First off, Happy New Year! As you start 2013 and head off to tackle your goals, here are a few tips to keep in mind.
We understand that everybody wants to jump right into the swing of things, get right to their goal weight or immediately eat the ‘perfect balance’ of food. For better or worse, dietary goals can not be effectively achieved overnight. Quick weight loss or drastic changes are VERY rarely sustained over an extended period. In order to make lasting changes, you should have an ultimate, long-term goal that is divided into smaller, achievable goals spread out over an extended period of time. For example, if you do not regularly eat vegetables, start by picking one meal per day that will include a vegetable. If your goal is weight loss, you should not be losing more than 1-2% of your body weight on a weekly basis.
Dietary changes are very manageable if you lay the groundwork for success. It requires a little bit of planning and will most likely be somewhat of a challenge, but if you take the proper steps you set a much higher chance of realizing these goals.
For more information on how to improve your diet, visit the following link. We wish you the best this year and hope that you can successfully achieve your goals!
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As the season turns and the temperatures drop, kids tend to stay inside and migrate to the tv. Even though they may not be as motivated to get outdoors, they still need year-round physical activity for optimal growth and development.
To give you a hand, posted below is a link with a list of outdoor activities for the colder months. You may just find that getting your kids to remain active throughout the winter might be easier than you think…
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Very recent research from Boston has shown that multivitamins do not play a role in preventing heart disease. So does this mean that they have no benefit to our health? Have we been wasting our money?
Not everybody needs to be taking a multivitamin, however they ARE recommended in some cases. People with dietary imbalances or increased nutritional needs may be at a nutritional risk and may benefit from taking a multivitamin. However, as long as kids are healthy and growing at normal rates, a multivitamin would not be necessary. Babies should NOT take a multivitamin until they are between 4 and 6 months and if they do so then, it should be based on a doctor’s recommendation. Pregnant mothers should be taking a prenatal vitamin—similar to a multivitamin, but a prenatal vitamin has levels of nutrients more specific to mom’s needs and is more ideal for a pregnant mom.
It is important to understand the role of multivitamins as it is so often confused. If you take a multivitamin and eat junk food all day, you fall WAY short of the health benefits that you would get from eating a healthy diet WITHOUT a multivitamin. A multivitamin is not a replacement for a healthy diet, it is designed to supplement a diet is lacking or has increased nutrient needs.
That being said, multivitamins are safe and if you are concerned about your diet, it is okay for you or you children to take them. Just keep in mind, the best nutrition comes from real food.
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‘Tis the Season to Ring in New Home Food Safety Traditions!
As the holidays approach and cold weather decends upon us, more of us will find ourselves hibernating and retreating to our kitchens to cook for our families and friends. Make the celebration of the holidays about time spend together, rather than foodborne illness!
Eat, drink and be merry with these simple home food safety tips. Its a handy guide for turkey thawing and cooking guidelines, good tips for the life of the leftover turkey and other family Thanksgiving Day favorites!
Maybe it’s time to make new traditions in the kitchen?!
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Click on the link below for all the details on this year’s Rock County Baby Shower!
Baby Shower Flier 2011
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The local pick-your-own apple farms are ready for the pickin’! With apples, you get lots of great fiber, Vitamin C, and other antioxidant compounds. Research suggests that apples may reduce the risk of colon cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer.
So, an apple a day really may keep the doctor away!?
Utilize these special treasures of the fall season! Lots of great variety offered at your local store and our Wisconsin orchards!
Apple Crisp Recipe
Slow-Cooker Cinnamon Apple Oats
Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips
Sausage, Apple And Cranberry Stuffing
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your child’s school lunch!
Packing a healthy school lunch can be a dreaded, tedious task, but it certainly doesn’t have to be! We’ve come a long way since the days of the boring brown bag pb and j. With a little planning and creativity, you can pack a healthy, fun school lunch, that your kid won’t trade or toss! Use the tips, guidance and other links below to beat the school lunch funk! Remember, a balanced school lunch should include building blocks from all four food groups to help sustain a child’s energy and alertness throughout the day. Include a colorful variety of foods from all food groups to ensure a balance of nutrients and energy.
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