3 Things to Eliminate from Your Kitchen

If you’re like me you sometimes find yourself in the kitchen eating a snack even though your original intent was not to eat. In fact, you weren’t even hungry before you started snacking!

Many of us fall victim to eating and snacking more than we mean to in our kitchens. There are 3 specific things we can eliminate from our kitchen to increase our willpower to snack less and eat better foods. The following will help us be healthier and manage our weight:

1. Clutter.

Cluttered counters and kitchens can be a downfall! Not only can cluttered counters and kitchens increase our stress levels when we walk in them, they also make it very difficult to prepare healthy meals when there is no counter space to chop vegetables or cook. The fix: get rid of your clutter and place on your countertops healthy snack options. What do I mean by healthy? I mean fruit and vegetables – did you know that only 1 in 10 Americans eat enough fruits and vegetables per day? (CDC Newsroom)...

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I felt conflicted. I wanted to be healthy, but I also didn’t want to never be able to eat sweets...

Several years ago, I (Clarissa) put on about 35 pounds of weight over the course of a year and a half. I worked hard to take it off. I stopped eating dessert for an entire summer. I also reduce my portion sizes at meals and starting exercising. My work paid off and I lost about 30 pounds. Satisfied enough with my weight, I allowed myself to start eating desserts again.

I quickly put back on 5 pounds. I was 10 pounds away from my goal weight. I felt conflicted. I wanted to be healthy, but I also didn’t want to never be able to eat sweets! I love sweets and I love social gatherings (often those go together). I was discouraged. Would controlling my weight always mean I had to deprive myself of food I loved?

One evening I attended an eating lecture. The lecturer told the audience that it wasn’t just our own will power that was causing us to overeat. He said there are things in our environment that prompt us to eat more than we need and that we can set ourselves up for...

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3 Ways Vegetables Aid in Weight Loss & Weight Management

 

A 2016 Gallop poll showed that 53% of adults would like to lose weight. Did you know that increasing your vegetable intake aids in weight loss & weight management? Increasing your vegetable intake is a cost effective, practical, sustainable and nutritious solution for weight loss and weight management goals! Here are three specific reasons why increasing vegetables will help you with weight loss and weight management!

Volumetrics. This is a term coined by Dr. Barbra Rolls, from Penn State, which says that you can eat a greater amount of food for less calories and still feel full or satisfied. Think about this - you could have the same amount of volume in a handful of potatoes chips as you would in a few handfuls of broccoli (let’s say both equal about 100 calories). The volume of food you can eat for the same amount of calories increases with broccoli and other vegetables. This helps you stay fuller longer than food with less volume! 

High in fiber. This means that...

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