Archive for September, 2009

Increase Gas Mileage
September 28, 2009

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If you missed our story on ways to increase your gas mileage click here for tips from the FTC.
     In the meantime, the federal trade commission says you should be skeptical of any device claiming to boost your mileage. The EPA has tested more than a 100 of those products, and very few add any fuel economy benefit.  For more information and a full list of tested products, click here.

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Food Labels Mislead
September 24, 2009

gr_foodstuff_wideweb__470x446,2Well I’m not that health conscience, but when I did think I was making healthier choices with my groceries I was often wrong.  The bread says “whole wheat” but it almost completely white enriched flour. The cereal “Smart Start” is labeled one of the healthiest options but has more sugar (17 g) than “Fruit Loops” (12 g).   The nutrition bars I thought were nutritious  aren’t really at all.

The symbols and labels food companies use to sell their product can be completely misleading.  Watch story here.  If you don’t know what to look for you can easily be fooled.  In talking to shoppers I found many people read labels and notice symbols like hearts and such, thus leading them to buy a product. But many have no clue that they’re not at all putting what they think in their bodies.

Thanks to nutritionist Molly Kimball I changed three main things in my personal grocery shopping.  I am big on cereal, nutrition bars for grab-and-go breakfast at 3:30 am, and pasta….. yum.  Now I’m going with “Special K Protein Plus” cereal and South Beach Living High Protein or TLC peanut butter  cereal bars.  These changes have had no negative effect on my budget,  the healthiest choices aren’t always the most expensive.  I also learned that I can budget on pasta sauce because as they all have the same nutrition value no matter if they are .99 or 5.50 with the exception of sodium levels for those who need to be aware.

An extra tip not in my story is a rule of thumb … we noticed while shopping that if the product has a couple of specific nutrition numbers very clearly advertised on the front it is usually a good product. (i.e. “sugar 2g, fiber 9g)  You’ll notice the less healthy options (no matter what they are called or look like on the cover) hide the nutrition information on the back panel. These are often the labels you see that read generic phrases like “low fat” or “wheat.”

Here is the link to the Ochsner/Rouses Choose Healthy Grocery List  that makes it very easy for you to choose the healthiest options.   These items are lowest in saturated, trans fats and processed carbohydrates.  They will also add whole grain, protein-rich and vitamin/mineral-rich foods in your diet.

Here’s a recent article I found about the green check “Smart Choices” program raising debate. 

Lemongrass Repels Bugs?
September 18, 2009

LemongrassAs many of you know we are renovating a house… ok no easy task.  But in working on this 120 year old gem- with a gutted first floor- it seems another challenge we’re facing is letting bugs in the house!  I am getting bitten constantly and it’s driving me nuts!  (We live upstairs in the main part of the house).   I read that lemongrass is said to be an effective  insect repellent.  What is lemongrass? I have no green thumb.  I bought the essential oil at Whole Foods today, along with 3 plug-in diffusers and a little machine-looking diffuser.  Then I went right down Vets to Perino’s… my first time there and such a cute place!  I bought 2 little pots of lemongrass to plant outside.  I don’t know if it’s enough to make a difference, but I’m just getting started.  The feedback I read online from people who plant lemongrass is so encouraging.  People love it and many use it in their tea.  I just want to repel these pesky bugs but it doesn’t hurt to do it with a nice lemon scent.  (To me it just smells like Pledge… )  But anyway, we’ll see.  I’ll let you know if it works.

Free Chick-Fil-A Today!
September 7, 2009

CFA-09-0069-CmmBrdPstr_LD-(2)Here’s a Labor Day treat ! At its 14-hundred stores in 38 states, anyone who goes to a Chick-Fil-A after 10:30 wearing a sports team logo can get a FREE chick-fil-a original chicken sandwich today.  It’s that easy!  Yum. The promotion is a continuation of the restaurant being the named sponsor of the Alabama – Virginia Tech football game Saturday in Atlanta, where Chick-Fil-A is based.

You can wear whatever sports logo you want!

Happy Labor Day! Be safe, don’t drink and drive.

Melanie