Friday, July 11, 2014

It starts with how you feel..choose to feel good no matter what!

Today's Tip:


Does the number on your bathroom scale determine your mood for the
day? For some people, even a small weight gain can create a cycle of
frustration, making them turn to food for comfort, which only
perpetuates the problem. First, remember that small daily changes in
your weight can also be due to fluid changes or extra clothing. Your
self-worth should not be tied to the number on the scale. Consider
making a shift from being weight-centered to being health-centered by
eating a healthful diet, staying active and feeling good about
yourself, no matter what the scale says!

Source: Women Afraid To Eat by Frances M. Berg

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Safe Swimming

Today's Tip: 

Swimming is an all-around great exercise but play it safe. Keep an eye
on friends and family. Drowning can occur in as little as 20 seconds
for children and 60 seconds for an adult. Drowning is known as the
“silent killer” because most victims slip beneath the water without a
sound. Paying close attention to those around you can drastically
reduce such accidents. Never swim alone. Lastly, learn to swim! The
American Red Cross has swimming courses for people of any age and
swimming ability. To learn more, go to (click on Take
a Class).

Source:  Lower Colorado River Authority

Monday, June 30, 2014

Burning Calories

Today's Tip: 


Thirty minutes of golf, carrying clubs, burns about 140 calories. This
translates into approximately 1120 calories for a four-hour round of
play! That burn can certainly help you lose or maintain weight. This
example is based on a person weighing 150-pounds. If you weigh more,
you'll burn extra calories. If you weigh less, you'll burn fewer
calories. Just be sure to go easy on the refreshments!


Saturday, June 28, 2014

4th of July Fireworks Safety

 Today's Tip:


An estimated 11,000 people in the U.S. are treated in the emergency
room due to fireworks-related injuries each year. Treat fireworks with
respect; read all of the cautions and warnings and use common sense.
Always obey all local laws pertaining to the use of fireworks, and
only use them as intended. Don't drink alcohol while handling
fireworks and don't try to alter them or combine them. Following these
simple tips can help keep this great American tradition safe!

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Friday, June 27, 2014

Eating before Exercise

 Today's Tip:


Your body clearly needs food, but too much just before exercise can
impair your performance and make you feel sluggish. On the other hand,
not eating enough can make you feel weak, tired and unmotivated.  Try
to strike a reasonable balance. Eat your larger meals three to four
hours before exercise. Eat small meals or have a snack during the last
hour or two before starting to exercise. Good choices include foods
high in carbohydrates, adequate in protein and moderate to low in fat
and fiber.

Source:  Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Spicy foods in moderation

Today's Tip:


Seasonings can add loads of flavor to reduced-fat recipes. Try basil
to spruce up poultry, cilantro or salsa with fish, and dill in low-fat
cottage cheese. Use cracked black or red pepper for more exciting
pasta, and add turmeric to rice dishes. According to our registered
dietitian, a little spice goes a long way toward making fat-modified
dishes taste great.

Yours in Health,

Cheri Amour Dallas

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Hydrate after Sweating

Today's Tip:


Exercisers of all ages, especially older adults and children, are at
increased risk for dehydration during these hot summer months.
Dehydration can diminish energy, impair performance, and have serious
health consequences. Even a 2 percent loss of body weight through
sweat—3 pounds for a 150-pound exerciser—can mean trouble. Maintaining
proper hydration is important. Weigh yourself, without clothing, just
before and after you exercise to measure fluid loss. Each pound lost
is equivalent to almost 2 cups of dehydration.

Sources: Gatorade Sports Science Institute