Essential Oils

Essential oil therapy, often referred to as aromatherapy, is the use of plants extracts during massage or baths. Oils are extracted from the seed, peel, bark, flower or stem and are concentrated and potent. For example, it takes 220 pounds of lavender flowers to make about 1 pound of lavender oil.


Produce Needs and Servings

Eating is personal, cultural, social, and often with a second predictor based on budget, skill, and availability. Coaching different types of people with dietary goals/needs helped me realize just how unique people are about food customs and beliefs that predict our foods selections.

Go Further with Food | Pt. 2

Three topic areas for National Nutrition Month Go Further with Food are reduce food waste, shop local when able and meal prep and/or have a plan in mind. Our last post covered tips on how to Store Food Properly and Shopping Local. Now it is time to review Meal Prep and Planning to help with managing food and nutrient intake and save money. Recommendations for Going Further with Food comes straight from The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).

Go Further with Food

Three topic areas for National Nutrition Month Go Further with Food are reduce food waste, shop local when able and meal prep and/or have a plan in mind. Due to the detailed information for each of these areas of focus, we will extend this discussion into multiple posts.

Fats and Oil

It is important to know that yes, oil is a fat, but not all fat is bad. The most popular oils are olive oil or extra-virgin olive oil, and canola oil. These oils are all comprised of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are considered the “good” fats. Monounsaturated and  polyunsaturated fats have been proven to lower our risk of heart disease and stroke by lowering our bad cholesterol levels and raising our good cholesterol levels. Good fats can be found in foods like eggs, avocados, nuts, and many more.

Smart Choices & Total Wellness Mind Set

Learning total body wellness takes practice and it’s never too late to start. Total body balance includes foods that benefit our body, overall choices that improve quality of life, and a positive environment.

Introducing cooking improves skills and healthy intake?

I have a teenager and several years ago, I realized that he will eventually leave the nest. How could I arm and support him with kitchen skills? My biggest concern as a dietitian and mom is that he will learn to survive off fast food.

Updated Food Label

In the spring of 2016, the FDA shared the plan and guidelines for the newly updated nutrition label. Why are you just now hearing about it? Manufacturers are expected to comply with these changes by July 2018 for some and 2021 for select companies with fewer sales and smaller manufacturing programs.

Fad Diets- The Blood Type and Alkaline Diets

In last week’s edition of Wellness Wednesday, we reviewed a popular fad diet called the Whole30 diet. This week we will take a look at two other fad diets, specifically the blood type and the alkaline diet.

Fad Diets-Whole30

We are almost a month into the New Year, which means many people are working hard at their new year’s nutrition resolutions, or slowly starting to taper off back into their old habits. It is around this time when you start to see fad diets on many magazine covers at the grocery store while waiting in the checkout line.