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Eat Smart

I will not say that green peas are my favorite vegetable but something about green peas during winter is very comforting to me. Maybe the reason is that they remind me of my childhood days when I sat down with my mom or grandmother and popped them out of their pods so they could be cooked for a meal. Yes, we did not get ready-to-cook or frozen peas growing up in India. 🙂  The convenience of having access to frozen… Continue reading »

Barley is a great grain with lots of nutty flavor and a nice bite. We often see barley in soup but it can be used for many dishes. This risotto takes advantage of this grain’s great taste and creamy texture when cooked using this method. Risotto is often thought of as a dish made with rice but it is actually a cooking method. It seems hard at first but is not too difficult. Just get a glass of your favorite… 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 »

Move More

Just a year ago, when I thought of wintertime I pictured drinking hot cocoa, preparing for the holidays and wrapping up in a warm blanket – physical activity certainly was not on the list. The winter months and the holiday season can bring a distaste for being active. Be encouraged to discover what works best for you so that physical activity can be a part of your daily routine, even you are in stuck indoors. Try these tips to practice… Continue reading »

The winter season brings shorter days and colder temperatures. But that doesn’t mean you can’t stay active! Plan ahead, consider alternative exercises, and be prepared to readjust your workout routine as we move into the winter season. The simplest adjustment I have made that has kept me active during the shorter days is the purchase of a tiny but powerful flashlight. This flashlight has allowed me to maintain my evening walks with my dog, and to feel safe while doing… Continue reading »

You may be familiar with the general rule of thumb about stretching – stretch a few minutes before your exercise to warm up and a few minutes after to cool down. If you are new to stretching and exercising, chair yoga is a good place to start getting comfortable with strengthening your muscles and improving flexibility. If you do exercise regularly, chair yoga is a great practice for maintaining flexibility and energizing your body. If you would like a visual… Continue reading »

Prevent Diabetes

Below is a testimonial from a current Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant, Kathy K: “I just wanted you to know how wonderful your class is, and how much it has helped me. Not only have I lost weight, but I just had my physical and everything was normal, including my cholesterol! It has been as high as 425 and is now 186. My doctor is so impressed! Hope you have a great weekend!” -Kathy K, Current Eat Smart,… Continue reading »

Below is a testimonial from a recent Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant, Linda: “Before the program, I could barely walk 50 yards without getting sweaty and winded. After the program, I’ve lost 60 pounds and 13 inches from my waist. Not only that, but I was able to reduce my A1C number and I’m no longer “pre-diabetic”. What I like most about the program is that its pure education. The program isn’t trying to sell anything. I had… Continue reading »

Below is a testimonial from a recent Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant, Raj: “I recently participated and completed the Eat Smart, Move More and Prevent Diabetes program.  The program was very well organized and time was provided for participant feedback in every class.  The program had a wealth of information which I am sure I would have missed if not for my instructor, Kamaria.  Kamaria was simply awesome; she was always positive even when our weight was stubbornly stuck in… Continue reading »

Live Mindfully

Growing up I was not a soda drinker nor did my parents keep soda in the house. However, to my parents’ horror (just kidding) in college,I began to indulge in soda on a regular basis. It did not help that my boyfriend at the time (and now my husband) was an avid Dr. Pepper drinker. Eventually, we both decided it was time to kick soda to the curb. In our pursuit to drink less soda, we realized we still craved… Continue reading »

Securing social support from the people around you is especially important during the holidays – Family, friends, and coworkers may negatively influence us by sneakily passing along that “extra cookie” or by offering too much of a certain dish or beverage at a party or potluck. What other people say or do can be a helpful or harmful influence on the decisions we make – these statements or actions are known as social cues. Social support is a key component… Continue reading »

Paleo?  Keto?  Blood type diet?   It seems like every week, a different popular diet trend emerges.  As a dietitian, I receive many questions from program participants, family, and friends about how I feel about the newest diet fad.  Luckily, there are two questions that many dietitians and I ask to determine if a diet is based in science and therefore recommended. Where does the diet stand on allowing or limiting these super foods? Fruits and vegetables Nuts and seeds Whole… Continue reading »

Employee Wellness

The annual (and free) Eat Smart, Move More, maintain don’t gain Holiday Challenge consists of many resources for participants, including healthy holiday recipes. And someone has to TASTE those recipes to make sure they are actually delicious and easy (and healthy)! Each year we hold a Taste Test to determine which recipes will be included in the Holiday Challenge. Each team member chooses a healthy recipe, brings the dish to the event, and we all taste and rate each dish. Only… Continue reading »

The 2018 Eat Smart, Move More, Maintain, don’t gain! Holiday Challenge This holiday season, the only thing that should be “stuffed” is the turkey.  Many Americans gain between 1 and 5 pounds each holiday season. While it may not sound like much, most people never manage to lose these extra pounds. You are invited to join the 12th annual Holiday Challenge. Rather than focusing on trying to lose weight, this FREE seven-week challenge provides you with tips, tricks, and ideas to help maintain your weight throughout… 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 »