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One of the Biggest Struggles with Nutrition

"I can’t eat vegetables … I don’t like any of them."

That’s what one of our clients recently told us.

None.  She said she doesn’t like ANY of them … can’t stomach them.

To be honest, she’s not far off from the rest of the population.  A recent study showed just 25% of the population at the absolute minimum recommendation of 3 servings daily.

Do you?

I’ll admit that eating veggies regularly DOES take a little more thought and prep than many other foods, including fruit.  But  you tell me — is a few more minutes of prep time worth:

  • Hitting your weight loss goals
  • Slashing your risk of cancer
  • Decreasing the risk of getting sick
  • And the list goes on…

So here are 5 insanely easy ways to eat more …

  1. Try spaghetti squash in place of spaghetti — slice it in half, roast in flesh side down for about 45 minutes on 350, or until tender.  Take it out, remove the squash with a fork, which looks just like spaghetti strands, top with your favorite sauce and voila.
  2. Add veggies to an omelet — it’s an easy way to up your intake — start your day on the right foot.  Check out our healthiest breakfast in the world video to see how we get about 7 servings in that meal alone!
  3. Replace 1 meal per day with a large salad (and add lean protein to it and a handful of nuts, like almonds)
  4. Replace 1 current snack with veggies with hummus
  5. Make veggies the base of your meals — if you have pasta, fill a bowl with veggies first and add pasta to the top.  Same with stir fry or even the omelet recipe in #2.  This way you have more veggies than the other part of the meal.

And, for those who say "they don’t like any veggies," I think it means what you’re used to hasn’t been good.  Maybe canned veggies which are loaded with sodium and little flavor.  Try branching out and eating ones that are a bit more unique. 

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Cartoons Make You Eat More

We were recently on vacation with Kara’s family — 17 of us, with Ella being the youngest and kids ranging up to 20.  

Needless to say, with all the kids in the house, there were a lot of snack foods, various cereals, etc …

… and one thing that kept jumping out at me was the marketing targeted to kids.  There were Sponge Bob yogurts, Scooby Do gummy treats, and various cartoon covered cereals. 

One of our standard messages has always been "if there’s a cartoon on the box, leave it on the shelf."

Well check this out — the results of this study, done at Yale’s Obesity Research Center, are pretty crazy. 

Kids were asked to taste 3 pairs of identical foods (Graham crackers, gummy fruit snacks, and carrots).  These foods were presented either with or without popular cartoon characters.

The kids were then asked if the foods tasted the same or one tasted better, with the different packaging (remember, the foods they were comparing were the same).  They were also asked which they would prefer to eat for a snack.

What did they find?

Children significantly preferred the taste of foods with cartoon characters on the packaging, compared with the same foods without characters.

Most kids also selected the food sample with the popular cartoon on it for their snack. 

Bottom Line:

We’ll stick with our messaging — if there’s a cartoon on the box, leave it on the shelf. 

Marketing clearly changes what kids (and adults) eat — be smart and don’t fall for the clever tricks and packaging that "make" you buy certain foods!


A Magic Bullet for Weight Loss?

We’ve all heard the saying "if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is."

And of course we’ve said there is no magic bullet for losing weight.  You don’t gain weight overnight and you won’t lose it overnight. 

It takes hard work.  It takes dedication.  And it takes determination to lose weight permanently.

But how about THIS interesting study, published in the International Journal of Obesity that concluded "obese individuals who supplement with a multivitamin/mineral may lose more weight than those who do not"

Here’s a quick summary of the study:

Nearly 100 obese women were given either a multivitamin/mineral supplement, calcium, or a placebo over a 26 week period.  The calcium was added in the mix as calcium has been shown in other research to potentially help with weight loss.

What they found was that those who were given the multivitamin/mineral supplement lost more body weight and had a lower body mass index at the end of the study while continuing to eat their "normal" diets.

Now, the authors suggested obese people have lower levels of nutrients and this could affect appetite.  They also suggested there is also the possibility of increased calorie and fat burning through the various nutrients.

Clearly more research needs to be done.  We’re NOT actually saying everyone should take a multivitamin/mineral product with the hopes of losing body fat quickly …

…at the same time, when restricting calories, taking a daily multi is a wise idea in our opinion.

Of course it goes without saying that the best way to get your nutrients, though, is through a wide variety of different foods.



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