Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Watching Your Waistline? Download These 2 Healthy Eating Apps!

July 29, 2014 1:07 pm

Eating healthy, whole foods gives you more energy, keeps your waistline in check, and just makes you feel better all around. If you want to learn to incorporate more healthy foods into your diet, these smart and simple apps can help.

Weight Loss Diet Plan
Forego the fad diets in favor of a sustainable healthy eating plan with the Weight Loss Diet Plan app. This app provides a complete meal plan, healthy recipes, and weight loss tips complete with beautiful photos that will actually make you excited about eating fruits and veggies. With meals like buffalo burgers and breakfast burritos, you might even forget that you’re on a diet.

Calorie Counter and Food Diary
Counting calories at each meal can make eating stressful, so the Calorie Counter and Food Diary does it for you. Simply keep a log of the foods you eat each day, and the app will provide you with a complete daily analysis to help you stay on track with your nutrition goals. You can even record the calories you burned from exercising and share your results with your fitness-minded friends.

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Choose Healthy Foods by Using ‘GO, SLOW and WHOA’

July 22, 2014 1:13 pm

Navigating the supermarket can be a challenge, especially when you’re shopping for healthy foods for the whole family. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute developed the terms GO, SLOW and WHOA to categorize foods that are lower in fat and calories and more beneficial all around. Use these categories the next time you go grocery shopping to help make smarter and healthier food decisions.

GO foods are the most beneficial.
These foods are lowest in fat and calories, making them less harmful to your waistline. They contain much less sugar than other foods, and they’re full of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients your body needs. GO foods include things like fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats.

SLOW foods should be eaten in moderation.
Though these foods aren’t necessarily unhealthy, they’re higher in fat and calories and should be eaten in smaller amounts. Many SLOW foods provide some vitamins and nutrients, but their high calorie or sugar contents will make you gain weight if eaten in excess.

WHOA foods are the most harmful.
This category includes things like cake, cookies, and other desserts. These foods are the highest in fats and added sugar, and they’re much more calorie-dense than others. Because they provide little to no nutrients, they should only be saved for special occasions.

Choosing Foods for Your Family [National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute]

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Bushnell Park Brings History to Hartford

July 15, 2014 1:10 pm

Bushnell Park has existed for more than a century in Hartford, a 37-acre enclave from the busy city. It's the oldest public park in the country, and so culturally rich that it's claimed a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, particularly as a result of its historic artwork.

The artwork shows up in several forms throughout the park, some of them functional. For instance, Bushnell Park's carousel is a work of art in and of itself. It was built in 1914 with 48 wooden horses and two chariots hand-carved by locally renowned carvers. Wooden roses sprinkle the horses and chariots.

Other masterpieces appear more traditionally, as statues. Once such statue pays homage to Horace Wells, the Hartford dentist who invented modern anesthesia, and another monument commemorates the local soldiers and sailors who have fallen in war. Visit the pumping station to get a peek inside a functioning anti-flood mechanism and explore the adjacent art gallery, or head to the brown-stone-edged pond for some time of quiet reflection.

Bushnell Park
100 Wells Street
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 232-6710

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