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Sydney Wills

Below is a testimonial from a recent Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant, Eileen: My name is Eileen and I’m currently enrolled in the Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes program at Carolina Preserve. To date I’ve lost and kept off 30 pounds.                    Some of the tips that have helped me in this program: Early on we watched a video called 23 ½ hours. This video inspired me to be… Continue reading »

It’s already time for the big game. For many of us, it’s the first major event since making our New Year Resolutions. No matter if you are wearing red and blue or gold and blue on game day, we can all implement healthy eating habits to stick to our Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less goals. One of the keys to navigating a Superbowl party and keep within a calorie budget is to PLAN. Pause and think before grabbing a… Continue reading »

Let’s face it. There are so many great things about summer: warm weather, longer days, and lots of fresh produce. For me, it’s easy to create a colorful salad masterpiece with in-season vegetables and fruit during the summertime. Bright red tomatoes against a green leafy background topped with fresh blueberries makes getting an extra serving of vegetables and fruit a breeze. Salads aren’t usually the first thing I choose during the winter because my favorite salads involve summertime produce. Since eating a balanced diet… Continue reading »

It’s that time of year where long car rides or flights may make an appearance in our schedules. At my house, all of our family lives out of state so whenever the holidays arrive, we are most likely on the road. With that being said, we have had quite a few experiences traveling up and down the east coast. There are some things such as traffic that can make a road trip feel even longer. However, there are some things… Continue reading »

I love using mason jars to store my food. They are convenient, keep food fresh, and easy to clean, but most importantly, they are just plain cute! Part of eating mindfully is to notice the taste, texture, and smells of our food. This includes the visual presentation of food as well. Mason jars can elevate the visual presentation of a meal to the next level. Plus, no labeling required since all the ingredients are visible. I have rounded up some… Continue reading »

For me, vegetables used to be an afterthought to my meal where I would just throw in a few baby carrots to eat with lunch, or have a side salad with dinner. With all of the health benefits linked to a high- vegetable diet, vegetables should be taking the center stage at mealtime. A delicious way to incorporate fresh vegetables as a main dish is with a Mediterranean Three Bean Salad. Not only does this colorful bean salad include a… Continue reading »

With summer now in full swing, there is no shortage of fresh fruits and vegetables. Whether you buy your fruits and veggies at a farmers’ market, in the produce section of your favorite grocery store, or a local produce stand, it’s important to remember which items are in season. These items will taste sweeter and/or fresher, many times are cheaper, and you are supporting your local farmers. One of my favorite things to do on Saturday mornings during the summer is… Continue reading »