Figuring out how to stop overeating is a huge challenge for a lot of people. Junk foods are addictive, we eat for emotional needs, and portion sizes have gotten out of control so that we often aren't sure just how much food we really need.
But there are some simple things you can do to reduce overeating. The most important thing to do to stop overeating is to cut all the processed junk food out of your diet.
I know that sounds harsh, but chips and cookies are full of addictive substances - salt, highly processed sugars, oils and flours and scary chemicals - that urge you to eat more even if you know you're not hungry.
Knowing how to cook dried beans properly will significantly reduce their gas-producing potential, and can save you a huge amount of money over canned beans.
Dried beans also avoid any added salt, preservatives and potential chemicals of canned beans. Once you know these easy tricks, you'll be able to cook dried beans perfectly.
Knowing how to cook dried beans properly is the first step in reducing their propensity to create gas in your digestive system. There are a few easy things you can do when cooking beans (or buying canned) to make them as easily digested as possible.
Keeping your mindset positive about healthy eating can be tough. Hanging out - in person or online - with like-minded people really helps keep you on track. And sharing your happiness and energy is the best way to show others the benefits of healthy eating.
Being a good example of what a healthy diet can do really speaks for itself, and is the best testimonial. It shows people the results without putting pressure on others or making them feel judged.
Sharing information is another great thing to do. Websites and books make it really easy, because you can just mention to someone that you found this great resource that they should check out. That way you're learning together, rather then telling them what to do.
If you're wondering "how much B12 should I take?" then this post is for you.
Vitamin B12 supplements are really important for vegans, for anyone with digestive issues and for older adults.
Although I would love nothing better than to tell you that all the nutrients you need are easily available from fresh, whole plant foods, Vitamin B12 is unfortunately one nutrient that vegans in the developed world should be getting from supplements.
If you struggle to find healthy eating recipes that taste good and aren't too complicated, you're in luck!
That just happens to be my area of expertise in the kitchen.
My recipe site is loaded with healthy vegan recipes, and Phil put together a new search tool that allows you to search by all kinds of cool filters:
Breakfast/lunch/dinner/snacks, pasta/pizza/burgers/soup, 30 min or less, no oil, and gluten-free.
...or you can read on below.
My third session of live online healthy cooking classes is starting March 5. There are 8 classes for me to share my best cooking tips, on Monday and Wednesday evenings, at 8pm EST. You can get all the details here: online cooking classes.
This is the last session I'm planning on doing for now, so if you've been thinking about it now's the time to get in. I've been having so much fun with the classes so far! The picture above was sent in by one of the students, Ayn.
In other news, I just got back from my last synchronized skating competition of the season. It was the Canadian national championships, and my team did pretty well. Considering one of our skaters had to go to the hospital in the middle of the night with appendicitis, we skated a solid program.
Healthy cookware is a really important part of healthy cooking. If your pots and pans are leeching harmful molecules into your food, it can interfere with your otherwise healthy lifestyle.
It can be tricky to know which kinds are safe to use, but this guide will give you the best options. Although it's usually the cheapest materials that are harmful, there are plenty of budget options for safe and healthy cookware.
A lot of pots and pans are made from aluminum, which is a cheap material to use in manufacturing. Unfortunately, when aluminum is heated, it can leach into whatever food is in contact with it. Aluminum toxicity can happen at very low doses and can cause various health issues, particularly with memory and has been studied for potential links to Alzheimer's.
The first thing I thought when I opened Carolyn Scott-Hamilton's new cookbook, The Healthy Voyager's Global Kitchen, was that I wanted to get in the kitchen and try out some of the recipes because they looked so fun!
The photos and descriptions made me feel like each recipe was a way to experience another culture. I'm not one to stick to only making North American food, but the way Carolyn gives little tidbits about different cultures and the way they cook makes trying these recipes really fun.
Since I eat a vegan diet, I'm often left with only a few options for trying foods in different countries. So having these recipes for vegan versions of classic dishes is an awesome way to try out the things I might have missed.
Valentine's Day is pretty synonymous with chocolate. It's fine to enjoy chocolate as long as you don't eat it too much or too often, but is chocolate really the best way to show your love?
Chocolate can cause some not so lovely reactions. My sister-in-law gets angry when she has chocolate, I get hyper and then fall asleep, Phil gets acne.
You can make some healthier chocolate choices to keep the downsides minimal. The darker the chocolate, the less sugar is used. Check the ingredients to make sure there aren't too many refined and/or unpronounceable ingredients (preservatives and such).
When you're trying to follow a healthy diet plan, it's so easy to get caught up in always focusing on what you can do better. It's important to have goals, and to improve, but you also need to feel good about yourself and be proud of what you've already done.
It's all too easy, especially when you're on a healthy eating plan to lose weight, to feel like you don't measure up to the people around you or on TV.
If you feel yourself getting overwhelmed by the perfection you're aiming for, take a minute to remember that you're awesome...
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