Healthy For Life - Blog Roll

8
Apr
healthy lifestyleWe know that sometimes it’s tough to determine whether or not you’re living a healthy lifestyle. Balancing your nutrition goals with proper diet and exercise is ultimately the best way to do this. But what if you’re not sure what your nutrition goals should be? Or how much you should be exercising? If you don’t know the answers to these questions then it might be time to sign up for some nutrition counseling. At the very least you should take the quiz below to see where you’re at and whether or not the life you’re leading is a healthy one!

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What did you have for breakfast this morning?
Fruits and Cheese
Pop-Tarts
Cereal
Eggs, Bacon, and Toast
Egg white omelet with veggies

 

When was the last time you exercised?

Today
Yesterday
Sometime this week
Psh, Ain’t nobody got time for that…

 

How much sleep do you get per night?

8 hours
6 hours
4 hours
I’ll sleep when I’m dead

 

How many calories do you take in on average per day?

1000
2000
2500
3500

 

On average how many alcoholic beverages do you consume per week?

3 or fewer drinks
4 drinks
Between 5 and 7 Drinks
More than 10 drinks

 

What kind of snacks do you enjoy?

A handful of nuts such as almonds or walnuts
Chips
Pixie Sticks or candy
Fruits and Veggies
Cheese

 

How often do you have junk food?

I need to have my Doritos
A couple times a week
Only when I have fast food
Once a week or not at all

 

I would rather…

Go for a jog
Swim
Watch Movies
Sleep in till 1pm

 

 

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Categories : Low Carb Recipes, Uncategorized
26
May

low carb taco salad

Just because you’re following a diet or one of our awesome weight management programs, it doesn’t mean you have to give up all of your favorite foods. This recipe for a Low Carb taco salad is an excellent example of how you can attain better health through nutrition and reach your weight loss goals with healthy but delicious meals. It’s extremely easy to prepare and can be served as lunch or dinner.

By leaving out the fattening tortilla chips or taco shell, this salad becomes a low carb dish rich with beneficial nutrients. The Romaine lettuce packs a fiber punch and the avocado is loaded with healthy fats, such as omega 3 fatty acids, that boost your health and keep you full for longer. The tomatoes are loaded with important nutrients and antioxidants including lycopene, beta-carotene, lutein, choline, alpha-lipoic acid, and vitamins A and C. Cucumbers are packed with potassium, copper, manganese, vitamin K and several B vitamins. Scallions are one of the richest sources of vitamin K and boast vitamin A, lutein and zea-xanthin, while the chili powder helps rev your metabolism for a fat burning effect.

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Ingredients
1 pound ground beef
1 large tomato, diced
1 large cucumber, chopped
1 Haas avocado, chopped
1 cup scallions, diced
½ cup black olives, sliced
1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
1 1/2 cups grated, low fat cheddar cheese
1/2 cup low-fat sour cream
1/2 cup salsa
1 tbsp chili powder
Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Saute the beef in a skillet. Season with kosher salt, fresh ground pepper and chili powder.

Toss the lettuce, tomato, cucumber, scallions, avocado and olives together in a bowl. Add the beef, sprinkle with cheese and top with sour cream and salsa. Serve warm or chilled. Enjoy!

image: canapesandchocolate.com

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Categories : Uncategorized
19
May

Diet And Exercise Sign Shows Weight Loss AdviceSummer is literally around the corner, and if you’re like the rest of us, you probably want to drop a few pounds or more so that you can enjoy all the activities and events that accompany the season. Whether you’re working with a weight loss clinic or on your own, it helps to have an arsenal of tips for making the entire process easier and more effective.

Read on for five stellar tips to help you overcome any weight loss hurdles standing in your way.

1. Start with a high protein breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, as you’re ending that overnight fast and jumpstarting your body. Rev that metabolic engine with a high protein meal, such as a veggie omelet or a healthy shake to repair your muscles and give you energy.

2. Cut out problematic foods. If you’re not certain of which foods may be slowing down your weight loss results, try cutting back on or eliminating those that are suspect. Many see a difference when cutting down on dairy, gluten and processed foods. Assess your diet and try to identify what may be hindering your weight loss process. Then cut that food group out for two to three weeks and see what kind of impact the elimination has.

3. Slash your sugar consumption. One of the quickest and healthiest ways to see results is to cut down your sugar intake. Simply cutting out all refined sugars can have a huge effect on your weight. Make sure to cut out the sodas and sugary drinks too.

4. Get spicy. Much research shows that spices can boost your metabolism and overall health. Add spices ranging from cinnamon and ginger to cayenne pepper, garlic and parsley to your meals for an extra fat-burning boost and an antioxidant kick.

5. Get moving. Incorporate cardio and strength resistance training into your week, preferably with some high-intensity intervals for best results. Squeeze in some extra physical activity wherever you can—walk to lunch or cycle to your errands so you can enjoy the great outdoors while burning a few additional calories.

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Categories : Healthy Tips
11
May

weight loss clinicWhen you’re trying to lose weight, its essential to consume protein—yet it’s just as important to get the macronutrients your body needs to build lean muscle and be as healthy as you can be. These are the vitamins and minerals that your body can’t produce on its own but requires to function properly, which means they must come from your diet or supplements. The good news is, you can get them from an array of fruits and vegetables.

Our medical weight loss doctor recommends incorporating some of the following veggies into your diet to get closer to your weight loss goal while boosting your overall health.

1. Kale. There’s a reason this green leafy veggie is trending so hard—it’s loaded in vitamins A, C and K, a fat-soluble nutrient that helps proteins bond to calcium ions. It’s also rich in dietary fiber, so it helps satiate your hunger, and is an excellent source of other vitamins and minerals, including potassium, copper, manganese, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B6.

2. Spinach. This veggie’s rich color means it’s loaded in phytochemicals and nutrients that help reduce inflammation and build lean muscle. It’s rich in dietary fiber, so it fills us up, and packed with important nutrients including iron, calcium and vitamins A, E and K.

3. Brussels Sprouts. This cruciferous vegetable packs a serious nutrient punch, with fiber to promote healthy digestion and nutrients that contain sulfur to boost the body’s detoxification processes. These flavorful little veggies are also good sources of omega-3 fatty acids, minerals including folate, copper and manganese, and vitamins including B6, C and K.

4. Artichokes. These babies are surprisingly loaded with dietary fiber and minerals such as iron, potassium, calcium and copper. They are one of the best veggie sources of vitamin K and also contain strong levels of immunity-boosting vitamin C.

5. Broccoli. This leafy green is one of the most nutritious of them all—one cup contains more than the RDA of both vitamin C and K, in addition to high contents of nutrients including calcium, potassium and selenium.

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image: gethelponline.org

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Categories : Healthy Tips
7
May

healthy for lifeMany patients of our weight loss center are looking for ways to satiate those cravings for Italian food that can be so hard to resist. This healthy low carb recipe for Chicken Parmesan will help you stay in line with any diets and weight loss management programs while feeling indulgent. Best of all, this dish is packed with important nutrients to keep your body healthy and functioning properly.

Chicken is an excellent source of lean protein, which we especially need when we are dieting, as it helps to increase our lean muscle mass. One of the other important components of this recipe is the fresh tomato paste, which is packed with benefits. Just one tablespoon of tomato paste boasts 4.6 milligrams of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that is thought to have serious power when it comes to fighting cancer and reducing the risk of strokes. In addition, tomato paste is loaded with vitamin C, which boosts immunity and supports ligaments and skin health.

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Ingredients
4 chicken breasts, skinless
1⁄2 cup fresh mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 tsp parmesan cheese, grated
Himalayan sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Tomato Sauce
1⁄2 cup tomato paste
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp fresh garlic, minced
Italian seasoning, to taste
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Whisk together the tomato paste, extra virgin olive oil, garlic and Italian seasoning. Set aside.

Spray a shallow casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Season the chicken breasts and then place in the casserole dish. Spoon the tomato sauce over each chicken breast and then season with the Himalayan sea salt and freshly ground pepper—and more Italian seasoning, if you like.

Bake for approximately 45 minutes. Remove the casserole dish and add the parmesan and mozzarella cheese to each breast. Put back in the oven and cook for approximately five more minutes, until the cheese is nicely melted.

Makes four servings.

image: muslceandfitnesshers.com

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Categories : Low Carb Recipes
28
Apr

German FoodThis week’s recipe is a zesty take on the traditional pork chop recipe—and it’s approved by our medical weight loss physician as a low carb recipe that it’s in line with our diets and weight management programs. Pork chops provide a leaner option for enjoying pork—and they’re an excellent source of complete protein, which means they contain all of the nine essential amino acids our bodies need to function optimally. Protein keeps us full longer, boosts immunity and helps with tissue repair, among many other benefits.

In addition to being a great protein choice, pork chops provide essential minerals such as phosphorus and selenium. They also are a great source of niacin, aka vitamin B3, which helps our bodies break nutrients down into energy and assists with cellular communication.

This recipe offers a tasty and filling way to get important nutrients while staying on track with diets and weight management programs. Serve with green beans, spinach, sauerkraut or other favorite veggies.

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Ingredients
4 pork chops
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
½ cup scallions, minced
2 celery ribs, diced
1 small onion, sliced
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp brown sugar
1/8 cup water
Himalayan sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Heat the pork chops in one tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet. When they’re brown, line a baking dish with foil and place the pork chops on it.

To make the sauce, saute the scallions and celery with one tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil. When it’s tender, add the water, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice and combine well. Season with the Himalayan sea salt and freshly ground pepper as you bring the mixture to a boil. Once it’s reached a boil, reduce the heat and cover. Simmer for between 16 and 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350°. When the sauce is ready, pour the mixture over the pork chops. Add

Pour sauce over chops. Garnish with sliced onions and cover. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes. Makes four servings.

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Categories : Low Carb Recipes
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