Healthy Living Friday, October 23, 2009 Related Topics: Foods That Burn Calories! By Mary Lipsey Eat Foods High in Fiber Celery and cabbage have long been touted as "calorie burning" foods, simply because the energy used to digest these foods is greater than the energy, or calories, ingested by eating the foods. An added benefit of these foods is that they are fibrous and filling, which means you will feel satisfied faster and on many fewer calories that other food choices. Keep in mind, however, that you don't want your caloric intake to be too low to cause a drop in metabolism. When your metabolism drops, you will retain more weight as the body responds to what it thinks is a period of malnutrition. Vitamin C is also believed to be a calorie burner and a weight loss booster. Foods that are high in Vitamin C and also high in fiber and low in calories include oranges, tangerines (fresh, not canned), grapefruit (which are 90 percent water!), limes and lemons. Eat Low-Fat Dairy Products Recent studies have been pointing to the fact that dieters who eat at least two to three servings of low-fat dairy products a day, like cottage cheese and yogurt, lose weight faster, keep it off longer, and lose more weight in the belly area than dieters who don't include dairy products in their diets. Easy lunch additions include single-serving sizes of low-fat string cheese, individually wrapped low-fat cheese wedges, milk cartons (not just for elementary school cafeterias anymore) and even fat-free sour cream in place of other condiments. Choose Foods Rich in B12 Eggs, milk, low-fat cheese and cereals that have been vitamin-enriched are all good sources of vitamin B12. Some sources state that B12 increases the body's fat-burning ability. Every gram of fat equals 9 calories, so when you burn fat, you burn calories, too. Vitamin B12 is also known to fight fatigue and speed up the metabolism, which are benefits that can give a boost to any dieter. Healthy Living Friday, October 23, 2009 Grocery Shopping GROCERY SHOPPING! We’ve talked before about how much but lately I’ve been on shopping overload. I realized this on Saturday when I walked into my local grocery store to return something, but instead of taking care of business quickly, I grabbed a cart (bad idea!) and started perusing the aisles. Nothing wrong with that, right? Except that my pantry and fridge were well-stocked. With almost zero room for anything else actually. This was the third time in a week that I’d gone food shopping. I bought some healthy stuff: apples, broccoli slaw, shredded Parmesan cheese, some new blueberry Greek yogurt I wanted to try…but then I also bought a packet of fancy Belgian chocolate biscuits I really shouldn’t have lying around. Earlier in the week, I also made a pit stop at Trader Joe’s, and, in addition to the essentials on my list, I also bought some mini chocolate meringues, (only 110 calories for 13 of them!) some angel food cake (only 120 calories per serving!) and some natural fruit leathers to stick in my gym bag… Tips: 13 Easy Ways to Save 200 Calories a Day Something was very wrong with this scenario--it struck me during my last visit to the grocery store--right around the time I grabbed four individually-portioned containers of Edy’s light ice cream. (They were four for $5! Plus if it worked for Margarita, then it should work for me too, right?) I put the ice cream back in the freezer and went straight to the checkout lane. I guess I’ve been using grocery shopping as a coping mechanism of sorts. I do it when I’m stressed or bored. For many years, I was an emotional eater, but now I think I’ve become an emotional shopper--AAH! (Little Miss Fortune, can you relate?) I was talking to Body by Glamour’s nutritionist, Rachel Beller, R.D. about this, and she gave me some good advice: Go back to the basics. Even though most of what I buy is healthy, I’ve surrounded myself with too many options, which causes me to deviate from my eating plan too often. So for the next couple of weeks, I’m giving myself two or three options when it comes to snacks and treats. And I’ve told my mother to hold me accountable when it comes to the grocery store--I plan on staying away this week! How about you? Are too many healthy options keeping you from focusing and reaching your weight-loss goals? Or is it some other culprit? And do you have any advice for a compulsive food shopper like myself? Plus tell me the healthy ways you’re coping with stress and boredom these days--is it exercise or reading a good book?