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23/Jan/2019

While the New Year starts to roll in and you begin to prepare for wholesome January or another popular cleanse diet, ask yourself this, is it worth putting your body through this stress?

We all recognize that these diets may get the job done now, but let’s try to think about what the best options are for long-term healthy lifestyle.

The debate between dieting and lifestyle changes has been going on for years. We know this can be confusing for the individuals trying to find the best option for them and their health, so we here at the Laredo Emergency Room want to give you the facts so you can make the best decision for you and your needs.

While getting ready to start your new health craze, ask yourself a few questions, does your diet make specific foods off limits? Has this diet promised unrealistic weight loss goals over a short time period? Finally, has it promised to help you lose weight without exercising?

If you answered yes to any of the following questions, chances are you’re looking at a fad diet. Fad or trendy diets are not always a bad thing, but depending on its implementation, they can lead to more severe health consequences later down the road.

When dieting, results tend to show faster, but nutritionists and doctors report that losing weight quickly over an extended period of time may appear to be a healthy jumpstart, but in actuality, is quite the opposite.

These extreme, fast-paced weight-loss regimens can make you think you are shedding those unwanted pounds, but instead of weight, you are dropping a high proportion of water mass, or even losing muscle tissue. By limiting your nutritional intake, this process can be very unhealthy.

Since the majority of diets are considered temporary, most likely you will eventually fluctuate back to your original weight. Professionals call this fluctuation of weight ‘yo-yo dieting’, and while the term might sound harmless enough, the repetition of this dieting method can take a severe toll on your body that can lead to health problems later down the road. In response to this, doctors are now emphasizing the importance of maintaining a healthy regime by adjusting their lifestyle, rather than dieting, in order to maintain peak mental and physical health.

Managing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle does not result from a short-term dietary change. Rather, it’s about making a long-term commitment to change that includes healthy eating, regular physical activity, and balancing the number of calories eaten alongside the calories the body uses.

Although the term ‘lifestyle change’ sounds intimidating, it’s all about making small modifications that lead to a significant result. Results may take longer to notice, but the body is then able to maintain a healthy, and sustainable weight loss rate, which is around 1 to 2 pounds per week.
The key to making a lifestyle change last is creating a realistic plan that you are confident you can maintain. The most critical element to being able to implement this change into your day-to-day regimen is progressing as the process becomes more normalized. Therefore make sure you start small and break down your overall goal into manageable steps. Making a lifestyle change is not an easy job, but it is the most beneficial for your health. If you can, involve a friend for support. It will make the process much less intimidating. There are also support groups in your community and online that have other people just like you who are making healthy lifestyle changes.

So remember when you think that making a lifestyle change sounds hard compared to dieting, don’t forget that there is a massive difference in weight loss and being healthy, and dieting gets in the way of long-lasting change.

Check out these 4 habits you can start right now for a better, healthier life.

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23/Jan/2019

It’s always the same thing – every January, people across the country resolve to lose half their body weight, suddenly turn vegan, or run a full marathon the following week. The problem with these goals, as admirable as they are, is that they are not attainable New Year’s resolutions, at least in the short term. All too often, people who make such far-reaching, lofty goals each January 1 are more likely than not to be disappointed – and then even more likely to fall back into their old bad habits.

At Laredo Emergency Room, we recommend a more measured, gradual approach to your healthy New Year’s resolutions.

Making these small, simple tweaks to your diet can make surprisingly big changes in your overall health and physique:

Hydrate smart. Of course, you’ve heard the age-old wisdom about drinking eight glasses of water every day – and if you’re like most people, you fall short of that goal most days. But if you look at what you drink each day, including coffee, sodas, alcoholic beverages, and other drinks, you may find that you actually drink plenty of fluids – just not the right kinds. Switch even just some of your sugary or high-calorie favorites for water with lemon. Adding lemon to your water not only gives your otherwise bland drink a bit of zesty flavor – but it also boosts metabolism.

Go whole. Switching from white or refined grains to whole grains is one of the easiest ways to improve your diet. Virtually all grain-based foods, from tortillas, breads, and muffins, to cereals, pastas, and pizza crusts, are available in whole wheat varieties. People who make this simple swap have better digestive health, lower cholesterol, and lower body weights than people who eat white, refined grains. A Nurses’ Health Study, documented by the National Institutes of Health, even concluded that increased intake of whole grains can protect against coronary heart disease, which can help keep you out of Laredo Emergency Room.

Eat slowly. The body takes about 20 minutes from the time you eat to feel full, which means that if you go back for a second helping before those 20 minutes are up, you may find in the end that you’ve overeaten. In other words, you were satisfied with your first serving – you just didn’t know it. Eating slowly allows your body to catch up to your appetite, reducing the chance that you will overeat and consume more calories and fat than your body actually needs. Eating slowly can also reduce the risk of heartburn and abdominal discomfort.

Size right. Portion control can go a long way toward losing weight. Our culture of huge portions is catching up with Americans in a big way, and the trend has spread from the restaurant table to the kitchen table. Gradually cutting back portion sizes can trim calories and fat from your diet each and every day, helping you to lose weight without actually changing what you eat or restricting you from eating your favorite foods. Giving yourself specific amounts of snack foods, rather than eating right out of the box or bag, and keeping snack foods hidden from view can also help.

These helpful yet completely do-able strategies will have you feeling better, less bloated, and more energetic – and likely will help you trim a few pounds while you’re at it, all without making major changes. See, attainable New Year’s resolutions are possible, if you just take it in small steps.

 

Hiring a personal trainer is another fantastic approach to achieving your health goals in 2019. Learn more about the top things to look for in this blog: How to Pick a Personal Trainer

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23/Jan/2019

 

Studies have proven a link between nutrition and school performance -better nutrition yields better learners.  When students engage in unhealthy behaviors, such as poor dietary habits, substance abuse, and lack of physical activity, their school performance suffers.

With the frenzied pace that usually accompanies a new academic year, however, it’s easy to choose speed and convenience over nutrition.  Students often try to squeeze eating in between activities such as classes, extra-curricular activities, sports practices, homework, and after-school jobs – making it easier to opt for fast food and vending machines. However, with a little bit of planning, we can shape better habits that will improve nutrition and learning. Here are five tips you should keep in mind:

1.) An extra five or ten minutes of sleep may sound good, but arranging for enough time every morning to sit down to a nutritious breakfast can really pay off.  So, skip the donuts and sugary cereals and choose high-fiber whole grains and protein. One of the best choices is old fashioned oatmeal, which can be made quickly and topped with fruit and almonds. Whole wheat toast and an egg can be a healthy choice, too. Keeping hardboiled eggs in the fridge and ready to go makes them a fast, on-the-go power breakfast. If you’re concerned about the fat content of eggs, just skip the yolks – they are easily removed from hard-boiled eggs and also can be separated from the whites before cooking other egg preparations.

2.) Fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids have long been heralded by nutritionists as a superior brain food, and though fish consumption is on the rise, Americans still eat far too little. And that’s a shame because eating these kinds of fish can actually reduce our risk for dementia and mental decline and can enhance our memory.  While salmon and trout are some of the best choices, tuna can also make a great choice for a healthy school lunch. Simply grab some whole wheat crackers and a package of water-packed tuna for a great start to a brain-healthy lunch – or mix some in with ready-to-eat salad greens.

3.) A small number of nuts or seeds, like walnuts, almonds, or pumpkin seeds, along with dark chocolate, can actually make a healthy snack – and it tastes great, too! They have powerful antioxidant qualities, which help with cognition. Plus, the small amount of caffeine in chocolate can give you a little boost of concentration when you need it. Just don’t overdo it: keep these snacks to one ounce per day.

4.) Trade white for wheat everywhere you can. It’s just as easy to make lunches from a sandwich on whole wheat bread instead of white bread, and many breakfast cereals boast whole grains, too (but be sure to read labels and look for choices high in fiber). Make a big batch of whole-wheat pasta salad with veggies, herbs, and olive oil to have on hand in pre-portioned containers for healthy, convenient lunches.

5.)Berries are another great way to add a sweet flavor without feeling guilty. Blueberries and other berries can help with memory due to their antioxidants. Berries also are high in fiber. They’re easy to toss into a reusable container for a healthy morning snack between classes.

 

We know that these changes may seem big, but they can be really easy to incorporate into your daily habits if you just give it a try. And if you still feel that you’re not getting enough nutrition from your diet, ask your doctor about a vitamin and mineral supplement.

 

 

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