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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Eating, Sleeping and the Nutrition Connection

eat-sleep-healthy-300x198It has long been known that proper sleep and nutrition play a critical role in our mental health. What is often overlooked however, is the strong link between these two features of a healthy lifestyle. Yet, amounting evidence has shown that individuals who are able to get at least seven to eight hours of restful sleep, are more likely to consume a balanced diet and less likely to become overweight.

But there ...

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Building Better Eating Habits in Children

Child making SaladThe New Year brings new opportunities for changing bad eating habits. As many of us embark on new resolutions to improve our diet, it is just as important to teach your child healthy eating habits.

Childhood obesity rates have more than doubled in the past three decades and more than one third of children and adolescents in the United States are now ...

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