Six Strategies to Help You Say No to Junk Food

Six Strategies to Help You Say No to Junk Food

Our environment is saturated in calories—cheap, tempting, unnecessary calories. You can’t run errands or take a trip to the mall without dealing with a constant barrage of junk foods. Human brains aren’t designed to say no to them, though they do our health no favors.

Here are six strategies you can use to resist the flood of junk food fighting for your attention.

1. Don’t let yourself get too hungry.
If you’re too hungry, “your gut signals tell the reward system in your brain, ‘You need to really be on the lookout and respond intensely to any food cues you see,’” says Ashley Gearhardt, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Michigan. Her advice: Skip the crash diets and “focus on the quality of the food you eat.”

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10 Ways Spending Time in Nature Can Improve Your Mental Health

10 Ways Spending Time in Nature Can Improve Your Mental Health

May 7th through May 13th is Mental Health Week, where mental health advocates raise awareness about what mental health really is. It’s not just about treating mental illnesses, but having an open and honest conversation about how to be happy, reach your potential, feel like you belong, worry less, and be able to enjoy life.

So how exactly does nature help with mental health?

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TOPFIT says: Join me for a workout, or a relaxing and rejuvenating Shinrin-Yoku experience on the awe inspiring trails of Southern Oregon.

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5 Quick Breakfasts

5 Quick On-the-go Breakfasts

“Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day?” If you’re like many people, you’ve probably wondered this very same thing. While all meals offer an important opportunity to provide the body with fuel and nutrients, research shows that those who eat breakfast are best able to maintain and achieve a healthy weight.

Interestingly, breakfast is the meal that is most often skipped, with lack of time to prepare something the most commonly given excuse. And people often associate breakfast with the traditional large, heavy morning meals that take a good deal of time to make, like pancakes smothered in syrup with eggs and bacon. But here’s some good news: Healthy breakfasts with benefits can be light, energizing and nutrient-packed and, best of all, can be made in a jiffy.

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Four Diets That Actually Work

There are lots of ways to lose weight. Just ask anyone who has tried the latest popular diet. There are websites, blogs and books praising fat and bashing gluten, but does this mean that these are the best diets to follow?

And how do you measure success when dieting? Is it just about how much weight you lose? Anyone can slash their calorie intake and lose weight. But is it a plan that you can follow forever?

Most diets that promise weight loss are simply low-calorie diets. Some banish whole food groups and others say that all foods can fit. While calorie-restriction and food-group elimination can work in the short-run, they usually lead to a whole host of problems over time. These include weight gain due to feelings of starvation and deprivation, and malnourishment from inadequate intake of certain vitamins and minerals.

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TOPFIT says: These are still diets, so approach with caution and skepticism.

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