Monthly Archives: October 2010

Be Treated.


Happy Halloween! I’m currently sitting on my couch, watching the Patriots and looking at the large bowl of candy sitting by my front door. As usual, I over-estimated the number of trick-or-treaters I was going to get and bought way too much candy. Now the question is what to do with all of this leftover candy.  Here’s a few suggestions:

  • Bring the candy to your office and share the “wealth,” especially if you work in a service type industry and lots of different people will be coming in and out of your doors.
  • Make goodie bags for your kids sports teams or clubs.
  • Send it to Operation Gratitude. They package the candy into care packages for soldiers stationed overseas and the children in the communities they patrol. Mail packages to: Operation Gratitude/California Army National Guard, 17330 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91406. Attn: Charlie Othold
  • Bring candy to local dentists who are participating in a candy buy-back program. Participating dentists will buy back extra halloween candy for $1 a pound and donate it to Operation Gratitude. You can find a participating dentist at http://www.halloweencandybuyback.com.
  • You can also donate the candy to local homeless shelters, fire departments, and/or police stations.

Tips for next year:

  • Buy your candy at the last minute.
  • Don’t buy your personal favorites.
  • Keep the number of trick-or-treaters you got this year in mind so you don’t over buy next year.
  • Consider giving out stickers or other small gifts instead of candy.
  • Keep in mind how many trick-or-treaters you got to help estimate how much you will need for next year.

Be Healthy. Be Balanced.

-Alicia and Nikki

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Be (Un)Craved.


Picture this…you’re sitting in an armchair, reading your favorite magazine (let’s say Real Simple, my personal fav), and all of a sudden it hits…an evil CRAVING!  You know there is chocolate in the kitchen, and you know you shouldn’t go get it, but you just can’t resist. And maybe its not chocolate, maybe its chips or soda, but no matter what the craving is here are a few tips to help curb them:

1. Keep busy-Often we are too quick to give into our cravings. When you feel one coming on, get up and do something active to change your focus.

2. Then wait it out-Try and hold out on your cravings. Wait 10-15 minutes, focus on something else and then reassess what you are feeling.

3. Swap out for healthier options and keep them on hand-If you typically crave chocolate, don’t keep a extra large bag of Hershey bars in your desk drawer. Instead keep chocolate soy milk in your office fridge. We tend to eat what is handy and accessible and we’re a lot less likely to run out to the store for a craving vs. running to the kitchen for a craving.

4. Drink a glass of water-Many times our cravings a simply dehydration disguised.

5. Don’t deprive yourself-While it may seem counter intuitive, making certain foods “off limits” makes them that much more appealing. Think about how badly you want to touch the wall when a “WET PAINT” sign is posted. Just strive to take these “off limit” things in moderation.

6. Don’t beat yourself up-If you slip up and give in to a craving, don’t feel like all your health attempts are wasted and beat yourself up over it. Simply take the slip for what it is, and move on.

7. Never skip a meal-Make sure to eat regularly to prevent getting to the point of so hungry you’ll eat anything in sight.

8. Understand the root of your craving-Are you craving chocolate because a commercial came on TV with a molten lava cake? (sorry to all you marketing majors out there, I know the point of those commercials is to make us crave that chocolate) Or are you craving something because you are stressed, or bored? Do you best to deal with your cravings at their root instead of letting them take over.

 

Be Healthy. Be Balanced.

-Alicia and Nikki

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Be Super.


What the heck is a “super food”? After seeing this claim plastered all over food labels recently, I decided to delve a little further and look into what a super food actually is. And no, these foods unfortunately don’t wear spandex and large letters on their chests. Turns out “super food” is somewhat of a made up term for foods that provide multiple disease-fighting nutrients, promoting wellness and weight control. These foods pack a punch by being sparse in calories and dense in nutrients. Examples of these foods include quinoa, beans, salmon, spinach, broccoli, berries, and (my personal favorite) dark chocolate. Incorporating these superfoods into your daily diet helps to maintain your overall health and stave off disease.

 

Be Healthy. Be Balanced.

-Alicia and Nikki

 

 

 

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Be Gutsy.


I grew up hearing all about bacteria and how bad it is, causing you to get sick and hiding on every surface in public places.  But bacteria isn’t all bad. Probiotics, often called “good bacteria” help keep our digestive system functioning properly and offer us some level of protection from harmful bacteria. While you don’t necessarily need probiotics in your diet, they definitely don’t hurt and research suggests they help in the fight to keep you healthy. Look for products that list “live and active cultures” on their labels such as yogurt, and fermented and unfermented milk. Be sure to slowly add probiotics to your diet to gauge your body’s reaction and strive to include them as part of a healthy diet.

 

Be Healthy. Be Balanced.

-Alicia and Nikki

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