The Garden City Telegram
3/12/2013
SOUTHWEST LIFE

Identifying the connection between mood and food

By BARBARA ADDISON

Finney County Extension Agent,

4-H & Youth Development

Everyone eats! But the foods we eat are influenced by many things, including emotions. The Finney County Extension, Family & Consumer Science program, "Emotional Eating: The Food and Mood Connection," is designed to help participants identify the difference between emotional hunger and physical hunger as well as how the foods they eat affect their mood. Participants will identify food triggers and develop strategies to address those triggers Participants will also do a self-assessment of their diet and physical activity habits and explore dietary and physical activity techniques for overall health.

Attend this presentation to become more familiar with factors that influence food choices, emotional triggers, stages of emotional eating and signs of physical hunger versus emotional hunger.

"Emotional Eating" will be presented by Sheryl Carson, Kearny County family and consumer science agent, from 12:05 to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Finney County Extension Office, 501 S. Ninth St. Bring your lunch; beverages will be provided. Please RSVP before Wednesday to better facilitate set-up by calling 272-3670, emailing fi@listserv@ksu.edu or visiting www.finney.ksu.edu.

Walk Kansas

While medicine can save your life, it won't make you healthy. Lifestyle habits that include physical activity, healthy food choices and better management of stress provide a foundation for health. Thousands of Kansans will participate in Walk Kansas this year, a Kansas State Research and Extension health initiative.

This eight-week program begins Sunday and participants are to register before then as part of a six-member team that works toward basic goals for increasing activity and eating better — one small step at a time.

To participate in our community, contact the Finney County Extension Office at 272-3670, stop by 501 S. Ninth St., or email fi@listserv.ksu.edu. More information is also available at www.walkkansas.org.

Move into health

Practicing proper nutrition can help you achieve a higher level of satisfaction. Healthy fats and lean protein energize your body and give you a sense of fullness. Highly processed foods are known for leaving you feeling sluggish. Nutritious snacks play an important role in any healthy eating plan because they can help stabilize your body's glucose levels. Eating healthfully does not mean restricting your intake; it means making the best choices within your daily calorie needs.

There are no "good" or "bad" foods. Your goal is to become health-conscious. By doing so, you will see that all foods can fit into a well-balanced diet. View your food intake as a way to prevent chronic diseases later in life, which will encourage you to make those healthier choices now.

Did you know that all food preferences are acquired tastes? If your diet is high in fat and sugar, you have trained yourself to believe that these foods taste the best. The opposite is also true. If you are accustomed to eating whole grains, you might find yourself strongly opposed to the taste of white bread. Start making small changes to incorporate healthful foods into your diet. Over time, your taste buds will actually prefer them.

Candy, chips, pastries and fast-food items seem cheap and convenient. But will they really be worth the price five or 10 years from now when you are facing medical bills that are related to illnesses that could have been prevented or controlled by better eating habits? Eating a balanced diet that includes vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy may require a little preparation on your part, but the amount of money you will save over time by maintaining your health can be used to do what you want to do.

Growing trees in a drought

Even with recent periodic snowfalls, we are entering the 2013 growing season under drought stress on trees. While trees are an investment in our landscape (both financial and aesthetically), choosing, planting and maintaining the best trees for drought conditions is important. How can you successfully grow trees in a drought?

K-State Research Extension Master Gardener Steve Michel will present the program at 6 p.m. March 26 at the Finney County Extension Office. At this time, topics will cover drought damage, signs of stress, protecting your trees from drought, drought-tolerant trees, proper planting and proper watering for maintenance.

To better facilitate setup, please RSVP by March 25 by calling the Finney County Extension Office at 272-3670 or emailing fi@listserv@ksu.edu.

Omega-3-rich ground beef

Thanks to Kansas State University research, part of a healthy diet can include a hamburger rich with omega-3 fatty acids.

Jim Drouillard, professor of animal sciences and industry, developed a technique that enriches ground beef with omega-3 fatty acids — fatty acids that have been shown to reduce heart disease, cholesterol and high blood pressure — by feeding cattle a balanced diet. The enriched ground beef is named GreatO Premium Ground Beef and is being sold through Manhattan, Kan.-based company NBO3 Technologies LLC. It became available mid-February at select retailers in Buffalo, N.Y., and expands to leading retailers and restaurants nationwide later this year.

Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish and plant oils. The United States currently does not have a recommended daily intake of omega-3s, though many doctors and nutritionists recommend between 1,200 to 1,600 milligrams daily, depending on a person's age and health.

A quarter-pound hamburger made of the enriched ground beef has 200 milligrams of omega-3s and tastes the same as regular ground beef, Drouillard said. This makes the ground beef an alternative for people who want to add or increase their omega-3 fatty acids intake but do not want fish or supplements to do so.

"As a society, Americans' consumption of fish, especially fish that contributes to these omega-3 fats, is quite low compared to other proteins," Drouillard said. "Reasons for this include cost, access to fish and personal preference. Americans do, however, like hamburgers. So if we can give people a hamburger that is rich in omega-3s, it's an alternative form of a product that they already eat and does not require a lifestyle change, which is difficult to make."

The health benefits of omega-3s are not limited to humans. Studies show that dairy and beef cattle with an enriched diet of flaxseed and other omega-3 rich grains have fewer respiratory diseases. The cattle also have higher fertility rates, which helps offset infertility among dairy cattle.

Source: K-State University

K-State Research and Extension — Finney County is the front-door source to your everyday questions for information and knowledge. Every question is of value to you and us. Give us a call at 272-3670, email fi@listserv.ksu.edu, visit www.finney.ksu.edu, or better, walk in our front door at 501 S. Ninth St., for information to help you make a better decision.