Thursday, August 30, 2007

Are Summer Treats Adding to your Waistline?

Unfortunately, they are mine! I'm having a very hard time this summer... and the biggest culprit seems to be ice cream. Here's a great article from caloriesperhour that gives some great ideas on cool treats!


During hot weather you may find yourself reaching for a cool treat to help beat the heat. Ice cream cones and root beer floats may temporarily help relieve the heat, but they'll most certainly add calories -- and pounds -- where you want them the least.

It's true that there is something very refreshing about a treat that is sweet and cool on a hot day. But it doesn't have to be something that's high in calories and melts away your ambition to lose weight.

When picking something sweet and cool, aim for 100 calories or
less. Options include Fudgsicles, flavored yogurts that you can
place into the freezer, even pre-portioned servings of ice cream.
And for that root beer float, use diet root beer and a low calorie
ice cream.

Cool treats that incorporate nutrients from fruits are always a
great option. So don't forget fruit juice bars, or simply a handful
of cold, crisp grapes or berries!

To make a cool, refreshing smoothie, try whirling frozen berries in
a blender with skim milk and a little vanilla flavoring. You can
also enjoy a frozen banana, dipping it into 2 tablespoons of
chocolate syrup. But that totals 200 calories, so consider sharing
it with a friend!

Sliced peaches and nectarines can be served really cold or even
frozen with a drizzle of vanilla yogurt for a delicious, cool
treat. And don't forget about the melons I wrote about a few weeks
ago. You'll find the article in our newsletter archives if you
missed it.

Finding ways to trim calories can be even tougher when you're
feeling deprived. By having low calorie cool treats as desserts or
special snacks, you can cool off without consequences.

Healthy Regards,
Megan Porter, RD

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Farmer's Market

Do you have a Farmer's Market near you? I just love going to them!

Farmers' markets are a great place to find the freshest sweet corn, the reddest, ripest tomatoes and the most fragrant, flavorful strawberries. You can taste heirloom varietals and sample hard-to-find items like ramps, morel mushrooms, cardoons and quince. Many market vendors provide recipes and cooking tips for their products. Some markets sell house-made jams and hearth-baked breads, free-range chickens and fresh eggs, making gathering ingredients for tonight's dinner a snap.

We went to one last week and picked up a nice variety of both fruits and vegetables, as well as some home made bread that was heavenly!

Next time you see a Farmer's Market, stop in! I'm sure you'll be eating healthy that night!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Anniversary Present

Mike forgot his wedding anniversary and his wife was really ticked off at him.

She told him, "Tomorrow morning, I expect to find a gift in the driveway that goes from 0 to 200 in under 6 seconds, AND IT BETTER BE THERE."

The next morning, Mike got up really early.

When his wife woke up a couple of hours later, she looked out the window, and sure enough, there was a small gift-wrapped box sitting in the middle of the driveway. Confused, the wife put on her robe, ran out to the driveway, and took the box into the house.

She opened it, and found a brand new bathroom scale.

Mike is not yet well enough to have visitors.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Where can you get help?

Have you ever had one of those days when everything hurts? Like when you exercise for the first time and the next day, your muscles hurt with every single movement you make. Unfortunately, for some people, their body hurts constantly...

My Becca has suffered from a constant daily headache for 2 1/2 years. Yes, years. She has a headache every single day of her life. Some days, it's so bad, she can't get out of bed. Other days, it's bearable enough for her to go to school, but hard for her to concentrate. After countless doctor and hospital visits, and prescription after prescription of pain medication that did absolutely nothing, they diagnosed her with New Daily Persistent Headaches. The headaches will some day just disappear as quickly as they came. We're counting the days till that happens.

Some people have pain that is so intense that they may become addicted to prescription meds. To get pain pill addiction help, they can go to Meditox, which is a safe, confidential and effective home based medical detox program. We're extremely lucky that we haven't had to worry about that with Becca. But knowing the pain that she is in every day, I can understand why some people may become addicted to prescription drugs.

With Meditox, you'll get prescription drug addiction treatment right in your home. If you, or someone you know, needs Drug Detox Services, check out Meditox.