Recent Posts in Healthy Living Category

  • Binge Eating Disorder Series, Part 2: Does Weight Loss Mean I’ve Recovered from Binge Eating Disorder?

    Last week, we discussed how it is possible to be overweight and suffer from an eating disorder . This week we will delve into the topic of whether weight loss is an indicator of a successful recovery from binge eating disorder (BED). Although it is just as serious as the more well-known eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia, binge eating disorder is often dismissed as just a food addiction ...
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  • Binge Eating Disorder Series, Part 1: Is it Possible to Be Overweight and Have an Eating Disorder?

    The common misconception is that only very thin individuals can have eating disorders. The sad truth is an eating disorder can affect anyone of any weight, even the obese. Although many think of anorexia or bulimia as the most prominent eating disorders, the fact is there are actually many eating disorders. Some of the most common eating problems among the overweight include emotional eating, ...
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  • 5 Tips for Easy Meal Prep for the Working Professional

    Let’s face it, it can be a challenge to find time to prepare meals in advance when you’re balancing work, family, and a social life. One way to help save yourself time and money is by meal prepping. This isn’t just about eating healthy, it’s about the freedom you get from having to make any sort of decision about what to eat for that time. This saves you the time and money from having to go to a ...
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  • Why Weight Loss Starts in the Kitchen

    Most people are aware to achieve weight loss, you need to burn more calories than you consume. This teeter-totter of calories in versus calories out seems easy in theory, and anything but easy in practice. That’s why it helps to know the facts that you can more easily control the calories that go “in” rather than the calories that go “out.” To lose weight, you need to eat fewer calories than you ...
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  • I’m Pregnant. How Much Weight Should I Gain?

    Pregnancy should be a joyous time in a woman’s life, but it comes with plenty of questions, from what the baby’s gender will be to whether you should have a natural birth, and many more. Women often wonder whether about how much weight they should gain during their pregnancy, but the answer varies, and is largely dependent on the mother-to-be and her pre-pregnancy weight. Most women, though, ...
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  • Teaching Children About Obesity

    The sad truth is, one-third of U.S. adults are overweight. Even more alarming, as many as 20% of children and adolescents between the ages of 6 to 19 are obese, a number that has more than tripled since the 1970s. Unfortunately, the habits we adopt in childhood often follow us for a lifetime, and the same can be said for overweight children, who typically grow up to be overweight adults. As a ...
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  • 5 Weight Loss Milestones that Don’t Involve the Number on the Scale

    Let’s face it, losing weight takes hard work, but many who start the journey obsess over the number on the scale as the only way to measure progress. Not so! There are so many milestones you’ll reach on your way to hitting your target weight, and you owe it to yourself to celebrate. Once you start noticing these milestones, you’ll be even more motivated to keep practicing your healthy habits as ...
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  • Shop the Perimeter: Navigating the Grocery Store the Healthy Way

    What does “shop the perimeter” mean? You may have heard this phrase before, and what it basically boils down to is this: The foods most conducive to helping kickstart weight loss can be found on the perimeter of the grocery store. Supermarket Psychology The psychology of grocery shopping is something you probably haven’t ever thought about, but all grocery stores basically have the same layout. ...
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  • 7 Weight Loss Tips for Women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

    Polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS, affects 7% of women of childbearing age. This condition causes hormonal imbalances, irregular periods, and the development of many small cysts in at least one ovary. Because women with PCOS have higher levels of male hormones, they are less sensitive to insulin, causing them to become overweight or obese. Carrying excess weight has well-known health risks, ...
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  • Why You Should Stay Away From Fad Diets

    Many individuals are unable to effectively lose weight and keep it off and, therefore, it should be no surprise that so many fad diets exist, promising dieters a better, leaner body. Unfortunately, many of these diets are all hype and no substance. They might make you drop a few pounds quickly at first, but are ultimately unsustainable. Instead of opting for a flash in the pan fad diet, you should ...
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  • Tips to Stay Active without the Gym

    Many of us want to get in shape and stay active, but not all of us enjoy going to the gym or want to pay for membership. The fact is that you do not have to go to the gym to get in shape, nor do you have to hire a personal trainer. However, you do need to be committed to following a routine and you should be able to regularly carve time out of your day to give your body the level of activity it ...
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  • Tips to Stay Healthy on Super Bowl Sunday

    Super Bowl Sunday is this weekend and, if you plan on gathering around the television with friends to tune in, you probably also plan on enjoying some food as you root for your team. Unfortunately, this event is not exactly associated with the healthiest foods and, if you are trying to stay on track with your diet, you might be a little concerned about this day derailing your commitment to getting ...
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  • Ways to Achieve Your Fitness Goals This Year

    You rang in the New Year and made some resolutions regarding your health and fitness this year, but did figure out how to get started yet? Embarking on a new fitness plan can be a little daunting, but everyone has to start somewhere, so let this be the start of a new and healthier version of yourself. We have compiled a list of tips that will help you get started on achieving the fitness goals you ...
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  • 5 Foods You Should Incorporate Into Your Diet

    If you are planning to start this year with a desire to be healthy and to more effectively nourish your body, then you might be focused on what you can cut from your diet rather than what you can put into it. The fact is that choosing healthier foods is just as important as eliminating the foods that do not provide any health benefits. Start your year off right and focus first on what you can do ...
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  • Tips to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

    Every year, many of us make promises to ourselves about who we want to be and what we want to work toward throughout the New Year and, oftentimes, these goals revolve around health and weight loss. After all, everyone wants to feel good about themselves and one of the best ways to accomplish that is by knowing that your body is good shape, inside and out. However, it can be a little difficult to ...
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  • Tips for a More Healthful Holiday Season

    We all love the holidays, but many of us are also concerned about staying healthy and fit as we prepare to ring in the New Year. The holidays might be brief, but if you indulge too much, you might feel like a failure and let a few slip-ups derail any progress you have made. To help keep you on track this holiday season, we have compiled a list of helpful tips that will help you enjoy a more ...
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  • Food Myths You Should Stop Believing

    When it comes to dieting, things can get a little confusing. With so much information out there, it can be a little difficult to discern the difference between facts and myths, which might make you feel a little discouraged as you pursue a leaner, healthier body. To help combat the misinformation that is out there, we have compiled a list of common food myths and some facts to set the record ...
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  • Staying Fit During the Cold Winter Months

    Winter is not too far off and, once the family dinners, holiday parties, and gift planning start piling on, you are likely to get overwhelmed and sidetracked from your weight loss goals. Moreover, after the holidays, you might even begin to feel anxious or depressed and lack the motivation to exercise. Given the cold weather, it does not usually take much to convince a person to stay in, stay ...
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  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Weight Loss

    Making the decision to lose weight and get fit is a big first step, but it is often rather difficult to actually make it happen in a healthy and sustainable way. Oftentimes, people end up falling prey to fad diets that are either unhealthy, unsupportable in the long run, or simply do not work. Before you start surfing the internet for quick tips and tricks to lose weight, read the following do’s ...
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  • Simple Ways To Cut Out Junk Food Completely

    Junk food is addictive. More often than not, it is also the easier option when your mid-day cravings start to hit and you cannot wait to prepare a healthier alternative. Unfortunately, food manufacturers make a point of creating foods that ignite a cycle of addiction in their consumers, which is also known as the “bliss point.” Giving in to your cravings might seem inevitable, but the truth is ...
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  • Common Misconceptions About Exercise

    On our quest for better health and a leaner, fitter body, many of us will try just about anything and often fall prey to common misconceptions, especially when it comes to our exercise regimen. With so much information available these days, it be hard to discern the difference between truth and myth and, unfortunately, many of us often give up out of frustration and disappointment. To help set the ...
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  • “Healthy” Habits That Are Making You Gain Weight

    How we approach health and lifestyle habits is constantly evolving and, oftentimes, what we might have believed was good for us, turns out to be far from it. There was once a time when sugar was not as looked down upon as it is today, but as research methods change, so do the opinions of nutritionists. Make sure you are not derailing your weight loss goals with diet-derailing habits you were told ...
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  • A Nutrient-Dense Approach to Managing Weight

    Having a steady exercise routine is important for your overall health and it can certainly offset some of what you eat, but ultimately, proper nutrition is the real answer to effectively fighting fat. The problem with a lot of fad diets is that they emphasize simply eating less and limiting the number of calories consumed rather than on losing weight the right way, through nutrient-dense meals. ...
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  • Healthy Carbs That Won’t Derail Your Diet

    When it comes to embracing a healthier lifestyle, many of us are often overwhelmed with food myths, particularly carbohydrates and how important it is to avoid them. However, the fact is that not all carbs are created equal and there are some you should absolutely keep or incorporate into your diet to ensure you are consuming all of the nutrients necessary for maintaining a healthy body. To ...
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  • Why You Shouldn’t Neglect Eating Healthy Fats

    It seems to make perfect sense that eating fat is a bad idea. After all, fat contains 9 calories per gram, compared to carbohydrates or protein, which both contain only 4 calories per gram. However, there is more to weight gain and weight loss than simple calorie counting. Fat is a crucial part of one’s diet and a structurally integral part of every single cell membrane in the human body. The fact ...
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