In the eating plan from S.A.S.S! Yourself Slim: Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds and Lose Inches a Daily Dark Chocolate Escape is mandatory. Why? Chocolate is one of the healthiest foods on the planet, and research shows that eating a small portion every day can curb your cravings for not so healthy treats, from chips to cookies.   Here are 10 reasons why you MUST eat dark chocolate every single day:1. Compared to milk chocolate eaters, those who downed dark chocolate ate 15% fewer calories without even trying and reported fewer cravings for sweet, salty and fatty foods.2. Dark chocolate contains unique natural substances, including some that truly create a sense of euphoria, similar to the feeling of being in love!3. Dark chocolate contains magnesium, a mineral that can help alleviate PMS symptoms, including cramps, water retention, fatigue, depression, and irritability.4. Chocolate contains the same type of antioxidants found in red wine and tea, which have been shown to boost brain activity.5. Dark chocolate has been shown to help correct imbalances in the body related to stress, and can significantly reduce levels of stress hormones (a surge in stress hormones is linked to more belly fat).6. Dark chocolate has a caffeine kick, but…
When it comes to getting enough sleep, I have to admit that I struggle with my goal of clocking eight hours every night. And according to the National Sleep Foundation, I’m in the majority – over 60% of Americans miss the mark. But I’m fully aware that making sleep a priority is one of the most important things I can do for my health, and I encourage my clients to do the same.  Too little sleep has been shown to rev up hunger hormones, increase inflammation (a known trigger of premature aging and disease), up the risk of obesity, depression, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease, and negatively impact emotional well-being, mental abilities, productivity, and performance. Yikes!If you’re like me, you may think, “I don’t have time to sleep!” but getting even a little more can result in a big health pay off (including weight loss results). Inadequate sleep creates a "sleep debt," which is much like being overdrawn at a bank. Eventually, your body will demand that the debt be repaid, and until then, a cascade of side effects continue to wreak havoc on your health.Despite how normal you may feel, research shows that the human body isn’t very good…
The phrase, “you are what you eat” is literally true. Nutrients from the foods you eat food provide the foundation of the structure, function, and integrity of every little cell in your body, from your skin and hair to your muscles, bones, digestive and immune systems. You may not feel it, but you’re constantly repairing, healing and rebuilding your body. Here’s how it works, and why what you put on your plate is so very important:  Every cell in your body has a “shelf life” – a stomach cell lives about a day or two, a skin cell about a month, and a red blood cell about four months. So each and every day, your body is busy making new cells to replace those that have “expired.” And how healthy those new cells are is directly determined by how well you’ve been eating. A diet filled with highly processed food that’s low on nutrients doesn’t give your body much to work with. I always say it’s like constructing a house with cardboard and tape instead of bricks and mortar. But a clean, nutrient rich, whole foods eating plan can help you build cells that work better, and are less susceptible to…
It’s pear season, which in my opinion is one of the bright spots of the chilly season. Right now my local market is overflowing with pears of all shapes, colors, and sizes, and I’m happy to report they’re all amazingly good for you. This member of the rose family is a great source of dietary fiber, which is one of the reasons eating pears can prevent you from becoming pear-shaped (a higher fiber intake is tied to less belly fat)! In fact, roughly 20% of the carbs in a pear come from dietary fiber – about 5-6 grams for each medium sized piece, a fifth of the recommended minimum intake. That fiber also makes pears filling. Think of your digestive system as a long tunnel that goes through your body. Nothing really gets into your body until it’s absorbed from your GI tract into your bloodstream. Because your body can’t digest fiber, it never gets absorbed into your blood, where it either has to be burned off, or stored as fat. Instead, fiber just keeps on traveling, through that long and winding tunnel, where it does a number of healthful things. Fiber: Slows the digestion and absorption of natural sugars and complex carbs,…
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