Is it Hunger, Hanger, or Something Else Entirely?

Hunger is supposed to be the signal that we get from our bodies that we should eat. It’s a biological imperative, and it’s there to keep you alive. But many of us respond to a number of different “hunger variations.” We eat a full tub of popcorn at the movie theater, even though we have had dinner. We soothe a broken heart with a tub of Rocky Road. We ease a bad day with an extra cookie or 3, nosh on extra chips to comfort boredom, and binge on chocolate when we are upset. Many things beyond the physical need for food can present as an urge to eat. Exploring some of the reasons for hunger can help us to separate out the real hunger from the myriad of other reasons we may be reaching for food when we don’t actually need it. Continue reading Is it Hunger, Hanger, or Something Else Entirely?

Intermittent Fasting: What You Need to Know

The question at hand is whether or not Intermittent Fasting is a good approach to weight loss? This is a dietary approach that restricts food and sweetened beverages, typically for 2 to 7 days at a time to provide a metabolic cleanse, of sorts, and to promote weight loss. There have been animal studies and preliminary human studies that this methodology may be useful. If so, then we have one more method to help us reduce our risk factors of diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Continue reading Intermittent Fasting: What You Need to Know

Understanding the Content of Your Favorite Yogurt

We all know we love our yogurt. It has been a part of our everyday breakfast, lunch, and for sure, a snack choice for some time. Today, yogurt comes in such a variety of flavors, and forms, that we have many, many choices available to us. Continue reading Understanding the Content of Your Favorite Yogurt

Pesto Zucchini Pasta Recipe

This pesto zucchini pasta recipe is from Elite’s fresh local food service partner, FitFoodMKE. It was also served at the kickoff party of our annual competition, “The Wellness & Lifestyle Challenge” which helps members kick off the new year and keep those resolutions going! Everyone loved this healthy and fresh recipe that can be served as a side or your main dish. Continue reading Pesto Zucchini Pasta Recipe