By Emily Moody
Staying healthy is important, but how you keep yourself healthy all depends on what is best for you.
We asked local Jacksonvillians what keeps them on top of their game… here’s what a few had to say:
Liz Grebe – “Solid sleep.”
Tara Sheehan – “Gluten and wheat free diet.”
Dan Brown – “Vipassana meditation every morning.”
Doug Coleman – “Believing in what you are doing.”
Jennifer Hewett-Apperson – “Sleep, good food and plenty of water. Avoiding toxic people who bring you down is also a good thing.”
Celino Dimitroff – “FUN!!! Keeps you young and healthy.”
Carmen Godwin – “Laying off booze for the month has made my energy level skyrocket.”
Lindsey Shante – “I don’t go a day without using essential oils. Aromatherapy keeps me positive, energetic and my skin radiant.”
Olivia Foxworth – “Regular manicures and embracing passions regularly.”
Caroline Zwicker – “Laugh often. There’s nothing more amazing than feeling happy. Everyone looks their best wearing a smile.”
Emilie Christenson – “Kiels avocado eye cream.”
Joanelle Wood Mulrain – “Hydrate; drink water like mad – this is key!”
George Cornwell – “Humility, integrity, selflessness.”
Sara Cantor Kavalieros – “Sleep, staying hydrated, eating lots of fresh veggies & fruit & spending restorative time outdoors. Slipping up on any of these makes me feel yucky!”
Cynthia Stutzman – “The creative outlet is my zen.”
Jason Braddock – “Cycling and jogging on a regular basis.”
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By Kelsie Sandage
You should express your love for those you care about every day, but Valentine’s day is a day marked expressly to celebrate that love. Commercial industries take advantage of consumers by marketing the products they sell year around specifically for Valentine’s Day. Instead of just buying a heart shaped box of chocolate or a bouquet of flowers, take your sweetie on an adventure around the First Coast.
Don’t know what to do? Use our list below of fun activities around the area to help inspire an adventure with your love.
- Shake things up and take a dance class together. Jacksonville has a large variety of dance studios depending on what type you would like to learn. Some examples from around the area, Happy Feet Dance Studios on the Westside of Roosevelt Blvd., Fred Astaire Dance Studios in the north Arlington area, or A Social Affair Dance Studios off of Beach Blvd. near Hodges Blvd.
- Make waves with your Valentine when you spend a day kite-boarding through the shore of Jacksonville Beach when you visit North Florida Kiteboarding.
- Paintballing is a fun way to work as a team with the one you adore, or get competitive and play against each other. Whoever loses, buys dessert. Visit a Paintball Adventures park around the Jacksonville area.
- Get wild with your sweetie! Be daring and zip line across a pit of reptilian beasts during your visit to St. Augustine’s Alligator Farm Zoological Park.
- Explore the deep blue sea with your Valentine when you take scuba lessons in St. Augustine with iDive Florida or Sea Hunt Scuba. After you receive certification, perhaps you two can then explore the depths, have a hobby together and maybe see old sunken ships off the St. Augustine coast.
- Be pirates for a day and night with a stay at St. Augustine’s Pirate Haus Inn. Enjoy you flashback in history and don’t forget to share some run with your love.
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A bright start to your day
By Kelsie Sandage
We’ve heard it over and over that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but, in the hustle and bustle of getting ready in the morning, sometimes breakfast is neglected. Breakfast jumpstarts your metabolism so that you can better take on the tasks you have throughout your day. Skipping breakfast can lead to a bad mood and not functioning as well as someone who had breakfast.
Try the following breakfast options to get your morning moving.
- Frozen Yogurt and Cereal – Know that bran flakes are good for you, but still can’t get over the taste? Jazz it up with some low-fat frozen yogurt and fresh fruit, like berries, bananas, or in season produce, for a breakfast sundae that only tastes indulgent, but is actually healthy. The bran flakes provide fiber; ¾ cup of Kellogg’s All-Bran Original cereal provided 10 grams of fiber per ¾ cup serving size. Fresh fruit provides a good dose of vitamins; strawberries are a good source of folate and potassium and blue berries are filled with antioxidants. The frozen yogurt is a good source of calcium; half a cup of Publix brand lowfat frozen yogurt gives 15% of your daily calcium intake value.
- Almond butter toast and a glass of milk and an apple – A cup of lowfat 1% milk provides 29% of your daily calcium intake and washes down the almond butter toast. Almond butter has 17grams of fat per 1 ounce whereas peanut butter has 14grams per 1 ounce serving, but almond butter has less sodium and sugars that peanut butter. On multi-grain toast, one slice being 69 calories with only 10 of those calories from fat, you are on your way to a well-rounded meal. Take the apple on the road for some natural sugar and 10% of your vitamin C daily intake.
- Nuts and cheese – For those who do not have a second to spare in the morning, packing breakfast the night before can be beneficial. Walnuts, pecans or pistachios on your drive into work is a good way to get part of your daily fiber intake; raw pistachios 12% per 1 ounce serving and raw chopped English walnuts 8% per one ounce serving. One cup of diced Colby cheese may be 520 calories, but it provides 90% of your daily calcium intake as well as 26% of your daily vitamin A intake.
Nutrition expert of No Limit Nutrition, Jon Vredenburg chose three breakfasts that are eaten all too often even though they provide poor nutrition:
- Bagel with cream cheese: Most bagel places provide bagels that are over 300 calories of refined carbohydrates that do little to provide a long-term feeling of fullness. Combine this with a 150-250 calorie ‘dab’ of fat-laden cream cheese and you have the opposite of the breakfast of champions.
- Coffee shop muffins: Again, size matters here – but in a bad way. Today’s oversized muffins provide enough calories to fuel your walk to work – if you lived 5 miles from your office.
- Pancakes with sausage: Although, not a typical breakfast on the go, this refined-carbohydrate meal is a vehicle for more sugar and fat since nobody eats a plain pancake. Combine that with sausage that provides a day’s worth of sodium, and possibly fat, and you are ready for the post-breakfast food coma.
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