Archive for December, 2010

I clicked through to this article on Shine from Yahoo! because I wasn’t sure what middle age is. I think when I was growing up, middle age was 40. Now, according to this article, it is 50. That’s great! So I’m not middle aged or even that close to middle age (ok, I’m not that far either). Nevertheless, I read the article and I think it applies to anyone over 30. Some of the “mistakes” include:

  • Not realizing you need to change
  • Comparing yourself to you in your 20s
  • Skipping exercise
  • Not getting enough sleep
  • Using the wrong make-up

Enjoy the article – whatever your age. And look and feel your absolute best!

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The following Q&A appeared in the “Health Talk” column of the New Fairfield/Sherman Citizen News last week:

Q: I became a vegetarian to lose weight, but it’s not working. Why?

A: Vegetarian eating can be very nutritious and sometimes the switch leads to weight loss, but it’s not an automatic ticket for weight loss. to lose weight, you’ve got to eat fewer calories than you burn up. Regular exercise is a important part of helping that to occur. Next, consider whether the foods you eat are very concentrated in calories. some foods vegetarians eat as sources of protein – such as legumes, nuts, seeds, and cheese – are actually higher in calories than poultry and lean meat. These plant sources of protein are important, but need to be balanced with plenty of low-calorie vegetables. Look at what you drink, too. Soft drinks aren’t the only beverages in which calories add up quickly; the same is true for juice, sweetened milk and milk alternative drinks, and alcohol. Also consider whether you might be eating portions larger than you really need. Overeating, even with healthful food, will almost surely promote excess weight. Studies suggest that if people who are overeating take 25 percent smaller portions (e.g. 3/4 cup instead of 1 cup), they can often reduce calorie consumption without noticing any increase in hunger.

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Emily & Samantha at 14 weeks

The holidays can be both wonderful and stressful. Donna Gleason, a dog trainer, addressed this issue in a short article “K-9 Corner” in the New Fairfield/Sherman Citizen News. She listed to following things we can learn from our dogs to help us in this season:

  • Find time each day to take a walk and be curious about your surroundings.
  • Explore each environment through your senses.
  • Live in the moment.
  • Eat your meals with enthusiasm and stop when you are full (though my dogs don’t stop when they are full!).
  • Don’t bite if only a growl is necessary.
  • Every time you stand up, take a moment and stretch.
  • When you are happy, show everyone your full body wag.
  • Greet each guest that arrives at your house like you haven’t seen them in years!

Hope you are fully enjoying this holiday season!!

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Holiday Health Foods

Chocolate, Cranberries, & Blueberries.

According to Rolf Martin in the New Fairfield/Sherman, CT Citizen News, dark chocolate can lower blood pressure, cranberries prevent infection, and blueberries improve memory. So eat up!

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! Hope you had a great holiday!

The Spannhakes- John, Jamie, Sarah, Emily-dog, & Samantha-dog

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Perfect Holiday Punch!

Now that we have a baby in the house, I’m even more about easy than before when it comes to food. I saw this great recipe for Candy Apple Punch on some TV show (can’t remember which show or even which channel). It has only four ingredients and doesn’t even require any measuring.

  • Jug of apple cider
  • Scotch or whisky
  • Champagne
  • Cranberries

Put the cranberries in the freezer. Then mix together the apple cider and the scotch/whisky. Just pour it together until the pitcher is full. Fill champagne glasses 3/4 full with the mix. When you are ready to serve, top with champagne and add the frozen cranberries.

This is not low in calories and it’s not really healthy. But it is yummy and easy and festive. Enjoy!


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Quick & Delicious Berry Shake

My friend Karen provided me with this recipe for a quick and delicious shake. I wanted to share it with you:

Karen’s Berry Shake

  • Frozen mixed berries (from freezer section of grocery)
  • Orange juice, pineapple juice, or milk
  • Banana
  • Cup of yogurt – usually vanilla
  • 1-2 spoonfuls of wheat germ
  • 1 spoonful of ground flaxseed

Experiment with the ratio of ingredients depending on whether you’d like to drink it through a straw or eat it with a spoon.

Why use the wheat germ? The germ at the center of the wheat seed is a concentrated source of nutrients. Two tablespoons provide a good source of thiamin, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, iron and zinc.

Similarly, the flaxseed is also a great addition. Flax Seed is from a blue flowering plant and is highly recommended for the general well being and whole body nutrition and is considered to be nature’s richest source of omega-3 fatty acids that are required for the health of almost all body systems. It also contains omega-6 and omega-9 essential fatty acids, B vitamins, potassium, lecithin, magnesium, fiber, protein, and zinc and provides approximately 50% more omega-3 oils than fish oil.

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