Category Archives: Wellness

Healthy Greens for St. Patrick’s Day

 

Are you ready to show your Irish pride on St. Patrick’s Day? What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland is now an all day festival celebrating Irish culture with extravagant parades and a whole lot of green. incentaHEALTH encourages you to continue to celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day with a whole lot of greens, but maybe a little less green beer and more green leafy veggies!

Leafy greens are one of the most hormonally healing foods in this world because they have the most nutrition per calorie, they keep you satisfied for longer, and the calories are much less likely to be stored as body fat. These foods are natural health boosting and fat burning medicines that you won’t need to purchase over the counter- unless it’s a grocery store counter!

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Most nutrition per calorie

I hope we can all agree that 250 calories from Twinkies is not the same as 250 calories from Spinach. Calories are very different in foods when it comes to nutrition and keeping our body healthy long-term. The key is nutrition QUALITY. Quality is based on how much nutrition (vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and essential amino acids) you get for the amount of calories you consume.

Keep you satisfied for longer

Leafy greens are packed with high amounts of water, fiber and protein. More water and fiber means bigger food, more stretch, and getting fuller and staying fuller for longer. That is why 200 calories of wet, fibrous celery is more filling then 200 calories of dry, fiber-free gummy bears. A calorie is not a calorie when it comes to filling us up and keeping us full throughout the day. For example, I bet a six-pack of green beer would make you want to grab a pizza later in the day.

Unaggressive in being stored as fat

Leafy greens produce a very small amount of glucose, which is the blood sugar released during digestion to bring energy to cells. Aggressive calories in certain starchy and sugary foods will cause too much insulin to be released. Body fat storage is triggered as a response to eating foods that causes more glucose in our blood stream then we need at one time.

Arugula, Bok Choy, Cabbage, Collards, Dandelion Greens, Kale, Leaf Amaranth, Leeks, Mixed greens, Mustard Greens, Romaine Lettuce, Spinach, Turnip Greens…and the list goes on! Pick a few for dinner this week and celebrate good health and St. Patrick’s Day.


Written by:
Mallory McCormick,  Health Coach

 

 

 

Tips for Staying Active While at Work

 

What’s your reason for not sticking with your New Year’s resolution to become more active this year? For a majority their reason is they are “too busy” and demanding work schedules are the number one culprit. With technology advancements, many jobs have moved from being physically demanding to sedentary. Just because most of us work in an office or a cubical doesn’t mean we can’t continue to keep our bodies fit. Try some of these ideas for staying active while at work and finally get yourself moving toward a true state of health!

Go for a walk break – Set a designated time and get  your co-workers together each day to take a quick 15-20 minute walk around the office building or campus.  

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Take the stairs – Skip the elevator and take the stairs whenever possible. If it’s too cold to take your daily walk, agree to climb the stairs instead!

Stand at your desk – Try this while on one of those long conference calls you dread each week. You can even add in some squats or calf raises! You may want to mute the phone if you find yourself getting out of breath.

Park further away – Park your car at the top of the parking garage or at the back of the parking lot and enjoy your walk into the office each morning.

Move around the office more – Get up out of your seat and personally deliver messages rather than calling or emailing your coworkers down the hall.

Incorporate activity into your day- Try to incorporate some body weight exercises each day. Set an alarm to go off each hour and take 60 seconds to complete one set of each of the following exercises:

6 Exercises to Do At Work

1. Squats or wall sits – Challenge yourself to see how many squats you can do in one minute or if you can hold your wall sit for an entire minute.

2. Calf raises – You can do these standing or seated. To add resistance while sitting, place a couple books or other heavy object on your knees.

3. Push-ups (on the floor, wall, or desk) – How many push-ups can you do without stopping? Challenge your coworkers!

4. Plank (on the floor, wall, or desk) – Can you hold a plank for an entire minute? As time goes by try improving on your past time!

5. Tricep dips (on your desk or chair) – If you are doing these on your chair make sure it’s secure or backed up to a wall so it does not move.

6. Sit-ups – Many variations of sit-ups can be done in the office. Bring in a towel or yoga mat to lay on.

Written by: Deanne Emig, Health Coach

 

7 Ways to Improve Your Heart Health

How to Prevent and Control Heart Disease

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” Mahatma Gandhi

Preventing and controlling heart disease can be as easy as choosing to take the stairs over the escalator, choosing lean proteins over fattier meats or just monitoring your blood pressure. All it takes is 7 simple steps towards lasting heart health.

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  • Get Active: Aim for 30 minutes of activity a day most days of the week. Try parking farther away or taking the stairs when you have those options.
  • Eat Better: Eat plenty of fresh fruits, non-starchy vegetables, lean proteins and quality carbohydrates. Don’t forget to drink water too!
  • Improve Your Weight: Aim for a BMI below 25 and less weight carried around your stomach, and more around the hips. “Apple” shaped has more health risks than “Pear” shaped.
  • Stay Away From Smoking: According to the CDC, cigarette smokers are 2–4 times more likely to develop coronary heart disease than nonsmokers. So, if you’re a smoker try to kick the habit. Smokefree.gov  is a free online service for anyone to utilize. http://smokefree.gov/ready-to-quit
  • Reduce & Manage Your Blood Sugar: Try to eat small meals throughout the day and focus on quality carbohydrates that create less of a spike in blood sugar levels.
  • Keep Your Blood Pressure in Check: It’s known as the silent killer for not having any symptoms. It’s important to check your blood pressure often and kick the salt shaker habit and limit processed foods to balance your sodium intake.
  • Control Your Cholesterol: Cholesterol or plaque build-up is one of the main causes of heart disease. Choose healthy fats while eliminating trans or saturated fats. Keep in mind though, although olive oil may be a better choice, it’s still a fat so keep the portion sizes small.

Written By: Rachel Corcoran, incentaHEALTH Health Coach

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