Erica Jackson, MS, RD, LMNT, CNSC

The Sneaky Holiday Party Item Adding Inches to Your Waistline

Weight Management, Wellness

Whether you like it or not, the holidays are right around the corner. Everywhere we turn, there’s Christmas decorations, black Friday sales, and maybe a little anxiety about finding that perfect gift. For some, this time of year also means the worry of gaining weight. While there are a lot of ways to watch extra food calories, there’s another culprit that sneaks up on us this season . . . alcohol. Maybe you like to sip on a little egg nog on Christmas Eve, or maybe the stress of entertaining your entire family for days, drives you to indulge on a couple extra glasses of wine. Even if you only drink socially, be cautious of the extra calories hidden in many … Continue reading

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CHI Health Food and Nutrition Services

It’s Okay to Ignore Your Diet This Thanksgiving

Nutrition, Wellness

In a few weeks I will be hosting Thanksgiving at my home. It almost feels like pretending, like I am not quite ‘adult’ enough at 40 to be in charge of such an important celebration. This isn’t the first time I have hosted a major holiday. That time we ate a pre-made Thanksgiving meal from the local grocery store on paper plates with plastic utensils because my family had graciously come to help us move into our first home over the holiday weekend. This time I am cooking. I am fortunate to still have grandparents, parents, and aunts & uncles that typically have all of us to their homes for the holidays. But whether I am in charge of bringing … Continue reading

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Ellen Thomsen, MS, RD, LMNT

12 Ways to Avoid Unhealthy Traps During the Holidays


The holidays can be a busy, but a wonderful time for most people! Try to focus on those things you can control over the next several weeks, and stay on the path towards a healthy lifestyle. Recruit support from friends and family to join you on this venture. Problem: No time for exercise Solution: Be Creative Get up 10 minutes early and do yoga at home Bundle up and go for a walk Do crunches or squats during TV commercials Get your family moving together with charades or an activity challenge Problem: Parties with endless food options Solution: Don’t go hungry to a party. Have a fiber-rich snack before you go Bring a healthy food contribution like fresh fruit or … Continue reading

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Kaitlyn Pauly, MS, RD, LMNT

5 Keys to Successfully Eating Healthy

Weight Management, Wellness

Have you ever wondered what you can do to minimize your waistline? It all starts at the grocery store. In order to eat healthy, we need to start buying the right foods and prepare it for success. Here are some tips to help you plan accordingly: Try the Rule of 2: Rotate through 2 breakfasts/2 lunches and 2 suppers per week (keeps grocery shopping easy and meal planning shorter) Do a Cart check: is half of your cart produce? ½ protein? ¼ carbohydrates? Organize a Fridge re-do: don’t put uncut unprepared veggies in the bottom drawer to rot, instead cut them right away or buy the pre-cut and put them at eye level in your fridge, put your less healthy … Continue reading

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Chelsea Gauer, RD, LMNT

Food Fraud: It Might Happen More Often Than You Think

Nutrition, Weight Management, Wellness

Think the Italian Mafia has no hold on you?  Think again. “Food Fraud” is a term starting to make a name for itself in the households of Americans.  The term is specifically defined as “the deliberate and intentional substitution, addition, tampering, or misrepresentation of food, food ingredients, or food packaging; or false or misleading statements made about a product, for economic gain.” To put it simply, certain mainstream products in your grocery store might not actually contain ingredients stated on their food label.  In many cases, criminals or illegal organizations are responsible. While this is a new public concern for the US, the food tampering business has some serious roots. In 1906, the United States government passed the “The U.S. Pure Food and Drug … Continue reading

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