Mexican Chicken Salad

This is  a spicy alternative to regular chicken salad. Loaded with calcium from the cheese and greek yogurt and nutrients from the diced veggies. Ingredients:Canned ChickenPlain non-fat greek yogurtdiced tomatoesdiced onionsdiced green peppersnon-fat or low-fat shredded cheddar cheese Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Refrigerate and serve.

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That is a question that I never gave much thought until my 17 year old son was diagnosed with Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis, a rare blood disease, that was unheard of 50 years ago.  Why?  Well, I started investigating and what I found out was quite astonishing.  First of all, toxins exist all around us.  After WWII, they didn't really know what to do with all the chemical warfare, so it ended up in agriculture and industry which means the air we breathe is toxic.

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What risk factors can you modify to prevent heart disease?

I work in cardiology doing pharmacological stress tests and other heart related tests at a local hospital. It is sad that I see so many people come in with heart disease that can be prevented through healthier lifestyle choices. The scary thing is it is not only the elderly that I see come through the doors. I am seeing more people between the ages of 20-40 years of age. There are many risk factors that you can modify to decrease your risk.

Food logging tips and tricks

Food logging can either make you or break you. Learn from the dotfit experts: Kate Barefield (lead Registered Dietitian) and Neal Spruce (founder and CEO) on the importance of food logging and some tips and tricks on how to log your food. Good luck and make sure you let me know if you have any questions or concerns about logging your food.

Support system

Studies have shown that having a support system can help you lose more weight than trying to do it alone. When you decide to start a weight loss program, one of the first things you can do is let everyone know that you are starting a weight loss program. The more people that know, the bigger the support system you will have in helping you accomplish your goal. Having the support is important just like logging your food. Without a support system it is hard to stay motivated and positive long enough to reach your goal.

Meal planning

Successful people always have a plan in place to make sure they reach their goals. Being able to plan your meals ahead of time will help prevent you from overeating and give you more energy throughout the day. I know personally, when I do not take the time to plan ahead, I end up going to a fast food restaurant or settle for something quick and easy. I am not perfect by any means, but I try my best every night before I go to bed to plan out my meals for the follwing day.

Portion control

Portional control plays a key role in helping you reach your goal. Portion control allows you to eat foods you enjoy and sill lose weight. One way you can control your portions is by using a smaller plate during dinner. You can use a kids size plate and fill it up, giving you a full plate and eating less calories! When you go to a restaurant you get your favorite burger, cut it in half and have the waiter/waitress box up the other half to take home or split it with a significant other.

What barriers are keeping you from your goal?

We all have things that keep us from reaching our potential. Now is the time to put those barriers on paper and find ways to overcome them. Some people have a desire to always drink soda, if you drink it too often and don't move, it will prevent you from reaching your goal. Rather than just dropping soda out of your diet completely, try to do it in moderation. When you have a desire to drink a soda, drink half of it and save the rest for later in the day or the next day. If you have a plan in place, you are more likely to stay on track.
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