Monthly archives of “May 2014

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In search for healthier foods

Over the past week I have been on a mission to eat real, whole foods. By this I mean fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains and dairy products. It’s amazing how processed our food has become when you take a step back.

Much of the food we eat today contains refined grains (white flour), refined sweeteners (sugar, corn syrup, cane juice, artificial sweeteners) and are often deep fried or considered “fast foods”.  Basically, we think our food magically comes from a package. And on that package, we can’t even begin to pronounce the ingredients. Combine that with clever marketing skills and we are all in trouble.

Just this week alone, I’ve fallen for a few traps myself. I will admit that this morning I was running late for my day and picked up Quaker’s Real Medleys instant oatmeal. While the ingredients looked somewhat healthy…

Whole grain rolled oats, multi grain blend (whole grain rolled oats, rolled barley, whole grain rolled rye), brown sugar, whole grain rolled wheat, dried fruit (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, nonfat dry milk, natural flavor, salt, citric acid

I knew from first bite that there had to be a lot of added sugars. In researching this later there may be up to 10 grams of added sugar in this oatmeal. And that made me feel taken advantage of. Why do food companies feel that we need added sugars, fat and chemicals to make us happy?

In reflecting on this topic, I urge you to join me. Take a look at the food you are consuming this week and ask yourself if it is made up of real, whole foods.

And if you find any sneaky foods along your journey this week, feel free to share below in the comments.

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Get your walk on – Just 10 minutes at a time

Many of us spend the majority of our day indoors in an office. That means sitting at a desk for up to 8 hours or more each a day. And this makes it difficult to exercise.  We know we are supposed to exercise, but when do we have the time?

Studies show that adults need at least 2 hours and 30 minutes (or 150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week. I know 150 minutes each week sounds like a lot of time, but you don’t have to do it all at once.

Go for a 10 minute brisk walk, 3 times a day, 5 days a week. This will give you a total of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity. How about you take a stroll to your favorite coffee shop on your morning break? Or host a walking meeting with your coworkers in the afternoon? Do you have a dog? I bet Fido wants a 10 minute walk too.

Give it a try! Write down a list of ways that you could accomplish just 10 minutes of exercise at a time. Makes this a goal for the week and report back here next week to let me know how it went.

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Farmers Market season is here!

Today it is sunny and 82 degrees! What a wonderful way to start May. This beautiful weather also brings farmers markets. There is nothing better than enjoying a sunny day shopping for fresh local fruits and vegetables. Check out the official start dates for the Portland Farmers Markets below.

If you are outside of the Portland area and would like to find additional farmers markets in Oregon, Washington or Alaska check out, or

Thursday, May 1
SE Salmon & SE 20th
3pm – 7pm

Sunday, May 4
NE Wygant & NE 7th
10am – 2pm

Wednesday, May 7
Shemanski Park
SW Park & Salmon
10am – 2pm

Thursday, June 5
NW 19th & NW Everett
2pm – 6pm

Friday, June 6
N Denver & N McClellan
3pm – 7pm

Monday, June 16
Pioneer Courthouse Square
SW Broadway & SW 6th and SW Morrison & SW Yamhill
10am – 2pm

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