Healthier Living Thread Part IV - page 6

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  1. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from GardenDove
    ... I'd like to see the hospital encourage us to develop healthy eating habits, not constantly tempt us with unhealthy snacks.
    I worked on a chem. dependency unit for a couple years - the Med director would bring us HUGE boxes of donuts and pastries - kind of ironic don't you think?
  2. by   Liddle Noodnik
    *3 Ways to Dress Your Veggies

    Your veggies don't like to be naked. And what couture do they prefer? Try a little healthful-fat finery.

    A bit of unsaturated fat can help your body better absorb the fat-soluble nutrients in your vegetables. Here are three different looks to try:

    1. Skip the fat-free ranch dressing. Instead, toss your greens with an olive-oil-based dressing like balsamic vinaigrette.
    2. Make your fat crunchy. Season peppers, corn, carrots, or squash with salt, pepper, and lemon juice, and then top with slivered almonds or toasted sesame seeds.
    3. Go Thai. Create this Spicy Peanut Sauce for dipping lightly steamed broccoli and cauliflower . . .



    In a recent study, people who tossed their salads with a dressing that had some fat in it absorbed more carotenoids from the vegetables than the people who used a nonfat dressing.

    Carotenoids are potent antioxidants found in brightly hued produce -- think red, orange, and yellow. But the small intestine needs a little fat to absorb these power nutrients. So do several other fat-soluble vitamins, including: * Vitamin E (found in spinach and broccoli)
    * Vitamin K (found in cabbage, cauliflower, and turnip greens)
    * Vitamin D (found in some fish and in fortified dairy)

    When you're dressing your veggies, remember the Brylcreem jingle: "A little dab'll do ya." You can nearly undo all the good in veggies by turning them into high-calorie, high-fat side dishes. So don't drown them in sauces and oils. Think lightweight summer ensembles -- a little dribble of olive oil on a sliced tomato or a smattering of chopped walnuts on your spinach salad. Or a bit of Thai peanut sauce on your steamed broccoli. Check out this spicy peanut sauce recipe below.


    Spicy Peanut Sauce
    2 tablespoons smooth natural peanut butter
    2 tablespoons "lite" coconut milk
    1 tablespoon lime juice
    2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
    1 teaspoon brown sugar
    1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper, or to taste

    Whisk together peanut butter, coconut milk, lime juice, soy sauce, sugar, and crushed red pepper in a small bowl until smooth.

    Per tablespoon: 50 calories; 4 g fat (1 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 0 g carbohydrate; 2 g protein; 0 g fiber; 97 mg sodium.



    from

    http://www.realage.com/news_features...?v=1&cid=17738
  3. by   Tweety
    Gardendove, my employer seems to have quit their wellness programs and doesn't even pay lip service. They give the people what they want. What the employees line up for are burgers, frieds, fried chicken fingers. We do have a nice salad bar. We used to get incentives and discounts on insurance for being the right weight, having vitals signs WNL, etc. but don't do that anymore.
  4. by   GardenDove
    Quote from Tweety
    Gardendove, my employer seems to have quit their wellness programs and doesn't even pay lip service. They give the people what they want. What the employees line up for are burgers, frieds, fried chicken fingers. We do have a nice salad bar. We used to get incentives and discounts on insurance for being the right weight, having vitals signs WNL, etc. but don't do that anymore.
    I think we, as health care workers, should do our best to role model good health habits and that the hospital should support us in our efforts. I remember, years ago, one of my sons was tranfered to Loma Linda hospital down in Calif after an accident. They are an Adventist run hospital and they appeared to walk the health talk there, judging from their vegetarian cafeteria menu.
  5. by   GardenDove
    Quote from zoeboboey
    I worked on a chem. dependency unit for a couple years - the Med director would bring us HUGE boxes of donuts and pastries - kind of ironic don't you think?
    I think so.
  6. by   Cattitude
    Quote from zoeboboey
    *3 ways to dress your veggies

    your veggies don't like to be naked. and what couture do they prefer? try a little healthful-fat finery.

    a bit of unsaturated fat can help your body better absorb the fat-soluble nutrients in your vegetables. here are three different looks to try:

    1. skip the fat-free ranch dressing. instead, toss your greens with an olive-oil-based dressing like balsamic vinaigrette.
    2. make your fat crunchy. season peppers, corn, carrots, or squash with salt, pepper, and lemon juice, and then top with slivered almonds or toasted sesame seeds.
    3. go thai. create this spicy peanut sauce for dipping lightly steamed broccoli and cauliflower . . .



    http://www.realage.com/news_features...?v=1&cid=17738
    thank you, those suggestions are great and the thai sauce sounds really good! i love slivered almonds on top of green beans. something about the crunch is very satisfying.

    Quote from tweety
    gardendove, my employer seems to have quit their wellness programs and doesn't even pay lip service. they give the people what they want. what the employees line up for are burgers, frieds, fried chicken fingers. we do have a nice salad bar. we used to get incentives and discounts on insurance for being the right weight, having vitals signs wnl, etc. but don't do that anymore.
    tweety you are right. people say they want healthy food but don't actually buy it enough for employers to profit from it. what do you think would happen if they just got rid of all the fried and greasy stuff? and just offered grilled foods, salads, and sandwiches? i think they would buy it. then again maybe they'd all start going out for lunch .
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  7. by   Tweety
    Quote from GardenDove
    I think we, as health care workers, should do our best to role model good health habits and that the hospital should support us in our efforts. I remember, years ago, one of my sons was tranfered to Loma Linda hospital down in Calif after an accident. They are an Adventist run hospital and they appeared to walk the health talk there, judging from their vegetarian cafeteria menu.
    The Adventists do walk the walk. Most are vegetarian, although it's not mandated, and they take care of themselves. They have the longest longevity of any sect in the USA at age 88, many years higher than the average 70 something for the rest of us.


    Tweety you are right. People say they want healthy food but don't actually buy it enough for employers to profit from it. What do you think would happen if they just got rid of all the fried and greasy stuff? And just offered grilled foods, salads, and sandwiches? I think they would buy it. Then again maybe they'd all start going out for lunch .

    It would be interesting to note what would happen.
  8. by   GardenDove
    In my opinion, this obesity crisis is of such a magnatude, that the government needs to intervene. We need clamp down on the junkfood industry the same way we've done with smoking. The government doesn't mind interfering in a million other things, afterall.

    I'm not talking a total ban, but maybe a sin tax type thing, plus limiting advertising, and doing things like NY city did with the transfat ban. Plus severely controlling what goes on the the public schools food wise.
  9. by   Bluehair
    I definitely see your point. Not sure how that would work exactly, but the affects of sugar alone in American health is overwhelming. So few understand the impact of diabetes on our health care system. If obesity & diabetes were to be cut just in half, the medical "system" might be able to afford to do so much more in other areas!
  10. by   Bluehair
    Hi everyone!
    Just finished a short but enjoyable visit with my brother. The plumbing saga seems to be finished, everything held up just fine. Splurged on a Mexican dinner (mmmmm, chicken enchiladas....).
    Not much going in the exercise department. DH shared his URI with me and I'm feeling too under the weather to want to do much more than type a bit.
    Hope all is well with you all!!!
  11. by   Tweety
    Blue, glad you enjoyed your visit with your brother, definately seems like an occasion to splurge.

    I'm going to the gym this morning in a few. Can't say I ate well over the weekend. Very lazy in the cooking department. I started another course today....two more left for my BSN!
  12. by   muffie
    started the day off well

    cofffee, raisin bran, banana

    the right attitude

    wish me luck
  13. by   GardenDove
    Quote from Tweety
    Blue, glad you enjoyed your visit with your brother, definately seems like an occasion to splurge.

    I'm going to the gym this morning in a few. Can't say I ate well over the weekend. Very lazy in the cooking department. I started another course today....two more left for my BSN!
    Are you doing an online course, Tweety?

    I think it's normal to slip a little, and healthy. My girls and I went skiing on Saturday and stopped at a bakery on the way and bought some delicious macaroons. I ate several of them.

    I think if you're too strict you are setting yourself up for severe backsliding, just my opinion. Today I'll be back on the wagon. I plan on doing some arduous housecleaning and other pressing chores. Plus go on a long walk. I wish this snow would start melting, I still have quite a bit on the ground here.

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