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February 2017

The first wealth is health.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson 

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Why Healthy Diets Go Off Track:
Five Danger Points 

Many healthy diets get off track when our life situations change.
Let’s say you’ve been diligently attentive to maintaining your healthy lifestyle habits and then you go through a major life transition. That’s when many of us get off track. We start ignoring our good health habits and before we know it, 10 extra pounds have glommed onto us.
Here are some tips to help you anticipate these life events and adjust to them before you gain those unwanted pounds.
Five Common Danger Points for Healthy Diets
#1: You Land Your First Desk Job
• Lots of stress
• Office goodies
• Lunches with colleagues and clients
• Long hours
• No time to workout
What to do: bring healthy snacks and lunches, find non-caloric stress relief outlets, keep your body moving with exer-snacks (10 minute walks)
 #2: You Turn 40 (or 50)
• Muscle turns into fat
• Your metabolism slows down
• Your hormones change
What to do: do resistance training, adjust your calorie intake, eat more low calorie vegetables
 #3: You Get Married
• You relax because you’re “off the market”
• You eat out more or cook big meals
• You imitate the bad habits of your spouse
What to do: cook healthy meals at home, plan the week’s menu on the weekend, be diligent about portion control, get the junk food out of the house
 #4: You Have a Baby
• You have a lot of baby weight to lose
• You’re sleep deprived and making bad food choices
• You’re thinking only of the new baby’s needs
What to do: breastfeed, take naps when your baby naps, push the stroller around
 #5: You Get Fired
• You comfort yourself with food
• You stress eat to comfort yourself
• You have no structure to your day so you graze
• You’re unmotivated
What to do: get out of the house, take action so you get some control back, ban junk from your house, remind yourself that you’ll land a new job faster if you look good.
Click here for full article on how healthy diets get off track.

Recipe of the Month: Lima Bean Spread

Get out of the rut of making and eating high calorie dips. Why not try something new that’s actually good for you? You might even like it.
This dip features lima beans, an often neglected legume. A 3.5 oz. serving of lima beans is packed with fiber—53% of your body’s daily requirement. Fiber is critical to keeping you feeling full and keeping your colon healthy. It also reduces blood cholesterol levels.
Lima beans are also high in important vitamins and minerals. One serving provides almost half of your daily need for manganese (keeps our bones healthy and decreases inflammation), along with plentiful amounts of iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and valuable antioxidants. This bean is also rich in vitamins, including folate, vitamin B1, and vitamin B6.
Lima Bean Spread with Cumin & Herbs
Ingredients (makes 1/1-2 cups)
• 1 10-ounce package frozen lima beans (or edamame beans)
• 4 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
• 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
• 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 4 teaspoons lemon juice
• 1 teaspoon ground cumin
• 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
• Freshly ground pepper, to taste
• 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
• 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
• 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
1. Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Add lima beans, garlic and crushed red pepper; cook until the beans are tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool in the liquid.
2. Drain the beans and garlic. Transfer to a food processor. Add oil, lemon juice, cumin, salt and pepper; process until smooth. Scrape into a bowl, stir in mint, cilantro and dill.

 Click here for full recipe, including nutritional information.

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