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Sugar is sugar – regardless the source

Cola comes with a wide variety of opinions and ideas. Some colas even advocate a more nutritious product, but is it actually healthier?

I created a video after noticing a cola advertised “made with pure cane sugar” by 365, the Whole Foods brand. Looking at the label, you see this “healthier” product actually contains  more calories and added sugar than the name brand Coca Cola.

Fancy marketing, healthier-sounding words and where products are sold will draw in consumers because it sounds like a better sweetener option. But is it really? Sugar is sugar!

Here’s the video transcript of the video.

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National Blueberry Month – a month to celebrate the blue gems

Can you believe it’s July? It’s also National Blueberry Month. As a confessed and proud blueberry addict, I’m here to show you a couple of ways to celebrate. If you follow me you know I write about these little blue gems every year. (Blueberries – the blue jewel and Confessions of a blueberry addict—where I bought 34 pints for $40)

They’re in season now so don’t miss the chance to get them at a great price. I’ve been buying amazing blueberries for several years from Aldi. At the time of this writing, $1.19 per pint. Wow. (That’s up from the price they were a few weeks ago, 99 cents!) Continue reading

150 Calorie Snacks

What does a 150 calorie snack look like? Portion size distortion is very real especially in the U.S. It’s too easy to overeat without realizing it! Here, are a few snack ideas to get the most of your food. Some great. Some not-so-great.

Curious to know what 150 calories of Snickers looks like? Less than a Clif bar? Think again!

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9 sugar sources in a healthy cereal?

Grocery shopping has its challenges—especially when faced with product marketing intended to help, but does it really?

I created a video after seeing a package of cereal that looked so healthy because it was free from 101 artificial preservatives & ingredients. Thrilled at first, I looked further and then saw the Nutrition Fact panel and ingredient list. Not so thrilled. Continue reading

Neily’s Rockin’ Health Trail Mix – You’ll love it!

It’s time to update a post from a few years ago about my homemade trail mix. I’ve been making this for years and if you’re a client (or friend or family member) or if you have attended a talk I’ve given, you likely received a bag (or three) of Neily’s Rockin’ Health Trail Mix. I came up with the idea at the request of a client looking for a healthier afternoon snack, something other than plain nuts. Continue reading

How to eat a lot and still lose weight

I love to eat. I love good food. And I like to eat a lot of it. But that’s a problem because I can’t. Not if I want to maintain a healthy weight. Many years ago I learned to volumize food. It’s a concept more common and popularized thanks to the terrific work of Barbara Rolls, PhD, her research and many subsequent books on Volumetrics, her first written in 2000. The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet: Smart, Simple, Science-Based Strategies for Losing Weight and Keeping It Off is more recent. It’s not a new concept to lose weight. Volumetrics is based on the idea that people tend to eat about the same quantity of food per day, regardless of calories. Continue reading

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