October 18, 2021

A Spoonful of Sugar Substitutes

A Spoonful Of Sugar Substitutes If you are trying to decrease the amount of added sugar and calories you consume, you may be tempted to use artificial sweeteners or other sugar substitutes. Sugar substitutes are substances used to sweeten food products instead of regular table sugar (sucrose). There are a number of different types of sugar substitutes: artificial […]
September 20, 2021

This is Not a Diet

This is Not a Diet Merriam-Webster defines a diet as “a regimen of eating and drinking sparingly so as to reduce one’s weight”. What do you think of when you hear the word diet? Deprivation? Feeling hungry? Food restriction? A temporary way of eating?  The Health Plus Program is NOT a diet but rather helps you focus on […]
August 23, 2021

How Using a Food Log Can Help You Lose Weight

How Using a Food Log Can Help You Lose Weight Why Should I Use a Food Log? Keeping track of the food you eat using some sort of food logging system can help you better understand your current eating habits and patterns such as what and how much you eat, when you eat, and how you are feeling […]
August 16, 2021

Better Sleep for Better Health

Better Sleep For Better Health How Much Sleep Do I Need? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that adults ages 18-60 years of age sleep for 7 or more hours each night. The recommendation for adults 61-64 years is 7-9 hours and for adults 65 years and older 7-8 hours is recommended. If you are sleeping […]
July 27, 2021

The Power of Prompts to Help Create New Habits

The Power of Prompts to Help Create New Habits Change is Hard We all know that “change is hard”! And we know that change takes time. But we also know that making behavior changes can be very necessary to become healthier. When life gets busy and/or stressful, it is very easy to fall back into old, unhealthy patterns/habits. […]
July 11, 2021

Add Some Culture to Your Life (From Yogurt)!

Add Some Culture to Your Life (From Yogurt)! How is yogurt made? Yogurt starts as fresh milk that is often pasteurized first and then fermented with various live bacteria cultures. It is then incubated at a specific temperature to encourage the growth of the bacteria. The culture ferments (breaks down) the lactose into lactic acid, which gives yogurt […]
June 21, 2021

Staying on Track During Vacations

Staying on Track During Vacations Many of us have spent a lot more time at home over the past 15 months, probably a lot more time than we wanted to spend. On a positive note, it can be easier to follow the Basic Principles when you are mostly eating at home or packing food to take to work. […]
June 7, 2021

Meal Planning and Grocery Shopping for Success

Meal Planning and Grocery Shopping for Success Meal and snack planning will help you to stay on track with the Basic Principles. It is much easier to be successful with this program when you spend some time planning out what you will eat and then making sure you have the healthy foods available and prepped so you can […]
May 17, 2021

Hydrate Your Body

Hydrate Your Body As the weather is starting to get warmer, it is important to think about whether you are drinking enough water to stay well hydrated. Many people don’t pay enough attention to how much water they are drinking and tend to be somewhat dehydrated. Why is staying well hydrated so important? The human body contains on […]