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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 »

As we are embarking on a fresh new school year with a new 9th and 6th grader, I figure what better time than now to get back on track with our healthy habits that have fallen by the wayside over the summer.  Perhaps it is even time to adopt some new routines!  With both of my kids on new schedules and each starting school almost an hour earlier this year, we simply do not have time to pack lunches in… Continue reading »

Nuts are a staple in my family. A nut bowl was always at my house growing up particularly around the holidays. You could pick up an actual nutcracker and spend time cracking and cleaning for the perfect bite of nut. It was a great tradition, albeit time-consuming. It did make for some mindful eating as you could only eat so fast. Now that research keeps piling up about the healthfulness of nuts, makes me want to bring back the nut… Continue reading »

My husband is a vegetarian so we usually get a good portion of our vegetables at dinner. We have been trying out some recipes to swap our protein but I realized that we hadn’t had fruit in a while. For Med Month I decided to make a conscious effort to eat more fruits and vegetables during the day. I decided to try to eat at least a fruit or vegetable with every meal and snack. It has been fun. The… Continue reading »

Eating like those who live in the Mediterranean region has been shown to promote health and decrease risk of many chronic diseases. The Mediterranean-style eating pattern incorporates the basics of healthy eating that are traditionally practiced in countries that border the Mediterranean Sea. Eating the Mediterranean way is not only healthy, it is delicious and satisfying. Foods that you once thought of as too high in fat or unhealthy, including nuts, olive oil, olives, and whole grains, become an everyday… Continue reading »

Recording Now Available: Not All Carbs Are Created Equal Presented by Dr. Carolyn Dunn, Professor and Nutrition Specialist at NC State University The category of “carbs” tends to be demonized and misunderstood. However, not all carbs are created equal. Click the link below to watch the webinar recording to learn more. Watch Recording Please note, the beginning of the recording contains audio feedback, please skip the first 15 seconds to avoid this.   To view additional webinar recordings, including Fad… Continue reading »

Mindful eating can be defined as eating with awareness, which is compared to eating out of habit or because of an external stimulus (smell, atmosphere, peer pressure). It refers to being aware of one’s physical and emotional sensations while eating or when in a food-related environment. Mindful eating allows a person to pay attention to signs of hunger, satiety, pace of eating and characteristics of the food being eaten. Logically, it would make sense to say that mindful eating would assist with weight loss… Continue reading »

If you are a Grey’s Anatomy fan, you recently witnessed Dr. Bailey, played by actress Chandra Wilson, have a very real brush with death. In the scene, Dr. Bailey complains of physical symptoms and visits the emergency room, unaware she was experiencing a heart attack. “When your day starts off and you have no intention of dying, then all of a sudden your mortality is in your face, you can’t help but think about it,” Wilson admits during a recent interview… Continue reading »

I love learning about useful life hacks, and here’s a simple one that has helped me to de-stress and live more mindfully at work.  It’s a little strategy called Pomodoro and it has changed the way I tackle my endless To-Do list – for my health.  If you spend most of your work life at a desk, and in front of a computer, it can be challenging to find moments to move more, to stretch, or to rest your eyes… Continue reading »