New Facts About Sugar Substitutes You Need to Know!

Some good research this year has brought us to the point where you may want to look again at your use of Sugar Substitutes. One such study has to do with drinking sugar-free soda versus regular soda and what it means for your health. The second study addresses drinking diet soda and how it affects your chances of losing weight or gaining weight. Let’s take a look! Continue reading New Facts About Sugar Substitutes You Need to Know!

Member Stories: Alan Gonzalez, Adolescent Weight Gain & Loss

We’re extremely proud of our members. Over the years their work out agendas and sporting endeavors serve as healthy examples of how it feels to be “Elite,” and how exercise not only adds years to your life, but life to your years! Today we’d like to highlight another member’s experience: 

Meet Alan Gonzalez, a member of Elite Sports Clubs since he was a kid. This is the story of how he experienced adolescent weight gain and loss over a period of about a year through discipline in eating, exercise, and in the classroom.

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How I Unexpectedly Gained Weight During a Weight Loss Challenge

It seems like it has been a while since The Wellness & Lifestyle Challenge. Yet, it has really only been a few months. We are hoping that the information you received from the Elite staff was helpful and continued on through these spring months.

For myself, your Dietitian of 30 years, I have done some learning of my own. I don’t often talk about things I personally experience as a consumer of wellness planning myself. But today I feel it’s important I share this experience with you. Continue reading How I Unexpectedly Gained Weight During a Weight Loss Challenge

How Your Diet Can Help (or Hurt) Your Seasonal Allergies

Allergy season is now upon us! Autumn is as active a season for allergies as it is in the spring. While most pollen and irritants circulate themselves on the dry windy days of an Indian summer, it will actually continue into late fall. In Wisconsin, the irritants are considered to be moderate in scope and many people will continue with the symptoms into the holidays. Indoors, we are usually concerned about the buildup of mold during the fall, which will also add to the ongoing nature of our symptoms.

The most common symptoms of seasonal allergies are: dry itching skin, puffy/red eyes, inability to breathe, coughing, even cold and flu-like symptoms, may occur. Medical experts state that all aspects of your life can be interrupted; i.e. sleep, ability to concentrate, and eating. They do recommend staying on your normal schedule for taking medications, and making sure that they are the right ones for you. Most medications take the form of antihistamines and decongestants. Always, seeing your physician before this time of year begins is a good idea.

How are foods going to be affected? And can they help? These are the primary foods to consider for seasonal allergies: Continue reading How Your Diet Can Help (or Hurt) Your Seasonal Allergies

4 Practical Ways to Prevent Holiday Weight Gain

By Rita Larsen, RDN; Elite Sports Clubs Nutrition Educator & Diet Counselor

Celebrate the holiday and still fit into your clothes come January! Here are some tricks of the trade! Continue reading 4 Practical Ways to Prevent Holiday Weight Gain