Cooking Oils – what you need to know now!

Cooking oils are a great way to get healthy fats – essential to overall health – into your diet. Think of fat as our reserve, our long-term source of energy. It also helps us digest fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K. It keeps our brains, cells, hormones, tissue, hair, skin and nails healthy.

An oil’s smoke point is the temperature at which it will start to smoke and break down. If cooking oil starts to smoke, it should be discarded. It’s likely lost some of its nutritional value, and it could impart a bitter, unpleasant taste to your food.

Oils should be stored in a cool, dry place and to  minimize the degrading effects of heat and light, oils should be removed from cold storage just long enough for use.

 

How to Refocus & Re-prioritize Your Health, Right Now

Summer is in our rear-view mirror, school is in session, and cooler temps are approaching. The change of seasons can be the tipping point we need to “fall” back into a healthy routine. This time of year can be great for refocusing and re-prioritizing your health and wellness goals. There is no need for drastic cleanses and stressful diet guidelines; below are some easy steps you can take to get started!  (Helpful tip from your coach: pick one or two things to work on making into a habit and then move on to another):

  • Increase Water Intake: Carry a water bottle with you all day and make it a point to refill it 3 or 4 times. Keep things interesting by slicing up a lemon or lime to add flavor.
  • Prioritize Sleep: getting an adequate 7-9 hours of sleep each night is one of the best things you can do for your health and often the first thing we sacrifice.
  • Meal Plan: Invest a couple hours on a Sunday afternoon (or whenever your schedule allows) to cook and prepare some meals for the week. Having meals prepped ahead of time will take the chaos out of mealtime, ensure you have a healthy, balanced option to eat, and – bonus points! – will reduce your take out bill.
  • Manage Stress: Find little ways throughout the day to reduce your stress levels. Take a walk around campus or your office; practice mindful breathing; take a bath; or journal for a few minutes to get out your thoughts.
  • Mindful Movement: Get moving at least a few days each week. Whether it be a workout class that excites you or focusing on achieving 10,000 steps/day, set a goal and hold yourself accountable.
  • Be Kind to Yourself: Pay attention to how you speak to yourself inside your head. Practice kindness and grace with yourself – you deserve it.
  • Connect with a Wellness Coach: Well, of course! 🙂 Not only can a wellness coach educate you and help you focus on your goals, but we’ll hold you accountable, too!

To schedule an appointment with Proximal50’s Certified Wellness Coach, email Lindsey at lindsey.peterson@proximal50.com or call 751-2974

 

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