Helpful info for a healthier lifestyle

Good Carbs vs. Bad Carbs (Are There Really “Bad” Carbs?)

Good Carbs vs Bad Carbs

You hear the terms “good carbs” and “bad carbs.” You get plenty of advice, solicited or unsolicited, about what you, as a person with prediabetes or diabetes, should include or exclude from your “diabetic diet plan.” But, if you’re thoroughly confused, I’m not surprised. It’s confusing!

Let’s flesh out the facts and set you on a path to healthier eating that best guides you to manage your prediabetes or diabetes.

Cutting Back on Too Much Added Sugar: Your Heart Will Say Thank You!

Heart Healthy

If you’ve ever planned a budget you know some things on it are essential (buying food), while others are optional (eating out). The same is true for the calories we consume, or more specifically, where our calories come from. The calories found in foods that deliver essential nutrients are more important than the calories found in foods that provide few or no nutrients. Once we eat the foods (and calories) that deliver all of the nutrients we need each day, any calories left in our budget are considered “discretionary” calories.

Since February is American Heart Month, it’s the perfect time to talk about how we can make better choices when using our “discretionary calories” for improved heart healthy eating.

Defending Against the “Big Game” Snack Attack

Big Game Snack Attack

When it comes to advice about not overindulging at special events and holidays, there is no need to reinvent the wheel. I am guessing that many of you have “heard it before,” especially with some big holiday gatherings immediately behind us.

Still, there are benefits to reinforcing positive messages and actions. In this instance, it’s about ways to not mindlessly eat while having a terrific time with friends and family during one big upcoming food-driven event. Yes, I am talking about a well-known professional football game (with its million-dollar-per-30-second commercials) that screams out for food, snacks and drinks. It shall remain nameless for the purpose of this blog but I think you know what I am talking about.

According the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “we eat more on Big Game Sunday than on any day of the year besides Thanksgiving.” The Calorie Control Council, a food industry group, says a typical game day feast could easily surpass 2,400 calories.

Tips to Help Kids Form Healthy Eating Habits

Healthy Eating Habits for Kids

As the mother of two, now young adults, I know firsthand the pressures mothers face when trying to feed their children the most nutritious meals. I still remember some nights feeling that my ‘good’ maybe wasn’t good enough and that perhaps I should be preparing more foods from scratch or providing more variety in their meals.

So for all you parents feeling like your good isn’t good enough, I have great news. Although most of us will probably never be perfect home chefs, there are many things within our control that we can do to form healthy eating habits in our children. I can’t think of a better gift for my own kids than encouraging and cementing healthy eating habits.

I’d like to share with you my top tips that have worked really well not only with my own children, but also with the families who seek my help.