Did You Know...

Walnut trees are the oldest tree recorded, dating back to 7000 B.C.  Romans called them Juglans regia, “Jupiter’s royal acorn.”

Did You Know...

William the Conqueror devised an alcohol only diet in 1087 (one of the first recorded fad diets).  This was due to his weight preventing him from riding his horse.  He died later that year from falling from his horse.

Try This, Not That: String Cheese

Many times, companies will decrease the portion size in an attempt to make the product appear healthier than it is.  

The light string cheese does have fewer calories, but it is 14% smaller than the Kraft product (24 g vs. 28 g).  However, the fat content in the lighter version does make for a healthier option. 

Try This, Not That: Frozen Pot Pie

Both pies are almost evenly matched.  The Marie Callender’s pie, has slightly more fat and calories, but less cholesterol and sodium.  
So, why eat the Swanson’s pot pie over the Marie Callender’s?  Portion Control.  
Pot pies are rarely shared.  If one person were to consume the whole Marie Callender’s pot pie, the calories would increase to 870!  For this reason alone, the Swanson’s pie is the better option.
Swanson's Pot Pie
Serving size:  1 pie (198g) 

Calories  370
Total Fat  20g
Saturated fat  7g
Trans fat  0g
Cholesterol  30 mg
Sodium  770mg
Total Carbs  36g
Fiber  2g
Sugar  2g
Protein  11g

Marie Callender's Pot Pie
Serving Size: 1 cup (200 g) 2 servings per package

Calories:  380
Total Fat  21g
Saturated fat 8g
Trans fat  0g
Cholesterol 15mg
Sodium  740mg
Total Carb  38g
Fiber  4g
Sugar  4g
Protein 11g

* A special thank you to Sarah Hatfield for taking on this time consuming task and battling the grocery store!

Did You Know...

Goat meat is the most popular red meat in the world. Goat milk is the most popular milk source worldwide but does not carry its popularity in the United States. Americans prefer cow milk to goat milk. The flavor of goat milk varies greatly from that of cow milk.

National Popcorn Day

January 19th is National Popcorn Day. Some Native American tribes popped corn right on the cob by spearing the corn cob with a stick and holding it near the fire. The kernals would pop and stay attached to the cob.

It's a NEW Year!

It's a NEW Year and time to make goals! When setting goals for yourself you might find that some are private and others are open for discussion. Sometimes our health goals are set on "private" mode and they get locked away and possibly un-achieved by the time December rolls around. 

It is important to keep in mind that a BIG part of success has to do with accountability... to yourself and/or others. So when making your health & fitness goals for the year, find your somebody and tell them your goals and plans to achieve them.

It has taken me two weeks to finally lock down my fitness goals for this year. I told them to my husband (aka Sweet Stuff) and then started the task of writing them down.......... WRITE DOWN your goals! Write them down and then place them somewhere that you will see on a daily basis. This might be on the refrigerator, in the bathroom (my personal favorite), in your car, purse, etc. You get the idea.

And lastly, plan for failure. Yes, you read that right... you are going to drop the ball, forget, or want to give up (maybe you will for a day or even a week) and THAT'S OKAY! These are goals and they might need to be modified or even replaced. Don't be too hard on yourself and DON'T Quit. This is when you might want to call your person and have them talk you off the ledge or maybe talk you out of the cookie, cake, pie, soda, fried chicken or any other weakness. They may have to raise their voice and say "Hey You, PUT THE COOKIE DOWN".

I've decided to list some of my fitness goals for the year... not all of them but just a snap shot. Will I achieve all of them, probably not. Will I press forward? You bet! And I will still eat a cookie and chocolate Cadbury eggs this Easter :)

  • Exercise daily (any form I can manage... even if I have a kid crawling on my head)
    • include my kids as much as possible
  • Lose 8# by my 30th birthday (it's a touchy topic)
  • Lose 4" in my waist by March
  • Eat 2 servings of raw fruits/vegetables daily
  • Multi-vitamins daily (for myself and my kids)
  • NO SODA!
  • Run 1/2 marathon 
    • and after that still have a desire to run a full marathon (bucket list)
So these are a few of my fitness goals for 2013... 
What are your plans?