2. Keep healthy, easily accessible snacks around the house. A bowl of fruit on the kitchen table, a container of celery, yogurt or carrot sticks in the refrigerator, or a couple cans of fruit salad in your desk at work will help you eat healthier when the first hunger pains begin. In other words, you’ll be more likely to grab something low-calorie and good for you if it’s readily available.

3. After (organic) fresh vegetables, frozen vegetables are far superior to canned vegetables. Canned veggies tend to be high in sodium, which you don’t need, and low in real nutrition with many vitamins and enzymes destroyed by processing, which you do need. Buy economy size bags with easy zip tops to simplify the process of making calorie appropriate meals. The freezing process helps maintain more of the food’s vitamins and antioxidants, although you will still be lacking most of the natural enzymes. Supplementing with natural enzymes is one of the best ways to control hunger, cleanse your colon and lose weight.

4. Buy a vegetable steamer and use it. Never boil vegetables unless you drink the broth. Steaming is one of the healthiest ways to cook vegetables, retaining almost all of its natural nutrients rather than leaching it out into the boiling water. Even better, your veggies will retain more of their natural flavor, making them taste great – which means you’ll be more likely to eat them instead of snacking on fatty junk foods that put on unwanted weight.

5. Sit down when you eat and focus on your food and your eating. Become conscious of how you feel when you eat, how fast you eat, enjoying the flavor of the food. Be aware of any emotions to which it gives rise. One easy ways to sabotage your diet is to ‘eat without thinking’. Eat with the respect, honor and gratitude it deserves. Generally, the more aware you become of your eating, the more control you can exert over it. Eat properly. You’ll be less likely to just start snacking without paying attention. That includes pizza or beer at sports events also.

6. Can’t afford a gym membership? Exercise with friends at the local park or youth center. At least three times a week play sports, take a walk or spend half an hour doing something active. Even gardening or cleaning the house is better than nothing, and actually quite beneficial, especially for the elderly. Movement is the key. Keep moving.

7. Skip the potato chips and junk food. Fatty snacks fried in hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil like potato chips are toxic poisons that cause unwanted weight gain and many diseases of the heart and blood vessels, cancer, etc. They are fried normally in the trans fats that give you strokes and heart attacks.

The large fast food chains like McDonalds knew for many years they were using unhealthy fats in their cooking and refused to change until they were forced to by an informed and increasingly educated public.  I wonder how many unnecessary deaths were caused by this decision?

Instead, grab a handful of dried fruit or a cup of yogurt for the same amount of calories and a lot more nutritional benefit such as fiber and disease preventing antioxidants. You well feel the difference without all that toxic oil in your body, lining the walls of your blood vessels.

Weight Loss For Children

It’s no secret that many parents and their children are overweight. Here are 10 more ‘secrets’ to help you change your family’s lifestyle so that you can all become fit and healthy.

1) Carbs have gotten a bad reputation at times, especially with all of the proponents of high protein diets like the Atkins and South Beach Diets. But some carbohydrates are much healthier than others. Whenever possible, eat whole grain foods. Making the switch to whole grain foods, including whole wheat bread, whole grain pasta, brown rice, and cereals made with whole grains, is an easy and healthy way to make your family’s diet more nutritious while helping to lose weight and prevent disease.

Processed and refined grains, such as white bread, white rice, cereal, pasta, and other foods made with white flour have a high glycemic index (GI). That means they break down too quickly into sugar, causing your body to release too much insulin, which is very harmful over long periods of time and leads to diabetes. They also have low amounts of fiber, and less vitamins and minerals than foods made with whole grains.

Instead of avoiding all carbs, just learn about how to choose foods with ‘good’ carbohydrates, which includes fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grain foods.