Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Throw It Away!

Do you know how many extra calories you put in your mouth every day? If you are a parent who is home with little children you might put more then you think into your body. Think about this … When your kids leave the table do you eat what is left over on their plates?

Hummmm …

I had this friend who would eat her kids leftovers. Parts of sandwiches, bites of cookies, piecrust, … the list goes on and on. What ever was left on her children’s plates she just couldn’t throw it away. “There are children starving! How can I throw this away.”

Now I was brought up with the idea that you must clean you plate or what ever you put on your plate you better eat it. Sometimes our eyes are bigger than our stomachs. Don’t worry about cleaning your plate or your kids’ plates. Scrape those plates and feed your disposal. Teach yourself and your kids to stop eating when they are full. Use section plates or smaller ones to keep portions at a limit. We shouldn’t make it a practice of wasting food but throwing away what is left on the plate is better than putting it on your waist.

Don't forget after the meal isn't the only time we are tempted to put more calories in our mouths. Too much tasting the stew to see if is just right adds an extra helping before you even sit down to eat with the family.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Drinking Water?

I just read some interesting information about water. My mother used to always tell me that I should drink eight glasses a day and I’ve heard that you should drink half your weight in ounces in water everyday. (example: if you weigh 100 pounds then you should drink 50 ounces of water) I try and drink a lot of water. In the summer months it is easy but I really have to think about in the colder months.

Anyway, back to the interesting information.

Most of the world knows that water helps your kidneys work but did you know drinking water also forces fat to be used as fuel, making it one of the main keys to success in weightloss. And, without adequate water, kidneys are unable to function properly, shifting the liver into overdrive. Since the liver cannot properly metabolize stored fat as energy, the result for the body is more stored fat. Which I think my cousin, Ninook, would only want way up in the northern regions of Canada. So drink your water for the day and turn that stored fat into fuel!