Add the Pounds to Your Suitcase, Not Your Person

Summer is right around the corner and many of us are dusting off our suitcases with visions of vacations dancing in our heads. We’ll travel by trains, planes and automobiles, as well as by boat, bus, cycle and foot. Our vacations will run the gamut from visiting family and friends, exploring our own states and countries to immersing ourselves in cultures foreign to our own. All are wonderful pursuits. And while we will all utilize our time off in different ways, there’s certainly one thing that we’ll all do. We’ll eat. And we may eat too much. The consequence of this is that many of us will end up gaining a pound or two…or more. Now don’t get me wrong. Vacations are for letting go a bit and having fun. And when we find ourselves in different environments with different cuisines, we should definitely sample the local fare. But, it’s important that we not abandon our health entirely or pack on a lot of unwanted pounds. After all, a vacation is a short-term retreat. Our bodies are with us for life. So how do we navigate the sometimes dangerous waters of travel with regard to weight gain? By employing a few strategies, it’s not so difficult. Here are some tips: Stay active. If possible, keep up with your exercise regime. Also, while exploring the sites, do it on foot or by bike as much as you can. Wear a pedometer and make sure that you walk at least 10,000 steps per day. Don’t drink your calories. Enjoy water and other calorie-free/low calorie beverages. Aim to not completely abandon healthy...

What’s a Healthy Lifestyle?

What exactly is a healthy lifestyle and is it the same for everyone? While we aren’t one size fits all, the tenets of a healthy lifestyle are those that we can all follow. It’s hard to go wrong with eating adequate calories composed of healthy foods. Consuming a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low fat/nonfat dairy is suggested. Monitoring portions sizes and preparing food in a healthy manner is advised. Watch sodium intake as well and limit high sugar/high fat foods. Follow any diets that are recommended by your RD/MD with regard to specific disease states that you may have, such as diabetes, and take any medications as prescribed. Maintain a healthy weight and exercise a minimum of 30 minutes, 5 days per week, if...

The Atkins Diet?

Does the Atkins Diet work? The Atkins Diet is a fad diet, which is one that generally doesn’t work in the long-term. Many people who go on a fad diet lose weight in the short-term but end up gaining the lost weight (and often more) back over time. This is because fad diets are typically restrictive and can’t be sustained for life. One other potential issue with the Atkins Diet is that it’s a high protein diet. For some, this can cause problems, including kidney...

The Three-Day Military Diet?

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Healthy foods?

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