Posts Tagged ‘food’

Holiday Foods

Marie Browning, Certified Holistic Nutritionist and Certified Holistic Life Coach, recently sent out these helpful tips for making healthy food choices during the holiday season.  We like her suggestions so much that we’re passing them on to you word for word:

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. . . the holiday grazing has begun!  The average person will gain 3-6 pounds over the next three weeks, and most will keep the weight permanently.  Having some effective strategies for holiday eating can make it easier to avoid this and can help you feel better in the process.  Below are some tips I hope will be useful for you.

Shopping and errands

Always have a meal plan for the day. Decide ahead of time if and where to stop for lunch. Natural food grocery store cafes are great places to try new foods while enjoying salad, soup, and hot food bars. Sitting down for a real meal gives everyone a break and encourages wiser food choices.

Keep an insulated bag in the car pre-packed with crackers, nuts, nut butter packets, and water. My bag also holds small paring knife, a cloth napkin (to protect clothing), and a spoon & fork.  By grabbing cheese, fruit, or yogurt as I go out the door, I avoid getting too hungry between meals.  I take along my favorite tea in an insulated mug, too, which saves money and avoids temptation.  You know how it goes, you stop for coffee, buy a mocha latte, and the muffins smell good, and you’re tired, and … before you know it, you’ve spent $15, and a day’s allotment of calories! An hour later, you’re crashing and cranky. Or, the kids are fussy and you pull into the nearest junkfood-land joint.  Planning ahead eliminates these scenarios altogether.

Park as far away from store entrances as possible to slip extra steps into the day, and take the stairs whenever you can.  All those 1 minute jaunts can really add up.

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Hooray for D.C. Schools!

Schoolchildren in Washington, D.C. are set to benefit during the upcoming school year. The city’s schools will no longer serve flavored milks or sugary cereals.  We were surprised to learn that an 8 oz. serving of chocolate or strawberry flavored milk contains as much sugar as Coca Cola or Mountain Dew!  While the sodas have been banned from the school system since 2006, these sugary milk drinks have remained part of the children’s daily diet.  Combine it with standard items on the school breakfast menu (sugary cereals and pop tarts) and the kids consume consume a meal consisting of 60 grams of sugar before classes even begin. . .  That’s the same as 15 teaspoons of sugar – over 1/4 cup!  How was this ever considered a good idea?

Read the article at Better D.C. School Fund blog:

http://betterdcschoolfood.blogspot.com/2010/06/dc-schools-to-discontinue-flavored-milk.html

 

Healthy Hospital Food

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Thanks to this news from the Washington Post’s Martha Thomas, we’re feelin’ good about improvements in hospital menus. . . .  Go, Georgetown!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/22/AR2010032202870.html

 

Right Foods and Plenty of Water Can Help You Deal With Arthritis

By Janet Martin

In the US alone, there are over 70 million people suffering from some type of arthritis. Most people who are suffering from this condition will tell you that the pain from the inflammation of joints and bones are truly excruciating, enough to even make some sufferers avoid moving or doing activities they previously enjoy. This debilitating problem is preventing a lot of people, particularly the elderly, from enjoying an active and a happy life.

The food that you eat and don’t eat can actually influence the development, or treatment, of your arthritis. Sometimes getting rid of the pain, inflammation and other symptoms of this condition is as simple as eating an apple a day or including certain types of food that contain minerals and vitamins that can combat the pain, inflammation, accumulation of uric crystals and cell damage caused by arthritis. Here are the types of food you need to start incorporating in your diet to help ease arthritis symptoms. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Having Foggy Memory? Don’t Forget to Deal With Stress

By Janet Martin

It is quite normal to forget where you have placed your keys or parked your car once in while. Everybody has dealt with such phenomena. However, if you keep on forgetting a lot of things, then you may need to see your doctor. Remember that even if you are getting older, it doesn’t mean that you should accept memory lapses and fogs as if they are inevitable age-related changes.

For so long, people were led to believe that difficulty in remembering things often are just symptoms of old age. Most of the time, however, fuzzy memory is actually caused by stress and anxiety. If you want to minimize or totally eliminate memory lapses, you should first alleviate stress or deal with what makes you feel anxious and tensed. Read the rest of this entry »