Watch the salt this season — and not just on the road!

While many of us worry about the extra sugar we may take in this month, salt is a much bigger concern. There is so much salt lurking in packaged and restaurant foods, the FDA is considering new guidelines.  Too much salt raises your blood pressure, makes you retain fluid and is dehydrating.  As a result…

A Cow In My Carry-On

My daughter Callie’s first grade classroom is filled with stuffed-animal cows.  Her teacher, Mrs. Fraundorf, has a thing for cows and gets many as gifts.  When a class member or parent travels, Mrs. Fraundorf encourages them to take a cow along for the ride and report back on the adventure. Callie chose a very cute…

Is the Gym Making You Fat?

Are you using your membership as an excuse? Joininga gym or health club can be a great tool to becoming more active, but is it working for you?  Many people join and do well for several weeks or months, but then get busy, or bored, and stop going as frequently. Suddenly, you are out of…

Embrace Your Project

We painted our basement rec-room this weekend.  I’d forgotten how satisfying putting color on walls can be — it’s a lot of work too!  As I worked my way around the room, cutting in the trim, I couldn’t help but think of my dad. Dad was always working in his garage workshop on some project…

Too Busy To Work Out At Work? Use Chunks!

So what if you can’t make it to the gym.  Don’t deprive your body of the activity it needs – get it in small chunks of time. Research conducted by the University of Missouri-Columbia found three ten-minute blocks of exercise were as beneficial as thirty minutes of activity.  Which is great news for those of…

The Dangers of Dining Al Desko

How often do you find yourself eating at your desk?  Is dining al desko putting your health at risk? According to the American Dietetic Association, 75% of office workers eat lunch at our desks at least two or three times a week.  Trying to fit a bit more work in during the day may seem…

Stressed or Stroke? Three questions to ease your mind about your headache

Knowing she was at risk for stroke made Patty Borkowski’s daily headaches worrisome. How do you tell a headache brought on by eye strain or an afternoon drop in blood sugar and from a medical emergency? “At approximately 3:15 every afternoon, I thought I was suffering a stroke.  I’d be at the computer pounding away…

Embrace Your Inner Splurge

Now here is some advice for eating out I can embrace…look at the dessert menu first! Registered Dietitian Carolyn O’Neil suggests planning your meal around what you want to have for dessert. “Planning is the most important part of eating healthy, and if you like dessert, don’t deny yourself that,” O’Neil says. “But let’s be…

Miserable or Strong?

“We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” This is one of my favorite quotes by Carlos Castaneda. I’ve had it sitting on my desk for a while — not sure how I was going to use it. A member of my family was recently diagnosed…