How to eat the right foods to fuel your body

woman chops vegetables to fuel her body

A fresh-picked apple, a side of apple sauce, a mug of hot apple cider, a bowl of Applejacks, and a slice of apple pie—each of these foods might appeal to an apple-lover, but some are healthier foods for fueling your body than others.

Eating right can be challenging, especially when you lead a busy life. Confusing labels on food packaging doesn’t make it any easier to find the best foods either.

Thinking of food as “fuel”

No one eats ideal foods at every meal, but when you find yourself making more poor food choices than healthy ones, it’s easy for your weight to creep up. Though resetting can be tricky, don’t lose hope. The body is a remarkable machine. Give it what it needs, and it will repair itself.

Read on for general guidelines on how to adjust your eating habits and make food swaps that will make your body run better.

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The benefits of weight-loss coaching

Woman eats a healthy lunch while chatting online with her weight-loss coach

How amazing would it be if, on day one of a new weight-loss program, you lost all cravings for junk food? The reality is that while losing weight—and after!—there will always be temptations.

Weight-loss coaches can help you navigate those challenges when the struggle is real.

Whatever your motivation is for losing weight, the process isn’t easy—especially when you try to do it on your own. Working with a partner who “gets it” can make a difference. Weight-loss coaches have the necessary knowledge and experience to provide practical solutions when you face challenges (and they’re also there to help you celebrate every victory along the way, too).

Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of weight-loss coaching.

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Outsmart food traps to maintain your healthy diet

Tempting-yet-unhealthy Thanksgiving pies

It takes dedication to stick to most weight-loss plans or keep up with eating a healthy diet, especially when surrounded by food traps during family gatherings and holiday celebrations.

Flamboyant former fitness instructor Richard Simmons once said that you are the only person responsible for what is on your fork and what it puts in your mouth. Though it’s true that every person controls what goes into their mouths, his quip is a little simplistic.

Consistently managing cravings and food temptations requires more than how much self-control you have. A little preparation helps make all the difference when you’re faced with food temptations.

Read on to learn more about how to outsmart food traps and reach your healthy eating goals.

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5 ways to add more fruits and veggies to your diet

Food prep, like washing your fruits and veggies, makes it easier to eat healthier
“I will apply dietetic and lifestyle measures to help the sick to my best ability and judgment; I will protect them from harm and injustice.”

This wordy oath by Hippocrates, the famous Greek founder of western medicine, is what some scholars say is the original version of the more spirited, modern translation of maxim many of us know well:

“Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food.”

However you want to quote him, Hippocrates’ dietary and lifestyle recommendations are as relevant to people today as they were to folks living in ancient Greece.

When it comes to using what you eat to improve your health, nothing comes close to the benefits that you can get from consuming healthy foods. In real-life, eating right can be easier said than done. Keep reading for tips on easy ways to think like a dietician and add more fruits and veggies to your meals.

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Tips for preparing for surgery if you're overweight

Pre-Surgery Weight-Loss Final

Being overweight is a health issue can affect your day-to-day general health, but it's a condition that can make surgery significantly more challenging. Additionally, carrying extra pounds will also increase your chance of surgical complications, including forming dangerous blood clots and developing postoperative infections.

For an easier surgery and recovery, Logansport Memorial Hospital offers a weight-loss program—called Health Management Resources (HMR)—that can help you get prepared. 

Keep reading to learn how being overweight may cause problems during your operation and potentially slow your recovery.

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