Don’t Dine with Your Computer

1007Eating in front of a computer can cause you to pack on the pounds! A study conducted by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition proved that those participants who ate lunch in front of a computer (while playing solitaire) reported not feeling satisfied, versus those that ate the same amount without distractions and who instead felt satisfied. Allowing yourself to concentrate on just your meal will help you gauge and appreciate the act of nourishment, and will help you stop reaching for additional calories throughout the day.*

Avoid distractions when you sit down and eat. Instead, concentrate on your food, chew slowly and take the time to appreciate tastes and textures to ensure that you take it all in.

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*http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1339074/Eating-lunch-office-desk-makes-hungrier-later.html
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Diet Soda Does the Opposite

1004A University of Texas study has concluded that with every daily can of diet soda, a person increased their risk of being overweight by a shocking 41%! The sugar substitutes found in diet sodas (such as aspartame, sucralose and saccharin) could be to blame. Because these sweeteners provide zero calories, your taste buds relay to your brain that you’re consuming something, yet body doesn’t gain any energy. Studies show that these empty calories throw off your body’s ability to properly judge your consumption, which then causes you to overeat and finally, gain weight.*

Kick your soda habit and opt for the healthiest available alternative: water flavored with slices of detoxifying citrus fruit. If you’re craving carbonation, enjoy some mineral water in moderation. If you are in need of a caffeine boost, reach for some green tea, which, unlike diet sodas, can quench your thirst while offering up some cleansing antioxidants.

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*http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/11/diet-soda-health-risks_n_3581842.html
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Aspartame May Cause Leukemia

823Approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1998, Splenda seemed to be a healthy substitute to sugar. However, with more of the toxic chemical chlorine than aspartame, it has proven to be just the opposite. A study conducted on mice showed that Splenda caused Leukemia.*

Splenda (and other artificial sweeteners) can cause depression, weight gain, headaches and blurred vision. Avoid products (like diet sodas, juices and ice cream) that use artificial sweeteners like Splenda at all costs!

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*http://news.msn.com/us/splenda-goes-from-safe-to-caution-after-leukemia-found-in-mice
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Reduce Refined Sugar Intake

1584Refined sugar negatively affects your metabolism, teeth and overall health. Overdoing your sugar intake can lead to weight gain, stomach troubles, liver problems and diseases such as diabetes. Doctors recommend no more than 50 grams of sugar a day. The average can of cola contains 30 grams of sugar. To reduce your refined sugar intake, read food and drink labels and avoid words such as glucose, dextrose, fructose, corn syrup sweeteners and maltose.*

Clean eating and drinking is the easiest way to reduce your refined sugar intake. For example, switching from soda and juices to clean water is a quick, simple and effective way to eliminate massive amounts of sugar from your diet.

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*https://authoritynutrition.com/10-disturbing-reasons-why-sugar-is-bad/
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Artificial Sweeteners Pack on the Pounds

1368Artificial sweeteners won’t help you lose weight. In fact, they can trick your body into gaining weight. When you use artificial sweeteners, the appetite suppressant chemicals in your body decrease, and your sugar cravings and feelings of sugar dependency increase. In one animal study, artificial sweeteners were linked to cancer. In another study, the popular sweetener known as aspartame was linked to methanol toxicity, which is a possible contributor to the development of autism.*

When it comes to watching your weight, all sweeteners should be used in moderation. For artificial sweetener alternatives, consider using coconut sugar, molasses, or honey.

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*https://www.sandiegofamily.com/dining-and-recipes/family-health-nutrition/618-how-artificial-sweeteners-can-actually-pack-on-the-pounds
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Watch Out for Toxic Splenda

splendaA study on sucralose (Splenda) resulted in a lengthy list of troubling safety issues, from DNA damage to toxicity. The study showed that Splenda destroys as much as half of the healthy bacteria in your stomach. We also now know that Splenda alters glucose and insulin, which could lead to weight gain, insulin resistance or worse, type-2 diabetes.*

Cut out toxic Splenda from your sweetener routine. Instead, reach for agave or date sugar, which are natural, safe ways to satisfy your sweet tooth.

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*http://www.peertrainer.com/health/complete-guide-to-sweeteners.aspx
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Use Smaller Containers

tupperwareIt’s time to start eating out of smaller containers. A study released by Cornell University showed that people who ate out of large containers ended up consuming 50% more calories than those who opted for a smaller dish. Smaller containers help you pace your consumption and will protect you from the discomfort (and weight gain) that comes from overeating.*

The next time you order take-out, resist the urge to eat directly out of the large container. Instead, portion out the appropriate amount of food onto a smaller plate and take your time eating at a slower, more digestive-friendly pace.

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*http://foodpsychology.cornell.edu/outreach/large-plates.html
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Aspartame May Cause Leukemia

sugarApproved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1998, Splenda seemed to be a healthy substitute to sugar. However, with more of the toxic chemical chlorine than aspartame, it has proven to be just the opposite. A study conducted on mice showed that Splenda caused Leukemia.*

Splenda (and other artificial sweeteners) can cause depression, weight gain, headaches and blurred vision. Avoid products (like diet sodas, juices and ice cream) that use artificial sweeteners like Splenda at all costs!

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Dr. Kim

*http://news.msn.com/us/splenda-goes-from-safe-to-caution-after-leukemia-found-in-mice
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Avoid Processed Foods for Weight Loss

“Processed foods not only extend the shelf life, but they extend the waistline as well.”
– Karen Sessions

When you eat canned, packaged and pasteurized foods, you will gain more weight. Let’s avoid processed foods to keep you slim and healthy.

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Children and Diet Sodas

Studies are showing that children are ditching regular sugar drinks for lower calorie ones. Overall, the consumption of soft drinks has increased around 500 percent over the last fifty years and in 2008, a study showed that 12.5 percent of kids are now consuming sweetened drinks. Parents may think this is a good trend to see their children consuming diet drinks, but it’s not! Obesity amongst children is still on the rise. Artificial sweeteners are linked to weight gain, diet or not, and one study showed that drinking a diet soda per day can increase your chances of getting type-2 diabetes by as much as 67 percent.[1]

Teach your children healthy lifestyle habits that will set them up for a lifetime. Instead of giving them a diet drink, show them healthier alternatives like natural sodas.

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[1]http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2012/08/31/kids-diet-drinks.aspx
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