Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Secret Ways to Stay Healthy

At Harter House we are always looking for ways to stay healthy.  We want you to live not only longer but happier lives.  So, to that effect, we have discussed with our resident Health Guru, Jeff, on ways to improve your overall health.  

1.  Get outside and run...or jog...or, heck, take a walk.  In a recent study, it has been shown that people who go outside and get the heart rate up have an increase in Thyroid production.  This increase of Thyroid lasts hours after exercise and keeps your metabolism running, burning fat in the process.  

2.  Eat fish for lunch.  Try tuna or salmon.  The combination of protein and good fats in fish, increase the production of two hormones in the body:  peptide YY and oxyntomodulin.  These hormones will keep you fuller longer, helping you make it to dinner without extra snacks.

3.  Have some cottage cheese before bedtime.  Because of cottage cheese's casein protein (14 grams per 4 ounce serving) and low fat content, cottage cheese helps in the rebuilding of muscle tissue as we sleep.  Casein protein is a slow-digesting protein that helps in this process.

4.   Don't trust something just because it says low-fat or healthy.   According to The Journal of Consumer Research, we are likely to underestimate portion size and a meal's calorie count by 35%.  Meaning that a meal that is 800 calories, we will assume is 520 calories.  Read labels and if you are eating at a restaurant, don't take the menu's word for it, check the restaurants nutrition guide.

These are just a few tips to stay healthy.  Making small changes in your life, over time, can have lasting results.  For all of your nutrition needs in Springfield, MO, visit your local Harter House or Harter House World Flavors

Jeff:  Before and After
Also, please support our Jeff in his opportunity to win the Beachbody Million Dollar Body Contest running from May 23rd to May 31st!  His weight loss story is both inspiring and motivates everyone to live healthier lives! 

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