You've been challenged | whole grains and heart health - part 2

You’ve been challenged | whole grains and heart health – part 2

In honor of Heart Health month, every Wednesday in February we are talking about whole grains because of their connection to good heart health. If you missed the first post do check out: Not all carbs are bad: whole grains and heart health part 1  Last week I challenged the notion that all carbs were bad and should…

Not all carbs are bad: whole grains and heart health part 1

Not all carbs are bad: whole grains and heart health part 1

Carbs get a bad rap. Many people are eliminating them, assuming they might be intolerant to them or just plain writing them off as evil. Poor carbs, they are so misunderstood. Carbs (short for carbohydrates) come from many sources both natural and processed, such as bread, rice, pasta, potatoes, peas, corn, fruit, sugar, honey, beans, etc, etc. This…

Create your own yummy healthy treasure box

Create your own yummy healthy treasure box

I love TED talks! Have you discovered these amazing short videos that will inspire, educate, and entertain you for minutes (or hours if you go on a video binge!)? I just got done watching “How to get stuff done when you are depressed” by Jessica Gimeno, which has nothing to do with today’s topic EXCEPT…

The one thing that got my child to eat broccoli again

The one thing that got my child to eat broccoli again

Many parents want to know how they can get their children to eat more vegetables. I work with young families every week and I hear their struggles.  They often say, “she loves her fruits and eats them several times a day, but her vegetables…not so much.” I am in the same boat. My two little ones…

A Simple 2-Step System For Ending Dinnertime Chaos

A Simple 2-Step System For Ending Dinnertime Chaos

Why is dinner time so daunting? Kristen shares some sanity-saving strategies she uses to make cooking at home a more feasible task. Dinner time is crazy time in my house. On the days I work in the clinic I don’t pick up the kids until 5:30. We get home around 6pm and then I have…

One of the easiest things you can do for weight loss

One of the easiest things you can do for weight loss

One of the easiest things you can do for weight loss is simply to step on the scale every day. I know, I know… you would rather eat a frog than see that number on the scale but hear me out.  Once you own a scale it’s free to use, it takes just a second…

Today, focus on what you want the most

Today, focus on what you want the most

If your house is anything like mine, the carols have been sung, the party was enjoyed, the presents have been unwrapped and now Santa and his elves have gone on vacation. Nothing remains but the mess: a mess of toys, a mess of food, a mess of the budget and a mess of all the usual routines.…

A simple cure for the afternoon slump

A simple cure for the afternoon slump

It’s 2pm and you’re starting to feel exhausted. Your brain is a little slow and you are day dreaming about a nap. There’s a good chance that you are on a sugar crash from all those holiday treats or maybe it’s just been a really long day. You could reach for another sugary pick me…

3 ways to stay well this winter

3 ways to stay well this winter

Cough, hack, sneeze! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been hearing this everywhere! From work to daycare to friends and family… everyone is coming down with something. It has me thinking about these 3 things we all could be doing to stay well this winter. Get your Vitamin D level checked. Our vitamin D levels are…

You are what you say you are... Why words matter

You are what you say you are… Why words matter

The other day I was listening to a play back of a message I left for someone. It is so strange to hear your own voice, right? The first thing I noticed was that I took really long pauses in between my words. Maybe it is something that only I notice or maybe it is…