Orange Chicken Fingers

Orange Chicken Fingers

Being the father of four kids (one of them an extremely picky eater) I know how hard it is to find foods that everyone will eat.   I can say that I know from experience but my knowledge is second hand as its my wife that bears the brunt of this challenge so gracefully.  If you throw on top of this the challenge of finding healthy options for your kids to help them develop and prevent you from feeling always guilty, you’re in for it.   Continue reading “Orange Chicken Fingers”

Why You Can’t Be Trusted


There is a principle in the world of weight loss that is essential to helping you understand why people are unsuccessful at losing weight.  Human beings are extremely inaccurate in estimating their caloric intake.  By human beings, I mean you.  I also mean me, but I already read this so, I’m directing this to you.  I often hear people tell me that they “watch what they eat” or that they “eat healthy” and yet they cannot lose weight.   When pressed, they are almost never able to tell me exactly what this means.  This creates one of the greatest obstacles to weight loss.  People have absolutely no idea how many calories they are consuming.    Continue reading “Why You Can’t Be Trusted”

Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Mediterranean tuna salad

My ongoing and epic saga to to cut carbs and increase protein continues of late.  I have previously discussed why low carb diets are effective (Maybe A Calorie Isnt. Just a Calorie) and why getting enough protein is so difficult and important (Pro Protein).  Check out those posts to get the dish on those topics.  Speaking of a dish, I have decided to substitute salad with tuna and feta for my lunch.  This is a great option for many reasons.   Continue reading “Mediterranean Tuna Salad”

Skinny Fat

no moreSkinny fatI came across an interesting phrase that my sister-in-law used recently.  She referred to some of her friends as “skinny fat”.  The term, she explained, referred to people who were a healthy weight but did absolutely nothing to improve their physical fitness.  They were skinny on the outside but ‘fat’ on the inside.  This raises an important distinction that is essential to grasp if you want to not just be a healthy weight but actually be a healthy person.  There is a difference between body weight and health.  While it is not possible to be obese and healthy (see my prior post The Myth of the Healthy Obese) it is possible to be normal weight and unhealthy.  For this reason it is essential for your health that exercise and proper nutrition (not just calorie restriction) be a regular and central part of your weight loss plan.  Your goal should not just be to lose weight, it should be to become a healthier person.  Losing the weight is not enough. Continue reading “Skinny Fat”

Quinoa “Fried Rice”

source: skinnytaste.com

 

I was trolling my favorite recipe site skinnytaste.com to find a gluten-free recipe since that is all the rage.  I figured it would be good for all our Jewish friends who will be leaven-free for the next week or so as well.  When going gluten-free quinoa is a great way to go.  This South American seed has many grain-like qualities without actually being a grain.  It is a great lower calorie substitute for rice or pasta.  Enjoy!

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The ‘Magic’ of Whole Grains

smoke-mirrors-coverAn interesting fact of life is that when you’re eating a bowl of cereal, the nonsense on the box becomes some of the most interesting reading material you can find.  I’m not sure why this is.  The other day I was engrossed in a colorful maze on the back of my kids cereal box when I noticed a banner touting the fact that this very box contained oodles of whole grains.  Isn’t that fantastic!  This instantly inspired images in my brain of golden wheat blowing in the breeze.   Continue reading “The ‘Magic’ of Whole Grains”

Healthy Baked Chicken Nuggets

healthy-baked-chicken-nuggets

I’m not sure if this is a bad thing, but my palate has never fully grown up. I learned this a few weeks ago at a wedding when I found myself jealous of the chicken nuggets and french fries my kids were eating.  It’s not that my fancy chicken with a fancy sauce was not tasty. It’s not that the salad wasn’t yummy, it’s just that I didn’t recognize some of the vegetables in it.  At least I think they were vegetables.  I think there was a twig of some kind.   Continue reading “Healthy Baked Chicken Nuggets”

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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What Does 200 Calories Look Like?

what does 200 calories look like

My lovely wife forwarded this to me last night and it was too good to not pass on to you.  I wanted to add the following pictures which are  selection from that post which is at http://www.wisegeek.com/what-does-200-calories-look-like.htm.  These pictures help you visualize the importance of knowing how many calories are in the foods you eat.  For more on this check out my prior posts:  Why You Can’t Be Trusted and Test Your Knowledge which explain how uninformed most people are regarding their caloric intake. Continue reading “What Does 200 Calories Look Like?”

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