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‘Social Media’ Your Way to Health and Fitness

Tamara Grand by Tamara Grand | February 7th, 2013 | 5 Comments
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Humans are inherently social creatures. Most of us enjoy the company of others and spend much of our waking time engaging in social interactions with friends and family.

Interestingly, people who spend a lot of time together often adopt one another’s eating and exercise habits, sometimes for the better, but often for the worse. Remember the old saying ‘birds of a feather, flock together’?

But there’s a positive side to our desire to conform socially. Find the right circle of friends — your own personal support group — and sticking to an exercise schedule or diet becomes easier. Hence the popularity of organized weight-loss groups and exercise classes.

Furthermore, research demonstrates that just having a weight-loss or fitness support system in place results in better adherence to diet and exercise and more pounds shed and kept off over the long term.

Don’t have access to a local support group? Make your own via one of the following social media platforms:

The Fork Challenge: Slowing Down for a Healthy Body

YOGANONYMOUS by YOGANONYMOUS | February 27th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Healthy Eating, Weight Loss | tags: break down food, chewing, diet, digestion, digestive system, eat less, food, fork challenge, fork method, healthy-eating, Kurt Johnsen, meals, mealtimes, nutrition, overeating, slow eating, slow food movement, weight-loss, yoganonymous

by Kurt Johnsen

You’ve seen them. You may even be one of them — I know I have been. I’m talking about those folks hunkered over their food, shoveling it down as if someone were trying to take it away. Not only is it unsightly, it’s also unhealthy.

Our digestive system starts in our mouths, not in our stomachs as you may think. Special enzymes in our mouths begin to break down our food and prepare it for digestion from the moment we take a bite. But often, in our fast-paced, fast-food world, many of us — including myself — wolf down our meals and snacks like a greedy seagull, cocking our heads back and gulping down whatever is in front of us. We barely take the time to chew — much less enjoy — our food.

Servin’ It Up Family Style

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | March 15th, 2011 | 1 Comment
topic: Family Health, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: balanced diet, buffet, children, choices, cooking, decision-making, diet, different, dinner, family, family-style dining, father, food, food waste, healthy-eating, kids, kitchen table, manners, meals, mealtime, mother, motherhood, parenting, parents, pasta, patience, portions, recipe, salad, self-esteem, serving, sharing, sugar, supper, try, vegetables, water, water pitcher

Family-Style Dinner

I think it’s safe to say that one of the things we modern-day moms do a bit more than our moms did is baby our kids, especially when it comes to what they eat. Some of this is good, of course. Regulating intake of sugar and processed foods is probably not something best left up to people whose idea of a balanced meal is beef jerky and fruit snacks. But at some point, kids need to learn to make their own good choices, right? When and how we do that is each family’s decision, but for me the food thing was getting ridiculous.

Want to Eat Healthier? Plan Ahead!

Jessie Pavelka by Jessie Pavelka | February 16th, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: breakfast, calories, carbs, diet, dinner, drive-thru, exercise, fast food, fitness expert, food, green soup with chicken, healthy-eating, hectic schedule, Jessie Pavelka, junk food, lunch, meals, morning, planning ahead, protein, recipe, stress, time, vegetables, weight-loss, work

Man making soupWith today’s hectic schedules, it seems like there is just no time for anything besides the day-to-day hustle. This can make taking time to make healthy choices seem like a luxury.

What’s your typical day like? For many people, it’s up in the morning and off to work with no time for breakfast, or up in the morning, drive through the closest fast food joint and haul butt to work. And that’s just breakfast. The rest of the day will likely include snacking at your desk and lunch at some place that, while close to work, may or may not have healthy options.

Gourmet Is a Good Thing

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | January 31st, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: breakfast, childhood obesity, children, clean your plate, diet, dinner, environmental, food, force-feeding, fresh produce, fruits and vegetables, fun, gourmet, health, healthy-eating, hunger, hungry, in-season, ingredients, junk food, kids, local farms, lunch, meals, mother, organic, parenting, picky eater, processed, recipes, soup, sugar, sustainable, weight, whole grain

Boy eating dinner at a restaurantI know it might sound obnoxious at first and that I sound a little like Martha Stewart with that headline, but I like the idea of raising gourmet kids. By “gourmet,” I don’t mean kids who demand white tablecloths and truffle oil. What I mean is simply someone with an appreciation of good food. Here’s how Webster’s defines it:

Experiment in Frugality

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | April 9th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: eating healthy, economic, food stamps, frugality, meals, organic, thrifty

It doesn’t look like the economy is improving any time soon, so let’s revisit the concept of healthy on a budget. Can it be done?

Meals Times Two: Two Tips for Using Leftovers

by jasongonzales | December 6th, 2007 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: food, healthy living, leftovers, meals, waste

Up until recently, I was never very good about eating leftovers. Chinese food containers would waste away in my fridge, and I’d remember the existence of last week’s delicious stew only after it had gone bad.

Food for Thought

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | May 10th, 2007 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Healthy Home | tags: affordable, budget, cooking, coupon, dinner, family, food, kitchen, meals, money, quick

When I got married, I somehow assumed that some dormant gene would kick in, enabling me to stock my kitchen with everything needed to get wholesome dinners on the table, with one weekly trip to the supermarket. I thought that coupon-clipping and food budgeting would suddenly become second nature. And just like in my childhood, we’d eat around the dinner table as a family—not huddled over take-out containers on the couch, reruns of Scrubs playing on the TV.