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The Little Fat Girl Inside:  The Road is Long … With Many a Winding Turn

Posted by: Sheila Talamo on Feb 24, 2015 in Health, Motivation, Nutrition

Reflection has become a major part of my weight maintenance journey.  I’m not always sure where the reflection might take me or where it may have come from. For example, as I sat down to write this post, the words of a very old song came to mind: “… The road is long with many a winding turn.”  Interestingly enough, a long and winding road is what I find myself on at this point in my journey.

talamo2The first six months (May – November) of my maintenance plan played out as a pretty straight road – not too many twists or off ramps.  Although some days were a bit more challenging than others, I was able to stay steady on the course toward my goals: weight range, 120-125; regular journaling; and scheduled weigh-ins.  I started feeling pretty comfortable and in control.  I neglected to see some of the twists and turns that lay ahead.

Get All You Health Questions Asked at Pennington’s Wellness Day for Women

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Feb 23, 2015 in Health


From heart health to cancer screenings, diabetes testing to bone density exams, this Saturday is your chance to get all your health questions answered at the 15th annual Irene W. Pennington Wellness Day for Women.

Doctors from all across Baton Rouge – including Woman’s OB/GYN Dr. Terrie Thomas – will be on hand.

Oats: The Grain of the Month

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Feb 19, 2015 in Health, Nutrition

The following post is written by Paula Meeks, registered dietitian with Woman’s Hospital.

oatOats are naturally sweet and are the most widely-eaten grains. Adding oats to our daily diet helps to reduce cholesterol and thus may reduce the risk of heart disease. It may also help people with diabetes by keeping blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible. Most people eat oats as a breakfast cereal, but oats can be used in many other types of recipes. Oats can be used as a coating to create a crunchy topping with fish or chicken, to make a pilaf, or to extend meatloaf and burgers and can be added to stews and casseroles.

Happy Mardi Gras!

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Feb 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

Finding Love – and Staying Healthy – This Valentine’s Day

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Feb 12, 2015 in Emotions, Health, Nutrition

Who needs another box of chocolates? Celebrating a healthy and nutritious Valentine’s Day requires a little bit of change and creativity, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore the day with your special sweetheart.

While you should skip that box of sweets or a night on the town eating a calorie-laden meal, check out a couple of suggestions to have your figurative cake and eat it, too.


Story From the Heart: Chef Takes Personal Journey to Healthier Cooking

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Feb 10, 2015 in Health

February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, but it is preventable and controllable. Take steps this month to keep your heart healthy.

The following post contains information from the American Heart Association.

Marc Anthony Bynum knows first-hand the dangers of stroke: his grandmother, mother and aunt all suffered strokes. He’s learned to heed these warning signs by making a career out of healthy cooking and eating.

Bynum, 34, is a self-taught chef who was born and raised on Long Island. He worked his way into some of the top restaurants in New York and later appeared on the Food Network show Chopped, winning two episodes before coming up short in the show’s 2010 season finale.

Bynum, who now runs his own hospitality company in addition to cooking, grew up in a family where cooking and food was the center of life. That’s what inspired him to cook professionally, he said.

Heart-Healthy Classes from Woman’s Center for Wellness

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Feb 09, 2015 in Health

February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, but it is preventable and controllable. Take steps this month to keep your heart healthy.

Looking for ways to make your lifestyle heart healthy? Woman’s Center for Wellness can help with its heart-centered classes this month.

From nutritious eating to lifestyle changes, Woman’s experts can help you keep your heart healthy for a long time. For more classes and programs and to register, visit

Transitioning to a New Year

Posted by: Connie McLeod on Feb 05, 2015 in Motivation, Nutrition

jade-me-momI’ve seen the abundance of New Year’s resolutions and nonresolutions floating around social media. The idea that resonated with me was to pick one word for your New Year. On this grey and cold January morning I pick the word Transitions.

I spent a rare New Year’s Eve with my 24-year-old baby girl. My sweetheart fell asleep early and that left my daughter and me deep in talk as one year transitioned to another. In sparkly hats and glasses of wine, we talked of her childhood, of her teen years when her father and I divorced. She and I talked of the uniqueness that we are both only children and how close that makes us since we don’t have siblings to remember our lives with. We talked honestly of her grandmother, who is slowly slipping away from us. My daughter told me that watching me with my mom has taught her how to be a daughter.

Stronger Every Day

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Feb 03, 2015 in Motivation



Your workouts never get any easier; you just keep getting stronger. The work you put in today will make you stronger and healthier tomorrow, and what you struggle with now will come easier later.

So keep it up, and remember that you’re getting stronger every day.

Throw Me Something Healthy, Mister: A Low-Fat King Cake for Carnival Season

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Feb 02, 2015 in Health, Nutrition

Mardi GrasWith Mardi Gras right around the corner, it’s time to stock up on beads, mark your parade routes and pull your purple, green and gold wardrobe out of the closet. But what Mardi Gras would be complete without Louisiana’s sweetest holiday treat – a king cake?

While the high-sugar, high-carb, high-calorie and high-just about everything king cakes found in area bakeries can leave your diet with a hangover the following Wednesday, there are healthier options so you can have your king cake and eat it, too.

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