Healthy is the New Skinny

Healthy starts with balanced intake…  Lean Protein, Whole Grain Carbohydrates, Healthy Fats, load up on Fruits and Veggies! Have Breakfast & Snacks  Spread your meals out all day long to keep you from over-eating in one setting. In a hurry? You can drink a smoothie or pre-mixed protein drink and carry snacks for between meals…

Manage Cravings

Managing food cravings can be a real struggle for many folks. Two main reasons I see people having pitfalls when it comes to healthy intake: 1) Unplanned Nutrition 2) Stress I have a common discussion with patients, clients, and students that focus on you choosing your food and prevent foods from choosing you. What do…

Chocolate, the Sweet Truth

Have you heard that chocolate can be beneficial for your health?  Is there such a thing as healthy chocolate? Chocolate’s reputation is changing. Many studies suggest that it can be a heart-healthy choice…in moderation. Several beneficial health compounds found in cocoa are flavanols, theobromine, and antioxidants.  Flavanols are the main type of flavonoid found in cocoa…

Protein! A Super Choice

Protein – Why do I need it?  Helps build muscle mass. Important for hair, skin, and nails. Can help prevent infection. Involved in the creation of some hormones. Important building block for blood and bones. How much do I need?  60-90 grams of protein per day for men. 50-80 grams of protein per day for…

Fiber Focus

 Why focus on fiber? Fiber is a property in food that aids the body in digestion, supports healthy blood sugar, and may reduce cholesterol. There are two main types of fiber and both can be beneficial for the body but act somewhat differently. There are two forms of fiber and they include soluble and insoluble….

The Potential Benefits of Tea

Aside from water, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world. It is estimated that tea can be found in 80% of U.S. households and that on any given day over half of the nation’s population consumes tea. Tea can be found in almost all restaurants, supermarkets, convenience stores, vending machines and retail shops…

Cholesterol: Know Your Numbers!

It’s now 2017 and a great place to begin a trend in evaluating your nutritional status. When was the last time you had a checkup, blood work drawn or your cholesterol checked? When something went wrong? Let us aim for prevention and not a health crisis this year. Let’s take a look at cholesterol, which…

Probiotics: How to Choose the Right One for You!

A while back you may have read our Wellness Wednesday post over the good kind of bacteria named probiotics. You learned that probiotics have been found to help with a variety of health conditions and have the potential benefits of boosting immunity, helping digestion, lessening allergies, and improving mood. It was also noted that probiotics…

Ready, Set, Goal

Are you thinking about a lifestyle/habit change? Have you heard of the “Stages of Change”? This is a diagram that describes what level of change you might be in or transitioning towards. The diagram below shows the four stages, where do you fit in? Are you thinking about changes to become healthier? (Contemplation)  Try making…

Holiday Survival Wednesday

Holidays are personal to each of us. They may be joy filled or possibly frustrating, stressful, laden with boozy drinks and more. Do some of these situations describe your typical holiday? This year try to keep in mind the ones you hold dear, sweet reminders of why we are grateful and certainly your health. Knowing…

Keeping it Fresh for Finals

Finals are the most stressful time of year for most students. The last couple days of class are filled with last minute questions and stacks of papers to study from the previous 4 months, and then you’re thrown into several days of constant studying, quizzing, flashcard making and hardly any sleep. In the meantime, meals…

Seasonal Produce Buys

As the fall rapidly changes and those temps continue to drop, more produce options are on stage. Try some of these hot tickets this fall/winter: Pears are free of fat, salt and cholesterol. They contain superb sources of fiber in both skin and fruit, which also contains loads of nutrients. Don’t peel it, eat pears…