4 Ways That Pizza Can be a Quick Meal That’s Actually Good for You

4 Ways That Pizza Can be a Quick Meal That’s Actually Good for You

When you think of a slice of pizza, “healthy” doesn’t come to mind. It’s bread, cheese, thick sauce, and lots of toppings like pepperoni or chicken—and it’s usually drenched in oil and grease, as well as salt. Plus, most crusts are thick, taking the carb count over the top. (And, hello deep dish!) Yet, if you pick a thin crust pizza that is lower in carbs and one that is also less salty and oily, you can totally have a healthy and satisfying meal ready in no time. Keeping frozen pizzas on hand—instead of ordering from your local pizzeria or restaurant—is a great option since you can choose brands that have fewer carbs and sugar, less sodium, and potentially more veggies or protein too, depending on the crust type and the toppings. Here are five easy ways to boost the nutrition of that pizza, where it can actually be a... Read More
Which is Worse: Corn or Sugar?

Which is Worse: Corn or Sugar?

YEARS ago we realize that sugar was insidiously included in everything from salad dressing to tomato sauce. And, incredibly 200 years ago American con turned about two pounds of sugar a year. An average American now eats three pounds every week! Hard to believe. Sugar is one of the biggest factors in the growing incidence of obesity and diabetes and it’s hard to find products without it. Which is Worse: Corn or Sugar? But sugar isn’t the only ingredient that has adulterated our diet. Gluten surfaced as a major contributor to Celiac disease (related to leaky gut syndrome) with symptoms for digestive disorders to migraine headaches, arthritis, and depression. Gluten intolerance has skyrocketed with the acceptance of hybridized wheat as the grain of choice from breakfast cereal to crackers and baked goods. Wheat is included in many gravies, puddings, ice cream-even hot dogs and deli meats, and is as pervasive and... Read More
How to Read a Food Label | The Monthly Fix

How to Read a Food Label | The Monthly Fix

The Monthly Fix is the monthly companion to Beachbody’s premium nutrition program, Ultimate Portion Fix, created by Super Trainer Autumn Calabrese. Learn more about The Monthly Fix. In the June Topic Video for The Monthly Fix, Autumn does a deep dive into how to read a food nutrition label. Reading a food label and understanding what’s on it can help you choose the foods that fit your healthy eating plan. At first glance, a food label can look a little intimidating, but it’s actually easy to understand once you know what to look for. Autumn breaks down an example food label, focusing on serving size, percentage of daily value, and the ingredient list and explains what each section means. Here are some of the food label facts that Autumn covers: The ingredient list isn’t random; the ingredients are listed in order of how much of that ingredient is in the food. Sugar can... Read More
6 High Sodium Foods That Can Actually Help

6 High Sodium Foods That Can Actually Help

Salty foods are often seen as being bad for you, since excess sodium can contribute to heart disease, stroke, and water retention/bloating. Yet there are actually naturally salty foods that are super healthy for you—and you don’t want to ditch them from the diet completely or else you could miss out on some excellent nutrition and flavor. Of course, you’ll want to eat these high-sodium foods in moderation—not too much in one sitting—or else you could hold water uncomfortably (and feel puffy and lethargic), and you might put your cholesterol and heart health at risk for the long-term. Still though, here are a couple of salty foods that you can totally enjoy in your diet, since they offer some nutritional perks, have great taste, and they can help balance out electrolytes—something especially useful if you’re active and workout regularly. (That’s right—you do need some sodium to replenish electrolytes after a... Read More
What is PCOS (Polycystic ovarian syndrome)?

What is PCOS (Polycystic ovarian syndrome)?

The symptoms of PCOS are embarrassing and distressing. Diagnosis is often tricky. But if you are one of the growing numbers of women affected by this syndrome there is hope. What is PCOS (Polycystic ovarian syndrome)? IT’S BEEN DESCRIBED as the most common hormonal disorder affecting women today. Officially, the polycystic ovarian syndrome affects approximately 4-7 percent of Australian women, but the true figures could be much higher the Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Association of Australia (POSAA) suggests the real figure could be as high as 12 percent. This equates to one in eight women or half a million Australian women of childbearing age, they estimate. The symptoms related to PCOS usually start in teenagers during puberty or in the early to mid-20s but can also occur at any age. The PCOS symptoms may include irregular or absent periods infertility or reduced fertility, excess hair growth on the face, (chest and... Read More