Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

Better Eating For Teen Girls

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on May 5, 2010 ][ In For new Mom's ]

Teenage girls are at a crossroads, nutrition and exercise wise.  They are old enough to make their own choices about food and parents have less input about what they eat.  Many teen girls become more inactive at this time, giving up sports.  I see many teen girls making poor choices that lead to 1. weight gain and 2. health problems at an incredibly early age.  Lets face it, I’m not that young anymore and I’ve had two children, one by C-section, yet I look better in a bikini than many girls 1/4 my age.  (But not better than my daughter.)  Today’s post is really aimed at teen girls and I hope some of them read this.

There is alot of pressure on girls to look a certain way, leading women to often be unhappy with their bodies and appearance.  But rather than be unhappy, do something about it and I’m not talking plastic surgery.  If you take care of yourself, not only will you have a better figure, you’ll feel better and your skin and hair will look good.  Please learn right now that dieting is not the answer – eating healthy foods for life and exercising regularly is!  Here are some easy tips you should be doing right now and forever.

1.  Don’t ever smoke.  I can always spot a smoker by the wrinkles on their face not to mention the smell.  If you want to look like a wrinkled old bag by the time you are 30, light up.  There’s also the cancer thing too.

2.  Use sunscreen.  You may not realize how old I am because I’ve used sunscreen and stayed out of the sun and tanning beds all my life.  There again, if you want to look like an leather purse, bake away.  There’s also the cancer thing too.

3.  Stay away from sodas, even diet drinks.  Drink water or unsweetened tea.  Sodas pack on the weight and do bad things to your health that you may not realize until it’s too late.  Becoming a diabetic, for example, can lead to blindness and having a leg amputated, not to mention early death.

4.  Eat your fruit and vegetables.  Quit turning up your nose and give them a chance.  They are packed with fiber and nutrients your body needs.

5.  Stay away from processed food like store bought cookies, cakes, chips, candy, granola bars, crackers and sugary drinks.  These ”foods” do nothing but pack on the pounds around your butt, thighs and waist and wreck your health.  If you read the ingredient list and have no idea what half the words mean, you shouldn’t be eating it.

6.  EXERCISE!  Your body will look better!  You need to do something that makes you breathless and sweaty at least 3 times a week.  More is better.  Find something you like and do it.  Do it with your friends.  Walk, ride bikes, take up a new sport, whatever you enjoy.

Thursday, I’ll give some more pointers and tips for teen girls.

Upadated on May 5, 2010

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