Stephanie Levy, LMSW, LCSW

The Connection Between Mood and Food


Mental Health, Wellness

Like many others I made some goals in the new year related to diet. Many of us struggle to  have a healthy relationship with food. We need food for nutrition, but it ends up being so much more. Food helps us celebrate and consoles us when sad or lonely. It is used for so much more than nutrition. When people use food as a coping skill that relationship becomes more and more unhealthy over time. Every time we reach for a sugary treat when sad that connection in our brain becomes stronger. Research shows that addiction to sugar can be similar to drugs. “Our evidence from an animal model suggests that bingeing on sugar can act in the brain in ways very … Continue reading

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CHI Health Food and Nutrition Services

Can I Eat That? Demystifying the Shelf Life of Foods


Nutrition, Wellness

Should I buy this?  Can I eat that?  What if I freeze it?  When do I just throw everything out?  We don’t like to waste good food, but many of us are unsure how long to safely store foods prior to tossing them away.  The following guidelines should lessen the challenge of these decisions in the future. The longevity of a food item is first critiqued at the store by appropriately interpreting the dates provided.  Common terms are defined as follows: “Best by” refers simply to the date a product will retain its best quality. This means, it will be safe to consume beyond this date, but flavor and overall satisfaction may decline. “Sell by” provides a cutoff date for … Continue reading

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CHI Health Food and Nutrition Services

What the New Nutrition Guidelines Mean for You


Nutrition, Wellness

Every five years, the United States government (USDA and HHS) releases a new set of recommendations that reflect current data on healthy eating and exercise.  Since 1980, the guidelines have promoted healthy lifestyle choices to help reduce the risk of chronic diseases, like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Recently, the eighth edition of the Dietary Guidelines were released.  The new guidelines focus more on healthy eating patterns, instead of individual food groups.  Remember the food guide pyramid? Here are the five main points to the guidelines: Follow a healthy eating pattern across the lifespan. Focus on variety, nutrient density, and amounts. Limit calories from added sugars and saturated fats, and reduce sodium intake. Shift to healthier … Continue reading

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Jim Kleveter, MS, LIMHP, NCC

Commit Not to Quit – Tips for Wintertime Motivation


Mental Health, Wellness

Well, we are a month into a new year and the holiday season is behind us for another 9 months.  Whew!!! For most all of us, we are back to our “normal” lives and daily grind.  For some, the children are back to school and have homework to keep them busy each night instead of staying up late when we working folk still have to go to work in the morning.  Hopefully our sleep patterns have returned back to what they were before the holidays and there are no more goodies to snack on in the office.  With life returning to its normal routines we would think that we would feel more refreshed without all the holiday extras.  This may not … Continue reading

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Robin Duhon, RD, LMNNT

3 Recipes to Try the Latest Nutrition Trend – Food Bowls


Nutrition, Wellness

Food bowls were introduced by many restaurants in the past few years, but really gained popularity in 2015 and are expected to be a hot trend in 2016. This popular way of eating an entire meal in one convenient bowl is also known as bowl food, power bowls, broth bowls or smoothie bowls. These nutrient packed dishes usually have an emphasis on lean protein, whole grains and dense vegetables while adding out of the ordinary topping such as seeds, nuts and avocado. A food bowl is great way to try something that you may not usually eat, such as tofu or ancient grains, because the other components in the dish help add flavor to tie it all together. Quinoa, kamut … Continue reading

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