Need a nudge to keep your new resolutions strong?
We are three weeks into the New Year - by this point your New Year's resolutions have either become comfortable habits or they have slid out of focus.
If you resolved to become more active and/or lose weight in 2008 and need a little help refocusing, I may have just the solution for you: A nag.
Not a mean, relentless nag - how about an encouraging, gently nudging nag? That is what you would get if you joined Live Healthy America.
During the last days of 2007 and into the New Year, the TVs at my house seemed capable only of broadcasting football games. Somewhere in the drone of the football-a-thon, a commercial for Live Healthy America caught my attention. The Web site (www.livehealthyamerica.com) told me more about the program:
'Live Healthy America is a nationwide, Web-based and teamwork-driven program that will motivate and teach individuals how to make positive and lasting changes to achieve a healthy lifestyle through increased physical activity, improved diet and weight loss over the course of 100 days.
A non-profit program funded by the Iowa Sports Foundation and the Richard O. Jacobson Foundation, LHA's goal is to increase awareness of obesity, overweight, and associated conditions and to improve the tools, resources and technology to assist individuals, organizations and corporations in creating a culture of wellness.'
If you know me very well at all, you know I love having a regime to follow and mapping out a plan to achieve goals. Live Healthy America has me written all over it!
And, I guess it struck a chord with other Americans, too. To date, 17,104 people have signed on for the challenge. All across the United States, teams of friends, family, coworkers and church families have joined together to help each other meet their fitness goals. Each team has a captain - a 'nag' to keep them motivated, focused and progressing toward their goal for the hundred days.
Teams can chose to participate in the weight loss challenge, the physical activity challenge, or both. When you enroll (for a minor fee or $15 per person) you receive a training t-shirt, a one-year subscription to a lifestyle magazine, and chances to win incentives and prizes. Participants also have access to nutritional, fitness, motivational, health and wellness resources and progress reports. Your personal data is confidential - even your own team members won't know your weight each week.
And it's not too late to join in the fun. The 100-day count started Jan. 16, but enrollees are welcome up to the April 24 ending date. All you have to do is form a team of at least two people. What have you got to lose?
This week's recipe is from a Live Healthy America's resource, MedicineNet.com, which uses the motto 'We Bring Doctor's Knowledge to You.' Though the recipe calls for spraying a nonstick pan with cooking spray, I would caution against it, as it can ruin nonstick surfaces. Also, a nonstick surface will not 'brown' the chicken; it will cook but it will not take on the nice brown color we associate with 'browned' meat. I suggest you use a regular sauté pan sprayed with cooking spray to achieve the nice browned appearance and the same nutritional results.
Bon Appetit - Eat something new!
Chicken Sauté with Pink Grapefruit
Makes 4 servings
2 small pink grapefruits
½ cup or less orange juice
All purpose flour for dredging chicken
1 teaspoon dried or 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon (can substitute herb of your choice)
Salt and pepper to taste
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound total)
¼ cup white wine or chicken stock
1 tablespoon fresh parsley
Peel grapefruit and cut into cross section slices and remove seeds. Save all juice and add orange juice to yield ½ cup of juice for sauce.
Mix flour with tarragon (or other herb) salt and pepper and dredge chicken in mixture.
Spray nonstick skillet with cooking spray and add chicken. Cook over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes per side or until golden brown. Remove from skillet, cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.
Deglaze the pan with wine and juice on high heat. Reduce liquid in half; add grapefruit sections and parsley.
Place slices of grapefruit on center of plate, top with sautéed chicken breast and drizzle with sauce.
Nutritional information: Per serving: 213 calories, 28 grams protein, 14 grams carbohydrates, 3.3 grams fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 73 mg cholesterol, 1.2 grams fiber, 65 mg sodium (not including salt to taste), 15% calories from fat.
From Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD on MedicineNet.com, 2007
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We've noted some changes at Genia's Restaurant in downtown Lake Oswego. Owner Beate Darnell has hired Chef Amy Jermain to recreate the restaurant's menu featuring local foods and sustainable agriculture. Chef Jermain brings to Genia's her experience in the kitchens at Paley's Place, Tabla, Andina and Higgins. Stop in and introduce yourself. This could be the table away from home you've been waiting for. BR
Randall welcomes your food questions and research suggestions. She can be reached at 503-635-8811 or by e-mail at brandall@lakeoswe