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Back-to-School Stress Busters for Parents

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Jul 31, 2014 in Emotions

For many children in Baton Rouge, August 11 marks the first day of school. While you may be looking forward to having the kids out of the house and back to a structured routine, there’s a lot to do before that first day.

As families get ready for school, parents can be overwhelmed by the pressure that comes from getting school supplies, buying new clothes and making plans, as well as the daily work and household responsibilities. But back to school doesn’t have to mean back to the crazy life.

The Little Fat Girl Inside: Exploring New Recipes

Posted by: Sheila Talamo on Jul 29, 2014 in Health, Nutrition

For those of us who have struggled with yo-yo dieting and weight gain, there’s no denying that maintaining a goal weight requires effort and can be exhausting.  Consequently, I find that I periodically need to re-focus myself to overcome the frustration that seems to come with my long-term maintenance efforts.  One way that I have addressed the tedium of maintenance is by trying out new healthy recipes.  When I look for recipes, I want something that is healthy (i.e. will “fit” into my calories and macro goals), requires very few ingredients, and is relatively simple to fix.  I thought it might be fun to share my top 3 new recipes finds in this posting.

Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Jul 28, 2014 in Health, Motivation, Nutrition

The following post was written by Amber McGuerty with Woman’s Nutrition Services Department.

The key to a healthy diet is eating a balanced diet that incorporates a variety of foods in moderation. Dietary guidelines encourage Americans to increase whole grains, vegetables, fruit and low-fat dairy products to improve health. Changes in eating habits take time and effort to become part of a healthy a routine. Start by setting small, realistic goals.

Got a Stamp? Then Make a Boy’s Birthday Wish Come True

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Jul 23, 2014 in Emotions

danny2You don’t need to walk a 5K or set up a fundraising page to help someone with cancer. You don’t need to cook prepared meals to give them or help with chores

Although those actions are generous and noble and can mean the world to your recipient, if you’re looking to brighten the day of a person battling cancer, you don’t even have to leave your desk … except maybe to walk to the mailbox.

The Little Fat Girl Inside: Maintaining Weight while Traveling

Posted by: Sheila Talamo on Jul 22, 2014 in Goals, Health, Nutrition

I knew that one of the challenges I would face during my weight maintenance efforts was travel – especially vacation travels.  Traveling takes me out of the comfort of my routines – routines for exercising, for meal planning, for meal prep, and more.  In addition, in the past, my mindset during a vacation has always been … “hey, it’s a vacation and that means eat whatever I want!!”  However, as my husband and I planned to spend a week in D.C. over the Fourth of July week, I knew that I had to adjust that attitude.

5 Ways to Bring More Fruits and Veggies to Your Diet

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Jul 21, 2014 in Health, Nutrition

480585269The following post was written by Amber McGuerty with Woman’s Nutrition Services Department.

You’re trying to eat right and exercise more. You’ve cut out fast food and are getting to the gym, but what about your intake of fruits and vegetables?

The recommended number of daily servings of fruits and veggies is five, but no one tells us how to get that into our daily diets.

Kelli Richmond’s Dream Lives On with Kelli’s Kloset

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Jul 17, 2014 in Motivation

In case you missed it, Kelli Richmond’s legacy was solidified with a brick building on North Boulevard in mid-city Baton Rouge.

Richmond, who died in May 2012 from ovarian cancer and whose name adorns the fifth floor window overlooking Airline Highway at Woman’s Hospital, dreamed of giving back to women in her shoes, who were fighting cancer but needed help from someone else. In 2014, her dream came true.

The Plate Method to Eating Healthier

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Jul 14, 2014 in Health, Nutrition

We all know that an apple is healthier than a donut — though that fact doesn’t make many of us happy in the morning.

But nutrition and eating healthy get a bit more complicated when it comes to figuring out how much food is a healthy portion.

5 Do’s and Don’ts to Stay Healthy with Ice Cream

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Jul 11, 2014 in Health, Nutrition

488363209I scream, you scream, we all scream for … well, you get it.

July is National Ice Cream Month, and if that doesn’t whet your sugary sweet appetite, then a few minutes outside in the July heat will certainly have you screaming for the cold treat. While the occasional scoop won’t hurt, too much Ben and Jerry’s will put your nutrition goals on a rocky road.

The Little Fat Girl Inside: Bumps in the Road

Posted by: Sheila Talamo on Jul 08, 2014 in Goals, Health, Motivation, Nutrition

As with most journeys in life, the path of my maintenance journey is not always linear and not “bump-free.”  It would be nice to report that the planning and focus that I apply toward maintaining my weight guarantees success every day – but it does not.  There are moments (and days) when my past food behaviors surface and divert me from my efforts.  So what happens … and what to do when it happens??

During the first ten weeks of maintenance, I have experienced two particularly “bumpy” days.  On both days things were relatively routine until the evening hours.  Then what started as a seemingly safe snack became a snack binge (eaten in private).  One carb led to another, to another, and so on.  Intellectually, I knew what I was doing was not healthy (and not part of my plan!); emotionally, I chose not to stop.  Of course, once the off-path decision was made, the question was how to move forward from that point.

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