By: Mary Perry, Zone Labs’ Director of Clinical TrialsCongratulations on taking the first step to regaining control of your future health. The Zone Diet is not a weight-loss program per se, but a clinically validated dietary system to reduce cellular inflammation throughout the body and in the process control hunger. To help get you started, we’ve created lifestyle tips teaching you how to use the various tools under the Resource section of the website. Some of the topics include Summer eating, how to keep a food journal, making a Zone meal and the benefits of supplementation. Our goal is to make your quest for better health as simple as possible.
The Flavors of Summer
For those of us who enjoy fresh foods, you can’t beat the flavors of summer. The wide availability of great-tasting produce and fresh herbs makes it easy to incorporate them into almost every dish. Couple this with our increased awareness of locally grown and organic versus conventional, wild versus farmed, and grass-fed versus corn-fed, and it’s no wonder that Farmers’ Markets have nearly doubled in the past 10 years.
The Importance of Staying Hydrated
No matter the weather or season, keeping our bodies hydrated is critical. Water helps to regulate our body temperature, keeping us cool in the summer and comfortable during the winter. With summer here, it’s a good time to visit the topic of hydration as severe temperatures dehydrate the body quickly, increasing our fluid needs even when we may not feel thirst.
How Sleep Affects Our Health
If you were asked to list some of the consequences of sleep deprivation, you may think decreased productivity, irritability, nodding off while driving, even on the job errors, but what about chronic disease? Many of us are familiar with how lack of sleep can influence our daily routines, but when it comes to our overall health, that’s a different story.
The Color of the Zone
Fruits and vegetables pack a nutrient punch, but the key to their nutrition is not only vitamins and minerals but also the polyphenols they contain. Polyphenols are naturally occurring compounds in plants that are produced for their self-protection against the sun and disease. They have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties so the greater our consumption, the more health benefits we stand to gain. Here I’ll break down what each color has to offer, but the main thing to remember is to aim for a rainbow of colors in your diet so you can reap all their benefits.
Those of us in New England have been ready to shed our winter clothes for some time, and the recent temperatures Memorial Day Weekend were a great way to kick off the summer season. Even though we still have a few more weeks until the “official” start of summer, it’s a good time to share some tips so that you and your family can enjoy the season without putting on extra pounds.
Mary Perry, Zone Labs Director of Clinical Trials, takes a quick look at how snacks can be an important part of your daily eating plan with tips on balanced snack options and some strategies for keeping the calories under control.
Your Food Journal
As you start your journey to greater health, your food journal will be the most important tool you can utilize. Play the video below to learn about food journals.
Body Fat Measurements
Don’t get hung up on the scale. Often you are decreasing body fat while slowly increasing muscle mass, so the scale may not show a difference. Play the video below to learn about body-fat measurements.
How to Make a Zone Meal
Creating the perfect Zone meal is simple with the correct proportions of low-fat proteins and fresh fruits and vegetables. Play the video below to learn how to make a Zone Meal.
Polyphenols are important antioxidants, which also provide anti-inflammatory benefits. Play the video below to learn about the ways to incorporate them into your diet.
Omega-3s are supplements that are important to incorporate into your diet to help reduce inflammation and for overall health. Play the video below to learn how.
Diet is important for weight loss, but exercise is important for weight maintenance and feeling better. Simple activities, such as household chores or a brief walk, are a great start. Play the video below to learn more.