Blog Posts by Shannon Hoehnen

  • User Post: How to get back on track at the gym

    Well ladies and gentleman, the holiday weekend is over. Yes, we all enjoyed our cookouts and time off work, but for most of us, this means it's time to get serious at the gym again. Many of us spent time traveling (check out my NYC cupcake and pizza adventures!) or catching up with family and friends over the past few weeks and now that we're back it might be a bit tricky to get back into an old gym routine. Never fear, I've compiled a list to help us get back on track.

    1.) Pack your gym bag

    It may seem simple, but the small task of getting your workout gear together and putting it in a bag is the first step in falling back into your old routine. Before your vacation, you would pack up your gym bag each day and your mind and body would almost be on auto-pilot, knowing you'd be at the gym. Simply by packing your gym bag, your mind will be ready for the gym.

    2.) Make plans

    Make plans to meet someone else (mom, spouse, dad, brother, friend, etc.) at the gym or running

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  • How to pack the perfect (healthy) picnic basket this Fourth of July

    For many Americans, the 4th of July means packing up the picnic basket and heading to the park to hang out and partake in the Holiday festivities. While you'll probably be playing frisbee, catch or heck, even tag, that doesn't mean you should stomach the traditional picnic fare of fried chicken and mayo-laden potato salad. But by making a few minor adjustments and modifications, you can enjoy a healthy and delicious picnic -- and yes, you'll be able to have dessert!

    First let's first review what you should stay away from.

    According to the spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. Kerry Neveille, the following items should be avoided:

    • Mayonnaise-based salads (i.e. potato salad, egg salad, coleslaw
    • Alcoholic beverages (if you do plan on celebrating with a drink, stick to light beer or wine)
    • Fried foods

    Instead, fill your basket with fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meat (fish or chicken) and whole-grain salads and side dishes.

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  • I'll take a water please, no chemicals. How important is using a BPA-free water bottle?

    So we've all heard about how 'dangerous' BPA is, right? But do we know why? Do we know just how dangerous? (You know, is it a oh-my-goodness-your-health-will-suffer dangerous or an ok-people-are-probably-overreacting-but-i'll-play-along dangerous?) And what can we do about it? What solutions are available and which ones are worth pursuing?

    BPA, or Bisphenol A, is a compound found in hard, clear polycarbonate plastics. Recently, the U.S. government's National Toxicology Program supported the claims of a scientific panel who expressed concern about physiological changes that occur in people when they ingest BPA. Ingestion of BPA occurs when the chemical is leached from the plastic into the food.

    The Canadian government has even considered declaring the chemical toxic,as reported in an artcile in the New York Times. An artcile highlighting the chemicals found in plastic bottles from US News and World Report notes "this could set the stage for banning it from plastic baby

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