Friday, March 26, 2010

Week 5 Standings

Things are getting good as we are nearing the finish. Remember we have two weeks left.
Lisa     5.28%
Max    4.07%
Mel     1.54%
Karli    1.47%
Kristie  1.45%
Dan     1.17%
Kasey  0.53%

Keep up the good work everyone!
Sorry I just realized I hadn't posted this yet. I wrote it up and then forgot to hit publish.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Healthier Diet Updates

3-17-10 - Happy St. Patrick's Day! Research shows that moderate drinking can prevent certain diseases, but occasional binge drinking has negative effects. Limit it to 1 drink daily for women and 2 drinks daily for men.

3-18-10 - Get the nutrition facts. The front of a package won't tell you the whole story. Read labels and compare key nutrients calories, serving size, fat, fiber, calcium, and ingredients to make the best choice.

3-19-10 - Look for "green flag" menu words. Healthy restaurant foods are usually described as baked, boiled, broiled, fresh, grilled, light, multigrain, poached, reduced, roasted, seasoned, steamed, or stir-fried.

3-20-10 - Fish for Omega-3's. Two to three servings per week are good for your heart, brain and body. You'll find it in fatty fish (like salmon and albacore tuna), ground flaxseed, soybean oil and walnuts.

3-21-10 - It's spring! Enjoy this season's freshest picks: asparagus, bananas, beets, berries, figs, green beans, kiwi, mangos, peas, peppers, and pineapple.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Week 4 Standings

Here is where we all are after 4 weeks in.
Max          3.70%
Lisa           3.40%
Dan           1.17%
Mel           1.11%
Karli         1.10%
Kristie       0.72%
Kasey       0.53%

There are close races right now for first and second and then 3-5th. Remember there are only 3 weeks left to get that percentage up there. The winner will receive $70 so lets all kick it in these last few weeks.

3-16-10 - Aim for 3-6 servings of grains each day. Rich in energy-boosting carbohydrates, vitamins and fiber, they're important for overall health. One serving is equal to 1/2-cup cooked (rice, pasta, oats) or 1 oz.
(1 slice bread).

Monday, March 15, 2010

Reminder and Tip of the Day

Don't forget to send me your latest weigh in number tomorrow. Hopefully we all had a really great week! Big numbers, Big numbers...No Whammies!

3-15-10 - Eat a snack before bed. It's a myth that eatinglate causes weight gain. As long as you don't overeat, you can enjoy a snack close to bedtime without worry.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Week 3 Standings

The Third week has come to a close and here are the results.

Lisa         2.26%
Max        2.22%
Dan         1.17%
Karli        0.73%
Mel         0.68%
Kristie     0.36%
Kasey   +0.26%

3-9-10 - Start at the perimeter of the grocery store. Fruits, veggies, dairy and grains, which should
make up the bulk of your diet, are located here. Eating these unprocessed foods boosts your nutritional
intake and promotes health.
3-10-10 - Eat 4-6 servings of vegetables daily. High in nutrients and low in calories, veggies can help prevent diabetes, stroke, heart disease and more. One serving is equal to 1/2 cup.
3-11-10 - Chew on schedule. Too much time between meals can drop your energy levels, decrease
your metabolism and result in overeating. Space your meals evenly throughout the day and eat a healthy snack between each meal.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Healthier Diet March 4th-7th

March 4th -
Know your "red flag" menu words. Avoid restaurant items described as: battered, bottomless, breaded, buttery, cheesy, country, creamy, crispy, fried, giant, loaded, smothered and stuffed.
March 5th -
Drink water. It's the only beverage your body really needs and craves. Gradually replace soda, flavored coffees, sugary drinks and other high-cal liquids with water. Aim for 8-12 cups each day.
March 6th -
Too busy to cook healthfully? To save time, use your Crockpot, cook and freeze large batches of food, buy pre-cut or pre-cooked ingredients, and keep an organized grocery list.
March 7th -
Avoid trans fats. They increase your risk of heart disease. Foods with "partially hydrogenated oil" as an
ingredient contain trans fat (even if the label says 0 grams) and should be left on the grocery shelf.

The Second Week In the Books

The Second week has come to a close and here are the results.
Lisa               2.26%
Dan               1.17%
Max              1.11%
Karli              0.73%
Mel               0.68%
Kasey           0.53%
Kristie           DNR

I got a great email the other day 31 Days till a Healthier Diet. I thought I would share each day with you. Here are the days that I have not posted so far. I will try to post a new one each day and the weekend ones on Friday.
Keep a food diary. Before you can improve your diet, you have to know where you stand. Record everything you eat and drink for five days and use these tips to improve your diet a little bit each day.
Eat breakfast. It boosts your energy, metabolism and mental focus. Plus, breakfast eaters consume fewer calories throughout the day than people who skip this meal.
Enjoy 2-4 servings of fruit each day. Fruits are rich in nutrients, fiber, phytochemicals and antioxidants, which all help prevent disease. One serving is equal to 1/2 cup.