Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Healthy Snacks for a healthy You!

Interpreting Nutrition Labels

Start with the list of ingredients
Keep an eye out for heart-healthy ingredients such as whole-wheat flour, soy and oats. Monounsaturated fats — such as olive, canola or peanut oils — promote heart health, too.
Avoid unhealthy ingredients, too, such as hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil.
Keep in mind that ingredients are listed in descending order by weight. The main (heaviest) ingredient is listed first, followed by other ingredients used in lesser amounts.

Consider carbs in context
If your meal plan is based on carbohydrate counting, food labels become an essential tool for meal planning.

Don't miss out on high-fiber foods. Pay special attention to high-fiber foods. Although the grams of sugar and fiber are counted as part of the grams of total carbohydrate, the count can sometimes be misleading. If a food has 5 grams or more fiber in a serving, the American Diabetes Association recommends subtracting the fiber grams from the total grams of carbohydrate for a more accurate estimate of the product's carbohydrate content.

Look at total carbohydrate, not just sugar. Evaluate the grams of total carbohydrate — which includes sugar, complex carbohydrate and fiber — rather than only the grams of sugar. If you zero in on sugar content, you could miss out on nutritious foods naturally high in sugar, such as fruit and milk. And you might overdo foods with no natural or added sugar but plenty of carbohydrate, such as certain cereals and grains.

Do the math

Pay attention to serving sizes. The serving sizes listed on food labels may be different from the serving sizes in your meal plan. If you eat twice the serving size listed on the label, you also double the calories, fat, carbohydrate, protein, sodium and other contents. By Mayo Clinic staff MayoClinic.com gives users access to the expertise and knowledge of the more than 3,300 physicians and scientists of Mayo Clinic.

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Get that slimming look fast.. YUMMIE TUMMIE is the answer!

New Year, New Site, New You

Yummie Tummie is kicking off 2010 with a newly designed website and the sizzling Spring 2010 Collection, filled with fun, colorful and confidence-building new styles for you to show off!

Now your www.yummietummie.com shopping experience will be better than ever. The new site makes it easier to find styles, simplify the size and color choices, and radiates the Yummie Tummie brand vibe - Sexy, Sophisticated and Stylish!

Struggling the fight off the winter blues and extra holiday pounds??

Celebrity Stylist and Yummie Tummie Creator, Heather Thomson, offers must-have slimming secrets to look great in 2010!

Go long for versatility and style.

With cold winter days here, we can all benefit from a few extra inches of fabric. The look is chic, flattering, and keeps you warm. The long Yummie Tummie tank is perfect for adding a new dimension to your wardrobe without adding unwanted bulk. Let your favorite long Yummie Tummie tank peek out from under a fitted shirt or funky fur vest paired with skinny jeans for sleek, long lines that will have you looking slim, confident and cozy all winter long.

Sky high heels lengthen and slim.

One of my favorite tricks for hiding unwanted pounds is throwing on a pair of high heels. They are great for lengthening your silhouette and perfecting your posture so you stand up straighter and taller. Try a pair of over-the-knee boots or classic pumps for a slimming update to any outfit. And while designer styles are delicious, you don’t need to break the bank for a new pair of shoes. Check-out brands like Steven Madden or Aldo for the season’s hottest trends at affordable prices.

Feminine and flirty add lux to your look.

Embrace being a lady with feminine ruffles and bows this season. You will be surprised at what a little girly glamour can do for your confidence. Try a 40’s inspired suit with a belted jacket and pencil skirt in wonderful wools and tweeds. Pair it with a darling ruffled blouse which will take you through the season and even into spring. My must have tip for pulling off this look with confidence- the Yummie Tummie Briefie which slims your belly and gives you an hour-glass shape to show off your ladylike style.

Wrap it up for effortless style.

Classy wrap coats and dresses are perfect for carving your waist for an effortlessly sexy style. Invest in this look and you are sure to wear it to death. No need to worry about a few extra lumps and bumps leftover from the holiday season either. The Yummie Tummie Peek-A-Boo Cami will perfectly smooth away unsightly belly bulge while highlighting your best assets.

Statement jewelry for instant glam.

Chunky necklaces, stacked bracelets and embellished rings are a must-have for adding a little flare to your style this season. Layered jewelry is the perfect accent to everything from pencil skirts to boyfriend jeans. An added bonus, it will draw the attention away from trouble spots leftover from the holiday party season. Check-out trendy boutiques for unique pieces and the best bargains.

Give your wardrobe an affordable facelift.

You don’t need to spend a ton of money for an updated look in the New Year. My approach to fashion is to take the latest trends and mix a little bit new with a little of what you’ve already got. Simply invest in a great, versatile, go-to piece for the season such as a strong shoulder boyfriend blazer. Wear it over a girly top and skirt, sexy dress or black leggings when heading out on the town. Or throw it over your favorite Yummie Tummie Tank, a tissue soft cotton t-shirt and a pair of skinny jeans for a casual layered look perfect for winter weekends.

Skip New Year’s Resolutions, get a Yummie January boost instead.

New Year’s resolutions are a lot of pressure, especially when you’re already working as hard as you can. Instead, start the year fresh by giving yourself a break and a boost at the same time: get a Yummie Tummie. Yummie Tummie gives you the freedom to be your best self in everyday outfits, from layering a Long Sleeved Body V under a cardigan, to dressing up jeans for girls-night out with the jeweled neckline Glamour Tank. Whichever fabulous style you choose, it will leave you looking terrific and give you a rush of feel-good energy- just what you need to get moving on a New Year’s project, whether it’s a workout routine or weekly bubble bath.

Heather is the go-to expert for celebrities such as Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez and now you too can take advantage of her insider tricks to a slim and stylish new you.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A new way to carry your lunch!

Handmade ECOlunchbags with napkins and stainless steel food containers! ECOlunchboxes.com is a new company created by a mom named Sandra Ann Harris in the San Francisco Bay Area. I love the concept, packaging, the whole thing. The no-waste lunch kits come with a lunch bag and matching napkins sewn from hand block printed fabrics, a stainless steel food container, and bamboo spork. The stainless steel lunchboxes come in two different configurations: the ECOlunchbox Three-in-One, which is a double-decker rectangular lunchox ideal for children, and the ECOlunchbox Oval, which is a two-piece set including a yogurt cup that works great for all ages. No more plastic baggies and needless lunch waste. Did you know the average family creates 4,320 pieces of trash each year during the simple act of eating lunch. Check out ECOlunchboxes' lunch waste study You will love this company. This beats the everyday lunch bag. Please spread the love and check them out!