Nutrition and Wellness Resources

What to Expect in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines

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An industry panel on nutrition led by the Omama administration released its long-awaited recommendations this week. The panel created a  570-page report that will be used by the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services to craft new diet guidelines later this year. I'm glad to know that we are sticking with MyPlate, which is far superior to the food pyramid of … [Read more...]

A Winning Plate for the Corporate Wellness Team

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We are just over two weeks into the Corporate Wellness Challenge at the Wood River YMCA.  I was thrilled to hear that this week, in addition to logging our physical activity choice and lifestyle choices, we would all submit a photo of our healthy plates.  My image shows half of my plate as fruits and veggies (one of the areas tracked as part of the challenge) along with lean … [Read more...]

Know Your Sugar Facts

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On Friday (2/27/15) I will be teaching another nutrition and wellness class (Food and Fun!) to 5th graders at Community School in Sun Valley, Idaho. A huge thanks to Janine Seymour for her help!  At the request of the teacher, we will be giving a lesson on sugar. I have written about sugar in the past, including an experiment I do with kids where we put a tooth in a mason … [Read more...]

Wellness Metrics

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Having recently just joined the Corporate Wellness Challenge at the Wood River YMCA, I am tracking my "Wellness Choices" over a period of two and a half months.  I am logging things for activity --anything 15 minutes or more counts towards the activity choice-- and can be any of the following: Downhill Skiing Cross Country Skiing (Classic or Skate) Running/Jogging … [Read more...]

What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl

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Here's a new tool to find recipe books, plan a menu, and even create your own personalized recipe book.  What I like about the search process is that you can search based on the nutrition themes of the USDA's MyPlate guidelines.   I don't always agree with everything stated here (especially the fat-free dairy), but I'm still thrilled by how much better MyPlate is over the … [Read more...]

Healthy Valentines Give-Aways

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Still feeling the sugar over-load from the holidays?  With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I wanted to share with you an idea for healthy Valentine's give-aways.  Fruit! With these cute stickers, you can make your own valentines to give to teachers, students, or anyone you want to share some healthy love with! Valentine_Fruit_Stickers Just print the PDF file on … [Read more...]

Dirty Dozen Food Additives

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Heads up!  The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has come out with their top 12 most dangerous food additives.  They are: 1. Nitrates and Nitrites- found in cured meats 2. Potassium Bromate-  found in breads and crackers 3. Propyl Paraben- found in muffins and tortillas 4. Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA)- found in chips and preserved meats 5. Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)- … [Read more...]

Clean Up Your Body for a Fresh 2015!

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It's the new year, and often times this is when folks get motivated (after all the holiday indulging) to clean up their act and maybe do a little detox re-boot. I think eating a little less (and certainly cutting down on sugar and alcohol, things we might over-indulge in during the holiday season) is a great idea.  But don't limit yourself to thinking just in terms of diet. … [Read more...]

Ten Ways to Keep Your Immune System Strong

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The cold and flu virus season has hit my kids' school hard already this year.  After recently having a professional consultation for an "immune system re-boot", here are some reminders on how to stay healthy: 1.  Practice proper hygiene.  Wash hands of course*, but also try to keep fingers away from nose, eyes and mouth in general.  Ewww, no nail biting! 2.  Get enough … [Read more...]

Cure for your Cold? (Ginger Tea)

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A guest post by Juliette Britton Ginger Tea! It may not completely cure your cold, but it will definitely help soothe a sore throat.  At the first signs of a cold, I drink 1 to 2 ginger teas per day, and I find my symptoms subside quickly. Since it is caffeine free- it safe for most children 2 years and older (you just need a little less ginger- and maybe more … [Read more...]