Healthy Snacks – Making Your Own Trail Mix

Homemade trail mixMany people tend to place a big focus on eating healthier and losing weight after New Year’s, in the springtime, and throughout the summer when the weather is nicer. Remember, losing weight and being healthier isn’t just about exercise – it’s about eating healthier, too. Sometimes the snacks we choose can be like a sinking ship in terms of our weight loss goals. Making your own trail mix is a great way to put together a satisfying snack at home that won’t break the scale. You can still get your salty fix and your chocolate fix without messing up your diet.

I make my own trail mix at home as a snack for me and my husband so we can be healthier while still eating things we enjoy. My husband has a peanut allergy, so our trail mix may be a bit different than the trail mix you would choose to make or buy, that is unless of course you or someone in your family has a peanut allergy, too.

To make a delicious snack for at home, at work, or on the go, I simply combine my favorite nuts and dried fruits to make a great trail mix blend. I include the following ingredients in our homemade trail mix – roasted unsalted almonds, Craisins or dried cranberries, black and yellow raisins, roasted salted sunflower seeds, Pepitas (dried pumpkin seeds), and of course, my personal favorite – dark chocolate chips or Special Dark chocolate chips. (Dark chocolate is considered healthier for you than other chocolates, in case you didn’t know.)

Some other fun things to include in your trail mix may range from peanuts (if you aren’t allergic) to other kinds of nuts like pecans, cashews, and hazelnuts, to dried cherries, dried pineapple, and so forth. You can also include M&Ms candies or other little treats like mini marshmallows to entice your kids to enjoy a (mostly) healthy snack.

Making your own trail mix can be a lot cheaper than buying premade trail mix pouches. You can make enough trail mix to last you a week and enjoy it until it’s gone, then make more on the weekend. If you are going on vacation, trail mix can be a great airplane snack, beach treat, or picnic snack. You can certainly enjoy the heck out of homemade trail mix on a road trip with your family as well!

What other ideas do you have for making your own trail mix? Please share them below in our comments so other readers can enjoy and benefit from your suggestions.


V8 V-Fusion Fruit Smoothies Review

V8 V-Fusion Fruit Smoothies ReviewSometimes it can seem almost impossible to get the right serving of fruits and vegetables every day. Whether it’s a case of being too busy or simply not having a big enough appetite, some days we just can’t seem to satisfy the recommended daily amounts of these important nutrients. Thankfully, V8 V-Fusion Fruit Smoothies come to the rescue, offering a variety of tasty beverages to help you get your daily fruits and vegetables in liquid form.

One of the greatest things about V8 V-Fusion Fruit Smoothies is that you can help to satisfy your nutritional needs quickly and easily, drinking up a healthy serving of fruits and vegetables any time of day, even before you rush out the door to work or school each morning. V8 V-Fusion Fruit Smoothies also make a delicious snack partway through the day or even as a quick refresher after a workout.

I received three flavors of V8 V-Fusion Fruit Smoothies to try for the purpose of this review – Wild Berry, Strawberry Banana, and Mango. These tasty concoctions contain a full serving of fruit plus a full serving of vegetables in every glass. Because of this extreme fruit and veggie content, the smoothie juice is true to its name, coming in quite a bit thicker than your usual juice. My brother recommended finding vanilla sherbet to blend up with these drinks for a more authentic smoothie experience. Plus, how can you go wrong turning it into even more of a dessert type treat?

V8 V-Fusion Fruit Smoothies contain a purposeful blend of fruits and vegetables in such proportions that the taste remains light and sweet. Just an eight-ounce glass has ½ cup of fruit and ½ cup of vegetables to help satisfy your recommended daily allowance. Also, V8 V-Fusion contains Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E.

I enjoyed the taste of the Wild Berry and Strawberry Banana fruit smoothies the best, purely based on my own fruit preferences. The Mango flavor was tasty as well. I like having these in my fridge so I don’t feel as guilty if I can’t sit down for a real breakfast and instead have to grab a glass of juice and a breakfast bar on the go. If you find you and your family have a tough time getting your recommended daily fruits and vegetables, consider trying the V8 V-Fusion Fruit Smoothies as a convenient and tasty alternative.

To learn more about V8 V-Fusion Fruit Smoothies, please visit

Also, stay tuned for our special giveaway featuring a V8 V-Fusion Fruit Smoothies gift set with a juice bottle for enjoying them on the go and a colorful Vera Bradley tote!


What to Do about a Persistent Cough

What to do about a persistent coughWintertime often leaves us vulnerable to catching colds, viruses, and even the flu. Many colds leave you with a persistent cough even after the usual sinus symptoms subside. If you are unlucky enough to get a cold, many times it can resolve itself in a matter of two weeks. Sometimes antibiotics can speed up the recovery process in cases where the cause is bacterial. Consider these tips on what you can do about a persistent cough.

Before you try to self-medicate or use at-home remedies for your persistent cough, make an appointment to see your doctor to ensure your cough is not a symptom of a more serious condition. Whenever possible, seek professional medical advice to ensure you get the best treatment possible, even if you just have a little cough.

Here are some tips to help you fend off a persistent cough:

•    See your doctor to determine if you need antibiotics, over-the-counter medicine, or even a chest X-ray to rule out pneumonia and other serious conditions.

•    Consult your doctor for a recommendation on a good cough syrup or expectorant to help you treat your cough symptoms.

•    Try your best not to cough whenever possible. If you can get your body in the habit of stifling the coughs, you may begin to see a difference in the number of times you cough per day.

•    For an annoying, raspy cough that starts with a tickle in the back of your throat, try to soothe the tickle and the cough by eating a dill pickle or taking a small sip of pickle juice. You can also try cough drops or throat lozenges.

•    For a productive cough, do your best to expel anything you cough up to get the germs out of your body. Keep in touch with your doctor to be sure you get medicine if needed.

•    For a persistent cough, try using a humidifier to add some moisture to your room while you sleep. For a winter cold, use a warm vapor humidifier to soothe your cough and cold symptoms.

These are just a few suggestions to help you deal with a persistent cough. If you are pregnant, the humidifier can be a fantastic option for soothing a cough without taking medicine. If you have any additional tips or suggestions for getting rid of or treating a persistent cough, please share them in our comments below.


Assorted Pink Ribbon Items Donating toward Breast Cancer Awareness and Research for 2011

Pink Cocoa Butter LotionEvery year countless companies come out with special, often limited edition items for sale with a portion of proceeds going toward breast cancer charities. Life Love Beauty always enjoys compiling a guide of the latest and greatest pink ribbon products for our annual shopping guide. This year we ran into a few challenges that posed a delay, so we’ve decided to do a variety of smaller features instead. Keep reading to learn about some of the cool pink ribbon items for 2011!

Of course you know you can find everything from food items to household items, clothing, accessories, and more with a breast cancer awareness charity component. Here are some of the items we wanted to put on your radar this year:

Sharpie Fine Point Pink Permanent Markers
Who doesn’t love Sharpie permanent markers? This timeless maker of marking pens, highlighters, and indelible markers, Sanford Brands, has teamed up with City of Hope to help eliminate breast cancer. Sharpie has pledged a donation of $50,000 or more to City of Hope for breast cancer research, treatment, and education. When you buy these pink ribbon Sharpie markers, 10 cents from each specially marked package will go toward the cause.

The fine point pink Sharpies feature a thin writing tip that is great for writing as well as coloring and marking things. You won’t be disappointed with the performance of these great markers – just like your typical Sharpies only now in a fun light pink color. I received a few two-packs of the pink ribbon Sharpies for the purpose of this review.

Tic Tac Pink Grapefruit Mints
Tic Tac has teamed up with a pink ribbon product this year as well, offering the special, limited edition Tic Tac Grapefruit Mints. With a lovely light pink color and a sweet yet tangy flavor, these Tic Tac mints are a great flavor to stash in your purse, pocket, or glove box. The sweet taste may be even more appealing to those who aren’t crazy about the usual mint flavors – spearmint, peppermint, vanilla mint, or even cinnamon. These offer a refreshing change from the typical flavors on the market.

These limited edition pink ribbon Tic Tacs are available August through November with a $100,000 donation pledged by Tic Tac to CancerCare®, a nonprofit organization that provides free support services to those affected by cancer.

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E
As part of an ongoing campaign, Palmer’s offers its pink ribbon Cocoa Butter products, benefitting Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. I am already a huge fan of the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter formula – especially its amazing chocolaty scent. The cocoa butter, vitamin E, and other ingredients help to smooth skin and reduce the appearance of marks and imperfections. The cocoa butter formula also helps to heal dry skin, especially dryness and peeling caused by sunburn. Cocoa butter applied immediate after sun and wind can help the skin’s condition greatly. Sometimes you can even delay or prevent the peeling of sunburn with cocoa butter!

Depending on whom you ask, cocoa butter has been shown as an effective product to help with stretch marks during and after pregnancy. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula leaves skin feeling soft and smooth and smelling delightful. Palmer’s also offers a pink ribbon bottle of Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks with Vitamin E, Collagen, and Elastin. Both of these products come in pretty pink bottles and can be used all over the body.

Stay tuned for information on other great pink ribbon products!


Dream Water Review for Sleepless Nights

Dream Water ReviewsAre you always tossing back and forth in bed trying to fall asleep? Still feeling jittery from your morning coffee or energy drink when it’s time you should lay down? Finding it hard to wind down at the end of the day? If you can relate to these statements, then Dream Water is the perfect product for you! It’s an all-natural dietary supplement designed to help you to relax and fall asleep right before bedtime.

Sleep is very valuable to keep yourself physically and mentally healthy. It can make or break you. If you are not getting enough rest, you are likely to be irritable and feel fatigued. Lack of sleep will also affect your memory. Caffeine and other energy products may relieve some of your symptoms and make you feel less drowsy, but there is no replacement for sleep. Think of Dream Water as the opposite of your caffeine or herbal energy supplements. While these products will give you that much needed pick me up, Dream Water will be there for you when you need to rest at night.

Dream Water ReviewsDream Water is perfect for people of varying lifestyles. It can aid those who have trouble sleeping due to health issues, excess of caffeine, and ever-changing schedules due to work or school. It is also helpful for those who are experiencing jet lag during times of traveling and is the perfect size to go on the plane in a carry-on bag. This product can also ease tension at the end of the day for people who deal with anxiety and stress.

For the purpose of this review, I received two samples of Dream Water free of charge in Snoozeberry and Lullaby Lemon.

Dream Water is designed as a 2.5 oz “shot” of enhanced water as well as an 8 oz drink. It contains natural active ingredients (GABA, Melatonin, 5-HTP) that aid in the process of relaxing and falling asleep.This product is calorie free and comes in aptly named flavors: Snoozeberry, I Dream of Kiwi, and Lullaby Lemon.


Boring Band-aids No More! Cynthia Rowley Adds Style and Shine for Your Little Boo-Boos

Cynthia Rowley band-aids reviewGone are the days of boring nude-colored band-aids used to conceal and help heal a cut or other wound. You may have seen little kids’ bandages with cartoon characters or other fun designs, but choices for adults have been lacking. Beyond the clear band-aids, there really haven’t been a lot of choices for women when it comes to dressing (up) a wound. Until now…

Johnson and Johnson has partnered with fashion designer Cynthia Rowley to bring us Band-aid bandages with fashionable designs showing off sequins, gold chains, bows, and more. The bandages also feature a signature blue band-aid with the designer’s name surrounded by zigzags.

Cynthia Rowley band-aids reviewThe stylish band-aids come in a chic black package with raised and glossy print. Each box of band-aids contains 10 small and 10 large bandages in a variety of patterns and styles. You’ll find everything from multi-colored sequin patterns to pink bows on a blue background, gold chains on a black background, gemstone patterns, and so much more.

These colorful band-aids will be great for a fashionable fix for your next boo-boo or a creative way to get your little fashionista’s mind off a small injury with a cute bandage to cover it.

The texture of the band-aids reminds me of some fun vinyl stickers I used to have when I was a teenager. The white trim gives a nice emphasis to the other colors in each distinctive band-aid style. Even if you aren’t familiar with Cynthia Rowley, you can certainly appreciate new bandage options with colors and patterns that sweetly replace traditional band-aid bandages.

These specialty bandages came out for pre-release with New York’s Fashion Night Out. The full release is planned for mass retail stores sometime around the holidays. This product will be available for $4.25 per box in various retail stores as a regular part of the product line. For more information about the stylish Cynthia Rowley band-aids, check out


Guardian Technologies’ Germguardian 3-in-1 Tabletop Air Cleaning System Review (Model AC4010)

Germguardian Tabletop Air PurifierNot to make us sound sickly, but my husband has asthma and I get really bad seasonal allergies in the spring. Since we both have issues with breathing at some point or another, I was interested to see what I could do to improve the quality of the air inside our home. I received a Germguardian 3-in-1 Tabletop Air Cleaning System by Guardian Technologies® for the purpose of this review. Let me tell you, we’ve been using it for a week or so and I’m already impressed. This home air purifier showed me real results the very first time I used it.

We set up our 3-in-1 UV power true HEPA odor reduction air cleaning system in our bedroom on top of my husband’s tall dresser. It plugs into the outlet that turns on and off with a small lamp, so it is a nice setup that we can easily control without reaching for the device every time to turn it off or on. We’ve probably run our home air purifier for about 10 hours or more so far. Even the first day when we ran it for about two hours continuously, I immediately noticed that our bedroom had a different scent – very clean and pure! It smelled markedly different and I was thrilled for the immediate change.

The Germguardian 3-in-1 Tabletop Air Cleaning System is designed for small to medium-sized rooms and processes the air in a 200-square-foot room every hour, with a focus on removing odor as well as smoke particles, capturing allergens, pet dander, and dust, and killing airborne mold spores and other unwanted particles. The tabletop air purifier harnesses the power of UV light and filters with charcoal to kill germs. The cleaning efficiency is rated at capturing 99.97% of germs and particles in the air, passing through the filter at size .3 microns or greater.

At a glance the air purifying unit reminds me of a standard black alarm clock without all the buttons and dials. It is sleek and unobtrusive, so you can put it in just about any room in the house. Since we spend a considerable amount of time sleeping each day, keeping our unit in the bedroom made the most sense for us. The purifier produces white noise, which can aid those who find difficulty in getting to sleep. It is fairly quiet, but I don’t think we would watch television and run the purifier at the same time in our room.

Germguardian recommends replacing the filter every six months. I really enjoy the clean air and odor removal that this unit provides and I will absolutely be purchasing replacement filters so we can continue using this device to enhance our living areas.

The AC4010 Tabletop 3-in-1 True HEPA Air Cleaning System lists at $99.99 and retails for $69.99. For more information on Germguardian air cleaning products or Guardian Technologies, please check out and


Sleep Well and Be Healthy

Having trouble sleeping at night? Has your tossing and turning at night begun to affect your productivity during the day? Well you are not alone. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, approximately 60 million Americans suffer from sleeping problems. Of that 60, 40 million suffer from long-term and chronic disorders.

Our body craves sleep as nourishment just as much as food and water. Even one night of missed or inefficient sleep will carry over to the next day. Sleep debt can attribute to loss of reaction time, problems concentrating and performing physical tasks, and adjustments to mood and emotion. It is recommended that the average adult get around seven to eight hours of sleep per night.

Our sleep/wake cycle is triggered and controlled by neurotransmitters in the brain. Sleeping through the proper cycles and for an appropriate amount of time gives important neurons time to rest. Many scientists believe that if these neurons do not get this “rest” they begin to malfunction. This is why we have problems with memory and focus after a night of restlessness.

There are various external and internal factors that lead to neurotransmitter disruption. Certain chemicals we consume stimulate certain parts of the brain, making sleeping difficult:

* Caffeine
* Diet pills
* Decongestants

Alcohol has the opposite effect, triggering sleep. However, while consumption of alcohol may help you fall asleep, the quality is severely disrupted. There are five stages in the sleep cycle. Stages 4 and 5 (which is referred to as REM or rapid eye movement) are considered the restorative stages. Alcohol prevents you from entering the deeper sleep stages, leaving you tired and groggy in the morning despite how long you may have slept. Heavy smoking also limits the amount of REM sleep one experiences.

Snoring is a very common sleep disruptor that affects 90 million Americans, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Snoring is caused when the breathing pathway narrows. In cases of sleep apnea, the throat closes completely, stopping breathing. In these cases it is important to consult with a doctor.

There are many factors that attribute to snoring.

* Age
* Obesity
* Sleep positions
* Anatomical abnormalities: deviated septum, enlarged tonsils, etc.
* Functional abnormalities – colds, allergies, etc.
* Alcohol consumption and other muscle relaxants

In most cases, snoring problems can be treated with simple lifestyle changes such as diet and sleep position. In some instances, such as with an anatomical issue, surgery may be performed to widen or clear up the breathing passageway. Some more serious cases may require you to wear some sort of device like a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure appliance). It is important to consult with a doctor if simple lifestyle changes are not improving the situation.

Sleep deprivation can be very dangerous. Aside from hindering functionality such as memory and mind calculations, it also impairs judgment and reaction timing. A study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tested the effects of sleep deprivation on driving. The study found that those with sleep deprivation had even slower reaction times than someone who was intoxicated. Driver fatigue contributes to approximately 100,000 motor vehicle accidents and 1,500 deaths per year.

There are a few behavioral changes that can help encourage good sleep.

* Exercise routinely.
* Make sure you are relaxed before bed.
* Avoid caffeine, nicotine, and other stimulants.
* Avoid alcohol.
* Keep a consistent schedule.
* Do not lie in bed if you are not tired: Get rid of the TV.
* Maintain a proper diet.

Of course, with any persistent or chronic health problem, if simple lifestyle changes do not help, you should consult with a health care physician.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is central to being well rested. Proper amounts of quality rest allow the body to perform at optimum functionality and balance. Sweet dreams!

About the Expert:
Joel Mark is an online author who is passionate about basketball, weight training, and fitness. When he’s not outside exercising, he studies a lot about health and nutrition, which runs the gamut from avoid sleep apnea masks to nutrition.


10 Positive Things to Say to Keep Yourself Motivated toward Your Goals

What things do you normally say to yourself in order to get motivated? Do you say positive things that motivate you towards your goals or do you say negative things to yourself that pull you down? When you talk to yourself, try to remain positive minded. Remember that any words you say to yourself can be very helpful and may also be the most impactful. There are several positive things to say to yourself in order to become more upbeat so you can experience life in a simpler way, have more fun, and also become successful. This is a helpful tip that you should always keep in mind. The following are 10 positive things to say when you talk to yourself or try to psych yourself up.

“I Love You” – You must first have something to be able to give it in return. It is therefore very important to love yourself so that you can love others. Even if you don’t feel that love yourself, you should keep saying it because the subconscious mind will not differentiate the reality from what is imagined. So when you tell yourself “I love you” several times a day, you will accomplish it since this is the first step forward. This is especially important if you have feelings of sadness or possibly depression. (Of course, you should see a specialist if you become too sad and depressed.)

Ask yourself, “What did I do well?” – You should ask yourself this question even on a bad day when all things seem to have gone wrong. Even when you got the kids off to school late and also went to work late, this question will seem easier to answer. Rewind the happenings of the day in the office and even at home and analyze them.

You can also ask “How do I feel right now?” – This is one of those positive things to say so that you can get into your mind and discover your emotions. Find out why you feel great, stressed, or whatever it is that you are feeling so that you can adjust accordingly. Look at things from a different perspective and do away with stress, which wears you down physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

Other positive things to say to yourself are “That simply went wrong due to the bad weather” (or another cause and effect relationship). This will encourage you even after things went wrong. You should not blame yourself for anything that went wrong. You are a positive person, so explain bad things by externalizing them. You can also say “That part of the plan did not work well, but…” – it gives you hope to keep on keeping on. Positive thinkers say “It was rough for only an hour or two.”

Other positive things to say to you are; “I’ve done this very well this time.” This gives you the motivation to keep moving forward. “My car broke down, but the trip was great fun.” Never wear yourself down with things that did not actually affect your day much. “My business has really taken off.” All these are positive things to say that will make life even more worth living.

You can also say “I rock at…” or “I am chasing my dreams” to keep yourself in an uplifted mood. When you have positive things to say to yourself, you are working to improve your personal relationships as well. You will always be there for yourself and your friends, even during the darkest times in your life.

This is a good way of being your own cheerleader. Always explain things to yourself in positive talk. Avoid saying words to yourself like “I can’t,” “Never,” More problems,” and “Impossible.” A positive thinker should always ignore the unimportant things in life. They do not allow themselves to get bored and normally laugh often. They also keep a log of their breakthroughs and also read success stories. All these are positive things that will keep you motivated towards your goals.


How Eye Drops Can Help You

When your natural tears are not able to sufficiently bring relief to your eyes, it is time to use eye drops.  It is a proven fact that eye drops help get rid of many eye irritations. Eye drops are known to bring dampness to your eyes, which helps take care of soreness in the eyes. These drops normally replenish the eyes and also help cure bloodshot eyes. Bloodshot eyes could be caused by colds or allergies as well as irritation, smoke, or other factors. Eye drops normally act like fake tears. The good part about eye drops is that in most cases they can cure the irritation problem very fast.

A good example of very effective eye drops is Alcon eye drops. This is a trusted brand across the globe for most ophthalmic cases. Alcon can be used to treat open angle glaucoma or increasing hypertension. Their effectiveness is facilitated by the fact that they contain Brinzolamide. They are not to be taken orally but should always be put in the eyes. These eye drops are not to be used by children. On the other hand, pregnant mothers should use it with caution and speak with the doctor first. It is also to be avoided by people who get allergies to the product or sensitivity after using it.

Remember that there is often an eye drop for every eye condition. It is therefore important to take the right one for your case. Eye drops are good for people with allergies, astigmatism, color blindness, eye infections, dry eyes, and even for eye floaters. If you have a problem of eye twitching, pink eye, or even a low vision, eye drops can often help deal with all these problems. Modern technology will not allow our vision to suffer.

In case you encounter any problems when using eye drops, or if you need help choosing the right eye drops, it is advisable to consult a physician. However, please avoid over-using eye drops. When in doubt, read the packaging or speak with your doctor.

How to Stop Sweating by Using Products and Procedures

Sweating is a normal bodily function that takes place when the body wants to cool itself down. Excessive sweating is an embarrassing skin condition that is also known as hyperhidrosis. Excessive sweating mostly affects selected body parts like the underarm area, face, and palms. Before you can learn how to stop sweating, it is advisable to know what causes this condition. It is typically caused by over secretion of sweat, which is produced by sweat glands. Even if you cannot completely stop sweating, you can prevent excessive sweating.

The normal day-to-day hygiene helps to stop sweating a great deal. It is important to take a shower regularly using a germicidal soap. Special attention should be taken to thoroughly clean the areas that sweat most.

Most people also use baking soda and vinegar to stop sweating. These are natural methods for people who are looking for immediate results. These methods are best for people on a stretched budget and still want to know how to stop sweating. It is advisable for such people to use natural methods to stop sweating. You can also cut on your caffeine intake if you want to stop sweating. You can also consider purchasing over the counter antiperspirants. These should only be used with proper consultation because some of them could cause skin irritation.

You can also look for the best deodorant to stop sweating. This will usually put an end to your excessive sweating problem. When looking for the best deodorant to stop sweating, it is also advisable to seek guidance from a qualified person who should be in a position to recommend the best. It is important to use these deodorants consistently before you go to bed. Deodorants and antiperspirants are known to reduce underarm sweating significantly.

There are also a number of professional treatments in the market today that can help stop excessive sweating, for example, Botox injections. If you decide to use Botox to stop sweating, it should be injected into the affected areas of your body. It will then be necessary to go for “top ups” at times that your doctor will advise. However, you will have to cough up a few dollars with this method. When you use Botox to stop sweating, then you are killing two birds with one stone because it is also used to combat skin ageing. It is known to act as a damper to your nerves. However, it is also important to remember that Botox works differently on different people. You should always consider the pros and cons before getting a treatment or procedure, and be sure to speak with your physician.

If you are looking for ways to stop excessive sweating, you should study all the ways you can try to stop extreme perspiration. You ought to remember that sweating can occur when you are stressed or are anxious. It is therefore helpful to look for ways that will help you deal with stress. Wearing loose-fitting clothing can also help with the excessive sweating issues. This will ensure that there is enough air circulation in your body and around your skin. You can also exercise regularly for a fit and healthy body. For official advice, please speak with your doctor.


Lasting Weight Loss – Go UnDiet by Gloria Tsang, RD

Each year, millions of people go on and off diets as they attempt to lose weight, sometimes unsuccessfully. The problem with dieting is that it usually leaves dieters hungry, making it nearly impossible to stay on the diet for very long. As a result, it makes better sense to find strategies that you can use on a regular basis to help you lose weight.

Fad diets only add to the confusion. From high fat to low carbs to high protein to low sugar, fad diets are all over the nutrition spectrum. How can we know what to eat in order to lose weight when we are constantly bombarded with conflicting information on a regular basis? Maybe we could be doing something differently. Maybe dieting isn’t the best answer for those who want to lose weight.

Gloria Tsang’s book, “Go UnDiet,” provides 50 small actions that people can take to lose weight and keep it off. The book features 11 chapters that focus on a variety of topics. As a registered dietician (RD), Tsang has the background to add substance to her ideas.

Are you really happy denying yourself the simple pleasure of food and going hungry nearly all of the time? If not, this book could be the perfect answer for your weight goal. It promotes healthy eating along with the need to take charge of your health and your weight. Some of the best tips include writing a food journal to monitor your daily caloric intake, starting a daily exercise routine that fluctuates in intensity, and paying attention to food labels. The book is packed full of information on processed foods of all types including reduced fat, low sugar, and low sodium varieties.

What I like about this book is that it offers explanations for every “undiet” comment. Read the book if you want to modify your eating habits without rigid dieting in a way that helps you keep off the weight as you lose it. In “Go UnDiet,” Tsang provides the straightforward advice that many people are looking for to help them slim down while promoting a healthy lifestyle at the same time.

I received my copy of “Go UnDiet” free for the purposes of this review. I highly recommend it as I did glean quite a few useful tips that are helping me to slim down just in time for the upcoming summer months. The book retails for $21.95 in the USA and $25.95 in Canada.