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Eat Salads for the Health Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables

Eat Salads for the Health Benefits of Fruits and Vegetablessalads

Many experts agree that Americans need to eat more fruits and vegetables (especially dark green and orange vegetables) and legumes — all popular salad ingredients; nutrient-rich plant foods contribute to overall health. If you frequently eat green salads, you’ll likely have higher blood levels of a host of powerful antioxidants (vitamin C and E, folic acid, lycopene, and alpha- and beta-carotene,) especially if your salad includes some raw vegetables. Antioxidants are substances that help protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals.

Eat Clean for better health and weight management

What is Clean Eatingfood?
Choosing whole, healthy and fresh foods will help your body, skin, and soul grow healthy and give you endless energy. Clean foods are natural, free of added sugars, hydrogenated fats, trans-fats and anything that is unnatural. Eating well is important for a long and healthy life and clean eating is essential to your diet. Clean eating includes eating fresh foods and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins, and not eating processed or fast food.
Some clean eating steps to follow:
1.Eat fruits and vegetables.
2.Balance protein and complex carbohydrates.
3. Avoid soda and high calorie sugary drinks.
4. Trade bad fats for good fats in your diet.
5.Eat several small meals a day.
Reading labels on food products for calorie counts, nutritional value, and ingredients is beneficial for deciding which food

Eat your fruit, don’t drink it!

Yes…please…eat your fruit, don’t drink it.apples
By eating your fruit you receive the benefits of fiber. Plus, it takes longer to chew than it does to drink,therefore you are consuming less calories.

Want to burn some fat?     Try adding grapefruit to your diet. Studies show its boosts your body’s fat burning mechanism.  Woohoo!!!

Ask Coach Jackie: Do I have to totally “ban” foods to lose weight?

Ask Coach Jackie: Do I have to totally “ban” foods to lose weight?


Answerd6ae4a3b99eb526615eeaef1a888171f_5pkq: People who try to slim down often try to cut out all indulgent foods, but eventually, this approach backfires. If you’re following an overly restrictive diet, you’re more likely to go overboard on your vices. Cutting out your vices completely can activate the brain’s stress system, making you want to eat those foods even more.
Losing pounds and keeping them off depends on learning to balance your diet without depriving yourself, and eating in a way you can maintain. Try following the 80-20 rule. Eat great 80 percent of the time, and allow room for small treats the other 20 percent. As long as you are reducing your overall intake, you don’t need to nix any one food from your diet.

Ask Coach Jackie: Can I “make up” for weekend splurges?

Ask Coach Jackie: Can I “make up” for weekend splurges?


d6ae4a3b99eb526615eeaef1a888171f_5pkqAnswer: The weekend represents about 30 percent of the week, so too many slip-ups will put you on bad terms with the scale. Case in point: Dieters usually lose weight during the week, but stop losing weight on the weekend because they ate too much. By feasting on whatever you want on the weekend, you’ll cancel out five days’ worth of healthy eating. When it comes to shedding pounds, consistency is key. Aim to consume a similar number of calories on Tuesday as you would on Saturday. Weigh yourself on Friday and again on Monday. Any weight gain is a sign you shouldn’t have eaten the extra slice of pizza.

Ask Coach Jackie: Cutting Carbs or Fat to Lose Weight

To lose weight, should I cut card6ae4a3b99eb526615eeaef1a888171f_5pkqbs or fat?
The truth: Most get-thin-fast plans revolve around the idea that restricting your intake of one particular nutrient, usually carbs or fat, is the best way to lose weight. But the results have shown that calories are the most important factor for weight loss. To lose weight, you need to take in fewer calories than you burn-regardless of what percentage of carbs, protein, or fat you’re eating.

You don’t have to gain weight this Thanksgiving… Follow my tips!

You don’t have to gain weight this Thanksgiving… Follow my tips! turkey

  • Eat a healthy breakfast with some lean protein- maybe an egg white and veggie omelet and some fruit.
  • Skip the bread, it’s just empty calories.
  • Add lower calorie veggies to your plate. Turnips are a good choice at 51 calories per cup with potatoes ringing in at 214. Check with the host that they are not smothered with butter. Green beans have 44 calories per cup, much better than the casserole which has 341 calories and 22 grams of fat.
  • Avoid soda and alcoholic beverages. Instead have water or an herbal tea, maybe apple or pumpkin spice. Sweeten with a little honey or stevia. For a lower calories alcoholic beverage, try a white wine spritzer. It has about 96 calories. Add 4 oz. wine and 2 oz. club soda and a lemon for garnish.
  • For dessert, just have a little.

Your Plan for Friday: Kick up your cardio today! Go for a long run, bike ride or walk. Enjoy 3 servings of fruit today. Apples, berries and grapefruit are good choices.

Have a large green salad for one meal today, 2 meals would be better. Drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water.

What is a Vegan Diet? Is it Healthy?

What is a vegan diet? Is it healthy?vegan_food_pyramid

A vegan diet is based on only eating plant-based foods. This means that any meat, poultry, fish, milk, eggs, cheese and honey are all avoided.
Well-balanced vegan diets have been approved for all stages of life, including pregnant and lactating women, children, adolescents, the elderly population, and competitive athletes. These diets are generally considered healthy and wholesome as long as you are still receiving the proper nutrients that are being lost by not consuming animal products. The types of nutrients generally lost through a poorly planned vegan diet in include calcium, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin B12, and iron. Losing these essential nutrients can cause serious health problems, but can be avoided as long as your vegan diet is properly planned.

Here are some quick facts on the importance of these nutrients and how to keep them while on a vegan diet:
• Vitamin B12: Produces and maintains cells, maintains the nervous system, and helps create DNA.
• Calcium: Keeps bones strong, expands blood to muscles and vessels
• Iron: Transports oxygen, regulates cell growth and differentiation, integral part of many proteins and enzymes
• Omega 3 Fatty Acids: Protects against atherosclerosis, acts as an anti-inflammatory
In order to keep from losing these nutrients that are crucial in order to live a healthy lifestyle, you can eat:
• Wheat: Breakfast cereals, yeast extract, fortified oatmeal/cereal
• Vegetable Substitutes: Vegetable stock, veggie burgers,
• Soy Products: Soy milk, tofu, soy beans, soy nuts
• Beans: Lentils, any kind of beans, chickpeas
To conclude, yes, a vegan diet is extremely healthy. Research has shown that people who follow a vegetarian diet are at a lower risk for obesity, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, diverticulosis, renal disease, some cancers (including lung and breast), and gallstones. Also, cholesterol is only found in animal foods, so vegan diets are completely cholesterol-free. This diet focuses on fresh, unprocessed foods and will help with many future health problems in the long run.

Indoor Herb Gardening


indoor gardenIndoor Herb Gardening


Herbs work almost as well indoors as they do outside, and you can grow herbs inside for easy cooking access. One of the more flexible ways to grow herbs is in containers. Here are five great herbs for your indoor garden.


Basil: With dozens of types to choose from, basil satisfies almost any palate. It’s best known as the main ingredient in pesto, but some varieties impart anise, lemon, mint, cinnamon, or clove flavors to foods.


Chives: Chive blossoms are pretty enough to fit in any perennial border. Whether you grow them with your flowers or your herbs, you can harvest chive blooms or the tubular stems to add a delicate onion flavor to dishes.


Dill: Dill’s tangy flavor is synonymous with pungent pickles. Use the seeds, flowers, and ferny foliage to season foods. Harvest leaves as needed, the flowers as they open, and the seeds just as they ripen.


Fennel: Fennel’s fine-texture foliage resembles dill leaves. But this easy-growing plant comes in green or bronze varieties. The herb provides a soft, nutty version of anise in the kitchen.


Garlic: Garlic’s pungent bulbs have long been used for flavoring food and in medicines. It’s even been grown with roses, where it reportedly repels aphids.