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Healthy Eating Kitchen Gadgets

Cooking your own food allows you to know exactly what you’re putting into your body. It’s easier to cut down on calories and fat when you have control over what ingredients you use. But the kitchen can also be overwhelming, especially for a newbie chef. To make things a little easier, we’ve rounded up the best new kitchen gadgets that will help make your experience both easier and healthier. You’ll never choose fast food over homemade again.

Check out the 25 kitchen gadgets elected by Daily Burn experts in the hopes of getting you closer to your health and fitness goals.

  1. Just a Spritz
    Spraying instead of pouring oil with the Tabletop Oil Mister will remove extra fat from your dish.
    Find it here at Amazon.com for only $20.
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  2. Keep It Clean
    Wiping down your counter doesn’t always get rid of all the germs. WonderTop Food Preperation Area can be thrown in the dishwater when you’re done cutting and seasoning raw meats.
    Find it here at Wondertop.com for around $100.
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  3. Blend Together
    The Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus Food Processor can help you chop your salad, mash up potatoes, or make a cream-based soup.
    Find it here at Amazon.com for around $35.
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  4. Have a Glass
    Know what’s in your fruit juice (no added sugar!) by making it yourself with this Omega 8004 Nutrition Center Juicer.
    Find it here at Amazon.com for over $200 with free shipping.
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  5. Top It Off
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8 (Realistic) New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of year again. Brace yourself — “New Year, new me!” posts are coming. In the cumulating stack of promises we make to ourselves each year, how do we find ones that actually stick?

The experts at Prevention Magazine, put together a list of resolutions for you to try. Many are a spin on the usual resolutions, but with tips for actually following through.

wellness-clipart-clipart_yoga_animaatjes-151. Change your health outlook.
Instead of seeing it as all-or-nothing, look at health as a continuum, says Rallie McAllister, MD, MPH, a family physician in Lexington, Kentucky, and founder and medical director of The Mommy MD Guides. “Every decision that I make moves me closer to one end of the continuum (good health) or the other (poor health),” she says. “For instance, drinking a soda would move me in the wrong direction, while drinking a glass of water would move me in the right direction. By making small, positive decisions, I move closer and closer to good health.”

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2. Integrate exercise.

For most people, exercise is an add-on, something that they do if they can find time. It’s much easier to accommodate if you find ways to incorporate activity into your daily routine. “Climbing the stairs to the third floor takes just a minute longer than waiting for the elevator. Likewise, jogging to the mailbox at the end of my driveway takes a minute or two, but it’s so much better for me than simply leaning out my car window as I drive by,” McAllister says. (Give these 25 easy ways to fit in 10 minutes of exercise a try.)

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Grief Support During the Holidays

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While many people look forward to yearly holiday traditions, gatherings with family and friends and the general good feelings associated with the season, some people dread the holidays. For those who have lost a loved one during the past year, the holidays may emphasize their grief. The holidays, especially the first ones after losing a loved one, are especially difficult for people who are grieving. Often, friends and family members of those affected by a loss are unsure how to act or what to say to support their grieving loved one during the holidays.

Below we’ve listed suggestions on how to navigate such difficult situations for the one’s we love.

Caring Connection’s Twelve Practical Tips for Saying, Doing the Right Things:

1) Be supportive of the way the person chooses to handle the holidays. Some may wish to follow traditions; others may choose to change their rituals. Remember, there is no right way or wrong way to handle the holidays.

2) Offer to help the person with baking and/or cleaning. Both tasks can be overwhelming for one trying to deal with raw emotions.

3) Offer to help him or her decorate for the holidays.

4) Offer to help with holiday shopping or give your loved one catalogs or on-line shopping sites that may be helpful.

5) Invite the person to attend a religious service with you and your family.

6) Invite your loved one to your home for the holidays.

7) Help your loved one prepare and mail holiday cards.

8) Ask the person if he or she is interested in volunteering with you during the holiday season. Doing something for someone else, such as helping at soup kitchens or working with children, may help […]

Beat the Blues, With Vitamin D!

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As Alaskans we know the impact the sunless winters have on our bodies. Vitamin D is essential for the health of the human heart and is associated with bone and joint maintenance and helps prevent cancer, disease and diabetes. Despite the many wonderful things a little D can do, it is not always easy for Alaskans to naturally acquire enough, especially during the winter.

But there is good news! Health experts advise we eat foods rich in Vitamin D and we have many vitamin rich food options to choose from. These foods include:

• Vitamin-D enriched milk
• Pork
• Eggs
• Mackerel
• Salmon
• Tuna
• Herring
• Sardines
• Shitake and button mushrooms
• Beef Liver
• Ricotta Cheese

Experts also advise Alaskans to consider regular vitamin D supplements or a few teaspoons of cod liver oil daily — along with a mid afternoon walk. For the month of December, to battle the winter blues and keep your body healthy, our Supplement of the Month is none other than Vitamin D! SVT Health & Wellness features some of the highest quality Vitamin D3 available—and it’s all 10% off during the month of December. Stop on by!

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Don’t give up hope for a healthy winter just yet. Our Supplement of the Month for November has the power to help you stay healthy.

Save 10% now on supporting your body’s natural defense system!

DIY Cold Care Kit

The cold season is fast approaching, are you ready?

The common cold is a contagious, viral infection of the upper respiratory system. The common cold is the most frequent infectious disease in people and is the leading cause of doctor visits, missed days from work and school. Colds usually last between seven to ten days.

There is no cure for the common cold but can relieve your symptoms by:
• Getting lots of rest
• Drinking plenty of fluids
• Gargling with warm salt water
• Using throat lozenges
• Taking acetaminophen – Tylenol, for example – for headache or fever (Never give aspirin to anyone under the age of 18)

A Cold Care Kit can help soothe your symptoms and make your cold or flu more bearable. Not only is it easy to put together, the supplies are budget friendly!

cold care kitYou will need:

• A cup with lid (we used a latte cup with a snug lid)
• Facial tissue packet (lotion or chamomile infused for less irritation)
• Individual iodized salt packets
• Herbal teas
• Thermometer strips
• Throat lozenges or cough drops
• Hand sanitizer
• Small fever/pain reducer packets (such as Advil® or Tylenol®)

Place items in the cup and secure with lid until needed. Replenish after use.

If your symptoms persist or worsen, call 226-2228 to make an appointment.

How do you battle the flu and cold season? Want to hear from you!

 

Disasters Happen – Are You Ready?

An emergency supply kit in your home, vehicle and place of work can assist you through times of disaster. All emergency preparedness kits should include basic survival items as well as family specific items, such as medication.

In Alaska, it is crucial to stay warm and dry during an emergency situation. In addition to an emergency supply kit, designate a post-disaster meeting place for family members and an out of state contact that family members can call to verify they are alright (in-state phone lines may become clogged).

Supplies should last you 5 to 7 days, and be conveniently located in an easy to carry container/backpack.

Click here for a seven-day supply kit list. Brought to you by the State of Alaska.

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Restorative Yoga: How can it help you?

Restorative yoga is a soothing practice that aims to restore the body and mind to a rested, relaxed state. Poses are often supported with props such as blankets, bolsters and blocks to allow the muscles to completely release tension. If restorative yoga is done with breath work and focus, its benefits can range from increased relaxation to weight loss and improved health.

Unfortunately, our bodies don’t know the difference between non-life-threatening stress such as meeting a business deadline and high-danger stress such as running from a wild animal. Restorative yoga helps to calm the “fight or flight” feeling of stress that is caused by a busy lifestyle. As you breathe and feel your muscles supported during restorative yoga, the nervous system gradually sends less urgent messages to the brain, allowing the breath and heart rate to slow.

Cardiac Health: The cardiac system is constantly hard at work circulating oxygen-rich blood through the entire body. Restorative yoga helps to rest the heart, allowing the heartbeat to slow and work a little less than usual. A classic restorative pose, Legs Up the Wall pose, brings the legs and feet higher than the heart. This allows the heart to rest, since blood can move down through the legs with less effort. This pose can also reduce swelling and congestion in the feet and legs, while providing a gentle stretch.

Increased Breath Awareness: Breathing deeply with intention is at the heart of all forms of yoga, and restorative yoga is no different. Deep breathing helps the mind and muscles to quiet down. An increased awareness of your breath can also be helpful off the mat as you begin to note unhealthy patterns in your breathing, such as holding your breath or breathing jaggedly, […]

Seven Tips to Managing Your Diabetes

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When you are first diagnosed with diabetes, it is often overwhelming. There is so much you need to know and do. Often, the pills or insulin the doctor prescribes are the easiest part of the “self-management” regimen.

Below are seven tips to managing your diabetes. How do you thrive in your personal journey with diabetes?

 

1. Healthy Eating

This means having foods that provide all three nutrients: protein, carbohydrate and fat in reasonable quantities to help you maintain a healthful weight.

It means eating regular meals that are low in saturated fat and excess sodium and controlling the amount and type of carbohydrate you eat at one time. What it doesn’t mean is that you have to give up all of your favorite foods or that certain foods are taboo.

In order to do this you need to know the nutrient (especially carbohydrate) content of foods, how to read labels, how to cook foods to maintain nutrient content and avoid adding extra saturated fat and sodium and learn how to choose appropriately in restaurants.

2. Being Active

This means engaging in aerobic activity, strength building and flexibility training most days of the week. Being active can help control blood glucose levels if you have type 2 diabetes and improve cardiovascular health and assist in weight loss or control for both type 2 and type 1 diabetes.

You need to know what activities are appropriate for you to do, how often and how forcefully you need to do them and how to handle the possible side effects of exercise (hypo and hypergly
cemia.)

3. Monitoring

Checking your blood glucose allows and your health care provider to see how your blood sugars are responding to the medications and lifestyle […]

Transforming Fireweed

Fireweed pic scaledRoxie Rodgers Dinstel and Leslie Shallcross recently did a class on fireweed tips, tricks and recipes sponsored by the Cooperative Extension Service of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Here we share their valuable information with you. How do you prepare your fireweed harvest? Let us know!

— What is fireweed? —
Fireweed is a tall perennial herb with numerous dense, narrow lance-shaped leaves. Bright reddish-purple flowers grow in long terminal clusters and are very showy. Fireweed is the common name for the perennial plant Epilobium angustifolium. You will find the plant growing in open meadows, in areas recently cleared of vegetation by wild fires and along riverbeds and roadsides. Blooms begin at the base of the cluster and mature up the stem as the season progresses. Alaskans say that summer has started when the blossoms lowest on the stem bloom and that summer’s end is in sight when the blossoms reach the top of the stalk.

Before the plant blooms, fireweed shoots can be harvested for food. They are a good source of vitamin C and vitamin A. Young stems of the fireweed plant can be eaten raw or in salads. Leaves and unopened buds also can be picked and used before the blossoms develop. The young, slender leaves and immature buds can be mixed with salad greens. As with many plants, the taste becomes stronger and the leaves become tougher later in the season, so harvest and eat leaves early in the spring. After the fireweed begins to bloom, select young, undamaged blossoms for use in other fireweed recipes. Older blossoms will be bitter. Fresh, bright pink blossoms can add color and mild flavor to […]