Ways to Add Water to Your Day

Everyone knows that drinking water is vital for your health as it is a staple in every diet and excerise plan. Water has many benefits as it keeps your body hyrdated, skin clear, and may even help you lost weight. There are different studies telling you how much you need to drink, but regardless, it is something that people need to consider as part of their daily habits. One study conducted in 2004, reccomanded men to drink 125 ounces of water and women to drink 95 ounces. It is also dangerous to drink too much water, but many Americans would not run into that problem as sugary drinks would be their first choice to sip on.

Here are different ways to help you drink water throughout the day as shown in the Huffington Post:

1. Water to-go: Add a small bottle to your book bag or purse and try sipping on it while you’re on the go.

2. Drinking at your desk: Leave a resuable cup at your desk and make a habit in sipping on it. When it is empty, refill it–it will help you get up and walk around as well!

3. Drink before you eat: A study found that people who drank 2 cups of water before a meal lost 5 more pounds over the course of 12 weeks than those who didn’t drink. Not only will it help you drink more water, it will help you feel more full.

4. Make it taste better: Some people think that drinking water tastes too plain, so try adding 1/4 cup of juice to create a fruity taste to your water.

Do you have any tips?

Click here for more tips–courtesy of Huffington Post Health

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Eat These Foods for Healthier Teeth

The Huffington Post wrote a great article on what to eat to gain healthier teeth. The reason for the plaque buildup in your mouth is due to the starchy or sugary food that you eat or drink. The sugars or starch mixes with the plaque which creates acid in your teeth, breaking down the hard enamel on the surface resulting in tooth decay.

A solid rule is to avoid any kinds of food that has sugar, acid and stickiness such as the popular candies: Starburst and Skittles. The article also shows some top foods proven to protect your pearly whites in research or clinical practices.

1. Cheese—Cheese is a great choice, because it is low in sugar and acid and high in calcium. Another ingredient it has is casein which is a protein that is found in milk and it helps fortify the tooth’s surface helping to resist cavities.

2. Sugar-free gum—this favorite food to chew on usually contains Xylitol. It is the sugar replacement in gum and it helps prevent “harmful bacteria in plaque from metabolizing sugar that generates, thus generating harmful acids that degrade tooth enamel.”

3. Raw Veggies (especially celery)—Fresh vegetables are good for your teeth, because they require you to chew, creating lots and lots of salvia! Celery in particular is pointed out, because it breaks down into tiny tough strands that naturally clean your teeth.

4. Yogurt—another contender that has casein!

Click here for the original article and more foods—courtesy of Huffingtonpost.com

So what do you do to help protect your teeth?

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Snacks under 80 Calories

We found an article on Health.com where they gave us different snacks that were less than 80 calories. Below are the top 3 snacks that we thought were satisfying and curb your craving without the guilt!

  1. Root beer float: 62 Calories—-8 ounces A&W Diet Root Beer and 1/3 cup fat-free vanilla ice cream.
  1. Gooey treat: 60 Calories—-Mallomar
  1. Old-school ice cream: 70 Calories—-Creamsicle low-fat pop

What are some of your favorite low calorie snacks?

Click here for more ideas and original article- Courtesy of Health.com

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Top Fat Burning Foods

If losing weight is part of your New Year’s resolution, then these foods are some of the top fat burning foods you need to know.  Health.com gives us some suggestions to burn more calories than ever before.

  1. Whole Grains—By eating whole food in general, your body burns twice as many calories than processed foods.
  2. Low-Fat Dairy Products—These food such as cheese are rich in calcium and vitamin D which can help preserve and build muscle mass—vital for keeping a tough metabolism.
  3. Green TeaThe American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that drinking about 4 cups of green tea a day helped people drop more than six pounds in eight weeks! Supposedly, there is a compound in the brew that temporarily increases metabolism after sipping it.
  4. Hot Peppers—The compound, capsaicin, that gives chili peppers their spicy kick, heats up your body and makes you melt additional calories. Any form of pepper works such as raw, cooked, dried, or powdered. This is great news for those who love spicy food.

Click here for more foods—courtesy of Health.com

What are some of your suggestions?

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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

What are some of your tips?

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


What are some of your tips?