Health and Lifestyle Tips

Health Fact

Health Fact: Sneezes clock in at 100 mph!  Sneezing sends mucus out of the mouth and nose like a rocket at over 100 mph. This is why it is necessary to cover your face when you sneeze so you don’t share the germs! 

Health Fact: Sunburns damage skin cells extensively.  How bad is it? Researchers have started that an average person can repair sunburn damage in 4 to 6 months! So use sun block! It really does protect the skin from the suns powerful UV rays 

Health Fact: Water is in everything. 75% of human waste is water! Many people believe that urine makes up for all the fluids expelled by the body but that’s not true. Stools are made of mostly water as well! This is why it’s necessary to drink a lot of water daily 6 to 8 glasses! 

ALSO 80% of the brain is waterYour brain isn’t the firm, gray mass you’ve seen on TV. Living brain tissue is a squishy, pink and jelly-like organ thanks to the loads of blood and high water content of the tissue. So the next time you’re feeling dehydrated get a drink to keep your brain hydrated.

Health Fact: Higher IQ = more dreams!  Scientists have found that those individuals with higher IQ’s dream twice as much as those with lower IQ’s. This is mainly due to the activation of the brain once the individual is sleeping. Those people with higher IQ’s are able to activate a larger mass of their brain than others.

Health Fact: Women’s hearts beat fast! Women’s hearts beat faster than men’s and this is due to the fact their average body mass is significantly smaller than a male resulting in their heart having to pump harder to get the blood to flow throughout the body.

Health Fact: Everyone’s bladder is small! A full bladder is roughly the size of a soft ball. This is why you feel like you’re going to the bathroom constantly! The bladder can old anywhere from 300 – 600CC of fluid but the urge kicks in a about 200 to 300CC.

Health Fact: Women use their blinkers. Women’s blink twice as much as men do! Think how much blinking that is! The average person though blinks 13 times a minute; this is to clear the eyes of dirt and bacteria.

Health Fact: It takes twice as long to lose new muscle if you stop working out than it did to gain it. Lazy people out there shouldn’t use this as motivation to not work out, however. It’s relatively easy to build new muscle tissue and get your muscles in shape, so if anything, this fact should be motivation to get off the couch and get moving.

Health Fact: Your tallest when your first wake up! Believe it or not, first thing in the morning is when you are the tallest! throughout the day gravity takes a toll on your joints causing them to compress, making you short! So always measure yourself first thing in the morning if you want to cheat!

Health Fact: The brain is more active at night than during the day! When the brain is dreaming and reaches REM sleep, your brain activity is at its peak!

Health Fact: Stomach acid is strong enough to burn through pretty much anything. The hydrochloric acid is one of the strongest acids on Earth, having one of the highest PH levels!

Healthy Lifestyle Tips

Lifestyle Tip: Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. The body needs the water to eliminate waste and perform bodily functions such as the breakdown of fat!

Lifestyle Tip: Sleep 6 to 8 hours a night. The body needs sleep to in order for it to release the right amount of hormones throughout the day. As well sleep allows for optimum concentration and mental capacity.

Lifestyle Tip: Eat small portion throughout the day. Eating the average three meals a day doesn’t allow the body to continuously keep its metabolism high by eating 5 to 6 times a day you are forcing the body into having to continuously metabolize food resulting in more fat burning!

Lifestyle Tip: Eat 6 to 8 serving of fruit and vegetables. Each person should be eating 6 to 8 serving of fruits and vegetables. This will allow the body to receive the right amount of micronutrients it needs to fight off disease and maintain the overall bodies performance.

Lifestyle Tip: Eating higher amount of protein vs. carbs burns more fat. By consuming fewer carbohydrates in your diet you can turn your body into a fat burning furnace. This is due to the fact the body will have to use the carbs stored within once they are depleted the body turns to fat for energy. Simply by cutting out one large carbohydrate meal one can begin to see weight loss.

100 Healthy Snacks

1. Frozen Grapes (I eat these all the time- they are amazing)
2. String Cheese
3. Banana
4. Frozen Banana (peel it first, stick in the freezer overnight- it’s like a yummy popsicle)
5. Low-fat Yogurt (try greek yogurt – 2x the protein)
6. Sugar-free or fat-free pudding
7. Apple dipped in Peanut Butter (or spread peanut butter on top of apple slice and top with pecans . . . so good!)
8. 100-calorie bag of popcorn
9. Applesauce
10. Raw veggies with hummus (my new favorite!)
11. Almonds
12. Apple
13. Skinny S’more (two graham crackers with one roasted marshmallow and one small square dark chocolate)
14. Smoked Beef Jerky (about 1 oz- look for low-sodium!)
15. Chocolate Milk
16. Hard Boiled Egg
17. Sunflower Seeds
18. Cottage Cheese
19. Sliced Cantelope
20. Raisins
21. Pita Bread and Hummus
22. Rice Cakes
23. Sugar-free Jello
24. Dried Fruits
25. Frozen Yoplait Whips Yogurt (these seriously taste like ice cream when they are frozen!)
26. Air-Popped Popcorn
27. Pistachios
28. Clementines (we call them Cuties or Clemmies)
29. Fruit Smoothie (or Kristen’s Green Smoothie– it’s actually delicious!)
30. Handful of olives
31. Pickles
32. Handful of blueberries with 2 tablespoons fat-free Cool-Whip
33. Ants on a Log (celery with peanut butter and raisins)
34. 1 cup mixed berry salad (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and/or blackberries) tossed with one tablespoon fresh-squeezed orange juice.
35. Peanut Butter and Bananas on whole wheat bread
36. Trail Mix (make your own! Throw in dried fruit, sunflower seeds, nuts, low-sugar cereals, and even the occasional piece of candy for something sweet.)
37. Orange Slices
38. Cherry Tomatoes
39. Graham Crackers
40. Small Green Salad with light dressing
41. Mango smoothie (frozen mango, mango Greek Yogurt, and a small amount of orange juice)
42. Kabobs (thread low-fat meat, low-fat cheese, pineapple and cherry tomatoes onto a stick- my kids love anything on a stick!)
43. Half of a  Cinnamon-Raisin topped with peanut butter and banana slices
44. Grilled Pineapple (throw them on the grill or a skillet on med. heat for two minutes or until golden)
45. Baked Apples (one tennis ball-sized apple, cored, filled with 1 teaspoon brown sugar and cinnamon, and baked until tender)
46. Animal Crackers
47. Strawberries dipped in fat-free Cool Whip
48. Low-fat tortilla topped with egg salad, shredded carrots and cucumber slices
49. Parfait (build your own with Greek yogurt or plain yogurt, fruit, and granola)
50. Bowl of bran flakes with 1/2 cup skim milk and berries
51. Guacamole with veggies
52. Triscuit’s Thin Crisps dipped in cottage cheese or hummus
53. Cashews
54. Pretzels
55. Sun Chips (portion control! Read the serving amount on the side!)
56. Cheesy Breaded Tomatoes: Two roasted plum tomatoes sliced and topped with 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.
57. Sugar Snap Peas
58. Steamed Veggies (steam non-starchy vegetables in a microwave safe bag and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of parmesan cheese or 1/4 cup pasta sauce)
59. Apricots
60. Laughing Cow Light Cheese Wedges
61. Any 100 calorie pack
62. Snack/Granola bar (around 150 calories or less, like Kellogg’s All-Bran, Kashi TLC Trail Mix, or Fiber one Bar)
63. Baked chips (about 7-10) with salsa
64. Soy Chips
65. Protein Bar
66. Sweet Potato Fries (one light-bulb sized sweet potato sliced, tossed with 1 teaspoon olive oil, and baked at 400° for 10 minutes)
67. Wrap (I like a slice of turkey, swiss cheese, baby spinach leaves, and cranberry relish wrapped up in a tortilla)
68. Pumpkin Seeds (2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds, sprayed with oil (just a spritz!) and baked at for 400° for 15 minutes or until brown. Sprinkle a tiny amount of salt on top)
69. Bean Salad
70. Broccoli Florets
71. Peaches and Cottage Cheese
72. Chopped Red Peppers (dipped in fat free ranch)
73. V8 Vegetable Juice
74. Tuna with Triscuit crackers
75. Cooked and Cubed Chicken Breast
76. Homemade Popsicles (puree watermelon, strawberries, mango, banana, etc and freeze in popsicle molds)
77. Dates with almond butter or rolled in coconut
78. Quesadilla (whole wheat (or corn) tortillas w/cheese (or not) melted in microwave – adding on tomatoes, beans, corn, olives, avocado or guacamole or whatever sounds good)
79. Watermelon
80. Cubed Apples and Cubed Cheese (this was my husband’s favorite after-school snack when he was little)
81. Craisins (I love to eat these with almonds- it’s a good combo)
82. Goldfish Crackers
83. Edamame
84. Cheesy Roasted Asparagus (four spears (spritzed with olive-oil spray) and topped with 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese, baked for 10 minutes at 400°)
85. Turkey Roll-Ups (Four slices smoked turkey rolled up and dipped in 2 teaspoons honey mustard)
86. Strawberry Salad (1 cup raw spinach with ½ cup sliced strawberries and 1 tablespoon balsamic)
87. Oatmeal
88. Banana Smoothie (½ cup sliced banana, ¼ cup nonfat vanilla yogurt, and a handful of ice blended until smooth)
89. Lime Sherbet (1/2 cup serving) with sliced kiwi
90. Apple Chips (dehydrated apples- they are so good!)
91. Black Beans (mix 1/4 cup black beans with 1 tablespoon salsa and 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt for an added twist!)
92. Lettuce wrap (try two slices honey-baked ham with 2 teaspoons honey mustard rolled in a lettuce leaf)
93. Pecans (try five pecans roasted with 2 teaspoons maple syrup and 1 teaspoon cinnamon)
94. Chocolate Covered Strawberries (dip 5 strawberries in 2 squares of dark chocolate- that is still good for you, right?!)
95. Honeyed Yogurt (½ cup nonfat Greek yogurt with a dash of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon honey)
96. Blackberries (so good mixed with plain yogurt)
97. Frozen Mangos
98. Tropical Juice Smoothie (¼ cup pineapple juice, orange juice, and apple juice, blended with ice)
99. Healthier Banana Bread
100. Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip with fresh fruit

Healthy Snacks (Low Calorie)

Ever wondered what is something good to eat thats not bad for you?  Not in the mood for a frozen meal, or that awful candy bar or sugar cookie?  Check these Top 25 Low Calorie Snacks.  

My Favorites include: Frozen Grapes, Hummus, Fruit Smoothies, Yogurt, Almonds, and Crystal Light Popsicles.

I hope you discover some new snacks, hopefully some become your favorite.