Posted on 04/17/2012
As a "healthy eating expert" for nearly 30 years and registered nurse for more than 50 years, I am often asked what sets our program apart from all the others out there. First and foremost I always stress, it is not a fad diet, rather a balanced diet consisting of what you should eat for the rest of your life. We base our plan on what health and medical experts recommend one should eat. We do not eliminate entire food groups. It is not what is the latest fad or gimmick aimed at dropping a few pounds quickly, only to regain them once you resume your normal lifestyle. No, we are all about portion and calorie control.
I've said it once and I'll say it again...calories in versus calories out. If you consume more than you expend, then you will gain weight. But, the right mix of foods is important to achieve improved eating habits and overall health.
Everyone wants a quick fix in our fast-paced society and that is especially true for weight loss. So, what's the secret to weight loss? Consuming the right mix of foods, including carbohydrates, in my opinion is the secret to weight loss. It is also the secret to staying slim. I am not alone in my belief, since research and results support this theory.
The right mix of carbohydrates is the best way to keep one's blood sugar under control and keep diabetes at bay. Whole grain carbohydrates not only help regulate blood sugar and keep it under control, but it is also beneficial for heart health.
I can attest with hundreds of thousands of people who have been helped by our meals that carbohydrates in one's diet work to help them lose weight, stay slim and improve their overall health. Numbers don't lie...weights, blood pressure reading, cholesterol numbers and blood sugar levels all improved.
Carbohydrates satisfy, calm and make people happier and less stressed because they boost mood-regulating and stress-reducing chemicals in the brain. Whereas high protein and fatty foods may deplete them, according to a recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Need more convincing that carbohydrates are a healthy choice for your diet? According to a recent study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, including three servings of whole grain foods in the diets of healthy people significantly lowered their blood pressure and researchers concluded that daily consumption of whole grains also decreased the incidence of stroke by 25 percent and coronary heart disease by 15 percent.
Speaking of results and improved health, the Seattle Sutton's 2012 Slim Down Contest is drawing to an end in LaSalle County. Our contestants have lost a total of 464 pounds in 14 weeks...just one more week to go before we name our winner. Who will it be? Be sure to check back here next week to learn who will win the grand prize and title of the Seattle Sutton's 2012 Slim Down winner for LaSalle County.
She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.