The Omni Diet Goes on the Road

Written by Tana Amen, BSN, RN on Wednesday, 30 July 2014. Posted in Tana's Blog, Nutrition

The Omni Diet Goes on the Road
Summer is in full swing, which means vacation and travel time for most people. I’ve been traveling and away from home more than I’ve been home since summer started! I used to find it challenging to stick to The Omni Diet before I designed a clear plan. You don’t have to give into temptations that will sabotage your health. You can follow this simple plan. Whether you’re driving or flying to your destination, you can continue to eat healthy the Omni way. As you’ll find out, it’s often easy when you have the right mind set.

Avocados: Even Healthier than We Thought

Written by Tana Amen, BSN, RN on Wednesday, 23 July 2014. Posted in Tana's Blog, Recipes, Nutrition

Avocados: Even Healthier than We Thought
Don’t you just love it when you learn that something delicious is actually good for you? Me, too! That’s why I’m passing on some great news about avocados. We’ve known for some time that these fruits (yes, fruits — avocados have seeds) seem to have nutritional super powers. Not only do they provide healthy, monounsaturated fat and 11 grams of fiber, they can help lower your cholesterol and protect you from a long list of diseases.

Eating Out the Omni Way

Written by Tana Amen, BSN, RN on Thursday, 17 July 2014. Posted in Tana's Blog, Nutrition

Eating Out the Omni Way

Being on the Omni Diet doesn’t mean you have to eat at home for the rest of your life (although I hope you’ll give fast food restaurants a permanent pass). But it does mean becoming more thoughtful about where you eat and what you order. The more comfortable you become with the diet, the easier it will be to communicate your needs and ask for — yes! — some special treatment. Don’t think you’re the only one who asks restaurant chefs and managers for help. What about those folks with diabetes or potentially lethal food allergies or any number of conditions that require dietary adjustments?

How Safe Is Your Kitchen?

Written by Tana Amen, BSN, RN on Wednesday, 16 July 2014. Posted in Tana's Blog, Nutrition

How Safe Is Your Kitchen?

Possibly not as safe as you think, according to researchers at the University of California, Davis who took a look at videos showing how lax many home cooks are about food safety basics. The worst offense? Not washing hands after handling raw chicken. People, that is not a healthy practice!

Nuts for You!

Written by Tana Amen, BSN, RN on Wednesday, 09 July 2014. Posted in Tana's Blog, Nutrition

Nuts for You!

For years nuts were totally out of bounds for anyone trying to lose weight because of the calories they contain, but times have changed. We now know that nuts are superfoods brimming with health benefits and that they’re really filling, too. The latest news has to do with what almonds offer us and comes from researchers in England who have shown not only that crunching on almonds is heart-healthy, but that the positive changes it brings about show up after just a month of a daily almond snack habit! Get this: the study showed that eating just over 1.5 ounces of almonds daily can lower blood pressure, improve blood flow and boost the amount of antioxidants in your blood stream, all of which are a big help for your heart. (As you probably know, antioxidants are protective nutrients that ward off the evil effects of marauding free radicals generated by everything from bad diets to lack of sleep, pollution and lots of other things that aren’t good for us.)

Healthy Hydration

Written by Tana Amen, BSN, RN on Tuesday, 08 July 2014. Posted in Fitness, Tana's Blog, Recipes, Nutrition

Healthy Hydration

Summer is in full swing and hopefully you’ve adapted your exercise routine to take advantage of the beautiful weather. One way to stay healthy in the sun is to make sure you’re staying hydrated. A lot of myths have grown up around this issue of hydration, mostly planted by the purveyors of sports drinks whose business is to convince you that without their sugar laden products you probably would keel over from dehydration in the middle of your workout. Even if you’re on to their game, you should know the truthful basics about hydration — what should you drink, how much should you drink, are sports drinks your best choice, do they enhance performance as you may have heard. Remember, your brain is 80 percent water. If you become dehydrated, your brain as well as your body will be affected. This has a profound effect on your overall focus and performance.

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