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Eat Smart

It is December and it is SOUP SEASON! There is just nothing better than a warm, cozy bowl of soup on a cold winter night or leftover the next day for lunch. I recently made this soup for my family and my husband commented with an unprompted rating, “I give this an A+”. Let’s just say that not all of my meals get this same type of shout-out, so I interpreted this to mean that this soup is a shining… Continue reading »

Persimmons are not as common in the US as other parts of the world, but we have been seeing more of them – which is great! Persimmons ripen in late fall to early winter here, so you’re probably seeing them on the grocery store shelves now. We recently got some in our produce box, so I’ve been looking for a variety of ways to enjoy this tasty fruit. Persimmons are a good source of many vitamins and micronutrients, particularly vitamin… Continue reading »

Why Overnight Oats? 1. This is one of the fastest recipes to put together that I know of. 2. Oatmeal has a lot of fiber, and overnight oats recipes can pack a good amount of protein as well. This should keep you full for longer, give you a lot of energy to start your day, and fiber helps lower blood sugar. 3. Doing meal prep means you can make these the night before so that it’s something you can grab… Continue reading »

Move More

I keep hearing about pickleball and have wondered why it is getting so popular. I recently got the opportunity to try it out and I can see why people like it so much! If you have played any sort of paddle or racquet sport (tennis, badminton, ping pong) the basics are pretty easy to pick up. If you have never played a racquet sport it’s ok. There aren’t too many complicated rules and you can start playing pretty quickly.  The… Continue reading »

One of the evidence-based strategies for diabetes prevention is achieving 150 minutes of moderate activity each week. I have recently decided to re-engage with an aerobic activity from my youth, swimming. Swimming is a great low-impact workout and I find it extremely meditative. I love the feeling of being immersed in cool water and the repetition of swimming laps. For me, swimming is the only form of physical activity that can melt away the stresses of the day. Over the… Continue reading »

We’ve all probably heard by now the idea that sitting is the new smoking. We spend our days hunched over our desks, sitting in our vehicles, enjoying our latest Netflix binge, using our smartphones to order dinner and next week’s groceries- it’s inevitable that at some point in your day you are likely sitting. A sedentary lifestyle is linked to a large range of health risks, including increased risk of obesity, high blood pressure, early aging and cardiovascular disease. The… Continue reading »

Prevent Diabetes

Fall has arrived! Thank goodness!! It’s the time of cool air, football, pumpkins and a steady train of holidays that involve food. Halloween is one of the first stops on the train and is one that often derails our healthy habits. Consider these 5 ways to stay healthy this Halloween. 5 Ways to Have a Healthy and Happy Halloween: Leave it on the porch. Instead of sitting and passing out candy, leave the candy bucket on the porch and walk… Continue reading »

You may see people your age, or maybe even older, who are in good shape and ask yourself, “How do they do it?” First and foremost, we all have different body types and metabolisms, so there is no one magic pill that works for everyone, but getting in shape is possible for most. It just takes effort and a willingness to achieve a goal. As a man in my 50s who works on staying fit, let me tell you what… Continue reading »

Below is a testimonial from current Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant, Eric: I have been hovering around 250 lbs. for several years. My doctor was concerned about metabolic syndrome and my A1C was in the pre-diabetic range. I am fairly active, but I had never really dieted or tried very hard to lose weight. I had read and knew a lot of tips but never really put anything into action. I signed up for the Eat Smart, Move… Continue reading »

Live Mindfully

For many of us, Black Friday shopping is as much a part of our Thanksgiving tradition as the turkey is. Whether you are out at 5 AM shopping on Black Friday, or online shopping from home on Cyber Monday, take advantage of the sales and buy an Instant Pot! You may have heard of the Instant Pot or seen it advertised, but what exactly is an Instant Pot? The Instant Pot is a countertop pressure cooker with multi-function options such as slow… Continue reading »

There are several places in the world where living to be over 100, with a healthy body and mind is the norm. Deemed, the Blue Zones, these rare longevity hotspots around the world are located specifically in Okinawa (Japan), Sardinia (Italy), Nicoya (Costa Rica), Icaria (Greece), and Loma Linda, CA (US). National geographic journalist, Dan Buettner, and a team of medical researchers, anthropologists, demographers, and epidemiologists took to studying exactly what could be contributing to these longer life spans by looking… Continue reading »

The greatest tool I have found in my health and wellness journey has nothing to do with counting my steps each day or drinking green smoothies. My most helpful tool has been to simply take pauses during my daily routines. Instead of constantly searching for advice on what I “should” be doing to feel my best, I try to pause, reflect, and actually listen to what my body needs. A pause helps with shutting off that voice that’s saying, “you called that… Continue reading »

Employee Wellness

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 »

Have you ever found yourself fighting to stay awake or distracted during the workday because you failed to get a decent night’s sleep due to stress? Have you missed a deadline or made an error for a work project because of chronic pain or other symptoms that distracted or interrupted your work? Have you observed co-workers going through the motions in the workplace but not really “there” due to lingering illness, family or personal crises or some other physical or… Continue reading »

The American workforce spends one third of the day at their workplace, oftentimes sitting at a desk, which has led to increasingly sedentary lifestyles. Studies show that sedentary lifestyles result in higher incidences of obesity and heart diseases among Americans. Sitting for long periods of time has also been associated with higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Our body is designed to move, so alternating between sitting, standing and walking regularly throughout the day can promote a healthier lifestyle.… Continue reading »