Three Things


1. Portion sizes can be very different from serving size. Portion size is the amount of food you choose to eat and serving size is the recommended measured amount. Many people may not pay attention to the appropriate serving size and end up eating too much of certain foods. For example, the appropriate serving size for meat is 3-4 ounces although many restaurants serve up to 20 ounce steaks! Another example of this would be fruit. The appropriate serving size for fruit is one medium sized piece of fruit or one cup of fruit. Fruit is definitely a healthy choice, but as they say everything in moderation.

2. Random and incorrect diet tips can be found all over the internet. Here are a few that you should definitely ignore! Fruits and vegetables are not too high in carbohydrates if you stick to appropriate portion sizes (see above). Gluten should only be avoided if you have an allergy. Egg yolks have all the nutrients, don’t skip them. All calories are definitely not created equal. And finally, healthy fats can be your friend! Don’t forget that if you have any diet questions you can always chat with a dietitian.

3. I had a lot of fun with this quiz! I had a hard time picking which carbs would need to go. Would you nix nachos, grilled cheese or garlic bread? How about doughnuts, cookies or brownies? It’s fun seeing the results of what most people would choose to get rid of. Enjoy this little quiz today!

Raquel

Three Things

1.  A new study suggests you should only drink water when you are thirsty. The study found that there was a difference in swallow function when drinking while thirsty versus drinking when not thirsty. Participants had an easier time drinking water when they were thirsty. I wouldn’t recommend only drinking water when thirsty because we still need a minimum amount, but it may be adviseable to refrain from chugging water just to meet your water needs for the day. Food for thought! I also talked about beverages earlier this week.

2. Love this fun article about what eating healthy looks like in different countries. I think my favorite style would have to be France! Small portions, full fat dairy, no processed foods and plenty of decadent options. A close second would be Greece. Mediterranean diet anyone?! Plant based foods, herbs, spices, healthy fats and of course wine. It really is shocking to realize how different we eat in the United States compared to other countries.

3. I couldn’t pass up sharing this with you all! I love carbs. I know you love carbs. We’re talking the not so healthy ones here. So this little quiz from Buzzfeed was just what I needed for a little fun. Mac and cheese, curly fries and cupcakes, oh my! Which ‘would you rather’ question was hardest for you?!

Raquel

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1. A new study says it’s gotten harder to lose weight. An adult in 2006 had a higher BMI than that of an adult in 1988 with the same diet and activity level. Weight loss is really more complex than just energy in versus energy out. Some factors affecting weight loss noted in the study include amount of sleep, stress , exposure to certain chemicals, prescription drug use, and use of artificial sweeteners. Weight loss is still possible with all these factors aside. Don’t forget a friendly dietitian is always available to help! {Washington Post}

2. Caffeinated peanut butter? What? Yes. One tablespoon of this peanut butter has the same amount of caffeine as one cup of coffee. The caffeine comes from green coffee extract that is added to the peanut butter. I don’t know about you, but I’ll stick with my regular, natural peanut butter and a plain old cup of coffee! {Today}

3. Halloween is right around the corner and candy is now on every shelf. Thanks to Buzzfeed the ‘Try and Guess What Halloween Candies These Were Before We Smashed Them’ quiz was created. I scored 9 out of 13. Not bad. Don’t forget that it’s okay to indulge a bit now and then. Just don’t make it a habit! {Buzzfeed}

Raquel