5 Simple Snack Swaps

Think there’s a difference between healthy and healthier? Absolutely! Problem is you never know where you’ll be when you get a SNACK ATTACK! There’s nothing wrong with snacking but, there are substitutes that will help curb your cravings and sky rocket your energy levels to not just be healthy, but be healthier! MaxWell Medical has alternatives that will have you snacking for more!

5 Simple Snack Swaps:

1)      Grapes for Dried Apricots– Hate raisins but enjoy the ease of grapes? Dried apricots are a great alternative. They contain almost half the sugar of grapes, yet have more fiber. They’re also rich in antioxidants and contain vitamin B5 to help the body release energy from food.  

2)      Cheese for Ricotta Cheese- Cheese of any sort seems like a no, no but; ricotta cheese isn’t like the others. It contains more protein and calcium to help you build muscle and strong bones. Still not impressed, ricotta is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids known to help prevent heart disease and cancer.

3)      A Pear for An Apple– Who hasn’t heard that an apple a day can keep the doctor away? Deep red skinned apples contain more Quercetin which is a concentrated antioxidant, which can help prevent diseases. Also, apples have lower sugar content than pears which is great for Diabetics.

4)      Potato Fries for Sweet Potato Fries– Fries of any sort seem like the least healthy option to consume but, sweet potato fries are great. Sweet potato has a great source of vitamin A which is vital for good vision and helps to prevent dry skin and hair.

5)      Nuts for Almonds– Don’t let the monocle on Mr. Peanut fool you. He isn’t as great for you as almonds are. Almonds are higher in fiber and protein than nuts, that’ll be sure to keep you fuller for longer. They’re also rich in vitamin E, which has skin-healing benefits.

So next time you’re perusing the aisles at Duane Reade looking to satisfy your cravings without packing on the pounds keep these in mind. Opt for these 5 healthier alternatives to get you through your day. MaxWell Medical wants you to use these simple swaps for BETTER HEALTH!

5 Tips on How to Stay on a Paleo Diet

We’ve succumb to the NutriSystem, counted calories on Weight Watchers, suffered health risks on Atkins’s, followed the fad with the Grapefruit Diet, and listened to Jared and indulged in 5-inch subs at Subway. It’s referred to as “humanity’s healthiest diet” and many members of our team swear by it. The Paleolithic Diet is increasing in its devotees and it’s easy to see why. Following the Paleo Diet leaves people feeling more energetic, leaner, and subsequently…healthier. MaxWell Medical turned to our resident Paleo Coach, Dr. Hall to get some tips on transitioning to a Paleolithic Way of Life!

5 Tips on How to Stay on a Paleo Diet

1)      Add, don’t remove – Dr. Hall encourages that you address the deficiencies in your diet first by packing your meals with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Find vegetables you love and eat as much and as often as you like.

2)      Say goodbye – Once you have added fresh produce and you’re ready to take the next big step, bid a fine farewell to grains, sugar, and dairy. Our bodies didn’t evolve to thrive on grains and the pasteurized version of milk we drink today. Eliminate them gradually and your body will thank you.

3)      Where’s the BEEF?- Contrary to popular belief, red meat does not lead to heart disease nor increases in cholesterol levels (and even if it did, there is paltry legitimate evidence that high cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease. That’s right!)  But make sure you know your meat. Ensuring that the beef you’re eating is grass-fed and hormone/antibiotic free makes all the difference.

4)      EAT – Simply said, eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full. Our ancestors ate until they were satisfied because they never knew where their next meal would come from.  You do…but as long as you’re not eating carbohydrate/sugar rich foods and you’re eating real, healthy food, you can eat as much as you want.  How nice is that? 

5)      Snack Attack – Much like other diets, it’ll take time to transition into a Paleolithic Way of Life. But, once your body adjusts to burning fat rather than carbohydrates for fuel, you’ll find you don’t need to snack since your body will have a constant stream of fuel…body fat!. And your meals will keep you satisfied with sustained energy that will last you through the day.

Don’t believe the hype, try it for yourself. These tips provided by Dr. Hall will be sure to help you along the way.  Not all people transition to this way of eating the same, so see what works best for you – and feel free to ask Dr. Hall any questions you may have. MaxWell Medical wants you to EAT SMARTER.

Tricky Treats: Healthy Halloween Tips

Reeses, twizzlers, snickers, jolly ranchers, the chocolatey nugget, yummy melt in your mouth candy that you resist all year is now in your hands. It is the one time of the year where all rules are set aside and you devour the sugary candy with no regret. That is until you step on that scale! But, this halloween by-pass the yearly conundrum by following some our favorite tips:

  • It may be tough having candy around the house for all the trick or treaters. But, one way to keep yourself from munching on the “leftover” candy is to buy candy that you don’t like. You’ll be less likely to sneak a bite of piece of candy you don’t enjoy eating.
  • Portions, portions, portions! Have that piece of chocolate. Don’t let it turn into a bunch! Have one hershey kiss for example and it could keep those cravings away by savoring that yummy kiss.
  • Instead of reaching for the candy bar, reach for a healthier alternative such as a granola bar or even some delicious fruit.
  • While you can’t escape the office candy bowls, instead of divulging yourself, take a minute to take a break and get some fresh air. Those mid-day slumps can cause cravings that you can stave away but taking a little walk outside. And not to mention burn calories!

Here are some other great ideas from www.allvoices.com:

  • Let your kids make a trade. Allow them to pick one or two pieces of candy they want to keep, and then tell them that they can trade the rest of the candy for something else. For instance, a new toy or books, a fun activity with Mom and/or Dad, or maybe a playdate with a friend. Use your imagination!
  • Freeze the candy and use it for your holiday gingerbread house.
  • Make a care package and send the candy to someone in the military. Don’t know anyone personally? Check out Operation Shoebox.
  • Bring it into the office to share.
  • Some dentist offices will buy candy back from kids and then send the candy to troops.

Here are some candy alternatives to give the trick or treaters:

Temporary tattoos
Fancy erasers
Pencil toppers
Small novelty toys
False teeth
Miniature magnifying glasses
Plastic jewelry/decoder rings
Sugar-free candy
Granola bars
sugar free gum
miniature raisin boxes
single serving nut packets

So this halloween, have no fear! You Gouls and Gals can still be healthy while tricking and treating with the best of them!