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Healthy Habits?

by Isabelle Workman 1. Brushing your teeth right after a meal. If you have had anything to eat or drink that is acidic (like sodas, citrus, seltzer, or tomatoes), brushing within 30 minutes can scratch the acid into the enamel on your teeth, eroding them and leaving them subject to damage. Instead, rinse your mouth with water just after eating, and wait 30 minutes to brush them. 2. Playing the how low you can go game with fat in your diet can cause dry skin and hair, insufficient absorption of fat soluble vitamins like A, D, E, and K. It can also lower levels of reproductive hormones and cause excessive hunger. Instead, be selective about fats. Don’t shirk healthy fats in nuts, seeds, avocados, olive oil or canola oil. 3. Putting on a happy face when you are not. Burying your anger can cause depression and high blood pressure. Instead, express your feelings using non accusatory statements that describe your feelings and what you would like to change, e.g. I felt sad when you were checking your phone at dinner while I was telling you something important. 4. Doing the same workout all the time. Instead, vary your cardio regime and add yoga and Pilates. The balance and flexibility training will help protect your muscles and joints. 5. Stretching before exercise. Stretching a cold muscle could strain or tear it. Instead, warm up by doing lower intensity versions of movement patterns you are likely to do in your workout such as climbing on your bike and cycling slowly. Stretch your muscles during your cool... read more

Healthy Habits for Older Adults

by Isabelle Workman Eating right doesn’t have to be complicated. Start with these recommendations. 1. Eat fruits and vegetables. They can be fresh, frozen, or canned. Eat more dark green vegetables such as leafy greens and broccoli, and orange vegetables such as carrots and sweet potatoes. 2. Vary protein choices with fish, beans, and peas. 3. Eat 3 ounces of whole grain cereals, breads, rice, or pasta every day. 4. Have 3 servings of low fat or fat free dairy (milk, yogurt, or cheese) that are fortified with Vitamin D. 5. Make the fats you eat, healthy ones. Switch from solid fats to oils when preparing food. 6. Add physical activity. If you are just starting out, set a goal of 30 minutes every day. You can even break the 30 minutes a day to increments of 10 minutes, 3 times a day. You can begin with walking and increase your physical activity over... read more

Tips for Vegetarians

by Isabelle Workman Vegetarian diets can meet all the recommendations for necessary nutrients. The key is to consume a variety of foods and the right amount. 1. Protein – has many important functions in the body and is essential for growth and health. Sources of protein for vegetarians include beans, nuts, peas, nut butters, soy products, milk, and eggs. 2. Iron – functions as a carrier of oxygen in the blood. Iron sources include iron fortified breakfast cereals, spinach, kidney beans, black eyed peas, molasses, whole wheat bread, and dried fruit. 3. Zinc – is necessary for biochemical reactions and to help the immune system. Sources are white beans, kidney beans, chickpeas, wheat germ, pumpkin seeds, and milk products. 4. Vitamin B 12 – sources are eggs, milk products, and foods that have been fortified with B 12 like soy milk and veggie burgers. 5. Calcium – is used for building bones and teeth and maintaining bone strength. Sources are soy milk, calcium fortified breakfast cereals, orange juice, tofu, and dark green leafy vegetables. 6. Foods that typically contain meat or poultry can be made vegetarian: pasta primavera with marinara or pesto sauce, veggie pizza, vegetarian lasagna, tofu vegetarian stir fry, vegetable kabobs, vegetable chow main, bean burritos or... read more

Why are “oils” important?

by Isabelle Workman Oils come from many different plants and fish. Oils are not a food group, but they provide essential nutrients. Commonly consumed oils are canola, corn, cottonseed, olive, safflower, soybean, and sunflower. A number of foods are naturally high in oils, like nuts, olives, fish, avocados, cooking oil, and salad dressings. While consuming some oil is needed for health, oils still contain calories. In fact, oils and solid fats both contain about 120 calories per tablespoon. So make sure the amount of oil you consume is limited. Oils are good for us because they have fatty acids that are necessary for good health and are the major source of Vitamin E in our... read more

Planning Healthy Snacks

by Isabelle Workman 1. Build your own – make your own trail mix with unsalted nuts, seeds, dried fruit, popcorn, and a sprinkle of chocolate chips. 2. Prep ahead – portion snack foods into baggies or containers when you get home from the store so they are ready to grab and go. 3. Make it a combo – combine food groups like berries and yogurt, apples and peanut butter, whole grain crackers with turkey and avocado. 4. Eat vibrant veggies – dip bell peppers, carrots, or cucumbers in hummus, guacamole, or tzatziki. 5. Snack on the go – bring ready to eat snacks when you are out. A banana, baby carrots, or yogurt (in a cooler) are healthy options. These tips can help you keep to your diet goals and not get so hungry in between... read more

Tips for Celebrations

by Isabelle Workman 1. Make healthy habits part of your celebration – food and beverages are part of an event but they do not have to be the center. Focus on activities to get people moving and enjoying being together. 2. Make foods look festive – add a few eye catching fruits to a vegetable dish or a new recipe. Decorate foods with nuts or seeds or new shapes for veggies. 3. Offer thirst quenchers that please – add slices of fruit to water or create a float by adding a scoop of low fat sorbet to seltzer water. 4. Use healthy food groups – offer whole wheat crackers, spicy bean dip, and a veggie or fruit tray. Make a fruit kabob and layer yogurts and fruits for desserts. 5. Make moving part of every event – dancing, moving, playing active games, wiggling and giggling add to the fun. 6. Keep it simple – have others participate by contributing a dish, helping with the clean up, or keeping kids active and moving. Have fun at all of your celebrations and keep them healthy... read more

Baby Powder and Cancer

by Isabelle Workman According to the latest information from a research physician at Brigham and Woman’s Hospital in Boston, talc – the mineral in talcum powder – can cause ovarian cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization, has also called talc a possible carcinogen. If women put talcum powder on their underwear or feminine areas, talc particles can make their way to the ovaries. According to the research, talc, over time, can cause irritation and inflammation that can lead to cancer. Recently a California jury returned a large damages verdict for a woman suffering from terminal ovarian cancer. She claimed that Johnson & Johnson, the makers of Johnson’s Baby Powder, failed to warn her that the company had known for years about research demonstrating a relationship between its talc and cancer. The lawsuit cited a 1980s study showing that women who used talc on their genitals were at a 33% increased risk for ovarian cancer. The lead researcher advised the company to place a warning label on its product, but the company never did... read more

Planning Your Weekly Meals

by Isabelle Workman When making your grocery list, write down the meals you want to make. You will make fewer shopping trips and buy only the items you need. 1. See what you already have – look in your freezer, cabinets, and refrigerator. You probably have items on hand that you can use for meals. 2. Use a worksheet to plan your meals. This is great for planning your week and figuring out what items you need to buy. 3. Create a list of recipes – find new ideas for healthy and low cost meals based on what you have on hand. 4. Visit “what’s cooking USDA mixing bowl” – an interactive tool to help with healthy meal planning, cooking, and grocery shopping. You will find some new delicious recipes. 5. Think about your schedule – choose meals you can easily prepare when you don’t have a lot of time. Prepare meals in advance to heat and serve on your busiest days. 6. Plan to use leftovers – think about larger recipes with enough servings for multiple meals. That way, you can freeze and heat up during the coming... read more

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Over the last 30 years, attorney Michael Workman has fought for justice on behalf of injured people and their families. The firm pushes cases forward with relentless efficiency, relying on tenacity, thorough case preparation, and professional integrity. The firm uses the latest technology to serve its clients, including the most advanced computer hardware and case management systems. We’re able to handle complex litigation involving multiple defendants and hundreds of thousands of documents, and produce state of the art demonstrative and video evidence for presentation at settlement conferences and trials. Depending on the case, the firm retains experts skilled in accident reconstruction, neuropsychology, economics, mechanical engineering, design safety, medical records analysis, and vocational rehabilitation. These experts employ the latest scientific techniques in their testing and analysis.