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Are You Poisoning Your Body?

This ingredient is like a diet related death sentence…

Sound scary?

It can be.  In fact, it is the single biggest dietary risk factor that causes over 100,000 deaths each year!

A study published in April 2009 looked at preventable causes of death in the US…

…and high salt intake accounted for more preventable deaths than any other dietary factor (approximately 102,000).  Coming in a close second and third were low omega-3 fat intake and high trans fat intakes, respectively.

Worse than the normally demonized trans fat (not that that’s a good option either)!

In fact, a report from the American Heart Association suggested for every 1200 mg daily decrease in sodium, there would be 6 % fewer cases of new heart disease, 8 % fewer heart attacks, and 3 % fewer deaths!

That’s insane.

Currently Americans double the sodium intake recommendation each day …

So let’s take a look at "Mohr Results Most Wanted Foods" — foods that blow the daily sodium recommendations off the charts.

You know what they all are?  Restaurant foods — the more you eat at home, the better off you will be, because chefs are often taught sodium = flavor.

The 1st offender:

  • Red Lobster Admirals’ Feast with Caesar Salad, Creamy Lobster Topped Mashed Potato, Cheddar Bay Biscuit, and a Lemonade: 7,106 mg (sodium, more than

The 2nd offender on our "most wanted" tour of horrible options:

  • Olive Garden Chicken Parmigiana with a Breadstick, Garden Fresh Salad with House Dressing, and Raspberry Lemonade: 5,735 mg sodium (more than double the daily recommendation)

The 3rd offender on our "most wanted" food poisins:

  •  Pizza Hut Meat Lovers Pizza (2 slices) — 1660 mg of sodium (JUST two slices)

The easiest ways to reduce sodium is to eat out less often, eat less processed and less canned  foods.  Packaged foods, canned foods, fast food…are all loaded with sodium.

Canned soups, for example, can have more than half a days salt in just 1 serving.

So fresh foods win again.  Surprise, surprise.

Here’s another trick – replace the salt in your salt shaker at home with kosher salt (or take it off the table completely).  Because kosher salt is bigger, it won’t come out as quickly from your salt shaker, so you’ll use less.

I mean, you don’t have to do any of this…only if you want to live longer. 

It’s really just the simple changes that make the biggest difference.


Busy Mom’s Guide to Fat Burning Snacks

School is in session.  In Kentucky schools started months ago.  In other parts of the country they’re just warming up and getting ready.

Regardless, though, busy school schedules means moms and dads are going to be running around like chickens with their heads cut off.  And when people get busy, one of the first "changes" they make in their lives is either A) eliminating exercise and/or B) eating junkier foods and snacks.

…and it seems as if women (stay at home moms in particular) who plan to spend their days running errands after dropping off their kiddos, get buried with "life" and struggle to find the balance of eating well and maintaining an exercise program.

And the questions roll in to us as they’re chomping at the bit to get every bit of "belly fat fighting" strategy we can share.

So let’s start with snacking strategies.  Because we always recommend a few larger meals with some fat burning snacks throughout the day.busy mom guide to fat burning snacks

But we’re turning the tides this time …

…and asking YOU for your 3 favorite "must have" snacks (and you don’t have to be a mom to answer…or a woman for that matter).  Those that keep you full, are satisfying, and fulfill a need…

…a need to burn fat!

In the Mohr House, here are our 3 top choices:

  1. Greek yogurt
  2. Raw nuts
  3. Hummus

It would be rare if you walked into our house and didn’t see these 3 foods in our refrigerator or pantry. 

What are your 3 go to foods?

5 Slim Down Secrets while Eating Out

Eating out can be tough if you’re trying to eat clean and know what you’re putting in your body.

You don’t know how the foods are prepared. 

They often have "hidden" fat, sugar, and salt that can blow the calories through the roof.

You’re surrounded by tempting foods and friends, spouse, kids, etc who may not be on your "team" when it comes to eating well ("c’mon, just ONE won’t kill you — you look great!").

And then when you add all this plus the bread that starts the meal, appetizers, drinks and maybe desserts, you’ve suddenly eaten more calories in 1 meal than you should in an entire day!

How do you manage to stay slim (or get slimmer) and still maintain a healthy social life?  Is it even possible?

Believe it or not, it IS possible…you just have to be smart about it. 

And the key with all of this — making eating out a special occasion rather than just another day of the week.

These 5 Slim Down Secrets will help you make the best decisions AND still love what you eat!

  1. Skip the breadbasket.  Let the waiter know when they first come over to introduce themselves that you will pass on the bread.  Save those calories the actual meal.
  2. Start your meal with a couple glasses of water.  We talked about this simple slim down secret in a recent blog — could be the easiest way to boost fat loss!
  3. Skip the sides — instead, ask for double veggies, which most restaurants won’t blink an eye at.  Speak up to get what you want and what will get you the results you want!
  4. Ask your waiter to put half your meal in a doggy bag BEFORE it comes to the table.  When it’s in front of you, you’ll eat it.  If you’re served just half, you won’t be tempted.
  5. When your meal actually comes, put your fork down between every single bite.  This trick will slow down your eating, allowing your brain to realize it’s full before you over eat.

Mohr Results Bottom Line: Staying (or getting slim) doesn’t have to mean never eating out again.  It’s just a matter of making simple decisions when you do. 


Your Favorite Food Might be Your Enemy

There’s not a single food (or group of foods) that reminds me more of when I was younger than cereal.

My brother and I couldn’t get enough of the stuff. 

For breakfast.  As a snack.  Before bed. 

We ate cereal literally ALL the time.  We would mix them together to see what creation we could come up with.  We’d often eat it out of mixing bowls. 

And I wonder why I was overweight when I was younger.

I digress.

While we did eat it all the time and clearly ate way too much of the goodness, we still always had healthy options.  My mom had a rule that our cereals didn’t have more than 10 grams of sugar per serving.  Only sometimes could we get Honey Nut Cheerios, but even then we mixed it with plain Cheerios so it wasn’t as sweet.

how to pick a breakfast cerealSmart lady that Mama Mohr. 

But one time, I was with my Dad at the grocery store, and I "tricked" him — we needed cereal and somehow I was able to convince him to buy E.T. Cereal — telling him that our mom let us have it.  The E’s were chocolate.  The T’s peanut butter.  Clearly not a regular cereal of choice in our house.

And it broke one of the cardinal rules of eating that we now suggest to people.  Our favorite food clearly was our "enemy" when trying to eat well.

You see, cereal can be a GREAT option …

…but it can also be no different than if you were to fill a bowl with a can of Coke and eat that.  Sugary junk.  In flake form.

So while we encourage everyone to fuel their bodies as soon as they wake up (well, within about 30-60 minutes), we want this fuel to be fuel that works for you, not against you.

Cereal is often a quick go to option because it’s quick and convenient.

If that’s you, though, picking cereal for a quick on the go option, follow our 6 Food Rules to make sure you’re starting your day right (or ending your day, if you were anything like my brother and I).

  1. It should  have at least 3 g of fiber/serving (Mohr Results Picks – rolled oats, Grape Nuts, Kashi Good Friends Cereals, Wheat Chex).
  2. If there is a cartoon on the box, leave it on the shelf.
  3. If it turns your milk colors, toss it in the trash.
  4. If it has more than 10 grams of sugar per serving, find a different option.
  5. If sugar (or any variation of the name, sugar) is one of the first 3 ingredients, put ti back on the shelf.
  6. Don’t fall for marketing hype and claims that are pasted all over food labels now, like "made with whole grains" even though that may do nothing to boost fiber and it’s still loaded with sugar.

Fueling your body with breakfast is not an option — it’s a necessity.  But fueling your body right is just as important.

Drink More, Lose More

This might be the easiest weight loss tip in the entire world.

Drink more water.

OK, OK — seems way too basic. 

Seriously, though, researchers at Virginia Tech recently finished a study that compared two groups of overweight men and women for 12 weeks.

Both groups got the same diet recommendations

But one group was told to drink 2 cups of water before breakfast, lunch and dinner.

That was the only difference.

At the end of the study, they found that those in the "diet only" group lost an average of 11 lbs.

Those in the group that drank the 2 cups of water, 3 times per day?  They lost nearly 16 lbs, which was about 30% more.

Starting each meal with just 2 cups of water resulted in a 30% added weight loss.

Mohr Results Bottom Line: Drink more water, lose more weight!  Those who did that ate less calories overall, which explains the weight loss.  It isn’t that water has magical fat burning, belly slimming properties.  Don’t like water?  Add a squeeze of citrus or slices of your favorite fruit to add some unique flavor.





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