Get Your Bang!

Have you ever found yourself looking only at the calories ON the box and not really caring what’s actually IN the box? As a society, we’ve become obsessed with how many calories we’re taking in, but rarely do we question the quality of those calories.

Have you ever found yourself looking only at the calories ON the box and not really caring what’s actually IN the box? As a society, we’ve become obsessed with how many calories we’re taking in, but rarely do we question the quality of those calories. 

We consume pounds and pounds of those “100-calorie” snacks that translate to pounds and pounds of empty calories – which by the way, means extra pounds on you, too! When we eat these highly processed, low-fiber foods, we never feel satisfaction. This means that we’re hungry all the time and searching for the next snack – eventually we end up overeating on something that has way more than 100 calories. 


Start today on getting “bang for your nutritional buck.” Choose foods that are high in nutrients, yet low in calories (like carrots).  You’ll notice that you no longer need to count calories, and in the process, you’ll lose weight and decrease your risk for diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain cancers. Wouldn’t that taste better than a 100-calorie snack?

Will you ever feel comfortable in your own skin? That is, if you don't make an effort to protect it? Although 64% of adults do report wearing sunscreen when outside for prolonged periods of time, it turns out that only about 10% of people surveyed actually protect themselves daily, according to a recent review.

No matter what your skin tone is, unless you live in a cave with no sunlight, daily protection with either sunscreen, sunblock or protective clothing can not only protect you from developing sunburns (ouch!) but can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, particularly the deadliest type called melanoma. In addition, for those of you wanting to keep your youthful looks, daily sunscreen has been shown to reduce the development of wrinkles. A great teacher once told me that the best way to not have wrinkles is not to get them in the first place (think of how much money you can save on useless creams that claim to diminish wrinkles).

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