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Eat Smart

It is really tough to find a good meatless meatball substitute. They always wind up too dry and crumbly, or too hard and tough. Pre-made ones have a lot of additives, and homemade ones are tough to keep together while cooking. But this recipe is one of the simplest (and healthiest) that I’ve seen, and it works! Lentils are not only protein-packed, but also provide fiber and many other nutrients. Make this easy swap next time you’re craving spaghetti and… Continue reading »

I LOVE traditional Indian restaurant cuisine!  And among my favorites is Chicken Tikka Masala.  I do not eat this as often as I would like because it is very heavy and typically has a lot of butter and cream.  In an effort to use my Instant Pot more, I have been trying to find tasty and healthy recipes and came across one for Chicken Tikka Masala.  To cut the saturated fat and calories, I adapted an Instant Pot recipe* by removing the butter and cream to… Continue reading »

I’m a big fan of weekend meal prep and I’ve found that meal prep is especially important for my lunches. Most mornings, I’m usually rushing out the door to work or school so having a ready-to-go lunch helps to keep me on track with my healthy eating. However, it’s easy for me to become stuck in a rut when it comes to packed lunches so I’m always on the hunt for new lunch ideas. When I’m looking for recipes, I have a… Continue reading »

Move More

There is a silver lining to our new normal!  As we are all staying safe at home these days with less commitments and social engagements, we have more time to be active!  We also have more time to be focused or re-focus on the things that are really important to us like taking care of our health by getting physical activity and practicing mindfulness.  There are a variety of ways to be active at home, from simple strength training exercises to online workout… Continue reading »

During the winter months I tend to lose interest in going to the gym. I don’t want to de-ice my windshield at 5am for an early morning workout and in the evenings I’m either busy with other activities or I just want to be home and out of traffic. This is always the perfect time for me to pick up at-home workouts. Just because the weather outside is frightful does not mean you can’t be active. Every week I think… Continue reading »

I get a daily newsletter from the New York Times and shortly after January 1st I saw a section about strength training. I think their article is really nice because it has pictures and videos of how to do the exercises as well as modifications and challenges. I also really like their recommendations because this is the type of exercise routine that can be completed in the comfort of your home. No gym membership required. [If you can’t access the New York… Continue reading »

Prevent Diabetes

Weight management is a complex topic because food is complex. From a nutritional standpoint, the goal of food is to provide the necessary nutrients to perform our everyday tasks. But, food is so much more than simply a means to an end. Food has the ability to trigger a memory, bring people together, provide comfort, and even explore different cultures. For these reasons and many more, weight loss can be difficult. Researchers in the field of nutrition have been trying… Continue reading »

Below is a testimonial from current Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant, Susan: “I participated in an Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes class throughout 2019.  I learned so many things about choosing healthy habits and, as a result, really changed the way I look at diet and exercise.  I achieved my goal of losing 5% of my body weight.  I also gained confidence in my ability to live a healthier lifestyle.  The most significant thing that came out… Continue reading »

Below is a testimonial from current Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant, Julie: “I have struggled with being overweight most all my life. However in the last 6 years I put on about 40 pounds I could not lose. I maintained about 217-220 for the last 6 years (from my mid 40s until now at 50). After having no success with Weight Watchers and never being able to get under 200 pounds I worked with my doctor for the last… Continue reading »

Live Mindfully

When you have the luxury of going to the store often, shopping for fruits and vegetables is not that big of a deal, you just buy what you need for the next few days. But, what if you are trying to shop just once in a while and stay home as much as possible as recommended to prevent the spread of COVID 19? Here are some tips. Tips to buy fruits and vegetables during COVID 19: Buy a variety of… Continue reading »

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 »

Convincing young children to try and eat fresh fruits and vegetables can be challenging. However, Kiddie Academy, a child care center in New Hanover County, has found a way to get its children and staff to not only try a variety of fruits and vegetables, but to expect and demand them at the breakfast and lunch served at the center. According to Ashley Rayne, Kiddie Academy Chef, offering fresh rather than canned or processed fruits and vegetables makes a huge difference… Continue reading »

Employee Wellness

By now, many of us have transitioned to working from home. This is a new experience for a lot of people and it can take some adjusting to find your work groove. When working from home, it’s easy for you to become your own worst enemy. Personally, I get the urge to procrastinate work work with house work. I have compiled a list of strategies to help you find your #WFH stride.   5 Tips to Work From Home: 1. Choose… Continue reading »

I love learning about useful life hacks, and here’s a simple one that has helped me to de-stress and live more mindfully at work.  It’s a little strategy called Pomodoro and it has changed the way I tackle my endless To-Do list – for my health.  If you spend most of your work life at a desk, and in front of a computer, it can be challenging to find moments to move more, to stretch, or to rest your eyes throughout the… Continue reading »

Perhaps you have attended a meeting or gathering that had food and drinks available, but the options were not the most nutritious. Most people consume a diet that is high in saturated fat and sugar, but low in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Having healthier foods and drinks at all food-related events is possible and we can all promote good health by being intentional about what we serve. Simple ideas can go a long way to promote healthy eating at… Continue reading »