Food Matters A NOTE FROM DINA
Deconstructing Cravings A mistake or a vital clue?
May 2012 The key to stopping the craving is to understand and deliver what your body really needs.
The body is an amazing source of intelligence. It is always there for you, pumping blood and never skipping a heartbeat. So is it making a mistake by craving ice cream, pizza or chocolate? Are cravings due to lack of will-power or discipline? Welcome to Parker’s first nutritionfocused newsletter. We are excited to share with you articles, healthy tips, delicious recipes and support you on your journey to optimal wellness and vitality! May is Global Employee Health & Fitness Month and no matter what your current status of health is, you can always improve the level of your well-being. Even when there are temporary setbacks, you will be motivated by how good it feels to have lots of energy and enthusiasm for life, knowing that what you are doing will allow you to continue feeling great for years to come!
I’d like to suggest that cravings are not a problem. They are critical pieces of information that tell you what your body needs. The important thing is to understand why you crave what you crave. Perhaps your diet is too restrictive or devoid of essential nutrients. Perhaps you are living a lifestyle that is too boring or stressful. Your body tries to correct the imbalance by sending you a message: a craving. A craving for something sweet could mean you need more protein, more exercise, more water, or more love in your life.
However, refined foods, which have little or no nutritional value, are confusing to the body. They throw the body off-balance and can create serious cravings as your body tries to get what it needs to restore internal harmony. The more your food is whole and healthy, the easier it is for your body to stay in balance and provide you with a happier, healthier life. The next time you have a craving, treat it as a loving message from your body instead of a weakness and try these tips:
Have a glass of water and wait ten minutes.
Eat a healthier version of what you crave. For example, if you crave sweets, try eating more fruit and sweet or root vegetables.
When you eat the food you are craving, enjoy it, taste it, savor it and notice its effect. Creating awareness on the impact food has on you will help you decide if you really want it next time.
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To your health, Dina Boyer
Corporate Nutritionist mobile: 440.522.5232 Email: [email protected]
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C OM P AN Y -W ID E SUC C ESS Elyria’s Hydraulic Valve Division health fair was a big success! A very well organized event, with a wonderful turnout and a unique selection of wellness activities. They signed up 31 employees and 3 spouses in their new Group Nutrition & Lifestyle 9-week coaching Program!
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Fee, Fi, Faux Cereal GOLEAN cereal helps you stay satisfied all morning with 13 gr of protein and 10 gr of fiber. Made with whole grains, it is also low in calories (140 cal./serv.), sodium (85 mg/serv.) and sugar (6gr).
“Take your son & daughter to work” day. at Global Headquarters. Learning how to be a food detective with our 8-9 year old guests.
Kellogg’s Strawberry delight Fiber Plus Cereal contains 12 gr of sugar and only 3 gr of protein/ serving. At 170 cal and 200 mg of sodium, it is also made with more than 48 ingredients (6 artificial colors, and BHT; all associated with several types of cancers
Q: What is functional fiber? A: Functional fiber is isolated fiber from foods. It is not the same as dietary fiber found in vegetables, grains and legumes. Most common functional fibers used by manufacturers to bulk up a notso-fibrous food are: Maltodextrin, inulin (chicory root), polydextrose, oat fiber, pectin, gum and cellulose. These fiber sources, while safe, have not been proven to offer protection against cardiovascular disease, like dietary fiber. So when possible, choose natural occurring fibers to reap their full benefits.
IN THE KITCHEN WITH DINA Healthy Granola
New wellness initiatives are transforming lives at Refrigerating Specialties Division in Mauston, WI.
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Ingredients 1 cup raw almonds, coarsely chopped 1 cup raw walnuts, coarsely chopped ½ cup shredded, unsweetened coconut 1 cup rolled oats 2 tablespoons sesame seeds ½ cup maple syrup 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 teaspoons or each cinnamon & ginger Directions Preheat oven to 350 F. Ina large bowl mix nuts, seeds, oats and dry spices. Add maple syrup, oil and vanilla. Mix well. Pour mixture on to a large baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake for 15 min, stir and bake for an additional 10 -15 min until golden brown. Cool completely and transfer into an airtight container; store for up to 1 week. Makes 3 cups. Nutrition: Cal:168;Total fat:12 gr; Carbs: 11 gr, Prot: 4gr, Fiber: 2 gr