Energy? Naturally!

Energy foods demoWake up early. Make breakfast for the kids and get them off to school. Work all day. Take the kids to soccer practice/dance/baseball games/karate. Get some type of dinner together. Make sure the homework is done. Get kids to bed. Iron clothes for work the next day. Etc., etc., etc. No wonder energy has become such a valued commodity! Also it is why we see so many ads for energy drinks, and why we now find caffeine in everything from coffee to potato chips! READ MORE

Sedentary Life a Health Risk, Even With Regular Exercise

Woman working in officeMany office workers can spend more than 75% of their working hours just sitting. Then their evenings may consist of watching TV, reading, or some other sedentary activity. Recent research findings suggest that this sedentary behavior is a risk factor for several types of cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Even if they workout at a gym 3-4 times a week this doesn’t undo the damage done by being sedentary the remainder of the time. READ MORE

Meat Eater? No Problem…Just Limit the Red and Processed

Healthy Protein ChoicesAccording to the 2010 Continuous Update Project (CUP), a joint endeavor by the American Institute of Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund to report on the most current cancer research, overdoing the consumption of red meat and processed meat greatly increases the risk of colorectal cancer. A more recent 2013 study, the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC), found that middle-aged adults consuming high levels of processed meat (more than 5 ¾ ounces daily) over 12 years had more than a 70% increase in cardiovascular death than those eating about ½ ounce per day. Also, cancer deaths were 43% higher among those consuming the most processed meat. READ MORE

Back to School: Get Your Child off to a Good Start

Various breakfast foodsThere are many reasons why breakfast has been touted as the most important meal of the day. Generally we haven’t eaten since the evening before, about 12-15 hours ago. So it breaks your fast (break-fast) and gives your body energy and nutrients needed to face the day. This is particularly important for young children with little tummies that need to eat more often. READ MORE

Broccoli for President? No, But… President for Broccoli!

CrucifersWhen asked about his favorite food at the second annual Kids’ State Dinner at the White House, President Obama replied “broccoli.” Almost immediately following was a deluge of tweets poking both fun and criticism regarding the comment. Wow, it’s tough being President! You can’t even say you like broccoli without causing a social media storm! I remember a previous President that actually verbalized a disdain for it and received less criticism. As a dietitian who makes a living encouraging, cajoling, and all but begging clients to eat fruits and veggies, I was very happy to hear it, however. READ MORE

Emergency Nutrition: Are You Prepared?

light, apple, tape, batteriesGiven the tornados in Oklahoma this year, and the fact that it’s tornado seasion, I thought nutrition for emergencies might be a timely blog article, even though this addresses emergencies that are more long-term in duration. This is considerably longer than most of my blogs, so consider it more of a reference to print or save on your computer for possible future use in an emergency situation. READ MORE

Safe at the Grill!

grilling vegetablesSummer’s here and we’re cranking up our grills. Fourth of July is just around the corner. There’s nothing like a spending a Sunday or holiday afternoon having grilled delights with friends and family. Ah, it doesn’t get any better than that!

And not to put a damper on the fun, but I’m writing this blog to suggest some ways to make our grilling masterpieces healthier and safer. Hey, what can I say….I’m a nutritionist! It’s an occupational hazard not to partake of a little health and food safety with my grilling! So all you “grillmeisters” please indulge me and take note of a few tidbits of advice that will help you play it safe at the grill: READ MORE

Farmers’ Markets: As Fresh as It Gets!

farmers market berriesNothing says summer like red, ripe tomatoes and strawberries, juicy peaches and corn on the cob still in its husk! Tis the season for farmers’ markets to provide us with a variety of fresh, colorful fruits and vegetables, herbs and a friendly, unique shopping adventure. This week’s blog is intended to help you make the most of your farmers’ market experience. READ MORE