Maintaining a Healthy Diet

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Healthy Diet
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Tim Salvesen, a Wheaton, Illinois, resident, is the vice president of GridLiance. In his previous position as a senior audit manager at KPMG, LLC, Tim Salvesen was the office liaison for the American Cancer Society.

The American Cancer Society recently published an article on how to effectively include healthier meals in your diet. Eating a healthy diet is a fundamental component of staying healthy and reducing the risk of cancer. Healthy diets have more whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and less fried foods, processed meat, or red meat.

Often, making the big switch to a healthier diet will mean cooking more meals at home. Thankfully, with adequate planning, this shouldn’t be expensive or difficult to pull off.

To start off, plan your meals in advance. Prepare a shopping list of your weekly meals and snacks beforehand. This will reduce the number of trips you make to the store, in turn reducing the risk of impulse buying.

Plan your meals according to sales. If a food item you buy often is on sale, buy in bulk. Fruits and vegetables that are usually the least expensive include watermelon, apples, pears, bananas, lettuce, potatoes, greens, eggplant, and summer squash.

Avoid pre-washed and pre-cut vegetables, processed foods, and bagged salad mixes. For some meals, frozen vegetables or fruits work just as well.

When looking for a source of protein, don’t limit yourself to meat. Other foods such as beans are a great source.

For busy weeks, cook way ahead and freeze the meals. Add vegetables to soups and casseroles to prevent them from going bad too soon.

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Three Tips for Grilling Stellar Steaks

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Tim Salvesen works as the corporate controller and VP of Chicago-based GridLiance. In his free time, Tim Salvesen enjoys cooking steaks on the grill.

Whether you have been grilling for years or are planning your first barbecue, these three tips will help you to grill a stellar steak.

1. It Starts with the Meat – Famous chef and grill guru Bobby Flay’s very first tip when it comes to grilling steak is to befriend your local butcher, because a good steak starts with a good cut of meat. Similarly, Flay recommends springing for USDA Prime steaks or Certified Black Angus steaks.

2. Let it Sit – Instead of taking your steaks from the refrigerator to the grill, let them sit for 10 to 20 minutes to warm up a bit. Room temperature steaks cook quicker and take seasoning better. Food-borne illness is not a concern here, since you will be cooking the meat at a high enough temperature to kill any dangerous germs.

3. Use a Thermometer – How do you ensure you cook your steaks long enough when one person requests rare and another well-done? One way is to cut into the steak and visually inspect the center, but this lets out the juices in the meat and still is not entirely accurate. Instead, invest $10 in a meat thermometer so you will always know exactly when your steaks are cooked to perfection.

MADD Survey Finds Parents Don’t Understand Impact of their Behavior

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Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
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A former member of the US Marine Corps, Tim Salvesen, CPA, presently serves as the vice president and corporate controller of GridLiance in Illinois. Dedicated to helping others, Tim Salvesen has supported several organizations over the years, including Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

The largest nonprofit focused on preventing underage drinking and drunk driving, MADD recently partnered with Nationwide to highlight the important role that parents’ actions play in the decisions their children make about drinking, driving, and riding with a drunk driver. The two organizations surveyed parents about whether they talk to their children about drinking and driving and whether they drink and drive, themselves. Results of the survey were announced prior to the PowerTalk 21 Day on April 21, 2016, and detailed some interesting information.

According to the survey, 80 percent of parent respondents had talked to their kids about alcohol and about the dangers of being in a car with a drunk driver. However, one in four parents said that in the past year, they had ridden with a drunk driver, and 43 percent said that they have had a drink while at dinner and subsequently driven their children home. Past studies have shown that parents have the greatest influence over children’s decisions regarding alcohol. The results of this newest survey suggest that parents do not recognize the large impact that their own behavior has on their children’s behavior.

Grilling the Perfect Steak

 

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Grilled Steak
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Accountant Tim Salvesen leverages his 15 years of experience to assist with long-term financial planning and execution efforts as vice president and controller at GridLiance. In his free time, Tim Salvesen enjoys cooking streaks on his grill.

Grilling the perfect steak starts with choosing the right cut of meat. Ideally, steaks that are around one-and-a-half inches thick are the best for grilling. Premium cuts of meat can get really expensive, but often have better flavor when properly grilled. However, cheaper cuts, such as skirt and flank steak, can also be used. These cuts tend to be a bit tougher to chew, but tough steaks can easily be tenderized using an acidic marinade, or through mechanical tenderizing. Regardless of the cut being used, trim excess fat on the outside of the steak and carefully season the meat with at least salt and pepper.

Once the steak is on the grill, most individuals prefer searing the meat to seal in the juices. Doing this requires an extremely hot grill. When searing, it is often preferred to move the steak as few times as possible using tongs rather than a fork. There are some individuals who prefer grilling steaks at a more normal temperature. Searing some steaks can cause the juices to boil and move to the top. Once they are at the top, the juice will likely be lost when the steak is flipped. With this method of cooking, regular rotations help the juices stay inside the steak. It may also help prevent thinner cuts from overcooking so easily.