What if you HAVE to Eat Late at Night?

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We all know it can happen. No matter how much you prepare your schedule and your meals, sometimes life can fight back. You find yourself overtired and overworked; you get home late and haven’t eaten dinner yet. This is in no way ideal, but it happens. What do you do?

Eating late at night is not good for you. Your body doesn’t have time to burn off the calories before you go to bed and your body will be digesting when it should be resting. Late night eating can be detrimental to a healthy eating routine.

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Guiding Stars’ Top 10 Easy “Star” Picks

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Here are 10 great ways to add highly rated Guiding Stars foods and beverages to your shopping cart!

1. Fruits – Did you know fruits can be fresh, frozen or canned (just make sure there is no added sugar) and still receive 2 or 3 star?

2. Vegetables – The same is true for veggies. Most fresh, frozen or canned vegetables (just make sure there is no added salt) are 2 or 3 star foods.

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5 Tools to Make for Better Eating

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Many of us are trying to eat and be healthier. Have you stopped to consider all the little things you do and have in your house that are helping you achieve those goals?

I am a board member for a nonprofit in my community. At a recent meeting planning our upcoming fund-raising event, someone asked the Logistics Coordinator what her duties were for the event. She said ‘I do all the things no one else wants to do’. I stopped her in her tracks and said she does all the things that hold the whole event together. It got me thinking about all the little things we do or have that hold the rest of our lives together.

Here’s my list of 5 tools I use in my house to help me eat better.

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Office ready snacks for more energy

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I have lived most of my life in New England. I love all four seasons but I have to admit, winter is tough sometimes. The days are shorter and much colder. I crave hearty meals and warm coffee drinks. I am restless, while at the same time I have less energy.

This winter, armed with some advice from my friends and my favorite healthy living bloggers, I am going to focus on one trouble spot in my day – the mid-afternoon work snack. Right around 3pm I hit my afternoon slump and I seem to crave a gingerbread latte and some sort of huge pastry with lots or frosting or crumble on top. I did a little research and talked to my friends to get some ideas for how to combat that 3pm urge.

So here are some healthy snacks that are known for being tasty and for giving you a much needed energy boost…

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Helping me along the way…

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In the past week I have been searching the internet for good sites I can leverage to support my journey. This is harder than it sounds. I have found that many sites are incredibly difficult to navigate and in the end present ideas that are either stale or super preachy. I am looking for down to earth, real life living types of sites. So far I have two that I am really excited about.

I didn’t have to look too far to find the first. The Guiding Stars website is wonderful. Having worked for Hannaford Supermarkets in the past and having two close friends who both work for Guiding Stars today I knew about the site but hadn’t really looked at it through my new lens. Guiding Stars in itself is going to be a tremendous help to me as I try to navigate the grocery shelves but the site is an added bonus. It is very inviting and easy to navigate. I love the blogs because I know they are written by real people, in some cases people I know! (My husband even wrote one!)

The second site I stumbled on through a twitter post. As I was perusing my twitter feed I saw a post about a link to a Roasted Cauliflower recipe. I followed the link and ended up on the Summer Tomato website. Darya Pino is the creator of the site. She is a research scientist and San Francisco foodie who has managed in my opinion to create the perfect blend of down to earth, real people healthy eating tips. In just a couple of visits I have already found no less than 10 recipes I want to try (including the Roasted Cauliflower). An added surprise, when I subscribe to the site I received a 27 page booklet “How to Get Started Eating Healthy” by Darya. I saved it to my Good Reader app so I always have it with me. It was exactly what I needed.

What websites would you recommend for down to earth, real living healthy eating tips and recipes?

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Using the Internet to Find Healthy New Recipes

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One of my biggest hurdles in eating healthy is I feel that I run out of recipes I can make on a regular basis. I feel as though I eat the same few healthy things over and over and my taste buds get tired so I find myself returning to not-so-healthy options.

Lately I have been leaning on a few great websites to help me cure my taste bud exhaustion by giving me good, easy recipes, with ingredients I already have that are also good for me. Some let you choose by ingredients, some give you creative way to prepare your regular shopping items in not such a ‘regular’ way and others are just plain fun to try out.

Real Simple has a great menu suggestion tool that lets you choose by ingredient, convenience, course or keyword. All the recipes we have used have been…

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5 Reasons Having a Dog Will Keep You Healthy

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Man’s best friend is well known for being a great companion, but did you know he/she could make you healthier too?


It’s been proven owning a dog actually makes you happier – you could even get a discount on your life insurance! Bonus: being happier makes you healthier.


Dogs need exercise, just like us. Having to walk or run them for a half hour every day will help you drop pounds on the scale, too.


I’m a certified lifeguard and swim instructor, but my 1 year old lab could still easily outswim me – but then, that’s what he’s bred for. As hot as it’s been this summer already, how about taking your four-legged friend for a dip? It will be a treat for him and you!


Running around and playing with your dog burns calories, just like playing with your kids. So let the child in you out and play some tug o’ war.

A little weight lifting

It’s a little outside-the-box, but you can get your weight lifting time in with a dog. My dog is scared of stairs and at 60 pounds, I can’t afford for him to be afraid of them for much longer. But, lucky for me, I’ve noticed as he’s gotten bigger, I’ve gotten stronger…

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Setting realistic goals and seeing them through

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A year and a half ago I couldn’t run a mile without stopping. As of right now I have completed four 5Ks, a 10K and 2 half marathons and I can’t wait to see what I can do next! If two years ago you told me I would run 13.1 miles, I would have laughed at you. How I got this far has taught me a lot about life in general and the importance of setting goals.

No matter what your goal is – running a 5K, cutting your grocery bill, getting a promotion, losing weight – all of them have a desired end result and it can be actualized. The end result can seem staggering to achieve and you may have stalled before because climbing that proverbial mountain seems overwhelming.

Here are a few tips to help you chart your way to success, no matter the goal:

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