The Hills are Alive…

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How was your Fourth of July? I hope no one you love ended up like the folks behind Nicholas and my wife Q.

The Bruns-Kyler family celebrated the holiday in the country where my grandmother was born before she emigrated to the US. Can you guess where we are?

Nicholas and Q surrounded by skulls.

I’ll give you a hint, remember this song: “The hills are alive with the sound of …🎵 ”

Karl standing in Austria.

That’s right, we are in Austria enjoying some time with our Air Force son so he can get some much needed R&R from the flight line he works on in Britain. It is a blessing to spend time with our son.

Salzburg inspired “The Sound of Music.” Hallstatt is famous because it was the inspiration for the movie “Frozen.” Believe it or not, I haven’t seen either movie.

Q says I’m a bit of a curmudgeon when it comes to feel-good movies, but that’s just how I roll. While they are out touring, I’m usually in a coffee shop on my laptop working on the 2025 Medicare certifications. I give thanks for good internet.

Karl staring at a swan.

If you ask me what’s my favorite part of Europe, it’s the food that inspires me.

When I see all this fresh produce, I think about how I should be eating more non-processed foods. Doing so can bring significant health and cognitive benefits. Here’s how prioritizing fresh foods can enhance well-being.

Delicious looking green vegetables.

Unlike processed foods, fresh foods are free from high levels of added sugars, unhealthy fats, and artificial additives.

A lady explaining vegetables.

•  Fresh foods are typically lower in calories and higher in nutrients compared to processed foods. They help manage weight and reduce the risk of obesity.

•  Fresh foods such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, and fish are low in unhealthy fats and sodium, promoting better heart health and reducing the risk of heart disease.

•  Fresh foods are rich in fiber, which aids digestion and prevents constipation. Fiber-rich options like fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains support a healthy gut microbiome.

Nicholas buying bread on the street.

•  Fresh foods are packed with nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins that support brain health, improving memory and focus.

•  Diets high in fresh foods are linked to a reduced risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Eating more fresh foods can help protect your brain as you age. That’s what it’s all about.

•  Fresh, nutrient-rich foods positively impact mood and mental health. They help regulate neurotransmitters in the brain, reducing the risk of depression and anxiety. Eat well, feel better.

A cute dog sitting under a vegetable stand.

•  Consider visiting farmers’ markets and local produce stands for fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables.

•  When shopping, choose products with the fewest ingredients and avoid items with added sugars, unhealthy fats, and artificial additives.

•  Cooking at home allows you to use fresh ingredients and avoid unnecessary additives.

•  Try new recipes that focus on fresh, whole foods. Incorporate a variety of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains.

•  Planning your meals for the week can help you make healthier choices and ensure you’re incorporating fresh foods.

•  Have fresh fruits, nuts, and yogurt ready for quick, healthy snacks.

Of course you could be like my little brother Haas in Virginia and catch and prepare most of your own food. Whenever we visit him, we eat very well.

Haas fishing in Virginia.

Switching to a diet rich in fresh, non-processed foods can be simple and rewarding. Start with small changes, like adding more fruits and vegetables to your meals or cooking a few more dinners at home each week. Your body and mind will thank you!

Chris, a former exchange student, join the Bruns-Kyler family in Vienna for a meal.

Of course, like my dad said, “everything in moderation, even moderation.” One of our former German exchange students, Chris, joined us in Vienna for a few days and it was a delight to see him and catch up on his time when he lived with our family in Roswell, Georgia. Where does the time go?

Chris and Nicholas walking down the street with food in hand.

The young’uns have much faster metabolisms than us, so I was a bit jealous of the way they scarfed down the fries and the sausages (I’m keepin’ an eye on my triglycerides). Remember, gettin’ old ain’t for sissies, right?

Living well isn’t just about food, it’s about overall quality of life.

Claire in front of Niagara Falls.

Claire sent this picture from Niagara Falls celebrating time with her family. Keep going Claire👍❤️!

And this weekend, please keep squeezing the juice out of life and look for ways to help others!

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Karl Bruns-Kyler is a Medicare insurance broker and independent Medicare agent licensed to help Medicare recipients in thirty states around the country, including:

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