How to Eat Healthy at a Barbecue

How to Eat Healthy at a Barbecue

Healthy Eating for Women, Life, Nutrition for Women, Nutrition Tips for Women
  We all know the importance of a healthy diet in keeping our bodies in optimal shape, but we also know how delicious food can be, especially at a barbecue. The aromas wafting from the grill alone can be enough to make our mouths water. And when the spread is ready, it’s easy to pile our plates high with the good stuff. Photo Credit: Stephanie McCabe   Thanks for watching!Visit Website     There’s no reason to leave a barbecue feeling guilty, though. If you know what you’re doing, it’s totally possible to eat healthy and thoroughly enjoy your food. Follow these five tips to satisfy your barbecue itch and remain on your health streak at the same time. 1. Always Start With Vegetables Yes, just like mom and dad used…
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How She Fuels: Sarah Brown

How She Fuels: Sarah Brown

Athlete Spotlight, Life, Nutrition for Women, Supplements for Women, Women's Fitness Personalities
For 31-year-old Sarah Brown, health and fitness is a huge part of her family dynamic. So much so that she says, “Our son has been attending bodybuilding and fitness events with us since he was 6 days old! Yes, days!”It’s no surprise because being active is definitely in Brown’s DNA. As a teen, she dabbled in ice skating and competitive cheerleading, and she even earned a black belt in seidokan karate. Back in 2011 when she went to a bodybuilding show with her husband (who is a bodybuilder), she saw the Bikini division for the first time and thought, Now that’s a great look for me. I want to prep for one of these shows. She asked her husband to train her, and she placed in the top five at…
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Ask the Nutritionist: Cramps – Oxygen Magazine

Ask the Nutritionist: Cramps – Oxygen Magazine

Healthy Eating for Women, Nutrition for Women, Nutrition Tips for Women
Q: I get cramps in my legs and feet during and after workouts. I eat a lot of bananas, so I think I get plenty of potassium. What else could be causing the cramps? A: You’re right: As long as you’re eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and have normal functioning kidneys, potassium deficiency is likely not your problem, unless you use diuretics, vomit often or have frequent diarrhea, which can decrease your potassium supply. Instead, low-calcium intake could be the culprit of your cramps. You should be aiming for 1,300 milligrams of calcium — and no less than 800 milligrams of calcium — per day. You can near those numbers by drinking two to three glasses of milk a day (8 ounces of milk contains about 300 milligrams of…
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One Food, Five Ways: Watermelon

One Food, Five Ways: Watermelon

Healthy Eating for Women, Healthy Recipes for Women, Nutrition for Women, Nutrition Tips for Women
Summer is just not summer without watermelon. This iconic picnic fruit is directly related to cucumbers, pumpkins and gourds, and besides containing a cool 92 percent water, watermelon also boasts a host of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to keep you healthy and happy all year-round. Here are five new ways to enjoy this refreshing fruit and keep your nutrition on point.Thanks for watching!Visit Website1. As a post-workout juiceWatermelon juice contains L-citrulline, an amino acid that has been shown to reduce muscle soreness and improve recovery postworkout. It’s also reputed to increase nitrous-oxide levels, helping blood vessels expand and relax, thereby reducing blood pressure. To make your own relax-and-recover juice, blend 2 to 3 cups of watermelon chunks, then strain the mixture into a pitcher and serve over ice. 2. As…
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Fuel: Understanding Amino Acids – Oxygen Magazine

Fuel: Understanding Amino Acids – Oxygen Magazine

Healthy Eating for Women, Nutrition for Women, Nutrition Tips for Women, Supplements for Women
We all know that protein provides the building blocks for muscle. And it’s common knowledge that on the molecular level, amino acids provide the building blocks for protein. But not all aminos are the same, and the amounts of each you need vary based on overall protein consumption and the requirements of your fitness lifestyle. To understand more about these critical nutrients and why you need them, let’s take a closer look.Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteThere are 20 proteinogenic amino acids that create proteins in the body to perform countless physiological and chemical processes, including muscular development and maintenance. These are categorized according to their need to be supplied in the diet or the body’s ability to manufacture sufficient amounts for health. The three categories are known as essential, nonessential and…
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Sugar: The Healthy Truths – Oxygen Magazine

Sugar: The Healthy Truths – Oxygen Magazine

Healthy Eating for Women, Nutrition for Women, Nutrition Tips for Women
Whenever I’m talking to someone about his or her diet, one of the first things I ask about is sugar intake. Many people have no idea how much sugar they are consuming daily. An easy way to find out is to download any calorie tracker and input your food intake for the day. Ideally, your sugar intake number should be somewhere between 40 to 60 grams per day, depending on your sex, activity level and body composition goals. The American Heart Association recommends limiting intake even further: 25 grams or 100 calories per day for women and 35 grams or 150 calories per day for men.Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteExcess sugar can cause your body to hold onto fat (especially at your midline), leave you feeling hungrier because of a spike…
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Watermelon’s Wow Factor

Watermelon’s Wow Factor

Healthy Recipes for Women, Nutrition for Women
Boost your nutrition with these five refreshing, summertime recipes.Mark Twain said, “When one has tasted watermelon, he knows what the angels eat.” So when’s the last time you indulged in this heavenly fruit? If it’s been a while, make sure to stock up in time for National Watermelon Day, which falls on August 3 this year.“National Watermelon Day is a chance for everyone, everywhere to appreciate and share their love for watermelon,” says Stephanie Barlow, senior director of communications at the Watermelon Board. “Whether shared around a pool or picnic table this summer, watermelon evokes happiness, healthiness, family and fun.”More Than Just a Summertime SweetSure, watermelon is a refreshing treat during pool parties and barbecues, but there are many reasons to enjoy this fruit beyond festive outdoor gatherings. According to…
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