• 25 Mar 2011 /  Body, General, TGIFYGDF

    Happy and Healthy…Start Walking or Running and Get On Track!

    By: Jared Denson
    FYGD Contributor

    We all want to live happy, healthy lives (or so I hope). One way to get on track is to begin walking or running daily. Whether your goals are weight-loss, toning, or just to clear the cob webs from your head, walking or running can help you reach your objectives. Through my experience as a long-time runner and veteran of the 10K Atlanta Peachtree Road Race, I’ve come to identify a couple tips and resources that will definitely keep you on track.

    • Check out Running in the U.S.A. or the Road Runners Club of America. These are in my opinion the most useful running resources on the net. They have all sorts of useful information about running. For example, Running in the U.S.A. lists races all over the country…click on the map to find a race in your area.
      Running in the USA race locator

    • Find and attend a race in your own neighborhood! All you have to do is navigate to your state on Running in the U.S.A. and it shows all the known races nearby. Many of the races have small entry fees with proceeds benefitting a good cause. If you’re aiming towards a main goal, it’s easier to stay on track.
    • Set small, incremental goals for yourself. Just because you can’t finish a 5K today doesn’t mean you will never be able to!
    • Be consistent. Try and find a partner – you will motivate each other!

    Remember to always check with your doctor before starting any exercise program, and also remember to stay hydrated! In addition, you can check out our February 25th TGIFYGDF post for the CDC’s article on Healthy and Nutritional Tips.

    Be good to yourself…
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  • 25 Feb 2011 /  Body, General, TGIFYGDF

    It’s all about choices….the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shares with us how we can make good choices that lead to a happy heart.

    There is no time like now to get started! TGIFYGDF!

    Healthy Lifestyle: Diet and Nutrition, Exercise and Fitness

    A healthy diet and lifestyle are the best weapons you have to fight heart disease. Many people make it harder than it is. It is important to remember that it is the overall pattern of the choices you make that counts. As you make daily food choices, read nutrition labels and base your eating pattern on these recommendations:

    • Choose lean meats and poultry without skin and prepare them without added saturated and trans fat.
    • Select fat-free, 1% fat, and low-fat dairy products.
    • Cut back on foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils to reduce trans fat in your diet.
    • Cut back on foods high in dietary cholesterol. Aim to eat less than 300 mg of cholesterol each day.
    • Cut back on beverages and foods with added sugars.
    • Select and purchase foods lower in salt/sodium.
    • If you drink alcohol, drink in moderation. That means no more than one drink per day if you’re a woman and two drinks per day if you’re a man.
    • Keep an eye on your portion sizes.

    See CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Web site for more tips on nutrition.

    Physical activity in your daily life is an important step to preventing heart disease. You can take a few simple steps at home, at work, and at play to increase the amount of physical activity in your life. See CDC’s physical activity Web site for tips and more information.

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  • 04 Feb 2011 /  Body, Recipes, TGIFYGDF

    A good looking and better tasting vegetable soup for a chilly SOUPER Bowl weekend…thanks to Lya Sorano of The Accidental Gardener.

    Winter Weather Calls for Soup

    A simmering pot of soup on the kitchen stove can make a nippy winter day bearable. This is a time-consuming recipe (about one hour prep and two hours cooking), but it is oh, so worth it!

    This is what you need:

    • 1/3 cup olive oil
    • 2 medium yellow onions, diced
      (the regular kind, not the sweet ones)
    • 6 to 10 cloves of garlic
      (depending on the size of the cloves)
    • 4 stalks celery, cleaned and diced
    • 3 or 4 carrots, peeled and diced
    • 3 cups shredded green cabbage
    • 2 large, firm potatoes (red or Yukon gold)
    • 2 medium turnips, peeled and diced
    • 3 parsnips, peeled and diced
    • 1 14.5 oz. can of whole tomatoes
    • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
      (or try a whole cup!)
    • 8 cups chicken stock
    • Salt and pepper to taste

    This is what you do:

    Stage 1 of 4:

    • Heat the oil in a large soup kettle.
    • Sautee chopped onions until golden.
    • Add garlic; stir for a minute or two.
    • Stir in celery and carrots.
    • Add cabbage; stir and cook till wilted.

    Stage 1 of Winter Soup Receipe

    Stage 2 of 4:

    • Add potatoes, turnips and parsnips.
    • Stir and cook for a minute or two

    Stage 2 of Winter Soup Recipe

    Stage 3 of 4:

    • Add tomatoes, with liquid.
      (chop tomatoes a little)
    • Add parsley and stock; stir gently.
    • Partially cover the pot and bring to a boil.
    • Cover completely, turn heat down and simmer for 2 hours.
    • Taste and add salt and pepper as desired.

    Stage 2 of Winter Soup Recipe

    Stage 4 of 4 – the best!
    Serving suggestion: to each soup bowl, add a few drops of Tabasco and/or sprinkle with some grated Parmesan or Gruyere. But it is good without the additions also!

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  • 21 Jan 2011 /  Body, General, Recipes, TGIFYGDF

    The weekends are always a good time to try out a new recipe; and any time is always a great time to do something to promote heart health.

    So, following are four great healthy cooking links from the Queen of Hearts Foundation, whose mission it is to empower women regarding their heart health through awareness, education and information. If you find a recipe at one of these links that you like, please let us know and we’ll share it here with other readers.

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    Nutrition Action is Americas most read health newsletter. With recipes, food guides and more, it is packed with heart healthy information and is a Queen of Hearts favorite!

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    All Recipes is an amazing resource for any type of cuisine that can imagine. Most of all though, there is a great healthy eating part of the site so you can make anything your heart desires!

    LifeScript provides personalized health and wellness solutions to help consumers make better and more informed lifestyle choices. The company’s premiere product lines span a range of health product categories.

    Prevention is the #1 healthy lifestyle magazine brand and the 10th largest magazine in the nation, with more than 11 million readers. The top online health magazine destination, Prevention.com has 1.6 million unique visitors each month. Prevention publishes branded books, special-interest publications, international editions, bookazines, and DVDs under the bestselling Prevention Fitness Systems as well as leads Team Prevention walking programs at marathons across the country.

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  • 14 Jan 2011 /  Body, General, Recipes, TGIFYGDF

    Winter Spices to Help Fight the Chills from The Crock Pot Blog

    Spices play an important part in almost every recipe we prepare. They give our foods distinct flavor and aroma. Did you know that certain spices can give your body warmth and have other beneficial health properties? Here are just a few that can help warm a body and keep the winter chills away.

    Cinnamon – This winter spice is used for its distinctive taste and smell. Add a cinnamon stick to a hot beverage. Ground cinnamon is a great topping for toast, oatmeal and fruit. Cinnamon also finds it way into baked foods, chili and soup. Cinnamon can be used as a natural sweetener for applesauce. Diabetics can use this winter spice to help reduce blood sugar levels along with triglycerides and cholesterol.

    Ginger – Ginger not only warms a cold body, but is also quite healthy. This spice is known for having powerful anti-inflammatory agents. Many use this spice to help with migraine headaches, arthritis and nausea. Ginger can be added to soups, to top vegetables or sprinkled over meats to give them a tangy flavor. It can also give tea a zesty bite.

    Cloves – Cloves have a unique taste. They are often used when roasting meats to give the meat a full flavor. Hams are especially tasty when topped with cloves. This spice can be used in teas or baked foods. Cloves are also known for their anti-inflammatory properties.

    Turmeric – This Indian spice is usually found in powder form. It adds flavor to soups, stews and chili. It can be used when roasting meats and is often found in pasta sauce. Scientific studies have shown that turmeric not only warms the body but may also help in protecting the body against cancer. Turmeric has been used for treating stomach ulcers and relieving free radical stress in people suffering inflammation.

    Cardamom – In experimental studies cardamom has been shown to help prevent cancer and help in detoxifying the liver. Cardamom is often used in conjunction with cinnamon. Teas, ciders and flavored hot waters are enhanced by cardamom. Cardamom can also be used when flavoring foods with cloves to enhance the flavors and aroma.

    Pepper – Just the sound of pepper warms a body. Pepper is a strong spice often used when cooking bland dishes. This spice gives a pungent flavor to almost any food. Adding a little extra pepper instead of salt to your foods can be both a warming and healthy benefit. Pepper is also said to be helpful to those who have asthma.

    These are just a few of the winter spices that will help head off that cold winter chill. Add them to any of your favorite foods recipes. The taste and smell are sure to warm the body and comfort the soul.

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  • If you’re not willing to do the work you won’t get better….think about what you can do not what you can’t do…words of wisdom from a young bride to be involved in a freak accident at her bachelorette party, and who with the help of her fiance, family and friends is making great strides in her recovery toward, among other things, a new wedding date.

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  • 22 Oct 2010 /  Body, General, Recipes, TGIFYGDF

    burrito on plate

    Here’s a recipe from Ty Jones at Fit For Life in Marietta, Georgia, for a healthy burrito to sink your teeth into. Whole grains, lean protein and crunchy veggies make this a recipe that you’ll come back to time and again. Serve with a side of your favorite salsa.

    Servings: 1

    Here’s what you need…
    • 1 sprouted grain, flourless tortilla
    • 1 Tablespoon hummus
    • 1/3 cup cooked brown rice
    • 1/4 cup cooked black beans
    • 1/2 cup cooked chicken, chopped (or baked tofu)
    • 2 Tablespoons fresh corn kernels
    • 2 Tablespoons chopped cucumber
    • 1/4 cup shredded arugula
    • 3 cherry tomatoes, chopped

    1. Warm the tortilla in a dry skillet. Spread the hummus evenly over the tortilla.
    2. Top the tortilla with rice, beans, chicken and veggies.
    3. Fold the two sides of the tortilla in over the filling, then flip up the bottom edge and roll tightly.

    Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 380 calories, 7.8g fat, 45g carbohydrate, 7g fiber, and 31g protein.

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  • 19 Feb 2010 /  Body, General, Good Deeds, Mind, TGIFYGDF

    Kindness: How Good Deeds Can Be Good for You!
    Source: Random Acts of Kindness Foundation
    Entire article here

    People who perform Random Acts of Kindness generally agree that doing a kind deed for someone else makes them “feel good.” But apart from sheer niceness, why should people be encouraged to commit Acts of Kindness? Are there any other concrete benefits that would motivate more people to become kinder?

    The answer is an overwhelming “yes!” A number of scientific studies show that Acts of Kindness result in significant health benefits, both physical and mental, for those who perform them.

    One of the most compelling studies of altruism was performed by Allan Luks and documented in his 1991 book, The Healing Power of Doing Good: The Health and Spiritual Benefits of Helping Others. Luks is the former executive director of the Institute for the Advancement of Health and executive director of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of New York City.

    The volunteers in Luks’ study testified to feeling a rush of euphoria, followed by a longer period of calm, after performing a kind act. This feeling, which Luks calls “helper’s high,” involves physical sensations that strongly indicate a sharp reduction in stress and the release of the body’s natural painkillers, the endorphins. This initial rush is then followed by a longer-lasting period of improved emotional well-being.

    This reduction in stress is vital to the health improvements reported by so many study volunteers. (In fact, more than 90 percent of Luks’ volunteers reported that regular volunteering produced feelings which are a powerful antidote to stress.) Why is stress reduction so important? Because stress can be the root cause of so many maladies, according to Hans Selye, a Hungarian physician who wrote a groundbreaking book called The Stress of Life in 1956.

    Selye’s findings on stress are cited by Luks because many of his study volunteers had stress-related health problems that improved after performing kind acts.

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    Each person who registers will receive a high quality moisture-wicking shirt (a/k/a “dry fit”.) These shirts usually retail for about $30 so you’re actually saving money by running! You can also register but not run, thereby making a donation, and get a shirt as well!

    Jog For A Cause will benefit The Justin Gaudineer Fund,  The Kylie Barry Fund, The Keira Grace Foundation, and The Trey Rood Fund. To learn more about these charities click on the respective link.

    Registrants can now create their own fundraising page for jog for a cause. Form your own fundraising team if you wish. There will be prizes for the top fundraising individual and team. Help raise funds for this great cause by clicking here.

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  • 29 Jan 2010 /  Body, General, TGIFYGDF

    Feed Your Good Dog nutritionally this weekend with a yummy pureed soup made with fresh vegetables. This Squash and Ginger Soup from the Body Ecology Diet by Donna Gates with Linda Schatz is easy to make. It tastes great and has a wonderful “creamy” consistency. You’ll feel just as good making it yourself as you do eating it!

    1-2 Tbsp organic butter or unrefined coconut oil
    1 acorn squash, skinned and chopped
    2 medium carrots, chopped
    2 medium onions, chopped
    2 celery sticks, chopped
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    Large piece of ginger root (3-4 inches long), grated
    Water to cover
    Sea Salt or Herbamare to taste
    Minced parsley as a garnish

    1. Saute carrots, onions, celery and garlic in butter or unrefined coconut oil.
    2. Add squash and ginger.
    3. Cover with water.
    4. Simmer for 30 minutes.
    5. Puree and add water to desired creaminess.
    6. Add sea salt or Herbamare, and simmer at least 10 minutes more.
    7. Serve garnished with parsley.

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