Too Much of a Sweet Thing

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the amount of sweets around you making it difficult to stay on track and maintain your weight? To make matters more difficult, the more sugar you eat, the more your body actually craves it. This can create a cycle of sugar overloading if you are not mindful of your choices. […]

Dietary Fiber Intake

The North Carolina Office of State Human Resources offers wellness webinars as a benefit to employees. You do not need to be a state employee to view the webinars as the link to the most recent recording is available on their website, and past recordings are available on their YouTube playlist. I recently watched a […]

Tips for Snacking on Vegetables

One of my favorite afternoon snacks is baby carrots and cucumber slices. I would buy a bag of baby carrots and an English cucumber and package them into single-serving snack bags. This prepping strategy worked well unless I forgot, or was too lazy, to create the snack packs then the vegetables would linger in my […]

Meal Prep 101

Save time by preparing meals all at once for the week–even if you are working from home. Batch prepping and batch cooking can save you time and money, ensure leftovers don’t go to waste, and keep you stay in control of portions andingredients. Determining your time availability and needs each week will help you decide […]

Caregiver Burnout

Caregiver burnout refers to a state of complete exhaustion–physical and mental–and may occur when caregiver stress is left unchecked. Signs of caregiver burnout may include constant fatigue, more frequent sickness, and disregard for personal needs.1 Compassion fatigue, or the stress resulting from taking on the pain of the person being cared for, can also contribute […]

Overcome Sugar Cravings

There are different reasons we may crave sugar. If we are eating sugar regularly, our bodies expect and, in turn, desire it. When we eat sugar, our brain releases dopamine, the pleasure hormone, making it more likely for us to want more sugar at that moment and later on. Our blood sugar levels also rise […]

Homemade Freezer Meals

When my daughter was in medical school, I would bring her homemade freezer meals. One ofthe sources I used for making these meals was “From freezer to table: 75+ simple, whole foodsrecipes for gathering, cooking, and sharing” by Polly Conner and Rachel Tiemeyer. I absolutelylove the soup recipes in this book! Recently, I made hearty […]

How to Evaluate Any Diet

If you’ve ever thought about a nutrition change, you’ve probably read about Keto, Paleo, Whole 30, Intermittent Fasting and more (the list goes on and on). Even if you haven’t looked for information, you’ve probably seen social media content or heard about these trends from family or friends. How can you know if these diets […]