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Your stomach is rumbling and you eye the clock wondering if you can make it to dinner? The Ziploc snack bag you keep filled with healthy emergency snacks in your desk drawer is empty and you wish you had remembered to fill it. You know you will not have a good workout after work if you don’t get a snack. Your options include the office kitchen or the vending machine. Choose wisely, what you have access to in the office… Continue reading »

Eating with purpose, paying attention to eating, recognizing hunger and satiety; all of these help define mindful eating. Our recent article published in Current Obesity Reports established that mindful eating is a powerful tool to help us eat healthy and manage weight. But how do we go from a fast-paced, eat what is in front of you, lifestyle to one that incorporates mindful eating into each eating event? Our team is here to help with 12 steps to mindful eating. Incorporating these steps… Continue reading »

Can you freeze bread? Yes. My husband and I rarely go through a whole loaf of bread in a week so the freezer is my go-to. We are no longer wasting the end of a loaf, chomping on stale bread, or trying to finish it before it goes bad. Frozen bread works best for us because we are typically toasting the bread before we eat it anyway. Toasted sandwiches, toast with eggs, peanut butter toast, you get the picture. So now,… Continue reading »

Below is a guest post from Sarah Lockwood, founder of The Prevention Coalition. To learn more, please visit ThePreventionCoalition.org.   Sober and Safe: Celebrate an Alcohol-Free St. Patrick’s Day Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day without alcohol may seem a bit like spending the Fourth of July without the fireworks or Super Bowl Sunday without the guacamole. Spending a booze-free St. Patty’s Day is definitely an off-the-beaten-path approach to a holiday that’s synonymous with green beer, Guinness, and Irish whiskey. But sometimes… Continue reading »

The results are in! The 2017 Holiday Challenge was the largest and most successful Holiday Challenge since it began in 2006. There were more than 28,600 people who joined the 2017 Holiday Challenge, which is an 83% increase in participation from 2016. All 50 states, all 100 NC counties, and 14 additional countries participated. Click the map below to see a full list of all state participation (scroll to the end of the report): There were over 700 employers involved… Continue reading »

The relationship between our diets and our health goes beyond body weight. The food we ingest serves as fuel for our body to perform it’s best, which makes choosing foods that contain the vitamins and nutrients we need even more important for our body’s optimal health. With February being heart health awareness month, I wanted to draw attention to foods that support a healthy heart according to the Cleveland Clinic:1 Fish (salmon, tuna, trout, etc.) Nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews, etc.)… Continue reading »

If you follow us on Instagram, you might have noticed there are a lot of yogurt posts. A lot. I didn’t actually realize this was a common theme until I was explaining my “yogurt snack” with someone recently and directed them to our Instagram page. What can I say, I love yogurt.  Too often, pre-packaged yogurt can be full of added sugars. As in, 25+grams of sugar per 4 ounce container type of full. However, there are naturally occurring sugars in… Continue reading »

The big game is on Sunday and whether you’re hosting a party, attending a party, or just watching at home, there is usually some “Superbowl food” involved. This year, stick to your Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less goals while still enjoying the game. Below are a few tips and healthy recipes. Plan ahead. We know the game is on Sunday night at 6:30pm ET, so we can eat small and healthy meals throughout the day to make sure we are not starving… Continue reading »

Spinach is one of my favorite green leafy vegetables – I can add a bag of spinach, raw or cooked, to any dish and I know I will love it! This includes wraps, sandwiches, pasta, quesadillas, etc. Sometimes, it is just spinach sautéed with Indian spices – yum! For this blog, I want to share my favorite pasta recipe with spinach. It’s super simple and tastes delicious. For some reason, the combination of spinach with mushrooms and pine nuts makes… Continue reading »

Soups are my favorite go-to during the winter season. I love almost any and all soup flavors, but I try to stick to broth-based instead of cream-based to make sure it fits within my calorie budget. I also love the simplicity of soups, many of them are easy to throw together (especially in the crock pot). To see my favorite soup recipes I have tried so far (and continue to make often), click here: Tried and True Recipes. Although many soups… Continue reading »