Denver is to Beer, as Napa is to Wine

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Colorado is typically known for its luxury ski resorts, beautiful surroundings, and an average of 300 days of sunshine every year. What people don’t know is that Colorado has a secret. It’s not widely known that Colorado, the ‘Mile High State’ is the top beer producing state in the country. With 115 breweries, including the Coors brewery, the largest in the world, Colorado produces more beer per capita than anywhere else in the country.

According to legend, the first permanent structure to make its home in Denver, Colorado was a saloon. It’s no wonder Colorado became the top beer producing state in 2007, taking the title away from California, The Golden State. Along with it’s title for the most beer produced, Colorado is home to the highest saloon in the United States. Sitting at 10,580 feet above sea level, the South Park Saloon, in Alma, Colorado will have you slurring your words in no time.

The rapid increase in craft brewing in Colorado has brought The Great American Beer Festival to the Mile High State for nearly 30 years. As the oldest and largest gathering of beer brewers in the nation, The Great American Beer Festival offers more beer on tap than anyplace in the world. Who wouldn’t be proud of that?

Author Jason Lancaster is the president of Spork Marketing, a Denver Internet Marketing company. He is an amateur beer aficianado and an expert at auto parts marketing

5 Ways You Could Be Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Efforts

Many well-meaning dieters unknowingly sabotage their own weight loss efforts – are you one of them? Here are 5 surprising ways you could be forcing your body to hold onto the extra pounds – even when you’re doing everything else right.

Not Eating Enough

It’s a little counter-intuitive, but by restricting too much, you could risk putting your body into severe starvation mode, which causes you to hold onto that extra weight for dear life.

Not Paying Attention to Portion Sizes

Conversely, many of us struggle with the opposite problem: eating too much. Unfortunately, even if you’re eating totally healthy food all the time, you’re still not going to lose weight if you’re eating too much of it.

Finding out what correct, healthy portion sizes actually look like was really surprising at first. They seem so small, especially since I live in the U.S. (the Midwest, no less!) where restaurant portions are constantly getting bigger. You do get used to it, though, and since eating several smaller meals throughout the day is the healthiest way to go, controlling your portion sizes is a good way to start with that.

So, how much of each food should you be eating? Here are a few common guidelines to give you an idea:

  • Meat – For chicken and red meat, a serving is about the same size as a deck of playing cards. You can get away with a larger portion of fish, however: aim for the size of a checkbook.
  • Peanut Butter – 2 tablespoons, the recommended serving size, is about the size ofa golf ball.
  • Pasta – 1 serving is roughly the size of a tennis ball.
  • Vegetables – Honestly, eat as many as you want. But a serving is the size of a softball.
  • Cheese – 1 oz. is the size of 6 dice.

Skipping Meals, Especially Breakfast

Skipping breakfast might make you feel like you’re getting less calories overall, but actually, breakfast eaters are 50% less likely to be obese than those who skip the morning meal. Breakfast literally serves to “break your fast” after sleeping for 8+ hours – by skipping it, you’re tricking your body into thinking that you’re starving. Also, skipping breakfast puts you at risk for bingeing later. Mid-morning, you’ll find yourself so hungry, you’ll eat anything in reach even if it’s not the healthiest choice.

So what makes up a good breakfast? Try to include complex carbs that digest slowly, plenty of fiber to keep you full all morning, and protein for sustained energy. Oatmeal with milk and fruit is a great choice. If you’re rushed in the morning, try a yogurt based fruit smoothie with some ground flax to boost the fiber content.

Drinking Your Calories

It’s easy to overlook the calories in sports drinks, juices and that morning coffee, but they really do add up. An 8oz serving of juice alone can have as many as 150 calories! Stick with water when you can and don’t forget to factor in the calories when you do indulg�{�60���<�P���u[�|�u|4n;;�f�}�@$$1�H��e���o�fp��%Ki�v�m,�/strong>

Even if you keep track of the calories you take in at meal times, you might be overlookingthose little “bites” here and there that can add up significantly over the day.

Just think about it: you take a sip of your husband’s latte in the morning, eat a couplecrackers sitting out on the break room table at work and lick the mixing spoon when you’re done baking brownies for your kid’s bake sale. Those three “harmless” actions alone can add up to almost 100 calories! It will take a little practice, but it’s important to be mindful of those tiny sips and nibbles.

Bottom line: knowing the pitfalls dieters often face is half the battle. Now that you’re aware of these common dieting sins, you can put healthier habits into place. But knowledge is useless unless you actually put it into practice. Just like understanding how the best elliptical machines at the gym work won’t get you into shape any faster if you don’t hop on, understanding nutrition won’t help you maintain a healthy weight unless you actually use what you know as you make choices about what to eat.

Tracy Martin is a freelance health writer. She stays fit by chasing her three little kids around, hiking with her husband, and training on an elliptical trainer on the rare occasion she can actually sneak away to the gym. She is devotedly passionate about healthy, natural living, fitness and nutrition.



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