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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 »

March is here and that means it’s the start of National Nutrition Month. One simple way to eat smart this month (and all year!) is to meal prep. There are many different approaches to meal prepping, but the important thing is to find a way that works for YOU. Meal prep not only saves time, but also saves money because less food is wasted. Meal prep can range from preparing each meal for the entire week to preparing ingredients used… Continue reading »

It’s already time for the big game. For many of us, it’s the first major event since making our New Year Resolutions. No matter if you are wearing red and blue or gold and blue on game day, we can all implement healthy eating habits to stick to our Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less goals. One of the keys to navigating a Superbowl party and keep within a calorie budget is to PLAN. Pause and think before grabbing a… Continue reading »

Sometimes life happens and we don’t always have time to prepare breakfast in the morning, pack a nutritious lunch, have healthy snacks readily available,and cook a balanced meal for dinner. If you find yourself unexpectedly stopping at a restaurant for a quick meal, a celebration dinner or to take a break from cooking, go in with motivation to make healthy choices. Try these meal modifications to stay within your daily calorie intake and still feel satisfied. Appetizers Choose an item… Continue reading »

The New Year is almost here, which makes it a perfect day to start healthy lifestyle changes! Eating smart, moving more and living mindfully all play major roles in the success of maintaining your weight and not gaining. I have two simple tips for each part of a healthy lifestyle change. Try something new today and be intentional about building healthy habits, because we know that you can! Eat Smart Play around with healthy snack recipes. Design your own trail… Continue reading »

January 1st will be here before we know it. Every year, at least one person asks me what my New Year’s resolution is and my answer has always been the same…I don’t have one. Why? Because I like to think of the changes I want to make in my life on a continual basis, not just once a year. We always know when the New Year is approaching because stores start pushing hand weights, yoga mats, and workout attire to… Continue reading »

The holiday season can be a very busy time of year, which can cause a great deal of stress. The good news is, you can overcome those stressors and continue working toward achieving those healthy eating and physical activity goals.   Do any of these sources of stress ring a bell? Spending extra time shopping and preparing food for family meals and/or festive events. Feeling pressure to over-indulge in holiday goodies at social events. Struggling to fit physical activity into… Continue reading »

Growing up I was not a soda drinker nor did my parents keep soda in the house. However, to my parents’ horror (just kidding) in college,I began to indulge in soda on a regular basis. It did not help that my boyfriend at the time (and now my husband) was an avid Dr. Pepper drinker. Eventually, we both decided it was time to kick soda to the curb. In our pursuit to drink less soda, we realized we still craved… Continue reading »