Food & Suplement

Two wheels is all she needs to have fun and stay fit

To say 86-year-old Diana lives an active “thrive” lifestyle could be an understatement. She volunteers. She hikes. She goes to the gym.

“I’m always on my feet,” said the retired librarian from Lacey.

Unless, of course, she’s on her bicycle.

Diana and her husband, Rod, have just one car. So if they’re headed in different directions, somebody has to get creative.

Diana often chooses pedal power. She rides her bike to the local fitness center, where she does yoga and a Kaiser Permanente fitness program for seniors.

She also volunteers at the food bank once a week and participates in groups and activities at church several days a week. And she often travels there by bike. She even cycles to the grocery store, the bank, and the library to run errands.

She rides for fun, too. Diana and Rod, longtime Kaiser Permanente members, live near the Chehalis-Western Trail, a

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Leftover turkey tostadas recipe

I love absolutely everything about the holiday season, but my favorite thing of all is the food — specifically the aromas and the spices that characterize this time of the year. It is usually the only time I cook a whole turkey and all the fixings that go with it. In a small household like mine, this typically means plenty of leftover food. I am also very conscious of — and refuse to contribute to — the large amount of food waste that the food industry and households produce on a daily basis. Using leftover food wisely is one way to address this issue. I love a simple leftover turkey sandwich, but this year I decided to expand the recipe pool, considering nutrition, time and ease of preparation.

One of my family’s favorite meals is tostadas. They are easy to make and extremely versatile, as you can switch the protein

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How to stay active at work, even with a desk job

If you’re desk-bound at work, it’s probably tough to get enough movement throughout the day. You may have even heard that sitting is the new smoking — that’s because when you sit all day, the inactivity could lead to back and joint pain and more serious problems like high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes.

If you think a quick trip to the gym after sitting all day at work is a total fix, we’ve got some bad news for you.

Our bodies are designed to move, so even regular exercise isn’t going to counteract the damaging effects of sitting at your desk all day, says Caroline King-Widdall, MD, a family medicine physician with Kaiser Permanente Northwest in Salem, Ore.

Since quitting your job in favor of a more active lifestyle isn’t exactly a viable option, here are Dr. King-Widdall’s tips for getting more activity during the day:


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5 Tips to stay on track and enjoy yourself during the holidays

It’s holiday season. From mountains of candy on Halloween, all the way through New Year’s Day brunch, ‘tis the season for holiday parties, family gatherings and lots (and lots) of food. These tips will help you enjoy the season without derailing your efforts to stay healthy through the celebrations.

1. Don’t deprive yourself

If you would be sad to miss out on that bit of stuffing, cup of eggnog or that latke that reminds you of this time of year, have a taste, or a small portion. Complete deprivation may make you binge.

2. Pre-eat

Grab a light snack before going to those parties. Arriving with a slightly full stomach won’t leave you as much room for gorging on those calorie-laden goodies.

3. Think before you drink

Is that beverage worth it? You may wish to decide if you prefer your holiday calories in solid or liquid form. Some helpful

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9 ideas for homemade holiday gifts

Whether you’re rushing store to store or frantically filling your online cart, holiday shopping can be stressful. Gift giving should bring us joy — not anxiety. So, if you’re looking to try something different this year, why not simplify with gifts you can make from the comfort of your own home.

From handmade to homemade, there are many crafty options out there. Hint: Pinterest has thousands of ideas and most of them involve Mason jars. But if you’re still not sure where to start, here are some festive favorites. And remember to think about which ones you’d have the most fun making because there are health benefits to doing what you love.

Sweet and spicy treats

Give a gift that will fill their hearts and their bellies. Some of the yummiest treats can include healthy ingredients too.

  1. A jar of homemade granola is as easy or involved as you want
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