Are you a mentor or enabler?

Recently my 13 year old son has been noticing how much sugar is in some of his favorite foods.  The dietitian in me is super excited, the mom in me is thrilled.  However, there’s a catch – he’s challenging me.  You know – ME – the dietitian!  He’s challenging what I know, how I express…

Snacks – yay or nay?

A lot of people ask me about snacks – are they good for you?  Do they add too many calories?  What can I have besides granola bars?  The answer is (much like a lot of nutrition questions) it depends.  Snacks are meant to be a compliment to meals, not a time for guilt ridden gulping…

Can food help us to prevent cancer?

I firmly believe that food is the “cure” to a lot of health issues.  Unfortunately it’s not a “quick fix” by any means but it is something we should be conscious of daily.  How much sugar are you taking in?  How much fat?  Is the fat from healthy sources like avocados, nuts, grass fed butter?…

Sugar – an addiction?

Is sugar an addiction?  I imagine there are a lot of opinions about that out there.  I would argue that we have spent a lot of time as a society fixated on fat and our intake of it but have not focused nearly enough on our sugar consumption.  Take a look at this video and…

Too busy or busy enough?

Ahh the seemingly constant battle waged within us about are we doing too much?  Are our kids doing too much?  Do other people do this much?  What would happen if I did less?  Would the world stop on it’s axis?  Ok, I think we all know the answer to that last question!  I was blessed…

Kids health

Often times I hear parents say they are too busy to exercise, too tired to pack a lunch, too overbooked to get enough rest. But what they all universally seem to agree on is that they will do just about anything for their kids.  There are numerous topics on kids and health that I will…

Heart Health

We ask a lot of our heart every day – it is the organ that keeps our blood pumping, circulating oxygen to the rest of our body.  It’s a super important organ and one that we should be mindful of at any age.  Unfortunately we tend to take it for granted and until we are…

SUGAR!!!!!!!

What does that word bring up for you?  Your favorite dessert?  Guilt?  Shame?  Joy?  I use the word “sugar” instead of swearing in front of my kids.  Sugar is universal in bringing up some emotion, memory or thought for all of us.  So does sugar get a bad rap or is it really toxin equivalent…

Vegetables…. the underdog at many family dinner tables

We’ve all heard the jokes about Johnny feeding Brussel sprouts to the dog under the dinner table.  Apparently there have been some well fed dogs over the years but little Johnny not so much.  We appear to have an all or nothing mentality when it comes  to vegetables.  As in “I don’t like broccoli, so…

What’s in your garage?

You probably think this post will be about clearing clutter or finding your gardening supplies since Spring is coming sooner than we think.  Actually the focus of this article is about preparation.  Just like race car drivers have to build, tune up and maintain their cars in their garages we have to spend time preparing…