12 Ways to Keep your Brain Fit

The chairman of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Department of Neurosurgery says you can find ways to fit little changes into your life, which will help keep your brain sharp. They include: 1. Avoid sugar spikes from simple carbohydrates. They'll give you a mental crash after they create a quick peak. Instead, look for whole grains, fruits and veggies combined with a protein to keep a sustained fueling for your brain.2. Keep your brain active: puzzles, learning languages, reading, etc. seem to help with memory and delay the onset of dementia....more

learning new things is a great way to keep your brain fit and active. playing puzzles is also my ...more

Feeding the Minds of Students: Federally Funded School Lunch Programs & Kids’ Nutrition

Haunting Stories When I set my brain free and allow it to roam around in the dark spaces of m...more

Principal Knows Best: A Ban on Home Packed School Lunches

Home Baked Treats I vividly remember my mother baking cakes, cookies and other treats to take to school for birthdays and holiday parties....more

Power Pairs

Push-ups and pull-ups, peanut butter and jelly, Seinfeld and Kramer. Some pairs just go together. And, according to latest studies, the same holds true for nutrients. Scientists call it food synergy, two or more nutrients coming together to produce greater health benefits. For example, if you combine an apple with raspberries, their phytochemicals hook up to ward off cancer more efficiently then if each were eaten alone. According to Matthew G. Kadey, MS, RD, top researchers are discovering that the right food combinations can keep our bodies fit, too....more

Getting tired of no crunchy salty food

Well, I will have to admit I'm getting tired of this diet. I really want my crunchy salty something and can't really find it.  I looked for the nut crackers and they have milk and potato starch in them.  Bleah.  That would've helped....more

GYM ROUTINE FOR BUSY WEEKS

In a perfect world, you could make it to the gym 5 days a week. In the real world, you might get to the gym 3 days this week, 2 days next week, then 5 the next. Be prepared with a plan that will work all body parts and get you in and out of the gym in 40 min. or less. A circuit style routine works best. Pick one exercise for the Chest, Biceps, Triceps, Abs and call this round Circuit A, then pick one exercise per Legs, Shoulders, Back and Abs and call this round Circuit B. You will complete each circuit 3 times, using your ab exercise as active rest....more

Weight Loss Strife

I’m cranky today. I don’t know if it’s because I’m food deprived or if I’m just grumpy because I’m pouting over being food deprived. But maybe I’m cranky because I didn’t get enough sleep; I stayed up late to watch the American Idol I recorded (it comes on during family dinner time, so I must record it for later). Or maybe I’m cranky because my sleep was interrupted by weird dreams – old high school friends wanting to take care of me. Plus, my kids were up with nightmares....more

Color Wheel of Fruits and Vegetables

When I began my mission to eat healthier I was looking everywhere for information. When I happened on the eating by color idea, I needed to learn more about. This article gave me a fabulous easy to go to list for my fruits and veggies by color. As I began planning my daily meals around the color wheel, I discovered that it was easy to incorporate my daily fruit & vegetable servings. (go to mypyramid.gov to see how many you need) After a couple weeks of cooking by color, I noticed a major change, it blew my mind....more

Got Goals? Fitness that is.........

    Goals are an important part of making a lifestyle change. They help you to stay motivated and increase your chances of success. Goals do not have to be a huge moment, like entering a figure competition, but something that is important to you. Maybe you want to eat healthier prepared foods, loss 5 lbs, gain muscle mass, or just look good for that summer wedding you’re attending.     Having goals helps you to design your workout program and increase your motivation. Below are some suggestions to help you reach your goals....more

Reasons Women Should Lift Weights

REASONS WOMEN SHOULD LIFT WEIGHTS   You will be physically stronger If your maximum strength is increased, daily tasks and routine exercise will be far less likely to cause injury. Research studies conclude that even moderate weight training can increase a woman's strength by 30 to 50 percent   You will lose body fat As your lean muscle increases so does your resting metabolism, and you burn more calories all day long....more
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