So, in a couple of posts I've alluded to a show I've been watching called Zonya's Health Bites. I was talking to my sister one day and she mentioned that she'd been watching this really interesting show that gives shopping, food, and exercise information. It airs on public television stations around the country...for us, it's on NJN. Reruns are on all week at 1:30 PM.
She told me to check it out, so I started recording episodes and loved the show! She is a nutritionist, cookbook author, and public speaker. She goes around the country doing speaking engagements about how to lead a healthier lifestyle through food and exercise choices.
She's kind of a lot to take at first. Her personality is a bit "out there"...
Her show is split up into 3 segments. In the first one, she goes to the grocery store and talks about a particular kind of food and how to make a good choice when you're buying that food. For example, in one episode she went to the produce aisle and pointed out different kinds of fruits and vegetables that should be included in your diet and how to pick the best ones. In another episode, she went to the canned beans aisle and discussed the different options and the health benefits of beans.
In the second segment, she's at home in her kitchen. She uses some of the things she discussed in the grocery store to cook one or two recipes. I've seen her make soups, stews, breads, nachos, chicken, and much more. Throughout the cooking segment, she gives tips on how to cook in a healthy way.
The last segment is on exercise. She focuses on really simple everyday exercises that don't require you to go to the gym or have a lot of equipments. She works with a fitness instructor and models different exercises that improve your balance and strength.
In almost every episode, she shows a clip from one of her speaking engagements that centers on the theme of "The Power of One Good Habit". When she gives a tip or a recipe, she often tells you how much fat you'll be avoiding by making a healthier choice. She shows you the fat, in pounds, using Crisco Shortening! It's really gross, but the visual sticks in your memory when you reach for that candy bar.
Overall, it's a very informative and practical show. If you are interested, find out if your public television station airs her show. If you go to her website, it gives a link and directions for how to find that out. The website also has lots of tips, video clips, and recipes.
Have a happy and healthy Monday!