In honor of National Women’s Health Week, KTVU’s Gasia Mikaelian, Claudine Wong and Allie Rasmus share the simple “health hacks” that make them feel strong and healthy. Remember, even small changes can make a big difference.
I love popcorn with just a touch of butter and a lot of spicy crystal sauce – a fantastic snack … I’m also using a lot less meat in the kitchen and “filling” vegetables: yesterday I made a ragu of sausage with half the amount of sausage requested and many more onions / garlic / carrots / celery / tomatoes / spices … it was so tasty that no one noticed my “trap”. I try to follow the tips for using meat as a condiment, instead of being the main part of the meal. Healthier, better for the environment, less expensive … and just as delicious.
One of my favorite healthy hacks is to use fat-free Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. I am also big on egg white for breakfast. To exercise, I love hiking with mountains to clear my mind, enjoy the views and also make my dog Leo really happy.
I have two simple tips that I use to keep me on the healthy path (or at least try to).
1. DO ONE THING: Do you plan to run a mile and feel too exhausted? Drive half a mile. Do a quarter of a mile. My initial goal was to swim laps for 25 minutes? It was like that. But now I have to pick up my kids before school. 10-15 minutes better than zero minutes. Do something. Something active is better than nothing.
2. SEE MEDIA: Do you really want that cookie or that piece of chocolate cake? Go ahead, eat it, but cut it in half the portion you have. Cut it into a quarter. It’s better than eating the whole thing and * sometimes * you don’t feel deprived.
Now, let’s be real. Do I follow these rules religiously? No! I am human. We all are. We’re all doing our best to stay healthy, and after the year, we’ve all had: uh! – spending the day is a victory. Don’t stress yourself too much to be healthy, but defeat the purpose of being healthy. Too much cortisol, the stress hormone, is unhealthy.