Tanya Zuckerbrot Is The New Face Of Fiber

Tanya Zuckerbrot Is The New Face Of Fiber

The F-Factor Diet isn't just a diet, but a lifestyle.

Tanya Zuckerbrot, M.S., R.D., and founder of the F-Factor Diet Plan, is an extremely well-known dietitian, author, spokesperson, and consultant. America is the fattest nation in the world, so Tanya decided to do something about it. A highly successful and dedicated working woman of many jobs, what can’t Tanya do? She has it all.

The defining moment in Tanya Zuckerbrot’s life that made her decide to take the direction in life that she did was her freshman year of college when she gained weight from the well-known freshman15. “Over the summer, after freshman year, I eventually changed my eating habits which ultimately changed the way I felt and looked.

This was the first time in my life that I realized what you eat, impacts essentially everything from your health and character to your personality and mood towards others,” said Tanya. On top of this, she grew up cooking, so she was always very interested in food and what she puts into her body.

In addition to this, Tanya also wanted a career path where she can help and bring joy to others. She impacts their quality of life every day through health, “the two things I am most passionate about.” Therefore, the F-Factor was the solution.

Currently 46 years old, Tanya is already the author of the two bestselling novels about weight loss: The F-Factor Diet: Discover the Secret to Permanent Weight Loss in 2006, and The Miracle Carb Diet: Make Calories and Fat Disappear- with Fiber in 2012.

“Bravo for the F-Factor diet. It is not a weight-loss diet but a lifestyle approach to eating healthy, satisfying, and delicious foods. It is not based on deprivation, but instead focuses on an expansive list of foods to create well-balanced meals and snacks that come together to comprise a healthy diet,” said Lisa Sasson (M.S., R.D., Clinical Associate Professor) from New York University Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health.

In addition to her books, she has her own nutrition column for foxnews.com in which she writes weekly for. She has also been featured on national television programs such as Good Morning America, The View, and The Dr. Oz Show just to name a few.

Her career shortly skyrocketed. “I didn’t know I was going to end up as an authority of a huge management, let alone be a dietician,” said Tanya.

“The ‘F’ in ‘F-Factor’ stands for fiber, the non-digestible part of a carbohydrate that adds bulk to food and helps you feel full,” said Gabriella Frank from the Today Show. Since weight gain corresponds with the over-consumption of calories, the fiber diet prompts one to eat less.

There are so many diets to choose from to live a healthier and more productive life, however, this diet is unlike most. Backed up by scientific studies, Tanya Zuckerbrot’s F-Factor diet plan focuses on the importance of fiber, and how it assists in the reduction of a person’s overall weight without impacting their eating patterns and physical activities. The F-Factor diet guide’s one into the right direction by creating and recommending both healthy and delicious foods without depriving one from these foods.

Tanya didn’t just create a diet, but a way of life for many to abide by. Being the founder and running the F-Factor is a huge job, and at times, even Zuckerbrot finds it difficult to keep a healthy work/life balance. She is a driven perfectionist and has an all or nothing mentality. “Balance is definitely a struggle for me. I am not sure I quite have the balance I want. I like to give full attention in whatever I am doing. That being so, if I am home with my kids and husband, I want to be present. When I’m at work, I put focus entirely on my clients,” said Tanya.

“Being with my family, building a company (my career), and physical self-care are my top priorities,” said Zuckerbrot. She will certainly manage and overcome her challenges.

In the years to come, Tanya definitely has an idea of where she wants to be at in her company. Professionally, she would like to extend more F-Factor products, such as the bars and shakes that she is in the process of creating, and many more food lines. Additionally, she wants to create a larger digital platform to help those around the world to become healthier and feel their best using the F-Factor.

Her personal goal is very much stressed on balance. Personally, “I want to get to a place in my organization where I don’t have to be in my office for ten hours every day. I want to be able to delegate responsibilities to my employees. I don’t have enough time with my kids, so I desire more time with my family, friends, and with myself,” said Tanya.

From experiencing and gaining so much knowledge over the years, Tanya Zuckerbrot has a lot of insight, tips, and guidance for those who are aspiring to be as successful as she. In particular, a very eye opening statement that Tanya brought was to always have a plan A, but if you can’t reach your plan A, have a different plan A. She puts emphasis on to “never create a plan B. The plan B’s are variable; it’s what you settle for, and life is too short to have regrets.” “Don’t ever settle for mediocracy, for anything less than you deserve,” Tanya reiterated. This is where excellence can exist.

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To The Person Who Feels Suicidal But Doesn't Want To Die

Suicidal thoughts are not black and white.

Everyone assumes that if you have suicidal thoughts that means you want to die.

Suicidal thoughts are thought of in such black and white terms. Either you have suicidal thoughts and you want to die, or you don't have suicidal thoughts and you want to live. What most people don't understand is there are some stuck in the gray area of those two statements, I for one am one of them.

I've had suicidal thoughts since I was a kid.

My first recollection of it was when I came home after school one day and got in trouble; and while I was just sitting in the dining room I kept thinking, “I wonder what it would be like to take a knife from the kitchen and just shove it into my stomach." I didn't want to die, or even hurt myself for that matter. But those thoughts haven't stopped since.

I've thought about going into the bathroom and taking every single pill I could find and just drifting to sleep and never waking back up, I've thought about hurting myself to take the pain away, just a few days ago on my way to work I thought about driving my car straight into a tree. But I didn't. Why? Because even though that urge was so strong, I didn't want to die. I still don't, I don't want my life to end.

I don't think I've ever told anyone about these feelings. I don't want others to worry because the first thing anyone thinks when you tell them you have thoughts about hurting or killing yourself is that you're absolutely going to do it and they begin to panic. Yes, I have suicidal thoughts, but I don't want to die.

It's a confusing feeling, it's a scary feeling.

When the depression takes over you feel like you aren't in control. It's like you're drowning.

Every bad memory, every single thing that hurt you, every bad thing you've ever done comes back and grabs you by the ankle and drags you back under the water just as you're about the reach the surface. It's suffocating and not being able to do anything about it.

The hardest part is you never know when these thoughts are going to come. Some days you're just so happy and can't believe how good your life is, and the very next day you could be alone in a dark room unable to see because of the tears welling up in your eyes and thinking you'd be better off dead. You feel alone, you feel like a burden to everyone around you, you feel like the world would be better off without you. I wish it was something I could just turn off but I can't, no matter how hard I try.

These feelings come in waves.

It feels like you're swimming and the sun is shining and you're having a great time, until a wave comes and sucks you under into the darkness of the water. No matter how hard you try to reach the surface again a new wave comes and hits you back under again, and again, and again.

And then it just stops.

But you never know when the next wave is going to come. You never know when you're going to be sucked back under.

I always wondered if I was the only one like this.

It didn't make any sense to me, how did I think about suicide so often but not want to die? But I was thinking about it in black and white, I thought I wasn't allowed to have those feelings since I wasn't going to act on them. But then I read articles much like this one and I realized I'm not the only one. Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, and my feelings are valid.

To everyone who feels this way, you aren't alone.

I thought I was for the longest time, I thought I was the only one who felt this way and I didn't understand how I could feel this way. But please, I implore you to talk to someone, anyone, about the way you're feeling; whether it be a family member, significant other, a friend, a therapist.

My biggest mistake all these years was never telling anyone how I feel in fear that they would either brush me off because “who could be suicidal but not want to die," or panic and try to commit me to a hospital or something. Writing this article has been the greatest feeling of relief I've felt in a long time, talking about it helps. I know it's scary to tell people how you're feeling, but you're not alone and you don't have to go through this alone.

Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, your feelings are valid, and there are people here for you, you are not alone.

If you're thinking about hurting yourself please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit suicidepreventionhotline.org to live chat with someone. Help it out there and you are not alone.

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How To Survive Your First Flu At ISU

Being away from your parents can be tough when you get sick, but here's a short how-to guide of what to do when you catch the flu.


Going away to college can be tough, especially if you're used to being at home and having someone to take care of you when you get sick. Now I don't know about the rest of you but when I get sick I turn into a needy childish mess of a person who wants her mom to make her soup and bring her juice and medicine. But, being about a two-hour drive away from home I can no longer rely on my mom to take care of me. So, you would assume that my first option is to just lay in bed and sleep all day until I don't feel sick anymore. Unfortunately, I have tried that, and I can assure you that it's not a valid way to get better anytime soon. So, in this article, I am going to explain how you can get healthy quicker and skip fewer classes.

Step one to any sickness is staying hydrated, you should drink a lot of water, tea, and juice. The water helps flush toxins out of your body, the tea helps soothe your sore throat, and the juice provides vitamins and antioxidants. You will need all of these things in order to feel better as soon as possible.

Step two is to stay in bed and sleep, getting rest can help your body heal a lot quicker than you think. It's not a good thing to skip classes but if you can skip a class and use that time to rest and heal you won't have to skip as many classes in the future because of a sickness that lasts for multiple days or even weeks.

Step three is to remember to eat, when you feel achy and sore from being sick and laying in bed you will not want to go get food but it's important to remember to eat when you're sick especially things like hot soup and crackers. Even if you feel absolutely terrible you have to remember to eat, which might mean asking your roommate to bring you a to-go box and offering to repay the favor at a later time.

Step four is to take a nice hot shower, the steam from the hot water can help open up your sinuses which will relieve your runny or stuffy nose as well as relieving your sore throat.

Step five is remembering to email your professors and let them know that you are sick, this will help you to keep up in your classes and prevent your grades from dropping due to absence. Another helpful tip is to text a friend from your class to get a copy of the notes from class.

Hopefully, this short article will help you to handle your first serious sickness away from home, and if you're still feeling sick after trying all of these things make sure you schedule an appointment at the student health center located in the student health services building across the street from the Bone Student center.

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