Category Archives: Motivational Tips
This article was contributed by Debbie M., MS, RD -
It’s not just the kids and teachers heading back to school that need to pay attention and make sure that they are eating healthy snacks during the day. Many people are grabbing the wrong things to manage hunger outside of mealtimes.
Snack noun \ˈsnak\ : a small amount of food eaten between meals
Look at the definition of “snack” above and you’ll see that volume and timing are mentioned, not content. No wonder so many people are clueless about what to snack on! Read on to find out what to pack in your work, school or gym bag.
Snacks only need to comprise 1-3 elements: a balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat — the 3 macronutrients. This is much less than the 4-5 elements food groups required for a square meal. This is because protein slows digestion, carbohydrates provide fuel and fat is satisfying. Having all three present in your snack means stable energy until the next meal, which means you have chosen and “A+” snack.
You can start with any one food group you like – fruit, starch, meats, vegetables, dairy or fat. Then add another item that fills any macronutrient gaps. Some things, like soybeans (edamame) or low-fat fruited Greek yogurt don’t need this macronutrient pairing because they are well-balanced by themselves. Here are some great examples of combinations that make the grade:
- Oranges + peanuts
- Wheat crackers + tuna salad
- Half a turkey sandwich with avocado
- Hard cooked egg + pretzels
- Celery and carrot sticks + hummus
- V-8 juice + string cheese
- Cottage cheese + pineapple
- Low-fat milk + protein powder
- Almonds + banana
If you’ve forgotten your homework and didn’t pack a snack, you can still grab a small 1-2 ounce protein bar from a convenience store, a cup of soup from a deli counter, or a single street taco at a fast-casual restaurant. As a last resort from a drive through (detention for you!), select a snack wrap or fruit and yogurt parfait.
Don’t forget that portion matters! Keep it small, which is about a handful total to give a visual idea of a proper portion. This is about one cup. If you want to look at it from the perspective of calories, then somewhere in the 100-200 calorie range for women and 150-300 calorie range for men is suitable.
- True, sugar and caffeine give you energy, but only temporarily. Sorry, candy bars and coffee get a failing grade here!
- You can’t eat what you don’t have. So shop and prepare options in advance.
- Convenience and portability matter. A shelf-stable package or individually portioned container can make the difference of a snack eaten instead of skipped. Skipping a snack could lead to overeating later in the day.
- Snacks are a great time to fit in some elements that you don’t get at your meals. Perhaps some vegetables or a serving of dairy?
- Let hunger be your guide. Waiting until you’re “starving” means going straight for the junk. On the flip side, don’t force yourself to eat just because “it’s time.”
RECESS! Timing is important to the concept of snacking. Ideally, a snack would fit in the midpoint of the break between meals. If your meals are tightly spaced 3-4 hours apart, there may not even be a need for snacks. Conversely, you may want to increase the size of your snack if there will be an extended time before your next meal.
Now you have no excuse (though, the dog really can eat it) to have a healthy snack. Feel free to share other great snack ideas in the comments section below!
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Summertime is almost here, and for many of you that means you are starting to work out so that you can look great in swimsuits and tank tops at the many beach outings and pool parties you’ll be attending. Well there is no time like the present to make your summertime fitness goals a reality! Seriously it’s time to get started.
Swimwear season is just 6 weeks away! Is your body beach ready?
Summertime is just 9 weeks away! Are you ready?
The New Year is almost here, and though 2013 is almost over, it has been an incredible year for LIVING HEALTHY and TOP TIPS! We published over 50 TOP TIPS articles this year to help you reach your personal health and fitness goals, and the response, which resulted in record-breaking readership, was amazing.
But before we dash off into a new year of fitness, exercises and healthy trends, we are taking a walk down memory lane and sharing with you the TOP 10 TOP TIPS of 2013…just in case you missed one.
Is LA Fitness closed on Christmas and Christmas Eve? Many people are asking the same question. See below for the holiday hours at LA Fitness clubs in the United States and Canada for the 2013 Holiday Season.
Christmas Eve Hours for LA Fitness. Tuesday, December 24, 2013 – All clubs in the US and Canada are open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.*
Christmas Day Hours for LA Fitness. Wednesday, December 25, 2013 – All clubs in the US and Canada are Closed.*
Kids Club is closed on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at ALL LA Fitness Clubs for the 2013 Holiday Season.
*Lake Success club closes at 11:59 p.m. December 23, 2014, and is open from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve; closed on Christmas Day.
If you are frustrated with your body fat, don’t worry. You just need to alter your approach, and combine these 4 Steps to help you shed body fat.
If you’re like most people, you have likely run into your fair share of obstacles due to work and other responsibilities that have prevented you from exercising as much as you would like to…Hey, it happens!
Even on days that you have your workouts scheduled in your calendar it seems that unexpected obstacles and extra responsibilities just seem to pop up, right?
So how do you make sure that you don’t get derailed by these obstacles?
Creating a summer six-pack isn’t just about the exercises you perform; it’s also about the lifestyle choices you make each and every day.
After integrating the Sizzling Summer Six-Pack Exercises from our last article into your fitness routine, you’ll probably want some equally sizzling six-pack lifestyle tips to complement your hard work in the gym.
This article was contributed by Debbie M., MS, RD -
When it’s time to eat on-the-go what can you grab to tide you over? The best option is something that you have brought with you, so you get the energy benefits of a healthy snack without having to purchase from a vending machine at inflated prices. Of course, your snack choice must survive the temperature and abuse your gym bag goes through during the day…so don’t choose anything that will melt, spoil, or crumble into 100 pieces! To help you get started, here are some healthy options. Read the rest of this entry
The final stretch to summer is here, and you have been working hard over the past 8 weeks to get your body in its best shape ever. During these last two weeks it is time to go full-force with Advanced Plyometric, Compound Movements and Integrated Intervals so you can strut your stuff with confidence along every shoreline and poolside that you encounter this summer. Read the rest of this entry
Shannon actually surpassed her goal and lost 110 pounds! When we last caught up with Shannon, she was struggling not to plateau and decided to quit drinking diet sodas as a way to curb her late-night cravings and snacking. She felt that the diet sodas she was drinking, which had no calories, were causing her to crave sweet and sugary foods. Read the rest of this entry
If you’re sweating because summertime is drawing near…Perfect! You are on the right track; well as long as you’re sweating from all of the hard work you are putting into getting ready for bikini and board-short season. LIVING HEALTHY is here to help with Part 3 of our preparation for summer workout program – The 6 Weeks to Summer Slim Down Workout to Look Better in Your Bathing Suit!
If you missed Part 1 – 10 Week Workout Routine to have YOU Looking like a 10 this Summer or Part 2 – 8 Weeks Left to Prepare for Swimsuit Season, Your Next Workout is Here, simply click one of the links to get started!
For those of you who are ready, weeks 5 & 6 are sure to challenge your body as we hit the weight room for some Strength Training with Free Weights and integrate High-Intensity Interval Training as your fat-melting cardio workout. Read the rest of this entry
This article was contributed by Debbie J., MS, RD -
A product’s packaging is good for enticing you as a consumer to buy that product; glossy pictures and tag lines attempt to lure us in at the grocery store. But to really compare foods and understand how they fulfill your daily nutrition needs, the most important part of the packaging is the food label. Read the rest of this entry
Have you ever wondered how many more calories you could be burning if you actually did something productive instead of watching television? You may be pleasantly surprised at how many calories you can burn making your home and your body look amazing at the same time! But don’t use you these activities as a substitute for your weight and cardio workouts, instead use them as a way to compliment your weight loss efforts while you enjoy beautifying your home.
When he talks about his childhood and growing up, Harry doesn’t describe himself as an athlete. In fact, Harry never stepped foot into a gym during the first 56 years of his life.
But that would all change, and so would Harry’s life. Read the rest of this entry
There’s only 10 weeks left until swimsuit season! If you haven’t committed to a solid workout plan to get your body ready for summer, don’t worry. We have a plan that can help you to get back into the gym and back into shape for summertime with this 5 Part Series.
This article was contributed by Debbie M., MS, RD
Did you know that during anaerobic activity like resistance training, sugar is your body’s primary fuel source?
That’s right, this weekend marks that time of year again when we all sacrifice an hour of sleep in the wee hours of Sunday morning in order to gain a precious extra hour of daylight to enjoy in the evenings for the next eight months. So mark your calendars and set your alarms because on Sunday, March 10th, 2013 at 2 a.m. we all need to “spring forward” our clocks one hour as we tear apart the space-time continuum warping time as it instantaneously changes from 2 a.m. to 3 a.m.
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Tips and Exercises to get you Back in Shape – How to get started RUNNING (or back into it again).