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Mom, I’ve decided to be a vegetarian…

I work with vegetarian clients and serve meatless meals on a regular basis. Although we sometimes get all beefed up with a burger or grilled steak, our meals are pretty plant-heavy. So my 11-year-old's pronouncement that she is now a vegetarian should not have been a big deal. She's even a pescatarian, since she still … Continue reading Mom, I’ve decided to be a vegetarian…

Pinch-hitter strategies for family meals

For those of us who aren't the best planners, we need backups for those meal times that seem to sneak up on us. I know nutrition, and I know meal planning. My office where I see nutrition clients is only about 10 minutes from my home, and I work on my health research or communications … Continue reading Pinch-hitter strategies for family meals

Weekend Plan for Fueling Well all Week Long

Back to school schedules are new every year, unfamiliar, hectic, and not really settled until the end of September. So if you are a parent, or a collegiate or high school athlete looking to take charge of your eating habits to improve performance, this is your weekend to get on track! Plan the week's meals. … Continue reading Weekend Plan for Fueling Well all Week Long

From School Project to a Week’s Meals

My middle school child¬†had an assignment to research and prepare a Depression era meal. She was given guidelines about what foods were allowed or not, in what forms they could be purchased, based on what would have been available in the U.S. during that time.¬†There were many other aspects to this school project, but of … Continue reading From School Project to a Week’s Meals

How to Enjoy Salt for Your Health

Sodium. Essential for life. But too much is a recipe for a health crisis. Sodium plays a key role in hydration during high-intensity exercise and hot, humid conditions. For the rest of the day when you aren't working out, and especially if you don't exercise much, it's time to dive into a world of flavor … Continue reading How to Enjoy Salt for Your Health

Eating to Fuel Your Workout

Whether a student, pro, or recreational athlete, are you struggling to figure out what to eat pre, during, or post exercise? What about on competition days? You know you need to fuel, but you don't want to get sick when the competition starts. You've heard carbs are bad, but what to do instead? As with … Continue reading Eating to Fuel Your Workout

Thanking teachers with wholesome indulgence

Does your school host a breakfast or lunch to show appreciation for the teachers and other staff? My kids' school PTA does this once a month, and it is a big hit. A balance of indulgence and healthfulness is appreciated by these angels in our children's lives. Fresh fruits and juices and tea packets, egg … Continue reading Thanking teachers with wholesome indulgence

Let’s Get Real about Saturated Fat

This saturated fat debate is now escalating to a point that public health is threatened. While I work with clients to include the foods they love, let's be clear on the facts: If you want to reduce your risk of heart disease, choosing more unsaturated fats than saturated or trans fats is important. That doesn't … Continue reading Let’s Get Real about Saturated Fat

Putting Off Health til the New Year?

This is the biggest pitfall of new year's resolutions: we stack the deck against ourselves with holiday binging, comforted by the idea that we have a date set for the healthy habits to start. Don't get me wrong, there is a lot of good about truly enjoying the feast. This is a very special time … Continue reading Putting Off Health til the New Year?

Cancer and Nutrition: Defining Risk and Reality

There isn't a person in modern society that is beyond the risk of cancer. So many factors contribute to its development, including stuff you're born with and can't undo. It's enough to make a person throw their hands up and say... well, this is not the place for what I have said in those moments … Continue reading Cancer and Nutrition: Defining Risk and Reality