Is the kitchen talking?

Office Sink

What is your office kitchen saying about your work group?  Maybe nothing…or maybe your office needs a big infusion of care into your staff and the kitchen! Here are some frightening infractions…

  • Refrigerator science experiments
  • Outdated condiments
  • Smelly dishcloths and dirty towels
  • Dirty cutting boards
  • Lack of hand and dish soap
  • Smelly/dirty sponges and scrubbies
  • Handprints on cupboards
  • Mold in the water spigot
  • Grime in the coffee pot
  • Dirty faucet handles
  • Dirty door handles on fridges and microwaves
  • Exploded food on microwave walls
  • Moldy/dirty drain catchers/plugs

Some suggestions…

  • Put someone in charge of kitchen cleanup
  • Create a roster of revolving care takers
  • Confiscate the offensive “stuff” and throw it
  • Get a dishwasher
  • Call in a professional cleaner
  • More ideas…

Ask yourself…could your kitchen (at home or at work) pass inspection? Makes you think twice about getting that next cup of coffee from the office kitchen!

It’s flu season; we don’t need kitchen germs. Keep it clean; soap up! Know the germiest places in your life.

Share your ideas on how to keep the office kitchen germ free!

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Use your “app-ti-tude”

App-ti-tude

Dedication, desire, motivation, reward – things you need to make any fitness app work. I know that. But part of me is waiting for an app that “knows” what I have eaten, records it for me, flashes an update on my eye glasses every hour, and physically alerts me with a nudge or a pinch when I stray outside the plan. Probably not gonna happen. In the meantime…here are some fitness apps to try in 2014 (my current fave is Lose It!).

Do you have a favorite fitness app that works for you?

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Sleep Deprived = Overweight?

Sleep Deprived?

Feeling tired, exhuasted, and beat before you walk out the bedroom door in the morning? You might be sleep deprived. Take the Sleep Quiz to see what you know; I failed miserably! What I find interesting is the connection between sleep deprivation and weight gain. Research shows that sleep deprived people select greater portion sizes which can affect the potential to become overweight in the long run. The bottom line – if you suffer from a lack of sleep keep away from the buffet! Another study shows that people who eat a varied diet have healthier sleep duration.

This fall is a great time to clean up your sleep habits and lose a few pounds. Conquer the Conk Out – make a dedicated effort to clean up your sleep. Pay attention to what and when you are eating; there are Foods that Help or Harm Your Sleep. See additional resources on How’s Your Sleep?

Have you noticed a change in your eating habits when you are sleep deprived?

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Enter the Contest!

Healthy Choice

Eating healthy during the summer isn’t always easy – the days are long and families are on the go. Planning a healthy meal can take time away from all the fun. So, let’s make it easier! Do you have a favorite healthy summer recipe?

Share the recipe and its ingredients on this blog and you will automatically be entered into a drawing for one of four sets of two FREE tickets to Roaring Springs Waterpark in Meridian, ID. 

How to play:

Make sure you are registered and logged in to ChooseHealthMatters.com. If you are not already a registered user, please register in the right hand column. Click on the “register” button to get started.

Make a comment on this blog post by answering the question: “What is your favorite healthy summer recipe?”. Be sure to include the ingredients and any special instructions.

Winners will be drawn from all comments on Thursday, 8/8/13 @ 1:30 p.m., Mountain Time.

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Good Eaten’!

Kids in the Kitchen

Did you catch the buzz? There was a big state dinner at the White House on Tuesday…and it was planned and prepared by kids! Sometimes kids have the best ideas and when it comes to food, you know it has to be tasty or it’s all over. You can read about the healthy lunchtime challenge online. Check out the entry from Idaho’s winner, Mac Wirth of Boise. His Veggie Barley Salad with Orange Honey Vinaigrette looks yummy! Browse through the 53 other winning recipes from students across the U.S., ages 8 to 12. To name a few… Nummy No Noodle Lasagne, Sweet Potato Turkey Sliders, Sneaky Chili Surprise, Picky Eater Pita Pizza Pockets, Confetti Peanut Ginger Party Pasta, Super Rescue Soup…and more! For more good eaten’ ideas visit the Featured Recipe Archive and Fruis & Veggies More Matters.

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Simple Choices

Choices

Good health is a journey. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the destination and give up on the journey. The reality is, simple choices make a difference. Changing a single health habit can result in huge wellness payoffs for you. Think about it. Choose any one of the items below and change just that habit this coming year. You will be light years ahead with your health.

  • Go to bed! Get ½ hour to an hour more sleep than you are currently getting
  • Floss your teeth – daily
  • Brush your teeth – twice daily, not once but twice
  • Move it, move it, move it throughout the day. Stand more, walk more, fidget more. Don’t save it for the gym.
  • Wear your seat belt, always.
  • Make an appointment for that one preventive health check you have been avoiding
  • Give up the tobacco
  • Do something every day that brings you pleasure…read, laugh, sing, nap, meditate, relax
  • Buy a good pair of walking shoes and use them
  • Know your blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose numbers; write them down
  • We are what we eat. Cut back on one of your less healthy food addictions…sweets, fats, breads…
  • Sugary drinks are just plain bad. Stop it.

At the end of every day think of the simple, good health choices you made and pat yourself on the back, say it out loud…or journal it. It’s a known fact that we get more of what we concentrate our thoughts on. If you focus on the positive choices you made, you will get more positive behaviors. If your focus remains on your negative choices, you may just stay stuck!

What simple health choices are you planning for 2013?

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