Health's Blog (Page 5)
I’m on a big smoothie kick lately. Every morning, I’ve been blending up different variations of frozen fruit and skim milk or yogurt with a handful of walnuts. It’s a satisfying breakfast on busy mornings that also happens to be nutritious. You can supercharge your smoothie even more with these six health-packed ingredients.
Really, what can green tea not do? The world’s most popular beverage boasts cancer-fighting catechins. Those antioxidants may also help to boost your immunity. One more...
I’ve had countless friends ask me if they should “go Paleo” and while I don’t recommend the diet as a whole (read more about the pros and cons here), there are certainly some healthy principles that we all can borrow from the popular plan.
The Paleo Diet is based on eating like our ancestors ate, back when they were still hunting and gathering. It eliminates foods that weren’t around back then, which makes sense since we’ve certainly taken some steps in the wrong direction in the past many thousand years when it comes to the foods we eat. (I’m looking at you, neon-orange cheese powder and doughnut cheeseburgers.)
With that in mind, here are 5 Paleo Diet principles worth following to help you eat better in our modern world.
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It’s no surprise that we eat a lot at Thanksgiving—by one estimate 4,500 calories. And a whopping 1,500 of those calories are not from the big dinner, but from snacks and drinks.
Go ahead and enjoy your favorite holiday dishes (the ones you only get once a year), but to curb calorie overload, skip the foods you see more often and try to keep things reasonable for the rest of the day. Here’s how:
A glass of wine can easily fit into a healthy diet. But not every glass is equal. Many wineglasses are so big that you can end up pouring well over a standard 5-ounce pour. Here are three healthy hacks that can help you pour—and drink—a little less, without even realizing it. Cheers!
Take a bird’s eye view
Look at your glass from above as you pour and you’ll sip about 15 fewer calories. Why? It appears more full from above than when you look at it from the side.
Picking red wine over white can help you dole out 9 percent less, since it’s easier to see how much you’ve poured. Red wine is a good choice, too, because it contains more antioxidants...
Now that the heat of summer has arrived, staying hydrated is even more important, especially if you’re exercising outdoors. Women should get about 11 cups of water per day, men 15 cups—about 20% of that comes from food, the rest you'll need to drink. Here are 3 new sipping “rules” to follow when working out.
Chill Before You Sweat
If you’re looking to set a new record in that 10K or sprint triathlon, slurp an ice slurry, essentially an unflavored snow cone, 45 minutes before your event. When runners did this prior to a 10K in 82-degree weather, they ran 15 seconds faster on average, per a study from the International Journal of Sports Medicine. “The ice slurry increased body heat storage capacity, which allowed runners to push harder,” says Jason Kai Wei Lee, Ph.D., study principal investigator from the Defence Medical &...