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DID YOU KNOW? Being GRATEFUL has many health benefits. According to a recent study practicing gratitude everyday may help you sleep better, lower your body aches and pains and help you have healthier hearts. According to Harvard Medical School, Gratitude is “a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals – whether to… Continue reading »

After decades of decline, stroke deaths have begun rising in adults 35 and older in North Carolina. Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability and the fourth leading cause of death in the state. Small Steps, Bright Future, a North Carolina Stroke Advisory Council Prevention Campaign, focuses on preventing stroke among African Americans who are at a disproportionate risk for stroke. Small Steps, Bright Future highlights endearing moments that could be missed if a person suffers from health complications… Continue reading »

By now you may have heard about the air fryer craze. This kitchen gadget has rivaled the InstaPot for trendiest cooking invention of the decade, and for good reason! Air fryers work by circulating hot air around a metal mesh cooking basket, allowing the food to cook evenly and quickly with little to no added fat. As part of a healthy lifestyle, air fryers can offer an alternative to high calorie styles of cooking. I am the first to admit… Continue reading »

My family and I recently took a cruise to Alaska and it was awesome!  Between all of the activities scheduled during the at sea days and the walking during the days in port, there was plenty to do and despite the 24/7 access to food, I am happy to report that I did not gain weight!  Here are my top 5 tips to not gain weight on a cruise: Take the stairs instead of the elevator on the boat.It is… Continue reading »

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 »