A Healthier Thanksgiving Meal with Grocery List

According to the Calorie Control Council, the average American will consume 3,000 calories on Thanksgiving – at dinner alone. Drinks, dessert, and appetizers can quickly bring that total to 4,500 calories (consider that a slice of pecan pie is roughly 450 calories). The meal below, which includes dessert, comes to 1,060 calories. The calorie content…

Free Handout: The Diabetes Digest

We hear a lot about “plant-based eating,” and for some reason, many people feel the incessant need to make it more complicated than it is. It truly is the simplest and most natural diet in the world. There are no bad vegetables and no criminal fruits. Research has shown again and again that people with…

Pumpkin Spice: Not So Nice? (free handout)

It is my understanding that pumpkin spice is not such a big deal in some parts of the country, but here in the Midwest, it is a big, big deal. Starbucks released the Pumpkin Spice Latte on August 27ththis year. It was 83 degrees here on that day, and cars were wrapped around the building….

Free Handout: Understanding Health Insurance

 More than 50% of Americans are unable to understand the complicated materials provided by insurers and the medical explanations offered by healthcare professionals. When people avoid medical care because they don’t know why it’s needed or are fearful of the potential costs, their delay in care leads to the development and exacerbation of chronic conditions. This…

Week Two Menu with Grocery List and Recipes

Have you ever wondered how to plan an appropriate menu for yourself and your family? The best tip that I have is to follow the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which will be revised next year. Now, we could get into a really long discussion about the Guidelines and what we agree with and what we…

One Week Healthy Eating Plan with Grocery List and Recipes

Number one request for many dietitians: “Just tell me what to eat.” There are a lot of reasons why this is a no-win situation. I don’t know all of your food likes and dislikes, and even if I did, I wouldn’t know everyone in your house’s food preferences. I don’t necessarily know what your food…

Head Freeze: What is Going On in the Frozen Dessert Aisle

Ice cream, milkshakes, sorbet, and smoothies have been intermingling lately. Sometimes I can’t even tell what a food product is these days! The ice cream/frozen dessert aisle has also been expanding with everything from custard to gelato and dairy-free varieties of frozen desserts made of almond milk, coconut milk, and even avocado. Making things even…

The Cereal Conundrum

The cereal aisle keeps growing…and growing. Maybe you go straight for the tried and true, or perhaps you’re so overwhelmed that you grab the first box that you see, but it’s worth taking the time to check out some of the many choices available to you. Read these tips to learn how to quickly determine…

Safety Trivia for Your Wellness Program

When people hear the term “safety,” they usually think of dramatic situations or emergency preparedness and many only picture toddlers and older individuals. The truth is that accidents happen at every age; to err is to be human, but a little foresight can go a long way in preventing some of these mishaps. No matter…

Ten Questions About Alcohol

While much ado has been made recently about adults in their twenties and thirties adopting mindful drinking philosophies or giving alcohol up completely, recent figures estimate that 17.6 million Americans, or one in twelve people, struggle with alcohol abuse disorder. Among nutrition-related topics, the subject of alcohol is one of the most confusing for many…