Finding Joy in Eating

“Diet” is a Four Letter Word Too often we think of “dieting” with such a negative connotation. We are practicing self-control and not eating the foods that are not good for our bodies, and we begin to look at it in a negative light. It seems restrictive, not fun, not delicious, a burden, and so much work!  First, I actually very much dislike the word “diet”. A diet in the American culture is a short-term restrictive way of eating to produce weight loss. How many of you have said, “I…

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What Does the Bible Say About Sugar Addiction?

How much is too much sugar? I hear it all the time, “But I am addicted to sugar!” Many of us feel that if we tried to cut out sugar, we would fail because of our addition.  Speaking as a former addict myself.  I can tell you that it is very possible to cut it out even if you feel you are addicted.  It is also very possible to at least CONTROL the amount you are consuming.  I am not saying it is always easy, but it is possible.  Sometimes…

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Food Records Remade

Benefits of keeping a food record Food records can give you great insight into your own eating patterns and habits.  Are you a snacker?  Is there a time of day you tend to overindulge.  Is there a place you go to when you overeat?  Are your days of the week different than your weekends?  Are you an evening snacker?  Grazer?  You can learn so much about yourself by spending a few moments each day to reflect on what you are eating! Food records will help you learn about food intolerances…

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3 Keys to Managing a Healthy Weight

We are just about 1 week into our New Year’s Resolutions.  Did you make one this year?  Was it health related?  Was it weight related?  If you are like 95% of Americans, you make your weight loss resolutions, stick with it for a week or so, and then fall back into your old habits.  So what do people do that are truly successful with managing their weight?  They eat a balanced breakfast every morning.  Notice some key words here.  Balanced and Every.  That’s right, balanced means it includes both carbohydrates…

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The True Story About Coconut Oil

By:Jennifer Bryant, MS, RD, LD, CDE Recently, you have probably heard some buzz about how coconut oil is truly a healthy fat.  You have perhaps even heard promises that it will help you lose weight, look younger, and that it may cure many of your diseases and health ailments.  You have also heard the opposite view that it is really not that great, and you shouldn’t be eating it.  What is the coconut oil’s true story? First, let me just say that I have “nothing to declare”.  I am not…

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7 Foods that are Surprisingly High in Calories

Just because a food is considered “healthy” doesn’t mean you can just eat as much of it as you want.  Here is a short list of some common foods viewed as “healthy” that can really sabotage your weight loss goals. Avocado Yes, it is full of healthy fats, vitamin E, and fiber, but if you eat a whole avocado, about 5 ounces edible weight, you just consumed about 230 Calories.  That is almost as much as a regular sized Snickers Bar at 250 Calories.  Of course, the avocado Calories are…

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So really…why aren’t French women Fat?

Does anyone remember the book “French Women Don’t Get Fat” by Mirielle Guiliano? Well I have some of my own insights from living in Europe for 1 month now. I am not in France, but I am sure there are some similarities. First, in Ireland, gas costs about $10 per gallon, this encourages people to walk more or ride their bikes to get places. Even taking the bus requires more energy to walk to and from the stops. It is also easier to take public transportation here. Second, most of…

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