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“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 »

We all have stresses in our lives. These stresses range from our daily work to financial situations and can often haunt us while trying to rest at night. More and more each year, Americans are becoming sleep deprived, and the effects are much greater than a yawn throughout the day. Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to many health conditions, including an increased risk of developing diabetes. When the body does not get adequate sleep, the reaction can resemble insulin resistance, a… Continue reading »

  The 2016 Eat Smart, Move More, Maintain, don’t gain! Holiday Challenge This holiday season, the only thing that should be “stuffed” is the turkey.  Many Americans gain between 1 and 5 pounds each holiday season. While it may not sound like much, most people never manage to lose these extra pounds. 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… Continue reading »

I hear it all the time while teaching Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes (and Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less):  “ I was doing so great on t r a c k i n g and moving until vacation hit. “  I don’t dream of telling anyone that vacation season is prime weight loss/ weight-maintenance time.  It simply is not. However, one need not allow the calorie monster to win each time one takes some R & R. Since calories… Continue reading »

In our daily lives, many get distracted from enjoying life because of stress. The effects of stress can be harmful to your body. The long-term effects of stress can even become a precursor for various chronic diseases.  What assists me with stress is to take control of my life and situations by decreasing negative thoughts, worry, and strain of the mind and body through various activities and habits. There is no magic pill for eliminating stress. To decrease stress one… Continue reading »

Love me; love my dog. Dogs welcomed; humans tolerated. It’s call FURniture for a reason in my house. Wipe your paws. Yes, you’ve seen the signs for those of us who are proudly dog people. One may often underestimate my adoration for canines, but that would be a true mistake if you’re trying to get to know the authentic Greg. Thus, this is the first time I’ve ever written the words: TJ has died. Oh, it’s easier to say TJ… Continue reading »

Being a caregiver (new phrase in life’s cycle ) has proven to be stressful beyond anything I could have possibly imagined prior to 2016. I wrote candidly last year for Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less about physical activity with my parents, not realizing that this physical activity would become even more minimal at the onset of this year. Deteriorating health amidst family is never easy—those who know, know. Those who have yet to know shall one day know exactly… Continue reading »

There are no good foods or bad foods. You have no doubt heard this for years. I contend that there are bad foods. We all know there are foods that we should not eat or at least should not eat very often. Would that not constitute a bad food? Why can’t we say that a coffee drink made with whole milk, chocolate syrup, and whipped cream that has 900 calories is bad? Because it has calcium from the milk? Come… Continue reading »