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By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

Does eating certain foods make you sick? Obviously foods that are spoiled or have bacteria from sitting unrefrigerated too long can make you ill. However, what about foods that taste good and seem to be ok to eat? Like table salt, fast food and so forth. Recently I had a dear friend find out that his high blood pressure was preventing him from obtaining a lucrative government job. So we went on a grocery shopping mission to find foods he could eat that were healthier and less salty than the packaged and processed foods he accustomed to eating. It truly amazes me how small portions of frozen dinners often contain more fat, salt and calories than a huge pile of steamed veggies and meat!

One of the simplest healthy eating devices I introduced my friend to was the vegetable steamer. Yes, the metal steamer that you can insert in a pot with a little water and steam your veggies for dinner or lunch. Steaming is one of the best ways to cook vegetables. It leaves more of the vegetable’s natural taste,  color and nutrients intact than any other method, and it requires no added fat. If you buy fresh produce like broccoli, and steam it instead of eating a tv dinner, you cut out a whole lot of unnecessary salt added to improve the taste of basically old frozen meat and veggies. You also cut out a lot of fat and other chemicals used to preserve the food and add flavor to what really is an unappetizing dish!

You can  buy a stainless steel veggie steamer from most stores including Target, Kmart, Bed Bath & Beyond or Amazon. The Trudeau Steamer runs about $17.00 at Amazon right now. Link here.

Trudeau Veggie Steamer

Read more on “How to Use a Veggie Steamer” here.

Watch a video on how to steam veggies here.

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By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapists, Certified Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

So you are in a hurry and want to grab a quick bite. What’s your best bet calorie for dollar? Men’s Health magazine does such a  great job of explaining which fast food meal selections are better for you with their “Eat This Not That “column. They now made it into a  book.

A sample of the trade off between a few extra cents or bucks and the increase to your fat and calorie consumption from the Men’s Health article, “4 Must-Know Restaurant Secret’s,” By David Zinczenko, with Matt Goulding –  here.

Here’s exactly how expensive it really is whenever you go for the “bargain”:

  • 7-Eleven: Gulp to Double Gulp Coca-Cola Classic: 37 cents extra buys 450 more calories.
  • Cinnabon: Minibon to Classic Cinnabon: 48 more cents buys 370 more calories.
  • Movie theater: Small to medium unbuttered popcorn: 71 additional cents buys you 500 more calories.
  • Convenience store: Regular to “The Big One” Snickers: 33 more cents packs on 230 more calories.
  • McDonald’s: Quarter Pounder with Cheese to Medium Quarter Pounder with Cheese Extra Value Meal: An additional $1.41 gets you 660 more calories.
  • Subway: 6-inch to 12-inch Tuna Sub: $1.53 more buys 420 more calories.
  • Wendy’s: Classic Double with Cheese to Classic Double with Cheese Old Fashioned Combo Meal: $1.57 extra buys you 600 more calories.
  • Baskin Robbins: Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Kids’ Scoop, to Double Scoop: For another $1.62, you’ve added 390 calories.

Want the Eat This, Not That info but don’t want to carry around a book. Men’s Health has a solution for you: the new Eat This, Not That iphone app. Check it out here.

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