The balance of mind and body starts with the balance of diet.
Choose Wisely – Eat Right and Limit Sodium Intake
Food is an important factor in establishing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. A balanced, nutritious diet improves overall health by:
Reducing risk of chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer, diabetes and osteoporosis
Improving the body’s ability to stay fit and active
Sodium is one of those very vital and important nutrients, but often is over consumed. Sodium regulates fluid balance, blood pressure and blood volume in our bodies. The part it plays in the electrolyte balance is also critical to muscle and nerve function.
The recommended intake for the average adult is 500 milligrams to 1,000 milligrams each day.
The average American consumes about five times that much.
Too much sodium contributes to high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, diabetes and stroke.
Monitoring and reducing sodium intake will help pave the road to a healthier lifestyle.
In food systems, salt and sodium enhance other flavors and a common complaint about low sodium foods is that they are flat and tasteless. However, California Raisins are bursting with flavor and are known to enhance flavors in many dishes making them a likely player when reducing sodium intake.
Valentine chocolates and California Raisins, both filled with antioxidants, are good for your heart! Traditionally, cards, flowers and/or candy are the ways people choose to express their love on Valentine’s Day.
California Raisins are “nature’s candy” – the original candy. Known as one of the most nutritious dried fruits, they contain essential vitamins and minerals, are a fat and cholesterol free food and are low in sodium. They are also a good source of antioxidants, making them good for your heart, too. Furthermore, the natural goodness of the raisin combines with chocolate to make a luscious Valentine treat for all your loved ones. It’s the perfect marriage!
Presidents’ Day – Favorite Foods of US Presidents Past
When Presidents’ Day arrives on the third Monday, February 18, this year, here’s a way to honor our Presidents past and learn a bit more about America’s history. See if you can guess which of the Presidents would call these their favorite food.
History tells us that presidents were partial to foods of all kinds. Did your guesses match these?
George Washington and Ronald Reagan were chocolate cake lovers.
History links George Washington with cherries. Perhaps he had had enough of them when he chopped down his father’s tree.
Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan favored meatloaf.
Lincoln, being a very intelligent man, knew the importance of fresh fruit and counted fruit salads as one of his favorite foods.
Carrot cake was also a favorite of Ronald Reagan.
Thomas Jefferson loved ice cream.
Chess pie is one of Bill Clinton’s favorite desserts.
An American classic is grilled hamburgers and Ronald Reagan would agree.
One of Clinton’s favorite meals is grilled pork chops.
Franklin D. Roosevelt and George Washington were fans of fish and seafoods.
Valerie Waters’ Tip of the Month
And all of the Presidents – past and present would agree with Valerie Waters’ Tip of the Month: Be consistent.
Being healthy means consistently making wise choices over time. Nobody gets fit in one workout, nor do they change their eating habits in one week. It is important to be consistent in the messages you deliver to your kids. You will make a greater impact explaining the importance of exercise and good eating habits to your children, if you are committed to your exercise and watch what you eat, too.
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