Monday, January 18, 2010

Snack to Lose Weight

This weight loss tip may come as a big surprise, but if you want to shed some pounds, you need to...

Snack between meals!

Whoa, what a great idea, eh?

You see, the human body wasn't designed to eat three meals a day, scheduled at the same time each day, the way most of us do.

Indeed, our bodies are always working, churning away and burning energy whether awake or asleep.

So instead of consuming your daily quotient of calories in three meals, spread 'em out over four or five or six mini-meals.

Remember, though, success only comes if you eat smaller meals.

You do NOT want to eat six full-sized meals every day!

By approaching your eating this way, you'll boost your metabolism, not get as hungry, and lose weight at the same time.

Try this simple tip and see if it doesn't work just the way I said it would. :)

Chet "I Snack to Lose Weight" Day
Editor, The Natural Health Circus

Monday, November 16, 2009

Two Cookie Recipes

I haven't shared a cookie recipe in quite some time, so let's make up for that lapse right now, shall we?

Here's a terrific little recipe for...


This recipe calls for apples rather than fat to keep the recipe moist. The sugar can also be substituted with a favorite alternative for those with diabetes. Try with other nuts such as hazelnuts or add dried fruit such as dates. This recipe makes 8-12 fingers

1 green apple, peeled and diced
1 Tbs butter
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 cup sugar (or favorite alternative sweetener)
1/2 cup whole meal plain flour, sifted
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Stew apple on stove top over low heat till soft.

Puree apple. In a large bowl, combine pureed apple with butter and stir until butter has melted.

Beat in eggs and sugar till combined. Add sifted cocoa and flour, plus the pecans . Mix well.

Grease and line a loaf tin. Spread mixture over base of tin. Bake in a moderate oven (350F) for 25-30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when tested. Cool in tin.

Cut into fingers and serve.

... and here's a great recipe for...


2 jars baby banana puree or 1 cup mashed banana
1 Tbs softened butter
1/3 cup orange juice
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
3 Tbs honey
1 cup oats
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup raisins
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 F. Beat together the first ingredients. Stir in dry ingredients. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Makes about 1 1/2 dozen cookies.

On another note, if you like healthy cookies, as well as traditional cookies, click here and sign up for my free weekly cookie recipe newsletter.

Or surf on over to my 101 favorite cookie recipes website. :)

Chet "Cookie Recipes" Day
Editor, The Natural Health Circus

Monday, October 12, 2009

How to Sleep Better

If you're having trouble sleeping, I have a tip for you: start using your feet.

Say what?

Look, anyone who knows squat about natural health knows daily exercise is a sensible thing to do.

Well, medical science recently confirmed what us health nuts have known forever: older and middle-age people reported sleeping better when they added regular exercise to their days.

These aging baby boomers fell asleep about 15 minutes earlier and slept about 45 minutes longer at night.

Since most of us live frenetic lives and are seriously sleep-deprived anyway, doesn't it make sense to use our feet and legs for something other than appendages to move us from car to desk to car to home?

Of course it does.

So make a commitment today to exercise at least four times during the next seven days.

Begin today by brisk walking, swimming, or biking for at least 20 minutes.

This approach beats the tar out of the drug approach.

Sadly, though they compose only about 20% of the population, older Americans receive almost half the medications prescribed by doctors to aid sleep.

And these sorry drugs cause confusion, falls, extended drowsiness, and a host of other nasty side effects.

Here are some other exercising tips:
  • A drop in body temperature aids sound sleep. So time your exercise five to six hours before bedtime.

  • Make your exercise vigorous enough to make you sweat a little. Previous studies have shown that non-aerobic stretching and concentration exercises alone did not impart sleep.

  • Stick with it! Participants in this study did not report improved sleep until they had been exercising for 16 weeks.
By the way, people sleep better on a healthy bed. If you have time, check out our Healthy Bed Checklist.

Chet "Sleep Tips" Day
Editor, The Natural Health Circus