Picnic Safety

picnicPacking a picnic is quintessential summer. As a child, every Sunday in the summer my parents would get up early and pack a feast in the cooler so we could enjoy eating alfresco. We would then drive to a local park where we would spend the day swimming, playing badminton, lounging in the shade and eating the wonderful lunch that had been prepared. Today, I have continued the tradition with my own family. Packing a picnic and heading outdoors for the day is one of my kids’ favorite things to do!

First thing to preparing a picnic is planning and organization. Once you get your picnic tote organized, Continue reading “Picnic Safety”

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Healthy Halloween Recipes for Kids

healthy-halloween-recipesLooking for healthy, festive treats to make with your kids in the week leading up to Halloween? We’ve got you covered!

In a fun new video, Physicians Committee dietitians Karen Smith, R.D., Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., and their kids share some of their favorite fall recipes, including dairy-free Pumpkin “Nice” Cream, Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal, Pumpkin Mac and Cheese, and homemade Sunflower Seed Butter Cups! Continue reading “Healthy Halloween Recipes for Kids”

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March is National Nutrition Month: Put Your Best Fork Forward!

Best-Fork-Forward_VeggiesNational Nutrition Month® is a campaign started by The Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition to encourage people to eat better and be more active. This year’s theme, “Put Your Best Fork Forward,” acts as a reminder that each bite counts and that making just small shifts in your food choices can make a big impact on your health.

In honor of National Nutrition Month, over the next few weeks I will be posting articles that include tips for healthy meal planning on a budget, what to eat when you are always on the run, and so much more. I will also continue to post healthy and delicious recipes. Continue reading “March is National Nutrition Month: Put Your Best Fork Forward!”

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Five Ways to Slash Your Diabetes Risk

beansFatty foods are public enemy No. 1 when it comes to developing type 2 diabetes. Why? Fat molecules, or lipids, enter our cells and cause a condition called insulin resistance. When that happens, glucose (blood sugar) has trouble getting into the cells and starts to build up in the bloodstream. This creates the foundation for type 2 diabetes and can force us to rely on oral medications, insulin injections, and other treatments.

The good news is we can fix it. A plant-based vegan diet is clinically proven to restore insulin function naturally. By building meals around the four food groups – vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes – you’ll rebalance fat stores Continue reading “Five Ways to Slash Your Diabetes Risk”

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Simple Tips to Improve Your Diet

colorful-foodsI am not a fan of New Year’s resolutions. Whether it’s to lose 20 pounds, exercise 5 times per week or sleep more than 8 hours a night, almost 90% of people give up on their resolutions within the first 2 weeks of January.

The reasons our resolutions fail are many. But for most, they are unrealistic. If we aren’t making the progress we’d hoped for, we become discouraged and we quit.

I am also not a fan of “dieting,” or cutting out certain foods for periods of time to lose weight. When I talk about diet, I am referring to how you should eat every day, realistically and healthfully!

So the following four resolutions or tips are designed to be realistic and long-term, to help improve your diet. You can start off with one resolution and move on to the next when you are ready. Good luck and Happy New Year! Continue reading “Simple Tips to Improve Your Diet”

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  • Paula Gallagher
    Paula Gallagher
    Paula is a highly qualified and experienced nutrition counselor on the staff at Village Green.
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    Margo Gladding
    Margo's impressive knowledge base is the result of a unique blend of educational and professional experience.
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    Dr. Neal Barnard
    Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research.
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    Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, ND is a pioneer of integrative medicine and a leading authority on science-based natural medicine.
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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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    Teri Cochrane
    Teri is a is a Certified Coach Practitioner with extensive certifications and experience in holistic medicinal practices.
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    Dr. Rav Ivker
    Dr. Rav Ivker is a holistic family physician, health educator, and best-selling author.
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    Susan Levin
    Susan writes about the connection between plant-based diets and a reduced risk of chronic diseases.
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