Happy, Healthy Monday

labor daySummer is drawing to a close. And while that makes me more than a little a bit sad, I’ll also be happy to no longer have to overhear  the neighborhood kids whining about how they are bored or the ear-numbing / brain-freezing,  repetitive, tinny tones of the ice cream van.

For those of you waking up in America, there’s another reason to celebrate this Monday morning.  It’s Labor Day – the last hoorah to summer. So go ahead, press the snooze button…and keep the dream alive!

bikini bodyAnd when you do finally come to, go enjoy that pool party, beach trip or family cook out. But remember, even though you may be about to pack away your swimsuit you don’t need to sacrifice your bikini body!

And while indulging in your friend’s tasty casseroles and decadent desserts might sound tempting, we urge you to consider some simple, calorie cutting, healthier options:

  • Slim down your dips:  If you replace half of the mayonnaise or sour cream in your dip recipe with 0% Greek yogurt you will reduce the fat and calories significantly. And why not use sliced veggies for dipping and cucumber instead of crackers in your appetizers.
  • Go easy on the carbs:  Carbohydrates can leave you feeling sluggish and the calories are quickly converted to fat.  So skip the pasta salad and head for the shrimp cocktail instead
  • Skip the soda and beer:  Soft drinks and alcohol have a lot of calories.  Instead, opt for water with lots of ice and some sliced cucumber or citrus in it.
  • veggiesPile on the veggies:  Instead of bacon and cheese on your burgers, choose lettuce, onion, peppers , mushrooms, fresh chili slices and tomato.  They will add a ton of crunch without a lot of fat or calories.  My personal favorite of the year… eggplant sliced lengthwise, drizzled in olive oil and spices then grilled or baked, instead of the bun.  Try it…it’s delicious!
  • Avoid processed foods:  Processed foods are usually high in salt, preservatives and artificial flavors.  Although sandwich meats are a popular Labor Day party food they are highly processed. Slice your own chicken, beef or ham for a tastier, healthier version.

Whatever you eat, whatever you do, whether today is a vacation or not [ and in my case it’s not], let’s start the week healthy!

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Wishing our readers a Happy & Healthy Labor Day

Labor Day has been celebrated in the US since 1882.  Back then, the observance of Labor Day was supposed to be marked by a street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families.

This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.

The character of the Labor Day celebration has undergone a change in recent years, especially in large industrial centers where mass displays and huge parades have proved a problem. However, the first Monday in September is still a day on which the nation is supposed to pay tribute to the creator of our nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership – the American worker.

And while Labor Day may be a celebration of work, it’s also summer’s official last hurrah. In other words it’s an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and the last of the great weather by doing something healthy.

Assuming Hurricane Isaac and its remnants stay away from DC, I’m hoping to spend my weekend swimming, biking, running, gardening and otherwise enjoying the outdoors.

Whatever you decide, we wish you a happy and healthy Labor Day…and should it not be a holiday where you live, happy Monday!

Happy Holidays from SRxA’s Word on Health

According to Wikipedia , Labor Day “is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer. The holiday is often regarded as a day of rest and parties. Forms of celebration include picnics, barbecues, fireworks displays, water sports, and public art events.”

We took note, and took the day off.  We’ll be back on Wednesday, with more news and views on the world of healthcare and pharma.

Happy Holidays to all of our readers.