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How to Order Healthy Food Choices at Any Restaurant

4 quick tips to ordering in any restaurant

1. Learn to order better.
2. Be careful where you eat. No all-you-can-eat buffets or steakhouses with enormous portions
3. Make friends with the waitperson. She can tell you about any dish.
4. Order Creatively. Soup, salad and an appetizer can stand in for a full meal. Extra vegetables can replace french fries.

6 tips to ordering Chinese

1. Ask for brown rice.
2. Start your meal with wonton, egg drop, or hot-and-sour soup.
3. When it comes to entr�es, order from the ‘health’ menu.
4. Make sure you order plenty of vegetables.
5. Take advantage of the bean curd (tofu).
6. Plan to take home leftovers.

4 tips to ordering Italian

1. Ask the waitperson not to bring the breadbasket.
2. If you want pasta, order a dish from the appetizer section of the menu, or share.
3. If it’s on the menu, order simple grilled chicken, fish, or shellfish.
4. For dessert, ask for fresh berries or fruit ice, if it’s available, or a small plate of cookies to share.

6 tips to ordering Mexican

1. Ask the waitperson to take away the tortilla chips.
2. Order a healthy starter instead.
3. For an entr�e, look to fajitas.
4. Order tacos or burritos without high-fat sour cream.
5. As a side dish, go for rice and beans instead of Mexican rice.
6. Have dessert at home

5 tips to ordering fast food

21. Opt for simple grilled food, if you can find it.
22. A simple hamburger isn’t bad either — if you order the smallest one without cheese or mayonnaise.
23. Order a la carte.
24. Take advantage of the salads but watch out for fried chicken and fatty dressings. Avoid this if possible
25. Have yogurt.

For more healthy food ideas and information please visit our Health Tips Pagehttp://www.celestialhealing.net/healthintro..htm

5 simple mistakes that ruin diets

Weight Loss Frustration

by The_Stir

Think you’re fit? Are you the master of your diet destiny? Confident that you make mostly smart decisions about food?

A new poll from Consumer Reports says that close to 90 percent of Americans claim to eat a healthy diet, but most of us may be giving ourselves more credit than we deserve.

Of those surveyed, only 15 percent actually counted calories and only 58 percent ate the recommended five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Roughly 30 percent who say they “carefully limit sugar” actually slurp up a sugar-sweetened drink most days. And 10 percent who say they “strictly limit their fat” had bacon or another fatty meat for breakfast.

This is sad and pathetic news, people. It’s this very same delusional way of thinking that has our country pushing higher and higher obesity rates every year. Just as with alcoholism, drug addiction or any other chronic issue, admitting you have a problem is the first step to solving it! 

Here, five ways we’re tricking, gaming and cheating ourselves into believing we’re healthier than we really are …  

1. We tweak the numbers to suit our goal Even if a 3 ounce portion of chicken or 2 ounces of pasta is one serving, we figure just a little bit more won’t hurt. After all, another smidge here or there won’t really count, right? And calories consumed in the middle of the night don’t count either. Rrrright. This little game we play with ourselves is an extension of keeping track of what you’re eating “in your head.” Clearly, there is a method to the madness of tracking your calories in a food journal.

2. We cut carbs, but make up for it by eating more … bacon! If I could have a penny for every time this year I’ve already heard people say, “I’m giving up carbs!” It may have worked for Drew Carey, I guess, but giving something up does not make us any healthier. It just makes us feel deprived. Plus, we’ll often convince ourselves that we “deserve” a new evil when we’ve given up the original bad guy. If you’re not going to allow yourself that cookie, but you “make up for it” with say, CHEESE—sorry, you’re not doing yourself any favors. 

3. We drink “diet” sodas, eat “diet” pudding, “low-fat” granola bars, etc. None of these are real food. In fact, they’re Franken-food made with black box warning ingredients like the neurotoxin in diet soda phenylalanine or processed soy that may upset your body’s delicate hormonal balance. Anyone serious about losing weight should steer clear of a product labeled “DIET.” Just look at the first three letters of that word — says it all, I’m tellin’ you!

4. We pick “easy-to-go,” “natural” snacks over an apple. I know—fruit is just such a pain in the ass, right? We have to buy it at $2.49 a pound (well, if we want the organic ones that are supposedly free of nasty pesticides) and then eat it before it rots at the bottom of our fridges. And it’s so boring! Instead, we’ll just get some pre-packaged dried fruit snacks or applesauces or something. It’s gotta be the same, cuz it says “all natural,” right?… WRONG. Just. No. Stop. Please. 

5. Figuring we know it all, we remain blissfully ignorant. “I’ll just eat a little less and take the stairs instead of the elevator.” “The real evils are sugar and fat, like in doughnuts and pizza, but whole wheat bagels and pretzels are better choices.” Myths and fairy tales. Obviously, we’re not as informed as we like to think we are. (After all, watching a whole season of The Biggest Loser doesn’t make any of us a certified nutritionist or personal trainer.) The good news is you can always tap the knowledge of someone who is one of those things … via books, the all-mighty Internet, Twitter, whatever. It seems most of us could all stand to continually educate ourselves on better ways to keep our health on track.

Confession time — are you really as healthy as you think you are?

Eating Habits that Prevent Weight Loss

  Bad Eating Habits for Kids

All of us grew up with bad eating habits!!!  Without doubt, these habits contribute to some of our problems in keeping weight off and, in fact, contribute to adding weight!!   A weight loss program or diet has to counteract these ingrained habits!!  Not all of us have them, but I for one do!!   These are age old habits passed on by our parents and on the surface seem like something we should do!! 

We start as a kid as our parents pushed us to eat everything on our plate, probably contributed to the fact that a lot of us are very fast eaters and don’t chew our food properly and generally, a meal is an event that should be done with as soon as possible as we all have things to do but it’s so important that we eat together!!  I do believe that!!      
 Eating too Fast - Celestial Healing WellnessOne of the first things to do is actively slow down your pace!!   There is a well known fact that your brain needs a certain amount of time to send the message that you’ve had enough!!   Very true but if you eat fast you go past that point and over eat!!   A few tips!  Stop between fork fulls and look around!!  Think of something to say!!  Take a breath and observe your surroundings!!  Set a new pace!!  Count the number of times you chew your food which will slow you down!! 
Don’t be distracted when you eat!!  Concentrate on the eating!!   If you’re distracted you eat more!! All there is to it so don’t multi-task while you eat!!   Always, give yourself a portion so that it doesn’t matter how much you’re distracted!!  You’re only going to eat that amount!!  Don’t get more!!
Try to avoid eating when you’re bored or stressed!!  Both these states contribute to us eating a greater volume of food!!   They increase your craving for good reason caused by chemical adjustments in your body!!   Come up with ways to distract yourself during these times!!  Drink water or chew diet gum!!  Something that will deceive you into thinking your feeding yourself!!  Play mind games to overcome the cravings!!
Don’t finish everything on your plate!!  We’ve all had to do this but it’s difficult not to do especially if the food’s delicious!!  This is what we were taught to do by our parents so it’s a habit that’s tough to break!!   We have a tendency to eat everything even when it’s bad food!!  Habits!! They die hard!!    One way is to reduce your portion size and then you can eat everything on your plate!!  Another is to force yourself to leave food on your plate!!  I know this goes against everything you have been taught but try it!!  Not so easy!!
Don’t necessarily plan your meal around the meat serving!!  This has been the way for so long!!  Plan your meal around the vegetables or salad and think of the meat as an extra!!  This will tend to reduce the quantity of meat that’s served and in the long run will be very beneficial!!  When you think of other components of the meal as the main course you give them more respect!!  BBQ vegetable, special sauces on your vegetables (healthy sauces), you get the drill!!
Break some of these habits and you’ll be surprised how the pounds will come off!!  Combine this with an exercise program that you can repeat and you’re on your way to being a lighter version of you!!   Diet programs work but this will help if you’re looking for a moderated tuneup!!
For more information on Weight Loss and How to Obtain Your Weight Goal got our Weight Management Page – http://www.celestialhealing.net/weightmanagpage.htm