Fiesta Lime Rice

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The key to calorie control and dieting is choices.  You have to choose foods that will make you feel full and energized instead of leaving you lethargic and hungry an hour after you put the fork down.  I think these types of recipes that create salads with using rice, beans, quinoa, or other grains or legumes are a great way to keep the calorie counts down while not leaving the tank empty.  An empty tank leads to snacking which is the death of any diet.  This one comes from my wife and my favorite recipe website skinnytaste.com.  Check it out!

Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 1 cup
Calories: 152.8 • Fat: 0.8 g • Protein: 5.7 g • Carb: 33.7 g • Fiber: 4 g • Sugar: 1. Continue reading “Fiesta Lime Rice”

The Best Diet

Source: Consumer Reports
Source: Consumer Reports

One of the most common questions I have been asked since I started focusing so much on the research behind weight loss is which diet is the most effective.  This is usually a hot topic because people can be very passionate about their diets.  They have very strong opinions and fervent beliefs. Continue reading “The Best Diet”

The Vitamin Myth

vitamin myth

I came across a very interesting article recently that sheds light on the multi-billion dollar vitamin and supplement industry.  Years of clever marketing have manipulated our ability to understand or consume these products objectively.  Please read the article to get the full picture:

http://m.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/07/the-vitamin-myth-why-we-think-we-need-supplements/277947/

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Spinach Stuffed Zucchini

Source: tasteofhome.com

My wife makes these all the time only we use vegetarian meat substitute which will lower the calories and fat.  There are many things you can do with the stuffed zucchini.   Bottom line is that it’s a great substitute for pastas that seriously cuts your calorie counts and increases the nutritional value.  Two stuffed zucchini halves equals 242 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 75 mg cholesterol, 857 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 22 g protein. Enjoy! Continue reading “Spinach Stuffed Zucchini”

Is Diet Soda Bad For You?

saccharin pellets

I have been asked questions about the safety of diet soda and artificial sweeteners on many occasions so I thought I’d do a little research to educate myself and others on the issue.  Before reading further you should read a prior post on my general approach to deciding whether something is ‘good for you’ or ‘bad for you’ (Click here).   What follows is a brief overview of what I learned about artificial sweeteners and how they may affect weight gain.

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Salt, Sugar, and Fat

salt sugar fat

I have been reading a great new book recently entitled “Salt, Sugar, Fat: How The Food Giants Hooked Us” by Michael Moss. As you can imagine, this book is right up my alley.  I have learned quite a bit.  Even after all the reading I have done on the topic, I was still blown away by the myriad ways these companies manipulate us to become dependent on their products.  Continue reading “Salt, Sugar, and Fat”

McCalorie Counting

The Coffee Bean & Tea LeafA few months ago I was in The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in Southern California on a vacation.  Seeing as it was my vacation, I planned on splurging on one of those $5 frozen smoothie/coffee drinks that I do love so.  As I was making my selection I noticed taht The Coffee Bean has an interesting feature on their ordering menu.  They list the calorie counts of all of their products just to the left of the menu item.  When I saw that big Mocha Ice Blended had 540 calories, I was filled with surprise and flooded with that guilty feeling I get at the ice cream shop.   Continue reading “McCalorie Counting”

Good For You is Bad For You

English: Fruit on display at La Boqueria marke...

I had an interesting conversation with somebody the other day that went something like this:

Them:  I’ve been eating more fruit lately, isn’t that good for you?
Me:  Well, it sort of depends on how much you’re eating.  Eating too much fruit can be “bad for you” if you take in too many calories.
Them:  So fruit is “bad for you”.
Me:  No, fruit is full of nutrients and fiber and usually provides less calories and sugars per ounce than other processed foods.
Them:  So fruit is “good for you”.
Me:  It depends on how much you eat… Continue reading “Good For You is Bad For You”

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