As I hope we all know by now, there is no magic bullet when it comes to losing weight. The solution is simple, but certainly not easy to do. To lose weight we need to create an imbalance in the body’s caloric energy equation, or in plain English, we need to eat less (calories in) and move our bodies more (calories out). Many weight loss programs promise you won’t be hungry while you are eating less. From my point of view, I am not sure why feeling some amount of hunger is considered such a bad thing. Feeling hungry is a signal we can put to use to help us manage our weight.
Do you cook from recipes or do you cook from what’s in your head? I am really curious about this and don’t know how to find the answer other than to ask all of you. I would love to hear your thoughts, so please share your recipe (and non-recipe) experiences with me.
Like many of you, I work full time and have other interests so I do not want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, especially during the week when I come home from work tired and hungry. But even tired and hungry does not translate into processed and unhealthy in my household. I still want access to nutritious foods at a good price. I don’t want supermarkets to shift away from the plain and good to become just a venue full of highly processed foods.
Growing up in New York, I was surrounded by other Italian families so it seemed natural to me that we were exposed to wonderful Italian food not only at home, but also in supermarkets and restaurants, even the ubiquitous corner pizzeria. Now I realize that wherever I go, there is a deep love of Italian food.
The health halo effect: the perception of health-related qualities in one thing gives rise to the perception of similar qualities in related things. It happens to be one of my pet peeves as a Registered Dietitian and something I feel strongly enough about to share with you.
Salt, or the chemical term sodium chloride, has been so highly prized in our history that it has been used as currency and as a strategy to wage war. Salt rations that were given to Roman soldiers were known as salarium, an early term that became the word salary that we use today. Why did something as simple as salt come to have such power?
Everyone is being affected in some way by the current economy! What seems to be the almost daily rising price of gasoline has an impact on a budget. In order to keep the household budget balanced, when the costs of necessary items go up, we need to find ways we can spend less. Let me share with you some tips on how to control food costs. You can still eat healthy and balance the budget!
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 edition, was released on January 31, 2011 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). You can expect to see educational materials and graphics related to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 start to appear in the spring of this year.
In the meantime, there are 6 compelling messages that you can start to take action on today!