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01.22.13

How Healthy are YOU? No, really?

Wellness

By: Candice Kumai

If you live by the mantra that health and prevention are #1 in your life, you may be off by just a hair or possibly a mega landslide. Take this quiz to see how you tip on the scales of “health.”

1)    Lunch consists of:
A)   Cobb salad, pre-packaged from the corner deli, with ranch, a diet soda and a bag of Baked Ruffles
B)   Quinoa Salad, made with a homemade oil-free vinaigrette, raw trail mix, with almonds, cranberries, cherries and walnuts and a Kleen Kanteen full of water. .
C)   A meatball sub sandwich from Subway, a pack of Doritos and a Snickers bar.

2)    Friends come over for a gathering at your pad and you prepare:
A)   Regular Caesar salad with croutons, cheese + Caesar dressing, some wraps from the local deli, chips and salsa, and for bev? A plethora of cocktails and light beer to choose from. Dessert? Cupcakes from the local grocer.
B)   Caprese salad to start, fresh crudite with hummus, flat bread pizzas made with homemade marinara. For beverage, a selection of nice red wines and soda waters to make spritzers! Dessert is fresh fruit cobbler with Greek yogurt and candied walnuts.
C)   Pizza, breadsticks, candy bowls, macaroni and cheese, chips and cheese dips galore. Beverage: Beer and margaritas like crazy.

3)    A “snack” for you consists of:
A)   100 calorie packs of Oreos and Nutterbutter bites, maybe a pre-packaged protein bar.
B)   A Fuji apple, a banana, or 0% Greek Yogurt with sliced peaches and almonds.
C)   A Snickers bar. Because it satisfies, as they say.

4)   Traveling on an airplane, you order:
A)   A sweet juice and the cheese platter. Yeah buddy.
B) You order soda water and are keen enough to pack your own salad + fruit  + trail mix to snack on. You’d rather gag than eat the pre-packaged nonsense they serve.
C) A Chardonnay and the Caesar salad wrap looks divine.

5) Your idea of a healthy quick-fix is:
A) A Lean Cuisine meal (ooh alfredo!) nuked and served with a Slim-Fast shake (chocolate, of course)
B) A bowl of oats with bananas, natural peanut butter and maybe some dark chocolate chips.
C) A hot dog and fries from the corner cart and a pint of Ben and Jerry’s

6) At the morning coffee shop, you order:
A) A skinny latte with 3 pumps of vanilla syrup and a couple biscotti
B) A spiced chai latte with almond milk and a banana
C)  large mocha Frap with extra whipped cream and a cinnamon roll

MOSTLY A’S: Oyyyvayy for A’s: Here’s the tricky thing, you may think that you are the healthy kid in the bunch, but you have been fooled. Marketing and advertising have got you played like a fiddle. That’s not a good thing, I can promise that. You should be aware of the pre-packaged chemical processed foods that are in your pantry and in your grocery cart. Try my 30 Day FWB challenge and see if you can kick this habit and make your way over to the brighter healthier side! Just because it’s labeled as “light, low-fat, healthy choice, sensible solution, sugar-free, whatevs they say… it does NOT equate to optimal health. AKA, it does not mean that it’s good for you. So please stick to the real good-a-stuff.. like whole foods, fruits, veggies and lean proteins!  VERY important!

MOSTLY B’S: B is for BADASS. My kinda gal. You pride yourself on making disciplined food choices. You love buying fresh, in-season produce. You aren’t falling into any marketing ploys or traps and you believe that homemade is best. Straight from the chef or the kitchen, that’s the way that Mom Nature and Granny all intended for us to eat! Stamp yourself BADASS homie.

MOSTLY C’S: C is for Careful!: You can probably kiss your skinny jeans goodbye on this lifestyle. It’s not any better than what you learned in nutrition class… oh wait, nutrition isn’t offered in academics.. well then take it upon yourself to learn and make healthier choices. The change is up to you my friend. Start acquiring more knowledge in the food space and learn about what nurturing your body with real, whole, nutritious foods can do for you. I’m always here for you, so lean on me if you need a friend. Try my 30 Day FWB Challenge to get the 411 on real healthy and hot.

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