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How many people do you know that crash diet like a yo-yo yearning to spin to the top, only to spiral down again? Attention crash and fad dieters…it’s time to stop the gave up dietingmadness. Repetitive crash dieting has serious health consequences and can be detrimental in the long run.

Over the decades, we have been exposed to a plenitude of “crash diets”. From the latest juicing craze to the original Master Cleanse of water, lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper. Seriously…who designed that one? Aunt Jemima – we are on to you and your marketing ploys.

Why crash diets don’t work
Research has repetitively shown that rapid weight loss can:

  • Slow your metabolism (no wonder you gain the weight back so quickly!)
  • Deprive your body of essential nutrients
  • Weaken your immune system
  • Increase your risk of dehydration
  • Lead to heart muscle loss & loss of tissue in your liver, kidneys, brain and other organs
  • Damage your blood vessels (the shrinking and growing causes micro tears that lead to disease)
  • Increase heart palpitations and cardiac stress
  • Increase your risk of heart attack
  • Lead to osteoporosis
  • Almost guarantee you will gain back all the weight you lost after you go off the “diet”

Now here’s the science
For one, our bodies do not need help eliminating waste. Truth. That’s what you have a liver for.

Once you start your new diet, your body starts to go into starvation mode. Your body will lose weight quickly, but not lose any fat. You are actually losing your body’s stored carbohydrate glycogen…and your water supply. Both of which make you think you are losing a lot of weight.

Your metabolism quickly slows down and you become irritable, tired and lethargic from the lack of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. You become hungrier and your body begins to break down muscle for energy.

When you start eating again, your body works to ensure you regain not only the fat you lost, but some extra fat to protect you from future starvation. It can take months to years for your body to readjust. Crash dieting can easily become a never-ending cycle of rapid weight loss followed by rapid weight gain.

Shh…We are about to reveal a huge secret
How do you maintain your weight for years and stop being married to the scale? Practice a healthy, non-processed balanced diet and regular exercise routine. No crash diet can speed up your metabolism. Only exercise can.  There. We let the cat out of the box.

D-I-E-T is a four letter word that should be eliminated from your life.  Make healthy eating and exercising part of a daily lifestyle and something you actually enjoy – not depriving yourself repeatedly and temporarily until you are forced to binge out of pure withdrawal. As my father always said, everything in moderation.

Think of all the time, energy and money you will save if you stop scrutinizing over your next weight loss scheme and live your life without obsessing over what you will eat (or not eat) tomorrow.

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Seven Dieting Myths

Every year there are new trends and updated suggestions for healthy eating and weight loss.  Some are simply useless and others can be counterproductive.   After reading about many of these trends, we came across an excellent article from Refinery29  that was re-posted on The Huffington Post . It embraces the Heels to Laces way of life: avoid fad diets and instead live a healthy and balanced lifestyle.  We have posted a portion of the the article below:

As a culture, we go through phases with our diet preferences — low-fat gave way to low-carb, dairy-free begat gluten-free, and eggs (poor eggs) are either omega-rich wunderkinds or insidious cholesterol bombs depending on the current political climate and whether or not Mercury’s in retrograde. Yet, there are some out-there diet myths that we simply can’t seem to shake.

Myth #1 You shouldn’t eat dinner (or anything else) after 7 p.m.

“There is no universal time that everyone should stop eating,” says Kinsella. “People get up at different times, go to sleep at different times, and eat at different times. Many countries eat dinner later than Americans but their populations weigh less than Americans do. Unless someone has an eating disorder and needs to eat at regular intervals to establish normalized hunger cues, or someone has a self-care reason for eating (like they’ll soon be stuck in a meeting without access to food), it is more important for people to be connected to their internal hunger cues than to be eating based on an external influence, like the clock.”

What’s even more curious is how this diet myth originated. Kinsella wonders if the don’t-eat-at-night rule may have more to do with how we regulate our earlier meals while dieting. “Some people get in bad cycles of skipping breakfast and then overeating at night,” she says. Furthermore, it’s often not about the time we eat but how we’re eating. “Sometimes, people find themselves late-night snacking out of habit while they’re watching TV. Both these patterns should be addressed simply because they aren’t self-care behaviors. But, non-hunger mindless snacking at 9 a.m. would be just as much of an issue as [it is at] 9 p.m.”

Myth #2 Your body doesn’t need carbohydrates. Carbs make you fat.

This line of thinking is central to quite a few diet programs, but Kinsella puts it right to bed. “With the exception of specialized diets for medical necessity, if someone isn’t eating carbohydrates, they aren’t functioning at their optimal level,” she says. “The brain alone uses 130 grams of carbohydrates per day. Carbohydrates are also necessary for serotonin production.”She adds that the maligned molecules are even more important if you engage in even moderate exercise. “Carbohydrates are the main source of energy for exercise and many people do not feel good when exercising without them. Since exercise is an essential component of self-care and health, eliminating carbohydrates can be detrimental to overall health.”Again, no one’s arguing that you need more Wonder Bread in your life, but “whole grains, beans, fruit, and vegetables all contain carbohydrates and are excellent sources of fiber. For this reason, many people on low-carb diets experience an unwanted side effect: constipation.” We’ve all been there. Let’s not go there again.

Myth #3 Paleo is the ideal diet, because we were all once Paleolithic people.


This one particularly irks me. It’s at once so attractive to the dieter (“Of course! Ancient man didn’t have spaghetti, so I shouldn’t, either!”) and so ridiculous (Ancient man didn’t have lentils, and therefore lentils are bad for you?). We also need to acknowledge that we don’t live like ancient man. Consider, for example, that modern produce bears little resemblance to its Paleolithic ancestors. And, hunter-getherer diets varied drastically depending upon where the population lived. Lastly, when is the last time you actively pursued your steak before eating it?

No matter how healthy we aim to be, most of us will not continue an eating program if it doesn’t satisfy us. And, Kinsella warns, “the Paleo Diet certainly doesn’t emphasize enjoying your food. When people don’t enjoy their food, it’s difficult to eat mindfully and it is very difficult to sustain… If we look at the research on losing excess weight, it’s clear that people that include highly enjoyable food are actually more likely to maintain their loss.” In other words, we can put in painstaking dedication and effort to supplement the nutrients that paleo lacks, but the call of the bread or cheese — or even lentils —almost always wins out.“The Paleo Diet is based on eating food that can be hunted, fished, or gathered, such as meat, fish, shellfish, poultry, eggs, veggies, roots, and fruit, like berries. It does not include grains, dairy, beans, salt, and sugar. Whole grains, dairy, and beans are nutrient-rich foods. By eliminating them, you could be setting yourself up for a deficiency or eliminating nutrients that help prevent disease.”

Myth #4: There is such a thing as eating right for your blood type.

“No. There is no scientific evidence to support special diets based on blood type.”

Myth #5: Juicing is healthy and cleansing is necessary.


I think we all know where this is going, but just in case:

 “The liver and kidneys are the body’s own detoxification system. They do a fantastic job of continuously removing waste products and toxins without the help of juice. Furthermore, there are some obvious drawbacks of juicing; juices are inadequate in protein, fat, essential fatty acids, and fiber. These nutrients are crucial for satiety and vital components for a balanced meal. The protein factor is particularly crucial here. When protein intake is inadequate, the body catabolizes protein from muscles and organs. Hence, someone on a juice cleanse ends up losing muscle mass — a major contributor to metabolism. They’ll likely end up with a worse body composition in the end.”

Read the rest of the article at http://bit.ly/1u0LYME

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Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Without Sabotaging Your Day

Those powerful sweet cravings can sneak right up on you.  For me they often hit right after lunch, but many people say that late night is the hardest. Here are some tips to squash those cravings and some suggestions when you just can’t say NO.

Squash the Sweet Tooth

First, try these tricks to help beat that sweet tooth without actually eating anything sweet.

1)    WAIT.  When you really want something sweet, try to wait 15 minutes. Often, this is all it will take for the craving to pass.

2)    Drink water – it will hydrate you and possibly buy you enough time for the craving to subside.

3)    Drink a flavored herbal tea.  Sometimes the different flavors like vanilla, cinnamon or mi
nt, can satisfy that need for sweetness.

Healthy Sweet Tooth Options

If you are still craving that sweet something, try the following healthy snack choices.  It is better to enjoy a small sweet snack to satisfy your craving rather than eating your way around the kitchen just trying to avoid it.

1)    Skim latte with one shot of mocha.  Low in calories and just sweet enough to do the trick.Unknown

2)    Frozen grapes.  They are sweet and give you something to sink your teeth into.

3)    Toss a teaspoon or two of sugar and ½ teaspoon of cinnamon into a zip lock bag.  Add apple slices and toss.

4)    Honey graham crackers with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter.

5)    Combine nonfar Greek yogurt with honey, crushed graham crackers and any kind of fruit. Makes for a sweet, crunchy snack.images-1

6)    Toss popcorn tossed with 1 to 2 tablespoons of melted chocolate chips.  Let in cool in the refrigerator so it is not too sticky. (We recommend popping your popcorn on the stove top or air popping it.  Microwave popcorn has been found to contain dangerous levels of chemicals.)

7)    Melt 1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter and 1 tablespoon chocolate chips and use as a dip for pretzel sticks.

8)    Melt 1 tablespoon of chocolate chips and dip a banana into it.


9)    Toast one piece whole-wheat bread and spread a very thin layer of butter,than sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar (you only need a tiny bit)

10)  Apple slices with a tablespoon of peanut butter


Notes on calories and fat:

One Tbsp. of semi-sweet chocolate chips has just 70 calories and 4 grams of fat.

One Tbsp. of peanut butter has 80 calories and 8 grams of fat.

One full graham cracker has 65 calories and under 2 grams of fat. Try to buy the brands without hydrogenated oils.

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