Stay Healthy in the Sun

In this day and age, everybody is aware how harmful the sun is for our bodies. Years ago, people basked in the sun and slathered themselves with suntan oil to get a great tan. Nobody knew back then that the sun caused skin cancer. Now that we know, it’s important to take precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones from the sun’s harmful rays.

Make It a Routine

It’s harder to forget something when you perform that task each day at the same time. This is true with applying sunscreen as well. Putting on sunscreen should be part of your daily routine. When you get out of the shower in the morning, towel off and break out the sunscreen. Apply it to all areas that might be exposed to the sun throughout the day.

Decisions, Decisions

There are loads of different sunscreens available on the market. There really is no one particular product that one can say is the best. You’ll need to try a variety of products to see which works best for you and your family. Be sure to get the right protection for your needs.

Start From the Beginning

It’s absolutely essential to teach your children how to protect themselves from the sun’s damaging rays. Make applying sunscreen part of their daily ritual. If they understand that they cannot go outside to play without having their sunscreen on, they will readily accept this process and carry this ritual with them throughout their lives.

The Sun Can’t Be That Dangerous

The sun really is very dangerous! It can cause a variety of health problems. Naturally, skin cancer is a direct result of overexposure to the sun. Many people don’t realize that the sun can harm their eyes. It can cause cataracts and macular degeneration; both can lead to blindness. Sunglasses can protect your eyes from damaging rays. Overexposure to the sun’s UV rays can also suppress your immune system. This makes it harder for your body to fight off illnesses and diseases.

Protect yourself from the sun. Be sure to use sunblock and sunglasses anytime you step outside of your home!

Foods for Weight Loss!

Foods That Can Help You Lose Weight

Years ago, there were even crazier fad diets than there are today. There was the grapefruit diet and the pineapple diet. Each of these diets required the person to eat only that fruit for ten days! Not only people tire from eating the same thing day in and day out but it was absolutely unhealthy. Even back then, people were taught about food groups and how important a healthy and well-balanced diet was for good health.

The Breakfast of Champions

Throw the sugary cereals that promote weight-loss in the trash, there are better options. Many doctors suggest eating oatmeal for breakfast daily for their patients that need to lose weight. You may remember your grandmother telling you that oatmeal will “stick to your ribs”. She wasn’t exactly wrong. Oatmeal actually fills you up and stays in your stomach longer than other foods, keeping you from getting hungry too soon.

People that have two eggs and a couple of pieces of whole grain toast for breakfast tend to lose weight quicker than those that eat bagels or muffins. Be sure to use a sugar-free fruit spread on your toast. The eggs and whole grains will help to keep you fuller longer.

Try It. You Just Might Like It

A lot of people are afraid to try Tofu. Many just refuse to try is because the name sounds weird. You should really just pick up a pack of Tofu chicken patties and try them. Tofu fills you up quickly and is another food that will stay in your stomach longer to prevent you from getting hungry, not to mention it takes the flavor of anything you cook it with: win-win!

The Wonderful Pear

Pears are very high in fiber and taste yummy too. Because of the high fiber content, this inexpensive fruit can help you to lose weight as it fills you up fast. Pears also stay in your stomach for a while preventing hunger.

Stay In Shape This Summer!

Keeping Your Body Fit for Summer

So, you worked all year long to make sure that you’d look awesome in your bathing suit. You ate healthy foods and exercised regularly and when you try on your swimsuit, you consider quitting your job to become the next super model! You look that good. Then reality sets in and you wonder how you’re going to keep looking great after all of the wonderful summertime parties. Don’t worry! You can stay in shape very easily.

Eat Before You Go Out

It may sound silly but before you go to a barbecue or other summer function, eat first. Make sure you make yourself a nice salad prior to attending a party. By doing this, you’ll be relatively full so you won’t be tempted to overindulge on foods that are high in fat and calories. You can still enjoy the usual summer fare as long as you eat them in moderation.

Serve Healthier Options at Your Barbecues

Most barbecues consist of foods that are dripping with fat, slathered in mayonnaise or inundated with sugar or salt. These high calorie foods can certainly make your waistline expand and your heart work harder. By simply changing the foods at your own barbecue you will be introducing your friends and family to healthier summertime options.

Instead of making pork spareribs, marinade some veal ribs and cook them on the grill. You’ll be cutting down on the fat in the meat as well as the sugar and salt in the traditional barbecue sauce.

Experiment with different turkey burger recipes. There are turkey burgers recipes found all over the internet but try creating your own. When I did this, I came up with a turkey burger everybody loved. I just mixed some corn muffin mix, egg and milk into the ground turkey. I made the patties and put them on the grill. I served them on whole grain buns with onion, lettuce and tomato. I topped it with my special sauce, a combination of ketchup, low fat mayo and pickle juice. Even my beef loving friends went wild!

Give the Typical Side Dishes the Boot

Nearly everybody serves potato salad, macaroni salad and coleslaw at barbecues. These side dishes are laden with fats, sugars and salt and are bound to make you larger around the middle. Opt to serve grilled vegetables like corn, squash and zucchini. Make sweet potato chips in the oven the night before the barbecue and warm them up on the grill. These are all healthier options that are delicious and will keep your waistline trim and your heart healthy.