My One Simple Way To Avoid Girl Scouts At The Grocery Store Entrance…

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Yep, it’s that time again when we see these little jerks kiddos at the grocery store entrance selling boxes of Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs, etc. Sure, for most of the people who don’t gain weight just by walking through the frozen foods section, a little Girl Scout table at the front entrance of a grocery store is no big deal.

However, for those of us who see those little minty nuggets of goodness from the parking lot, all we can think of is the delicious taste of the first Thin Mint to hit our lips. Let’s face it, there is NOTHING thin about these mints. N-O-T-H-I-N-G!

As to not get sucked in to the Girl Scout abyss, I prepare ahead of time. I turn off my cell phone so it doesn’t make any noise and I put my car keys in my purse. I lock the car and I head towards the entrance. With the cell phone to my ear, I start talking to myself about anything that may sound important. I usually go with, “The files have been in the office for three weeks.” I say it loud enough so the girls who have locked their eyes on me realize that I am in the middle of a conversation and will not interrupt me to ask if I want to buy their cookies.

The same goes for leaving the grocery store, because yes… they will lock eyes on you again as you leave the check out stand and wait to pounce as you are quickly walking by. Unless, of course,  you are on a cell phone talking about the files that have been left at the office.

There you go friends!

1- Turn your cell phone off

2- Place phone to ear

3- Talk about something important as you walk by the Girl Scout table

4- You have successfully bypassed another diet roadblock

You’re welcome!

 

 

 

7 Mental Tricks That Shed Pounds

7 Mental Tricks That Shed Pounds

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It’s Free!

Think about how often you eat food that you don’t even want: the free cookie that came with your sandwich; the second helping of paella you accepted just to be polite; the unsatisfying fat-free ice cream that you kept dipping into each night because you didn’t want to waste it. The trouble with such rationalizations is that they can add up to extra pounds. “These examples can total about 600 additional calories a day — enough to cause a moderately active woman to gain five pounds a month if she doesn’t burn them off,” says Milton Stokes, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. Here are the most common leaps in food logic and the simple attitude adjustments that will keep your diet — and your weight — in check.

THE LOGIC behind “It’s Free!”: When food’s up for grabs, I might as well grab some!

Freebies are everywhere, from samples at the market to bagels in the morning meeting. But just one sesame-with-cream-cheese will set you back almost 500 calories. And that’s not the only reason to refuse it: Research shows that you’re likely to perceive free food as less tasty (so you’re not even really enjoying it). Plus, you’re unlikely to compensate for the additional calories by eating less the rest of the day, says Brian Wansink, PhD, author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think. “In our brains, free food isn’t coded as a meal but as a surprise that we don’t need to enter into our daily calorie count,” he explains. So even if the giveaway grub is mediocre at best, you keep eating, since it’s not like you’re paying for it — not in cash anyway.

Change your mind: When faced with a tempting handout, ask yourself, “If it weren’t free, would I stop and buy it?” Anything not worth your hard-earned dollars or even cents isn’t worth the added pounds either.

Better Be Polite

THE LOGIC: I have to have one of Mom’s giant homemade cookies — she’ll be insulted if I say no.

Whether it’s your mother, your friend, or your boss who’s the cookie pusher, one large chocolate chunk can pack more than 400 calories. But unfortunately, in many families, offering baked goods is the edible equivalent of saying “I love you”; to refuse is to reject the sentiment.

Change your mind: One strategy, says Stokes, is to ask for a cookie to go, then immediately toss it once you’re home. If it’s an ongoing problem and involves something less portable — like that second helping of paella — you’ll have to take a more direct approach. Respectfully explain that you’re trying to cut back on extra helpings. Or accept the offer of seconds, but say you’ve actually had your eye on another serving of tonight’s veggie dish.

Don’t Waste It!

THE LOGIC: Leaving food on my plate (or my kids’) means throwing it away — not good home economics!

It’s a message we hear our whole lives: You don’t waste perfectly good food when there are kids starving in Africa! But nibbling the cold mac-and-cheese off your 4-year-old’s plate doesn’t help anyone. Nor does eating the entire carton of bland fat-free frozen yogurt you bought but hated after the first bite.

Change your mind: Never feel guilty for getting rid of extra food. Eating more than your body needs counts as wasting food too — it just gets dumped in your fat cells instead of the garbage can. Chucking that 1.75-quart container of fro-yo (minus the one serving you ate) would save you 1,170 calories — that’s one-third of a pound of jiggly body fat. Try reducing recipes so you make only as many servings as you have people. Give kids who don’t clean their plates smaller portions; if they’re still hungry, they’ll let you know.

It’s a Special Occasion

THE LOGIC: It’s okay to indulge at restaurants and parties as long as you eat healthfully at home.

Special occasions feel like a time to relax the rules and enjoy yourself. The problem is, when you’ve got an “occasion” every other day — whether it’s a birthday party, working lunch, family event, happy hour, or restaurant outing — they can’t all be considered “special” anymore. If, like most Americans, you eat out a few days a week, the calories can really add up: Just one piece of bread with butter tacks on more than 100 calories per slice.

Change your mind: Approach each day, whether you’re dining in or out, with the same nutrition goals. A study of members of the National Weight Control Registry revealed that people with this mind-set were one and a half times more likely to maintain their weight. The trick is to remember that it’s never your last chance to indulge — delicious food will still be available tomorrow and the day after that. Order the must-have appetizer this time and the fabulous dessert next time.

Just can’t resist ordering all your favorites every time? Take a look at your regular diet: If all you eat is lackluster food (like frozen dinners, energy bars, and garden salads), no wonder you go nuts every time you go out. Replace some or all of your “diet” meals with real food — take a healthy-cooking class, buy a new cookbook, or make a trip to a gourmet shop. Just including one nutritious but full-flavored item at each meal, like artisanal cheese or dark chocolate, can make you feel less compelled to “get it while you can” at restaurants and parties, says Stokes.

What a Bargain!

THE LOGIC: Sure, I’ll take the jumbo-size Coke — it’s only 25 cents more!

Call it the “Costco effect”: An item you didn’t especially want or need suddenly becomes appealing when you can get twice as much for half the price. Unfortunately, getting 16 more ounces of soda for just a quarter more ups your calorie total as well — by 182. And don’t count on making the larger serving last longer: In one study, Wansink found that people ate 92 percent more cookies each day when they had an especially large supply stockpiled in their cupboards. In fact, you’re liable to keep munching away even after your monster-size snack loses its appeal, says Wansink. He found that people given larger buckets of free popcorn ate significantly more, even when it was 14 days old and stale!

Change your mind: Adopt a “pay less, weigh less” attitude. Sure, it may be a better value to buy 100 cookies for $5 than it is to buy 10 cookies for $3. But by choosing the smaller package, you’ll actually spend $2 less — and save hundreds of calories.

This concept works at restaurants, too. Order an appetizer portion of your dish even if you have to pay the full entree price. You’re not wasting money; your meal costs the same either way. You’re simply choosing to buy fewer calories with your money.

It’s No Fun Without Food

THE LOGIC: Movies just aren’t the same without a family-size box of Sno-Caps.

It’s amazing how many activities are paired with food — candy at the movies, margaritas on date night, coffee and doughnuts while reading the Sunday paper. It becomes a classic Pavlovian response. “When you combine a certain pastime over and over with eating, you eventually stop listening to hunger or fullness cues and just eat on autopilot whenever you engage in that activity,” says Tara Gidus, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association in Orlando, Florida.

Change your mind: Disentangle food/fun associations by altering your routine, says Gidus. If your evening ritual is a bag of chips in front of the TV, relax instead with a book on the patio. “Just switching rooms or chairs can help break the pattern,” says Gidus. Rather than dinner dates, plan active outings. And as for the movies, think about how much money you’ll save just by avoiding the inflated concession-stand prices.

I Deserve It

THE LOGIC: With the day I’ve had, the world owes me a hot fudge sundae.

“Food provides a very basic, easily obtainable way to nurture and reward yourself, and delaying this gratification isn’t easy,” says Rick Temple, PhD, a psychologist who treats eating disorders at the University of South Florida Counseling Center in Tampa. The trouble is, we rarely nurture ourselves with broccoli: A classic study found that when an eating bout is triggered by emotions rather than by seeing or smelling food, you’re less likely to take nutritional value into consideration.

Change your mind: Acknowledge all of your needs, not just the ones for instant gratification: “Yes, it’s true, I deserve a sundae. But do I also deserve fat thighs and high cholesterol?” Next, grab a pencil and paper and list 10 inedible things that make you feel rewarded, or comforted, or indulgent or pampered, and pick one, suggests Gidus. Call your best friend, cuddle with a pet, or seduce your husband — that’s one thing we guarantee will be more satisfying than food.

5 reasons why you should avoid Canned food; All because they are harmful

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In this section of Seattle Organic Restaurants I’m going to talk about hams of canned food. No logical, reasonable person would suggest that canned foods and canned fruits and vegetables are as good or better than fresh foods, vegetables, and fruits. It is obvious that fresh is good and retains most of its nutrients. This much, almost no one argues with. But the big question is how bad canned products are, really? Well the answer might surprise you or not.

 

1. Bisphenol or BPA

The most worrisome of all, among canned foods that can harm you, is plastic contaminants in our canned goods. Most canned food these days have a plastic coating inside the can to supposedly keep the food, vegetables, and fruits – fresh. Well, it may keep them more fresh that otherwise without it being stored up inside a metal object, but this comes at the expense of harming you. The inner plastic lining is poisonous at small measures, although FDA tells us that the small amounts should not worry us too much. Well this plastic coating is Bisphenol or BPA for short and it is harmful, first because humans are not suppose to eat plastic material made from crude oil and second because FDA should be honest and tell people the truth rather than serve the interests of big corporations that give it large sums of money through back channel donations and hidden funds through partner organizations.

Alzheimers-Aluminum-cans BPA kills rats in laboratories even at smaller portions, like 1,000 times less than what an average American consumes per meal. I hope soon FDA would do a U-turn on this and come clean and tell people about the harm to humans caused by BPA like they do periodically about drugs which they have claimed for decades to be safe, only to tell us now that they were not safe. I just hope it does not take decades before they try to protect the public against BPA. BPA is a toxic chemical that causes hormone imbalances and wide variety of health issues ranging from hypertension, aggression, obesity to cancer and heart disease. Based on FDA 17% of the American diet comes from canned foods yet there are no regulation or safety standards regarding the amount of BPA in canned foods. A study by Environmental Working Group shows that more than 50% of cans with brand names have toxic BPA in them.

2. Imported Canned Food

Imported Canned Food is even worse than American Canned Food. In many countries where canned food is cheaper than Europe, Canada and USA, American food corporations are more and more importing to make higher profits, the canned food is even less nutritious than their counterparts in Europe and North America. First the foods are picked when they are not ripe and have 80% less nutrients than a fully ripe fruits and vegetables. Second, the facilities are not as hygienic and inspected on a regular basis as their counterparts in Europe and North America and hence have the cause of a few incidences of outbreaks in the last 20 years, like the famous incident regarding canned green beans from Brazil or the salmonella outbreak from sprouts from Columbia. Less than 2% of canned foods are inspected by FDA or Home Land security or any other organization (e.g. EPA for environmental monitoring). So I would avoid canned food if at all possible. Instead I would recommend, at the least, try glass jars instead of cans for stored foods.

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3. Leaking. Aluminum leaks

Just as Aluminum pots and pans leak, so do aluminum cans. In fact, what most people are unaware of is that most often foods are put into aluminum cans, then seals, and then cooked, supposedly retain the freshness. Well, it will certainly retain the aluminum free radicals hanging around after heating and contaminating the contents.

Over a period of time Aluminum accumulation in body can cause memory problem like Alzheimer’s. More than 5,000 million pounds of aluminum is used every year for making food cans. Aluminum cans have several advantages for the producer including light weight, compact packaging and lower price. Most canned foods like soups, vegetables, chicken or beef broth and tomato sauces are made of aluminum because it’s more economical.

Some believe that the plastic lining of the aluminum cans are supposed to prevent corrosion and contaminating food with aluminum. But the reality is that most of the time these plastic liners can’t completely protect food against aluminum since cans leak aluminum when heated and while they are sealed – they will contaminate food.

4. Preservatives

The lovely, no so friendly, preservatives. They are referred to in a dozen different names, and every few months, a new name is established for the same few ingredients that are mixed up to come up with friendly-sounding names. But, the fact is that if it smells like manure, looks like manure, tastes like manure – it is most certainly manure.

These preservatives are kept in state of non-compounding to other molecules with the, yes you guessed it, SALT. Extensive amount of sodium (salt) is used to keep the preservatives in canned food from rotting so that it can keep the food from rotting. Lovely. FDA responds to all this by simply issued a statement, “… there has been no proof that these preservatives would cause major damage to human cells or that they are harmful to mass public”. My interpretation of this is this, “… these preservatives are not drastically harmful towards healthy people, but they may be harmful to pregnant women, babies, children, elderly, or anyone that is suffering from a chronic disease”. That’s just my interpretation.

5. Low level food quality

Let’s be honest with ourselves and admit that if the fruits and vegetables and other ingredients are of high quality, they will be sold fresh and for the highest price possible for a maximum of profit by the distributors.

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Now if the quality of the ingredients are not that great or the fruits and vegetables look old and stale or not so healthy, then they will be hidden from the eyes of supermarket shoppers and be forced into a can along with other such low quality food, cooked up in a mass oven while still inside the can and then shipped all over the world and sold may be one or two years later from when they were picked and were prepared. Don’t expect the ingredients inside your canned foods to be of high quality. If you do, then you could buy the London Bridge and thinking that it is the Tower of London Bridge – and the two cannot be more different than one another.

Solution

The reality is that your can of pinto beans, tuna or vegetable juice could put your health at risk. 17% of the American diet comes from canned food, is it worth it to contaminate your daily grains, protein or vegetables with aluminum and BPA? FDA has approved aluminum food packaging but as explained there is health risk associated with canned food.

So what should you do?

Completely eliminate canned foods and if you are looking for your favorite tomato sauce use the ones in glass jars. Don’t consume vegetables or grains in cans, simply buy fresh ones. The risk of developing many chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, nervous system disorder and Alzheimer’s goes down by consuming fresh foods that do not have any packaging.

 

Ellen Show Halloween Costume Makes Us ‘Howl’ With Laughter!

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This is Lucy (Lou-C) and she is the newest addition to our family. You may be wondering how does THIS have anything to do with eating healthy? Well, the truth is she brings us so much joy and happiness. Which is something that everyone needs in their life no matter how much weight you need to lose.

Additionally, if my personal health wasn’t enough to motivate me to get out and walk, the look she gives me when she grabs her leash and runs for the door is more than enough motivation.

Here she is in her 1st Halloween costume. 🙂

 

 

 

Stop Eating Deli Meat!

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For years I thought I was eating healthy when I would purchase 30 pounds of my local Ralph’s deli meat. Okay, maybe 30 pounds is a little exaggeration. (Truth: I just had to Google how to spell exaggeration.)  Anyhow, after years and years of buying deli ham, turkey, roast beef (the other vaginal meat) I realized that I wasn’t losing weight.

After some research I learned that deli meat is in fact not so good for you/me/us. Here are a few things to keep an eye out for as seen on the chatelaine.com website.

So what should we eat? I started purchasing Jennie-O Turkey Breast. This turkey breast is so easy to make and DELICIOUS!!! You can cook it in a crockpot or in the oven. All you have to do is poke a few holes and set the timer.

Try it for a few days or a week and see how you feel not eating the deli meat. Your cankles and heart will thank you for it!

 

Egg-cellent Weight Loss Food!

If you hate to hard boil eggs as much as I did, please do yourself a favor and check out this awesome machine.  Dash

 

It’s called the Dash Go http://www.toptenreviews.com/home/kitchen/best-egg-cookers/dash-go-review/

Over the past several months I have learned how important eggs are to eating healthy. I make a few dozen at a time and then place them into little baggies to eat throughout the week/day.

If you have a Dash or another way of making your eggs, please let me know. I’m learning as I go and love the feedback!

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