Happy New Year Everyone!! Every year, millions of people decide that they are going to start their new set of new year resolutions but only to give up on them by less than a month later. Why does this happen? There are many reasons why but what I am finding is that resolutions are only a temporary fix but not a solution to the problem. This year, I am focusing not on new year resolutions but instead looking for new year solutions! That is why I am launching the Living Healthy Movement where I am looking at solutions to the problems that we all have with health, nutrition and lifestyle. Look out for my free webinar from the Living Healthy Movement coming up on February 20th, 2014 at 2:00pm EST where we are going to focus on eating healthy.
So how are you going to start the new year off right? Well, maybe this below give you a idea to make a positive new start for 2014. (This acronym quote is from my fellow buddy RD – Carol Braizer. Love You Girl!!)
Nutritious Food: Regular meals, High fiber- fruits, vegetables, whole grains, Moderate sodium intake and Minimal animal foods.
Exercise: Weight control, More energy, Less depression, Improved digestion and regularity, Healthy Skin, Improved blood sugar and Blood pressure.
Water: Transport energy to cells and muscles and Removes impurities from body.
Sunlight: Lift spirits and Vitamin D
Temperature Living: Keep mind clear
Air: Fresh air invigorating
Rest: “Change of occupation”, Hobbies, Vacation and Meditation
Trust in GOD: Peace of mind.
So what are you going to do this new year? Let me know. Want to join the Living Healthy Movement! Click here.
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Since today is the last day of September, I would like to reflect on the different diverse cultural religious food practices that had happened this month. This month for the Jewish community was Rosh Hashanah (Sept. 4th (sunset) thru Sept 6th (nightfall) ) which is a holiday, recognized in the Jewish New Year. It is the first of the Jewish High Holy Days, and is marked by abstinence, prayer, repentance and rest. During this time on the second day, fruits not yet eaten in the new season are served in tandem with a special blessing. The first meal is consist of round challah, apples dipped in honey, chicken matzo ball soup, gefilte fish with horseradaish, tsimmes (sweet orange colored mix of vegetables and fruit starting with carrots and adding either sweet potatoes, prunes, pineapple and sugar) honey cake; apple cake; strudel; nuts. The second meal: dates, figs, pomegranates, pumpkin, leeks and beets.
Then there was Yom Kippur (Sept 13th (sunset) thru Sept 14th(nightfall) ) This holiday is the holiest day on the Jewish Calendar and is a day of atonement marked by fasting and ceremonial repentance. This is a large, festive, high-carbohydrate, low-sodium meal is recommended before a 25-hour fast. the fast is followed by meat, chicken, or dairy meals. (Choices vary depending on the family’s place of origin). In America the meal is usually similar to a brunch with bagels, lox, cream cheese, herring and other fish, and sweet kugels (Jewish pudding made from potatoes, eggs, onions and vegetables).
Then last was the Jewish Holiday Sukkot. The 7-day festival of the Tabernacle is celebrated 5 days after fasting on Yom Kippur. It is a time of remembrance of the fragile tabernacles that Israelites lived in as they wandered the wilderness for 40 years. The first day of the holiday is celebrated with prayers and special meats such as Kreplach which is small triangular pieces of dough filled with meat in soup. The fall harvest is celebrated by eating fruits, vegetables, and sweets in outdoor boothe called sukkot. Interesting to note that the Pomegranates (also called the Chinese apples) – eaten at this holiday because of the number of pits in each fruit symbolizes the 613 commandments in the Torah.
Alot of this wonderful information about cultural diverse food and nutrition practices were taken from the book of: Cultural Food Practices – Diabetes Care and Education Dietetic Practice Group – Cynthia M. Goody, PhD, MBA, RD and Lorena Drago, MS, RD, CDN, CDE, Editors. It is truly amazing how much food has such a impact with our own cultural religious practices.
Next week I will be discussing about food and nutrition impact with Hispanic Heritage Month.
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Happy New Year
Say good-bye to 2011 and ring in the New Year-healthfully! Since New Year’s Eve parties often last for hours, serve food three to four hours apart from each other, making it easier for your guests to eat less.
For 2012, do yourself a favor and make your resolutions realistic. Resolve to do something you really can carry out.
Don’t resolve to completely give up certain foods that you enjoy or vow to achieve unrealistic levels of exercise. If you fall short of unreasonable goals, you’ll feel like you’ve failed when that’s not actually the case.
Resolve to develop an eating and exercise plan that you can follow. Assess your eating habits, including what and how much you eat.
Then, make a plan that involves one small change per week: Switch from whole milk to 2 percent or add one serving of fruit or vegetables to your diet each day, gradually working up to at least five a day.
For your New Year’s party create some fireworks with new dips and desserts for your guests at tonight’s celebration.
- Try fat-free yogurt mixed with salsa and spinach served with low-fat crackers
- Mix salsa with black beans, baby white corn and cilantro with baked tortilla chips
- Serve hummus on flatbread or vegetable sticks.
To satisfy a sweet tooth, try.
- Fruit kabobs with powdered sugar
- Fruit with fat-free yogurt served in parfait glasses
- Cocoa in place of chocolate for less fat and calories.
Plan and make achievable changes in your eating plan and levels of physical activity, and you’ll have a much better chance of keeping your resolutions.
Happy New Year!
For more information on healthy eating check out the Living Healthy website: www.livinghealthy1.org
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