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NR Healthy Eating Challenge~Recipe Contest

14 Apr

We are in the second phase of the NR Healthy Eating Challenge . It’s time for a contest. One person will win  a copy of the cookbook Wolfgang Puck Makes it Easy.  A Step-by-Step Recipe Collection for the Home Cook.

To enter:

Deadline: April 28th

Thanks to  Swarthy Daisy for donating this prize.

NR Healthy Eating Challenge~Week 1 Update

7 Mar

Recipe: Morningstar Chick’n Strips Salad

It’s the end of the first week of the NR Healthy Eating Challenge.  It went smoother than I expected. I think a few key things that helped me to do better this time around:

  • I cut back before I started the challenge. (Example: Since I knew I wanted to do vegetarian for the first phase, I added more vegetarian meals and cut back on meat before I started. I also cut back on unhealthy snacks. )
  • I planned ahead and filled my fridge and cabinets with healthy food
  • I kept some quick options in the house for when I didn’t feel like cooking
  • I did my best to avoid temptation as much as possible. I felt some temptation when I went to the grocery store, but that’s mostly because I made the mistake of going when I was hungry. I will avoid that on my next trip.

I’m looking forward to next week and pushing myself even more. I hope everyone else is off to a good start too.

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Guest Blogger: Healthy Eating from Head to Toe

10 Feb

Healthy Eating from Head to Toe

Edward Stern is a guest blogger for My Dog Ate My Blog and writes for http://www.guidetoonlineschools.com.

Edward writes:

You are what you eat, and you are what you don’t eat as well. One of the best indicators a healthy diet is through natural hair and nail strength, and their general appearances. Hair and nails, along with skin, can be the first physical indicators of well-balanced diet rich in proteins, vitamins, in  minerals, or one lacking in one or more of the aforementioned areas.

Hair and nails are made of proteins, specifically keratin, collagen, and elastin. Proteins provide the foundations for cells, and so having a protein-rich diet is important in general, but especially so to promote healthy hair and nail growth and appearance. Hair that is shiny and strong along with nails that are glossy and smooth can best be achieved by eating a protein-rich diet. Great sources of protein that are also relatively low in calories, fat, and cholesterol include fish (especially salmon), chicken, eggs, beans, and legumes.

Of equal importance is eating a nutrient-rich diet that covers several important vitamins and minerals. These nutrients help rebuild and repair tissues, helping strengthen hair and nails and helping them recover from any damage quickly and coming back stronger than ever.

Vitamins A and B both help maintain and repair cells, and can be found in protein-rich foods such as tuna, salmon, and other fish, as well as potatoes, turkey, and eggs. Fish oils, either ingested as part of a fishy feast or a supplements, are truly outstanding for growing (and keeping) healthy hair and help nails too, and should be a staple of any diet additionally for their omega-3 properties which help with mental sharpness and improving memory. Kill two birds with one stone by eating protein-rich dishes that also are plentiful in nutrients such as vitamins A and B.

Vitamin C, found in many fruits and juices, is great for building collagen, which is one of the foundational proteins of hair and nails. Vitamin E is found in many vegetables and is great for growing beautiful, healthy-looking hair.

Minerals are important as well, particularly iron and zinc. A lack of iron makes hair brittle and can cause it to fall out, while a lack of zinc causes hair loss and brittle nails. Thankfully, both can be found in protein-rich dishes. Eat fish and legumes for iron and a good helping of protein, and consume dairy products for zinc and some more healthy proteins.

By eating a diet high in healthy proteins and covering important vitamins and minerals, it is not difficult to promote healthy and strong hair and nail growth. Eggs and a glass of milk at breakfast, a bean soup for lunch with a juice smoothie on the side, and a salmon fillet for dinner will have you feeling great, eating plenty of protein, and cover your bases for vitamins and minerals that build the nails and hair you’ve always wanted.

Farmer’s Market Trip

2 Jul

I am on a quest to eat healthier.  Lots of people think that means you will have to spend your entire paycheck on better food.  Some items that are better for you are more expensive, but sometimes you can find great ingredients without emptying your pockets.  I have made more of an effort recently to go to my local Farmer’s Market.

I went to the Farmer’s Market in Forest Park, GA today.  The pictures above are what I purchased.  I love going to the Farmer’s Market because it is beneficial for the people who are there selling their fruits and vegetables, and I can get what I need at a good price.  I usually spend around $20, and I come home with two full large bags.