Category Archives: Healthy Habits

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

We recently received this question in a blog comment from Joy S: I had pretty much eliminated fast food from my diet until I began “team driving” on the road with my husband. It’s extremely difficult to find healthy food in truck stops. I’d appreciate some tips for eating healthy while traveling. Happy New Year, Joy S. Well, Joy, we know that we live in a fast-paced world, and it is not always realistic to completely cut restaurant eating/eating on … continued…

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Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD Snacks

Did you know that today is “Make Your Dream Come True Day”? Here are some common exercise-related dreams and what you need to do to make them come true for you! YOU DREAM OF … Being healthier overall, reducing your risk of chronic diseases, being around for your kids/grandkids and/or increasing your energy level. • AEROBIC/CARDIO EXERCISE: (Examples: walking, jogging, swimming, cycling, aerobics) How much do you really need? At least 150 minutes/week of moderate intensity (i.e., working hard enough … continued…

Fitness Healthy Habits Judy Eggebeen

Is your goal to lose weight, to get fit or to be healthier overall in the New Year? One of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions is to exercise, but unfortunately it is also one of the most commonly broken! Why not let 2012 be the year you actually stick with your exercise routine?  Here are some tips to help you avoid a broken resolution. •    Make sure exercise is a true priority. Don’t put exercise on your list just … continued…

Fitness Healthy Habits Holidays Judy Eggebeen

Add a burst of color, flavor and nutrients to your winter routine by eating winter fruits. These are great to incorporate into your holiday recipes and can even be good to give as gifts because most have a long shelf life. Pomegranates – high in Vitamin A, C and fiber. This fruit is loaded with antioxidants and has a long storage life too. It can be a little intimidating the first time you attempt to prepare it. Check out this youtube … continued…

Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD

The holiday season is in full bloom, and I love it! But, it always comes with a little fear of weight gain … This year, I have decided to launch a “No Weight Gain Campaign.” This means get out the scale now, step on it and try to maintain your weight through the holidays. Awareness is key! Of course, I check my weight first thing in the morning, before getting in the shower, to make sure I am as light … continued…

Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD

This is my absolute favorite season. I love the crisp weather, decorating for the holidays, boots and sweaters and most of all … SOUPS! As the temperature drops, I start craving warm, comforting foods. This year, I’m trying to remind myself that comfort can be found with less calories! Soup can be a great thing if you are trying to lose weight, because it’s hot so you have to eat it slowly, load it with veggies and the liquid is … continued…

Cool Weather Cooking Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD

Okay folks. We heard you. School lunches not so healthy where you are. Well, here are a few more lunchbox tips: Let your child help plan the lunchbox menu. When you’ve got buy-in, you’ll probably have better participation. Participation in this case meaning your kids will probably eat the lunch rather than trade it away. Portion out snacks ahead of time. You don’t have to buy the more expensive pre-portioned snacks. Buy in bulk then portion out serving sizes when … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy Habits