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Healthy Living: Your Diet is important!


In my last blog, I talked about the importance of a well rounded fitness routine as part of your healthy lifestyle.  While, in my opinion, it is one of the most important aspects of weight loss and or a healthy lifestyle, so is your diet. “If you are working out 3 to 5 times a week and still not getting the results that you want, why not focus on something that you do 3 to 5 times a day?!”, as my work colleague and fellow ‘healthy living’ advocate said to me in a conversation we had earlier this week; “ If you are working out, but still not losing the weight like you want to, it’s all in what you’re eating”.

Regardless of what YOUR metabolism is, you can still take steps to eat healthier. Eating healthy is not always easy in today’s world, but you can control your portion sizes, or eat the healthy alternatives almost every fast food joint there is has on their menus. The food industry trend has been to move towards providing healthier foods, so take advantage of what is available. Even if “I” have a pretty decent metabolism, I still can’t go out and eat whatever I want.  I am no nutritionist, but eating healthy is common sense.  Stay away as much as you can from fried foods, try baking or even grilling as a healthier alternative. Watch out for foods and or snacks that are full of sugar.

Try eating more fruits and vegetables or even nuts as snacks, as opposed to crackers or cookies.  By eating healthier snacks, you are also fueling your body better and avoiding extra calories (especially if you’re in a weight loss battle) that your body doesn’t need as well as helping boost your metabolism! You can even consult your physician on the right type of diet for you.  Consult your local dietitian or nutritionist for more healthy tips that may better fit your dietary needs!



Healthy Living: Soy Sauce


Some foods that you many not think have gluten just might have it. For example, soy sauce is a sneaky source of gluten but it is so good on stir-fry. Look for tamari, which is a wheat-free version of soy sauce.

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Healthy Living: Having Support


Diabetes is a difficult disease to live with, therefore you need support.  Support is a crucial component in any challenge in life that you are dealing with. If you do not have a good support system the likelihood of you being successful is slim. Talk to your family member about your plans and eating habits to improve your health. If everyone joins on the bandwagon on a healthier lifestyle not only will it help you excel but it will also benefit your family. If you do not have support within your family, do some research on local diabetes group or mention it to a friend they may know someone dealing with diabetes that needs support as well.

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Healthy Living: Proper Meat Thawing


How do you thaw your meats? Do you place them in the refrigerator, in a sink with water or just lay it out on the counter?  The best way to thaw your frozen meat is to just place it in the refrigerator. When you leave your meat on the counter, it goes through the temperature danger zone, where bacteria rapidly multiply. Your other option, if you do not thaw in the refrigerator, is to keep the meat under cold running water. The important thing here is that the water is constantly running and that its cold.  When having meat in a meal that needs to be thawed, just plan ahead.



Healthy Living: Being Gluten-free Away From Home


In the summer your kids are going over to friends’ houses and going to sleepovers.  To insure that your child is not being exposed to gluten, review your child on what they can and cannot eat. Tell the parents that your child is staying with, what your child should avoid and what is generally ok for them to eat. You may want to pack gluten-free snack for your kid while they are away from home.



Healthy Living: A New Way to Use Applesauce


Applesauce is such a delicious snack to have, especially when the applesauce is cold. Did you know that you can substitute applesauce for oil in a recipe?  It is ideal to use unsweetened applesauce but if that is not what you have then sweetened is just fine. If you are using sweetened applesauce, just make sure that you reduce the sugar so you do not get a super sweet surprise. You can start by using a little applesauce and the remainder oil, doing half applesauce and half oil, or you can go all the way and use all applesauce. All you have to do is match the applesauce to oil, so if a recipe calls for 1 cup of oil just add 1 cup of applesauce. This substitute is not great for everything but it works for cake, muffin, and bread recipes.  Why would you do this?  Well when you substitute the applesauce for oil you are reducing the amount of fat which results in lower calories.



Healthy Living: Portion Sizes


If you have trouble with portion sizes or can not stop yourself from eating the whole box of cookies, try a small snack size bag. Buying snack size products are ideal to have around the house. When buying a snack size product just grab that one snack size package, eat just that package, and do not go back for more.

Snack size items help you control yourself when eating food, so you do not overeat. When eating something out of a big box or a big bag, it is hard to just quit, you just continue to snack and before you know it the whole box or bag is gone. If you can not buy something that is premeasured in a package, do it yourself. Just measure out a serving size, put it in a bag, and enjoy just that serving size later.

 



Healthy Living: Safety and Fun in the sun


Summer is here!  There are several things to remember to make your day in the sun a safe and happy one.

  •         Stay in the shade during the hottest part of the day (10 am and 4 pm)
  •         ALWAYS wear sunscreen (15 SPF or higher)
  •         Wear sunglasses to protect eyes from the sun
  •         Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your head, face, and neck
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Healthy Living: NuVal


NuValNuVal is finally here!  As you have seen in our stores, the nutritional scoring system that was developed by a scientific expert panel led by Dr. David Katz of Yale was officially launched in our stores on Wednesday, June 16th.  NuVal puts all of the nutritional information and ingredients of an item into a very complicated formula and produces a score between 1 and 100.  The higher the score, the more nutritional the item is for you.  The score is located on the shelf tag in front of the item.  In my last blog, I talked about blueberries.  As I said, blueberries are in season now and make a great snack…..and they are very healthy!  They are one of the few items that score 100!

One thing to remember – some categories may not seem to score very high.  For example, cheese scores between 3 and 35 with an average of 21.  You shouldn’t necessarily stop eating cheese; just choose one of the more healthy varieties.  The two highest rated categories are fruits and vegetables, with an average rating of 96.  I guess mom was right when she said I should eat all of my vegetables!

For more information about NuVal, please visit their website at www.nuval.com or ask one of your local Brookshire partners.  We would be happy to help you understand the program and answer any questions that you might have.



Healthy Living: Fresh Produce


When on a gluten-free diet, you know that the simpler the food the better. When you pick up a process food, there are so many different ingredients it makes your head spin, you start to wonder does this mean it has gluten in it, then you start feeling defeated, and think I just can not do this gluten-free diet. Well guess what? I have a quick fix for you. Go to the fresh produce section! 

Look around do you see any label; anything that has stabilizers or modified starches? No! Fresh produce is where you should start spending most of your time in the store. In fresh produce you will not have to look at each product to see the ingredients. When you discover that, in fact, you do have a lot to choose from on a gluten-free diet then you will feel like you can succeed. 



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