Stress Less

This month our faculty staff wellness focus is “stress less”. Stress adversely effects our health so it is important to develop tools for dealing with it. Did you know that certain foods can help reduce stress? Power foods are foods that have phytochemicals in them. These chemicals increase the production of the hormone serotonin, which has a calming effect. Power foods include: kiwi, red grapes, fish, onions, spinach, yellow veggies, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, broccoli, kale, hot peppers, mangoes, berries, and peppers (red, yellow, green). Try adding some of these power foods to your diet this month!

Maintain Don’t Gain

For our staff wellness focus this month, I chose the theme “Maintain Don’t Gain”. The holidays are here and that means parties, treats, eating out, and all kinds of activities that tend to lead to weight gain. I have challenged our staff to just try and maintain their current weight within 2 pounds. All those weight loss goals can wait until January. Overall, we are trying to write down everything we eat and do something active for 30 minutes per day. Each day I send a daily tip to help everyone along the way. Here are the first week’s tips:
-keep a food journal
-sit and relax for 5 minutes
-drink 8 glasses of water
-balance your week overall — eat a fatty restaurant meal one day, then balance the next with a lo-fat soup for dinner
-when eating at a fast food restaurant, order the kids meal to lower portion size
-take a walk
-skip dessert today–instead wrap a treat up, write a thank-you note & deliver both to someone you owe some gratitude

It is working for me! I am actually down 1 pound 🙂

Better Breakfasts

The month of October we are dedicating to ‘better breakfasts’.  Starting your day off with a good breakfast can make the difference between a good day and a bad one. Breakfast restores your blood sugar to normal levels, gives you energy, and helps you put that focus into your day.

Better Breakfasts is possible by providing teachers with healthy breakfast recipe ideas, and quick recipe ideas for those days when they don’t feel like they have time for breakfast.  Some quick breakfast ideas for those busy days are:

  • Whole wheat toast and piece of fruit.
  • Quick Oats, cooked with berries and coconut milk in the microwave.
  • cereal topped with yogurt and fruit
  • Muffins, pre-made and stored in the freezer.
  • Scrambled eggs with whole wheat toast.
  • Half a grapefruit and hard boiled egg.
  • Smoothies, made with fruit and spinach with some orange juice.