Category Childhood Obesity

Winter Diets and Why We Have Cold Weather Cravings

Winter diets and cold weather go together. Are you craving comfort foods and fighting the urge to curl up and snuggle in, avoiding the cold and any form of exercise? I know I am. In fact, recently while I was watching a program about brown bears and their habits, the thought crossed my mind… wouldn’t it be great to spend the winter hibernating? Imagine, if only we could gorge ourselves on tasty foods, get fat on purpose and then emerge in spring with all the weight gone!

Hibernating Bear Healthy Starts Today

Unfortunately nature has programmed us to respond to shorter days in many ways like the bears. We eat more, we exercise less and we want more sleep. We are designed to gain weight, slow down and conserve energy as the winter approaches...

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Fats, Cut Sugar Cravings!

Fat cravings are common in Fall and Winter. Adding in healthy fats can help us feel more full and also help cut sugar cravings.

Mixed Olives Healthy Starts TodayHowever, I never said anything about deep-frying. I was talking about healthy fats used in moderation.

For cooking, use the following information as a guide. Once more let me stress, we are talking about healthy fats used in moderation.

At high temperatures, butter, ghee (clarified butter) and coconut oil work well. They can be used for quick sautéing and also for baking. These healthy fats do not break down under extreme heat.

For sautéing at moderate temperatures, try organic, extra virgin, olive oil. Turn the temperature to medium and heat a small amount of oil just until you begin to smell its aroma...

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Savor the Healthy Chocolate!

It’s time to savor the healthy chocolate now that Valentines Day is fast approaching. However, that means more temptation and another excuse to eat sweets. It wouldn’t be Valentine’s without chocolate so even though you are determined to get your family to eat healthy, you will probably give in to “tradition” feeling guilty as you watch all that chocolate disappear.

Again I am going to say … wait a second!  A little chocolate, specifically about an ounce of dark chocolate, is healthy. Please note the words I am using here, a little chocolate, specifically dark chocolate is healthy.

According to researchers chocolate has numerous health benefits, from heart healthy antioxidants, to mood lifting polyphenols. However there is a catch...

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