Much like the ocean, our bodies have their own ebb and flow rhythm. And sometimes many of us carry around enough extra water weight to fill a large fish tank. PMS is a well-known cause of water weight; and diet, hormones, medication, and water intake are also to blame. (The number one reason people retain water is that they don’t drink enough of it.) But you can’t eradicate water weight forever by temporarily drinking more water, switching up your diet, or living in the steam room and sauna. It’s an ongoing battle that relies on keeping your internal systems flowing. So we asked certified fitness and nutrition specialist and yoga teacher Aileene Palm of Rhode Island for five of the best ways to keep water weight under control: More
Today, the incredibly slow-to-grind gears of government management finally spit out an update on salt consumption, advising at-risk demographics (African-Americans, and people with hypertension, diabetes, and kidney problems) to consume roughly 1,150 milligrams of the white stuff per day. For the rest of us, Doctor Sam prescribes a more liberal number: 2,300.
The announcement follows news from earlier this year that the Food and Drug Administration might soon be leaning heavily on food manufacturers to reduce the sodium content of pre-packaged foods. The FDA denies the claim, but if universal health care manifests itself, the net result will be further bureaucratic intervention with the things that make us sicker. More
Last week, nutritionist and Foodtrainers founder Lauren Slayton gave us her New Year’s Detox Diet: 7-Day Food Cleanse. Today she’s back with ten foods (plus condiments and medications) that you didn’t know contained so much damn salt. If you liked our previous posts: 8 Foods You Didn’t Know Contained Meat and 5 Foods You Didn’t Know Contained Gluten, then you’ll want to read on.
Lauren says: “We all have a friend or family member who, like my husband, often reaches for the salt shaker even before tasting their food. Perhaps this person is chided for their overzealous shaking; perhaps not. But the truth is that even the most serious salt-lover isn’t in danger of approaching the recommended one-teaspoon-a-day of salt from that habit. Instead, have you ever considered criticizing the amount of spaghetti sauce someone uses? Maybe you should.” Here’s our gallery of ten sneaky salt sources lurking in your food: More
Restaurant side dishes always looks so appealing. Commitment-phobes and calorie-phobes alike flock to them for à la carte ordering. One measly side dish is obviously healthier than an entire entree at a chain restaurant, right? If only. We should know by now that restaurants pack in the calories anywhere they can, including in that seemingly innocent baked potato you just ordered. Check out the ten worst side dishes we found from chain restaurants, and join us in weeping for our waistlines. More
If skinny were a country, the national dish would be salad – how many calories can you really get out of lettuce, after all? But looks can be deceiving: Those “skinny bitches” in France are actually noshing on chocolate croissants … More
You know how we feel about sugary sports drinks. But plenty of hardcore athletes and health enthusiasts are turning to coconut water as their workout beverage because of its rehydrating properties. Coconut water is low in calories and fat, and … More
Oh, USDA. Thanks for having our back when it comes to nutrition. Or not. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that if a chicken is not artificially flavored or preserved with chemicals, it should be allowed to say “natural” on … More
Check out these penguin-shaped sushi rolls. So cute, right? Don’t be deceived. Despite popular opinion, sushi isn’t as healthy as most people think.
Bloating doesn’t just make us feel awkward about our bodies, it can also be physically uncomfortable. But we can try these tips to avoid bloating — we’d be willing to try anything to get rid of that tight-pants, always-full feeling. … More
After a short week, the weekend came as a pleasant surprise to us here at Blisstree. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have a ton of things we want to fit in over the next few days: Have some chocolate. … More
With age comes concerns about high blood pressure, and having to eat less salty foods. And though we worry about sugar consumption and weight gain, we don’t usually think about sugar leading to heart problems. Time to change our thinking: … More
Potato chips are one of the most delicious parts of a July 4th barbecue. Of course, we try to stick to the baked, not-as-terrible-for-you kind (honest). But if we were to indulge in some fried, greasy goodness, you can bet … More