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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 »

Securing social support from the people around you is especially important during the holidays – Family, friends, and coworkers may negatively influence us by sneakily passing along that “extra cookie” or by offering too much of a certain dish or beverage at a party or potluck. What other people say or do can be a helpful or harmful influence on the decisions we make – these statements or actions are known as social cues. Social support is a key component… Continue reading »

Paleo?  Keto?  Blood type diet?   It seems like every week, a different popular diet trend emerges.  As a dietitian, I receive many questions from program participants, family, and friends about how I feel about the newest diet fad.  Luckily, there are two questions that many dietitians and I ask to determine if a diet is based in science and therefore recommended. Where does the diet stand on allowing or limiting these super foods? Fruits and vegetables Nuts and seeds Whole… Continue reading »

Have you ever dealt with saying something like, “Ok, tomorrow I am going to start eating healthier” or “I’m going to go to the gym and start getting in shape” and a month later… nothing has changed? Setting a SMART goal is a very effective way to not only say you’re going to start making a healthy lifestyle change but to be very specific and intentional about it. A SMART goal is one that it is: Specific Who? What? Where?… Continue reading »

What are you thankful for today? What have you accomplished, overcome or experienced this year that has really put a smile on your face? Thanksgiving Day is always a fun time for me to hang out with my family, eat a delicious meal and on occasion, prepare my shopping list for Black Friday and/or Cyber Monday! As your day settles down, spend about 5 minutes writing down some positive thoughts about yourself, family and friends – You can even make… Continue reading »

Preparing healthier versions of classic dishes during the holidays may sound daunting, but it can certainly be done with minimal effort! Simply plan to opt for one or two lighter ingredients before you go grocery shopping – most likely, your guests won’t notice the difference. Try these simple swaps when preparing your holiday favorites. Reduce the amount of added fat Low-fat cheese instead of full-fat versions of cheese Low-fat or nonfat plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream or mayo… Continue reading »

One can expect to encounter busy roads, airports and train stations when traveling during the holidays. In fact, the Thanksgiving holiday is the busiest travel time of the year. I don’t like to travel much during the holiday season, but here are some of my best tips for having a healthy trip no matter the time of year or your method of travel. Have healthy snacks Plan, plan, plan! Don’t depend on the convenience stores along the highway, or the… Continue reading »

There is nothing wrong with a midday snack, but if you need one, choose wisely. Your snack should be filling, low in sugar, and keep you energized. Consider the following snack ideas, which are items that can be easily stored in your lunchbox, desk drawer at work or in your car for the ride home: Individual packs of assorted nuts or seeds that are not heavily salted or flavored (walnuts, almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds). Whole grain cereal (plain bran cereal,… Continue reading »

No matter where you are reading this from geographically, the autumn season brings exciting annual traditions! One of my favorite traditions is to attend the North Carolina State Fair. Even if you do not attend your own state fair, similar events are held in local towns as well.  No matter the size and location of the fair, a few things are certain: friends, fun, rides, and fried foods.  Although many temptations arise at the fair, don’t let them stand in… Continue reading »

Students and teachers are now back at school! For the rest of us, it is almost time to say goodbye to summer. When seasons and schedules change throughout the year, it is important to have a plan to continue incorporating healthy practices into daily routines. I am currently adjusting to a busier schedule with work projects, volunteer obligations and last-minute mini summer vacations. The biggest adjustment has been factoring the increased traffic into my travel time! Sitting in traffic can be… Continue reading »