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Food and Mood…How do they connect?

Have you ever thought about how the food that we eat can affect our mental health, either positively or negatively?  There has been a lot of research done recently on the connection between food and mood.  As a matter of fact, the Food and Mood project led by several large government agencies is an effort […]

Can Intermittent Fasting Help Us Lose Weight?

Recently, there has been a lot of buzz around Intermittent Fasting and its effect on weight loss.  But does this really help us lose weight?  What is Intermittent Fasting? Before we dig into this topic, let’s first define what is meant by Intermittent Fasting.  Intermittent Fasting, also called Time Restricted Eating, refers to an eating […]

5 Tips for Choosing a Workout Buddy

We are social beings.  If covid lockdowns taught us anything, they taught us that we as humans are designed to interact with others.  And researchers say that exercising with other active people can help motivate us to be active ourselves.  Being active with friends also helps make exercise more enjoyable and holds us accountable to […]

How to Age Well and Fight Inflammation

We have been hearing more and more about inflammation.  It increases as we age but the good news is that we can do something about it.  What is it, why does it matter and how do we prevent or reduce it? What is it?  There are two types of inflammation – acute and chronic.  Acute […]

5 Healthy and Delicious Side Dishes for the 4th of July

It is that time of year for backyard barbeques as we celebrate summer and the 4th of July!  Whether you are hosting or bringing a dish to a party, consider bringing healthy, but most importantly delicious side dishes to share with everyone.  Here are five of my favorites: Confetti Bean Salad – Enjoy this fresh and delicious […]

8 Quick and Delicious Recipes to Enjoy Spinach

In honor of National Spinach Day on March 26th…who knew?…I wanted to share eight tasty and easy recipes to enjoy spinach! Spinach is so versatile and easily added to so many dishes.  Since it is such a delicate green, it does not require much, if any, cooking time.  It can either be enjoyed raw or […]

Happy Planksgiving!  30 days of Thanks and Planks

It’s Thanksgiving!  What a great time to give gratitude for family, friends, colleagues, and a support system that is absolutely crucial to keeping us upright…our core! Be sure to check out the plank modifications and challenges below to create a challenge that works for you. My aerobics instructor shared that she was doing a Planksgiving […]

Tracking Still Works

Tracking is once again a winner when it comes to helping us achieve and maintain a healthy weight.  Tracking has long been a key strategy included in most weight management programs, including the Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less and Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes programs.  Writing down everything that we are eating and […]

My favorite sprouted grain—Ezekiel English muffins

First, it might be helpful to share a little background on sprouted grains. Some experts say that there is an advantage to harvesting the sprout during the germinating process that helps increase the nutrients that are available to the body such as folate, iron, vitamin C, zinc, magnesium and protein. These nutrients are also available in whole […]