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Is there really such a thing as a good or a bad carbohydrate? Barbara J. Rolls, chair of the department of Nutrition Sciences at Penn State University, says “Yes.” She classifies “good” carbohydrates as those with lower calorie density, meaning those with fewer calories per bite.

For example, if you’re faced with a bowl of chocolate-covered pretzels and a bowl of berries (both full of carbs), which is better. Using Dr. Rolls’ criteria, the berries are better because they contain far fewer calories per bite.

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Before you eat that last potato chip, that piece of chocolate, or that ice cream that you really don’t need, take a breath and think about your actions. Try applying logic instead of emotion.

A lot of people let emotions drive their eating, and this can lead to consuming too much. We eat when we feel sad, lonely, defeated, or depressed. Maybe you’ve experienced it – most people have at one time or another in their lives. When we feel ourselves in these situations, we tend to reach for “comfort foods” like chocolate, ice cream or chips to make us … Read the rest

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Sticking with a healthy eating plan can be hard. Often, we equate “eating healthy” with “no dessert,” but that doesn’t have to be the case.

If you follow Vitaerobics, then you know that we believe in the 90-10 rule. This means that you should eat healthy 90% of the time, but also leave yourself some space for small indulgences. These “treats” will keep you from feeling deprived of the foods you love and make staying on that healthy eating plan much harder.

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If you’re like me and you love chocolate, you might wonder, can chocolate be part of a healthy eating plan? The good news is that it can be, but you need to be careful about type of chocolate and the quantity you consume.

Chocolate has been around in one form or another for more than 3,000 years. It’s not hard to see why. But is it good for you? Chocolate has many health benefits. It is rich in flavonoids, which act as antioxidants that have been shown to protect the body from aging, reduce blood pressure and help balance certain … Read the rest

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