On the road again (with an empty stomach)
Jun15

On the road again (with an empty stomach)

It happens to all of us. Even with the best intentions of sticking to a healthy diet, we get caught on the road with an empty stomach. And, as we desperately scan the horizon for a decent option, we feel hopeless staring at a vast sea of fast food signs. Most of us spend a lot of time on the road – driving to work, school, dance and soccer practice or out-of-town conferences. Although eating healthy on the run does present its...

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Is healthy food too expensive?
Jun01

Is healthy food too expensive?

Some people say it costs too much to eat a healthy diet, but I beg to differ. I bet if we break down the cost of a Big Mac extra value meal versus a home-cooked plate of chicken breast, broccoli and rice, we’ll discover which meal offers the most value. Before we even talk calories, fat and protein, let’s just look at dollars. McDonald’s menu prices vary from state to state, but in South Carolina the going rate for a Big Mac extra...

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Eating fresh from local farms
May18

Eating fresh from local farms

Spring has arrived with early access to eating local.  We survived the winter by consuming tasteless fruits and vegetables shipped too many miles to still please the palate. But a new day is dawning. We’re already indulging in the sweetness of freshly-picked strawberries from local farms and soon we’ll cut into crisp cucumbers and slice through juicy, ripe tomatoes. When people tell me that they don’t like fruits and vegetables, I ask...

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Advice passed down from my mother (and amendments)
May08

Advice passed down from my mother (and amendments)

  Although the only constant in life is change, many of the things I learned from my mother still ring true today. And since Mother’s Day is right around the corner, I’d like to pay tribute to her timeless advice. First and foremost, my mom taught me how to count. Not just the knowledge of numbers – although that served as a valuable first step – my mother showed me how to apply this knowledge to manage stress. I still remember...

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Family Dinner: Sodium Sense Red Sauces
Apr23

Family Dinner: Sodium Sense Red Sauces

It’s been a long day. But you’re home from work, the kids are home from school and it’s time to cook the family dinner. And you want to practice good sense about sodium intake in red sauces. You open the pantry and immediately spot the red sauce standing next to the pasta. Longing for a little convenience, you pull the jar from the shelf. But when you check the label, 800 mg of sodium per serving stares blatantly back at you. If...

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