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Living Well In Yalobusha County

Vacation Time Can Coincide With Healthy Eating, Exercise

By Pamela Redwine

Vacations are a blessing!  And everyone needs a vacation to take a break from life’s hectic pace, work and hassles.  But a vacation from stressful job doesn’t have to mean adding pounds to your waist.  It can mean a jump start to better health and allow you to come back invigorated and ready to do better.  What better time to focus on eating healthy and exercise than when you have the time?  Here is a little checklist to help you plan a good getaway:

Decide on a destination that is conducive to walking and exercise.

Have a healthy goal:

• Get in better shape

• Stay in shape

• Not gain weight

•  Other

What activities are you interested in?

•Walking and sightseeing

• Water sports

• Hiking

• Biking

• Working out in a gym

• Other

What type of exercise equipment or apparel will you need?

• Can you cook or will you have to eat most of your meals out?

• Are there foods that will help me follow my plan e.g. fruits for snacks, breakfast?

• Are there high risk situations that may occur e.g. midnight buffet, large restaurant meals?

Tips for better calorie control

• Plan, plan, plan and plan. Before you begin, plan how you can incorporate exercise and a healthful diet at the same time.

• Try to find hotels that have refrigerators and exercise facilities.

• Choose a balance between high-calorie and low-calorie foods. Start your meal with the more filling, lower-calorie foods such as fruits or vegetables.

• Many restaurants serve very large portions, so try to decrease portions by splitting an entrée or getting a child’s portion or appetizer.

• Limit alcohol to two drinks per day.

• Snack and breakfast shopping list

If your hotel room has a refrigerator and microwave, these would be some great items to keep for healthy snacks and breakfast:

• Fruit-flavored light, nonfat yogurt

• Apples, bananas, melon, strawberries

• Pretzels

• Low-fat popcorn

• Diet drinks

• Cereal and skim milk

• Baby carrots


Recipe of the Week

By: Pamela Redwine

Lemon Tarragon Grilled Pork Chops

Ingredients: 3/4 cup water, 2 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons kosher salt, 1/4 cup chopped fresh tarragon,1 tablespoon grated lemon rind, 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice,4 (6-ounce) bone-in center-cut pork chops (about 1/2 inch thick), 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, and cooking spray.


1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a bowl, stirring with a whisk until sugar and salt dissolve.  Pour water mixture into a large zip-top plastic bag.  Add tarragon, rind, juice, and pork chops to bag; seal.  Marinate in refrigerator 2 hours, turning bag occasionally.

2.  Prepare grill

3.  Remove pork from bag; discard marinade.  Sprinkle pork evenly with pepper.  Place pork on a grill rack coated with cooking spray.  Grill 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 pork chop).

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