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Snacks - Fruits & Veggies

Healthy Treats Naughty & Nice List

The holidays have so many exciting and sometimes stressful things going on, ranging from family, shopping, decorating and food. There are so many different things going on that staying healthy might take a back seat to the rigors and pleasures during this special time of year. Besides always being on the run, what people consume plays a huge role in their health.

Here are our dos and don’ts for holiday eating this year. Find out what foods and drinks made our naughty and nice lists below.

DO: Water

Water is very important to overall health because the human body needs an adequate amount to function properly. In addition, drinking water can also curb appetite and help people feel fuller so they won’t eat as much. Finally, water is healthier than other alternatives like alcohol and other holiday favorites.

Glass of Water with Lemon

DON’T: Eggnog

Eggnog is a classic holiday favorite, but it can get people into trouble with all the calories packed into this delightfully tasty drink. Each glass of eggnog can contain more than 300 calories, and if alcohol is added, that number can increase significantly.

DO: Seafood

Seafood might sound like a strange suggestion during the holiday season, but it’s a very good choice. Seafood isn’t as fatty as other holiday classics, and can be just as great tasting and satisfying. Also, seafood is high in protein, which can be helpful in losing weight and keeping the pounds off when exercising regularly.

Seafood - King Prawns

DON’T: Ham and Turkey

Although ham and turkey are the signature entrees for the holidays, both can be full of calories. Turkey (and other dark meat) contains more than 350 calories and over 20 grams of fat per serving. People may think it’s quite healthy, but in reality in can be quite fatty.

DO: Light Snacks

Everyone likes to reach for cookies and pie and everything in between, but incorporating snacks like fruit and vegetables instead of desserts can help keep the pounds off. A nice apple croissant or ranch dressing combined with a fruit or vegetable can satisfy those hunger cravings without adding the extra weight.

Snacks - Fruits & Veggies

DON’T: Pies and Sugary Desserts

Around this time of year, people start baking their famous pies! They taste so great and everyone marvels at their baking expertise. They are reluctant to exchange recipes because they know their pies and specialty dessert recipes are one-of-a-kind. While all this is true, most pies are made with ingredients loaded with calories. Some pie slices can contain more than 400 or 500 calories! These great-tasting treats may not be worth the extra calories in the end.

We hope this guide will help you choose more wisely between the naughty and nice treats this holiday season. We wish you the happiest of holidays from all of us at Life Priority.

 

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Drink Water

Dr. Lawrence Houston MDWith the warm months upon us, I get frequent questions from my patients about daily fluid consumption. Did you know that your body has a regulatory mechanism just for that? It is located in the hypothalamus, and if you listen it will tell you when to drink up. Keep in mind that some liquids can do more harm than good. Caffeine and alcohol can both have a diuretic effect, promoting dehydration. The amount of fluid necessary varies based on activity level, ambient temperature, and your individual metabolic rate. Generally, six to eight large glasses of water daily is sufficient for sedentary activities. Just listen to your body, and when you’re thirsty, DRINK WATER!

Dr. Larry Houston, MD

Mother-Daughter #HydrateMe Challenge: Drinking Enough Water

By Michelle Pryor

I recently was challenged to the #HydrateMe Challenge with my daughter Hailey. As a health enthusiast and working in the health industry for more than 25 years, I know the value of getting enough water daily. However, my results were surprising—I was only getting four to five full glasses a day.

michelle-pryor-and-daughters

After three weeks of getting enough water each day, I can tell you I do feel better and my skin is not dry. I have also lost five pounds without doing any extra physical activities. As we move into the summer, I hope this article will encourage you to take the #HydrateMe Challenge, too, and keep track for 30 days by logging your water intake. It might just surprise you. Take the challenge today with someone you love!

Did you know that 75 percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated? Water is so important that even mild dehydration could slow down one’s metabolism and thus lead to weight gain. Conversely, increasing your water intake can reduce hunger cravings (especially those late night cravings which hurt your weight loss goal). Finally, lacking the proper amount of water could lead to fatigue and fuzziness and difficulty with performing daily tasks like simple math. Are you drinking a healthy amount of water each day?

Water and Weight Loss: Can 8 Glasses a Day Keep Fat Away?

lemon-water-pitcherWater may be the single most important factor in losing weight and keeping it off. Incredible as it may seem, water may be the only true “magic potion” for permanent weight loss. Drinking a glass of water before a meal can suppress the appetite naturally and can help the body metabolize stored fat.

Water plays a vital role to help maintain proper muscle tone by giving muscles their natural ability to contract and by preventing dehydration. Being hydrated helps to prevent the sagging skin that usually follows weight loss—shrinking cells are buoyed by water, which plumps the skin and leaves it clear, healthy, and resilient.

In addition, water helps rid the body of waste. During weight loss, the body has a lot more waste to get rid of—all that metabolized fat must be shed. Again, adequate water helps flush out the waste.

Water can help relieve constipation. When the body gets too little water, it siphons what it needs from internal sources. The colon is one primary source. Result? Constipation. But, when a person drinks enough water, normal bowel function returns.

So far, we’ve discovered some remarkable truths about water and weight loss:

  • The body will not function without enough water, and can’t metabolize stored fat efficiently
  • Retained water shows up as excess weight
  • To get rid of excess water, you must drink more water
  • Drinking water is essential to weight loss

How much water is enough?

On average, a person must drink eight 8 oz. glasses every day. That’s two quarts, or half a gallon, of water. However, the overweight person needs one additional glass for every 25 pounds of excess weight. The amount you drink also should be increased if you exercise briskly or if the weather is hot and dry.

Water should preferably be cold—it’s absorbed into the system more quickly than warm water; and some evidence suggests that drinking cold water can actually help burn a few extra calories! When the body gets the water it needs to function optimally, its fluids are perfectly balanced.

  • Endocrine gland function improves
  • Fluid retention is alleviated
  • More fat is used as fuel because the liver is free to metabolize stored fat
  • Natural thirst returns
  • There is a loss of hunger almost overnight

Information provided for education purposes only. Not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any medical condition.

Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities

*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.