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Sense Our Senses

There is so much constantly going on around us that it can become overwhelming at times.  Sometimes there is so much action going on (even the thoughts in our own mind!), that it is difficult to focus or be still.  One way to practice focusing on one thing at a time is to use our senses.

Tips For Drinking More Water

1. Freeze a few.
Keep bottles of water in your freezer and grab one when you head out. You’ll be more likely to sip chilled water than warm water.

2. Fight boredom with flavor.
For different flavors, toss a few chunks of watermelon, a couple mint leaves or a slice of lemon in your water bottle and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours.

3. Eat spicy foods.
Not only is hot pepper good for you, adding it to your food will help you drink more.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans

In January 2015, the United States government released the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Almost all federal policies and programs regarding food and nutrition are based on these dietary recommendations including the USDA National School Lunch Program and Breakfast Program, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, Older Americans Act Nutrition Services Programs and more. As a dietitian, I also use these recommendations to educate the public on how to improve or maintain their health through nutrition.

What's Behind the Buzz on Adult Coloring Books?

I recently purchased an adult coloring book titled: Mindfulness. I thought it would be good to give this a try as a tool for relaxation. Lately, there has been talk about adult coloring books as an option for meditation.  Psychologist Kimberly Wulfert, with EverydayHealth.com, explains this alternative to meditation: "In coloring, you've got this physical sensation of the tool you're using touching on the paper.

Don't Fear Fats!

Did you know that heart disease is the number 1 killer of Americans? When we think of improving our cholesterol and heart health we usually think of avoiding fat at all costs. This is a serious misconception because we all need fat in our diets and some fats can actually help improve our cardiovascular system. When we cut back on fats many of us tend to add more refined carbohydrates (think white bread, rice and pasta) and sugar to our diets which has been shown to be almost worse for us! Let’s clarify what the different fats are and which ones should be incorporated into your diet.

Easy Rx For Instant Happiness

Between the magic of online shopping and the mind-blowing size of box stores, you can buy almost anything these days — except happiness. So how can you find it? We found a few simple things you can do right now to instantly increase your happiness. They’re not rocket science and they’re not expensive, so why not give them a try?

4 Things I Learned From My Dogs

Some people may say that I love my dogs more than most people. In part, that may be true. Don’t get me wrong, I love people as well, but my dogs are my therapy. My two dogs, Peyton and Eli, give me so much joy and help me focus on what is important in life. They teach me so much more than what I’ve ever learned in a classroom. 

Here are a few examples of what my furry humans have taught me about life:

Is Inflammation a Problem For You? Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables!

The human body responds to continual stress by creating a generalized inflammatory response. We’re not talking about the immediate inflammatory response to an initial injury; that is the good type of inflammation and creates an incredible cascade of events and leads to healing.