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The Food Groups and How Much We Should Eat

The Food Guide Pyramid was released in 1992, and this is what I was taught to use as a guideline throughout school and grad school as an aspiring dietitian. In 2005, it was replaced with MyPyramid, and in 2011, MyPlate replaced MyPyramid. MyPlate is the current USDA guideline and is great for people of all ages who want to develop healthy eating habits within the five food groups: vegetables,…

5 Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget

Many people think that eating healthy is out of their budget. And, quite frankly, who can argue that when there are one-dollar menu items on most fast food menus? One thing we must consider about fast food bargain items is that the restaurant is still making a profit, even at that rock bottom price. It makes you wonder what is the true nutritional value and quality of that meat? I think it…

​Supercharged Skin Care

Our skin is not only our body’s first barrier of protection – it also absorbs approximately 60 percent of what we put on it. To allow skin to do its job and be as healthy as it can be, it’s important to nourish it from the inside with the right foods and supplements, as well as to apply skin-healthy nutrients topically. A few vitamins, including A, D, and E, do double duty – they’re benef…

Living in the Present: Mindfulness

Mindfulness, or the practice or purposely focusing your attention on the present moment and accepting it without judgement, is a key element to overall wellness. Evidence finds that mindfulness techniques help relieve stress, regulate emotions, and improve well-being. Some people practice mindfulness through meditation, but we can cultivate mindfulness by simply focusing our attention on…

Kickstarting our Health: Immune and Energy Boosters

Are you feeling run down? Whether a busy time of year has caught up with you or you’re feeling under the weather, it’s normal to want to give your body a kickstart. Start with the BasicsOne item I count on every day for overall health is a high-quality multivitamin and mineral. Think of it as a safety net that covers all of the bases. A multi delivers the nutrients needed for energy…

​Filling in the Gaps in your Child’s Nutrition

Think about how fast kids grow and change from infancy through their teen years. Babies triple their weight in the first year. And up until puberty, children grow an average of two inches in height each year. For children to thrive, all of this growth depends on a solid nutritional foundation. Yet as any parent can tell you, kids can be picky eaters. How can mom and dad be sure that their lit…