- Buy Individually wrapped candies- If you are tempted to eat more than 1-2 pieces of candy at one time, you will be less likely to over-indulge if you have to physically open more wrappers than if you had the unwrapped candy already at your fingertips.
- Out of site, out of mind. Don't leave a bowl or jar of candy out in your living room or coffee table. That will only tempt you.
- Eat dinner before Trick or Treating so that your hunger is satisfied before being exposed to tons of candy.
- Eat with your non-dominant hand. You will be more likely to pay more attention to how much you are eating and you will be eating slower since it isn't as reflexive as your dominant hand.
- Freeze any chocolate and take out one 1 piece only each day so that you can have a small treat at night by the time it is thawed. Since the others are still frozen, it will force you to pace yourself and inhibit you from over-eating at one sitting.
- Only buy a small bag of candy so you are less likely to have any leftovers after the trick or treaters come.
- Recycle/Give Leftovers- If you do have leftovers, you can put them in your gift wrapping area of your house for filling future holiday gifts/stocking stuffers, OR you could give the rest of the candy to the last trick-or treater. BONUS: You will have the best house reputation in the neighborhood.
- Give out toys, stickers, glow in the dark sticks instead of candy! BONUS: Glow in the dark toys will help kids stay visible and safe at night, and what kid doesn't like things that glow in the dark??
Whether you are going out trick or treating, or staying home to hand out candy, you will want to listen to these tips to stay healthy and in control tonight on Halloween.
For more tips about how to stay healthy during the holidays, check back around Thanksgiving and Christmas for new posts!
One of my biggest goals is to run the Disney Princess Half Marathon. I signed up in July and started training shortly after. Training has been very difficult, but I am excited that I have already come 3 miles closer to my half marathon!
Just because I'm a dietitian doesn't mean running comes easy to me.
In fact, I started at barely running a 1/2 mile. But with hard work and dedication, now I can run 6x the amount that I started!
Everything is hard but you have to WANT it enough to succeed. What are your goals that you have been putting on the back burner for too long? Get out there and go accomplish it!
Everyday is a choice- Make it a good one!
13.1 here I come!
Ever get frustrated with how quickly your bananas brown?
I know I do. I feel like I am constantly replenishing my stock of bananas and never get to enjoy them all before they brown again. If you feel the same way as I do, and are looking for a way to use those bananas, keep reading!! I have a great recipe that will allow you to transform those ugly bananas into warm, mouth-watering, healthy banana cranberry chia bread! It tastes delicious, especially on a brisk, cold autumn day!
Bonus: This recipe is low in calories, low in fat, rich in omega 3's for better heart health, and rich in antioxidants to keep your immune system healthy during this upcoming flu season!
Ingredients (Serves 16 people):
*Cranberries are rich in antioxidants, which can help the body fight off infections, illnesses, or diseases.
**You can make this recipe gluten-free by using Redmill's Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
***Chia seeds are high in fiber, protein, and omega 3 fatty acids which aid in digestion, and cardiac health.
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Add flour, sugar, spices, baking powder, and baking soda into one large bowl and mix well together.
3. Add the egg, raw bananas, chia seeds, and vanilla extract to the same bowl and mix until all ingredients are well blended and the flour is no longer visible. (The batter should look chunky).
4. Add cranberries and gently stir into the batter to prevent mushing, for lack of better word.
5. Pour the batter into 2 bread pans and cook for about 40 minutes.
6. Allow bread to cool, and enjoy!
Serving: 1 slice -Calories: 120 -Carbs: 27 grams -Fiber: 3 grams -Protein: 2 grams
-Sat Fat: <1 gram -Cholesterol: 11 mg -Trans Fat: 0 grams -Sodium: 245 mg -Iron: 6.4 mg
Ok, who is tired of constantly being told by the media that they are not good enough?
Well you are not alone! A few years ago, Love Your Body Day was started by the National Organization for Women to stop women from criticizing and critiquing their bodies based on the media's superficial standards. Instead of buying into the media's portrayal of beauty, Love Your Body Day encourages women to simply love their bodies just the way they are and to focus on the beautiful things that make you, YOU!
I am bringing this to light because having a healthy perception of ourselves (both men and women) is a crucial part of developing adequate nutrition and overall health and wellness. If our mental perception of ourselves is down, our nutritional status will also suffer. Quite fittingly, since the original Love Your Body Day took place in Mid-October, I've decided to bring back this idea as Love Your Body Week on the blog.
Throughout this week, be sure to check my Twitter: @TheDishRD for encouraging and inspirational quotes! Please spread the word to others by retweeting, commenting, or replying with the hashtag: #loveyourbodyweek
Here are 7 ways for you to celebrate Loving Your Body this week:
1. Write it out. Write down a list of features, personality quirks, or talents that you love about yourself. No need to be humble on this one- you do not have to show anyone! Fill free to put the list on your mirror as a daily reminder of your great strengths!
2. Exercise for fun. ...Wait, did you say fun? Yes! Exercise has been shown to be one of the most highly affective ways to boost mood and self-confidence. Exercising does not always have to be dreadful. Instead of working out just for burning calories, try to exercise for benefiting your mood and your health. Take a fun dance class, go on a scenic walk/hike through the city or a beautiful state park, play a fun game of capture the flag with friends, or sign up for a local Color Run!
3. Catch those Z's. Sleep is also fundamental for our overall health and our mental stamina. Those who get more sleep than others are usually more optimistic, confident, healthy, and happy. The National Sleep Foundation recommends achieving about 7 hours of sleep each night for adults.
4. Relax. Ever heard the phrase, "I'll relax when I retire?" Get that out of your head! If you don't take the time to relax, the opportunity will never come. Relaxing is one of the most underrated human activities, yet it is so vital to our overall physical and mental health. Take time this week to curl up and read a good book (one that is a struggle to put down), take a hot bubble bath, get a pedicure..etc. You deserve it!
5. Savor the flavor! No ordering fast foods, eating in the car, or microwaving meals this week! Really take time to cook or enjoy a truly delicious, sit-down meal so that you can savor each bite! Too often, we rush through meals and forget to enjoy the splash of flavors on our plates that nourish our bodies, and liven our tastebuds each day.
6. Media Power Outage. Sometimes all it takes is a brief breach from magazines, television, and the internet to realize that the media is filled with false advertising and "fake," photoshopped beauty. During this time away from media sources, take time to focus on yourself, and appreciate what makes you unique and special.
7. *****Encourage others. This is the most important tip. This world will become less focused on the media if we truly learn to focus on reality. By encouraging others' features, traits, personalities...etc we can shape our world into a more genuine place!*****
Fill free to comment here about other ways that you can love your body this week! I would love to hear more ideas!
Research shows that people who log what they eat and how much they exercise will reach their nutritional goals more quickly than those who do not use food/exercise logs.
I am a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, and a self-proclaimed foodie currently living in Washington D.C. I genuinely want to help people enjoy healthy eating. I hope that through my blog you will learn a bit more about nutrition, share with me in my love-hate relationship for exercise, eat well, and feel good :)