psychologists at Harvard recently conducted a study where they called volunteers at random times of the day. Each time, they’d ask what the participants were doing, and how they were feeling. It turns out, volunteers generally reported more happiness if they were focused on one activity – no matter what it was. However, if volunteers were unfocused – because they were jugging a bunch of errands, for example – they tended to feel less happy. In other words: An unfocused mind is an unhappy mind.

Another surprising reason you’re irritated: You overheard someone talking on a cell phone.

According to a study in the book Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us, humans are conditioned to finish other people’s sentences, because it helps us communicate more effectively. That’s why it’s so aggravating to hear half a conversation on a cell phone. Researchers say it’s because your mind is trying to predict what’s being said, and when the conversation will end.

One more reason you’re feeling ticked off: You’re in pain.

While it’s normal to feel upset about your pain, what’s surprising is what you can do to reduce it. According to a new study published in Scientific American Mind, you may be able to cut your pain in half by looking at photos of a loved one. Researchers from the University of Michigan found that the brain treats physical pain the same as emotional pain. So if you can fix a bad day by doing something that makes you happy, it makes sense that you can soothe aches and pains the same way – by looking at photos of your spouse, for example. That’ll flood your brain with feel-good chemicals that help reduce physical pain.

Can You Do Nothing For 2 Minutes?

This new Web page features an idyllic ocean scene backed by the calming sound of gently crashing waves. “Just relax and listen to the waves,” it reads. “Don’t touch your mouse or keyboard.” An onscreen timer begins counting down from two minutes. If you try to interact — and it’s surprising how easy it is to do without even thinking about it — a “Fail” message appears and the timer resets. If you make it to the end … well, try it and see. Click the picture below to “Do Nothing For 2 Minutes”!

The Truth About Vitamin Water

ok, so I read this morning in the news that “Vitamin Water” can no longer advertise themselves as a “healthy” choice. There is way too much sugar in it. So I looked into the nutritional info on this product and found this blog from August 2007. Very informative. The alternative suggestion at the end of the blog regarding stevia is something you might want to look into. I’ve been using stevia in my coffe and LOVE it! Watch your sugars please and have a great week! – Justin Flores (jflores@mlode.com)

This may be a touchy subject because I know how many avid Vitamin Water drinkers are out there, especially in our increasingly health-conscious (but misinformed) society. However, it’s time to face the facts!

Vitamin Water gives the illusion of a healthy, hydrating, and rejuvenating miracle elixir. The bottles are beautiful, colorful, and the text on them is snappy and clever. They have empowering flavor names like “endurance,” “energy,” “essential,” and “focus.” There is no question that there is some genius marketing at hand.

However, nothing makes me cringe more than the sight of someone downing a bottle of “charge” or “balance” as though they are truly replenshing their body. The cold, hard truth is… Vitamin Water is fortified sugar water. Check the label yourself.

I went online to find the official nutrition info for Vitamin Water for this post. The Glaceau (company that owns Vitamin Water, Smart Water, and Fruit Water) website was beautiful and sleek, but of course did not offer any nutritional information. So, I found the information elsewhere after a good search. Let’s take a look at “defense.”


Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size 8 fl oz; Servings per Container 2.5
Calories 50
Total Fat 0g
Sodium 0mg
Total Carbohydrate 13g
Total Sugar 13g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 60%; vitamin B3 10%; vitamin B6 10%; vitamin B12 10%; vitamin B5 10%, Zinc 10%

Ingredients:
vapor distilled/deionized water, crystalline fructose, citric acid, vegetable juice (color), natural flavor, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), natural flavor, vitamin E acetate, magnesium lactate (elecrolyte), calcium lactate (electrolyte), zinc picolinate, monopotassium phosphate (electrolyte), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine hydrochloride (B6), cyanocobalamine (B12)

First, let me point out that this product contains NO juice. None. Now that we have that out of the way, let’s factor in that one bottle of Vitamin Water is 2.5 servings, therefore, nutrional information should be adjusted accordingly (unless you’re really only going to drink less than half of the bottle at at time). That makes one bottle of Vitamin Water contain 125 calories and 33 grams of sugar. (Remind me again why they try to call this a form of “water”?) That’s more calories and sugar than a 12 ounce serving of Coke (12 oz of coke equates 110 calories and 30 grams of sugar). Now, Coke contains high fructose corn syrup and is not fortified, but nutritionally, you’re still getting sugar and calories from both drinks.

And don’t be enticed by “crystalline fructose,” the second ingredient on the Vitamin Water ingredient list. It’s their own fancy name for their form of sugar, and it’s the most prominent ingredient after water!

The whole “vitamin” aspect of Vitamin Water is irrelevant. So, they fortify their sugar water with chemically synthesized vitamins. You can now purchase “Diet Coke Plus,” which is fortified Diet Coke. Because vitamins are added to a beverage, does that make it healthy? Vitamins can’t undo the sugars and additives in a beverage, and you are much better off gaining these nutrients from your diet (or a multi vitamin if necessary). Ofcourse adding vitamins to a drink doesn’t do any actual harm, but it confuses consumers into thinking that the beverage is a healthy choice. Remember, these companies don’t really care about your health and well-being… they’re trying to win you over! Our society now has become somewhat obsessed with healthier choices, and the smart companies know how to appeal to that crowd. They boast that their drink is full of essential vitamins and will somehow make you perform your daily tasks more efficiently. Trust me on this: downing a bottle of sugar water is going to do nothing but give you a sugar crash later.

Now, Vitamin Water is not pure poison. It is certainly not a health food or something that I would personally drink, but if the choice is between Vitamin Water or soda, I suppose Vitamin Water is a wiser choice. But you know what the smartest choice is? Water. Real water. It is crucial to keep your body properly hydrated at all times, and pure water is the only way to do this. Drinks that are full with sugar only continue to dehydrate the body, regardless of their water content.

Want something sweet to drink? Try squeezing lemon or lime in pure or sparkling water. Add a few drops of stevia (see my post on this amazing natural, non-caloric sweetener) and you’ve got a drink that hydrates, tastes great, and isn’t full of sugar or added nonsense.

Hydrate responsibly,

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LOSE THAT WEIGHT

The most popular resolution for the New Year is to lose weight, according to MyGoals.com. If you really want to lose weight, don’t diet. Diets can make you feel deprived, and that makes you more prone to binge eating — not exactly a good way to shed pounds. Instead of dieting, make small changes in your eating habits. According to NYP Holdings, here are 10 ways to lose 10 pounds:

  1. Take three bites less of everything. This will typically shave off 100 calories.
  2. Go ahead and order the pizza, but cut out the cheese and meat toppings and choose extra sauce and veggies instead.
  3. Watch less television. Previous research has shown that people who watch more than two hours of TV a day tend to be overweight.
  4. Instead of oil or butter, use nonstick sprays and pans.
  5. When you go to parties, do this simple trick: Don’t look at the buffet table. What you don’t see won’t tempt you.
  6. When you’re making homemade goodies, cut the sugar in the recipe by one-third. You’ll never even notice the difference.
  7. Hungry? Eat fruit instead of candy. Do this once a day and you’ll save a whopping 100 calories.
  8. Thirsty? Drink from a tall, thin glass instead of a short, squat one. It will seem like you’re drinking more.
  9. When possible, stand instead of sitting. Fifty minutes of standing actually burns up 100 calories!
  10. Cut your portion size the easy way: Use smaller plates and bowls.