Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

The New Year is fast approaching giving people some thought about their New Year’s resolutions.  It is going to be hard to stick to resolutions throughout the 2012, but Forbes.com given us some tips to actually accomplishing it. Here are some of the tips that we found were helpful.

  1. Write it down—Try writing down your goals and outline the small manageable steps to get there. By setting a large goal without a plan can be overwhelming and can lead to being unmotivated. By accomplishing small wins, you will stay on track, become focused and positive.
  2. Get a partner—Having someone else along with you for the ride can be encouraging and helpful. Try finding someone who has a similar resolution and check in with you to talk about your progress and challenges. So go out there and find a group, partner, friend or a professional!
  3. Get specific—A lot of people make mistakes by making a goal that is too general. A great way to make a goal stick is to be specific, with a tangible, achievable outcome. By making it a quantifiable goal, it would make it easier to check in on and make it a reality for you.

Click here for more tips—courtesy of Forbes.com

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Is Weight Gain and Relationship With Mom Related?

A new study that was published in Pediatrics followed 977 children born in 1991 and enrolled in the Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development. The results found that toddlers who had a poor emotional bond with their mothers were twice as likely to become obese by age 15 compared to those who had “healthy” relationships. This concluded that the less secure the children’s early bond is with their mother, the greater chance of obesity.

The researchers suggest that there might be a relationship between teen obesity and early childhood experience which originated in the brain, in locations where regulated hormones influence emotion and stress response along with appetite, sleep-wake cycle, and other metabolic functions.

What do you think of this study?

Click here for the original article—courtesy of Times Heathland

Saving Money on Healthy Food

Healthy food can be expensive, but there are many ways where you can pinch your dollar—and it could definitely add up! Here are some suggestions from Health.com.

  1. Fresh berries—they can be pricey, especially when they are out of season. If you purchase frozen berries, they cost much less and the best part, they can be just as nutritious! Since it’s frozen, you don’t have to worry about them going bad either!
  2. Vegetable chips—they can be a healthy alternative to those junk potato junks, but it does take a toll on your wallet. Try making kale chips—Not only are they cheaper to purchase, they are less than 50 calories per cup! Did we mention they are easy to make? Click here for the recipe.
  3. Whey protein powder—they can be expensive and are often used in healthy smoothies and shakes. A great alternative is tofu since they are tasteless but have protein in them as well, it blends right into your drink and can save you a few dollars.
  4. Stock up—sit down and find out what you tend to go through a week or so. When there is a sale, stock up! These items will be used at some point and you can save a few bucks on your next trip since the items are already in your pantry.

Click here for more tips—courtesy of health.com

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Tips on Snacking for Diet Success

AARP.com gives us some great tips on how to snack without overeating, because let’s face it, 97% of American adults snack between meals.

  1. Snack throughout the day—People who lose weight don’t wait until they are hungry or don’t skip meals. It is best to spread your calories throughout the day, so you won’t feel starved.
  2. Eat nuts!—Nuts are one of the healthiest snacks around with many benefits like vitamins and antioxidants. They don’t digest quickly and they help you feel full longer. It is proven that calories don’t go up higher, because you tend to eat fewer calories from other sources.
  3. Drink your food—Food that are bulked up by water fills you up with fewer calories. Maybe try using a broth-based vegetable soup as a snack. An advice would be making a large pot of broth filled with vegetables and pack it into single-serve containers. Freeze and label the containers and pull it out for a snack.
  4. Pay attention when eating—Focus on your snacks instead of mindless eating. By paying attention, you are more likely not to overeat because you aren’t distracted. Stop, and enjoy your snacks or else what’s the point?

Click here for more great tips—courtesy of AARP.com

 

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Mississippi Spiced Pecans

Mississippi Spiced Pecans RecipeSpiced pecans are usually given out as treats for the holidays. Not only are they delicious snack, they are healthy too! They are packed with anti-oxidants and could reduce heart disease by lowering cholesterol.

Here is a simple recipe by eatingwell.com that is full of flavor and spice.

Total time: 20 mins.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound pecan halves
  • 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon piment d’Espelette, (see Tip) or a pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Spread pecans on a large baking sheet. Roast until fragrant, about 12 minutes. Watch carefully so they don’t burn.
  3. Combine brown sugar, salt, thyme, rosemary, pepper and piment d’Espelette (or cayenne) in a small bowl. Transfer the roasted pecans to a large bowl, drizzle with oil and toss well to coat completely. Sprinkle with the spice mixture and toss again. Serve warm or let cool completely and store in an airtight container.

Click here for original recipe and nutrition info-courtesy of eatingwell.com

What do you think of this recipe? What are some other pecan recipes?

Rats Show Empathy, Free companions, & Shares Food

A new study shows that there are pro-social behaviors in rats. The experiment had two same-sex rats housed in the same cage for two weeks. This will give them a chance to have a “relationship.” During the test sessions, one rat was able to run free while the other was trapped in a plastic restraining tube. The tube was created so that the free rat is able to free the trapped one if it could figure out how to tip over the door. The result showed that most of the time the free rat tries to help the trapped companion out of the tube. The trap can only be freed if the rat figures out that they can pitch their nose up to the point where they could open the door. There were no lessons prior to teach the rats how to nudge the door open or give them any incentive to. They had to learn it on their own. The research also suggests that females are more empathetic than males since all the female rats learned to open the door while only 17/24 of the males did.

They also experimented with food by having two restraining tubes, one with the trapped rat and the other with chocolate chips. It turns out that half of the time, the rats chose to free their friend and then share the chocolate among each other.

To read more of the study, click here—courtesy of Times Heathland

Tips to Avoid Holiday Depression

The holidays are coming up, and there are a few people who dread this. Health.com revealed some tips to avoid the depression that surrounds the holidays. Good thing it only comes once a year!

  1. Avoid family conflict: If you know that there are going to be conflict at family gatherings, try to prepare natural responses such as “Let’s talk about that another time,” or “I can see how you would feel that way.” Also, try to escape to the restroom, or help around the kitchen to avoid conflict as well.
  2. Learn to grieve:If you recently lost a loved one, it is a good time to talk about your feelings or reach out to support groups. It is also not uncommon to feel angry that they are not there or guilty that you are having fun.
  3. Sleep & work out: With the holidays around the corner, it is easy to not have the same sleeping schedule, because of the activities you would be doing. Studies show that there is a link between sleep loss and depression. Try to have the same sleeping schedule and wake up at the same time every day. Try to get some physical exercise as it reduces stress.
  4. Don’t binge on food or alcohol: By overeating, not only will it take a toll on your body; you would feel guilty for eating so much. Instead of eating 3 slices of pie, only indulge with one piece. Alcohol also intensifies your emotions, making you leave even worse than before—know your limit intake.

Click here for more tips—Courtesy of Health.com

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