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Hi, my name is Neily and I’m an alcoholic

Today is a special day—an anniversary I acknowledge every year, but not publicly. This is a first, a vulnerable moment.

Thirty years ago was my last drink. Yes, I was a mere child (smile), barely old enough to drink. I will never forget the day, the event, what I was doing, who I was with—at least most of it.

I was living in a wonderful near North high rise condo in my hometown Chicago, had a terrific job with the NCR Corporation, and had everything going for me, sort of. Continue reading

Carbs: Why do people think they’re bad?

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Carbohydrates. What comes to your mind when you read that? This nutrient receives an undeservedly negative reputation through no fault of its own. They’re so misunderstood.

Many people avoid them. They have the idea they’re bad. They’re not. Nearly 100 percent of carbs break down to glucose in the body. That’s a good thing because glucose gives us energy.  All macronutrients—carbs, fats, proteins—give us energy because they have calories. Carbs though are very efficient at providing fuel—glucose, needed by every cell.  And it’s the preferred energy source for our brain, central nervous system, and red blood cells. Continue reading

Nutrition: How much do you know?

Every March we celebrate National Nutrition Month and registered dietitian nutritionists (RD/RDNs) come out like wildfire spreading the good word of nutrition. This year’s theme is Put Your Best Fork Forward. A great theme for certain.

My intent wasn’t to do the same ole same ole but provide education. With so much misinformation on the internet I wonder how much people know. Being an adjunct professor teaching the principles of nutrition for almost 20 years I’ve kept up with basic nutrition knowledge and often scratch my head at what I see, read, and hear.

Consumers are confused. How can they put their best fork forward if there is not a solid foundation of basic nutrition concepts?

I made a commitment to post a daily video starting with a quiz March 1. Here are the first eight videos and their summaries. Continue reading

What makes you happy? | Introducing Neily’s Happiness Jar

What inspired Neily’s Happiness Jar was a blog post. I thought it was the end of 2015 but upon reading my notes I came across this written January 3, 2016: “Read a post shared by Rebecca Scritchfield today about Elizabeth Gilbert’s happiness jar. Every day at the end of the day she jots down the happiest moment and puts it in a jar—an old apothecary jar. I might have to do this in the morning instead b/c that’s my quiet time. But I’m starting it today (and retroactively 1/1 and 1/2).”

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Sugar is sugar – regardless the source

Cola comes with a wide variety of opinions and ideas. Some colas even advocate a more nutritious product, but is it actually healthier?IMG_0715

I created a video after noticing a cola advertised “made with pure cane sugar” by 365, the Whole Foods brand. Looking at the label, you see this “healthier” product actually contains  more calories and added sugar than the name brand Coca Cola.

Fancy marketing, healthier-sounding words and where products are sold will draw in consumers because it sounds like a better sweetener option. But is it really? Sugar is sugar!

Here’s the video transcript of the video.

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