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The Overworked Person’s Guide to Better Nutrition: Simple Steps YOU Can Take to Eat Well, Reduce Stress, and Improve Your Health.

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It has been awhile since my last post—too long! I’m excited to tell you about a new series you’ll be seeing on Neily on Nutrition. With so many amazing colleagues authoring books—what better way to share than through my blog.

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Kristine James

Together with Kristine James, a dietetic student at Kansas State University, we’ll be featuring books written by registered dietitian nutritionists focused on helping you live a healthier lifestyle.

I first chose registered dietitian nutritionist Jill Weisenberger for Kristine to interview because Jill has not one, but three books. Her third book was recently released 21 Things You Need to Know About Diabetes and Your Heart but it’s actually Jill’s second book I’m most interested in, The Overworked Person’s Guide to Better Nutrition: Simple Steps YOU Can Take to Eat Well, Reduce Stress, and Improve Your Health

Here’s Kristine’s interview! Continue reading

Beware Chipotle’s Burrito Bowl!

I enjoy Chipotle. They have good fresh food. I learned long ago however that good fresh food does not always mean good for the waist line. Most everyone http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-chipotle-restaurant-chelsea-new-york-mexican-grill-chain-more-than-restaurants-around-world-image39039407watching their weight knows to avoid the burrito at Chipotle and opt for the burrito bowl instead. The burrito is more like a body pillow—the tortilla alone adding an additional 300 calories.

So indeed the burrito bowl is better. Nonetheless the calories can really add up if you’re not careful. Lesson learned from my client. “I should have looked up the information before I went. But I honestly had no idea. I thought I was eating so healthy.” Yes, she was but as I’ve written before it’s easy to overeat even healthy food. Continue reading

The New Year’s tradition of black-eyed peas — Bring on the luck and prosperity!

I moved down to Texas quite a number of years ago and when I had my first New Year’s was served black-eyed peas. It turns out it’s a Southern tradition—supposedly black-eyed peas bring luck and prosperity.

Apparently, the tradition started with the Jewish holiday, Rosh Hashanah. But if you are in the South on New Year’s Day or even New Year’s Eve after the strike of midnight you might be served black-eyed peas. Continue reading

Two simple ways to deseed a pomegranate (aka the jewel of autumn)

Fall is such a great time to get the wonderful pomegranate fruit. They’re actually called the jewels of autumn. Tucked inside the big red spheres are little red seeds called arils. Sweet with a bit of tartness.

They are however a mess to prepare, if you don’t know the right techniques! In these two videos I demonstrate how to deseed without staining your clothes a lovely bright red. Continue reading

Yes, you can overeat ‘good for you’ foods!

Previously I wrote about a common reason someone might hit a plateau in their weight loss efforts. This post is not about plateaus but just weight loss in general—why someone may not make the progress they feel they deserve.

Let me tell you about another client I had and not an uncommon issue I see amongst individuals doing all the right things but lamenting, “I just don’t get it. I don’t eat fast food, fried food, refined white flour, highly processed foods, etc. but I’m not losing weight. I should be losing weight eating the way I do.” Continue reading

Confessions of a blueberry addict and where I bought 34 pints for $40

Heaven for me would be living on a blueberry farm. My love of blueberries started when I was a kid living in the Midwest. I remember my mom would take me and one or both of my brothers to a blueberry farm where we picked the luscious blue gems till we could pick no more. We only had to pay for what we brought back from the fields not for what ended up in our bellies. One summer goodness knows how many blueberries I ate in one day. Yet we still brought home a stash of 45 pounds. Continue reading

Just because it’s organic or gluten-free doesn’t mean it’s healthy

Alex Twiss and Neily

 

I love educating people and increasing nutrition awareness with label reading, ingredient lists, etc. The main theme of my message at a Southwest Airlines health fair was—just because it’s organic or gluten-free or comes from a health food store does not guarantee healthfulness.

Here are a few examples focusing on organic and gluten-free.

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