Lifestyle News

  • St. Patrick's Day

    St Patrick is one of the patron saints of Ireland. He is said to have died on March 17 in or around the year 493. He grew up in Roman Britain, but was captured by Irish raiders and taken to Ireland as a slave when he was a young adult. After some years he returned to his family and entered the church, like his father and grandfather before him. He later returned to Ireland as a missionary and worked in the north and west of the country. According to popular legend, St Patrick rid Ireland of snakes. However, it is...

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  • New Kitchen

    Although our business, Midwestern Meats, has been in operation for over 20 years, a new kitchen for our Lifestyle Dept is truly one of the most exciting moments of my career.  Over all those years we have accomplished a lot for a small company, but I have to admit this is one of my greatest moments.  This department was started with a simple idea back in 2007 and has gone through many ups and downs.  In fact at one stage it was so poorly ran I had to even close it down.  With some new ideas and new branding we...

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  • Get your Fiber

    Why Is Fiber So Important? It is actually because your body can't digest fiber that it plays such an important part in digestion. Soluble fiber, like that found in cucumbers, blueberries, beans, and nuts, dissolves into a gel-like texture, helping to slow down your digestion. This helps you to feel full longer and is one reason why fiber may help with weight control. Insoluble fiber, found in foods like dark green leafy vegetables, green beans, celery, and carrots, does not dissolve at all and helps add bulk to your stool. This helps food to move through your digestive tract more...

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  • 10 reasons why to eat an apple a day.

    Health benefits: Apples are filled with soluble fiber (5 grams). This fiber has been shown to reduce intestinal disorders, including diverticulitis, hemorrhoids and possibly some types of cancer. It helps control insulin levels by releasing sugar slowly into the bloodstream. It cleanses and detoxifies, which helps eliminate heavy metals, such as lead and mercury. Apple pectin helps reduce cholesterol levels by lowering insulin secretion. In two studies researchers found that eating five apples a week lowered the risk for respiratory diseases like asthma. According to Chinese Medicine: Apples strengthen the heart, quench thirst, lubricate the lungs, decrease mucous and increase body fluids....

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  • Turkey Nap myth

    Every Thanksgiving, there are a few things that can be counted on—the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions will host an NFL game, your Aunt Nancy and Uncle Doug will get into a political argument across the table and somebody—if not everybody—will fall into a food coma after the big dinner. The popular theory is the turkey is high in tryptophan, the mysterious chemical that lulls you into a deep slumber after a few bites. But is tryptophan really the reason we’re so zonked out after turkey time? If you stop and think, many of us eat turkey all year round, and...

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  • Foam Rolling

    Kelli MIchelle brought to my attention this very interesting study on foam rolling and soreness.  If it will help with DOMS, I'm all over it.   http://brentbrookbush.com/foam-rolling-may-aid-in-prevention-of-delayed-onset-muscle-soreness/

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  • Antioxidants

    Antioxidants by Kelli MIchelle  Antioxidants are chemicals (both naturally occurring and man-made) that can prevent or slow cell damage. An “antioxidant” is actually not a substance; it’s a behavior. Any compound that can donate electrons and counteract free radicals has antioxidant properties. Natural antioxidants are mainly found in fruits and vegetables, marine plants, and some seafood that eat marine plants. There are thousands of antioxidant compounds out there, but the most common dietary ones are vitamins A, C, and E, beta-carotene, and lycopene. Antioxidants can also be produced artificially and consumed in supplement form. What Are Free Radicals? Exposure to...

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  • Health Benefits of Portion Control

    Health Benefits of Portion ControlSaving MoneyWhen you choose to control your portion sizes, chances are you are going to be eating less. Along with eating less, you’ll be choosing foods that will give you the best combination of taste and nutrition. This helps you to save money on frequent grocery store visits, and just think of all the money you’ll save be pre-paring healthy meals rather than spending money dining out. No More Binge EatingWhen you’re controlling your portions, the goal is to eat smaller rather than big-ger. By doing this, you slowly train your stomach to shrink, which can...

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  • Basic Diet/Nutrition Tips : MACROS 101 – Beginner INFO

    written by KELLI MICHELLE CPT, SNS www.kellimichelle.com   Aim for variety. Include as much fresh food as possible. Minimize your consumption of processed foods and fast food. Eat an abundance of fruits and vegetables. Caloric Intake Most adults need to consume between 2,000 and 3,000 calories a day. Women and smaller and less active people need fewer calories. Men and bigger and more active people need more calories. If you are eating the appropriate number of calories for your level of activity, your weight should not fluctuate greatly. The distribution of calories you take in should be as follows: 40 to...

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