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Eating like those who live in the Mediterranean region has been shown to promote health and decrease risk of many chronic diseases. Following a traditional Mediterranean style eating pattern has been shown to decrease some forms of cancer, protect against cognitive decline, improve eye health, decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes, help manage blood pressure, reduce cardiovascular disease, and is more effective than a low-fat diet for weight loss. Eating the Mediterranean way is not only healthy, it is delicious… Continue reading »

I have gotten a lot of questions recently about cooking with olive oil. Seems there are some claims out there on the web indicating cooking with olive oil is dangerous. The thought is that at high temperatures, olive oil oxidizes. Let’s take a closer look. Every oil has a smoking point. This is the point at which the oil begins to burn, smoke, and change chemical makeup and flavor. The smoke point for olive oil is anywhere from 370-390 degrees Fahrenheit depending… Continue reading »

This May, we are celebrating #MedMonth by eating the Mediterranean way and sharing our favorite recipes. One easy way to start eating the Med way is to swap your meat for plant-based proteins. Beans such as chickpeas, black-eyed peas, red kidney beans, and black beans are not only a great source of plant-based proteins but also rich in fiber and other key nutrients. One cup of cooked chickpeas has 15 grams of protein. In addition to being nutritious, they are also delicious and can be cooked… Continue reading »

Is it possible to get enough protein on a vegetarian diet? I get this question quite often from friends and family. Being a vegetarian myself, I am always thinking about ways to add healthy sources of protein in my daily diet. Yes, you can get enough protein on a vegetarian diet. Even if you are not a vegetarian, changing your protein to primarily plant-based sources is one of the main components of the Mediterranean-style eating pattern. Eating the Mediterranean way has… Continue reading »

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 »