Healthy Alternatives Archive

Slimming Tip: Whole Grains

Whole grains such as brown rice, barley, oats, buckwheat, and whole wheat also belong in your stealthy weight loss strategy. They help fill you up with fewer calories and may improve your cholesterol profile, too. Whole grains are now in many products including waffles, pizza crust, English muffins, pasta, and soft “white” ...Read More

Slimming Tip: Eat Soup

Add a broth-based soup to your day and you’ll fill up on fewer calories. Think minestrone, tortilla soup, or Chinese won-ton. Soup’s especially handy at the beginning of a meal because it slows your eating and curbs your appetite. Start with a low-sodium broth or canned soup, add fresh or frozen vegetables ...Read More

Control Cravings: Eat Snacks

  If cravings mainly strike when you’re hungry, try eating healthy snacks between meals. Carefully planning your snacks can help you keep hunger — and cravings — at bay. Portion control is vital — each snack should be less than 200 calories. Good choices include yogurt with fresh fruit, a hard-boiled egg, ...Read More

Bad Day Binge

  Emotional eating is also common at the end of a bad day. You may use “comfort foods” to soothe feelings of anger or sadness. In extreme cases, emotional food cravings can lead to bingeing — eating large amounts of food without stopping when you’re full. Better Bet: Look for emotional comfort ...Read More

Nervous Nibbles

  Do you find yourself reaching for the cookie jar before a visit from the in-laws or a presentation at work? Sometimes food cravings are not triggered by hunger but by unpleasant emotions, including stress and anxiety. This is called emotional eating, and if you do it regularly, it’s likely to undermine ...Read More

Snack Attack

  If the snack machine always calls to you in the mid-afternoon, you may be experiencing a between-meals drop in blood sugar. Unfortunately, a pack of chocolate chip cookies is just a short-term fix, and a high-calorie one at that. Better Bet: Eat snacks that combine a protein with a whole grain, ...Read More

Nuts

  Whether at a bar or party, it’s easy to keep dipping your hand into the nut bowl, but all those handfuls add up. A cupful of roasted mixed nuts packs more than 800 calories. Better Bet: Stick to nuts with the shells on. Peeling them will slow you down. Related articles ...Read More

French Fries

  Want some fries with that? This salty side is hard to turn down when ordering at the drive-thru. But a large order of fries can have as many calories as a burger — about 500 at a typical fast food restaurant. Better Bet: Opt for a side salad or fruit cup, ...Read More

Pasta

  Pasta ranks among the top five favorite foods in many countries. The trouble is most people eat white pasta, which is made with refined flour. White pasta has only a fifth the fiber of whole-grain pasta, which means it may take more to fill you up. Pasta sauces can be diet-killers, ...Read More

Pizza

  Pizza is America’s favorite food, according to an Oxfam survey. It does have some health benefits: A typical slice has 12 grams of protein and 2.5 grams of fiber.  But pizza also has about 280 calories a slice — more if you add meat toppings – so the calories add up ...Read More