Monday, February 23, 2015

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Rangers Spring Training But Are Too Afraid To Ask

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Do you have a trip planned to Surprise, AZ for Rangers Spring Training? Wondering about the Rangers schedule? How to meet players? Where to stay, eat and play?

So many questions! I got your answers.

Join me for the "Everything You Wanted To Know About Rangers Spring Training But Were Too Afraid To Ask Hangout" Google Hangout on Tuesday, February 24 at 1:30 CT.

We'll cover anything and everything Rangers Spring Training. Submit your questions in the comments section or ask them during the live broadcast.

Watch the Hangout HERE on Tuesday, 2/24 at 1:30pm CT

How To Join The Hangout
There three ways to watch the hangout live:
  1. Click THIS link to watch on Google.
  2. Click THIS link to watch on YouTube. 
  3. Or simply come back to the blog on Tuesday and watch from the video box in the blog post.
Can't make it? Don't worry. The Hangout will be posted on my YouTube channel. Hope to see you!

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Is Our Breakfast Cereal Is Making Us Fat? Maybe.

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There are few things I love more than a huge bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. Seriously. The cinnamon-y sugar goodness on top of those little squares is better than, know...a lot of things.

The thing is, a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch (or just about any other cereal, for that matter) can do more diet damage than good.
Here are 3 reasons why cereal makes us fat:
  1. 1. We don't stick to one serving size. Who does? I don't. A serving of Cinnamon Toast Crunch is only 3/4 of a cup. Really? NO ONE eats only 3/4 of a cup. It's more like two cups. That's serious damage: 325 empty calories and 22 (!) grams of sugar, without even adding the milk. Try eating your cereal with a teaspoon, instead of a tablespoon and out of a coffee cup instead of a bowl to trick your mind you're eating more. (Tweet this).
  2. 2. We add too much dried fruit and other crap. Craisins, raisins, dried apricots and the like can all be fat pills. They have barely any water which means they're dense in calories. While nuts are great, don't go too far. Add a few, not a handful. Use fresh fruit to get the benefit of more fiber and water content to help fill you up. Try higher-fiber and lower calorie berries. Half a cup of raspberries, for example, have 4 grams of fiber. 
  3. 3. We eat kids cereal. There's a reason I don't keep Cinnamon Toast Crunch in the house: I would eat the whole box. These children's cereals provide a ton of sugar but little nutritional value. Kinda scary, actually. Look for cereals with fewer than 5 grams of sugar. Or make this oatmeal with peanut butter, apples and cinnamon. Delicious. 
Why I Gave Up Breakfast Cereal 
I gave up breakfast cereal about 15 years ago. Not coincidentally, I believe, I lost weight. I have no "off button" when it comes to breakfast cereal. I can't stop eating it, that's why I rarely eat Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Even when I'm trying to be "healthy" and have something like Fiber 1 or Kashi Go Lean, I usually end up eating two bowls of it and, you know what, I'm hungry a few hours later. Cereal is not a satiating food. In my opinion, it's a fat pill (Tweet this).

When you're eating breakfast, get some protein in the mix, whether it's eggs, whey protein powder, nut butter, low-sugar/high-protein yogurt or lean meat. Protein takes longer to digest than carbohydrates and keeps you full longer. 

I love two scrambled eggs with salsa and spinach with a side of berries or a green smoothie with whey protein powder (make it with two handfuls of spinach or kale, half a banana and whatever berries you or other fruit you have on hand). When all else fails, I'll grab a few hard boiled eggs (boil a half dozen of them at the beginning of the week).  If you can't give up your cereal, here are some low-sugar cereal options.

Do you like cereal or are you like me and try to keep out of the house? I'd love to know what your favorite breakfast is. Let me know in the comments section. 

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Friday, February 20, 2015

More Coffee & Eggs, Please! The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Explained

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Eggs and coffee can be part of a healthy diet. Whoo-Hoo!
Coffee and eggs are hip. In a big, fat healthy way.

The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services assemble experts every five years to study and recommend dietary guidelines. Why? Because it's a dynamic thing. Scientists and experts are continually studying and learning new data. New dietary guidelines will be released at the end of 2015 but preliminary recommendations were released on Thursday.

Among the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee's recommendations:
  • Eggs Are Ok - experts say that dietary cholesterol is "not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption". In English - don't be so worried about the cholesterol in egg yolks or shrimp, for that matter. 
  • Coffee Is Cool - between 3-5 cups of coffee per day can be a part of a healthy diet and can actually reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Don't add extra calories with tons of milk, cream or sugar. Out on coffee? Drink green tea. 
  • Watch Added Sugar - added sugar should be no more than 200 calories a day. Average Americans are getting about 268 calories from added sugar right now. These are completely empty calories.
  • While You're At It, Watch The Salt - stay under 2300 milligrams per day. This can add up quickly. 
  • Eat A Plant-Based Diet - duh. We know we need to do this. 

Read the full 571-page 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report HERE.

So much of what they are promoting is good, old-fashioned common sense: eat more produce and lean protein, enjoy saturated fats and sugar in moderation. The news on cholesterol in eggs is a reversal of what the government told us for years.

Sounds A Bit Like The Mediterranean Diet, Doesn't It? 
Their recommendations sound strikingly similar to the principles that make up the Mediterranean Diet which focuses on produce, lean protein (fish primarily), nuts, olive oil, wine and chocolate. Learn more about the Mediterranean approach to eating (and why it's my favorite) HERE.

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As always, take all this advice to heart but check with a trusted medical professional if you plan on making significant dietary changes.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Dermaplaning Facial Review: A Simple Way To Get Glowing Skin With No Downtime

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What Is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is a fancy name for shaving your face with a scalpel blade. It takes off superficial layers of dead skin cells while also removing hair. It leaves your skin baby-bottom soft.

Every time you shave your legs don't they feel super soft? You're Dermaplaning them! That's because you just shaved off superficial layers of skin.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Weekend Deals You Can't Afford To Miss

Happy Valentine's Day AND President's Day Weekend! I hope you have a wonderful weekend planned. We are heading to Port Aransas for a little extended beach time. Many retailers have some decent sales planned with clothing being a particularly good buy right now. Check back here throughout the weekend for updates.

I hope to hit the San Marcos outlet mall. Their Gucci outlet has some of the best stuff in Texas. The Prada outlet doesn't suck either.

Have you entered my giveaway for a free Go! Gorgeous Kit from Skin Authority? You should. You have a good chance of winning.

Here are some weekend sales you can't afford to miss: 
Cole Haan - take 25% off almost everything with code PRES25. If you have not tried their pumps you need to. Now. I tried these on recently. STUNNING.
DVF - take an extra 30% off new sale styles.
Alexis Bittar - sale items market 50% off.
Nordstrom - their clearance sale continues through February 22nd. Get up to 40% off with free shipping & free returns. Lots of Kendra Scott jewelry on sale. These earrings? Amazeballs.
Ann Taylor - get 30% off regular priced style and an extra 50% off sale styles with code STYLE.
Tory Burch - lots of great sale items but her shoes are perhaps offer the best deals. These wedge booties are gorgeous and a great investment piece. While these flip flops are a perfect. 
Last Call - score an extra 10% off sale items, up to 30% off everything and up to an extra 60% off cold weather items and boots. 
Dermstore - get 20% off Skinceuticals beauty products (these NEVER go on sale). Their CE Ferulic is on most dermatologist's makeup counters.

If you're still searching for a Valentine's Day gift for the man in your life, don't worry about it. This is all he wants. Guys, if you need inspiration, check out my gift guide for her. One thing - DON'T get her the crappy grocery store flowers.

Have a great weekend! 

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How To Diet On A Date

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If you are dieting and happen to have an avid dater (first of all, Lucky You!), the marriage of the two can be a bitch, though. You don't want to be that person who orders a salad with no dressing or pulls out your Weight Watchers app to calculate your point total for the day.

So how can you date while you're on a diet? It's not that difficult. You can still find love without losing control over your eating habits. Here are a few tips:

4 Tips To Diet While Dating & NOT Be High Maintenance
1. Don't Hesitate To Recommend The Restaurant - pick a place whose menu you know and trust.
2. Plan Ahead - when you know where you will be dining, check out the menu online so you can  figure out what to order and what works within your diet.
3. Give Yourself A Break - this is perhaps my favorite tip. When you eat a quality, well-balanced diet, you don't have to be that high maintenance chick on a diet. There are so many ways to incorporate dining out into an overall healthy eating strategy.
My Bonus Tip: Order two appetizers for dinner: select the smaller one as a starter and the larger one as your main course. The portions are smaller while the options are generally more interesting. Plus you can always nibble on your date's dish.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Breastfeeding Tips For New Moms: Don't Let The Breastfeeding Bullies Get To You

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I'm sorry. I can't help it. I have to vent: I have countless new-mom friends who are struggling with breastfeeding their newborns. Three years ago, I was that struggling-to-breastfeed, sleep-deprived, maniacal new mom. I hear loads of stories from mothers who went through the same thing when their kids were young, too.

We were worried and freaked out about not breastfeeding the exact way the breastfeeding bullies told us to do. I had one friend who was not producing milk yet so scared of not breastfeeding to perfection that her son ended up in the hospital with dehydration. Awful. The nurses at the hospital told her she should have considered giving him some formula. Thing is, she had but the breastfeeding bullies had her believe she would cause irreparable damage if she fed him formula.

I'm here to tell you:
Define what works for you and do it. What works for you might not be what works for your doula, your mother, your best friend or sorority sister. 

Again: Do what works for you. 

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