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Your Thanksgiving Emotional Eating Survival Guide

Hi All,

Write down the following sentence and it to keep with you to refer to constantly during your Thanksgiving holiday.

Don't allow guilt to guide your Thanksgiving food choices!

I'm a flexitarian who goes meatless about 99% of the time, as you may already know as a loyal reader of this blog.  Thanksgiving is one of my planned "cheat days", where I will eat some turkey.  And think about the meaning behind that. I've actually re-programmed my mind to view turkey as a treat food, instead of an everyday item. 

That said, if you are a strict vegetarian or vegan, don't feel pressured into eating anything you don't want.Thanksgiving  Bring along something that you know you'll eat, whether it be Tofurky or whatever vegetarian or vegan dishes you enjoy as a contribution to the meal.  Maybe others will join you.

The same goes for the traditional fattening favorites offered up by well-meaning family members.  If it's a food you really like have a little--again, the operative word here is a little.  But if it's something you feel obligated to have because Dad made it, or Auntie made it and you'll hurt their feelings if you don't have some, don't eat it for that reason.  You're eating guilt, and you'll only feel worse later on. 

 

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A Healthy Thanksgiving How To Have One

Hi All,

I'm sure you're seeing tons of helpful tips on having a healthy Thanksgiving (and the holiday season in general), and to not let it be the pig out fest it tends to be for so many.  I've got my own opinions on how to do a healthy Thanksgiving, so here's my two cents on the subject (There's also part two of my healthy Thanksgiving blog post called Your Thanksgiving Emotional Eating Survival Guide CLICK HERE). 

1.  Thanksgiving is not a day to be dieting

I know people who try to keep up a diet they may be on even in the face of Thanksgiving dinner.  I say don't do it.  Why?  Simple.  It's too much pressure to be an absolute angel on Thanksgiving.  And pressure and feelings of being too restricted, will only lead to an eating binge, which will ultimately be worse than if you had lived it up a little on Thanksgiving.

Notice I said a little.  Give yourself a bit of a treat of your favorite comfort foods, but save some of the Thanksgiving feast for the rest of the people there!

2.  A healthy Thanksgiving begins with filling at least half to two-thirds of your plate with fruits, Thanksgiving salad and vegetables

If you make the majority of your plate fruit and veggies, you've taken a giant step towards a healthy Thanksgiving meal.  Just make sure it's not a fattening vegetable dish, but the good stuff like a great salad of mixed vegetables with low-fat dressing, organic vegetables in their natural low-calorie and low-fat state (not green bean casseroles and fried potatoes).  Not on the menu?  Bring it as a goodwill gesture to your host or hostess.

 

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Healthy Food Review Rice Expressions Whole Grain Brown Rice Pilaf

Rice Expressions Whole Grain Brown Rice Pilaf is now a major component in one of my new favorite healthy, fast and lazy dinners!

I discovered Rice Expressions on a recent shopping trip to my local Whole Foods Market when I had some time and just wandered the freezer aisles checking for new products to try.  I've been super busy lately writing my newest book, so any quick and healthy meal I can make is a huge help.

I love rice pilaf, but it is not often offered in its healthiest form for very quick preparation.  And I love brown rice, but while the various brands of 10-minute boil in bag brown rice are quick, they usually aren't pre-seasoned, so then you are left with wondering how to give the brown rice some flavor other than using a quick standby like dumping marinara sauce on it.

Rice Expressions saves the day!  It offers not just organic brown rice, but organic brown rice pilaf that already is pre-packaged with delicious seasoning and peas and carrots.  Since Rice Expressions is frozen, you don't have to add any water or do anything to prepare other than making a slit in the package to vent it.  Best of all, this terrific dish organic brown rice pilaf dish can be served up in just 3 minutes!

To make it a complete meal for me, I'll simultaneously cook some Morningstar Farms Chik'n Starter Strips in a pan with some olive oil spray (which also takes about 3 minutes to gently brown.  Then as soon as the microwave buzzer sounds, I zip open the Rice Expressions package, tip out the pan's "chicken" contents, sprinkle some reduced fat parmesan cheese on top, and viola--a 3 minute healthy dinner!

Each Rice Expressions bag (2 in a package), is two servings.  So depending upon how hungry you are, you can use half a package, or a full one like I tend to do for dinner since Rice Expressions Whole Grain Brown Rice Pilaf is just 165 calories a serving with 3 grams of fat, no saturated fat, no trans fat, no cholesterol, 3.5 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein. 

Two caveats are that I think Rice Expressions Whole Grain Brown Rice Pilaf could use more vegetables (which, in fairness, is true of many prepared dishes, although the amount of vegetables is better than most).  When I have more than 3 minutes, I'll add some more organic frozen mixed vegetables to the mix.  Plus, Rice Expressions could seem expensive to the budget-conscious.  However, when you compare it to trying to buy fattening fast food, it's worth the extra expense, as it gives new meaning to "fast food" in a positive, healthy way.

Rice Expressions makes a few varieties, but the organic brown rice pilaf one is my personal favorite.  It should be available to most of my loyal readers in a natural foods market in all but 5 states at this time.

http://www.riceandrecipes.com/expressions.php

Have you tried Rice Expressions?  What do you think of it?

Quick and healthy lazy dinners like these are fundamental to my unique healthy eating philosophy!  So now I'd like to invite you to learn the secrets of how it is deliciously possible to achieve healthy eating and weight loss without giving up ANY of your favorite comfort foods by getting free access to two chapters from my book "Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!" Go to http://www.healthyeatingcoach.com/bookexcerpt.html  You do realize this is free don't you?

Melanie small version for web --Melanie R. Jordan, Author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!  Available 24/7 at http://www.HealthyEatingCoach.com

"Healthy eating with favorite comfort foods...it's deliciously possible!"

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Check out more of Melanie's empowering publications on work-at-home lifestyles, foreclosure investing and learn about her Marketing and Infopreneur Consulting and Coaching Services at http://www.SunLoverPublishing.com

Check out Melanie's other Blogs and Podcasts:

NEW! NEW! NEW!  Melanie's podcast on infopreneuring--What You Know Is Worth More Than You Know(TM) at http://www.WhatYouKnowIsWorthMorePodcast.com

What You Know Is Worth More Than You Know - The Blog For Infopreneurs at http://www.WhatYouKnowIsWorthMore.com

Vegas Inside Scoop for Las Vegas locals and Las Vegas visitors at http://www.VegasInsideScoop.com

Please note that I do not have an affiliation with any of the companies featured in this post--they are simply products I am personally familiar with.  The views expressed are my opinion only and you should decide, along with your healthcare professionals, on the appropriateness for your personal use.

Copyright SunLover Publishing LLC 2008


A Healthy Baked Potato How To Add The Right Toppings

The poor potato tends to start out nutritiously and then tends to get a bad rap because of its transformation into french fries that tend not to be prepared as healthfully as they could be, loaded baked potatoes and the whole all carbs are bad carbs misunderstanding.

Now that even my current home area of Las Vegas is starting to feel crisp weather, a baked potato can be a great comfort food choice if done right.  It's not the potato, which is rich in B vitamins, potassium and fiber (if you eat the skin), has zero grams of trans fat, and just 130-160 calories (small to medium size), that's the problem.  The secret to a satisfying, delicious and healthy baked potato is to use the right healthy baked potato toppings.

Here are a few suggestions for healthy baked potato toppings:Baked potato

1. Instead of butter or margarine, use a substitute like Smart Balance

2. Sour cream should be fat-free ideally and certainly low fat otherwise

3. Make a pizza baked potato out of marinara sauce and fat free shredded mozzarella cheese

4. Give the yummy, but notoriously fattening, bacon and cheddar baked potato a healthy food makeover by using fat free shredded cheddar cheese and a Morningstar Farms Veggie Bacon Strip crumbled on top

5. Make a Southwestern baked potato with low fat taco Sauce, black beans and fat free shredded cheddar cheese

6. A broccoli and cheese baked potato is just right with fat free shredded cheddar cheese and broccoli florets.

BONUS TIPS:  Make your baked potato faster by using a pre-washed, cellophane-wrapped and ready to microwave version available at your local supermarket.  Make it organic if you don't mind a little more work.  And if you like sweet potatoes, you get extra nutrition, so give yourself and A+!

Challenge yourself to make your baked potato a healthy one by being creative with healthy toppings.  What is your favorite?  We want to know!

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Melanie small version for web--Melanie R. Jordan, Author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!  Available 24/7 at http://www.HealthyEatingCoach.com

"Healthy eating with favorite comfort foods...it's deliciously possible!"

Don't miss a post--subscribe to The Healthy Food Review feed. 

Check out more of Melanie's empowering publications on work-at-home lifestyles, foreclosure investing and learn about her Marketing and Infopreneur Consulting and Coaching Services at http://www.SunLoverPublishing.com

Check out Melanie's other Blogs and Podcasts:

NEW! NEW! NEW!  Melanie's podcast on infopreneuring--What You Know Is Worth More Than You Know(TM) at http://www.WhatYouKnowIsWorthMorePodcast.com

What You Know Is Worth More Than You Know - The Blog For Infopreneurs at http://www.WhatYouKnowIsWorthMore.com

Vegas Inside Scoop for Las Vegas locals and Las Vegas visitors at http://www.VegasInsideScoop.com

Copyright SunLover Publishing LLC 2008


Ask The Healthy Eating Coach Can You Judge A Healthy Food By Its Package

Hi All,

With this post, I'm kicking off a new feature called "Ask The Healthy Eating Coach" which will give you a chance to see some of the many questions I answer every day from subscribers to my list personally as a perk for being a subscriber.

Question

Do you find that you can choose or you do choose certain healthy foods over others based on their packaging labels? Do you read the ingredient labels on the healthy foods you buy?

Answer From Healthy Eating Coach Melanie:   

Absolutely I read labels and ingredient lists!  You can't judge how healthy a product is by branding or ad claims on the packaging alone.  Coaching kid

In fact, there's a huge difference between advertising claims that are legally allowed (and sometimes even these rules are bent by the food manufacturers), and what the actual ingredients tell you.  For example, zero trans fat does not always mean zero trans fat as the regs say that manufacturers can say zero grams of trans fat even though a product has as much as .5 grams.  Only the government would have math that says zero = .5! 

Even organic labels can be confusing.  "Organic" means something is only 95% organic.  Only if it says 100% organic is it truly organic.

Got a question, or a bunch of questions of your own?  I'd like to invite you to become a subscriber to my list where you'll be able to ask questions on any aspect of healthy eating, weight loss, fitness, healthy food products as a benefit of being a subscriber.  I answer all questions personally as my schedule permits.

And as a further thank you, you'll get free, instant free access to two chapters from my book "Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!" Go to http://www.healthyeatingcoach.com/bookexcerpt.html

Melanie small version for web--Melanie R. Jordan, Author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!  Available 24/7 at http://www.HealthyEatingCoach.com

"Healthy eating with favorite comfort foods...it's deliciously possible!"

Don't miss a post--subscribe to The Healthy Food Review feed. 

Check out more of Melanie's empowering publications on work-at-home lifestyles, foreclosure investing and learn about her Marketing and Infopreneur Consulting and Coaching Services at http://www.SunLoverPublishing.com

Check out Melanie's other Blogs and Podcasts:

NEW! NEW! NEW!  Melanie's podcast on infopreneuring--What You Know Is Worth More Than You Know(TM) at http://www.WhatYouKnowIsWorthMorePodcast.com

What You Know Is Worth More Than You Know - The Blog For Infopreneurs at http://www.WhatYouKnowIsWorthMore.com

Vegas Inside Scoop for Las Vegas locals and Las Vegas visitors at http://www.VegasInsideScoop.com

Copyright SunLover Publishing LLC 2008


Healthy Food Review MGD 64 Light Beer

Hi All,

In a bit of a departure for The Healthy Food Review, today we're looking at the super low calorie, low carb light beer MGD 64 from Miller.  I am going to assume everyone reading this review is at least of drinking age.  If not, please have a responsible adult in your household read it instead.

Now I will tell you straight up that I'm not a beer drinker, but many of my health-conscious readers are and are probably intrigued by this MGD 64 light beer offering, just like one of my health-minded friends was.  So this healthy food review will be based on his feedback on MGD 64 and written in my inimitable style :)

My fit friend, who does not in any way have a beer belly, is somewhat of a light beer connoisseur, varying what he drinks depending upon his mood, accompanying meal (if applicable) and time of year.  He generally favors Michelob Ultra, Bud Light, Corona Light, Bud Light Lime (although despite what the new commercial says, he believes it's a Summer beer) and used to drink MGD Light.

My friend really wanted to like MGD 64, which he figured could be pretty interesting with about one-third less calories than the 95 in Michelob Ultra, and you could almost have two MGD 64 beers for each Bud Light at 110 calories.  Unfortunately, in his opinion, it was not to be.  My friend did not find MGD 64 to his taste.  I asked him to please describe MGD 64 in terms I could understand for this blog post, but basically he just didn't care for the taste and repeatedly mentioned he felt "something was missing".  That "you can't take that much out of a beer I guess and still keep the taste".

Naively I asked if he could add a Splenda or two to it (hey it works when my iced tea is off in taste)?  At least I got a laugh.

Now you may absolutely love MGD 64, and this is only one person's opinion.  But my friend basically felt the commercial (which I enjoy too), and is on constantly during Sunday football, is better than the beer.  For those of you who haven't seen it, a guy and girl go up to a bar, and the girl only gets about two-thirds of her glass filled because she orders a different light beer than MGD 64.

I give Miller kudos for trying to provide a product for people who love beer, but want to not look like they do.  Decide for yourself at http://www.mgd64.com.

What do you think, healthy beer drinkers?  Thumbs up or down on MGD 64?  Your comments are welcome!

And now I'd like to invite you to learn the secrets of how it is deliciously possible to achieve healthy eating and weight loss without giving up ANY of your favorite comfort foods like beer by getting free access to two chapters from my book "Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!" Go to http://www.healthyeatingcoach.com/bookexcerpt.html

Melanie small version for web --Melanie R. Jordan, Author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!  Available 24/7 at http://www.HealthyEatingCoach.com

"Healthy eating with favorite comfort foods...it's deliciously possible!"

Don't miss a post--subscribe to The Healthy Food Review feed. 

Follow Me On Twitter!  http://twitter.com/melaniejor

Check out more of Melanie's empowering publications on work-at-home lifestyles, foreclosure investing and learn about her Marketing and Infopreneur Consulting and Coaching Services at http://www.SunLoverPublishing.com

Check out Melanie's other Blogs and Podcasts:

NEW! NEW! NEW!  Melanie's podcast on infopreneuring--What You Know Is Worth More Than You Know(TM) at http://www.WhatYouKnowIsWorthMorePodcast.com

What You Know Is Worth More Than You Know - The Blog For Infopreneurs at http://www.WhatYouKnowIsWorthMore.com

Vegas Inside Scoop for Las Vegas locals and Las Vegas visitors at http://www.VegasInsideScoop.com

Please note that I do not have an affiliation with any of the companies featured in this post--they are simply products I am personally familiar with.  The views expressed are my opinion only and you should decide, along with your healthcare professionals, on the appropriateness for your personal use.

Copyright SunLover Publishing LLC 2008