• Everything in Moderation: Does it Work?

    Everything in moderation—it seems like such a good idea. It “feels” right because it promotes the idea of a balanced approach to nutrition in a nice, neat simple saying. But does it help us or hurt us?

    Let’s look at the term moderation, defined as: restraint; avoidance of extremes or excesses; temperance.

    Is this really how most people act out moderation with nutrition?

  • Study: Mediterranean Diet May Help Slow Aging Process

    Could the foods we eat could slow down or speed up the aging process? And if so, what foods potentially offer a fountain of youth and why? According to a new study published in The British Medical Journal, eating a Mediterranean diet (see sidebar) might help extend your lifespan because it appears to be associated with longer telomere length, which is an established marker of slower aging.

  • 8 Tips for Eating Healthy When Dining Out

    By Kelley Vargo

    No matter what your health and fitness goals may be—shedding a few extra pounds, training for a competition or just eating healthier—it is possible to dine out and still stay on track. Whether you’re grabbing a quick bite to eat at lunch or on a romantic date, eating clean on-the-go can become second nature. Just follow these eight guidelines and you can “have your cake and eat it too.”

  • How to Eat and Train for a Mesomorph Body Type

    Have you been killing it in the gym, but aren’t seeing the results you want? Do you eat a varied and balanced clean diet, but feel frustrated about not attaining your physique goals?

    If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, you might be eating and training for a body type other than your own. To reach your fitness goals, it’s best to start with the basics and to know your body type.

    What's Your Type?

    Different body types require different diet plans and training methods. There are three body types: mesomorphs, endomorphs and ectomorphs. Most people are a blend of two body types, with one being more dominant. The focus of this article is mesomorphs.

  • 10 Ways to Avoid Overeating

    Food is everywhere. It’s at the gas station, the shopping mall, on the reception desk at work and in the park. It’s how we celebrate birthdays, holidays and even social outings. It’s difficult to ever go hungry in our abundant society.

    Given the prevalence of food, do you sometimes find yourself eating more than your belly can handle? Have you ever sat down and ate an entire gallon of ice cream? Have you gone back to the buffet line several times, knowing that it’s more than you should be eating? Avoiding overeating can be a huge challenge, but here are 10 ways to help keep you on track for a healthier regimen.

  • Food Swaps That Can Improve the Western Diet Lover's Health

    You’ve likely heard of the Western Diet, also known as the typical American’s diet. Given its negative effect on your health, it might as well be dubbed the Wild Western Diet. Sadly, it’s how many Americans tend to eat and it’s becoming increasingly popular in developing countries as well. Large amounts of red meat, sugary desserts, high-fat foods and refined grains are eaten instead of wholesome, unprocessed foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, seafood and poultry. It’s no surprise that the Western diet is linked to heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity and cancer (particularly colorectal cancer).

  • 6 Reasons Carbs Are Your Friend

    If you’re like many weight-loss hopefuls who come to us believing that carbs are their worst enemy, we’ve got some good news. You actually should eat some carbs to assist in your weight loss! In fact, opting for quality carbohydrates like whole grains, legumes, fruits and veggies will help you feel satisfied and show off a leaner, more energetic body. Another bonus? Quality carbohydrates actually improve your health.

    The key to the making sure carbohydrates are your friend is to choose portion-controlled, quality carbohydrates (like the ones mentioned above) that are packed with fiber and nutrients and that aren’t processed into a lesser food.

    Here are six reasons you shouldn’t be afraid of all carbs:

    1. Hello, energy!

  • Fun Ways to Add Avocado to Your Diet This Summer

    With nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, it is no wonder the avocado is considered a nutrient powerhouse. Here are a few fun facts from the California Avocado Commission.

    • Avocados are actually classified as a fruit rather than a vegetable.
    • They contain 5 grams of fat per serving and most of if is of the heart-healthy monounsaturated variety.
    • The American-grown avocado’s official name is Persea americana, but it’s often referred to as an alligator pear due to its unique skin texture.
    • California supplies 90 percent of the U.S. with avocados, with 40 percent of that total grown in San Diego County alone.
    • Adored by many, 43 percent of all U.S. households purchase fresh avocados for their recipes at home.

  • New Study Highlights Weight-loss Benefits of Proper Meal Timing

    Metabolism is impacted by the body's circadian rhythm—the biological process that the body follows over a 24-hour cycle. So the time of day we eat can have a big impact on the way our bodies process food, says Dr. Daniela Jakubowicz of TAU's Sackler Faculty of Medicine and the Diabetes Unit at Wolfson Medical Center. In her recent study, she discovered that those who eat their largest daily meal at breakfast are far more likely to lose weight and reduce their waistline circumference than those who eat a large dinner.

  • A Perfect Day of Meals


    Berry Topped Oatmeal and a Veggie Egg White Omelet (1/2 cup cooked oatmeal, ¾ cup blueberries, 6 egg whites, ½ cup each spinach, sliced mushrooms and bell peppers)

    Why we love it: This meal is low in calories (about 300!) and one of the most satisfying meal combinations to tide you over until lunch. It also packs an incredible nutrient and antioxidant punch.

    • Oatmeal is super satisfying. Full of fiber-packed, energy-revving carbs, it fuels your brain and muscles. For us, we eat one-half cup cooked, and we like it prepared super thick and hearty. Oatmeal is a whole grain that helps to lower cholesterol and fight heart disease and diabetes.