Sweet Suggestions

When was the last time you had a craving? One that was so strong, you gave into that extreme desire for food or a sweet? Cravings do not typically present themselves in the form of fruits, vegetables or nourishing foods. They may come in tightly wrapped gleaming packages of adorned candies, treats or goodies. When was the last time you craved green lettuces, roasted vegetables and a variety of fruits? Research suggests that cravings are a response to hormones, stress, and limited nutrients. They are also active responses in the brain toward food memories and emotions.

To see, or not to see a Dietitian

With the help of motivational and out-of-the-box strategies, dietitians will guide you in tasks like meal planning, mindful eating, and weight management.

What Hunger Can Tell You

eople realign their health/weight goals to focus on new diet plans. A correlation with dieting may be mild or severe hunger due to a major overhaul in your daily food intake. Is hunger an afterthought when beginning a new plan or is it something that you fear will derail your progress? Can you determine true physical hunger?

Cold Weather Workouts

When working out in colder temperatures our bodies do something unique: the body begins to shiver to stay warm, sometimes without you even noticing. Shivering is fueled by carbohydrates – both blood sugar and stored glycogen – while protein and fat aren’t as useful for this reaction to the colder temperatures.

Gluten-Free

According to research, between 5 and 10 percent of all people may suffer from some form of sensitivity. All three conditions are difficult to diagnose. However, it is thought that many people are not aware that an intolerance may be the source of other health issues. Gluten intolerance may cause the gut to react in different ways from rashes, diarrhea, constipation, gas, pain, discomfort and more.

Peanuts

It is possible that early exposure to peanuts/peanut butter could reduce the development of peanut allergies in the future! Read more to find out some more information on peanuts!

Weather Emergency Preparedness

It is getting to be about that time again where Lubbock’s bipolar weather can take you on a wild ride which can include winter storms that can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, and ice/snow. Properly preparing for bad weather is important for your wellbeing. There are five important categories to remember when preparing for bad weather.

The Benefits of Bananas

Bananas are a popular fruit for their convenience and sweet taste while also providing numerous health benefits! Historically bananas originated in Southeast Asia and eventually made their way to the Americas thanks to Spanish and Portuguese explorers.

Ginger

Ginger is a flowering plant that originated in China but is commonly produced today in countries like India, Jamaica, Fiji, Indonesia, and Australia. Ginger is a spice that has similar qualities to other spices such as turmeric and cardamom. The underground part of the stem of the plant is called the rhizome, which is the part often used as a spice, but it is most commonly called ginger root or ginger. The ginger plant can be consumed fresh, powdered, dried as a spice, in oil form, or as juice. Ginger can be used in a variety of ways. In fact, our executive Chef Dewey McMurrey uses ginger most often in Asian stir fry and fried rice.

Holiday Survival

Holidays! Here we sit, weeks away from December 25th. If you participated in a traditional American Thanksgiving, it has come and gone. There was most likely food at every turn. Guess what? Holiday food feasts are here again. This can be an overwhelming time, especially for those dealing with conditions related to food. It may be you, a friend or family member that could be dealing with diabetes, heart conditions, celiac disease (a condition that must avoid foods containing gluten from wheat, barley, and rye), Eating Disorders (ED) and many others not mentioned. Food is certainly part of many cultures and during the holidays it is certainly front and center. Do enjoy this time, festivities and food this season, here is how to do that successfully.

Not-So-French Toast

Did you know this year Thanksgiving is on the same day as National French Toast Day? That’s right! November 28th is National French Toast Day. Thanksgiving is a traditional American holiday, but I imagine that National French Toast Day is celebrated all over the world. Have you ever wondered if French toast was actually invented in France and if people in other parts of the world eat French toast like we do? Well, it turns out the French eat it too and they don’t just call it “toast”!

GERD (Reflux) & Heartburn

Have you ever experienced heartburn? Do you experience heartburn way more often than you would like? Well, you may have what is called Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD, and although heartburn is not GERD, it is a common symptom.