Our motivation to get active is too often about our weight or body image. As a society where 68.8% of our population is overweight or obese, this is probably thought of as a good thing. However, research shows that we actually spend less time exercising when weight loss and better health are our motivation. So why should we get moving?
Looking to incorporate more plant-based foods into your diet? Although a great idea, diets high in plant-based foods can sometimes lack enough protein. The average diet should include anywhere from 1.0-2.0 gm protein/kg body weight. Check out our 5 favorite plant-based protein sources for a nutritious diet high in protein, vitamins, and minerals.
On average, less than 1% of Americans eat the daily recommended amount of whole grains. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines recommends eating at least half of your grains, or about 3 servings, as whole grains over the course of the day. Carbohydrates get a bad rap, but whole grains can act as an essential part of a nutritious diet and improve health in the long run. Here’s how:
When it comes to your heart, your diet and lifestyle definitely matter. Although no single food is a cure-all, certain foods have been shown to significantly improve cardiovascular health, by lowering blood pressure and keeping your cholesterol in line. Add these five items to your shopping cart in order to lower your risk of heart disease and to help keep your heart at its best.
Our brains require just as much nutrition and energy as our bodies. Nutrients like B vitamins, healthy fats, and antioxidants can improve memory, concentration, and overall brain health. Stressed at your job, overworked from midterms, or just feeling mentally exhausted recently? Munch on these 5 foods to boost overall brain health:
This season, New Year’s resolutions and new healthy habits are all everyone is talking about. But, only 8% of these changes will form into lasting habits and changing your diet can be particularly hard. The premise of a “New Year’s Resolution” is that it happens after the new year, allowing us to procrastinate a little longer.
As many of you may know, March was National Nutrition Month (NNM). With that, I spent a lot of the month talking to adults and students about how to “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right”, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics slogan for NNM 2016. However, as the month came to a close I got thinking about how important it is to emphasize these techniques all year. Nobody likes eating bland, tasteless food and a healthy, balanced plate can be anything but that! Here are my favorite ways to savor the flavor all year.
Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for Americans? In fact, about 25% of deaths in the U.S. are caused by heart disease. With February being National Heart Month, there is no better time to talk about prevention. Keep these top 5 tips in mind to stay heart healthy!
Smart snacking is key in maintaining a healthy diet. Snacking can help keep blood sugar and energy levels steady throughout the day and keep us alert and energized during daily tasks. It can also help us meet our daily nutritional needs, curb hunger at inopportune times, and help manage weight, but only when done right. Keep these 5 points in mind next time you reach for your favorite between-meal treat:
Every five years, the United States issues the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). In honor of their 2015 debut, today's Super Plate Sunday is all about the recommendations that can help make your overall plate super! The MyPlate returned in the new 2015 Guidelines with a few major changes that all Americans should take note of.
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I'm Lexi, a Certified Sports Dietitian and Yoga Instructor. I work with individuals to help them reach optimum health and performance through balanced nutrition.