The holidays are a time to gather with friends and family and — let’s be honest — enjoy all of your favorite holiday foods! But for someone who is trying to avoid weight gain, the worry over added holiday calories can cause a lot of unnecessary stress.
Recent research indicates that we gain an average of 1-2 pounds during the holiday season. Unfortunately, we tend to hang on to that one pound and pick up another, and another. So where do we go wrong? Those added calories come from constant nibbling/grazing instead of taking one plate, big portion sizes, high calorie recipes, and inactivity.
Fall is a great time to get active and pick your own food at local orchards, pumpkin patches, and farms. These experiences provide a great opportunity to take fresh, unprocessed produce and use them in creative ways at home.
Think outside the box and have fun experimenting! Roast pumpkin seeds, dry apple rings for a delicious and healthy snack or use spaghetti squash instead of noodles in your favorite pasta dishes.
The concept of following a “diet” has become somewhat of a negative four letter word in recent years. It’s no longer a term for what you eat — It’s evolved to mean a fast, unsustainable fix to a problem that has likely been years in the making. For example, think of the Keto, Atkins or Paleo diets — they are intensely low carbohydrate, and your body’s main energy source is carbohydrates. How long do YOU think you could go without your main source of energy?
More joy, more balance, more energy. These are things often found on lists of those starting a new year – whether that’s a true start to the year like January 1 or something significant like a birthday. The older I become, the more in tune I am to my own joy (what brings it) and purpose (am I living it) and balance (in my day) and energy (how I feel).
Perhaps you’ve been working on a resolution to eating healthier in 2018 and want ideas on how to stick to your diet when out with friends.
During many social gatherings, there are many temptations including decadent appetizers and desserts. Make 2018 a year in which you enjoy all the fun with friends/family without sacrificing your own health goals with these simple tips:
Hello! My name is Courtney Kremer and I am a new registered dietitian nutritionist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin. I started this role in April and have been enjoying every minute! I was previously a registered dietitian at Hy-Vee in Austin, where I enjoyed meeting a lot of community members and teaching nutrition in the aisles of the grocery store. When this opportunity came up, I decided to transition as I really enjoy clinical nutrition and nutrition counseling.
It was my junior year of high school in my careers class where I was introduced to a career in dietetics. My teacher, Mrs. Stevenson, gave us a magazine listing possible careers and assigned a project to choose a career of interest to us and write a paper on it. I had no idea what I wanted to do, but I kept flipping back to the page listing dietetics. My teacher sensed my interest and suggested that I write my paper on dietetics. She reached out to a dietitian at the hospital to set up a time for me to interview her. I wrote my paper on dietetics never imagining that 10 years later I’d be back in Austin working as a Hy-Vee dietitian.
For the 9th consecutive year, Austin Public Schools will be hosting the Summer Lunch Program. This program is designed to meet the needs of children who may qualify for free or reduced priced lunches during the school year.
With free and reduced percentages hovering at close to 60% in our community, it is especially important to ensure nourishing lunches are provided in the summer months so our students can return to school in September ready to learn.
In one month this past summer, I saved $180 by doing one single thing. Gardening. From July 7, 2016 to August 7, 2016, my family and I harvested cucumbers, zucchini, lettuce, tomatoes, green beans, sugar snap peas, onions and potatoes from our family garden. After weighing and measuring everything we harvested, and then quantifying those measurements into prices, I was surprised to see how much we saved - nearly $200.
When I converse with customers in the aisles, it is not uncommon for them to say “My TV doctor/cousin/best friend/magazine said that I shouldn’t eat (blank) or (blank).” Just when I think I’ve heard it all (gluten, diet soda, eggs, potatoes, artificial sweeteners and sugar, to name a few!), I hear another item that the general population is not supposed to eat.
I can relate to the customer’s frustrations, as it is even hard for me as a nutrition professional to sort through all the fads and evolving research.
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