If you think choosing healthy foods is impossible during the
holidays, it’s time to try new tactics. Delicious alternatives to high-calorie
foods, enjoying but eating less of your favorite treats, and having 3 balanced,
calorie-conscious meals each day are among the ways you can eat sensibly and
help prevent weight gain during the holidays.
Want more ideas and recipes? Check out http://www.summitmedicalgroup.com/feature/Nutrition/Healthy-Holiday-Options/
How will you make this holiday season memorable, fun and
The Food and Drug Administration recently released guidelines for gluten-free labeling. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley that causes destruction of the villi in the small intestine, disrupting absorption of essential nutrients. Until these new labeling guidelines are put into effect, it’s often impossible to identify sources of gluten in foods.
Read a full report on the gluten-free labeling guidelines at http://www.summitmedicalgroup.com/feature/Nutrition/Glutenfree-Labeling-/
One of my sons insisted on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in his packed lunch every day during elementary school. Of course, this is also the same son who announced to his kindergarten class that their brains wouldn’t work if they ate unhealthy snacks at school.
We all want our kids to eat and enjoy healthy, nutritious food that powers their brain and muscles but packing a school lunch Monday-Friday can be daunting. Read my tips and suggestions for healthy, fun foods that your kids will love at http://www.summitmedicalgroup.com/feature/Nutrition/Backtoschool-Nutrition-Tips/
We have a gas grill on the back deck, and use it often during the summer to grill supper. I’ve expanded beyond the standard burgers and steak into grilled vegetables and even grilled fruit - think peaches, pineapple and even bananas!
Read more about healthy grilling here: http://www.summitmedicalgroup.com/feature/Nutrition/Healthy-Summer-Grilling/ and share your favorite summertime grilling tips!
Every cell in our body requires amino acids to build a vast array of essential proteins that perform a wide variety of critical functions in our body. To keep our body functioning smoothly, we need to consume optimum amounts of protein each day.
What foods do you think of when you hear the word “protein”?
How much protein do you need each day?
Learn the answers to these questions and more by reading this article: http://www.summitmedicalgroup.com/feature/Nutrition/Power-of-Protein/
Share your favorite protein foods and ideas for including protein in snacks with us!
If you want to reduce your risk of stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure and even kidney failure - reduce your sodium intake. Sodium is part of the salt that we add to our foods at the table or when cooking. Sodium is also added to most processed foods such as canned soups, crackers, cookies, and restaurant foods.
Learn more about the role of sodium in health and delicious ways to decrease your sodium intake here: http://www.summitmedicalgroup.com/feature/Nutrition/Eating-for-Healthy-Blood-Pressure/
It seems like every conversation I have includes the word ’stress’, and usually not in a good way. Work, family, the economy, even the weather cause stress in our lives. The good news is that more of us are using healthy stress management techniques such as exercise, meditation, and even choosing nutritious foods to reduce stress levels.
Read more about the relationship between food and stress in a blog I wrote for the Summit Medical Group.
What are your favorite - healthy - ways to deal with stress?
February is heart month
It’s a perfect time to make dietary and lifestyle changes
that can help protect your heart.
In addition to daily activity and a low-stress lifestyle,
eating a diet that is high in fiber, low in saturated fat and cholesterol,
and helps you maintain a healthy weight
is one of the best things you can do to protect your heart.
Read more quick, simple and delicous heart-healthy tips here