At Work participants discover new foods and recipes

  • Monique Costello of Happy Eats Healthy demonstrates that healthy eating can still be delicious and easy for Fittest Loser At Work participants.

    Monique Costello of Happy Eats Healthy demonstrates that healthy eating can still be delicious and easy for Fittest Loser At Work participants. Courtesy of Happy Eats Healthy

  • Team "Out My Weigh" showing off after a TRX workout at Elk Grove Park District. From left to right, Victoria Quinn, Michelle Lopez, Jean Saritas, Brian Anders, Marissa Anders, and Debbie Cox.

    Team "Out My Weigh" showing off after a TRX workout at Elk Grove Park District. From left to right, Victoria Quinn, Michelle Lopez, Jean Saritas, Brian Anders, Marissa Anders, and Debbie Cox. Courtesy of Out My Weigh

  • Team member Shannon Garcia demonstrates how to use a juicer to her team "Cut it Out" from Salon Lorrene. From left to right, Shannon Garcia, Lorrene Conino, Ashley Hanus, and Arisbeth Monesinos.

    Team member Shannon Garcia demonstrates how to use a juicer to her team "Cut it Out" from Salon Lorrene. From left to right, Shannon Garcia, Lorrene Conino, Ashley Hanus, and Arisbeth Monesinos. Courtesy of Cut It Out

  • Lori Tobler and Barb Merner of Fitz Chem LLC's "Skinny Dippers" enjoy some healthy lettuce wraps created by Chef Miguel at Cooking Skills Academy.

    Lori Tobler and Barb Merner of Fitz Chem LLC's "Skinny Dippers" enjoy some healthy lettuce wraps created by Chef Miguel at Cooking Skills Academy. Courtesy of Skinny Dippers

  • "Elk Strong" from Elk Grove Park District loved the healthy cooking demonstration presented by Monique of Happy Eats Healthy. From left to right, Carole Hedman, Pam Rice, Monique Costello, and Bonnie Cichanski.

    "Elk Strong" from Elk Grove Park District loved the healthy cooking demonstration presented by Monique of Happy Eats Healthy. From left to right, Carole Hedman, Pam Rice, Monique Costello, and Bonnie Cichanski. Courtesy of Elk Strong

 
By Kat Polomsky
kpolomsky@dailyherald.com

Fittest Loser At Work participants have been keeping up with new healthy eating habits and love sharing new recipes.

Barb Merner, team captain for the Fitz Chem LLC's "Skinny Dippers" says, "Lori Tobler shares her recipes with us. We all enjoyed her roasted vegetables, in addition to our salad one day."

Many teams also have healthy potlucks so they can try new recipes and become inspired.

Michelle Lopez, team captain for AVS Companies' "Out My Weigh" says, "We had one potluck luncheon that was a huge success! Everyone asked Eileen for her White Chicken Chili recipe. "

Since diet is such a huge part of being healthy, a lot of participants have been sending messages with pictures and recipes to fellow team members.

Chelsea Garcia of Littman Bros Lighting's "FIT LITTman" says, "We love texting each other our meals when we are not at work."

Teams are experimenting, trying new foods or alternative options.

Martha Sarabia, team captain of Tempco Electric Heater Corp's "Chicas Fitness" says, "Sometimes we share milkshakes and different grains. One example is almond milk with fruit (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc.) and sometimes with powdered Peruvian maca."

Sometimes it's tough finding a healthy meal on the go that's quick and easy.

Lorrene Conino, team captain of Salon Lorrene's "Cut it Out" says, "Our team has really enjoyed eating the Starkist flavored tuna packets on plain rice cakes for our quick and easy lunch. Eating raw vegetables with hummus is also a favorite of one of our team members."

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Attention stir-fry fans, riced cauliflower makes a great low carb rice alternative.

Jenny McGoon of Mount Prospect Park District's "POWER Crew" says, "I have been LOVING riced cauliflower. I make a lot of stir-frys with it. I also like using coconut aminos instead of soy sauce."

One of the biggest difficulties of the Fittest Loser Challenge is fighting bad food temptations.

Aileen Tischauser, team captain of Elk Grove Park District's "Elk Strong" says, "Our Monday morning workouts/discussions have turned into 'Yay Me/You' for passing up pizza and cupcakes at a weekend party. And knowing how to choose the better choices. They have found that the support from each other is priceless. It's GREAT!!"

If At Work teams can continue this kind of support, then they should have no problem continuing their healthy habits when the Fittest Loser Challenge ends.

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