Will I Get Free Health Insurance in 2014?

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For most of us, no. While the Affordable Care Act (also commonly known as “Obamacare”) will help ensure that everyone has access to health insurance, it’s your responsibility to enroll in, and in most cases, pay for coverage. Depending on your income and other factors, you may—or may not—qualify for help paying for that coverage.

Knowing whether or not you qualify for financial assistance might sound tricky, but we put together a quick video that lays out some of the factors that come into play.

To learn more about the Affordable Care Act and healthcare reform, check out HealthCareLawGuide.com.

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Beets

Photo courtesy of LaGrande Farmer's Market: http://www.flickr.com/photos/37884983@N03/

Photo courtesy of LaGrande Farmer’s Market: http://www.flickr.com/photos/37884983@N03/

Let’s be honest, beets aren’t the prettiest veggie in the pack. But they’re a true “ugly duckling” story, because they pack a punch in terms of health benefits. And, believe it or not, beneath that rough exterior is something sweet, soft, and delicious. Beets are tasty, healthy, and add some color to your meals (once you cut them open, they look great). We asked Laura, our registered dietician, to weigh in about the benefits of beets. She gave us a few reasons why beets are a great addition to your diet:

  1. If you’re tired, beets can help. That’s right, if you’re feeling tired or having trouble concentrating you might have anemia related to folate deficiency (however, it’s also likely you just didn’t get enough sleep). Turns out, beets can help. They’re a great source of folate with more than one-third your daily needs in a one cup serving. If you need to know about beet serving sizes, check out this infographic: What’s a Serving? The Fruit and Vegetable Serving Guide.
  2. Beets build strong bones. Wait, that’s calcium, right? Yes. But eating enough potassium plays a role in decreasing the amount of calcium excreted in urine reducing risk of kidney stones and osteoporosis. Who knew? Beets are a good source of potassium,
  3. Beets keep your arteries free and clear. Beets are a good source of fiber with almost 4 grams in a one cup serving. About half of that fiber is in the form of soluble fiber, which works like a sponge in your intestines to clean up and remove cholesterol so not as much returns to the bloodstream and can collect in your arteries. Intestines, blood, and cholesterol, how’s that for a glamorous explanation!?
Did we mention they are sweet, buttery, and delicious? One cup of sliced beets has about 75 calories, 3 grams of protein, and 3 ½ grams of fiber. That’s 75 calories of bliss in our book! If you have a good beet recipe, we’d love it if you’d share it.

Guest Blogger: 5 Tips to Fight Overindulgence

Have you ever been eating something that tastes delicious, but you know that you’re going to pay for it later? Pretty common tale, right? This week, we had a guest blogger, Emily, that openly admitted that she’s fallen victim, but in an effort to steer you in the right direction, she shared some tips to fight back. Emily, take it away!

Meet our guest blogger, Emily.

Meet our guest blogger, Emily.

Here I am, sitting at my desk after overindulging in a delicious pumpkin pie, feeling ill and wondering why I continue to overeat things that I KNOW will make me feel sick.  My “meal” is sitting in my throat while my stomach rolls in rebellion.

So why do I continue to do this when I know the outcome. Well, it starts with my brain. It’s cheering for the addictive rush of sugar hitting my cells – and my body – begging for fuel to meet my unreasonable demands for long hours on little sleep. For my brain to win, it means my health will be held hostage.

Luckily, the first step to stopping this overindulgence is to recognize that I’m overindulging! With that in mind, I’ve come up with a few tips that have helped me win some battles against my brain. Here they are: 

1)  Stop. Think. Then Eat.

It’s doesn’t always change what I do, but at least when I stop and think about what I’m about to shove in my mouth, I REALIZE what I’m doing, even if I still do it.  Supposedly (aka those research people say) you eat less when you actually pay attention to your food.

2) Eat All The Time

Hunger is the enemy.  Never getting to the point of feeling hunger often means never being hit with cravings for unhealthy foods.  Now, when I say “eat all the time,” I’m referring to nutritious foods, not consuming French bread (been there) or leftover spaghetti (done that) all day.

A great way to maintain balance in your diet is to use the MyPlate.gov guide. Click on this graphic to learn more.

A great way to maintain balance in your diet is to use the MyPlate.gov guide. Click on this graphic to learn more.

3) Balance

Having a quality protein (Sorry, bacon doesn’t count, but steak does!), carbohydrate (Apples, bananas, and oranges, oh my)  and fat (Almonds anyone?) with some fiber filler (Go Veggies!) gives my body a good mix of fuel so it can pick and choose what it wants.  Otherwise it’s like asking your body to do a duct tape job with a piece of twine.  It may work for a while, but it is far from ideal!

4) Watch the Additives

Processed foods often look healthy – until you read the label (Balsamic Vinaigrette sounds great right? Not when the top ingredient is corn syrup!).  Reading labels means I can pick and choose what “junk food” I want rather than an ambush attack by an ingredient I didn’t realize I was eating.  I’d personally rather have a scrumptious chocolate bar than some corn syrup in my salad dressing, but hey that’s just me.

5) Get Enough Sleep

Go ahead, laugh.  I know I do when people say to sleep more.  But it really does makes a difference in everything you do, from needing that morning coffee chock-full of caffeine, sugar syrup and cream just to complete basic motor function, to those afternoon cravings to shove any candy bar (or three) down the hatch, just to have enough energy to make it through the day.

Ahh, finally feeling better, three hours later.  Maybe next time I’m staring a pie in the face, I’ll decide to grab an apple instead!