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December 2012

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M cCullough���s tips for healthy eating: Superfood salad: Salmon with nuts and berries. Shop and cook ahead: Plan what you are going to eat ahead of time; it���s the key to healthy meals and snacks. It saves time since you don���t have to run to the store constantly. Prepare things the night before; have them by the door in the morning. Don���t be intimidated: Healthy eating does not necessarily require cooking. Sometimes knowing what to buy and how to put it together is half the battle. Try one ingredient, multiple meals: Buy a fully cooked rotisserie chicken, for example, and use it in more than one recipe throughout the week. Make a chicken salad, a chicken taco, and even some chicken soup with vegetables. Word to the wise: Grownup food is much more flavorful and healthier. Educators have a lot on their plates these days. If you look around the staff lounge, you���ll find doughnuts and cupcakes, frozen meals (loaded with sodium) zapped in the microwave, vending machine snacks, and sodas. Processed foods, an exercise regime that consists of walking around a classroom, and high stress can be a recipe for poor health. As you set goals for 2013, we thought we���d provide you some fodder. To get started, we���ve got nutrition tips and a week���s shopping list provided by Chef Paul McCullough, whose catering business, Paul���s Kitchen, is located in Los Angeles. (Aficionados may remember McCullough as a finalist on the ���Food Network Star��� reality show.) A chef for celebrities, McCullough brings homecooked meals to film and TV crews; he made his culinary debut in Hollywood catering for the stars of ���Sex and the City.��� He is currently executive chef at City of Hope National Medical Center, catering exclusive VIP donor events. He has also served as honorary chair for CTA���s Read Across America. McCullough will be traveling this holiday season on a national media TV tour promoting his new book, Roma-herapy, about cooking with tomatoes, available on To see recipes for delicious lunches and snacks that McCullough has prepared specially for educators, visit Avoid processed foods: Processed foods full of preservatives make your body work harder to function at optimum levels. Your liver works overtime to ilter the toxins. You feel sluggish and you gain weight. Natural, whole foods make your body run more eiciently. You will think more clearly. You lose weight and improve your cardiovascular function. Water: Drink three glasses during the day to keep your body and brain hydrated. It keeps your skin looking clear, too. Take vitamin D daily: Among other beneits, vitamin D prevents chronic diseases including many forms of cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension; protects and lubricates bones, teeth and hair; and reduces the occurrence of prostate cancer, especially in African American men. B Y S H E R RY P O S N I C K - G O O D W I N PHOTOS BY SCOTT BUSCHMAN December 2012 ��� January 2013 31

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