Try pink grapefruit for breakfast. It packs 25 times more beta-carotene than its paler cousin, and it's usually sweeter. Pair it with a cup of oatmeal topped with an ounce of chopped almonds or a quarter cup of dried apricots, and you'll have a complete breakfast with about seven grams of fiber, a third of the daily recommendation.
Last month, the Food and Drug Administration introduced proposed changes to the way you would read food labels.
The changes, which would be the first in more than 20 years, are necessary “to keep pace with the science of nutrition and to reduce confusion about what qualifies as healthful food."
According to First Lady Michelle Obama, who is helping spearhead the changes:
Our guiding principle here is very simple: that you as a parent and a consumer should be able to walk into your local grocery store, pick up an item off the shelf, and be able to tell whether it’s good for your family. So this is a big deal, and it’s going to make a big difference for families all across this country.
Among the changes:
Include the amount of "added sugars" in a food product. Current food labels don’t differentiate between sugars that naturally occur in foods and those added by manufacturers, such as corn syrup. According to FDA Commission Margaret Hamburg, added sugars contribute to a substantial portion of American calories without providing any nutritive value.
Update serving size requirements to reflect the amounts people currently eat. Under the new rules, a 20-ounce soda (which is 2.5 servings, according to its current label) would be required to count the entire soda bottle as one serving.
Present "dual column" labels to indicate both "per serving" and "per package" calorie and nutrition information for larger packages that could be consumed in one sitting or multiple sittings. Some manufacturers already do this voluntarily; the new rules would make it a requirement.
Require the declaration of potassium and vitamin D, nutrients that some in the U.S. population are not getting enough of. Vitamins A and C – which the FDA believes most Americans get adequate amounts of through their typical diets – would no longer be required on the label, though manufacturers could declare them voluntarily.
Revise the Daily Values for a variety of nutrients such as sodium, dietary fiber and vitamin D. Daily Values are used to calculate the Percent Daily Value on the label, which helps consumers understand the nutrition information in the context of a total daily diet.
Remove "Calories from Fat"from food labels. Research has shown that the type of fat is more important than the amount. Food labels would still be required to include amounts for “Total Fat,” “Saturated Fat,” and “Trans Fat.”
Place more emphasis on certain elements important in addressing current public health problems like obesity and heart disease. Such statistics include calories, serving sizes and Percent Daily Value.
“By revamping the Nutrition Facts label, FDA wants to make it easier than ever for consumers to make better informed food choices that will support a healthy diet,” said Michael R. Taylor, the FDA's deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine. “To help address obesity, one of the most important public health problems facing our country, the proposed label would drive attention to calories and serving sizes.”
What do you think of the proposed changes to food labels?
By Kristin Pulling, TLS Weight Loss Solution Product Manager
Growing up, devouring a massive pile of my dad’s amazing homemade pancakes was a Saturday morning tradition. My dad made the batter from scratch: a buttery, sugary, mouthwatering combination. I honestly don’t know everything in that batter, because the only thing I could focus on was eating as many pancakes as humanly possible, as quickly as possible.
The pancakes were always loaded up with butter and maple syrup. I would eat pancake after pancake, always leaving the table stuffed to the point I wanted to go back to bed. Not only was this weekly treat delicious, but the time I spent with my family over weekend breakfasts was precious.
Food has that emotional effect on us that, even as adults, we can’t seem to shake. Because last night, I developed a sudden craving for my dad’s famous pancakes. I don’t know what he even put in his pancake batter, but I knew that my healthy lifestyle would not agree with most of his recipe. I couldn’t stop thinking about his pancakes though, and I knew the craving wouldn’t go away until it was satisfied. My pantry was relatively bare but I had lots of fruits and veggies, eggs, almond milk, and of course TLS Whey Protein Shakes. Determined, I did a little Googling for protein pancake recipes that used the limited ingredients I had.
I ended up finding a couple awesome recipes, combined suggested ingredients and nixed ingredients I didn’t have on hand, to create my own healthier version of Dad’s famous flapjacks.
Would you agree that bathing, washing your hair, and brushing your teeth routinely are all a part of maintaining a healthy body? All of these things are important to keep your outside healthy (not to mention, looking good).
The same needs to be said for taking care of your body from the inside, yet very few people see it as a necessary practice. There are many people who don’t know what a ‘detox’ is, much less the importance of a detox – especially for losing weight. So let’s take a moment to consider the things that keep the body functioning from day to day that are often ignored.
Think about a detox in this way: You go to get the oil changed in your car, and you tell the mechanic not to worry about changing the oil filter or cleaning out the old oil; just to dump in a couple quarts of new oil and you will be all set. You would never do that because your car wouldn’t run the way it should. The same concept applies to weight loss.
Eating healthy and exercising is great, but not cleaning the toxins and junk from your body will hinder you from reaching optimal body composition. Detoxing provides your body with a number of benefits: it helps support a stronger immune system; it helps keep your digestive system on track and regular; it can increase energy levels; and so much more that, in general, helps you feel better both physically and mentally.
Plus, many people who undergo a detox can lose significant weight in just seven days.
Now, a detox isn’t easy – a weight loss detox means a lot of planning and a whole lot of discipline, since you’ll be going without some of those things you love the most for a couple of days: sugars, snacks, even modern food staples like carbohydrates are a no-no on a weight loss detox.
A great seven-day detox system incorporates a lot of raw fruits and vegetables to help “clean” your taste buds, liver, and GI tract. You can add some lean protein (about three ounces daily of tuna, salmon, chicken, turkey, or tofu is fine) to help fight the hunger. Also, drinking lots of water throughout the day is crucial in helping flush the toxins out of your body.
The main things to avoid during a detox are fat (butter, oil, and mayo, for example), coffee, sugar, alcohol, dairy, and caffeinated beverages. But there are some great ways to help get over your desire for these items. For example, you can replace coffee or caffeine by starting your day with a glass of warm lemon water, which is a natural detoxifier for your gallbladder and can also help satisfy cravings.
Here are a few more tips for making your way through a detox program:
· Mentally prepare yourself by saying that you can do anything for seven days. Try doing it with a friend, coworker, or spouse.
· Prepare by cleaning all the junk food out of your house.
· Eat a lot of food to keep you full. Always have cut-up vegetables on hand. This will help keep you from being tempted to eat unhealthy foods.
· Drink A LOT of water – more than eight (8) glasses of water a day.
· Get creative and experiment with different herbs & spices. Vinegar, mustard & low-sodium soy sauce are great ways to incorporate new flavors with common foods in a detox plan.
· Get plenty of sleep.
· Occupy your time to help take your mind off of food— clean the house, catch up on chores, read a book.
· Do not engage in strenuous workouts. Your body is undergoing a significant change, so you don’t want to overdo it. Try a light walk around the block: it gets your heart rate up without taxing your body.
· Practice positive thinking — you are worth it!
To provide you with more support, TLS Weight Loss Solution offers the TLS Detox Kit, providing you essential supplements to help ease you through the detoxification process, including:
· The NutriClean 7-Day Detoxification System includes selected supplements that can help:
o Cleanse accumulated toxins from your digestive system, colon & liver.
o Help restore good bacteria in to your digestive systems.
o Promote normal, healthy bowel movements.
· Isotonix Multivitamin. When we restrict our diet, we risk not getting all the vitamins and minerals our body needs. Taking our multivitamin can help avoid a nutritional deficiency.
· TLS CORE to help to manage cravings that could potentially interfere with your detox diet.
· Isotonix OPC-3 helps with the cleansing process by combating free radicals that often come from toxins in the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat.
Remember: a weight loss detox can be a difficult task to take on, but the results and benefits achieved make it all worthwhile.
*If you are pregnant, diabetic, or under care of a physician for an ongoing medical condition, you may not be able to participate in a 7 day detox. Before you start a detox diet, you should consult your physician.
As with any weight loss journey, there are always difficult moments to overcome. The fear of failure and doubt manipulate your thoughts. It takes a transformation of the mind to stay on the right track.
Jennifer Le Sueur- a young, diligent individual- was in the midst of trying to balance the stresses of work and life. She noticed that her weight was getting away from her, and grew concerned about her future health. An opportunity presented itself in the form of the TLS Challenge, and she decided to embrace it. “Every difficulty is preparation for an opportunity,” she told herself.
“In the beginning, it was hard for me to transform my mindset revolving around food… I found eating as a form of comfort and a way to release any type of stress in my life. But through TLS, I have overcome that mindset.”
Jennifer hit the ground running with newly refined hope and confidence. She saw her goal becoming reality with each step in the right direction.
“The entrees, and especially the protein shakes, came in handy (I absolutely love the shakes)… I have found new outlets—like working out— as a release to the stressors in my life. Even learning different exercise techniques and weight lifting (something I was always nervous to do) was a great experience.”
Jennifer ended the challenge with a total weight loss of almost 30 pounds!
“The new food, exercises, and information I have gained throughout this challenge will stay with me forever… I know I am able to do whatever I set my mind to.”
Sometimes the biggest source of inspiration comes from the person you see in the mirror every day.
“I look forward to continuing this journey, which has only just begun.”
Denee James was lost. Not only had she fought years of health problems—enough to require surgery—but her only child had just left home for college.
Growing older and overweight, the pounds were coming much easier with each year that passed. With so many changes staring her in the face, she needed someone to reach out to. Fortunately, that someone was there to steer her towards a whole new way of life: her sister, Cherie.
“Not only is she a wonderful sister; she is an even more wonderful TLS coach! Cherie shared with me how beneficial she thought the TLS program and the Isotonix nutritional supplements would be for me given all the challenges that I was facing… I began the TLS program and a new way of life.”
With support and encouragement from her sister, Denee was ready to tackle any challenge standing in her way. After ‘surviving’ the detox stage, she was beaming with confidence.
“I was losing FAT! My face looked thinner, my hands were no longer puffy and swollen, and I actually had energy for the first time in what seemed like an eternity. I was hooked and determined that I was going to continue no matter what.”
The seed was planted in just a week. The idea of a new person, a new body, was no longer an illusion. Not only did it help her physically, but also did wonders for her emotionally! She began to embrace TLS as a lifestyle and not just a diet. A shift in her mind had taken place, and consequently, so did a shift in her body.
In only five months, Denee became a brand new person— healthier, fitter, and 40 pounds lighter! Her own doctor didn’t even recognize her anymore!
“When I went to my physician for my annual exam… he thought I was a new patient---AMAZING! I suppose to a very real extent, he was right because, thanks to TLS, I do feel like a ‘new’ me!”
A new mindset, new body, and a new outlook on life— Denee is truly an inspiration.
“Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must, but take the step.”