Tips for Healthy Teeth

healthy-teethHalloween is here and so are “fun-size” treats. Treats loaded with sugar and other ingredients that can get stuck to the teeth and cause cavities. Whether you let your children have one piece of candy a day or let them have all they want for a day or two and take the rest, healthy teeth should be a priority.

Here are three tips for keeping your kids’ mouth and teeth healthy, even with all the candy from Halloween.

1. Reduce bacteria in the mouth. Since bacteria is what causes cavities and dental decay in the first place, it makes sense to try to keep it at bay. Bacteria feeds in acidic environments and it thrives on sugar… even natural sugar. So cutting back on these kinds of foods will help the mouth not to be such a prime environment for bacteria to reside. Another way to help with this is to sip on water or swish with water while you are eating, so food has less chance to stick to the teeth.

2. Keep teeth clean and plaque-free. Since bacteria stick to teeth via plaque, it makes sense to try to keep plaque off the teeth. Continue reading “Tips for Healthy Teeth”

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Reduce Breast Cancer Risk With These 4 Tips

fruitsvegetablesThis blog is an older blog, but the information is still excellent. A study out of Canada found that almost all cancers could be prevented by eliminating known lifestyle, environmental, occupational risk factors.

Take a read, it’s a good refresher!

One in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer and of those, less than 15% are due to family history. Most breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. These cancers occur due to genetic mutations that happen as a result of the aging process and lifestyle.

There isn’t much that can be done about family history or aging, but there are ways you can reduce breast cancer risk. Here are four ways you can help protect yourself, your friends, and your family members. Continue reading “Reduce Breast Cancer Risk With These 4 Tips”

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Dinner Tonight: Budget-Friendly Fried Rice with Chicken and Cashews

brown-riceYesterday’s blog was about budget-friendly meals made with a well-stocked pantry. This recipe makes good use of the suggestions in that blog. This meal is full of fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals and can be easily adjusted, depending on what veggies or protein you have on hand.

This is also one of those dishes where the leftovers taste even better!

Fried Rice with Chicken and Cashews

2 cups water
1 cup short grain brown rice Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Budget-Friendly Fried Rice with Chicken and Cashews”

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How to Build a Healthy Pantry on a Budget

pantryHaving a well-stocked, healthy pantry can make the difference between making a quick and simple minestrone dinner or ordering a pizza. By the time it takes for the pizza to get to your door, you and your family could be sitting down to a warm, nutritious and hearty bowl of soup.

Here are some tips for building a budget-friendly pantry full of superfoods.

Beans and other legumes: Dried lentils cook up in less than 30 minutes and provide a great base for stews, soups, salads and curries. Canned beans are a quick protein to add to pastas and grains, as well as to blend into dips. Or, cook a large batch of dried beans and store in 2 cup portions in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Whole grains: Adding fiber and B vitamins, whole grains can be a filling side to fish, chicken or tofu. Quick-cooking varieties include oats, quinoa, millet and amaranth. Longer-cooking grains such as brown rice can be cooked and frozen for up to 2 months – just defrost and add to your recipe for a quick weeknight meal. Continue reading “How to Build a Healthy Pantry on a Budget”

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What Supplements Do I Really Need?

multivitamins_smallCustomers often ask me to recommend a basic supplement plan for them. Of course, everyone is unique and has different needs, but there are four supplements that I do often recommend as a solid foundational base. From there, we can branch out to cover other areas of support based on age, gender, health risks, and health concerns. I also like to utilize some great lab testing that can help assess one’s micronutrient levels and nutrient needs. This information can be very helpful in personalizing and maximizing a nutrition program.

Many of the most prevalent health conditions are directly linked to improper nutrition and poor lifestyle habits. Continue reading “What Supplements Do I Really Need?”

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    Paula is a highly qualified and experienced nutrition counselor on the staff at Village Green.
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    Debi Silber
    Debi is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition, a personal trainer, and whole health coach.
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