New Year’s Resolutions that Lead to Lasting Change

I am a long time member of Weight Watchers and my local gym where I have come to witness an annual tradition. Each January both organizations swell in membership and attendance. By mid-nordwood-themes-467442February we are back to the regulars, give or take a few faces. As a student of human behavior I have to ask myself, “What’s up with that?”

Well, I think we are all familiar with one of the shortest ...

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Here Come the Holidays… There Goes My Diet!

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Okay, so why am I already seeing Christmas stuff in the stores? The answer is because we love, love the holidays and all the celebrating that it brings. For many people the holidays are a time for re-uniting with friends and family, enjoying once- a-year festivities and, unfortunately, gaining weight. On average, Americans gain 2-4 pounds over the holiday season. And while this doesn’t seem like much, most do not take ...

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Control Your Food To Help Control Your Mood

foodThere are many different factors that influence our health and wellness. What we eat has a huge impact on how we feel and how we function. Whether you’ve been feeling overly stressed, tired, or depressed changing what you eat could make a big difference.

Seeds and nuts, soy beans, certain cheeses and meats, oats, eggs, seafood, bananas, pineapple and milk often contain tryptophan, which is ...

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Good for the Mind, Good for the Body

mind_body_spiritOur minds and emotions play a critical role in our health. Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, taught that good health depends on a balance of mind, body, and environment. Many ancient healing systems in fact emphasized the interconnection between mind and body in healing. While these insights of old may not have had the benefit of modern research, the wisdom has ...

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Stress Eating for the Holidays

HolidayEatingFrenzyChristine Sloat, MS, RD, CDN

The holidays might be “the most wonderful time of the year,” but not for dietary habits! Between shopping, decorating and traveling many healthy food choices are compromised. And, in fact, most people blame stress, not celebrations, for unwanted weight gain during the last few weeks of the year. Instead of falling into dietary traps, check out these tips for reducing ...

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Avoiding the Lunch Box Bug

abdominal-pain-in-children-from-eColiThe food supply in the United States is among the safest in the world. However, when certain disease-causing bacteria or pathogens contaminate food, they can cause food-borne illness, often called “food poisoning.” The Federal government estimates that there are about 48 million cases of food-borne illness annually — the equivalent of sickening 1 in 6 Americans each year. And each year, these illnesses ...

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Balancing Food Allergies and Nutrition

Christine Sloat, MS, RD, CDN

Food AllergiesPeanut-free classrooms and dairy-free desserts are now common terms among schoolteachers and parents. In fact, some reports conclude that up to 8% of children and 2% of adults may have food allergies. While assessing the prevalence of food allergies is difficult, many health agencies suggest that cases are on the rise.

The most common culprits, known as “The Big ...

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Limiting Daily Stress and Strain with Better Self-Care

Salvi LoPiccolo, LMHC
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Living in this fast paced society we quickly forget how important it is to be aware of and maintain our overall well-being. However, this is much easier said than done when we are being pulled in many different directions. Something I try to reinforce to all of my clients is the necessity of self-care. Self-care is any activity or practice ...

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