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Eat a balanced meal two hours before a workout to ensure peak energy stores.
Easy Ways to Change Those Bad Habits For a Healthier You!

Watch out for HFCS!
A major change in food over the last 40 years has been the addition of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) represents more than 40 percent of the caloric sweeteners added to foods and beverages. It's in all kinds of foods, including breads, crackers, sodas, frozen yogurt, and even ketchup. THis additive encourages overeating because it tricks the chemical messenger to the brain that tells your stomach you ar full. Without these messengers, your appetite has no shut-off mechanism. In other words, your body barely recognizes you have eaten any calories at all. The average American consumes nearly 63 pounds of HFCS per year and researches have seen a direct relationship to the increased use of HFCS and the rise in obesity. What can you do about it? Read labels, and stay away from foods high in HFCS. If HFCS is listed as the first or second ingredient, check the Nutrition Facts that accompanies the ingredients to see how much sugar is in the food. If it is a gram or two don't worry, but if it has 8 grams or more of sugar and HFCS is among the first three ingredients, buy something else! A 12-ounce can of soda contains as much as 13 teaspoons of HFCS.

Quick Tips

  • About 75 percent of overeating is triggered by emotions - boredom, anger, stress and sadness.
  • Simple calorie cutting strategy - Eat fewer processed foods and more fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • seltzer water mixed with 100% fruit juice makes a great non-soda drink.
  • A study at Duke University Medical Center found walking and jogging produced similar benefits, so take it easy if you have to and you'll still see results.

Get Movin' Tricks

Simple little efforts help burn those extra calories without even trying.

  • When you are out and about - Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator whenever possible.
  • Park your car in the farthest space and walk a little further to the store or mall.
  • After grocery shopping, bring in one bag at a time.
  • At home - Sweeping or mopping rather than running the vacuum over non-carpeted floors.

Go Wal"nuts"

The less processed the better. Foods closer to their original state have more nutrients.

Single out Trigger Foods

Buy snack foods in single serving sizes or divvy up full size packages into smaller individual bags. It is easy to overeat right from the bag or box, but are you likely to inhale the contents of 12 zipper bags without some forethought? Doubtful!

Walking Gives You Options

Walking is the one fitness activity that allows you numerous options. Once you have comfortably mastered a few miles, you can vary the intensity by walking uphill, lengthening your stride, increasing your speed, or carrying small hand weights.

What is a serving?

I medium-sized fruit or vegetable
½ cup fresh, frozen or canned (packed in 100% fruit juice) fruits or vegetables.
1 cup salad greens
¾ cup 100% fruit or vegetable juice
¼ cup dried fruit

Sometime less is more!

The less processed the better. Foods closer to their original state have more nutrients.

Move it and lose it!

Be physically active to help manage their weight. Be active for at least 30 minutes for adults or 60 minutes for children, five days a week or more. If you don't have 30 minutes, do three-10 minute activities or two-15 minute ones throughout the day. Make it something you enjoy.

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Brentwood, CA 94513
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