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Eat Smart

Whenever I travel to Europe, especially when on a cruise, one of the things I look forward to is the Muesli. When we see in Muesli the stores here it is a cold ready to eat cereal like granola. While this is technically muesli, the kind I crave is very different. It is a cold oatmeal with nuts and fruit and is so delicious. It was developed by a Swiss physician in the early 1900’s to help his patients heal.… Continue reading »

I love making homemade spaghetti sauce…that is until I had Giovanni Rana’s Marinara. I cannot make it any better and the addition of carrots in their recipe means it is low in added sugar. You can find it in the refrigerator section with the fresh pasta in many grocery stores. When I saw it in Eataly (a large Italian gourmet grocery store) I knew it had to be good. I use Rana’s Marinara for many things, pasta (of course), pizza sauce, baked eggs… Continue reading »

A warm bowl of oats topped with fresh fruits and/or nuts is the perfect breakfast for cold winter mornings. Steel cut oats are the least processed as compared to other types of oats and may provide longer satiety making them a great choice for breakfast. However, they take longer to cook as compared to other varieties which can be a hurdle for busy morning times. Worry not – the recipe below takes the baby-sitting out of the process. You can put everything… Continue reading »

Move More

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 »

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 »

Prevent Diabetes

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 »

Below is a testimonial from current Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant, Sandra: I started this program in the Spring being pre-diabetic with a 5.9 A1C level. After less than three months my level dropped to 5.5 and I believe it will be lower at my next appointment. I have lost 4 inches from my waist. Most of all I don’t have the fast food cravings and lack of energy. I make healthier food choices and have the energy… Continue reading »

Live Mindfully

I received this from a friend as her New Year Message and wanted to share it. Let’s all strive for good emotional and physical health in 2020! Three good friends went out for a swim. The one who was fat wished she was thin. The one who was curvy wished she was clever. The one who was clever wished she swam better. The really great swimmer wished she was witty. The who was witty wished she was pretty. All three… Continue reading »

Happy New Year! A new year means new blogs. But before we get started on our 2020 blogs, we want to take a look back at our most popular blogs from the last year. Based on your views, we present the 10 most popular blogs of 2019 below. Most Popular Blogs of 2019 10.Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas 9.5 Essential Rules of Cooking 8.How Practicing Gratitude May Benefit Your Health 7.How to Make Overnight Oats: Meal Prep for a Healthy Breakfast… Continue reading »

Now that we have our new Dinah E. Gore Teaching and Research Kitchens on NC State Campus, I have been doing more culinary training including our Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes Cooking School. Working to help others be better cooks always makes me a better cook and helps me analyze what is important in the kitchen. What is essential to making good food? There are literally hundreds of things that make a good cook. However, I wanted to boil it down to… 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 »