All posts by
Cathy Thomas

The “green” trend of folks having a refillable water bottle as opposed to drinking so many disposable bottles of water is great. Less plastic bottles in the landfill. However, I recently sat in a meeting beside a water table and watched people refill their bottles all day. I was horrified to count the number of individuals who placed their bottle directly on the spout of the water cooler. YIKES – I just wanted to jump up and warn everyone. So please, be… Continue reading »

I received this from a friend as her New Year Message and wanted to share it. Let’s all strive for good emotional and physical health in 2020! Three good friends went out for a swim. The one who was fat wished she was thin. The one who was curvy wished she was clever. The one who was clever wished she swam better. The really great swimmer wished she was witty. The who was witty wished she was pretty. All three… Continue reading »

If you enjoy Eastern North Carolina barbecue, you will love this recipe. It is delicious, healthier than pork barbecue, and a great way to enjoy turkey with a twist. Take a turkey. Split it in half, you can remove the backbone if you like but it is not mandatory. Cook on the grill (medium heat) skin-side up for 2-4 hours depending on the size. Test the breast with an insta-read digital meat thermometer. When it hits 165, it is done.… Continue reading »

Traveling and eating healthy is not always a winning combination. How can you stick to your healthy goals and still travel to see friends and family? When you are driving to your destination, it is a bit easier as you can pack a cooler or bag lunch for your trip. Bring along yogurt, peanut butter sandwiches, fruit, cut vegetables, whole-grain crackers, and bottled or sparkling water. How about coming back? Not so simple. In a recent trip to Asheville to present at a conference I… Continue reading »

I hate picking up my iPad or iPhone when they are ultra-dirty with a film of crud. The same goes for my ear buds which are havens for bacteria that can cause ear infections. I try each week to get at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of aerobic physical activity at a moderate level OR 1 hour and 15 minutes each week of aerobic physical activity at a vigorous level. Physical activity is an essential component of a healthy… Continue reading »

Run, don’t walk to the seafood market. You will benefit from the physical activity AND the omega 3 fatty acids. A recent study in the British Medical Journal reminds us once again of the need for fish in our diet. Inflammation is the root of many of our health issues. In fact, seven of the leading causes of death are due to chronic inflammation. Eating more fish, especially fatty fish such as salmon, trout, tuna, and mackerel, can help reduce inflammation. For… Continue reading »

Congratulations, if you are purchasing a lunch box you are committed to taking your lunch. Good for you for preparing on Sundays, evenings or early mornings, grab and go, portioned healthy choices. Keeping your commitment to take healthy lunches includes picking the right lunch box. The next time you decide to treat yourself to a new lunch box (or maybe this is your first), consider the following tips. Choose a lunch box that has: A hard plastic liner can be… Continue reading »

Nuts are a staple in my family. A nut bowl was always at my house growing up particularly around the holidays. You could pick up an actual nutcracker and spend time cracking and cleaning for the perfect bite of nut. It was a great tradition, albeit time-consuming. It did make for some mindful eating as you could only eat so fast. Now that research keeps piling up about the healthfulness of nuts, makes me want to bring back the nut… Continue reading »

Your stomach is rumbling and you eye the clock wondering if you can make it to dinner? The Ziploc snack bag you keep filled with healthy emergency snacks in your desk drawer is empty and you wish you had remembered to fill it. You know you will not have a good workout after work if you don’t get a snack. Your options include the office kitchen or the vending machine. Choose wisely, what you have access to in the office… Continue reading »

If you are a Grey’s Anatomy fan, you recently witnessed Dr. Bailey, played by actress Chandra Wilson, have a very real brush with death. In the scene, Dr. Bailey complains of physical symptoms and visits the emergency room, unaware she was experiencing a heart attack. “When your day starts off and you have no intention of dying, then all of a sudden your mortality is in your face, you can’t help but think about it,” Wilson admits during a recent interview… Continue reading »