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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 »

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 »