Fit TV | Best Diet for Your Skin – Part 2

Expanded transcript from video…Wouldn’t it be nice if you could wake up every morning with smooth, radiant skin?  Well, before you rush off to your local beauty store, think about picking up some skin-friendly nutrients at your local grocery store.

In our last segment, we took a look at the foods that provide the key vitamins you need for healthy skin.  Today, we’re going to focus on the minerals and essential fats that’ll help your skin function and look its best.   Continue reading “Fit TV | Best Diet for Your Skin – Part 2”

Fit TV | Best Diet for Your Skin

Producer/Host: Karen Owoc   Director of Photography: Michael Davich

Expanded transcript from video… You may have heard the saying, “Great skin begins from within.”  Well, it really is true.  The skin is the largest organ of the human body and has to work hard to perform all its functions and still look its best.  Your skin regulates your body temperature and provides protection, absorption, secretion and sensation.

To do its job, you need several essential vitamins, minerals and fats.  In this segment, we’ll zero in on the vitamins and teach you the ABC’s and E’s of good skin nutrition.   Continue reading “Fit TV | Best Diet for Your Skin”

Fit TV | Outsmart the Physiological Triggers to Overeat

Scientists have found that certain foods affect the brain and the way it responds to the hormones which regulate the appetite, but there are ways to outsmart the physiological triggers to overeat.

Expanded transcript from video… We all have a tendency to overeat once in awhile or perhaps it’s more than just once in a while – especially around the holidays.  But the good news is, scientists have discovered one of the reasons why – and it all has to do with the types of foods we eat.

New research shows that saturated fats crank up your appetite.  They found that not only do they affect our waistlines, but our brains as well.   Continue reading “Fit TV | Outsmart the Physiological Triggers to Overeat”

Creaming Up Your Coffee

Question: I recently picked up some store-brand commercial coffee creamer and there seems to be a lot fewer long-worded ingredients in it compared to the popular name brand.  Might it be safer? ~ J.K., Hayward, CA

Try healthy alternatives to artificial coffee creamers

Answer: All in all, when you add artificial creamers to your coffee, you’re essentially adding oils and sugar – the principal ingredients.  The other ingredients prevent the oils from separating and provide a hint of dairy flavor as well as artificial flavor/color.  Sound yummy?  How about trying a shot of REAL 2% milk instead?  You’ll gain some essential nutrients while you feed your coffee-drinking ritual.

An ounce (2 Tbsp) of 2% milk has 1 gram of protein and just 17 calories.  In addition, you’ll gain some of your daily dose of vitamins and minerals:  Vitamin A (1%), Calcium (4%), Vitamin D (3%), Phosphorus (3%), and Potassium (2%).   To trim the fat even more, switch to skim (nonfat) or 1% lowfat milk.

Evaporated skim milk has 2X the nutrients as regular milk and no fat.

Better yet, try some evaporated skim milk (not to be confused with sweetened condensed milk).  It has zero fat and a rich consistency since 50-60% of its water has been removed.  Compared to regular milk, evaporated skim milk has twice the protein (2 gm) and 25 calories per ounce with double the nutrients:   Vitamin A (2%), Calcium (8%), Vitamin D (6%), and Potassium (3%).

Apple c heart symbol_40x54 Fit Tip: If you also gradually reduce the amount of sugar you add to your coffee, this single adjustment would be healthier for your heart.  A study found that sugar can lower your levels of HDL (good cholesterol) and raise your levels of triglyceride (fats in the blood).

Raw Vegetables – Are They Healthier?

[TV segment #0002   Producer: Karen Owoc


With the advent of the raw food culture, is it healthier to eat your vegetables raw rather than cooked?  Take a look…
Expanded transcript… I’m often asked if it’s healthier to eat vegetables raw.  Some people think cooking destroys valuable enzymes, vitamins and minerals.  But cooking has a purpose. It breaks down the insoluble fiber which softens the vegetables so they’re edible.  And as it turns out, raw vegetables are not always healthier than cooked.  Here’s why….   Continue reading “Raw Vegetables – Are They Healthier?”