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Upcoming FREE Webinar January 27th at 12:00pm EST Nutrition Decisions Mini Series: Steps to Eating the Med Way The response to the first Med Instead of Meds webinar was overwhelming and we want to give you the tools you need to Go Med AND answer all of your questions. As you know, the Mediterranean-style eating pattern has been shown to promote health and decrease risk on many chronic diseases. Eating the Mediterranean way is not only healthy, it is delicious… Continue reading »

Webinar Recording Now Available Nutrition Decisions Mini Series: Steps to Eating the Med Way The response to the first Med Instead of Meds webinar was overwhelming. We want to give you the tools you need to Go Med AND answer all of your questions. As you know, the Mediterranean-style eating pattern has been shown to promote health and decrease risk on many chronic diseases. Eating the Mediterranean way is not only healthy, it is delicious and satisfying. Foods that you… Continue reading »

When it comes to holiday food, I grew up with a ‘love-love’ relationship. Traditions of the season meant indulging in once-a-year specialties– from Aunt Bonnie’s pies and Racine Kringle to making homemade pizza with Aunt Bev. I eat very differently now from even a decade ago. There are many reasons for this, ranging from food sensitivities (hold the onions, please!) to just plain knowing how to cook and eat healthier. I more easily resist foods that I know will leave… Continue reading »

It’s the Day After Thanksgiving! Congratulations to those who made mindful choices during the holiday meal. I know that took some planning and determination! If you are feeling discouraged today- please don’t be. Yesterday was just one day in the Holiday Challenge. It doesn’t mean that the challenge is over and you can’t be mindful or successful for the next month! Make a plan to add some extra movement in your day and focus on some of the positive things… Continue reading »

Many of us have holiday memories that are near and dear to our hearts. In most cases, we associate these memories with food. If you have a favorite holiday food that may not fit within your diet, it does not necessarily mean that you should cut it out. In the Mindful Holiday Eating webinar found here, Dr. Carolyn Dunn explains strategies to help you enjoy the holiday foods you love while staying within your calorie budget. The webinar also gives helpful… Continue reading »

  The 2016 Holiday Challenge is ONE Week Away! You are invited to join the 11th annual Holiday Challenge. Rather than focusing on trying to lose weight, this FREE seven-week challenge provides participants with tips, tricks, and ideas to help maintain their weight throughout the holiday season. We currently have 49 out of the 50 states (missing Nevada) as well as 99 out of the 100 NC Counties (missing Madison). Help us spread the word! The Holiday Challenge will begin November 14th… Continue reading »

It’s getting unbelievably close to the start of the Holiday Challenge (November 14th), and we kicked off this year with a fabulous 10th annual Holiday Challenge Taste Test! The Holiday Challenge Taste Test is an annual event in which we determine which recipes will be included in the Holiday Challenge. Each team member chooses a healthy recipe, brings the dish to the event, and we all taste and rate each dish. Only the highest rated dishes make it into the… Continue reading »

“Mom, how do you spell zucchini?” asked my eight – year old son this past weekend. He was sitting across from me on the kitchen counter as I was peeling & dicing carrots for lunch and he was jotting down the grocery list for me. He asked about a few other spellings and suggested we add in-shell peanuts to the list because he really likes those type. After I was done calling out the items, he even re-wrote the entire… Continue reading »

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!  It’s that time of year… the start of the slippery slope into the Holiday season. Yup, I said it! You know the drill, eat too much candy on Halloween, oops here’s Thanksgiving, then one blink it’s Christmas and suddenly our pants aren’t quite fitting so well. BUT this year we can join together to enjoy the holiday season by preparing now and going into it empowered, motivated, and ready for anything. Bring it on, Grandma’s apple pie! The 2016 Holiday… Continue reading »

Ask yourself: What does “good health” mean? It is likely that your first thought is: “good health is not having an illness.” And yes, that is true, but health is so much more than that. In fact, health is resource for everyday living- a source of power-an enabler. It is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being.  Good health is also a process. Focusing on the negatives and feeling like we are not “living a healthy lifestyle” can give… Continue reading »