This week was my spring cleaning. Yep, I finally got the courage to clean out the refrigerator. I had bad tomatoes, soft apples and an old avocado in the two bins below. Isn’t it funny how food hides away down there.
While I was working I realized something, there could be a way to organize food for better health and weight loss. This started a fun process of organizing the refrigerator
I emptied the fridge and put everything fattening and unhealthy in the bottom bins. I moved the stuff the spoils quickly to the top, this included the vegetables, fruits, milk, and yogurt.
Now every time I open the fridge, rather then being tempted by sweets, I see healthy, nutrition items. Try it for yourself, you’ll feel better, and who knows, it might even save you some money.
Do you like frozen vegetables? Do you ever cook them in water? There are a few simple ways to insure you are getting all the nutrients from your frozen vegetables.
- Don’t add the vegetables to water until it is boiling. You want to make sure they are in the water for the shortest possible time. As vegetables are in the water nutrients like vitamins and minerals can leave the vegetable and go into the water.
- Cover the vegetables as you cook them. This will keep any nutrients that leave the foods from evaporating.
- Cook them for the shortest time possible. Give them just enough time to get firm and then get them out of the water.
If you follow these simple steps you might notice your frozen veggies have better flavor and texture. You will also be getting more vitamins and minerals in each bite. Enjoy!
If you haven’t heard about it yet, Chris Coleson, from Virginia, lost 80 pounds eating primarily at McDonalds.
It was a funny story. Chris Coleson said on MSNBC news that he was able to lose the weight by eating every light item on the menu. He focused on the fruits, the wraps, and the veggies entries. He kept his calories low with these foods.
This crazy diet proves that the human body can lose weight on almost anything. You don’t have to eat special-diets or fad acai berries. You just have to keep caloric intake below caloric expenditure. Having a structured plan will certainly help with this goal. That is why I suggest life-style changes.
I wouldn’t recommended this diet because it lacks variety and doesn’t have any long-term potential. However, it was fun to hear about the man that lost weight with McDonalds.
You can watch his video here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25281188/
Obesity in children is become a large problem. In the U.S. the over-weight trend is growing, with 1 out of 3 children being classified as overweight or obese. Children are spending more time inside and less time playing outside. We are seeing fewer home cooked meals and more ‘fast and easy’ calorie-dense solutions. This is becoming a serious problem, as being over-weight is linked to large variety of health and social problems. Some of these problems may include:
- development of unhealthy eating disorders
- increased risk of depression or drug abuse
- elevated blood pressure and high cholesterol with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes
- joint and bone problems
- shortness of breath, this makes exercise, sports, or any physical activity more difficult
- restless or disordered sleep patterns
- liver and gall bladder disease
It’s is important that parents are proactive. Parents can prevent obesity by supporting and working with their children. Some suggests are:
- Remove any ‘clean your plate’ policies. Kids should stop eating when they are full.
- Encourage outdoor activities and limit time spent playing computer games and watching TV.
- Don’t make food restrictions or limitations. Children will resist strict limitations, it is better to support and encourage health eating.
- Eat meals as a family. This is a great way to make sure kids are eating wholesome foods.
- Be a good role-model. If you need to lose weight, now is a great time to start.
Remember, no matter what your children weigh, show them that you love them.