One of the biggest challenges to staying healthy is making sure your cholesterol levels aren’t too high. With foods like deep fried turkey and all sorts of pies and cakes, it isn’t always easy to avoid high cholesterol foods.
But don’t worry! We’re here to help you make it through!
Good and Bad Cholesterol
First, when you’re monitoring your cholesterol, it’s important to know that not all cholesterol is bad. HDL cholesterol is considered the “good” cholesterol, while you want to keep LDL cholesterol low.
Some foods for maintaining good cholesterol health include:
•dark green leafy vegetables (such as kale & spinach)
So, when planning your meals, make sure you keep this in mind and include some of those foods!
Limiting Some Foods
Pumpkin pie and other foods with higher fat can raise your LDL. It’s more than likely that some of these types of food will be part (or have already been a part) of your holiday meals. Even if you’re the one cooking, we know that it’s not realistic to think you can avoid these foods all season long.
However, it can help to limit the amount you eat on the holiday itself, and limit those types of foods between holidays.
Moving After a Big Meal
We know, just about everything revolving around your health includes getting up and moving. We also know your busy schedule probably doesn’t make it possible to get out and about as much as you would like. That’s why the holiday season is a great time to take a walk! Now, we’re not suggesting you do a full workout right after you eat the holiday ham or turkey. Lots of us have a couple of days off near the end of the year, and that’s the perfect time to ease into an exercise plan.
After a heavy meal, it’s easy to collapse on the couch and not move. Going for a walk around the neighborhood can make a big difference in how you feel after eating a bigger meal. If you live in a warmer climate you could also consider going for a bike ride, too!
Adding Supplement and Vitamins
Adding a daily supplement is an easy way to support healthy cholesterol. Utzy’s Berbercol is a blend of Berberine and Bergamonte that is intended to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Even during the holiday season, you can still be at your best. We want to help you achieve your health goals all year long, but especially during the holidays when we tend to eat foods higher in cholesterol. Watching what you eat, moving a little more, and adding a supplement are just simple tools that can be a help in achieving these goals.
As the weather warms and green things begin to grow again, most of us look forward to the start of the farmer’s markets. We love following the natural progression of the seasons, starting with spring asparagus, artichokes, and radishes.
Soon after, peas and lettuce start coming, gradually leading into summer when strawberries, peaches, and tomatoes start to show. One of my favorite things about farmer’s markets is the opportunity to try new things, like purple carrots, scapes, and, a new favorite, husk cherries.
I hope you have had the chance to experience a market, as they grow more popular, there really is no excuse to miss out!
If you are looking for a local market, here are a few places to check out:
The USDA Website
The USDA has a Farmer’s Market Directory. All you need to do is enter your zip code and select the distance you’re willing to travel. A list of locations will pop up.
Local Harvest works to connect people with the farming community around them. They help locate not only farmer’s markets, but CSA’s, co-ops, u-pick farms, and even restaurants that feature locally grown foods.
Sometimes it’s easier to go directly to the source, especially when buying in bulk. Many Organic, local farms are open to the public, and if you call ahead, they may even give you a tour! Our favorite local farm to get Organic, grassfed beef and chickens is Alden Hills Organic Farm.
I hope these resources help you find a local market. Buying from your local farmer supports your city’s economy, strengthens your relationship with your community, and helps you to get the freshest possible produce and meats!