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Preventing Colds This Winter

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Winter is almost upon us and meteorologists are already saying we may be in for some nasty, cold weather.  Be prepared ahead of time and take these precautions to keep yourself as healthy as possible this winter:

  • Dress warmly (even when you feel like you can walk outside without a jacket - don’t)
  • Eat warm foods such as soups and chilis, and drink warm beverages such as hot water with lemon or green tea
  • Maintain a diet rich in nutrition
  • Before you do any winter chores such as shoveling, make sure you do a small warmup
  • Get lots of sleep
  • Wash your hands often

Gift Ideas for Fellow Seniors

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Running low on gift ideas lately? Here are a few suggestions to help you get started on the right foot:

Gift Cards. Stay flexible and give a gift card to your loved one’s favourite store.

Puzzle Book. Give your elderly loved ones a gift that is a fun activity and one that helps to keep their minds stimulated at the same time.

Fruit Basket. Concentrate on the wellbeing of your elderly friends and loved ones. Prepare a fruit basket with a variety of fruits and other goodies. Save your senior a trip to the grocery store and help them eat the nutrients they need to stay strong and healthy.

Manicure & Pedicure. Male or female, this is a great gift that lets seniors indulge themselves in a much needed, relaxing treatment.

Massage. Give your senior a stress-free, pain-relieving present. They’ll be thanking you for months to come.

Personal Picture Book. Look through your collection of pictures and choose your favorites. Select a book-making service on the Web and design your own book of pictures with a personalized cover that can be mailed directly to your home. This makes for a touching gift any senior would love.

Medical Alert System. Practical gifts go a long way! If your senior loved one is becoming apprehensive about being home alone, buy a medical alert system that will keep them safe in case of a sudden fall or unanticipated emergency.

Foods to Toss and Replace With…

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Prepare your fridge and pantry for a better, more nutritious lifestyle.

  1. Toss: whole milk
  2. Replace With:1% milk, nonfat milk or substitutes such as almond or coconut milk

  3. Toss: ice cream
  4. Replace With: yogurt mixed with fresh berries

  5. Toss: butter
  6. Replace With: olive oil

  7. Toss: full-fat cheese
  8. Replace With: low fat cheese or goat cheese

  9. Toss: mayonaise
  10. Replace With: low fat mayonaise or substitute with mustard

  11. Toss: potato chips
  12. Replace With: natural, regular popping corn on the stove

  13. Toss: white wheat
  14. Replace With: whole wheat, spelt, kamut or brown rice

  15. Toss: pre-made salad dressing
  16. Replace With: olive oil, balsamic vinegar and lemon juice

  17. Toss: soda
  18. Replace With: water or fresh, all-natural fruit juice

  19. Toss: processed meats
  20. Replace With: grilled or oven baked chicken breast

  21. Toss: sugary cereals
  22. Replace With: rolled oats

  23. Toss: cakes, cookies and pastries
  24. Replace With: a bowl of fresh fruit, a piece of dark chocolate or a spoonful of peanut butter

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