{March 28, 2012}   An apple a day

It isn’t news to anybody that fruits and vegetables are healthy, especially for someone on a diet. But there are some fruits that are so good for you, they should be given the honor of their own post. Apples are one such fruit. Not only do they have fiber which leaves you feeling full, but they also boast a wide range of nutrients that will leave your body happy. Those nutrients have been proven to keep people healthy and stave off some unpleasant conditions. If you’re not the type of person to bring an apple with you to munch on (which is  a great snack during the day, by the way), there are quite a few healthy recipes that include apples. We all know how beneficial it is to cook your own meals. So sometime this week, take a trip to the kitchen, slice up a few apples, and get cooking.


{March 26, 2012}   Carrots!

I’ve always loved vegetables. Not only are they good for you, but most actually taste good (at least I think they do). My roommate and I always keep a bag of baby carrots in the fridge, which I can devour in a day. Carrots are not only rich in nutrients, but they’re also very low in calories, making them a great filling snack for any time of day. Plus, you can enjoy them with a low-calorie dip to mask the vegetable taste a bit. And if you’re not the type to munch on plain vegetables all the time, you can try some tasty recipes to turn your carrots into something delicious and nutricious. Who knows? You might just become as addicted to veggies as I am. Happy snacking! 🙂

{March 22, 2012}   Resisting the temptation

Every time I go to the gym, I get on the elliptical first. Even though I pop in my music, I can’t help but watch whatever the TV has to offer, and normally, the commercials feature a wide array of restaurants and fast food joints begging for patronage. For some reason, it seems a lot harder to get motivated to work out when you’re staring at Olive Garden’s latest pasta special for a great new low price. But here’s the thing: resisting the urge to race out of the gym and sprint to the nearest restaurant is what makes you stronger. Will power isn’t developed overnight. Just like the muscles you work out, it gets stronger every time you use it. So don’t get discouraged. Be smart, be healthy, and resist all those temptations that could undo your diet and lifestyle. Eventually, saying no will become easier than you ever thought possible.

{March 20, 2012}   Spring Break Fever

So it’s spring break. Finally. Time to put away the books and try in some small way to relax. But for many of us, myself included, spring break means the temptation of home cooking. All those foods you avoided while at school seem to be right there in front of you better than ever. After all, they’re home-made. Though it may seem impossible to resist the urge to cheat, there are ways to stay healthy while at home. You can still make healthier choices when you’re folks take you out to eat, and when you eat at home,  you can use portion control to limit how much you eat. If you really want to make a difference, offer to help prepare meals using your knowledge f healthy cooking. Chances are you’ll make something you’re family will love and perhaps even teach them a thing or two about good eating habits.

Don’t be too hard on yourself, but try to make good choices just the same and remember that this is a lifestyle. Don’t just forget about nutrition facts because you’re on spring break; instead, incorporate what you have learned on your healthy living journey into your everyday choices. You might not be able to be as healthy as you normally are, but you can still make a difference by being smart. Most importantly, don’t feel bad or let others make you feel bad about your eating choices. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is admirable and should be praised, not chastised. Be good to yourself and your body, no matter what people around you say.

{March 14, 2012}   No Soup for You

Or maybe there is? Today is National Chicken Noodle Soup Day. When you’re feeling sick, there’s nothing quite like chicken soup to brighten your day and lift your spirits. It’s been known for its “healing” qualities for ages, but as far as diets are concerned, is soup a positive or a negative? As it turns out, soup might be just what the doctor ordered for a healthy diet.  Eating soup with/before your lunch or dinner helps make you full faster, thus curbing your hunger and making you eat less during the meal. It’s filling and delicious and can be made in a variety of forms. Plus, it’s something that you can make yourself. There are countless healthy soup recipes that are easy on your diet and fun to eat. Eating right doesn’t have to mean depriving yourself or sticking to a strict diet. In fact, it can actually be a great opportunity to try your hand at new recipes and cooking ideas. Be creative, have fun, and be healthy…one cup of soup at a time.

{March 11, 2012}   Storify!

Check out my storify on healthy eating around campus: http://storify.com/elainaclarke1/how-to-eat-healthy-on-campus?fb_action_ids=334057409973680&fb_action_types=storifyapp%3Aread&fb_source=other_multiline

{March 11, 2012}   Here’s to Home Cooking!

There’s nothing quite like making your own meal. It’s true that eating out is easier and less strenuous and depending on your cooking abilities, it might even taste a lot better. But cooking your own food is a great way to watch what you eat and become an active participant in your healthy lifestyle. In the kitchen, you can control portion size and ingredients, making it that much easier to choose healthy options. Last night, my roommate and I ventured down to the dorm kitchen and made some pasta with tomato sauce. Pasta isn’t the healthiest way to go, but portion control makes it an “ok” food now and again (try whole wheat noodles to make your pasta more diet-friendly).  We made an entire box, gave some to our friend down the hall, and bagged up the  rest for dinners throughout the week. I checked the serving size and had about one serving, which brought me to under 400 calories including tomato sauce; that’s pretty good for a dinner portion. If you’re not sure what to make, print out some healthy recipes and go shopping throughout the week to make sure you’ll have the proper ingredients for your evening cooking experience. Making your own food is a smart way to control your own meals while having a good, stress-relieving time. So get cooking!

So you get to the gym after a long, hard day and you realize you forgot a water bottle. Eh, so what? You’ll grab a drink after you’re done. Everybody says that hydration is important when working out. But is it really that important? In short, yes. Staying hydrated is something you should keep up with all the time, whether in the gym or just sitting at home. When you’re thirsty, your body is trying to tell you it is already dehydrated, so drink slowly and steadily throughout your workout. But remember: don’t down a whole glass of H2O before you get to the elliptical; too much liquids can cause cramping.While we’re on the subject of water, you might be surprised that it actually has benefits beyond that of quenching your thirst. Studies show that it can actually have a positive affect on your mood. So next time you’re feeling blue, take a bottle of Aquafina and head to the gym. Check out this video for more on hydration!


{March 5, 2012}   Eat Right; Be Healthy

Dieting is a learned habit. Over time, people learn the “right” and “wrong” ways to diet, and use that to shape their healthy eating during their lives. But oftentimes, what we learn about food isn’t necessarily correct, and many so-called “good” and “bad” foods are mistakenly placed in the wrong categories. Take peanut butter, for example. It’s not a secret that this creamy treat famous for it’s addition to PB&J’s is full of fat. But what many people don’t know is that, in moderation, it’s an excellent food for your body. It has protein, fiber, magnesium, potassium, and quite a few other nutrients. So it seems, peanut butter is one of those guilty pleasures that might not be as guilty as you think. Another food many people shy away from while on a diet is popcorn. Oftentimes, the word “popcorn” conjures up images of that heavily buttered movie treat that leaves us feeling bloated and guilty. But eating un-buttered popcorn is actually a healthy treat with fiber to keep you full longer. Try a single serve pack of Orville Redenbacher’s Smart Pop; with only 100 calories and 2 grams of fat, it’s a great snack to keep you feeling good with your diet, and happy with your waistline. For an even better snack, try air-popping popcorn. This allows you to control the seasonings and make your snack even healthier.

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