Buddy up for better brain – OSC:Wellness tip

OSC:Wellness brings you “quick tip” changes for healthier living. A more balanced sense of wellness can come One Small Change at a time.

This week’s tip is from the Alzheimer’s Association, which works to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through research, to provide care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. They gave me permission to share a tip from their 10 Ways to Love Your Brain resource, which has many other tips for a healthy brain.

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Buddy up.
Staying socially engaged may support brain health. Pursue social activities that are meaningful to you. Find ways to be part of your local community — if you love animals, consider volunteering at a local shelter. If you enjoy singing, join a local choir or help at an afterschool program. Or, just share activities with friends and family.

–Alzheimer’s Association
in 10 Ways to Love Your Brain, used with permission

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How to stabilize health compounds in chopped garlic – OSC:Wellness tip

OSC:Wellness brings you “quick tip” changes for healthier living. A more balanced sense of wellness can come One Small Change at a time.

This week’s tip is from Jill Weisenberger, Registered Dietitian and author of several nutrition books. She shares how to activate and stabilize garlic’s health-boosting compounds. You can find more simple tips like this in Jill’s second book The Overworked Person’s Guide to Better Nutrition.

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Chop garlic 10 minutes before cooking.
Garlic likely decreases the risk of colorectal cancer and stomach cancer. It’s also studied for possible roles in heart disease prevention. Chopping or crushing garlic activates its natural health-boosting compounds. But heat instantly deactivates them. Allow the chopped or crushed garlic to sit at room temperature for at least 10 minutes before heating to stabilize the disease fighters.

–Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, FAND, CHWC
Author, 21 Things You Need to Know about Diabetes and Your Heart and The Overworked Person’s Guide to Better Nutrition

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Plan ahead for better success – OSC:Wellness tip

OSC:Wellness brings you “quick tip” changes for healthier living. A more balanced sense of wellness can come One Small Change at a time.

This One Small Change tip is from Torey Armul, a Registered Dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She encourages us to plan ahead for better wellness.

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Create a plan for what you’ll eat tomorrow, and when. Preparing and planning ahead is the key to success in any endeavor, including health and weight loss. Take a proactive role by creating a meal schedule, packing your foods ahead of time and setting personal reminders. Without a plan, it’s easy to lose track of your goals and lose control over your food environment (being surrounded by only unhealthy options, for example) and your appetite (going too long between meals builds the desire for unhealthy foods).

Torey Armul, MS, RD, CSSD
Registered Dietitian, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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Introducing OSC:Wellness

New Series! OSC:Wellness brings you “quick tip” changes for healthier living. A more balanced sense of wellness can come One Small Change at a time.

We all want to live our best lives possible, but sometimes that can seem overwhelming. There’s so many recommendations! Where do we start? Sometimes it feels better not to change anything.

Introducing OSC:Wellness. This new series will bring you “quick tip”changes for healthier living, in small, implementable ideas. Taking steps toward a more balanced life doesn’t mean massive overhauls of your current habits. A more balanced sense of wellness can come One Small Change at a time.

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The first tip:

Drink a glass of water before every meal or snack you eat. (If you don’t like plain water, try flavoring it with herbs, citrus slices, or cucumbers). This has multiple benefits like maintaining hydration and reducing the likelihood of overeating or choosing a sugary beverage.

-Shelly Najjar, MPH, RDN
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

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