If we make no other changes to our nutrition plan, the first step to successful eating is mastering portion control. We do not even have to make the full corrections all at once. Small, incremental reductions over time usually leads to more success for the long term. The link here offers a good discussion and some tips on the subject.
Portion Control: Know When to Say “When”
Food producers create enticing, often untruthful, packaging. But the facts can be found on the nutrition label. Click this link to learn how to decipher that critical part of the package.
Spring is knocking on our door. Time to break out the grill for those beloved, backyard gastro-pleasure outings. But wait. Charring animal flesh with open flames—while quite tasty—is not entirely healthy. Heterocyclic amines (HCA) and polycyclic hydrocarbons (PAH) are carcinogens created from the great American pastime of backyard grilling. Click this link to learn how to make grilling a bit more healthful.
“The food industry has an inherent conflict of interest when it funds nutrition research. After all, food manufacturers’ livelihoods rise and fall on how we decide to consume calories. The industry’s deep pockets translate into influence over dietary experts, scientific studies and nutrition policymakers.” Read the short brief at this link.
Spotting the Food Industry’s Influence on Nutrition Research
Our nutrition and fitness plans need not be complicated. Very often, the simplest methods beget the best results. In honor of National Nutrition Month, the US Department of Agriculture starts a new campaign to make nutrition more simple. Follow this link for details.
Many do not think of a diet unless it eliminates carbs or calories or both. Because many believe carbs and calories are both energy sources. But they are not. Calories are a source of energy. Carbs are not. Carbs are macronutrients. And both carbs and calories are necessary for our Sustenance. But most of us could probably do with less of both. Less … not total elimination. Therefore, when we are advised to reduce carbs, we likely only need to drop potato chips, cupcakes, and sugary beverages. We should never drop carbs altogether. Read this link for a short discussion on the difference between carbs and calories.
A little bit of weekly meal planning and prepping can go a long way toward saving us time, money, and grief later. Follow this link for a handful of tips to help make the process successful.