Top 5 Women’s Health Tips

Many women are busy taking care of the family, work, and other things that they tend to forget about their own health and wellness. If you are one to take your health for granted then it’s time to start prioritizing your health just like you do other important aspects of your life. Living a healthy lifestyle will help you function at a higher level so that you can do all the things you have to do that much easier, faster, and better.

Top 5 Women’s Health Tips

1. Create a workout plan that works for you. Women lead different lives and have different needs when it comes to physical health and maintenance. In order for you to stay healthy you must find time to workout. By creating a workout plan that suits your lifestyle you will be able to fit exercise in without missing a beat. Exercise becomes increasingly important as you get older.

2. Maintain a well balanced diet. The saying, “we are what we eat”, is a true and faithful saying. So it is important to opt for a healthier array of foods such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables and skip the processed junk food. Having a much healthier diet can do wonders for the body and it can reflect in a woman’s physical appearance, mind and attitude.

3. Get plenty of rest each night. It’s important to prioritize sleep at night because of its healing and reenergizing capabilities. The key is to get the proper amount of sleep on a consistent basis each night. In addition, taking a break once in a while (15-20 minutes will do) can do wonders for the mind and body as well.

4. Protect the skin. As a woman, it is important to take care of your skin. Your skin says a lot about your overall health, therefore, it should be a priority to take good care of it. One of the most effective ways to go about it is to stick to a healthy diet and protect your skin from UV rays by applying moisturizer with sunblock each day and night.

5. Work-Life balance. At the end of a busy week, it’s important to have some time for yourself to unwind and relax. You should always strive to achieve that work-life balance in order to recharge the mind, body, and soul, and to gear up for another busy week ahead. It also helps to use vacation time wisely by going somewhere where you can freely relax and rejuvenate yourself.

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Dole Health Summit: Part Two: Real Fruit Bites and More

Lunch at Dole: whipped ginger sweet potatoes, salmon with fresh tomatoes, vegetables lasagna, roasted squash, salad and chocolate covered pineapple

One thing that stood out to me during the Dole Health Summit was how proud the employees are of their health and habits. Before I went to the Dole Health Summit I kind of expected that there would be fresh produce available, but I was not expecting it to be so delicious and thoughtfully prepared.

Throughout my life I’ve believed that health food and good food were on two different teams. It never occured to me that they could be one in the same. When I thought of health food, I thought of “diet food” and to me it was boring, raw, cold, and uninteresting. I grew up in the 90’s where people were told not to eat fat, so I doused my iceburg lettuce in fat-free ranch dressing. We were told to eat cottage cheese, fat-free frozen yogurt, diet soda, and celery sticks to be healthy.

Onyx Restaurant at Four Seasons: ginger salad with miso soup

If I’m being totally honest, the concept of healthy can equal delicious is new to me. I use the term healthy loosely, because it seems that we all, scientists included, have our own idea of what healthy eating looks like.

But Dole managed to merge the two worlds effortlessly. You’d never know that health food wasn’t delicious and you’d never feel deprived or cheated eating this way.  Good, delicious, thoughtful and interesting food. I want more of that in my life, the merging of healthy and delicious foods.

Onyx: risotto with mushrooms

I realize that this may sound strange to those reading who already “get” it, but for me, it’s been a very long journey to this point. You see, it wasn’t until my mid-20’s that I had fresh blueberries, cherries, salmon, black beans, avocados, asparagus, dark leafy greens, or roasted vegetables. Blueberries were made into muffins. Cherries came from a jar in syrup. Salmon was from a can. Beans were brown or green and swimming with bacon. And vegetables were cooked in the microwave.

Dinner at Onyx, Four Seasons Hotel

I’ve since taught myself to enjoy interesting and new flavors. I prefer tea and coffee unsweetened. I rarely drink soda or diet soda. I’m not afraid to try new foods. I want to continue challenging my to change my definition of what good food is. Good food can be a local burger or butternut squash roasted to perfection with garlic, olive oil and chili powder. It can be coconut curry with chicken and vegetables. Good food, or delicious food, doesn’t have to be saturated in fat, salt or sugar to taste good. And I say these things as a reminder for myself, because I sometimes forget how good fruit and vegetables can be.

basil mango sorbet with dark chocolate and mint

Even the Dole employee cafeteria offered a healthy array of food choices. We had the opportunity to eat breakfast there our first morning. You could choose from whole wheat pancakes, to breakfast burritos with made-to-order omelets, homemade salsa, and avacado, or lox with cream cheese, bran muffins or fresh fruit.

In the Dole test kitchen we had the opportunity to try out new products and old favorites. For me, you can’t go wrong with frozen banana soft serve. Oh the miracles of the internet for bringing this amazing concoction into our lives.

We tried the salad kits which were filled with things like dried cherries, blue cheese and nuts. Not to mention the Real Fruit Bites. I really enjoyed these a lot (maybe too much!). I liked that you could taste the oatmeal in them. Apple was my favorite, and pineapple takes second. Josh really liked these too and I was sad to find out he raided my goodie bag and ate most of my packets.

Next was a new product that I haven’t seen yet…

Dole Shakers. Basically they are frozen fruit and yogurt, similar to dippin’ dots. You add fruit juice to them and shake for an on-the-go smoothie. I really liked the taste of these and enjoyed the thick texture. Some of the other bloggers noted that they took on the flavor of whatever juice you use, I didn’t mind that though. I thought they were refreshing and could imagine using these in a pinch or while traveling. I also think they might be good with unsweetened vanilla almond milk to cut down the sugar.

What are you favorite healthy, yet delicious recipes?

Click Here to read Dole Health Summit: Part One

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