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September 12th is Mindfulness Day. Mindfulness is a key component of the Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less and Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes programs. Take a moment today or this week to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is simply defined as being present in any particular moment. To go deeper, it involves being conscious and accepting of one’s thoughts, feelings, and emotions during the moment. Mindfulness has been studied and practiced around the world to show the benefits in everyday… Continue reading »

Back to school season can be stressful in a normal year, but with COVID-19 and switching to virtual or hybrid schooling plans this year is bringing extra challenges. In our programs, we discuss the importance of mindfulness and managing stress as strategies to reach our health goals. Here are a few strategies that may help you manage stress and stay on track through this difficult time. Regular Exercise We know that exercise helps improve our physical health, but did you… Continue reading »

August 19th is National Potato Day and I could not be more excited. I love potatoes! They come in so many different sizes, colors, and shapes. You can cook and bake them in so many ways. I taught ESL classes in Washington, DC and I found that almost every culture has some version of a potato or potato-like food. Idaho has always been on my list of places to visit because it grows the most potatoes in the US. I… Continue reading »

Social distancing doesn’t mean you have to disconnect from your social support systems. It has, however, challenged us to become more creative in our communications with friends and loved ones. Feeling the distance can be difficult at times, but there are plenty of ways to help the distance feel shorter, and social support systems feel stronger during times of social distancing. Shorten the distance by hosting a virtual cooking party with friends/family. Scheduling a virtual meeting with friends/family is a… Continue reading »

This is the final blog in a three-part series. My last two blogs focused on nutrition and self-care, check them out if you’re interested. “I can’t stop eating….I’m always eating.“ I am continuing to unpack the common situation of always eating. To do this, we have to look at the interplay between nutrition, self-care, and coping with emotions. Today I will look at my favorite topic which is coping with emotions without using food. Eating has an emotional component. Much… Continue reading »

We are continuing to evaluate a common situation that individuals encounter. My last blog focused on nutrition, check it out if you’re interested. “I can’t stop eating….I’m always eating.“ To really unpack this, we have to look at the interplay between nutrition, self-care and coping with emotions. Today let’s do a self-care check-in. Self-care impacts your ability to read and respond to your body’s signals of hunger and fullness. Nourishing your body is a form of self-care but other self-care… Continue reading »

I have been a registered dietitian for 30 years and keep up to date on recently published literature so rest assured, my suggestions are evidence-based! Let’s evaluate a common situation that individuals encounter. “I can’t stop eating….I’m always eating.“ To really unpack this, we have to look at the interplay between nutrition, self-care and coping with emotions. In the interest of brevity, I will start with nutrition. Cliff hanger, my next two blogs will look at self-care and coping with… Continue reading »

COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented times that have left many of us working from home for several weeks in a row. These unpredictable times have added anxiety and stress for many people and eating smart to stay healthy gets challenging in such situations. I have personally been struggling with staying on top of my healthy eating goals since I began working from home. I am sharing five tips that have helped me stay on track to eat mindfully and I… Continue reading »

When you have the luxury of going to the store often, shopping for fruits and vegetables is not that big of a deal, you just buy what you need for the next few days. But, what if you are trying to shop just once in a while and stay home as much as possible as recommended to prevent the spread of COVID 19? Here are some tips. Tips to buy fruits and vegetables during COVID 19: Buy a variety of… Continue reading »

The “green” trend of folks having a refillable water bottle as opposed to drinking so many disposable bottles of water is great. Less plastic bottles in the landfill. However, I recently sat in a meeting beside a water table and watched people refill their bottles all day. I was horrified to count the number of individuals who placed their bottle directly on the spout of the water cooler. YIKES – I just wanted to jump up and warn everyone. So please, be… Continue reading »