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Eat Smart

As the weather has been warming up, I have been absolutely craving a good melon recipe, and wanted to find something unique and savory that could be a simple addition to a dinner party. And wow, did this recipe deliver! Sweet, salty, and citrusy, it is light, filling, and a perfect way to get both fruit and vegetables added to your meal. The recipe calls for Castelvetrano olives, which are fantastic, but I made this recipe with a can of regular green… Continue reading »

Okra, commonly referred to as Lady Finger in India, is generally a kids’ favorite and was mine as well growing up. It still is one of my favorites and also for my kids now. When I came to the United States, I was surprised that okra was not as popular here. I am sharing the recipe below with the hope that more people will try making this low-calorie vegetable that is a very good source of some minerals, vitamins, and… Continue reading »

There are two food items that have been in heavy rotation in my kitchen: gremolata and soy chorizo. What I love about both of these items is that they are extremely tasty and relatively healthy. Double win! Gremolata Several weeks ago, I saw this recipe, which introduced me to two things: 1) how to make the best crispy roasted potatoes and 2) gremolata. Gremolata is a bright and pungent chopped herb condiment classically made with parsley, garlic, and lemon zest.… Continue reading »

Move More

Well, the heat has officially come to the Piedmont region of North Carolina and it looks like it is here to stay for the summer. I love the longer days, the spontaneous outdoor adventures and how summer just feels like a more carefree time of year. What I do not love is the air made of hot soup and the fact that I have to walk my dog at least twice a day in the aforementioned soup air. So, here… Continue reading »

So it’s been two years since I got my gym membership.  I shared my strength training success after joining the gym, and continue to share my journey with you.  of my successes and challenges this year have outside of the gym walls and away from the weights and machines. The workouts keep me honest and help me to get other places I want to be. I started off with a 10 Mile race in April 2018.. over hills… down hills.. over… Continue reading »

Growing up, I loved riding horses. If it was a clear and sunny Saturday, I was begging my parents to take me to ride. When I passed by the old fence post leading into the pasture where the horses were grazing, I couldn’t wait to jump out and start riding. But, one day I lost control of my horse when he sprinted under a tree, knocking me completely off of the saddle. It took a while before I attempted to… Continue reading »

Prevent Diabetes

Below is a testimonial from a current Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant, Susan: “I had my A1C checked, and it’s gone down from 6.3% to 5.9% today! The weight loss has been steady (10.4 pounds–it went faster when I was younger), but the A1C was my main reason for starting your program. I know it needs to be lower, but this is real progress. Thanks so much for the information you share and the encouragement! I’ve been telling… Continue reading »

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 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 »

Live Mindfully

Mindful eating is an evidence-based strategy to maintain or lose weight, as eating mindfully helps us pay attention to what and how much we are eating. Mindful eating strategies include paying attention to our hunger levels (as the Grinch would say, “am I eating because I’m bored?”), eating slowly with awareness of each bite, and noticing the taste, texture, and flavors of each food item. Eat One Piece at a Time I am always trying to incorporate more mindful eating… Continue reading »

A recent study1 found that people ate 500 calories a day MORE when they ate ultra-processed foods. This study was conducted in a testing facility where adults were served either foods that were ultra-processed including hot dogs, tater tots, sugary cereal, chips, cookies, and pudding OR unprocessed foods including fresh fruits and vegetables, unsweetened yogurt, beans, nuts, seafood, poultry, and grains. Participants could eat as little or as much as they wanted. For the two weeks when participants ate ultra-processed… Continue reading »

I love pasta!  And when I recently measured, it appeared that my bowls hold about twice as much pasta as I thought.  Much to my dismay, the portion predicted to be only about a cup was actually almost two cups.  In an effort to decrease my portion sizes and increase my vegetable intake, while feeling satisfied with a full bowl, I recently tried an experiment by filling my bowl first with two cups of raw spinach followed by ¾ cup… Continue reading »

Employee Wellness

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 »

The results are in! The 2018 Holiday Challenge was the largest and most successful Holiday Challenge since it began in 2006. There were more than 39,000 people who joined the 2018 Holiday Challenge, which is a 36% increase in participation from 2017. All 50 states, all 100 NC counties, and 27 additional countries participated. Click the map below to see a full list of all state participation. There were over 900 employers involved in the Holiday Challenge this year. This was the first year that the… Continue reading »