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Jill W.

Jill W.

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I am a retired pre-school/kdg teacher. I taught in the CPS for 32 years. I am a five year breast cancer survivor as of June 2012! I am Jewish My sister is Rae I am a work in progress.
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    Thank you Vicky P and Annette S!

    I mostly stick to whole foods. I love garbanzo beans. If you stick to whole foods, it is much easier to cook healthy meals. I love to explore different recipes. In the summer I take white corn off the cobb, butter and season with a touch of salt and pepper. At the end of heating this through I add blueberries. Give it a try. Everyone have a wonderfilled day.

    How to do it

    Take a moment to pull out packaged items such as pasta, crackers, cereal, rice, and bread. Now check the ingredients listings. Do any of them contain the word "whole" in the first ingredient?

    Why it matters

    Whole grains consist of three layers: bran, endosperm, and germ. Refined grains (often found in white bread, rice, and pastas) have been stripped of all but one layer: the endosperm. Although this makes them easy for the body to digest, without the other two layers, refined grains lose half their B vitamins, 90% of their vitamin E, and almost all their fiber. Whole grains offer more vitamins and much more fiber. You'll also feel full much longer than you would after eating refined grains.

    Fun fact

    In 2007, over 792 million metric tons of corn was grown worldwide. In more common language, that is 1,746,360,000,000 lbs. of corn (792,135,571,000 kgs).

    "Go to the pantry and look for 1 food that contains whole grains, such as pasta, bread, or cereal"

    July 21, 2017 at 14:02 UTC
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    This is an easy DC. As a diabetic, I do not drink anything with sugar. The only time I would have juice is when my blood sugar is too low. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    "Write down every beverage you have today, and figure out how much sugar is in each one"

    July 20, 2017 at 12:04 UTC
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    • Sheila C.
      Sheila C. replied July 20, 2017 at 16:15 UTC:

      Blessings and love for you!!

    • Diane H.
      Diane H. replied July 20, 2017 at 18:26 UTC:

      I hope you have a great Thursday Jill. I am trying to back off using sugar and do not drink soft drinks either. I drink water mostly and will be getting some sugar free orange juice and cranberry juice. Hope you have a great day today Jill! ♥ ♥ HUGS ♥ ♥

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    Thank You Mary B, Sheila C, Judy A, Vicky P, Judy F, Diane H, Annette S, and Sandy W!♥

    I had cashews with my lunch. I am a bit under the weather due to some soup I ate. How come I find the shrimp after eating most of the bowl. Isaac did the ordering, and he did say I have an allergy. In between bouts, I got my friend to the ENT. She will have an ear CT tomorrow. I am exhausted! Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    How to do it

    Eat one food today that helps to help boost your HDL, or "good" cholesterol, level. Some tasty choices include whole grains (whole grain bread, pasta, rice, or steel-cut oatmeal), salmon, and nuts like walnuts and almonds.

    Why it matters

    Cholesterol is a type of fat that is carried in your bloodstream. But not all cholesterol is bad! Your levels of HDL (known as "good" cholesterol) are best when they are high, while your levels of LDL ("bad" cholesterol) should remain low to protect your health. By adding HDL-boosting foods, you'll lower your risk of heart disease - and get to eat some tasty things, as well!

    Fun fact

    The molecular formula for cholesterol is C27H46O.

    "Eat 1 food today that increases your amount of "good" cholesterol, such as nuts or whole grains"

    July 19, 2017 at 19:46 UTC
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    Thank you Ginger P, Diane H, Vicky P, Sheila C, Annette Sand Julie O! Potent E at 345 points!

    Here is what I found on the City of Chicago site:


    Everyone have a wonderfilled day. I went to the farmers market at Lincoln and Leland. One of my favorite farmers , Lang Farms, retired. That made me very sad. I got mushrooms from my mushroom guy, goat milk gouda from the cheese stand. Green beans, peaches, and peppers. It was a lovely cool morning.to walk around and see all of the produce. I purchased 1 poppy seed bagel for my breakfast from the new bagel stand. I do like a good bagel.

    "Go online to find out what types of produce are currently in season where you live"

    July 18, 2017 at 19:17 UTC
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    Thank you Annette S and Sandy W!

    As an allergic person, I read most labels in stores. Quite awhile back I got progressively sicker over the course of a month. I was in the kitchen with Rae explaining that I probably needed to go to the ER. I thought I was going to die I felt so ill and drained. My eye hit a bottle of oil that we had started using and I saw a small label saying enhanced withy omega 3 fatty acids. Well, that is fish oil. We had not seen that because we did not regularly read labels. We stopped using it immediately and within a week I was better. Now we read everything. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    How to do it

    Write a reminder on your grocery list to read the packaging - front and back - of two items that you purchase on your next shopping trip. Keep in mind that the bigger the promises on the front of the box, the closer you should read the fine print on the back!

    Why it matters

    Food makers are very in tune with what people are trying to eat - or avoid eating - to stay healthy. As a result, they regularly change their packaging to maximize perceived benefits (like zero trans fats or cholesterol) and hide perceived problems (like high amounts of sugar or sodium). By giving a thorough read of the front and back labels, you minimize your chances of making purchases that overpromise and underdeliver.

    Fun fact

    The modern frozen food industry was invented by Clarence Birdseye in 1924, while Birdseye was working as a fur trader in Canada.

    "Write a reminder on your grocery list to read the fronts and backs of 2 packages of food"

    July 17, 2017 at 13:47 UTC
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    Thank you Judy F, Judy A, and Sandy W!

    I can't do this DC. How many strawberries, blueberries and blackberries were supposed to be in my bowl? I have no idea. I just use a small bowl. I love my whole foods. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    How to do it

    Put the amount of a favorite food that you would typically eat into a bowl. This can be a snack food or a food that you eat at a meal. Next, check the package to find the recommended serving size, then use a measuring cup to pour that second, accurate serving into another bowl. Is there a difference in size between your serving and the one you've measured?

    Why it matters

    When it comes to what constitutes a serving, the amount we eat may be quite different from what the food manufacturer has listed on the package! In the case of cereal, for example, the serving size may be as small as half a cup (15g), but you may fill your bowl with much more. So unless you've been paying close attention to the tiny type on the side of the box, you're probably taking in many more calories (kilojoules) than you thought.

    Fun fact

    The earliest known oven, found in present-day Israel, dates back over 23,000 years. Evidence shows it was used to make cereal.

    "Pour 2 servings of 1 food - what you normally eat and what the box recommends - and compare sizes"

    July 16, 2017 at 15:25 UTC
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    Thank you Diane H!

    This DC is so not me. It is so much easier to snack on fruit, make a piece of toast and put something on it to have a snack or pop popcoirn. I flavor pecans or almonds to snack on so I know there is no sugar. I snack on pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and pistachios. I get them unsalted, but I can have salt if I want .Food that are simple and delicious and have no chemicals are a good thing!

    How to do it

    When preparing a meal or eating a snack today, look at the ingredient list of one package. Write down any ingredients you don't recognize or can't pronounce. If you have time, go online to look up what you've written on your list, or save it for a rainy day.

    Why it matters

    Many packaged foods list ingredients that you won't find in your kitchen or on the grocery store shelf. These ingredients may be unfamiliar names for salt, sugar, or fat that can make your snack or meal a less-than-healthy choice. By making a list of what you don't recognize, you increase your awareness of what's in your food. Looking up the unknown ingredients can arm you with knowledge the next time you're grocery shopping or choosing a snack.

    Fun fact

    One anti-caking agent used in commercial foods is silicon dioxide, which you probably know as

    "List all the ingredients you don't recognize or can't pronounce in 1 meal or snack"

    July 15, 2017 at 15:24 UTC
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  • Edward E., Sandy W., Diane H., and 20 others smiled at this


    Good morning everyone! So glad to be here and in relatively good shape!

    This is a good DC! I struggle with the weight thing. I lost the battle long ago. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    How to do it

    Visit the American Cancer Society's Calorie Counter tool at http://www.cancer.org/healt.... Answer the five quick questions, and the tool will calculate how many calories (kilojoules) you need in a typical day.

    Why it matters

    A person's energy needs are typically based on factors like sex, age, weight, and exercise. These help to determine a person's Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR), which is a fancy way of saying how many calories (kilojoules) you need if you were to do nothing but snooze for a day. The amount of extra food you need depends on your activity level and whether you are trying to gain or lose weight. Determining your own needs is the first step toward taking a more active role in your health. Once you know that number, you can start reading labels with it in mind and planning your meals accordingly.

    Fun fact

    On an intense training day, U.S. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps consumes roughly 12,000 calories (49,200 kilojoules).

    "Use an online tool to determine how much energy you need each day"

    July 14, 2017 at 13:28 UTC
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