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5 Ways to Beat the Nighttime Nosh

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | March 15th, 2013 | 3 Comments
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by The FIRM nutrition expert Sara Ryba, R.D., C.D.N.

I remember my first sleepover as a young child, when my friend’s mom said we could have a midnight snack. It was so exciting to be able to eat junk food so late at night!

Of course, my opportunities to gorge like that were few and far between. But regular late-night noshing plagues many of us and can cause weight problems if you don’t control it.

Do you find that you consume too many calories after dinner? Are you continually returning to the kitchen for “one more thing”? Do you wake up in the morning annoyed that you snacked too much the night before? If so, you are not alone. Studies have suggested that people feel less inhibited to overdo the snacks after dark.

So, let’s do something about it! Nighttime eating is my weight-loss clients’ single most common obstacle. But it is a challenge worth taking on, as conquering this habit will open the door to long-lasting, successful weight loss.

4 Tips to Break Mindless Eating Habits

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | September 27th, 2012 | 6 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss | tags: calories, diet, eating habits, eating healthy, healthy-eating, junk food, lose-weight, mindless eating, Mindy Fenske, nutrition, snacking, the firm, weight-loss, working from home

Mindless Eating

By The FIRM Master Instructor Mindy Fenske

A while back, I took a teaching sabbatical and worked out of my house for a few months. Now, don’t get me wrong, I loved having the flexibility of working from home, but I had a small problem.

I would be working diligently at my computer, tap-tap-tapping the keyboard, when, all of a sudden, my fingers would stop. Then my legs would stand me up and walk me into the kitchen and, before I even realized what was happening, my hand would be force-feeding chips into my open mouth. It was as if my body was possessed by aliens!

How Yoga Made Me an Enlightened Eater

Kathryn Budig by Kathryn Budig | April 13th, 2011 | 10 Comments
topic: Detox, Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Yoga | tags: 21-day Standard Process cleanse, acupuncture, alcohol, ayurveda, caffeine, change, dairy, detox, diet, farmers market, fermented foods, flour, food, grocery store, health, healthy-eating, homeopathy, journey, junk food, Kathryn Budig, lifestyle, nuts, organic, processed food, raw food, smoothie, sugar, supplements, wheat, whole food, Yoga

Yoga DietI love food and I’m pretty sure it’s got a thing for me too.

I grew up in Kansas where cheese came in the form of a thin orange square wrapped in plastic. Dinner often came out of a box and I thought Miracle Whip and mayonnaise were the same thing. I lived blissfully unaware as I continued into my college years thinking the vegetable garden blend of cream cheese was healthy because it contained vegetables. You can’t fault a Kansas girl for trying.

It wasn’t until I started a full-time yoga practice that I started to change my ways. The interesting part was that no one pushed their yogic eating principles on me. It was simple — the more I practiced, the more my desire for good, healthy fuel grew.

Want to Eat Healthier? Plan Ahead!

Jessie Pavelka by Jessie Pavelka | February 16th, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: breakfast, calories, carbs, diet, dinner, drive-thru, exercise, fast food, fitness expert, food, green soup with chicken, healthy-eating, hectic schedule, Jessie Pavelka, junk food, lunch, meals, morning, planning ahead, protein, recipe, stress, time, vegetables, weight-loss, work

Man making soupWith today’s hectic schedules, it seems like there is just no time for anything besides the day-to-day hustle. This can make taking time to make healthy choices seem like a luxury.

What’s your typical day like? For many people, it’s up in the morning and off to work with no time for breakfast, or up in the morning, drive through the closest fast food joint and haul butt to work. And that’s just breakfast. The rest of the day will likely include snacking at your desk and lunch at some place that, while close to work, may or may not have healthy options.

Gourmet Is a Good Thing

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | January 31st, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: breakfast, childhood obesity, children, clean your plate, diet, dinner, environmental, food, force-feeding, fresh produce, fruits and vegetables, fun, gourmet, health, healthy-eating, hunger, hungry, in-season, ingredients, junk food, kids, local farms, lunch, meals, mother, organic, parenting, picky eater, processed, recipes, soup, sugar, sustainable, weight, whole grain

Boy eating dinner at a restaurantI know it might sound obnoxious at first and that I sound a little like Martha Stewart with that headline, but I like the idea of raising gourmet kids. By “gourmet,” I don’t mean kids who demand white tablecloths and truffle oil. What I mean is simply someone with an appreciation of good food. Here’s how Webster’s defines it:

Food Addiction: Could It Explain Why 70% of Americans Are Overweight?

Mark Hyman, M.D. by Mark Hyman, M.D. | December 7th, 2010 | 6 Comments
topic: Detox, Family Health, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss | tags: addictive, alcohol, appetite, calories, childhood obesity, children, detox, diet, disease, drugs, eating, fat, food addiction, food industry, government regulation, Huffington Post, hunger, junk food, kids, labeling, Mark Hyman, menu, michael pollan, nutrition, overeating, overweight, parenting, portion control, restaurants, school lunch, suger, weight-loss, withdrawal

Woman eating doughnuts

Our government and food industry both encourage more “personal responsibility” when it comes to battling the obesity epidemic and its associated diseases. They say people should exercise more self-control, make better choices, avoid overeating and reduce their intake of sugar-sweetened drinks and processed food. We are led to believe that there is no good food or bad food — that it’s all just a matter of balance.

An Apple a Day Keeps the Ritalin Away

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | October 27th, 2010 | 3 Comments
topic: Family Health, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: ADHD, behavior, breakfast, children, convenience, diet, food, fruits, health, healthy snacks, junk food, kids, lunch, lunchbox, nutrition, parenting, school meals, sugar, vegetables, whole wheat

ApplesAnyone who’s ever endured spending an hour or two with kids after they’ve been trick-or-treating or collecting candy at a birthday party probably doesn’t need a medical study to tell them that there is a link between kids’ diet and behavior.