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Living Well In Yalobusha County

Logging Your Diet Helps Maintain Healthy Lifestyle

By Pamela Redwine

Our 4-H Sewing 101 Program is going well. We have five youth, ages eight to 10, in this six-hour beginner’s sewing program.  These girls are learning all of the basics, such as the parts of a sewing machine, sewing tools, how to thread a machine, how to wind a bobbin, how to sew straight lines and curved lines–just to name a few things they have learned so far.
When they finish this program they should have some pretty good basic sewing skills, but more importantly can participate in other Extension Sewing programs.  If you have a child ages 8-18 that is interested in learning to sew please let me know by calling the Extension office at 675-2730 or email me at  We are currently starting a list for our next class. And as always we are still looking for more volunteers to help with these programs.
On Thursday, October 17 our crochet group will meet at the Extension office in Coffeeville at 10 a.m. This is a free program and is led by volunteer Karol Jarmon.  Bring a crochet hook and some yarn and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and learn a new craft.
Top Tips for
Food Logging
It’s easy to keep a food log these days. Recording what you eat and drink, as well as how active you are, are all vital to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Here are tips for writing in your food log:
•Include ALL the food and beverages that you consumed that day.
•This means writing down that handful of nuts, cookie after lunch, dab of mayo on your sandwich, whipped cream in your coffee, etc.
•Record everything right before or right after eating. Include the times of all meals and snacks.
•Writing down the timing of your meals can help you zero in on patterns of be-havior and take steps to correct bad habits.
•Keep your food log handy. Filling it in should be a simple task that doesn’t take a lot of time.
•Jot down your hunger and fullness levels at every eating experience.
•Use a scale of 1-10 (1 very hungry, 5 neutral, 10 not hungry). This will allow you to get in touch with your feelings while fending off mind-less eating and drinking. Plus, you might just find a pattern you weren’t expecting.
•Review your food log at the end of the day.
•A daily review will help to create awareness of your habits.
•For example, you can see where you may have over-eaten or initially not eaten enough, only to binge later.

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