Halloween Eating: How to get through the night of treats

Advice to help you enjoy Halloween and still keep it from ruining your diet or healthy eating program.

      For some people Halloween is not too much of a disturbance for their nutritional program or diet, but for others, it marks the beginning of a decline in eating habits that may not improve until after the year is over.

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Top 5 Tips for Deciphering Food Labels – Part 3

This is part 3 of my series designed to help people understand the information on food labels. Part 3 discusses the meanings of the common food label terms lite, light, reduced, less, and low.

     Before getting to the fourth food label tip, I want to clarify something, just to avoid potential confusion. First, my food label tips are written specifically for labels made in the United States. I know there will be some carry over to other countries, but the information may not be accurate or even apply to labels outside the US. This is especially true for terms, such as the ones discussed in this post, because they are based on definitions made by the US government.

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Top 5 Tips for Deciphering Food Labels – Part 2

This is part 2 of my series designed to help people understand the information on food labels. Part 2 discusses serving sizes as well as the difference between percentage of fat and percentage of calories from fat.

     I hope you enjoyed Part one of my deciphering food labels series on the ingredients list. Part 2 discusses the issues of serving size and calories from fat, which have important implications for how many calories and how much fat you are actually eating. It is very common for people to underestimate how much fat and how many total calories they eat and these tips will help you have a more accurate idea about how much fat and calories are in the foods you eat. Continue reading “Top 5 Tips for Deciphering Food Labels – Part 2”

Top 5 Tips for Deciphering Food Labels – Part 1

This is part 1 of my series designed to help people understand the information on food labels. Part 1 explains how to read the ingredients list and discusses what ingredients you should avoid for optimal health.

     Welcome to the first part of my series designed to help you make sense of the nutritional information on food labels. Food labels are a common source of confusion for many people and sometimes having a good understanding of nutrition will still not be enough to let you make sense of everything. You can have the best intentions of picking up foods to help you reach your health and fitness goals, but still end up buying foods that sabotage your success, because labels are Continue reading “Top 5 Tips for Deciphering Food Labels – Part 1”

Commonly Used and Often Misused Fitness Terms Part 1: Sports and Exercise that Involve Lifting Weights

This is part 1 of my series discussing commonly used and often misused fitness terminology. Part 1 covers the meaning and differences between the terms: resistance training, weightlifting, powerlifting, and bodybuilding.

     This is the first part of my series dedicated to explaining fitness related terms that are often misunderstood and misused. When discussing fitness related topics, or any topic for that matter, it is important for everyone to use the same terminology. Otherwise, using terms in different ways can easily lead to a miscommunication or misinterpretation of the information. With that in mind, I will discuss various terms that have specific meanings in the health in fitness, but are often misused in all forms of media, even by people who call themselves experts in the field.

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The Problem with Health and Fitness Today

This article takes a look at current problems in health and fitness and discuss how the industry is failing the public. It also provides suggestions to help separate quality information from the abundance of manipulative marketing.

     The unfortunate fact is the health and fitness industry is becoming increasingly more and more about marketing and sales and less about providing quality information, products, and services. Of course, selling has always played a prominent role in health and fitness, but these days, making the sale is more important than ever. It is now common for companies and individual sellers to spend most of their time and energy developing better sales pitches and marketing tactics, as opposed to developing better products and services. In other words, health and fitness is becoming less about helping you succeed in reaching your goals and more about finding ways to manipulate you into buying a particular product or service, regardless if it will benefit you or not.

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