Should I go on a ketogenic diet?

Should I follow the “keto” diet? Lucy and I have been asked this question a lot lately. The answer is (drumroll please)… it depends. Read on to find out the facts, determine if it’s right for you and see what we recommend. Ketogenic Diet Explained Let’s start by answering the question, WHAT IS THE KETOGENIC…

Top 10 Ways to Wellness in SoDu

Do you love SoDu? We do too! As a registered dietitian, and owner of Well Balanced Nutrition, I am always on a mission to find more health and wellness resources for myself and my clients. The original intent of this article was to highlight the different wellness businesses and programs in South Durham; instead, I discovered…

What happens when willpower runs low? And how to overcome!

Before going out to for Italian food with friends, Lisa thought she would order the baked chicken parmesan with a salad. Once at the restaurant, hungry and exhausted from an overwhelming workweek, she ordered the ooey gooey cheesy lasagna and ate it all. Then, Lisa woke up the next morning two pounds heavier and feeling…

Coach me up! 5 steps to achieve your goals

I never played sports; therefore, the coaching concept is new to me. At Grace Church, pastor Kendrick recently taught us about people who struggle without improvement versus people who grow and develop in the midst of their struggles. He put it bluntly, when we are in performance mentality and seeking the approval or acceptance of…

3 Steps to boost your willpower

Have you ever thought to yourself ‘If only I had more willpower, then I could be healthy and lose weight?’ If so, you’re not alone. At Well Balanced Nutrition, Kristen and I talk to many people who assume they are weak and that’s why they haven’t been able to stop going to Chick-fil-A after work…

Meal Planning Strategies and Solutions Based on Your Tendency and Situation

Meal planning and prepping take effort, skill and time, which makes it a bit challenging. The good news is that strategies and solutions exist to suit everyone’s needs. Let’s dive into your tendencies and your situation and how you could leverage them to your advantage. Below I make suggestions based on your tendency. If you don’t know…

Creating your own meal planning process

In March, we are delving into the subject of meal planning by breaking it down into a series of blog posts. Last week, you learned the significant differences between a done-for-you meal plan and the process of meal planning. Meal planning on your own terms will help you build a sustainable habit that supports Well…

Go Further with Food – National Nutrition Month

Every March the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics celebrates National Nutrition Month. The focus of NNM 2018 is Go Further with Food, which emphasizes the importance of making wise choices for your individual needs and reducing food waste by planning ahead. Going further with food means meal planning, not meal plans. Lucy and I often…

The 5% Swap for Heart Health

If you are a regular reader or current client you know, fat is our friend. Although a little can go a long way, it absolutely deserves a spot on your plate. You also know that we want you to embrace more natural foods and limit processed foods. Keeping those things in mind, how do we include…