Liz Foxhoven MA, RD, LMNT

Good Mood Foods


Mental Health, Nutrition, Wellness

Our bodies are a chemical factory. We use our foods to build muscle, fuel growth and movement, heal damaged cells, fight infection, and much more. So it only stands to reason, the foods we eat can influence how we feel physically, mentally, and emotionally. As the computer term GIGO stands for “Garbage in…Garbage Out”. Have a chef salad for lunch feel one way, have a Big Mac and large fries, feel another way. Manage Your Diet, Manage Your Moods: Eat regularly: 3 meals per day or 6 small meals per day. Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Eat a Well Balanced Diet: Refer to Choose My Plate Consume caffeine and alcohol in moderation if at all! Downer: Sugar and Simple Carbohydrates. Junk foods earn their reputation. … Continue reading

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Karen Bermel LIMHP, MC

Chasing Away Wintertime Blahs


Mental Health, Wellness

We made it through holidays and January is well underway.  Much of the county has struggled with brutally cold, wind, and snow this winter. We still have a ways to go to get through this winter. One of my colleagues reminded me that Groundhog Day is February 2nd. If Wikipedia is correct, the groundhog, Punxsatawney Phil, will either see his shadow or he won’t. If it’s cloudy, and he doesn’t see his shadow, it’s actually good news – indicating that spring will come early. If the sun is out, it means six more weeks of winter. Whether we all buy into this or not, it can be fun to see all the fuss that’s made over this cultural celebration. No … Continue reading

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Robin Duhon, RD, LMNNT

How To Succeed With Your Healthy New Year’s Resolutions


Wellness

This time of year it is easy to find healthy tips, recipes and articles to help you make healthy resolutions for the New Year. Most people you purchase a new gym membership or healthy recipe books with all the best intentions find themselves slipping back into their old habits before January is even over. Here are some ideas to help you stick to your resolutions and have healthy New Year! Rethink your resolution If you having been trying for weeks and either are not seeing success or feel that your goal is too unrealistic, give your resolution a makeover. Instead of vowing to lose thirty pounds this year, aim to lose 5 pounds every 2 months. This is much more … Continue reading

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Silvia Herszkopf MS, RD, LD, LMNT

All About Artificial Sweeteners


Nutrition, Wellness

Sugar substitutes are food additives used to replace regular sugar (sucrose) in a variety of foods, beverages, chewing gums, frozen desserts, baked goods, candies, and dairy products. Some examples of sugar substitutes include artificial sweeteners, sugar alcohols, and natural sweeteners. The current rise in obesity worldwide has led to growing interest in lowcarbohydrate diets and greater demand than ever around the world for sugar substitutes. Artificial sweeteners are one of the most common sugar substitutes since they are potent sweeteners and do not have any calories. They are synthetic, but some may be derived from natural sources like herbs or even from regular sugar. Artificial sweeteners can be added to cold or hot foods and drinks, and some of them may also be used in cooking and … Continue reading

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Jacque Thiele RD, LMNT

Where Does the Fat Go?


Weight Management, Wellness

Let’s talk about fat! The good, the bad, and event the frustrating sides of it. We can start with the good: your body needs some fat! Too little fat (or adipose tissue) can have harmful metabolic consequences. Now for the bad: too much adipose tissue can also have harmful metabolic consequences, and most of us tend to have too much on board. So how do we find the happy medium, and what happens to our fat when we do? While most of us think of our body fat as storage of excess food that we may have eaten, it does do a few other things. Your fat cells contain metabolic machinery that allows it to talk with your other organs … Continue reading

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