Lorena Garcia


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Healthy Alternatives

I’ll admit it, I splurge once in awhile – everyone should on occasion! But I do try to eat healthy and live a balanced lifestyle. ‘Healthy’ and ‘balanced’ often conjure up thoughts of boring and dull – well, if it was either of the two I wouldn’t be doing it! Here are some tips that will make your life healthy and your food delicious.

  1. Spice things up! Capsaicin, the substance that puts the hot in hot pepper, temporarily boosts your metabolism. A dash of Cayenne pepper on anything - eggs, a salad or a slice of avocado really gives it a little extra kick and helps you to burn a couple of extra calories too!
  2. Splurge on precut veggies at the supermarket: Sure, they cost more, but you're more likely to eat them and it’s healthier to grab a couple celery sticks rather than a couple of cookies! Still craving something sweet? Go for some blueberries or raspberries or keep grapes in your freezer – they’re like bite-size popsicles.
  3. Start with a Salad: Salads made with dark, leafy greens and fresh vegetables (check out my recipe section for some delicious ideas) really help to fill you up so you don’t overeat your main course (which usually has lots more calories). Avoid creamy dressings though and try drizzling a flavored olive oil or flavored vinegar on your salad instead.
  4. First impressions count! Presenting food on a plate makes you appreciate the meal you’ve created and helps with portion control versus digging into a bag or box – it’s like a black hole and you easily lose track of how much you’re eating.
  5. Eat breakfast! 78% of successful dieters do it every day, according to the National Weight Control Registry, A database of more than 5,000 people who've lost more than 30 pounds and kept the weight off for at least a year.

Most importantly, get out and get moving! I love food.  I love preparing it and I especially love eating it! But I know how important exercise is too so I make sure I get out a couple of times a week for a run on the beach or I call a friend for a quick game of tennis or basketball.

Here are a couple of easy things you can incorporate into your daily routine:

  • Leave more time and walk to your destination instead of driving or catch up on phone calls while you’re on the treadmill. Physical activity keeps you young, healthy and happy!
  • TAKE THE STAIRS!  If it's less than four stories - take the stairs!  Great way to keep your heart rate up and works wonders for your legs!