Category Archives: Healthy Habits

Every year, I search the markets for signs of Spring. This year, I’m going to link you to some great sites that make the most of spring ingredients. Keep in mind that Spring hits each area at different times, so these aren’t all available all at once, but it’s worth asking about when you might see these food harbingers of spring. Here’s my target list: Pea Shoots: The first tendrils of pea plants are entirely edible—even if you find some … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy Habits Healthy, Delicious Recipes Heart Healthy Tips, Tools & Techniques

Today is the first day of Spring – Woo Hoo!  Are you bored with your indoor exercise routine? Be bored no more … Spring is here and the warmer weather brings many opportunities to get outside and be active!  Not only is exercising outside a nice change of pace from your indoor winter workouts, some studies show that exercising outdoors actually comes with some additional mental health benefits when compared to exercising indoors.  These benefits include greater decreases in tension, … continued…

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Fitness Healthy Habits Heart Healthy Judy Eggebeen Tips, Tools & Techniques

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annually declares March as National Nutrition Month. This year’s theme is “Get Your Plate in Shape.” Most of us would love to get our bodies in shape but the key to doing that is to start with your plate. Here are some changes to getting your plate in top shape: • Choose a smaller plate size. Consider using a saucer instead of a dinner plate. Research indicates that our plate size has increased 36% … continued…

Fitness Healthy Habits Heart Healthy Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

The best defense is a good offense. As in the best defense against heading out to eat on a whim (hurting your wallet and your waistline) is a good offense of having a great meal in the freezer, ready to thaw, heat and serve on (almost) a moment’s notice. Most food freezes well, but there are ways to freeze food that ensure great results. Here are some tips to get started. March gives a nod to Frozen Food Day, so … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy Habits Tips, Tools & Techniques

The fitness world comes with lots of myths.  Here are five of the most common misconceptions that I get asked about. 1.    Running is the only way to get fit.  Sure, running is a great way to get fit… but it’s not the only way!  If you don’t like to run, then don’t run.  Other types of aerobic exercise (cycling, aerobics classes, swimming, brisk walking, etc.) come with fitness benefits, too!  If you choose something you enjoy, you’re more likely … continued…

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Fitness Healthy Habits Heart Healthy Judy Eggebeen Tips, Tools & Techniques

Most people realize that aerobic/cardio exercise is good for your heart. Did you realize that resistance training (a.k.a strength training) can be beneficial as well? Many people think resistance training is just for increasing strength and toning up, but it has lots of health benefits too! The following health issues are all risk factors for heart disease and are positively impacted by resistance training. Overweight/Obese •  People that lose weight without incorporating resistance training into their routine often lose muscle … continued…

Fitness Healthy Habits Heart Healthy Judy Eggebeen

Often we’re so focused on keeping our hearts healthy through diet and exercise that we sometimes forget about the role our mental health, specifically stress, plays in the big picture. In fact, stress has been linked to many chronic health conditions including obesity, diabetes and heart disease. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), stress is pretty common. In fact 54 percent of Americans are concerned about the level of stress in their everyday lives. (APA Survey 2004) And, according … continued…

Healthy Habits Heart Healthy Pam Freeman Tips, Tools & Techniques

Since February is American Heart Month, I wanted to take an opportunity to share the 8 known “risk factors” for Coronary Artery Disease (CAD).  These risk factors are basically aspects of health that increase a person’s chance of developing the disease.  The good news is that of the 8 risk factors, 6 of them are modifiable (meaning that you have control over them).  The really good news is that of the 6 modifiable risk factors, 5 are positively affected by … continued…

Fitness Healthy Habits Heart Healthy Judy Eggebeen

I must admit, I LOVE chocolate! And, for me, it’s truly one of the many pleasure of life.  Want to hear some good news about chocolate? A chocolate a day may help keep the doctor at bay! That’s right! Here’s the skinny: Cocoa beans are rich in flavonoids that provide antioxidant powers. In addition to their antioxidant potential, flavanoids are shown to have vascular health benefits which may  help lower blood pressure, keep blood from forming dangerous clots and improve … continued…

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Healthy Habits Holidays Jenny Kramer, RD Snacks

As a dietitian, I often have patients tell me, “I never eat red meat.” Usually this is followed by a shy smile because they are so proud of that change … because, more times than not, it was really hard to make. I hate to do it, but I have to shatter that pride and tell them that all of their pain from restricting red meat wasn’t necessary! The key is to pick the right kinds of red meat. A … continued…

Healthy Habits Heart Healthy Jenny Kramer, RD