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Healthy EatingAlmost everyone wants to live a healthier lifestyle, but sometimes figuring out what that really means can be tough, and making major change can be intimidating. The truth is that often living a healthier life is not about making massive changes, and even simple changes to your daily routine can pay big dividends in the long run. The SPLENDA LIVING™ Blog is giving real, simple, tangible advice to make living a healthier lifestyle an attainable reality. Check out our latest posts below, including information about healthy eating, exercising, and how SPLENDA® Sweeteners fit in with a healthy eating plan!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 7:20pm  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor

Calories add up quickly. If you are determined to lose weight, or maintain a healthy weight, in 2017, I’d like to recommend one way you can accomplish your goal: save calories rather than count calories, especially calories from added sugars.

If you don’t believe that small savings can make a difference, a recent study confirms that a “small-changes” approach to diet and exercise can be appropriate for all family members and is a simple long-term lifestyle option that may positively impact weight gain and weight maintenance. It also noted that no-calorie sweeteners can be a useful tool in achieving those small changes.

Here are four ideas I recommend to save on sugar calories, especially during colder months.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 11:49am  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor

Here we are, almost two weeks into 2017. The holidays are behind us. New Year’s resolutions have been made and some already have been broken. If implementing a healthier lifestyle is one of your resolutions and you have not yet made any changes (or have fallen off the resolution bandwagon early), today is the best time to start. Why? Because “start tomorrow” may never happen. So procrastinate no further.

One essential component of a healthy lifestyle involves choosing the right foods and beverages in appropriate portions. However, people sometimes focus solely on their food choices and completely forget about the sugar in drinks they are sipping or guzzling.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 8:35am  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

I once had a client say to me that she wanted to lose weight, but she just hadn’t found the right diet yet. She went on to explain that she had tried many popular diet programs over the years, but none of them ever worked for her. When I probed further to find out what she did and didn’t like about the diets she tried, I discovered she had successfully adopted several new eating behaviors from each one. What she didn’t realize was that she was customizing her approach to healthier eating habits with each change she made, and creating a plan that would work for her for over the long run.

If you’re hoping to start the New Year off by making a resolution to lose weight, there are many things you can learn from all of the popular diet programs out there. While you may not be able to adhere to all of the recommendations, all of the time, any change you make that improves what and how much you eat – and that you can stick to - is a win for you!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 12:47pm  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

If you’re looking ahead to the New Year and dreading the thought of starting another weight loss resolution that will leave you feeling hungry all the time, you may want to check out the concept of “Volumetrics”. It’s all about feeling full while trying to lose weight. Imagine being satisfied at the end of each meal, and between meals, with no hunger pangs to derail your commitment. Now that’s a diet you can stick to for life!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 10:13am  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor

Holiday festivities are in full swing and the countdown to 2017 has begun. You’re probably thinking about sweets, treats and goodies associated with celebrations. Perhaps Aunt Margie’s peanut butter fudge has been on your mind for weeks; you just can’t wait to rip the plastic wrap off the serving tray so you can devour a large square (or two) of her ooey-gooey holiday specialty.

But wait. You tried all year to eat better and exercise more. Are you really going to overindulge in added sugar, fat, and calories for the next few weeks because it’s a tradition? Hopefully not. There may be much more added sugars and many more calories in holiday foods than you ever suspected. But you can make small changes to eat a little better, while still enjoying some holiday treats.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 3:27pm  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

Avoiding weight gain between November and January is all about changing what you’ve been doing year after year that has contributed to the inevitable extra pounds you see on the scale on New Year’s Day. If you’re ready to do something different, I’ve got some suggestions to help you get started!

When you look back on how you’ve celebrated the year-end holidays in the past, what patterns of behavior do you see? Are you making several late night trips to the mall to do your shopping, spending every weekend decorating the house and socializing more frequently with friends after work? Does that leave you with less time to prepare and eat meals at home, keep up with your regular workouts, and take the dog for a walk?

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 1:46pm  |  POSTED BY: Keri Gans

Americans are starting to realize just how much sugar is in our diets! But not all sugar is created equal. Some sugar is naturally occurring in foods like fruits and milk. But then there’s sugar that is added to foods and beverages for taste. Sometimes sugar is added to foods that already have naturally occurring sugars, like yogurt. Some added sugars are in obvious places – we know that there is sugar in drinks like lemonade, in candy, baked goods, and other treats. But there are often sugars added to foods you would never think of – like salad dressing and savory sauces.

Want to reduce the added sugars and calories in your day without sacrificing taste? SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener is challenging you to spot the places in your diet where sugar is added, and identify the occasions where you can easily swap out the added sugar and the calories with the delicious SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener. The goal of this 30 day challenge is to give you the tools to make small changes in your lifestyle that can help you reduce added sugars and calories, without sacrificing taste. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 1:03pm  |  POSTED BY: Sylvia Meléndez Klinger

The sugar conversation has been a topic of interest for decades. And today, more than ever, many health-conscious consumers are trying to limit calories, especially those coming from added sugars, and learn to be more mindful when making eating choices.

The latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans have recently advised Americans to consume less added sugars. So we come to the point where we recognize that our added sugar intake might need some redirection, but we also don’t want to deprive ourselves of what we enjoy—because that’s not the point.

So how can we eat less sugar and not miss it?

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 2:58pm  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

Do you ever wonder what people will think about the youth of today when they look at archived YouTube videos 50 years from now?

Sadly, what they will see is that about one-third of American children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 are overweight or obese, as reported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. The only thing sadder than that statistic is the one that predicts 80% of these teens will become overweight or obese adults. The single most important step we can take to reverse this trend is to prevent excess weight gain right from the start in childhood. And if excess weight gain begins in adolescence, the next step is to stop or slow down the rate of weight gain during the teen years. Tackling that problem is important for health, much more so than body image, and is the focus of this blog. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 7:38am  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

One of the best things about going on vacation is the chance to interrupt the monotony of our weekly routines. Whether we use our time off to sleep in and eat a picnic lunch in the park or fly to another time zone where we have breakfast in the middle of the night, the change of scenery and scheduling helps us to recharge our batteries.

Another way we switch over to vacation mode is to adopt the mindset that “anything goes.” I know I have a tendency to stay up later, spend more money and splurge at meals to get the most out of my time off. And there are endless ways to splurge! From big breakfast buffets to lavish lunches and multi-course dinners, the calories do add up. Even when traveling with children and dining in family-friendly restaurants, the large portions and irresistible side-of-fries that seem to come with every meal can dismantle our best intentions.

If you’ve ever experienced vacation weight gain, then you know what I’m talking about. It may only be a few pounds, but if you don’t make a conscious effort to lose them after vacation they can lead to “creeping obesity.”

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