TIPS TO SURVIVE HALLOWEEN | eatswithalex

Halloween can be scary for reasons other than the horror movies and creepy costumes.  If you are trying to stay on track with your health this Halloween season, you can also be scared of all the candy that surrounds this holiday.  I will be giving you some tips and things to think about when getting through the holiday to make it not as scary for you.   Continue reading “TIPS TO SURVIVE HALLOWEEN | eatswithalex”

Ways you Can Balance your Hormones Naturally

Hormones in our bodies as a whole affects our physical, mental, and emotional health.  With modern day’s fast paced chaotic lifestyle, hormonal imbalances have become increasingly common.  Usually, our endocrine glands produce the correct amount but stress, diet, and age can disrupt that. Hormones have many functions; they are responsible for complex processes such as metabolism, fertility, and growth.  They also affect your immune system, sleep, and even your behavior.

Thankfully you can balance your hormones by living a healthier lifestyle and nutrient rich diet.  Below I will explain some ways you can balance them out.

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How to Choose a Peanut Butter

How to choose a peanut butter:

Peanut butter is a great choice for a snack, whether you devour it from a spoon like I often do or have it with vegetables or fruits.  One teaspoon of peanut butter is usually around 90 to 100 calories and around 8 g of protein.  However, choosing the correct peanut butter is key.  Continue reading “How to Choose a Peanut Butter”

HONEY GARLIC SALMON WITH A KICK RECIPE | eatswithalex

Salmon has so many benefits to eat that most do not even know about, from aiding in brain function to helping keep your skin healthy we should be consuming more fatty fish then we do.  However, knowing where your fish is coming from is super important because there is a difference between farm raised fish and wild caught fish.  Can someone guess the better option? If you were thinking wild caught…you are correct.  There are ways of fish farming correctly and safely for the consumer, however, a lot of places are cutting corners and making it not so safe.  Below we will talk about the benefits of eating fatty fish and also share with you my recipe.

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SPILLING TEA ABOUT SUPPLEMENTS

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SUPPLEMENTS:

Have you always thought that taking a daily multivitamin was benefiting your health and preventing illnesses? If so, do not worry, so many people think that they are a holy grail including myself before I started studying nutrition. 44% of men and 53% of women reported that they take a daily multivitamin, however the only groups of people who need to be worried about taking a multivitamin or supplement in general are pregnant women, people with certain illnesses, or people who need to be on a very low calorie/ nutrient restricted diets.  Other than that studies show that multivitamins do not  make a significant difference in the present or future health of someone who is healthy and can eat normally.  All the vitamins and minerals that you get from a multivitamin can be easily consumed with a balanced diet.

Vitamin D supplements however, are safe to use especially if you live somewhere where there are drastic seasons (like Connecticut) and have the winter where not many people stay outside for long periods of time.  Then I would suggest taking a Vitamin D supplement during the winter months.  It is also good to take a Vitamin D supplement if you are a person who tends to stay away from the sun.  Yes the sun’s UV rays can cause damage to our skin if we over do it and do not take precautions such as sun screen but a small amount daily is so beneficial for your Vitamin D levels.  Some younger adults reading this may not be worried yet about illnesses such as osteoporosis, where the bones in the body become extremely weak and brittle, but you should.  Calcium stores stop at age 30, so if you are reading this and thinking “I am not really sure if I have enough calcium in my diet” you probably do not and should start taking precautions.  Vitamin D helps absorb calcium in the body and phosphorus levels in the blood which are both vital roles for bone health.

SUPPLEMENTS TO STAY AWAY FROM:

Stay away from supplements that have claims that sound too good to be true.  “Fast and easy weight loss”, any claims to cure an illness or symptom (mood disorders, depressed moods).  There is no magic product that will melt fat away while you are watching TV or sleeping.  And I hate to be the bearer of bad news but any ad that claims you can lose weight without adding in any exercise is a lie.

**DISCLAIMER, I am speaking about people who are relatively healthy with no chronic diseases/illnesses.  If your doctor has prescribed you to take a certain supplement, listen to your doctor or have a conversation with your doctor about alternative options.  **