Health Tips by Tasneem Legohn, RD

Food Safety Tips

With Memorial Day soon approaching, the start of fun summer activities like BBQ'S and picnics is also in the near future. It is important to practice safe food handling in order to prevent food intoxication. Here are some safe food handling tips: - Keep your hands clean by washing then with soap and water frequently or by using hand sanitizer. - Keep raw food/meat away from ready to eat foods (salad, bread, potato salad) to prevent cross contamination. - Have plenty of clean utensils available to safely handle food (slotted spoons, tongs, large forks). - Keep cold foods cold held in a chilled cooler or over ice, and if it has been exposed to warm temperatures for more that 2 hours, throw

Dull Times May Lead to Poor Food Choices

A recent study presented at the Britsh Pychological Society's Annual Conference found that people who are bored tend to eat more sweetened, fatty, and salty foods. The idea is that boredom results in low levels of the stimulating brain chemical dopamine, so we eat foods that bring us comfort in order to increase our dopamine levels. I believe that it is safe to say that many of us have mindlessly ate less than healthy food, even when we are not hungry, in order to feel fulfilled in someway. Since boredome may be the cause of our desire to eat, in the future we ought to do activities that simulates our minds (like reading, exercising, talking to friends or family, taking a walk, gardening, e

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