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Keeping your healthy resolutions!

I don’t typically make New Year’s resolutions, because I don’t typically keep them.

But I am resolving to make 2014 the best year yet – and that means taking a little time to keep balances, focused and healthy.

So it’s a good thing that Giant Food Stores sent a press release with some of their tips to make this year’s healthy/fit resolutions a little bit easier. They’re pretty easy and intuitive ways to meld health into your life

  • Set S.M.A.R.T goals! (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely). Don’t set
    yourself up for failure by setting unattainable goals. Instead create challenging, yet
    realistic goals that set you up for mini-successes throughout the year.
  •  Focus on behaviors and not numbers. Once you’ve decided on a weight goal and a
    reasonable amount of time in which you want to lose the weight, any other goals you
    set should be goals over which you have direct control. For example, set mini goals of how many servings of fruit you eat each day or how many minutes you exercise.
  • For some people keeping a food journal can be tedious. Instead of writing down what you eat, snap a quick photo of it on your phone. Visual representation of what you’ve eaten or had to drink will hold you accountable during the day. At the end of the day you can look back and remember what you had to eat and when you ate it.
  • Become a planner. Set aside time to plan your meals for the week prior to grocery
    shopping. Make half of your plate non-starchy vegetables, a quarter protein and
    quarter starch. If you have chicken breast as the protein, pair it with a non-starchy
    vegetable like green beans and a whole grain, like brown rice.
  • Breakfast gives you the energy you need to start your day off right. Try to incorporate at least three different food groups at breakfast every day, like whole grains, fruit, and low-fat dairy. A yogurt parfait is a great example that contains all three!
  • Keep your metabolism fired up by snacking between meals. Getting a combination of
    carbohydrates and protein will help keep you full longer and stabilize blood sugars.
    Some good choices include an apple with peanut butter, reduced fat cheese and
    whole grain crackers, hummus and carrots, or dried fruit and almonds.
  •  “Veg out” by doubling the volume of non-starchy vegetables you eat at every lunch
    and dinner.
  • Too much sodium in the diet has been linked to high blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease. Limit your daily intake of sodium to less than 2,300 mg and instead increase your intake of herbs and spices to boost the flavor of your plate. Get creative with garlic powder, cumin, ginger, paprika and more.
  • Make the TV room a no food zone. In addition, for every hour of television you watch,
    use the commercial time to get up and continuously move or exercise with hand
    weights. For an hour long television show, you’ll be moving about 17 minutes.
  • Stay hydrated. Even mild dehydration can leave you tired and lacking energy for daily tasks. Limit your liquid calories like soda, fruit drinks, iced teas, coffee drinks, etc. Try carrying a reusable water bottle with you wherever you go and drink from it throughout the day.
  • Plan ahead and pack a healthy lunch for work so that you are in control of your
    choices. Be sure to include a lean protein, healthy fat, and whole grains, in addition to your fruits and vegetables.
  • When dining out, go online ahead of time to look at nutrition information to determine which meal option would be the healthiest.
  • Be mindful to eat slowly, enjoy the taste and textures, and pay attention to how you
    feel. Use hunger and fullness cues to recognize when to eat and when you’ve had
    enough. Our brains need at least 20 minutes to get the message that our stomach is
    full.
  • Finally, get your rest! The average American needs between 7-9 hours of sleep per
    night. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, insufficient sleep can be associated with a number of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes,
    cardiovascular disease and depression.

Have at it, people!

Christkindl Market in the snow

Snow ruined some of my weekend plans – a bus trip to New York City – but my fiance and I decided to brave the snow and do something fun anyway and we headed to Christkindl Market in Mifflinburg.

I had never been and wanted to see what it was like. We headed out early to avoid the worst of the storm – but it was still pretty cold.

The moving Christmas tree was really cool. I don’t know too much about German traditions so it was really cool to see something new and different.

Of course, I made Mike pose in front of it, despite the freezing temperatures:

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The highlight of the whole thing was the food.

It was truly a food-centric fair, with enough schnitzel to shake a stick at. But it was delicioussss. And very affordable.

A lady in front of us at the Brat House said she would come out in 10 inches of snow to get their sandwiches and Mike tried one. He loved it.

20131216-092310.jpg This is definitely one festival I’d go to again.

Do you go to Christkindl market? What’s your favorite part?

New bakery in Milton – so yummy!

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Friday I went to the grand opening celebration for a new bakery in Milton – and I’m now very concerned because everything looked, smelled and – from the samples I had – tasted amazing.

This means I’m going to have a problem when I’m out covering Milton not stopping once the bakery is open full time. Right now, it’s just on weekends on South Front Street.

It’s Mirella’s Fine Cakes and Pastries.

The story is also a great one, with owner Mirella Deleon continuing to pursue her dreams of owning her own bakery for 20 years.

Her family was on board for the opening celebration Friday, as well as those who helped her with her transition to downtown Milton.

Mirella even teased her mom about pushing her to take baking classes when she first got interested in baking and pastries.

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I’m hoping Mirella has plenty of success and lots of time to celebrate here in the Valley!

Congrats!

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Yummy Yogurt coming to Lewisburg!

This morning, on my travels through Lewisburg, I passed This sign which made me so happy:

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Sweet Frog is coming to Lewisburg! Yessss!

Let me explain, Sweet Frog is part of the latest dessert trend, the yogurt bar where you top your yogurt with all the toppings you want and pay by weight.

The toppings include just about anything you could want to put on yogurt, from gummies to candy to sauces.

My fiancé and I first tried one in Arizona and now we have my whole family hooked.

Now, I normally don’t get too hooked on trends, but I couldn’t resist this one, and am SO exited to see it hit the Valley.

One yogurt bar opened in Bloomsburg recently and now with this one, I’m hoping yogurt bars are here to stay!

Here’s to hoping Danville gets one next!

A statue hidden under Spaghetti and Meatballs

Yesterday at ConAgra a beautiful new statue of legendary Hector Boiardi was unveiled at ConAgra in Milton (the company that now makes the Chef Boyardee products).

\While the statue was a great tribute to the man, the way the statue was unveiled was simply – well – delicious.

The statue was hidden under a giant can of Spaghetti and Meatballs on wheels, hiding the statue inside the very product that made him famous.

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The can was wheeled away to reveal the man underneath, and in a touching tribute, his nephew, Paul Boiardi was the first person to walk up and examine the statue, looking up at a man he said was “very proud” of his products and the way Milton embraced him.

20130724-085748.jpgEveryone at the event was just thrilled to see the larger-than-lifesized Chef. It’s definitely an event I won’t forget.

Double birthday celebration – yay! (But not triple – Boo!)

20130717-090446.jpgYesterday was an important day in the Wislock family – My dad and I celebrated our birthdays during our annual double birthday celebration! Whoooo!

We each get our own cake, since my father is a little bit of a Grumpy Gus and wants his own cake. A mistake only made once, on my first birthday.

But it was a little disappointing that my sister, scheduled to have a baby any day now, did not give birth to my little niece yesterday (booo!).

But I figure as long as she has it this week, we can count is as a triple birthday extravaganza, right?!

So if you’re in the mood for cake, swing by Danville, we’ve got multiple! And happy birthday to everyone celebrating this week, definitely the best week to come into the world!

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‘Sugar not so sweet’

Yesterday, I attended a presentation about nutrition for kids. But I also learned a lot about what is in the stuff I drink.

And it wasn’t pretty.

Instructor Cynthia Clayton had participants measure out sugars in a variety of drinks to see how that all adds up.

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20130711-085313.jpgIt was really shocking. It’s definitely interesting to see how much pure sugar is in your drink.

Here’s some facts about the sugars in our drinks:

  • By cutting out a two soda a day habit, you can lose 31 pounds in one year.
  • Bodies have to work to digest sodas and swweetened drinks, whereas water just hydrates. Therefore, drinking a soda when you’re hot will create more heat as your body works to digest it.
  • Dividing the number of grams of sugar in a drink by four gives you the number of teaspoons of sugar in the drink.

It’s a lot to think about. I know I am definitely looking at my drink choices today.

What’s your favorite summer fruit?

photo I’ve been in heaven the past couple of weeks, as everywhere has been stocked full of sweet cherries.

At left is a picture of the amazing specimens I had last night.

Yummmm.

The problem is, I eat so many sweet cherries this time of year, I’m concerned I’m going to turn into a sweet cherry, a la the girl in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with the blueberries.

But I don’t think I really care though. As long as I can still eat more.

I know that not everyone has a problem with cherries. Some like blueberries, strawberries, sweet corn.

It’s all here in the Valley for you.

Summer is high time for a variety of delicious foods (Look, I realize corn is not a fruit, don’t judge me).

What is your favorite summertime treat?

You know you’re from Danville when….

Last week I was looking at the Daily Item’s website when I saw something that caught my eye. I turned to city editor and fellow Danvillite Bill Bowman and said, “Well, you know how townie I am? I just saw the announcement that the Southside Carnival is starting next week and I thought, ‘Well, there’s dinner for next week.’”

The Southside Firemen’s Carnival is a tradition for those raised in the Danville townie lifestyle – it’s something those outside of the fold would hardly consider a “fair.”

But those in the know understand that the food can’t be beat there. You go, you see your fellow Danvillians, you gain 10 pounds, you listen to some great music, maybe play a game or ride a ride with the kids and you leave.

It’s great.

I had wings and french fries, followed by a funnel cake. I probably exceeded my monthly quota for cholesterol intake, but I don’t regret it.

Here’s a peek at what I’m talking about:

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This is in the cafeteria-style pavilion as we were getting started.

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Election night and pizzas go together like PB&J

Yesterday was election night. Check out the results for the Valley’s elections here.

For journalists, that means a late-night shift including the newsroom staple: the election night pizza.

Pizza is cheap, most people like it and low-paid journalists will do just about anything for free food.

The Daily Item had them, and so did a lot of other newsrooms, as evidenced by tweets coming out of newsrooms from across the state. Here’s just a small sample.