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Perfect Crusty Breads for the Season’s Bounty!

By Erin McGuire  •  Thursday, August 20th, 2015

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Bruschetta.  Caprese.  Pesto.

Do you get a little thrill just reading these words?  We certainly do, because this time of year is simply bursting with phenomenal local produce.  Tomatoes, basil, garlic, greens, onions, corn, on and on, we can’t get enough of it!
Now imagine taking these glorious local veggies and herbs home, making some incredible bruschetta (or caprese with luscious fresh mozzarella, or pesto), placing it on bread you have on hand, inhaling the fresh and enticing aroma as you take a bite and then… disenchantment.  The bread’s no good.  It’s floppy or too chewy or bland and your dish falls flat.  What a disappointment!
Make sure you have the best crusty bread to go with the best local produce.  Here are some of our favorites to complement the season’s bounty:
O Bread Bakery: ciabattas, baguettes, and filone.  This bakery is just down the road in Shelburne, VT and these breads are just the right blend of crispy exterior, soft interior.  Olive lovers, we highly recommend their olive ciabatta loaves and rolls, delivered Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays and check out our bread delivery schedule to see all the options!
Red Hen Baking Co.: practically anything!  This Middlesex, VT bakery specializes in crusty, organic artisan breads that have perfect crusts and puffy insides.  We especially enjoy their Seeded Baguette and do-anything Waitsfield Common, both delivered fresh every day!
Stewart’s Bakery: French Country and Italian breads, baguettes.  This bakery is a mere 4 miles away in Willison, VT and their delicious breads are a steal!  Their crusts tend to be just a little more pliant, making them especially good for all ages.  Delivered fresh every day!
Once you have your favorite crusty bread picked out, here’s a marvelous recipe which combines bruschetta, caprese, and pesto into one perfect summer-licious dish:
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GRILLED BRUSCHETTA WITH CORN, TOMATOES, MOZZARELLA, AND ARUGULA PESTO

Ingredients

6 thick slices crusty bread
3 large tomatoes, diced
2 medium (or 1 large) balls fresh mozzarella
2-3 ears sweet corn on the cob
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup arugula pesto
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
Extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper

Directions

Shuck corn and cut the kernels off the cob. In a large skillet, over medium heat add 2 Tbsp olive oil and 2 Tbsp butter. Add corn kernels and cook 4-5 minutes (in late summer the corn should be so tender it hardly needs to be cooked). Remove corn from heat and set aside to cool. Mix the diced tomatoes with about 1/4-1/2 cup olive oil and the balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and pepper to taste and let rest at room temp while you prepare the rest of the dish. Slice the mozzarella into medium-thick slices (about 2 slices per piece of bread). Brush the bread on both sides generously with olive oil and season them lightly with salt and pepper. Place bread on a medium-hot grill. After about 2 minutes, the bread should develop nice grill marks. Flip bread and lay 2 slices of cheese on each piece of bread. Close the lid of the grill for about another minute or until cheese melts. Place bread on a serving platter. Mix the now-cooled corn into the tomato relish and top each slice of bread with 1-2 Tbsp arugula pesto and the marinated tomatoes and corn, making sure to pour the juice on as well. Serve immediately.

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I Can, You Can, We All Can Can!

By Erin McGuire  •  Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

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You know what time it is?  That’s right: it’s canning time!  (That’s what you said, right?  I’m sure it was.)

We know we’re not the only people who are excited about this.  Everywhere you look, fruits and vegetables abound- it seems like something new and gorgeously ripe is coming into season every week.  Personally, heirloom tomatoes are my weak spot; I love them all and enjoy how they are each delicious in their own unique ways (although if push comes to shove, it’s the Cherokee Purples and Black Prince varieties at the top of my list, no question about it).  Local peaches are also mind-blowingly good.  And crisp, local cucumbers.  And sweet red beets.  And beans.  And corn.  And blueberries.

Okay, it’s all good.  The problem is my fridge and freezer are only so big and as much as I’m thrilled by summer produce, variety is equally delightful (in fact, it’s a necessity) and I don’t want to eat heirloom tomatoes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day.  However, I certainly don’t want them to go to waste, either!

Canning is by far the best solution to this scrumptious conundrum.  By canning, there’s no rush to eat all the fresh fruits & veggies before they go bad, space in the fridge becomes available, and I can get the variety my body craves every day.  Plus, and this is a big plus, canning allows me to eat the summer sunshine year-round.  There’s something so thoroughly satisfying about making a homemade tomato soup in midwinter (sorry to bring that up, but it’s coming and we can’t deny it)  using tomatoes I put up myself months earlier.

Preserving the season’s harvest is easy when you have the right tools, and we just happen to have everything you need!  Check out this equipment that can make home canning a breeze:

Ball Jars in every size imaginable… from adorable quilted jelly jars to wide mouth quarts, we have practically any size you need to preserve everything from blueberry jam to whole kosher pickles.  Also, we carry them as both individual jars and in cases so whether you need a few or a bunch, we’ll have what you need.

Ball Jar Lids in regular and wide mouth sizes… especially good for seasoned canning folk who have oodles of jars but need to replace the one-time use lids.

Heritage 2015 Ball Jars… in purple!  Okay, strictly speaking, one doesn’t need a purple jar in order to successfully can but with these limited edition regular mouth pints and wide mouth quarts (celebrating 100 years of American Canning Heritage) one can can in style.  Purple is the last color in the line-up and we recommend grabbing them while you can (no pun intended, although that actually works quite well, doesn’t it?)

Progressive International’s Canning Essentials… featuring a spring-loaded jar lifter that you can use with one hand, a canning funnel with measurements so you can get exactly the right amount of headspace, and a magnetic lid lifter to safely retrieve lids from boiling water, this kit is seriously fantastic for new canners.

RSVP International’s Canning Kit… features all the classic tools used most often in home canning.  It has a PVC-coated jar lifter with plastic handles, a canning funnel, a magnetic lid lifter, plus a jar opener and PVC-coated tongs.  All that’s missing are the jars!

And of course, we have the fruits and vegetables!  We’re positively overflowing with them and they are simply amazing.

Happy canning season to one and all!

 

 

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The Coupon Diva: Coupon Matchups Thru 9/1!

By Katy Kent  •  Monday, August 17th, 2015

Check out this month’s post from our friend Erin Waring, The Coupon Diva,  in the Ballston Journal Online.

Ways to save:

In ad monthly store coupons:

$1 off Ancient Harvest Organic Quinoa 12 oz., select varieties

$0.50/1 Barbara’s Puffins Cereal

$1/1 New Chapter Tumeric Force 30 caps

$1/1 Izze Soda 48 fl. oz.

$0.50/1 Lesserevil Popcorn 5 oz.

$0.50/1 Field Roast Frankfurter 16 oz.

$0.50/1 Stonyfield Yogurt 16 oz.

$1/1 Quorn Meat Alternatives

$1/1 Horizon Colby Cheese Shapes 5.5 oz.

$0.50/1 Shikai Gardenia Lotion 8 fl. oz.

GROCERY

Mom’s Best Natural Cereal, select varieties – $3
$0.50/1 (food category)
= $2.50 (reg $3.99)

The Coupon Diva: Healthy Living Market Coupon Matchups Barbara’s Puffins Cereal, select varieties – $3
$1/1 (click on Grocery Coupons at the top of page)
$1/1
+ $0.50/ in ad store coupon
= $1.50 (reg $4.99)

Enjoy Life Crunchy Flax Cereal 10 oz. – $2.50
$0.55/1
= $1.95 (reg $3.99)

Barbara’s Snackimals 7.5 oz. – $3.50
$1/1 (click on Grocery Coupons at the top of page)
$1/1
= $2.50 (reg $4.49)

Udi’s GF Bread 12 oz., select varieties – $4
$1/1
= $3 (reg $5.69)

The Coupon Diva: Healthy Living Market Coupon Matchups Seeds of Change Quinoa & Brown Rice or OG Brown Basami Rice – $2.50

$1.50/1 – change to zip code 33175
$1.50/2
= as low as $1 (reg $3.49)

Seeds of Change Simmer Sauces – $3.50
$1.50/1 – change to zip code 33175
$1.50/2
= as low as $2 (reg $4.49)

Glutino GF All Purpose Flour 16 oz. – $3.50
$1/1
= $2.50

Glutino Mixes: Corn Bread, Cake, Muffin, Yellow Cake, Brown or Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix – $3.50
$1/1
= $2.50

Woodstock OG Mayo 16 fl. oz. – $3.50
$1/1
= $2.50

Woodstock OG Yellow Mustard 8 oz. – $2.50
$1/1
= $1.50

Woodstock OG Upside Down Ketchup 20 oz. – $2.79
$1/1
= $1.79

Santa Cruz Organic Applesauce 6 pack, select varieties – $3.50

Annie’s Homegrown Mac & Cheese 6 oz., select varieties – $1.25

Annie’s Snacks 9 oz., assorted – $3.99
$0.75/1
$0.50/1
= as low as $3.24

The Coupon Diva: Healthy Living Market Coupon Matchups Back To Nature Cookies, select varieties 6.4-12 oz. – $3.50

$1/1
$1/1 (enter)
= $2.50 (reg $4.79-$5.49)

Pamela’s GF Extreme Chocolate Cookies 7 oz. – $2.99
$1/1 (click on Grocery Coupons at the top of page)
$1/1
= $1.99 (reg $3.79)

Pamela’s Whenever Bars 7.05 oz. – $3.50
$1/1 (click on Grocery Coupons at the top of page)
$1/1
= $2.50 (reg $4.79)

Pirates Booty or Smart Puffs – $2.50
$0.75/1
= $1.75

Enjoy Life GF Coco Loco Snack Bars – $2.99
$0.55/1
= $2.44

Enjoy Life Rice Milk Chocolate Bar – $1.50
$0.55/1
= $0.95 (reg $1.99)

Lesserevil Popcorn 5 oz. – $2.29
$0.50/1 in ad store coupon
= $1.79 (reg $3.49)

Food Should Taste Good Tortilla Chips – $2
SAVE 75¢ ON ONE when you buy ONE any flavor/variety 4 OZ OR LARGER Food Should Taste Good™ Tortilla Chips, Kettle Chips, Brown Rice..
= $1.25

Newmans O’s Cookies 13 oz., select varieties – $3.50

Kettle Chips – $3
Save $1.00 on any TWO (2) Kettle Brand® items (4oz or larger)
= $2.50 each

Happy Baby Organic Oatmeal Cereal 7 oz. – $3.50
$1/2 Printable
= $3 each (reg $4.49)

BEVERAGES

Silk Cashew, Almond, Soy or Coconut Milk 64 fl. oz., select varieties – $3.50
$0.75/1 Coconut Milk
= $2.75

Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk half-gallon – $3
$1/1 from 7/12 SS
= $2

Poland Spring Natural Springs Water 1 gallon – $1.25

Zevia Soda 6 pack – $4.49
$1/1
$1/1
= $3.49

REFRIGERATED

Applegate Organics Sliced Cheese 5 oz. – $3.89-$3.99
$0.75/1
$0.75/1 (sign up)
= $3.14-$3.24

Liberte Mediterranee Yogurt 6 oz., select varieties – $1

So Delicious OG Greek Yogurt 6 oz. – $1.99
$1/1 from 5/31 SS (exp. 8/31)
$0.55/1
= as low as $0.99

Cabot NF Cottage Cheese  16 oz. – $2.69
$1/2
= $2.19 each

Cabot Cheddar, select varieties 8 oz. – $3.29
$1/2
= $2.79 each

Horizon Cheese Shapes 5.5 oz. – $3.99
$1/1 in ad store coupon
= $2.99 (reg $4.99)

FROZEN

Alexia Select Fries, Hashbrowns, Potato Wedges, Potato Puffs or Onion Rings – $2

Glutenfreeda GF Wraps or Burritos 4 oz. – $2.50
$1.50/1
$1/1
= as low as $1 (reg $3.19-$3.79)

Van’s Organic Waffles – $2.50
sign up here to receive future offers from Van’s

Lifeway Frozen Probugs 18 fl. oz. – $4.99
$1/1
$1/2
= as low as $3.99 (reg $6.39-$6.99)

Saffron Road Chicken Tiki Marsala, Chicken Biryani or Lamb Saag 11 oz. – $4.29
$1/1 (click on Grocery Coupons at the top of page)
$1/1
$1.50/2
= as low as $3.29

The Coupon Diva: Healthy Living Market Coupon Matchups Saffron Road Chicken Tenders or Nuggets 8 oz. – $5.29

$1/1 (click on Grocery Coupons at the top of page)
$1.50/1
$1.50/2
= as low as $3.79 w/ $1.50/1 (reg $6.79)

So Delicious Ice Cream 1 pint, assorted varieties – $5.99
$1/1 from 5/31 SS (exp. 8/31)
$0.55/1
=as low as $4.99

TOILETRIES

Natural Dentist Toothpaste – $5.49
$1/1
$1/1 (click on Grocery Coupons at the top of page)
= as low as $4.49

Natural Dentist Mouthwash 16.9 fl. oz. – $7.99
$3/1
$2/1 (click on Grocery Coupons at the top of page)
= as low as $4.99

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Importer Spotlight: Kermit Lynch

By Wine Manager  •  Saturday, August 15th, 2015

Kermit Lynch is a giant of the wine world. After the success of his Berkeley, California wine shop, he went on to start his own importing company. He imports wines from Italy and France, with a focus on organic and sustainable producers. His preference is for minimally manipulated, terroir driven wines. His contributions to the wine world have been recognized by the New York Times, The James Beard Foundation, and even the French Government. We proudly carry many Kermit Lynch imported wines in our Italian and French sections; here are a few that currently excite us.

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Domaine du Salvard Cheverny is a delicious blend of 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Chardonnay from the Loire of France. The sustainably farmed vineyards are planted in limestone, chalk, and sandy soils. The finished wine is fresh and vibrant, with citrus and herbal characteristics.

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Domaine Tempier is one of the preeminent producers in the Bandol region of Provence, France. We are fortunate to carry both their Bandol red and rosé, both of which are comprised primary of Mourvedre. The hand harvested, organically farmed vineyards planted in clay and limestone soils produce concentrated fruit that results in balanced, age-worthy wines.

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Cantine Valpane is a great producer from the Piedmont region of Italy. They use sustainable farming methods and ferment their wines with indigenous yeasts. Their Barbera del Monferrato “Rosso Pietro” is an unaoked, juicy wine. High acidity and low tannin make the wine easy to drink and easy to pair with a wide range of cuisine.

These are just a few of our Kermit Lynch imported wines. Browse our shelves or ask one of our knowledgeable staff members to find our full selection of wines from one of the world’s great importers.

 

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Hydration for Labor

By Taste Maker  •  Thursday, August 13th, 2015

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As labor doulas and childbirth educators, one of the most commonly asked questions we get is how important is it to stay hydrated in labor. The answer is easy: VERY! We stress to our clients that not only is it important to stay hydrated during labor, but it’s also crucial to stay well hydrated in pregnancy and leading up to labor. During pregnancy the best source of hydration is water, especially if you are eating regularly and eating well. You likely don’t need the extra sugars that come with juices and carbonated beverages, and caffeine is likely to dehydrate you, as it is a diuretic. Some studies suggest that drinking 8-12 glasses of water in pregnancy helps to decrease the chances of morning sickness, constipation, urinary tract infections and premature birth, and helps maintain adequate levels of amniotic fluid for your growing fetus. Water-rich foods such as cucumbers, celery, melons and strawberries can also help to maintain hydration.

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When it comes to labor, staying hydrated is of the utmost importance. As doulas you can find us putting a straw to a laboring moms lips after each and every contraction. The uterus, like many muscles, functions most properly when it is fully hydrated. Many times women call us thinking they are in early labor as they feel crampy, but once we suggest they drink a tall glass of water and lay down for a few minutes, they realize their uterus was just reacting to not being properly hydrated.

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Inadequate hydration can lead to maternal exhaustion, which is the number one reason for home birth transfers to hospitals, as well as the need for IV fluids in the hospital. One study suggests that adequate hydration in labor is correlated to shorter and more efficient births, as well as reduces the need for inductions or cesareans. During the active phase of labor, the vast majority of women have no interest in eating, but are still in need of calories and electrolytes to help them sustain the rigors of labor. This is a great time to utilize beverages besides water. Some of the beverages that we most commonly recommend, and that are in full supply at Health Living Market and Cafe, are VitaCoco coconut water (which comes in a variety of flavors for all tastes), Cider Road Switchel (also comes in a variety of flavors and is a great electrolyte builder), and Recharge (a natural Gatorade substitute). Alternating sips of any of these beverages with water after every contraction can help ensure that you are staying hydrated for a safer and more pleasurable birth experience.

Cheers to good health and happy babies!

Written by Taste Maker Rachel Stanton

Rachel holds a BA in Human Services and Psychology, is a certified doula, certified in MotherMassage ®, and is a trained lactation educator. As a labor and postpartum doula at Birth Journeys, she offers compassionate, intuitive, and evidence-based support that is tailored to each family’s needs. She also works for the Vermont Department of Health’s WIC program as a peer breastfeeding counselor and is currently working on her 200-hour yoga teacher certification through Yoga Vermont. When Rachel is not supporting new families, you can find her having outdoor adventures with her husband and two children, enjoying a regular yoga practice, or baking.

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Otter Creek Fresh Slice

By Saratoga Beer and Wine Manager  •  Sunday, August 9th, 2015

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Otter Creek is easily one of my favorite breweries out there. They’ve been in the game for a long time and have done a wonderful job of keeping up with and most times surpassing the competition out there. Whether it’s with their seasonal releases or the classics, they always seem to delight my taste buds. They are also a brewery that is proud to say that they have been able to dramatically reduce their contribution to the waste stream by focusing on sustainability. Located in Middlebury, Vermont this is the perfect destination for a Saturday afternoon road trip.
I recently tried the Otter Creek Fresh Slice White IPA, and boy it did not disappoint. This beer perfectly compliments a day out on a lake, a camping trip with friends, or simply doing yard work. At 5.5% alcohol, Fresh Slice is light and refreshing with the ever so slight flavor of clementine. This beer is easy drinking and satisfying. This is an IPA so it does have great hoppy flavors, but it also has a hint of spicy Belgian yeast. I’m not usually a fan of the Belgian yeast, but I really didn’t mind it in the fresh slice because it was not overwhelming. The Fresh slice is unfiltered, which I don’t mind, but don’t be intimidated if you pour it into a glass and see some pulp floating; you can always decant the beer to help remove the sediment leading to a clearer beer.
I highly recommend this beer to everyone and anyone! Stop in and pick up a pack on your way to a BBQ and you’ll be everyone’s best friend for spreading the beer love. 5 out of 5 stars, A+, however you want to rate it, stop in and let us know what you think!

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-Lauren, Divine Wines

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We love the Saratoga Mountain Bike Association!

By Richie Snyder  •  Friday, August 7th, 2015

Recently the Saratoga Mountain Bike Association held their 2nd annual EPIC RIDE event! SMBA is a a non profit organization dedicated to fostering and protecting the mountain biking resources in the New York State Capital-Saratoga-Adirondack region. These purposes are promoted by means including, but not limited to trail building and maintenance, development of good neighbor relations near to or adjacent to riding areas, educating the public on the availability of established biking trails and the promotion of ethical and responsible mountain biking. It is the further intent of this association to encourage the development of riding skills, as well as to promote good fellowship. Healthy Living Market and Cafe believes in the mission of SMBA and is proud to support their events. Thanks to photographer Eliot Cresswell for sharing these beautiful photos.

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The ride was 20 miles long with nearly 3K feet vertical. SMBA riders split into several groups based on ability.

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It started on the SMBA trails in Pittstown State Forest and then ascended into Grafton Lakes State Park. The ride finished on the Pittstown trails.

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SMBA held a festive post-ride after party with BBQ. The food was donated by Healthy Living Market. We were happy to support this wonderful event and organization. SMBA members enjoyed the grass-fed beef burgers, natural hot dogs, quinoa salad, and veggie burgers!

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For more information about SMBA check out their website at www.saratogamtb.org or “like” their Facebook page. Get involved and get outside!

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9 Healthy Kale Recipes

By Taste Maker  •  Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

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Hi it’s Katie from Healthy Seasonal Recipes. I am a food blogger here in Vermont and I blog about eating locally and in season. I am a tastemaker at Healthy Living, Burlington and today I have 9 healthy kale recipes to share with you all.

9 healthy Kale Recipes on the Healthy Liviing Blog by Taste Maker Katie Webster of Healthy Seasonal Recipes

I am not sure it is possible to walk through the Healthy Living produce department without picking up a single produce item. Sometimes I’ll be just heading to the cafe for a cup of dark roast and not even intending to buy anything from the produce area at all. But then I’ll see something beautiful and fresh on display and I just loose my mind for a little bit. Oh the tomatoes! Look at the melon! Yesterday it was a bag of tiny perfect golden plums and two bags of local peaches. Tomorrow who knows what it will be.

 

Even if I have a clear plan what’s on the menu for the week, I like to leave plenty of wiggle room to buy whatever looks best when I get there. Lately I have been marveling at the local greens and especially all of the varieties of kale! Have you seen them all? There are so many different kinds from various local farms. Red Russian from Knee Deep farm, baby kale from Unity Farm, there’s classic green curly and lacinato too.

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Local Producer Spotlight: Stony Loam Farm

By Katy Kent  •  Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

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Just down the road in Charlotte, VT, Dave Quickel and his family are doing wonders when it comes to growing gorgeous organic produce, educating our community, and preserving Vermont’s beautiful landscape.  They embrace the connections between community, farming, and food and we’re proud to carry their beautiful products in our Produce Department!  Their vegetables are delivered the same day they’re picked making them the freshest veggies available!  Look for their head lettuce, baby lettuce, sungold and mixed cherry tomatoes, zephyr and patty pan squashes, and zucchini. To learn more about Stony Loam Farm, visit their website.

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Dee PT Gives You E.A.T!

By Taste Maker  •  Monday, August 3rd, 2015

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Here at Dee Physical Therapy we see dozens of patients each week, most of whom walk out of our office with a list of prescribed exercises that, if done regularly, will greatly aid in their rehabilitation. On a number of occasions, when we see those same patients back in the following weeks, they have unfortunately regressed due to what they believe is lack of time in which to sit down, or stand up, and do those exercises.

The thought that there is no time to exercise in our busy lives isn’t a new concept; there is homework to do, kids to be carted to activities of all kinds, and a plethora of work and errands to be done on a daily basis. Then, when all that is taken care of and you’re finally home for the night, who wants to do a static lunge in their living room when there are so many binge-able shows on Netflix? So I get it, I do (actually I don’t, because I run about a million miles a day, but my receptionist gets it and she is currently giving me the evil eye because I mocked her Netflix habits). Regardless, I sympathize, and I want our patients and the public as a whole to realize that we all have time to get our exercise on- even with our hectic lives.

I will now take the next paragraph to be preachy (yet accurate and informative!):
We really need to make the commitment to ourselves to do some level of exercise five out of seven days a week. The American Heart Association suggests at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week. That’s about 30 minutes per day, but you will benefit from two or three segments of 10-12 minutes of exercise per day. I’d like to present to you, the E.A.T concept. Exercise Anywhere Today (See what I did there?!). The concept behind E.A.T is to make time by breaking up your workout into small bouts, or sets, of exercises and do them whenever and where ever you can. You don’t need to throw on a Jane Fonda sweatband (though that would be awesome…) and go to the gym; you don’t need weights and machines and workout tapes. What you do need is a little bit of space and desire to get healthy!

To begin our E.A.T journey, I’d like to provide you with five lower body exercises that can be done anywhere and that will target the majority of muscle groups of the lower body. Five more upper body exercises will be coming soon! As with any exercise program, please be sure if you have any preexisting conditions to get yourself checked out by a Health Care professional prior to starting.

SarahHaley- CashierGuestServicesFront squat: place your feet shoulder width apart, keep your head up and your back flat, your shoulders over your knees, and your knees over your toes. Sit your hips back as you squat, keeping your abdominals tight and your spine still. Do these movements 12 times, rest, and then do another set of 12.
Here you see Healthy Living Cashier, Sarah Jacobs, and Cashier/Guest Services, Haley Newman, being great sports and demonstrating some front squats. Keep that back flat, Haley! Practice makes perfect!

Katy-MarketingStanding hip abduction: While standing, raise your leg out to the side at a 45 degree angle; keep your body upright while keeping your leg straight. Keep your abdominals tight and squeeze your glutes. Hold this position for 1 second, and then return to your starting position. Do these movements 12 times for each leg, rest, and then do another set of 12.
Katy Kent from Healthy Living’s Marketing team helps us demonstrate this exercise from the comfort of their abundant wine section! She shows us how you can do some standing hip abductions while picking out your favorite vintage!

Standing hamstring curl: Standing up tall, bend your knee so your heel moves towards your buttock. Hold for one second and return to starting position. Repeat 2 X 12 for both legsAmber-Produce Standing hip extension: while standing move your leg back with knee straight. Keep your abdominals tight and squeeze your glutes. Hold for 1 second and return to starting position. Do these movements 12 times for each leg, rest, and then do another set of 12.
Here is Amber Voughan from the Produce Department hanging out with some fresh veggies while dong some great hamstring curls!

Standing heel raises: While standing raise up onto your toes and lift the heels off the ground. Hold for 1 second and lower back down. Do these movements 12 times, rest, and then do another set of 12.

Shawn-FrontEndLead Front End Lead, Shawn Corey, warms up the freezer section with some excellent standing heel raises!

Standing Hip Extension: While standing, mover your leg back while keeping your knee straight. Keep your abdominals tight and squeeze your glutes. Hold for one second and return to the starting position. Do these movements 12 times for each leg, rest, and then do another set of 12.

Sean-Cheese Sean Mitchell, one of Healthy Living’s resident cheese experts and an avid runner, helps us show some basics of this exercise. Thanks, Sean!

When doing these exercises, maintain good form throughout the movements. It’s better to do fewer repetitions with great form, then to try and finish the set with poor form. Have your family, friends, coworkers, or the person in line in front of you join in with the exercises!
So where will you do your exercises? At Healthy Living waiting for your Panini to heat up? At the bank while waiting in line? Maybe at your desk at work while talking on the phone? We’d love to see what you come up with, and to have you share all the places exercise can happen! Take a picture of where you do your exercises, and tag @deeptvt, with #ExerciseAnywhereToday, on Instagram or twitter, or post to Dee Physical Therapy’s Facebook page, and our favorite picture taker will be treated to a twenty-five dollar Healthy Living gift certificate! Extra points from me if you then post a picture of yourself doing the exercises while using your twenty-five dollar gift certificate…
We all have time we just need to take advantage of it; E.A.T. and make these five exercises part of your daily routine!

This post was written by Healthy Living Taste Maker Jason Fitzgerald of DeePT. JSigLine

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