Posts Tagged ‘snacks’
July 24th, 2013 |

Stressful times call for healthful eating

In this crazy westernized world we live in, stress abounds us at every corner. Some handle it better than others. Some handle it by using food as a way to cope. If those foods are unhealthy, our bodies end up taking the grunt. Eventually stress catches up on us, many times in the form of chronic disease brought about from years of slow accumulation of damage. As I write this post I am faced with an impending stressful situation myself – cramming for an upcoming exam, the single exam that cumulates my entire education. No pressure, right?

I’m learning to deal with the life’s pressures by focusing my energy towards health and wellness. I try to fuel my body and mind with the best foods possible. While studying, I directly feel the power of a wholesome meal in terms of longer attention span and focused concentration. I love food and cooking, so it is natural for me to use it to deal with stress. For example, instead of gobbling down packaged snacks (which adds guilt-stress) I choose to prepare a fresh meal, taking time and letting my mind wonder as I chop, stir, and mix up the ingredients. I use everyday cooking as therapy to release and reflect.

Because everyone is different, here are some other ways to reduce the stress in your life:

  • exercise
  • journaling
  • meditation
  • praying
  • deep breathing
  • healthy cooking
  • music
  • art

Foods to soothe the mind, packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals!

  • whole grains
  • fresh fruit like oranges or berries
  • dark leafy greens
  • fatty fish like salmon
  • nuts and seeds
  • chamomile tea
  • spices like turmeric
  • dark chocolate

So the next time you feel out of control, take a deep breath and grab a wholesome snack.

By Liz Schneider, guest blogger.

June 26th, 2013 |

Everyone has a weakness.

Potato chips are mine. We all crave different foods for different reasons. Perhaps it is hardwired into our minds, the desire for salty or sweet foods, because in actuality our bodies require salt and sugar to maintain life. For some, junk food cravings stem from emotions or even boredom. Anyway you slice it; cravings often lead to mindless, overeating with accompanying guilt.

But you don’t have to beat yourself up over the occasional treat. Instead honor yourself and your appetite without depriving it from an enjoyable eating experience. So rather than restricting that joyful delicious food all together, treating yourself every so often may do the trick. But the key is being mindful and in control. Often times the foods we love are not the most nutritious. So when you do splurge on those foods there are a few tricks to keep calm and in charge.

Tips to avoid over-eating your favorite “occasional” foods:

  1. Store the food in a place that makes it harder to get. For example, the back of the shelf or the highest shelf in the pantry, in the crisper, or any place where it will be out of sight.
  2. Never eat from the package. Instead portion out a serving in a bowl or on a plate. Wait 15 minutes after eating and ask yourself: Having a hard time concentrating? Is your stomach growling? If not, then you are not truly hungry.
  3. Eat slowly. Chewing your food slowly helps slows digestion, improves absorption of nutrients, and gives you time to realize you are full.
  4. Appreciate the food. Remember why we must to eat; it is a fundamental need of life. Food should nourish us, taste good, and fulfill true hunger.

Be present in the moment, enjoy your food, just don’t overdo it. Bon appetite!

By Liz Schneider

January 20th, 2013 | 1 Comment

Rusty Resolutions?

Have your shiny new 2013 resolutions lost some luster? Letting your resolution muscle lose some strength by mid-January is as predictable as the Patriots in the playoffs. It happens. Here’s how to get on with it.

Revise. Most resolutions are too lofty and create “false-hope syndrome”.Try again. Set resolutions that are specific, measurable and do-able within a certain time frame.

  • I’ll include a piece of fruit with my lunch 5 days/week for both January and February. (more…)
CATEGORIES: Motivation