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Healthy Living: Coffee


Some things may come as a surprise to you when it comes to a product with gluten. Instant coffee can actually contain gluten. So if you are a coffee lover, stick to brewing the coffee yourself.

 

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Healthy Living: Breakfast Cereal


Breakfast is a very important meal by getting you started in the morning. There are many options of breakfast you can choose from; like eggs, turkey bacon, cereal, oatmeal or some fruit. 

When looking for a cereal you normally are concerned about the sugar and fiber content but you should also be concerned about sodium. Cereals that you think are healthy can actually be high in sodium. Using the NuVal scoring system will help you weed out the want-to-be nutritious cereals. The NuVal score for cold cereal ranges from 2-100; you can see that you can get a variety of scores in that category. The average score of cold cereal is 27. 



Healthy Living: Think Pink


October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, early detection is the best protection. Join in with Brookshire’s in the fight against breast cancer. Treasure your chest by following 3 simple steps in early detection.

Step 1: Mammograms- yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health.

Step 2: Clinical Breast Exam- Clinical breast exams by your doctor or nurse should be part of a periodic health exam about every three years for women in their 20’s and 30’s and every year for women 40 and older.

Step 3: Breast Self Awareness- Women should know how their breast normally feel and report any breast change promptly to their doctor or nurse. Breast self-exam is an option for women starting in their 20’s.

YOU ARE THE CURE by making sure you and your loved ones do these 3 things:

1. Monthly self exam – age 20+
2. Annual Mammogram- age 40+
3. Annual clinical exam- age 40+
( Every 3 years- age 20-39)

So THINK PINK, and help us with the fight against breast cancer. Remember, TOGETHER WE ARE THERE.

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Healthy Living: NuVal


Do you utilize the NuVal scoring system at your Brookshire’s grocery store when shopping for your family’s groceries?  Well if you are not, it is an easy way to pick a nutritious product for your family. Using the NuVal scoring system can cut down on your shopping time by just glancing at the score versus reading all the different food labels. If you’re having trouble locating the score it is on the price tag in a blue hexagon.

The scores range from 1 to 100, 100 being the most nutritious and 1 being the least nutritious.

If you have not used this scoring system plan a day when you will have   a lot of time to look around at different scores. Look at the product that you normally buy and compare its score to other products in that category. If you normally buy Kashi Strawberry Fields, which scores an 11, you may want to check out Kashi 7 Whole Grain Flakes, which scores a 29.



Healthy Living: Replacing Butters with Oils


Instead of cooking with butter and margarine, start cooking with oils like olive oil or canola oil. Cooking with oil will reduce the amount of saturated fat in your meal, while increasing your unsaturated fats.



Healthy Living: Watching your portions during the holidays


The Holiday season is just around the corner! Seems like just yesterday we all made those ‘New Year’ resolutions to cut back on soda, eat healthier, and get to the gym! If you’re like me and have been struggling with life getting in the way of your workout routine, the holidays will just make it worse. So watch your portions. Most holiday meals contain healthy sets of foods and even if you’re not cooking, you can still eat well!

If you’re cooking, try your best to give your family and friends good health choices along with the foods you love! Ham, Turkey, Green beans, whole wheat rolls, corn, carrots, potatoes and many other health types of food can cover your table making a great, health meal! Do some research on healthy meal combinations and alternatives to traditional Holiday meals!

If you’re not cooking, remember this simple rule: Protein, Vegetable and Carbs.  Usually you have your choice to make your own plate around the holidays, so try to get you’re helping of veggies, meats and breads. This doesn’t mean that you can eat all you want either. By limiting your intake and stopping after one plate of food you can keep from gaining unnecessary weight. Try your best to only give yourself ONE desert per meal. Again, if your family is like mine we have about forty-thousand deserts per meal. By limiting your sugar intake you will also help to keep those pounds off!



Healthy Living: Making a Gluten-Free Diet Enjoyable


If your child is on a gluten-free diet, it is important that they still have a normal yet healthy childhood. You can do this by making a gluten-free diet easy and enjoyable. Remember that your child is watching you; therefore, make sure that when you are around your child that you speak positively about the diet.

It is important to make gluten-free food fun, enjoyable and delicious so your child does not get discouraged.  Also, let your child journal on what foods they do and do not like on their diet, so you can pick the food they like to make eating a more enjoyable experience. 

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Healthy Living: The Changing of the Seasons


As the temperature starts to cool, we start thinking of all the great things that come with the changing of the seasons.  Something that might not pop into your head with these other great things is Cold and Flu season. 

Here are some healthy living “Do’s and Don’ts” to help you stay healthy during this year’s cold and flu season:

Don’t: If you sneeze, do not sneeze into your hands, and if you do, wash and or disinfect them.  I remember as a child my mother telling me to cover my mouth when I cough or sneeze, and I am not telling my little one the same. A healthy living trend as of late actually suggests sneezing into the elbow to help prevent the spread of germs when you touch surfaces that others might touch as well.

Another Common sense factor to staying healthy is avoiding touching surfaces and or sharing things like drinks with someone who may or may not be sick. By watching out for the common signs and onsets of a cold or the flu, you can see where and when to sanitize and disinfect.

Do: WASH YOUR HANDS. This is especially important if you think you have come in contact with any flu or cold bacteria. Washing your hands in Warm water for 10-15 seconds will help prevent the spread of bacteria and increase your chances at staying healthy.

You can always carry around disinfectant hand sanitizer for yourself or your children as a fast alternative to washing your hands, or if the option is not readily available!

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Healthy Living: Routine


As a diabetic, it is important to have a routine. With a routine you will begin eat, take your medication, and exercise about the same time everyday. Eating and taking your medication about the same time everyday will help prevent you from skipping a meal or forgetting to take your medication. Find a good time of the day to eat, exercise, and take your medication.

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Healthy Living: The Flu


It’s that time again, that’s right it’s flu season. Be prepared to fight the flu bug before it bites you. Here are some helpful tips to help you fight the three letter word we all fear F.L.U.

Take time to get a flu vaccine.
 
• CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.
• While there are many different flu viruses, the flu vaccine protects against the three viruses that research suggests will be most common.
• The 2010-2011 flu vaccine will protect against an influenza A H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the 2009 H1N1 virus that caused so much illness last season.
• Everyone 6 months of age and older should get vaccinated against the flu as soon as the 2010-2011 season vaccine is available.
• People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older.
• Vaccination of high risk persons is especially important to decrease their risk of severe flu illness.
• Vaccination also is important for health care workers, and other people who live with or care for high risk people to keep from spreading flu to high risk people.
• Children younger than 6 months are at high risk of serious flu illness, but are too young to be vaccinated. People who care for them should be vaccinated instead.
Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.
 Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.*
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
• Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
• If you are sick with flu–like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
• While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.
• If you get the flu, antiviral drugs can treat your illness.
• Antiviral drugs are different from antibiotics. They are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaled powder) and are not available over-the-counter.
• Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. They may also prevent serious flu complications.
• It’s very important that antiviral drugs be used early (within the first 2 days of symptoms) to treat people who are very sick (such as those who are hospitalized) or people who are sick with flu symptoms and who are at increased risk of severe flu illness, such as pregnant women, young children, people 65 and older and people with certain chronic health conditions.
• Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people may also have vomiting and diarrhea. People may be infected with the flu, and have respiratory symptoms without a fever.
Let us help you beat flu season, contact your local Brookshire’s Pharmacy for your vaccination services.
It’s that time again, that’s right it’s flu season. Be prepared to fight the flu bug before it bites you. Here are some helpful tips to help you fight the three letter word we all fear F.L.U.
 

Take time to get a flu vaccine.

 • CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. • While there are many different flu viruses, the flu vaccine protects against the three viruses that research suggests will be most common. • The 2010-2011 flu vaccine will protect against an influenza A H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the 2009 H1N1 virus that caused so much illness last season. • Everyone 6 months of age and older should get vaccinated against the flu as soon as the 2010-2011 season vaccine is available. • People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older. • Vaccination of high risk persons is especially important to decrease their risk of severe flu illness. • Vaccination also is important for health care workers, and other people who live with or care for high risk people to keep from spreading flu to high risk people. • Children younger than 6 months are at high risk of serious flu illness, but are too young to be vaccinated. People who care for them should be vaccinated instead.

Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.

• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.* • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way. • Try to avoid close contact with sick people. • If you are sick with flu–like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.) • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.

• If you get the flu, antiviral drugs can treat your illness. • Antiviral drugs are different from antibiotics. They are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaled powder) and are not available over-the-counter. • Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. They may also prevent serious flu complications. • It’s very important that antiviral drugs be used early (within the first 2 days of symptoms) to treat people who are very sick (such as those who are hospitalized) or people who are sick with flu symptoms and who are at increased risk of severe flu illness, such as pregnant women, young children, people 65 and older and people with certain chronic health conditions. • Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people may also have vomiting and diarrhea. People may be infected with the flu, and have respiratory symptoms without a fever.

Let us help you beat flu season, contact your local Brookshire’s Pharmacy for your vaccination services.

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