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Living a healthy lifestyle is central to maintaining wellness throughout your lifetime. In fact, healthy habits not only help you to feel good and manage illness today, they can also help prevent future disease. There are many behaviors that influence your health - what you eat, how you sleep, if you smoke, how active you are, how you manage stress - to name just a few. You can improve your quality of life by making simple, positive changes to your daily routine.
Where to start?
We've collected useful facts and tips to inform, motivate and support steps towards a healthier lifestyle. Remember, small changes are powerful. Start today!
Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits every day is vital for good health and to protect us from developing diseases, such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes and certain types of cancer.
This is because food is medicine! Vegetables and fruits are important sources of various vitamins, mineral, antioxidants, phytochemicals and probably many unknown or poorly studied compounds that have protective properties and health promoting effects.
What would we do without eggs? They are easy to eat, well-tolerated by young and old, adaptable to any meal, and inexpensive!
For some time, eggs had a bad reputation. The confusion came from their cholesterol content, since one large egg contains 213 mg of cholesterol, accounting for two-thirds of the recommended daily limit.
But scientists found that the cholesterol content in food is not the culprit, but saturated fat is.
Summer is the prime time for grilling. Whether your menu includes simple burgers or something more elaborate, a little preparation can help you serve up a healthy meal.
It is important that you start out clean. Don’t let the charred buildup on your grill transfer to your meal. Use a wire brush to clean your grill. Then wipe it down with a cloth or a bunch of paper towels to make sure that no grill-cleaning bristles will get into your food. Exposing protein-rich meat, poultry, and fish to high heat and open flames creates chemicals linked to various types of cancer; and when fat drips and burns on the grill, the resulting smoke also contains toxic substances linked to cancer. You can reduce the formation of these compounds in several ways: Line the grill with foil perforated with holes, cook for longer at a lower temperature, or have a spray bottle filled with water handy to control fatty flare-ups.
Summer is here! With the warm weather and sun come tasty seasonal vegetables like summer squash, zucchini being the most recognizable. Summer squash is high in vitamin C and low in calories and can be a savory or sweet addition to your summer menu.
Longer days and warmer air say picnic season! Everyone is eager to head and stay outdoors after a long and frosty winter. Picnics make great outings to be outside in nature or enjoy the city landscape, get some vitamin D from sun exposure and enjoy a good time with your love one, kids, or the whole family. There are so many healthy and yummy food choices you can pack.
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- JoAnn Peterson-Hawker
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