Taste Matters!

NNM14_TasteMattersOf course, taste matters! It matters a lot. We can help you with recipes and meals that are both healthy and tasty.  Your Registered Dietitian Nutritionist can help you with healthy weight,  food and nutrition, nutritional aspects of diseases, allergies, and health conditions, children’s health, women’s health, men’s health, healthy aging, sports and exercise, and food safety issues.

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Healthy New Year!

DSCN0495Focus on getting healthy this year rather than just losing weight. “Morning By Morning Pathway to Health” applies biblical principles to health and shows how a daily commitment and the faithfulness of God can transform your health. As you get healthy, your weight will normalize. Be thankful and praise God for the health he has entrusted you with and commit to be a good steward of his resources.

Recognize that we live in an obesigenic environment that favors weight gain. Make your daily food and lifestyle choices wisely to counteract toxic cultural influences and emotional baggage. Your body is designed with the God-given ability to stay healthy and to regain health.  This book helps you make positive health and lifestyle changes that impact your heart, spirit and body. Available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and most booksellers.

Good News!

Good News Scales 1Stepping on the scales is often done with trepidation, but what joy when the scales reveal good news — especially when that significant digit finally changes. Although it’s just like any other pound, somehow it feels like an especially big victory and the relief is staggering. Excess weight comes off naturally when we focus on getting healthy rather than just losing weight.

Most dieters have experienced a rapid weight loss followed by a weight gain of at least, and frequently more, than had been lost to begin with. This yo-yo action is not only disappointing but demoralizing. Many rapid weight loss diets depend on loss of water to provide a quick success of a few pounds. This is not sustainable.

Avoid yo-yo dieting by changing your focus from “lose weight” to “get healthy.” A lifestyle of long term health habits includes nutrition, exercise, rest, sunshine, fresh air, and attitude. When you get healthy, your weight will take care of itself!

Time to Get Moving!

Time to Get Moving!

Photo credit: Ed Yourdon / Foter.com / CC BY-SA
Set fitness goals that are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely). Keep your purpose in mind. (Why is it important to you to get healthy?) Be consistent. Find an exercise buddy. Be patient! (Major changes in either direction of health don’t happen over night.) Track and celebrate successes along the way.

Exercise for life

We’ll surely have time for illness later if we don’t make time for exercise now!
 
 
 
Fun and safe exercise is possible for people of all ages and fitness levels. See your health services professional for help in starting and monitoring an exercise program tailored for you to achieve your optimal health.
 
What type of exercise works for you? Share with us.

Backyard Garden

Oh, the joys of a backyard garden!  Even though the temperature has been above 100 degrees Farenheit for two weeks in a row, the garden has been resilient.  As soon as we have a couple of overnight temperatures no higher than 75 degrees, we will have tomatoes galore.  Already, we’ve harvested some tomatoes, lots of yellow crookneck squash, zucchini, broccoli, green leafy lettuce, cucumbers and Ronde’ de Nice (eight-ball squash).  In the picture below, you can see the (plastic) guardian owls and hawks that keep watch over the garden. The pole beans and carrots are up but haven’t been harvested yet. The cucumbers are too numerous to keep up with. I’ve been freezing green peppers and tomatoes.  Will try freezing cucumbers in a brine today.     The cantaloupes are almost ready.  The carrots need more time. We pulled up most of the watermelon vines — they were taking over and intruding on all the plants around them.  We live and learn.  We’ll allow more space next summer.  One of our favorite home garden recipes is summer salsa, shown in one of the pictures below.  This time we served it over tortilla chips.  It has tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, parsley, red onion, garlic, jalapeno, lime juice, garlic, cumin, salt & pepper.  Terrific!  Healthy lifestyle can be fun and tasty!  We’ve been eating mostly from the garden and feeling great!

Health is a Journey

It requires a daily commitment.  It can be confusing, but there are signposts along the way.  Determine where you are now with baseline measures.  Avoid pitfalls by learning about health.  Stop the toxic input and yield to the health needs of your body for nutrition and physical activity.  Measure results, resolve problems and enable lifestyle changes to achieve your optimal health.  


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