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Keeping My Poise® Through LBL at the Gym

by Jennifer Wieland
Keeping My Poise® Through LBL at the Gym

This post is sponsored by Poise® but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
 

I’ve been working really hard this year to take back my health through diet and exercise. I found a diet that works for me and that I can stick with. I’ve even learned to love the gym. I’ve moved away from my comfort zone of the machines and put my nerves and fear aside to try classes. Keeping my Poise® at the gym is the key.

Since doing classes at the gym I’ve learned a few things. One is that the saying about variety being the spice of life is so true. Taking a variety of classes has really helped me love the gym. The teachers often change things up and I can take so many different types of classes that I never get bored. The other thing I’ve learned? All these different workouts have different effects on my body. I know that certain stretches in a yoga class, an overly exuberant move in a Zumba class, or a few to many squat moves in my Build-a-Booty class can lead to some uh-oh moments. I manage to keep my poise through those moments with Poise® in my gym bag.

Keeping My Poise® Through LBL at the Gym

I’ve had six kids and what people don’t tell you is what happens to your body after you birth those sweet little angels. My oldest son once said to me that I don’t laugh like I used to. I didn’t have the heart to tell him that laughing hard can lead to little leaks. That’s right folks, about 1/3 of women out there suffer from the same problem. Light Bladder Leakage (LBL) is a reality for so many women.

Keeping My Poise® Through LBL at the Gym

So what causes LBL? 

Light Bladder Leakage can be brought on by several things. One thing may cause LBL in one person and not another. On thing may set it off or you may have multiple things below trigger it. 

  • Physical changes from childbirth, pregnancy, hysterectomy or menopause
  • Being overweight
  • Complications from surgery, stroke, or chronic diseases like diabetes, multiple sclerosis (MS) or Parkinson’s disease
  • Bladder or urinary tract infections
  • Bladder irritants (certain foods and beverages)

There is more than one type of incontinence

While there are different things that can cause Light Bladder Leakage there are also different type of Light Bladder Leakage incontinence

Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI): When you involuntarily leak due to pressure that is suddenly placed on your bladder. Great examples of this are when you cough, laugh, sneeze, exercise or lift a heavy item.

Urge Urinary Incontinence (UUI): Ever feel a sudden, intense urge to urinate and think I need a bathroom like now!  Only to realize that oops, I already leaked some? What happens is the bladder muscles squeeze at the wrong time and you get a little leaky.

Mixed Urinary Incontinence (MUI): This is what I call the double whammy. You don’t experience jus tone of the two above. No, you are extra lucky and get to experience both Stress and Urge Urinary Incontinence, it’s called Mixed Urinary Incontinence.

Hitting the gym with LBL

Being healthy is important and part of that for many women is going to the gym. You can survive your trips to the gym with LBL by making sure your gym bag is packed and ready.

Keep your fluids up – Skipping water is not a good idea at the gym. Skipping fluids actually leads to urine being more concentrated. This can lead to bladder and urethra irritation. Which can lead to spasms. Which, you guessed it, can lead to leaks of their own. 

Exercise to strengthen pelvic floor – Kegels aren’t the only exercise that are going to help with LBL. Any exercises that strengthen the pelvic floor will do. Yoga, Pilates, Tai-chi and walking are all great options.

Ditch some of the extra weight – Facing LBL at the gym can make you rethink going to the gym but losing weight can actually by hitting the gym and eating right may be just what you need. They have done research and it shows that women who weigh 200 lbs. and lose 10% of their weight can lower leaks by 70%. 

Pack some Poise® products in your gym bag – While at the gym remove your fear of leaks from the equation with Poise® products in your gym bag. Poise® will provide you with 3-in-1 protection. (dryness, comfort and odor control)Poise® pads now have ContourFit Design. that means you get a pad curved in the middle, to fit you’re the curves of your body better. You can find Poise® products at Walmart in the Personal Care section of the store. If going to the store to shop for Poise® products isn’t your thing, no worries. You can order directly from Walmart.com and have them shipped right to your door.

Keeping My Poise® Through LBL at the Gym

Don’t let Light Bladder Leakage sideline you at the gym or anywhere else in life. 


Humana Healthier Choices Options at Taste of Chicago

by Jennifer Wieland
Humana Healthier Choices Options at Taste of Chicago #TasteofChi #HealthierChoices
The information and Taste tickets have been provided by Humana so that I could try some of the Humana Healthier Choices and share my thoughts and information about these items. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Humana.

 

Taste of Chicago is a staple of summer in Chicago. If you aren’t familiar with Taste of Chicago it’s like the biggest, baddest picnic you can go to. Food greats from all over the Chicagoland area sell food items so that you can get a true taste of what Chicago has to offer the foodies of the world. Don’t worry if you’re trying to eat healthier Humana has you covered. The Humana Healthier Choice options at Taste of Chicago will keep you looking swimsuit fab or keep your health on track all while getting to enjoy a great summer event in Chicago.

When you arrive at The Taste of Chicago you first head to a ticket booth and purchase strips of tickets. These strips of tickets work in place of cash at the vendor booths. Most booths offer multiple food items and you can often get regular and taste portion sizes. This year The Taste of Chicago runs from July 6th-10th in Grant Park.

Humana Healthier Choices Options at Taste of Chicago #TasteofChi #HealthierChoices

About Humana Healthier Choices Options (full list of menu items at the end of the email):

  • This year’s program features 75 healthy food options – the most in the program’s history – from 29 Chicago restaurants that meet nutritional criteria.
  • The Humana Healthier Choices will be identified by a new logo for 2016 – a green “H” with a circular arrow around it – which can be found on the menu boards at participating restaurant booths.
  • The Humana Healthier Choices list of items will be handed out at the Humana tent and can be downloaded at the Taste of Chicago website, via facebook.com/TheTasteOfChicago and through the newly established Taste of Chicago app.
  •  For the second consecutive year, the 2016 list will also spotlight 49 vegetarian options – nearly two-thirds of the list – to cater to a larger sampling of health-conscious attendees.
  • The program is also promoting six gluten-free items from the restaurant, Dia De Los Tamales, to accommodate the evolution of changing dietary restrictions and preferences.
  • All of the restaurants participating in the 2016 Taste of Chicago were invited to submit their menu items for consideration for the Humana Healthier Choices program.
  • For an item to be considered, restaurants must submit nutritional details including calories, sodium content, saturated fat and the list of ingredients.
  • A panel of five top Chicago-area physicians with expertise in diet and nutrition collaboratively judged each item to assure that nutritional values were met.

Humana Healthier Choices Options at Taste of Chicago #TasteofChi #HealthierChoices

Humana Healthier Choices Rewards Program:

  • After receiving a free Humana Healthier Choices Tag, which comes with a lanyard for a hands-free and convenient experience, participants can collect stamps by sampling any Humana Healthier Choices food item or participating in healthy activities at the Humana tent.
  • Once Taste-goers receive six stamps, they can drop off their badge at the Humana tent to be entered into random prize drawings, donated by the Taste of Chicago restaurants.
  • Prize winners will be announced on the evening of July 10.
  • On social media, Taste-goers are encouraged to join the conversation and share their Humana Healthier Choices food items on Instagram, mentioning @Humana, #TasteofChi and #HealthierChoices. 

Humana’s HappIEST Hour: Mocktail Challenge for Charity

Humana, along with WXRT-FM,  will host a healthy mocktail challenge between Catherine De Orio, host of WTTW-TV’s “Check, Please!,” and WXRT DJ Mary Dixon, who will defend her title as the winner of the healthy salsa challenge Humana hosted at the 2015 Taste of Chicago. The event will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, and include recipes filled with ingredients that provide healthier alternatives to common drinks. The panel of guest judges will include Chicago Bears alum Jay Hilgenberg and Jeff Joniak, WXRT DJ Johnny Mars and Supreme Lobster & Seafood Co.’s Carl Galvan. Following the event, Humana will award a donation to the winner’s charity of choice.

Humana Tent at Taste of Chicago

Take a break from the July heat by enjoying a shaded seating area in the Humana tent, which will feature basic ways of staying healthy, including jumping rope, hula hooping and dancing, as well as a photo booth and prize wheels. The tent will be located on Columbus Drive between Jackson Blvd and the Buckingham Fountain.

Humana Healthier Choices Options at Taste of Chicago #TasteofChi #HealthierChoices 

Humana Healthier Choices for Taste of Chicago 2016

(vegan options noted by a V)

Appetizers/Starters – Less than 320 calories, 300 mg sodium and 2 g saturated fat

·         Taste Portion of Seaweed Salad (V) – Arami

·         Taste Portion of Buta Hara – Arami

·         Taste Portion of Veggie Burger (V) – Beat Kitchen

·         Taste Portion of Mustard Fried Catfish – BJ’s Market

·         Taste Portion of Grilled Chicken Taco – Carbón Live Fire Mexican Grill

·         Taste Portion of Chicken Sambussa – Demera Ethiopian Restaurant 

·         Taste Portion of Vegetarian Messob Misir Wat and Tikle Gomen (V) – Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

·         Taste Portion of Doner Box – Doner Men

·         Chili Lime Watermelon (V) – Farmer’s Fridge

·         Taste Portion of Chili Lime Watermelon (V) – Farmer’s Fridge

·         Taste Portion of Avocado Toast (V) – Farmer’s Fridge

·         Taste Portion of Chicken Sandwich (without cheese) – Gino’s Steaks Truck

·         Ginger Garlic Wings – Iyanze

·         Taste Portion of Chap Chae (V) – Jin Ju

·         Taste Portion of Chicken Tacos – La Cocinita

·         Taste Portion of Malnati Salad (V) – Lou Malnati’s

·         Taste Portion of Cauliflower Salad (V) – nana

·         Taste Portion of Avocado Fries (V) – nana

·         Celtic Corn on the Cob (V) – O’Brien’s Restaurant

·         Sweet Potato Potato Salad (V) – Pork & Mindy’s

·         Taste Portion of Bao to the Pork – Pork & Mindy’s

·         Taste Portion of Pulled Chicken Slider – Pork chop

·         Taste Portion of Reverse Coney (V) – Taco in a Bag

Main Dishes – Less than 500 calories, 500 mg sodium and 4 g saturated fat

·         Veggie Burger (V) – Beat Kitchen

·         Mustard Fried Catfish – BJ’s Market

·         Grilled Steak Taco – Carbón Live Fire Mexican Grill

·         Grilled Chicken Taco – Carbón Live Fire Mexican Grill

·         Taste Portion of Smoked Alligator – Chicago’s Dog House

·         Taste Portion of Smoked Rattlesnake with Rabbit – Chicago’s Dog House

·         Taste Portion of Chicken Sambussa – Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

·         Vegetarian Messob Misir Wat and Tikle Gomen (V) – Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

·         Donër Box – Donër Men

·         Avocado Toast (V) – Farmer’s Fridge

·         Chicken Sandwich (without cheese) – Gino’s Steaks Truck

·         Vegetarian Greens and Plantains (V) – Iyanze

·         Jerk Chicken – Iyanze

·         Chap Chae (V) – Jin Ju

·         Chicken Ke-Bob Curry Rice with Vegetables – Kasia Deli

·         Black Bean & Cheese Arepa with Salsa Verde – La Cocinita

·         Chicken Taco – La Cocinita

·         Malnati Salad (V) – Lou Malnati’s

·         Avocado Fries (V) – nana

·         Cauliflower Salad (V) – nana

·         Pulled Chicken Sandwich – Pork chop

·         Taste Portion of Grilled Chicken Satay – Star of Siam

·         Taste Portion of Pot Stickers – Star of Siam

·         Taste Portion of Pad Thai Noodles – Star of Siam

·         Reverse Coney (V) – Taco in a Bag

·         Taste Portion of Grilled Cheese (V) – The Fat Shallot

·         Taste Portion of Plantain and Jollof (V) – Vee Vee’s African Restaurant

Desserts – Less than 320 calories, 300 mg sodium and 2 g saturated fat

·         Taste Portion of Lemon Sorbet (V) – Caffe Gelato

·         Lemon Sorbet (V) – Caffe Gelato

·         Taste Portion of Blood Orange Sorbet (V) – Caffe Gelato

·         Blood Orange Sorbet (V) – Caffe Gelato

·         Taste Portion of Pineapple Sorbet (V) – Caffe Gelato

·         Pineapple Sorbet (V) – Caffe Gelato

·         Taste Portion of Peanut Butter Brownie (V) – Caffe Gelato

·         Dinky Donut (2) (V) – Dinky Donuts

·         Italian Lemon Ice (V) – Franco’s Ristorante

·         Taste Portion of Italian Lemon Ice (V) – Franco’s Ristorante

·         Italian Watermelon Ice (V) – Franco’s Ristorante

·         Taste Portion of Italian Watermelon Ice (V) – Franco’s Ristorante

·         Lemon-Lime Paleta (V) – La Mexicana

·         Mango Paleta (V) – La Mexicana

·         Strawberry Paleta (V) – La Mexicana

·         Taste Portion of Strawberry Paleta (V) – La Mexicana

·         Watermelon Paleta (V) – La Mexicana

·         Taste Portion of Watermelon Paleta (V) – La Mexicana

·         Southern Red Velvet Morsel of Love (V) – Ms. Tittle’s Cupcake

·         Mango Sorbet (V) – Star of Siam

·         Chocolate Dipped Strawberry (V) – The Fudge Pot

·         Frozen Mango Kefir (V) – The Lifeway Kefir Shop

·         Taste Portion of Mango Kefir (V) – The Lifeway Kefir Shop

·         Frozen Original Kefir (V) – The Lifeway Kefir Shop

·         Taste Portion of Original Kefir (V) – The Lifeway Kefir Shop

The following six items, provided by the restaurant Dia De Los Tamales, do not meet the Humana Healthier Choices nutrition criteria but provide options for Taste-goers with gluten-free dietary restrictions

·         Slow Roasted Cuban Pork Tamale with Cuban Fricase

·         Taste Portion of Slow Roasted Cuban Pork Tamale with Cuban Fricase

·         Spicy Black Bean & Corn Tamale with Salsa Roja (V)

·         Taste Portion of Spicy Black Bean & Corn Tamale with Salsa Roja (V)

·         Buffalo Chicken Tamale with Blue Cheese, Shredded Carrot and Celery

·         Roasted Pepper and Goat Cheese Tamale with Red Pepper Crema (V)

 

 

 


Sick Just Got Real

by Jennifer Wieland
Sick Just Got Real - Pfizer Products to the rescue!
Thank you to Pfizer for sponsoring today’s post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

 

Living in the Chicago area the spring can be really tricky season. One day it can be sunny and 65º and the next day you can have snow and 30º degrees. Last week we were plagued with snow, hail, freezing wind and cold but today we are supposed to hit 70º and be able to back in some sunshine. The problem with weather like this though is that kids in school seem to end up really sick. Every time one of my babies wakes up with a cold or cough and I have to keep them home from school I realize that Sick Just Got Real™ and it’s time to gather up my sick kid supplies and get to work. 

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Luckily I always keep a good stock of supplies on hand from Target to help out in these situations. My go to medicine choices for my group that I like to have on hand are products from the Pfizer Pediatric family. Children’s Advil®, Children’s Robitussin®, and Children’s Dimetapp® always get the job done in our house. I also like that Chldren’s Dimetapp® is alcohol free and that Children’s Advil® is a great way to get those fevers, aches and pains you get when sick to go away. Of course your going to need tissue and hand sanitizer to help keep the kids from passing their sick on to their siblings.

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I like to keep a stash of busy stuff for the kids when they are sick. Coloring books, notebooks to draw or write in, some simple card games all work out really well when the medicine kicks in and they feel better and want to do something but you know that they still need rest and don’t want them over doing it. You can usually find a great selection of this stuff in the Target Dollar Spot. 

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Our go to sick meal is some chicken noodle soup. It’s a classic for a reason. Something about it just makes you feel better. Add in some fun shaped crackers to help with any upset tummies and orange juice to up their vitamin C and your kids will be on the mend in no time flat. 

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How do you help your kids feel better when they are sick?

 

 


Kleenex® – Caring is Not Sharing Germs This Winter

by Jennifer Wieland
This winter show your family and friends that caring is not sharing germs with Kleenex. #SpreadKleenexCare

 

Everyone knows that with winter making its way into our lives that it also means that cold and flu season are upon us. To show my family and guests just how much I care about them and how I want to keep them healthy this winter I have to stock up on supplies. With three of my kids in different elementary schools, my oldest son working retail at a very busy downtown store and my husband trapped in the recycled air, cubicle land of a skyscraper my home and family are inundated with germs on a daily basis. So I have to be prepared to act at the first sign of sniffles. Thanks Kleenex® for always having our noses covered. 

This winter show your family and friends that caring is not sharing germs with Kleenex. #SpreadKleenexCare

Kleenex® is the first thing on my list every year. I make sure I have a stockpile on hand for not only my house but for backpacks, coat pockets, classrooms, offices and the car. Some people may think it overkill but have you ever seen a child with a nose that resembles a faucet? Seriously, it’s a scary sight to behold in your rear view mirror while driving. 

This winter show your family and friends that caring is not sharing germs with Kleenex. #SpreadKleenexCare

Thanks heavens Kleenex® and Sam’s Club make it easy for me to be ready. I’ve already hit Sam’s Club and grabbed the Kleenex® Winter Pack. This pack includes 8 tissue boxes of Kleenex® Lotion, plus 3 tissue boxes of Kleenex® Perfect Fit® Winter Designs. These tissues will supply all the strength and  comforting softness your nose will need this winter. Kleenex® Lotion facial tissues feature 3-ply construction for thickness and absorbency, and Aloe Vera and Vitamin E for a soothing touch to delicate skin. Kleenex® Perfect Fit® tissues feature 2-ply quality, an upright box that is the right size for small spaces and winter designs to brighten your home. Now you can treat your family’s sniffles and sneezes this season with the softness of Kleenex® tissues.

 

 


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