No more grocery shopping guessing games

(This week’s post is brought to you by Kristen Norton! Kristen is a fellow dietitian, adventurist, creative colleague and friend. She shares with us a useful tool to untangle grocery shopping confusion via the EWG’s Food Score app/website.)   We know whole foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables, and meat, wild-caught fish or poultry are best for…

Mental Health Day

On this Labor Day that celebrates us hard-working American’s it only seems appropriate to talk about the importance of these play days. I was lucky enough to be raised by mother who believes in taking mental health days. Yes that’s right, she let me stay home from school “just because” one time per semester (as long…

Journey into Mindfulness

Becoming More Mindful Mindfulness… What’s that mean anyway? Last week I became mindfully aware of how distracted I am most of the time. I know I’m not alone as I see other people walking down the sidewalk on their smart phones, talking on the phone while driving or watching TV while eating. Yep, we’re a nation…

The sweet taste of summer!

The tan lines may fade, but the memories will last forever… The sweet (and spicy!) taste of Summer Last week on the radio the DJ started talking about enjoying these last days of summer… The good news is you still have a full 4 weeks until Fall Equinox, but with September just around the corner and schools starting back up…

Brain Power

“It’s sugar-free, non dairy, peanut free, gluten free, no msg, no trans fats, low carb, non GMO, organic, vegan, low calorie no fructose, and it tastes like crap too…”  -someecards Brain Power: brought to you by Carbohydrates   Your brain needs energy. Last week as I was puttsing around the house trying to get things off my to…

Wet & Wonderful

As you local North Carolinians have noticed, it’s been a really freaking hot summer. My new fancy car, Elsa the Prius, tells me the temperature and I sort of miss living in blissful ignorance. Seeing it come below 80 degrees this past weekend was particularly delightful. It’s been in the 90’s for what feels like…

The Best Part…

In clinic last week, I walked into the break room to find a provider enjoying a cupcake while her lunch warmed up in the microwave. I said “life’s short, eat dessert first!” She replied, “it’s the best part of being a grown-up.” This got me seriously thinking… Is it?! Maybe not just cupcakes, but these…

Healthy Fast Food

Yep, you read that right! There is such a thing as healthy fast food! It’s not what you think. I am not saying you should never do to the drive-thru; however, if you ask me about healthy fast food options I will not hand you a list of approved foods from Wendy’s, KFC, McDonald’s, etc.…

The Honey Method

You catch more flies with honey! Let’s apply that approach to our diet and food choices. Noooooo, I don’t mean putting honey on everything; however, sometimes just a squeeze of the bear can enhance your salad dressing, yogurt, peanut butter toast, etc… Yum. The power of a positive message is shown to be more effective…

Something to Celebrate

There is always something to celebrate. Most likely we’ve all been celebrating this past weekend for the 4th of July. While walking through the grocery store last week I got to thinking about how there’s almost always something to celebrate. Notice the ever present holiday season – thank you retail stores of America for always…