Healthy and Nutritious Snacking to Maintain Your New Year’s Resolution

Nutritious and Healthy Snacking for 2008

“Eating Healthier” was probably at the top of millions of Americans’ New Year’s Resolutions list. Now that it has been three months, have you been able to stick to it? Or have you given up on such a broad and daunting change? If you need a few easy things you can do to maintain your resolution, start by changing your snacking habits!

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A Maverick’s Guide to Booming Fitness

In the past, aging has often meant a gradual loss of health and vigor as the years progress. But with the recent advances in research, we now know this slow decline is no longer inevitable. With the right exercise and nutritional program, you can turn around most of the consequences of aging.

 

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Office Corner Junkie: Why being stuck in a cubicle shouldn’t keep you from maintaining proper nutrition

Welcome to the second installment of the corporate corner, where we help you build a health and fitness portfolio that will provide as much return on your personal resolve investment as the 60 hours per week you dedicate to raising your bottom line. Last episode, we discussed the importance of a well designed, yet simple, breakfast in jump starting the calorie burning engine that is your metabolism. The next milestone for your day is regulating your energy levels through lunch by maintaining the ever important insulin levels – which means not starving yourself between breakfast and lunch. There are several tricks to this trade you can try.

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Know what you’re drinking: Energy Drinks

What are energy drinks

Energy drinks are beverages like Red Bull, Venom, Adrenaline Rush, 180, ISO Sprint, and Whoopass, which contain large doses of caffeine and other legal stimulants like ephedrine, guarana, and ginseng. Energy drinks may contain as much as 80 mg of caffeine, the equivalent of a cup of coffee. Compared to the 37 mg. of caffeine in a Mountain Dew, or the 23 mg. in a Coca-Cola Classic, that’s a big punch. These drinks are marketed to people under 30, especially to college students, and are widely available both on and off campus.

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Cocktails and Consequences

With summer just around the corner, many of us may already be thinking about sipping pina coladas by the pool and bar hopping during Fiesta week. But it’s no secret that alcohol, and its common mixers, is loaded with calories. Here’s a quick calorie count of some of the most popular drinks and cocktails to see just how much you’re consuming during those BBQs or parties. These numbers may vary depending on both the brand of alcohol and the amount of mixers used in the drinks. The higher the alcohol content (proof), the higher the calorie count, and the higher the proportion of sugary juices or mixes, the higher the calorie count. The numbers add up fast, especially after you’ve had a few drinks and lose control of regulating your alcohol intake. So if you’re going to splurge on these drinks to have a good time, prepare yourself to dance off all those extra calories!

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Hometown Heroes

“Holly Bosse, you are an IRONMAN!” As these words blasted throughout the Ford Ironman racecourse in Tempe, Arizona, Holly Bosse, a local elementary school teacher and mother of two, crossed the finish line after a grueling endurance triathlon comprised of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile run. Her husband Brian, a community redevelopment supervisor, finished the same race 2 hours earlier and was there to greet her with their children, Summer and Colin, as she completed the race for which this family took almost a year to prepare. After months of hard training, Holly and Brian Bosse gained not only the lifelong accomplishment of completing an Ironman, but also the satisfaction of knowing that with this race, they were able to raise thousands of dollars for cancer research.

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You have back pain? You’re not alone

There are reasons why 80% of our population will experience significant back pain at some point in our lives. Humans are built with great weight distribution that allows us a lot of mobility and dexterity, but there is a spot in our body that eventually pays the price for this: the low back. The weight above the waist needs to be transferred and supported by the lower body, and the low back works the hardest to make this happen. Another reason is that we’ve become a society that presents few physical challenges on a day-to-day basis. We sit for meals, sit in a car to and from work, sit at work, then again in front of the TV or computer at night. Some of this sitting is obviously necessary, but if you don’t counteract this sitting with physical challenges, problems inevitably arise. Sitting turns off the muscles of the low back when we should be turning them on and keeping them strong to avoid serious pain.

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10 Tips for Better Health

1. Exercise.

We all know we should exercise regularly, but exercise can help with things you never suspected. Leslie Shinkle, an ACE certified instructor at the YMCA, reminds us that, “exercise boosts our self-confidence and allows us to perform daily tasks easier.” Even housework can help. Leslie recommends adding lunges while you vacuum or curls while you carry your groceries. “Anything to get you off the couch is a positive step towards health.”

2. Supplements.

No matter how much “good food” we consume we are just not getting the nutrients we require. A multi-vitamin and mineral formula keeps our body functioning properly and can curb food cravings. Add amino acids, most of which we can’t produce ourselves and are needed for many processes in the body.

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