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Life is a journey. Bring a healthy snack along.
Choose Wisely – Eat Right and Choose Low Fat Foods
Choosing foods low in fat is a wise choice for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Gram for gram, fat contains more than twice as many calories as proteins or carbohydrates. Cutting back on high fat foods is one of the easiest ways to start losing weight without reducing the total quantity of food that you eat. Although all fats do contain a similar number of calories, the healthier, unsaturated fats taken in small amounts add flavor to food, improve health and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Are you ready for a fresh start? For most of us, each New Year brings a new resolve to live a healthier life, spend more time with our families, and have more fun. Almost everyone benefits from regular exercise both physically and emotionally. Why not ring in the New Year with a fitness program for the whole family? Discuss your individual goals and write them down. Be very specific for each person. Chart progress on a grid that lists names, individual goals and days of the week. At the end of the month, evaluate the results and reward the family member who came closest to goal. It is even better when everybody wins!
Celebrity Fitness Trainer, Valerie Waters’ says, Get the family on board! Sticking to a healthy eating and exercise plan is easier if it is a shared goal. Teach your kids that there is a reward in the effort. For example, if the plan is to exercise three times a week, check it off or paste a gold star on the grid each time you or a child or family member completes a workout. At the end of the month, give out rewards for all 90 percent or better completions. Your reward could be a movie out, a new CD or even just a night off from household chores. It will not be long before the best reward is the increased self-esteem for sticking to a desired goal.
If a healthier lifestyle is truly your goal, remember, too, the importance of eating well. When between-meal hunger hits, just make sure those snacks are healthy for the kids and for you, too. Dried fruits are some of the best bets, and California Raisins are an especially wise choice. They are naturally sweet, fat-free and portable, too. Choosing healthy snacks like Sunshine Snack Mix, Raisin Peanut Butter Granola, and Glazed Raisinola will pack a lot of flavor into any energy boost.
Many people turn to comfort foods for familiarity, emotional security or special rewards. Certain comfort foods can make pleasant connections to our childhood especially during this cold and rainy season.