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New Year, New Healthy Habits

Whether you want to set a typical New Year’s Resolution, or just continue to improve your eating and activity habits, January is a good time to make a change. There’s lots of energy and social support for developing healthy habits. And most people are feeling ready to eat smarter and move more after the holiday season. Here are three tips to help you form healthy habits in the new year. Continue reading

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Tech Tools for Better Health

You might not be thinking about new year’s resolutions just yet, but it’s never too early to start! The most popular resolutions each year in America are related to being more physically active, losing weight, and eating smarter. There are proven strategies to help with these resolutions, such as keeping a food diary, making SMART goals, and developing social support for new behaviors. You can use these strategies the old-fashioned way, or you can try some of the new tech tools to help you in this process. Continue reading

5 Tips Keep Your Resolution Motivation Going

The tradition of New Years Resolutions inspires many people to vow to Eat Smart, Move More, or Slim Down. But after the thrill of the new year starts to wear off, so does the motivation to keep working on those resolutions. If you want to see your efforts really pay off, you have to keep working until your new lifestyle becomes a habit. These are my 5 best tips for keeping your resolutions and making the healthy changes you want to accomplish. Continue reading

Don’t Bring Home the Bacon!

Written by Elaine Meredith
Part of National Nutrition Month 2014

A breakfast for those with hypertension.

Why do you eat what you eat? Maybe because the food you eat now is what you grew up with. Possibly it’s because one restaurant is cheaper than another. Maybe it’s because it’s just plain tasty! Taste has a huge influence on food selection. Why eat a food that you don’t think will make your taste buds happy? Many people, including my father, don’t try healthier options, because they don’t think it will taste good.

My dad’s favorite breakfast meal is pancakes with a side of bacon and fried potatoes. Unfortunately, eating habits like this, have led to my dad’s high blood pressure. The recommended diet for people with hypertension (high blood pressure) is full of fiber and potassium and low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. For many people, including my dad, this diet sounds like a foreign language and it’s hard to translate into what foods to pick up at the grocery store. For others these recommendations may not sound appetizing. So I listed substitutes for his favorite grocery items and provided him with a healthy but tasty breakfast alternative that will still satisfy his sweet tooth!

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Balanced meal

Image by Elaine Meredith

Whole grain bagel thin + spinach + egg + turkey slice + Muenster cheese +yogurt + grapes + bananas + orange = One healthy delicious breakfast!

What healthy foods are you fearful of trying? Make that healthy substitute, because healthy can always be tasty. Fear no fruits or veggies! The grocery store is your oyster!

References

How to prevent high blood pressure. (2013, May 09). Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure/what_you_can_do.htm