8 Tips for Eating Out

January 20, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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8 Tips for Eating Out

1. Pre-plate your food at the buffet

Research by Brian Wansink, PhD, has found that when people load their plate at a buffet one time
only, they eat about 14 percent less food than when they take smaller portions and go back for more. You don’t have to sample everything! Take the stuff you want and be done with it.

2. Practice “hari hachi bu”

In Okinawa, one of the half-dozen places on the globe where extraordinary numbers of healthy centenarians live, there is a saying : “hari hachi bu.” It means push away from the table when you’re about 80 percent full. Practice hari hachi bu, and leave the table before you’re stuffed!

3. Say “No, thank you”

When I’m starving, I’ll eat the basket the bread comes in, the bread doesn’t stand a chance. It’s usually the worst and least nutritious thing on the table, the worst thing to eat first and the thing we tend to fill up on before the good stuff comes. When the waiter comes with the bread basket, I send it right back!

4. Split stuff

One of the things I frequently do at restaurants is order one dish from each course, soup, appetizer and entrée, and then split it all family style with my dining partner. (This also makes for a cozy social evening.) Alternatively, try ordering some
offbeat combinations like two appetizers and a salad, or soup and appetizer. With today’s restaurant portions, a “small” meal like that is more than enough to fill you up.

5. Hare dessert

If you can’t resist dessert, and if you can’t make yourself order berries, at least split the dessert with one (or two) other people. In some restaurants it’s almost a point of pride to serve obscenely large portions of things like Death By Chocolate. Ask for three spoons (or forks) and let
everyone have a taste. Some of these desserts are big enough to provide a nice little sample for everyone at the table, and sometimes that’s all you need!

6. Always start with protein

Protein will stabilize your blood sugar and help you
feel full faster, so begin the meal with the protein first. (That means the fish, eggs, beef, chicken, pork or turkey.) Many people find that eating the protein first acts as a kind of built-in appetite control for the rest of the meal.

7. Double up on vegetables

Whenever I order a main course in a restaurant and it automatically comes with a starch like potatoes or rice plus a veggie, I ask the waiter to hold the starch and double up on the vegetables. The vegetables taste great with butter on them, something you do not have to avoid as long as you can tolerate dairy!

8. Salad before going out

Research by Barbara Rolls, PhD, at the University of Pennsylvania shows that eating a small green
salad or a cup of soup before the meal caused people to spontaneously eat significantly less over the course of the meal. Low calorie, broth-based soups are the best for appetite control, think chunky vegetable or minestrone!


“This information is provided by Dr. Jonny Bowden, Straight Talk Nutrition For the 21st Century. Share the good health!


27 Aspects of Daily Health

January 13, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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What goes into a truly healthy and vibrant person. Well, there are 27 contributing factors to varying degrees listed here, that all play a part in how yu feel. Certain ones will jump out at you, and focus on those to begin identifying bbad thought patterns . Then change the program and recognize when you slip back from these 27 Aspects of health..


Bedclothes, Sheets, and Blankets:  Is your energy being drained while you’re sleeping?

Books and Magazines:  Did you know that reading certain things can actually cause your brain to become disorganized, so that you have a harder time thinking?

Business Plans and Strategies:  If your body-mind-spirit complex is weak to it, do you think it has any hope of succeeding?

Cell Phones and Electronics:  We’ve all heard rumors that certain electromagnetic fields are bad for you.  Well assume it true your cell phone, microwave, radio, television, and computer are harming you

Chemicals:  Is it the planetary, industrial, work and household products that are contributing to your headaches or skin rash?

Clothing and Accessories:  Did you know that wearing the wrong thing can actually cause or aggravate painful symptoms?

Clutter:  Is that big pile of unfinished stuff contributing to your stress load?

Decision Making:  Do you sometimes choose to do something that you know shouldn’t, but you just “can’t help yourself?”

Drugs and Alcohol: Are drugs or alcohol standing in your way to optimal well-being?

Emotional Issues: Are certain emotional states wreaking havoc in your life?

Ergonomics:  Is your furniture contributing to your discomfort?

Feelings:  Which feelings are actually causing you to have more bad feelings?

Financial Abundance: Do you have trouble with money or other financial issues?   How do you know where to start?

Friends and Family:  Are you spending time with the wrong people?

Foods and Beverages : Are you having trouble figuring out what to eat or not eat?  How do you know if you have food intolerances?

Food Cravings:  Are you craving things that you know aren’t good for you?

Fumes:  Want to really know if exercising around those gas, oil, and car exhaust emissions are bad for you?

Goals and Plans:  Does your body and spirit agree with what your mind has come up with?

Health and Fitness:  How do you know what exercise program your body wants to start with? 

House and Home:  Is just thinking about your house making you more tired?

Job:  Is your job sucking the life out of you just by thinking about it?

Lighting:  Are your lights causing your brain to work less efficiently?

Mental Clarity:  Do you feel “fuzzy-headed”, like your brain just isn’t working?

Money:  Are your muscles getting weaker just thinking about money?

Music:  Did you know that certain music, even if you love it, could be having a negative, draining effect on your life?

Nutritional Supplements, Vitamins, and Herbs:  Every day there is more information about the latest and greatest supplement.  How do you know what to take? Trust your gut.

Parents:  How do you know what’s best for your child?

Pictures and Artwork:  Are the things you look at every day supporting or not supporting what you want for your life?

Priorities:  You’ve got way too many things to do, and don’t know where to start.  What do you eliminate?

Relationships: Could the relationships in your life use some improvement?

Shoes:  Are those old comfortable shoes (or new ones you are about to buy) bad for you?

Sleep and Energy: Do you have trouble sleeping at night? Do you experience lethargy and low energy during the day?

Stress: Is your blood pressure higher than you would like? Do you constantly feel pressured or under the gun?

Television, Videos, and DVD’s:  Which things that you are watching are having a negative effect on you for up to 30 minutes after you cease watching them?

Thoughts:  Which thoughts you are having are actually decreasing the flow of energy through your acupuncture meridians?

Toiletries:  Is your soap, deodorant, lotion, hair products, etc. part of what’s giving you that bad reaction?

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