February 2014 Newsletter


The One-Size Fits YOU Diet Plan

By the second month of the year many people have already forgotten about their proclamations to lose weight or improve their quality of life. But this doesn't have to be your reality! Do yourself a favor and toss out those weight-loss books aimed at a one-size-fits-all method of shedding those unwanted pounds. Spend some serious time thinking about your food triggers, your obstacles to working out, or maybe the stressors you have in life. You don't have to hide when co-workers bring in doughnuts for breakfast; but, you may be less likely to indulge if you have already eaten a hearty breakfast full of complex carbohydrates and protein that morning. If you are bored with your workout routine, switch it up! Go to a Zumba class or try one of various types of Yoga to de-stress. Small, personalized lifestyle changes can lead to huge weight loss success.

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Mediterranean style diets vs. diabetes

If you come from a family with a history of diabetes and heart disease, listen up. New research suggests that eating a Mediterranean diet could lead to lowering the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes by thirty percent. The most surprising aspect: the results held true without lowering the number of total calories consumed by research participants or upping their exercise time. This means the diet full of legumes, vegetables, and healthy fats alone was the benefactor to avoiding adult-onset Diabetes. How can this be? A diet high in unsaturated fats found in olive oil, nuts, and avocados consists assists in boosting "good" LDL cholesterol levels which curbs insulin resistance. On the contrary, saturated fats found in red meat and high-fat dairy products will lower LDL levels. This allows bad cholesterol to rise along with insulin resistance, not to mention raises the risk for heart disease. You may try to saute those veggies with olive oil for dinner instead of butter, or munch on peanuts mid-day instead of potato chips. Do yourself a favor: start today!

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No more GMOs - Know what you are eating

Many healthy eating ideals are based on how well, or how poor a food performs in aiding weight loss. But, aside from losing weight, shouldn't we be equally concerned about the impact of toxic agents on our long-term health? In the wake of a burgeoning population demanding transparency in the food industry, General Mills recently announced that the classic cereal Cheerios will be free of genetically-modified organisms in the near future. While research regarding the safety of GMOs is inconclusive, Public Health Officials still warn against eating foods manipulated in laboratories prior to mass production. If you are worried about whether a food is GMO-free, don't expect a food label to offer answers. Food industries are currently not obligated to indicate the GMO status of a product. Instead, try eating an organic or mostly organic diet. These foods are typically grown in GMO-free environments by independent farmers. It may take some research to find local growers in the short-term, but taking ownership of what you consume now will be repaid in long-term good health.

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February Menu Highlights

Delightful Dinners

Lamb Braised in Wine  •  Pine Nut Crusted Turkey with Couscous  •  Seafood Paella with Chorizo  •  Chicken Torta Di Polenta  •  Italian Baked Ziti

Lunch Favorites

Antipasto Chicken Sausage Wrap  •  Vietnamese Beef Bowl  •  Grilled Moroccan Style Shrimp Skewers  •  Cecilia's Summer Fruit Salad  •  Caramelized Onion and Turkey Slider

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