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Lemons, in general, have a bad reputation. Was your first car a lemon? Also, your taste buds do not live to savor bitter lemons — unless they are laced with lots of sugar. And your dentist says that too much of these culprits will erode your teeth away. Yes, the reputation of lemons needs to be rescued.
No matter what you think, the Egyptians recognized the health benefits of lemons centuries ago. They used its juice as the cure for infections and an antitoxin for poisons. These days, use of lemons for health benefits continues.
Not to worry. You may be better off. Recent studies show that junk food, including baked goods, increases your risk of becoming depressed. A few signs of depression are:
· Constantly sad
· Feelings of guilt or worthlessness for no reason
· Sudden weight changes
A recent study also revealed that individuals who ate the most junk foods and commercially prepared baked products were more likely to be
Many of us men and women want to be just like the celebrities we see in film and on television. We love their purses, suits, shoes, wardrobes, manicured nails, healthy skin tones and even the cars they drive. But most of all, we envy their pecs and the perfect bodies they seem to maintain in spite of foods and restaurants we all are tempted by. There must be a trick to the ways they diet and maintain their weight. Right??
Now in no way am I, as a Registered Dietitian, endorsing anything I share with you. This blog is basically a review of a few of the many common “celeb tricks” I uncovered for dieting and weight loss:
This year, give your Valentine lots of dark chocolates. First you’ll need a colorful red gift bag with hearts all over it. Then start shopping for a variety of items which contain at least 70% or higher of cocoa. This is the part of chocolates which contains healthy ingredients.
Why dark chocolate instead of either white or milk chocolate?
Researchers have found that frostbite and hypothermia are not the only dangers for those who exercise, hike and play outdoors in the winter. Surprisingly, there is an increased risk for dehydration! You see, when the weather is cold, unlike hot weather or after sweaty workouts, people do not feel thirsty. How is water from our body lost? Through breathing. We do not sense why water intake may be needed because sweat evaporates beneath clothing in cold, dry air.
Since our bodies are made up of about two thirds water, it only takes a few percent of water loss to become dehydrated. It is interesting to note that our body relies on the sensation of thirst to maintain its fluid balance. The key to be adequately hydrated is to drink plenty of water, especially when outdoors in cold weather. Clear urine is a good indicator which shows you are not at risk of becoming dehydrated.
Lisa DeFazio’s a leading nutrition expert and a Master’s degree level Registered Dietitian, so be sure to check out her website and follow her on Twitter for more tips and videos — and if U wanna know more about dehydration OR anything else, U can always email us at Questions@FitPerez.com!!
Sometimes you need to just get your dip on!!
Of course, you need to make sure you aren't shoveling a bunch of unhealthy things into your mouth with the dip on them — that's counter productive to having a healthy dip! So, make wise choices!!
Here's the healthy Greek yogurt loaded with nutrients, though:
Ingredients: 2 bunches fresh spinach, ½ cup water, 3 tbs. canola oil, ½ cup onion chopped, 2 cups Greek yogurt, 1 tsp. salt, ¼ tsp. black pepper and ¼ tsp. garlic powder.
Preparation: Wash spinach, drain and chop into coarse pieces. Cook in sauce pan with water for 5 min. Drain, then chill. In a small pan, simmer onions in oil, then add spinach. After onions are cooked, add yogurt, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Stir and chill. Serve with pita bread, carrot sticks or whole grain crackers.
Benefits of Spinach are: loaded with iron, vitamin K, vitamin C and potassium
Reasons Greek yogurt is good for you are: excellent source of protein, calcium and potassium
- Lisa DeFazio’s a leading nutrition expert and a Master’s degree level Registered Dietitian, so be sure to check out her website and follow her on Twitter for more tips and videos — and if U wanna know more about dips OR anything else, U can always email us at Questions@FitPerez.com!!
Who's ready for some football?!!
Not you?! Oh no! What's wrong??
You're having guests over but don't know what to serve?? Well never fear! Lisa DeFazio is here!
Super Bowl Menu (serves 8):
- Diablo Avocado Dip
- Baked corn and and potato chips
- Imitation crab dip
- Variety of crackers
- Marinated white pinto bean salad
- Baked Garlic Chicken Wings and Drumettes
- Frozen Cherry Yogurt Pie
- Exotic Super Bowl Bubbly Punch
Avocado Diablo Dip
Ingredients: 5-6 large ripe avocados; 2-3 ripe limes; 2 Serrano Chile; Three vine ripened tomatoes; ½ bunch rinsed cilantro; 1 red onion; Salt to taste
Preparation: Mash and mix peeled ripe avocados with juice of limes, 2 diced Serrano Chiles (with seeds removed), diced tomatoes, finely chopped cilantro, I diced red onion and salt to taste. Chill before serving with dip chips. * Be sure to wash your hands after handling Chiles, because they can irritate your eyes.