Meal planning can seem so burdensome and overwhelming. But when we plan meals, it helps us eat healthier and stay on a budget. So how do we do it? First questions to ask: Who's eating? What dietary restrictions do they have? I'm gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free, so when I start to think about and look for recipes, I start there. What's your budget? It is possible to eat healthy on a … [Read more...] about Plan Your Meals for the Week
What illnesses are the most common, costly, and preventable in our nation and other industrialized countries? Chronic disease. In the U.S., 86% of the nation’s $2.7 trillion annual health care expenditures are for people with chronic and mental health conditions. And heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and chronic respiratory illnesses lead the list. But … [Read more...] about Reduce Your Risk of Chronic Disease
Love food that loves you back. Which foods nourish your body, mind and spirit? Once upon a time I loved Reese's cups; my in-laws even bought me a 36-pack of them one year for Christmas. I loved pastries, fried dough at the state fair, and ice cream. But then, a few years ago, friends introduced me to some eye-opening ideas. I decided to try them out. And I started paying closer attention … [Read more...] about Step 14: Love Food that Loves You Back
It is possible to eat healthy without breaking the bank. But it takes some research, planning ahead, and perhaps a mindset shift. Here are a few places to start: Eat whole foods. Unprocessed foods are cheaper and more nutritious than processed ones. Avoid food from a box. Simple ingredients can make easy and delicious home-cooked meals. Get your protein from good sources. Tuna in spring … [Read more...] about Step 8: Eat Healthy Without Breaking the Bank
If you've got a soda habit you can't kick, try crowding it out. It can feel overwhelming, depressing, and impossible to think about giving up your favorite soft drink altogether. So start with a smaller change. Add different, healthier beverages to your routine. And find some new-to-you beverages that nourish your body, leave you feeling better, and reduce the number of times you reach for the … [Read more...] about Got a Soda Habit You Can’t Kick?
As we prepare to flip the calendar, are you making some resolutions for a new year? Maybe you're beating yourself up a bit for dropping last year's resolutions faster than the ball fell in Times Square. But certainly you made progress in some areas, didn't you? Are you ready to go even further in the new year? Then ditch the resolutions altogether. Create a lifestyle. Do you want to … [Read more...] about Resolutions? Forget Those and Create a Lifestyle