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Most people should look closely at their oils. Which ones are good, and which ones should be changed. Connie Diekman, of the American Dietetic Association, now called the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, shows options to compare.

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Choices for Healthy Eating

Eating healthy is important, and not difficult. The opinion of Sharon Meyer, Registered Dietitian, of Rochester, Michigan, stated in an interview,  “the farther from the farm, the worse our food becomes” which is not too difficult to understand. There are farmers markets, and farmers stands during the harvest season, no matter where you live. Sweet corn in September, strawberries in July, and blueberries in August, are all available from farm stands. They all are fresh and flavorful, and worth the extra effort to have a Sunday jaunt to the country markets, or weekday trip to a busy town when the farmers bring their fresh produce to us, summer and fall.

She says the worst food for humans is hydrogenated vegetable oil, which is hydrogen molecules added to any liquid oil, which makes the oil like plastic. It does not degrade. It gives shelf life to the product – it takes away our shelf life.  It is always in packaged  foods.

Ms. Meyer, says the second worst food to ingest is any processed food. They are high in salt, which can cause many side issues.

And the third worst ingredient against maintaining one’s health over time, she decides, are preservatives- which are chemicals, that flavor boxed food.

Caffeine is high on her list of ingredients to beware of.  Classified as drug like because of its possible addiction. A person, also, can go into withdrawal.

Read labels, and read labels, and read labels!

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Benefits of Interval Training

Both Shape.Com and the Mayo Clinic state interval training is very beneficial to your health. Shape.Com states less time spent in the gym doesn’t mean reduced health and fitness. Interval training, which is workouts where individuals alternate periods of high-intensity exercise with low-intensity recovery periods increases fitness and burns more calories over a short period of time than steady-state exercise. As examples, a short burst of jogging as part of a brisk walk, or a sprint as part of a run.

The Mayo Clinic website states intervals will:

  • Help burn more calories;
  • Improve aerobic capacity (both lung capacity and endurance);
  • Reduces boredom and breaks up the workout into smaller segments;
  • Doesn’t cost more, although a good watch showing seconds helps keep the intervals consistent.

The HealthyLifeStylesUSA.Com team recommends a fast interval for 1 minute out of every 5 minutes. Doing so will increase your heart rate, burn more energy, and make the entire workout go faster compared to a steady exercise at the same pace.


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What can interval training do for me?

Whether you’re a novice exerciser or you’ve been exercising for years, interval training can help you jazz up your workout routine. Consider the benefits:

  • You’ll burn more calories. The more vigorously you exercise, the more calories you’ll burn — even if you increase intensity for just a few minutes at a time.
  • You’ll improve your aerobic capacity. As your cardiovascular fitness improves, you’ll be able to exercise longer or with more intensity. Imagine finishing your 60-minute walk in 45 minutes — or the additional calories you’ll burn by keeping up the pace for the full 60 minutes.
  • You’ll keep boredom at bay. Turning up your intensity in short intervals can add variety to your exercise routine.
  • You don’t need special equipment. You can simply modify your current routine.


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The Benefits of Lemon

Lemon is a wonderful fruit. Adding lemon to water helps add flavor, curb the urge to drink unhealthier drinks such as sodas, hydrates without adding unnecessary calories, freshens the palate, and provides necessary nutrients.

About.Com shows a full lemon having only 1 gram of sugar, 17 calories, and only 0.2 grams of fat. The HealthyLifeStylesUSA.Com team recommends adding a half teaspoons of lemon juice or a slice of lemon to a full glass of icewater. One option to keep lemon available without constantly going to the supermarket is to buy fresh pressed lemon. Produces such as Lakewood Organic Fresh Pressed Pure Lemon is full strength and does not contain the preservatives found in concentrates such as ReaLemon.

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Dining Out Recommendations

The HealthyLifeStylesUSA.Com team will occasionally provide feedback on how to eat healthy when dining at various restaurants. Today’s review is for T.G.I. Fridays. The best choice in our view for taste and nutrition is the Balsamic-Glazed Chicken Caesar salad with the least favorite the Jack Daniel’s Black Angus Rib-Eye and Grilled Shrimp Scampi.

According to the T.G.I. Friday’s website the chicken breast is fire-grilled with a with balsamic glaze and served over romaine lettuce tossed in a Caesar Vinaigrette with shaved parmesan, focaccia croutons and grape tomatoes. The salad has 490 calories, 26 grams of fat, 1960 milligrams of sodium and provides 40 grams of protein.

The Jack Daniel’s Black Angus Rib-Eye and Grilled Shrimp Scampi is 1260 calories, 57 grams of fat, a huge 5800 milligrams of sodium, and provides 81 grams of protein.

The HealthyLifeStylesUSA.Com team’s guidance will help keep you healthy when dining out.


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Outstanding Abs Workout!

The best abdominal workout is from an exercise wheel, which retails on Amazon for as little as $12! The benefits of the wheel according to Livestrong.Com, are ability “to retain good  posture and provide a solid, centered base from which the muscles of your limbs  can move”. “The exercise wheel is effective in strengthening your core (back and stomache) not only because it targets your abs but also because it works the muscles of  your low back.” When trying the exercise wheel for the first time, do only a small number of repetitions, as the exercise will quickly fatigue the stomach and back muscles. The HealthyLifeStylesUSA.Com team recommends using the wheel 4 times per week for 10 to 12 repetitions each time as part of a healthy lifestyle.

For more information, please use the links below for the Livestrong article as well as a youtube video.

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Are Pedometers Worthwhile?

Wendy Bumgartner in About.Com has this to say about pedometers: “Wearing a pedometer and recording your daily steps and distance is a great motivating tool … The simplest pedometers only count your steps and display steps and/or distance. This may be all you need to track to keep yourself motivated towards a goal of 6000 steps per day for health, or 10,000 steps per day for weight loss.” Some of the more elaborate pedometers not only count steps, but include functions for calories burned, speed estimates, pulse, and progress toward daily goals. Amazon.Com has pedometers ranging in price from $17 to $125, with most of the units in the $20 to $30 range.

As mentioned in other posts in HealthyLifeStylesUSA.Com, walking is one of the simplest means to improve health. If a pedometer will help motivate our readers to walk more and get healthier, then spending the $20 to $30 is certainly worthwhile.

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Overcome Craving for Sweets

Many of us have a sweet tooth, and want that occasional candy bar, soda, or cookie. There are multiple ways, however, for HealthyLifeStyleUSA.Com followers to satisfy a craving for sweets that don’t involve processed sugar, including:

  • Fresh fruit such as apples, strawberries, pears, or blueberries. All have less sugar than a typical candy bar. As an example, a golden delicious apple has 17 grams of sugar vs. 31 grams in a Hershey’s milk chocolate bar.
  • Natural applesauce: Applesauce made without corn syrup or sugar has 16 grams of sugar and only 70 calories per cup. Regular applesauce has 25 grams of sugar and 110 calories.
  • Canned fruit such as peaches or pears: The healthiest approach is to rinse off the fruit to eliminate any added sugar. Del Monte No Sugar Added canned peaches have 5 grams of sugar and 25 calories per cup compared to 14 grams of sugar and 60 calories in Del Monte Lite canned peaches.

If nothing else works, grab a cookie or candy bar and take only 2 bites. Contrary to what your Mother might have told you, you don’t have to eat the whole thing!

(all sugar and calorie information is from About.Com)

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Fast Foods to Avoid

Fox News published an article regarding the worst fast foods. HealthyLifeStyleUSA.Com’s followers should avoid fast food in general, but the list below is the “worst of the worst” with respect to fat, calories and sodium:


  • One Extra Crispy Breast, Fat: 33 grams, Calories: 510, Sodium: 1,010  milligrams;
  • Popcorn Chicken- Large, Fat: 37 grams, Calories: 560, Sodium: 1,480  milligrams;
  • Chicken Pot Pie, Fat: 45 grams, Calories: 790, Sodium: 1,970  milligrams.


  • Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese, Fat: 43 grams, Calories: 750, Sodium: 1,280 milligrams;
  • Big Mac, Fat: 29 grams, Calories: 550, Sodium: 970  milligrams;
  • Sausage, Egg, and Cheese McGriddle, Fat: 31 grams, Calories: 550, Sodium: 1,320 milligrams;
  • Big Breakfast with Hotcakes, Fat: 56 grams, Calories: 1,090, Sodium: 2,150 milligrams.

Burger King:

  • Double Whopper with Cheese, Fat: 65 grams, Calories: 990, Sodium: 1,480 milligrams;
  • TENDERCRISP Chicken Sandwich Fat: 45 grams Calories: 750 Sodium:  1,560 milligrams.


  • Baconator, Fat: 63 grams Calories: 970 Sodium: 2,020 milligrams
  • ¾ lb. Triple, Fat: 67 grams Calories: 1,060 Sodium: 2,020  milligrams
  • Asiago Ranch Club w/ Homestyle Chicken, Fat: 38 grams, Calories: 730, Sodium: 1,780 milligrams.


  • Low Carb Breakfast Bowl, Fat: 58 grams, Calories: 690, Sodium: 1,670  milligrams;
  • 1/3 lb Original Thickburger, Fat: 52 grams Calories: 810 Sodium:  1,720 milligrams;
  • And the most fattening fast food sandwich in America:
  • The Monster Thickburger Fat: 93 grams Calories: 1,300 Sodium: 2,860  milligrams.

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