Ilene’s Healthy Tips for April 21 – 25, 2014

Ilene Yalen, MSRD WellAmerica 2014

Ilene Yalen, MSRD
WellAmerica 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

Cardiovascular disease can affect anyone, even those who exercise regularly and have little body fat. Unfortunately, we’ve all witnessed athletes who have died of heart disease at a young age. It’s important to take care of your body on the inside by feeding it properly.  Following a healthy diet is one of the best methods for preventing heart disease and the risk of dying from it.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day! Today I want to tell you about The 3000 Club, which is mostly known for “Market on the Move”, a program where families can get 60 pounds of produce for $10. It has opened a new warehouse at 250 S. Toole Ave, which has a new thrift store, a recycling center and a computer and medical reclamation program. Here, used computers are refurbished and donated medical supplies are redistributed to the needy. Even produce, not fit for humans, are donated for compost or to people who need it to feed their animals. Donations of various items are being accepted at their thrift shop on Toole Ave, which is open every day (Call for hours; 373-5256). Market on the Move is currently held from 7am to 10am every Saturday at various locations around Tucson, including their warehouse. For a weekly schedule, visit  Together, we can help repair the world one step at a time.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Would your kitchen pass an inspection? Take this test: Do you wash your hands before grabbing ice with them? Do you use a separate kitchen towel to wipe counters and to wipe your hands?  Do you clean your kitchen phone regularly? Do you wash your fruits and vegetables before you slice them- even if you’re not eating the peel? Do you use a thermometer when cooking meats?  Is your kitchen floor cleaned regularly? If you answered “No” to any of these, you may be in need of a kitchen makeover. To avoid potential food poisoning, focus on ways to reduce bacteria transmission from all sources.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

For many, convenience wins which can be a good thing! Even if you’d rather eat a donut that’s across the room, according to a recent study, if you have a bowl of carrots at your desk, you’re more likely to eat the carrots instead of getting up to fetch the donut. This study was conducted from 2 PM to 5 PM, when afternoon cravings for sweets and fats are strong. Plan ahead by keeping produce freshly cut and available at least two are three times per week, as that will be two or three times per week you’ll be eating a healthier snack.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Krill oil vs. Fish oil.  What’s better? Fish oil is from a variety of fish; anchovies, sardines, salmon, cod and tuna. Krill comes from tiny shrimp-like crustaceans found in the Antarctic. Both have Omegas 3 fatty acids, but krill oil, unlike fish oil, is a good source of the antioxidant astaxanthin, which has as much as 1000 times the antioxidant power of vitamin E. However, keep in mind, it’s always best to get omega 3 fatty acids from low mercury fish and other whole food sources first.





Ilene’s Healthy Tips for April 14 – 18, 2014

Ilene Yalen, MSRD WellAmerica 2014

Ilene Yalen, MSRD
WellAmerica 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

Did you know that being underweight puts people at a higher health risk than being overweight?  Aim to keep your weight ideal for you, even if it’s not popular. Avoiding extremes will keep you healthier and happier in the long run.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Chronic worry and emotional stress can stimulate the sympathetic nervous system to release stress hormones such as cortisol. Cortisol boosts blood sugar levels and triglycerides (blood fats) in the blood short term to help you “fight or flight”, but when these sugars and fats are not used in the blood for physical activities, the long term implications can lead to a host of unhealthy effects: suppression of the immune system, digestive disorders, muscle tension, short-term memory loss, premature coronary artery disease and heart attack. Make sure you exercise daily, keep your health in mind when you eat, avoid chronic worrying and talk to a doctor if necessary.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 

Do you suffer from reflux? Tilt your bed a few inches above your feet, practice relaxation, get regular exercise, and make some changes in your diet: keep a food log to track the foods and beverages that make your symptoms worse, eat a diet rich in fiber- at least 40 grams from whole grains, fruits and vegetables, stop drinking alcohol and caffeine, stay hydrated, and don’t eat within 2 hours of going to bed. If these tips don’t eliminate your symptoms, see your doctor.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Does consuming wheat actually cause “wheat belly”? While it’s true Americans tend to over consume refined wheat products, however cutting out these foods does not equate with weight loss. Aim to consume 6-11 servings daily of whole grains, over refined grains, and exercise regularly to burn this preferred fuel source.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Did you know that people rated Costco and Trader Joe’s among the top stores for prices and healthy foods, and Sprouts for getting what you want? Other stores may be cheaper and more convenient, but cleanliness and quality are often compromised. If you haven’t been to these stores in a while, give them another try!