How Calorie-Reduced Diets Can Lead to Weight Gain

Posted: October 31, 2013

Your brain is so incredibly powerful and complex that scientists are still exploring its capabilities and learning more everyday about how it works. But what most people don’t realize is how deeply their brains care about them and their well-being. Entire bodily systems as fast and intricate as the highest-tech super-computers are devoted entirely to making sure you’re OK, that you stay out of danger and that your body stays healthy. From your immune system to your “fight or flight” read more…

3 More Nutrition Blunders You Should Avoid

Posted: October 29, 2013

You might have the best intentions, but intentions, even the best of them, won’t help you get the right nutrition or lose weight. In a previous post on the Herbal One blog, we listed 3 Nutrition Blunders – habits in our diet that we might think are helping, but they’re really not. At the end of that post, we promised you three more blunders. And here they are: Ordering a Salad, with Dressing Added– Of course, tossed greens and the read more…

How to be a Better Cook Part Five – Learn the Ways of the Pros

Posted: October 24, 2013

Professional TV cooks cheat! They’ll steam vegetables beforehand or have a finished dish ready to go instead of waiting for the one they just prepared to cook. They have no choice if they want to complete a full gourmet meal in less than half an hour. But when you look closely at their techniques, you’ll see that a lot of what makes them faster and more efficient is not “cheating”, but just good practices, and lots of practice. By adopting read more…

How to be a Better Cook Part Four – Recipes for Success

Posted: October 22, 2013

More than the directions for making a dish, they help you eat healthier foods, get better nutrition and more effectively manage your weight. So don’t just jump at the first recipe you see. Choosing the right recipes, according to your diet goals, tastes and cooking preferences, will improve your chances of making healthy cooking a part of your life. Pay Attention to Ingredients – It’s the whole point of cooking for yourself: to keep track of what you’re eating. So read more…

How to be a Better Cook Part Three – Go Shopping!

Posted: October 17, 2013

Shopping might be the world’s favourite pastime, but grocery shopping is a chore that most of us don’t look forward to. But your weekly trip to the food store will be less of a task and more rewarding when you make it an important part of cooking and eating healthier foods. Three Steps to Better Shopping Plan Your Meals– If you visit the grocery store once a week, starting planning your meals a week in advance. Look at your recipes read more…

How to be a Better Cook Part Two – Organize!

Posted: October 15, 2013

If you’ve tried to get into the habit of cooking more of your own meals, but were never able to keep it going for too long, it probably has more to do with something other than the actual cooking. In the first post in this series, we discussed the importance of having the right kitchen utensils. And the next step to being a better cook also has nothing to do with actually cooking. Organize Your Kitchen to Make it Easier read more…

How to be a Better Cook Part One – The Right Tools

Posted: October 10, 2013

Most people realize that cooking their own meals is the best way to make sure they eat healthy foods. So why are restaurants and fast food outlets more popular than ever? Part of the reason is that our lifestyles are busier than ever too, which leaves less time to shop and cook. But very often, while we really want to cook more, we’re discouraged when we open the recipe book and find that we don’t have the right equipment or read more…

3 Ways to Make it Easier to Enjoy a “Coping Burger”

Posted: October 8, 2013

Is a hamburger a beautiful thing? Yes, if you watch the TV commercials that make them look like nothing you’ve ever unwrapped at McDonald’s. Some call it “food porn”, but whatever you call it, millions of dollars are spent to make hamburgers look mouth-wateringly beautiful in advertising images. For anyone trying to lose weight or eat healthier foods, hamburgers are not pretty. Loaded with calories and high in fat (about a third of it is saturated fat) a single hamburger, read more…

Choosing Healthy Options When Dining Out

Posted: October 3, 2013

Yes, you know it’s best for your health and weight management to prepare your own meals. When you do, you have far more control over food quality, calories and nutrition. But sometimes you just don’t feel like preparing another meal, or you just want get out of the house, so you go to a restaurant. Fortunately, many restaurants, particularly fast food and chain restaurants, now post nutritional information on their websites. It means that, before you head out, you can read more…

When “Fat-Free” is Not the Best Choice

Posted: October 1, 2013

Fat suffers a bad rap. Our bodies are programmed to store extra food energy as fat, but we blame the fat when we become overweight. But we need fat to live. Aside from needing the essential nutrients that it contains, our brains use fat, fat helps protect our vital organs and fat is the most efficient source of energy we have. Without fat, our bodies would start drawing energy directly from muscle tissue, the same muscles that need the energy read more…