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The Little Fat Girl Inside:  La Dolce Vita

Posted by: Sheila Talamo on Nov 25, 2014 in Goals, Health, Motivation, Nutrition

Italy1For the next few weeks, the Lil’ Fat Girl Inside will take a break from blogging … and will, instead, put my weight maintenance plan and skills to a real test with an extended trip to Sicily.  Since this is likely a once in a lifetime kind of trip for me, I do plan to enjoy all the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of Italy while there.  I know there will be plenty opportunities for gelato, pasta, bread, cheese, and wine!  I even plan to take an Italian cooking class in Taormina, Sicily.

So I guess that means my weight maintenance plan will be slightly modified – no IP products as backup.  My goal will be to enjoy … while not going crazy!  My goal will be to practice moderation – e.g.  a small gelato once a day, rather than a large one hourly!  JI also hope to do a good bit of walking and keep my metabolism going.

A Healthy Alternative to Cranberry Sauce

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Nov 24, 2014 in Health, Nutrition

cranberry-sauce-webThe following post is written by Nutrition Services at Woman’s Center for Wellness.

With every holiday season comes our favorite treats, casseroles and cocktails.  One holiday tradition many of us have in common is the unwanted but accepted weight gain.  Accepted because we have a New Year around the corner and losing the extra pounds will be part of our New Year’s Resolution.

A favorite holiday treat to many is cranberry sauce, but the sweet and sour side has 105 calories and 27 total carbs per each ¼ cup serving.

Give Thanks and Be Healthy

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Nov 20, 2014 in Health, Nutrition

The following post is written by Amber McGuerty and Paula Meeks at Woman’s Food and Nutrition Services

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, remember to be thankful for your health and continue to practice good nutrition habits. Whether you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner or bringing a dish to share, you can modify your recipes to have less fat, sugar and calories without sacrificing taste and quality.

Woman’s Swim Strong Gives Mobility-Restricted Kids Fun in the Pool

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Nov 18, 2014 in Health


Each summer, children, volunteers and physical therapists fill the pools at Woman’s Center for Wellness like they do at every other pool across the South during the summer.

But unlike those other pools, Woman’s Center for Wellness gives children with decreased strength and mobility the opportunity to get their literally feet wet, something that many of those children would never be able to do without Woman’s team at hand.

Woman’s Turns Baton Rouge Pink at 3rd Annual Half Marathon

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Nov 17, 2014 in Exercise, Goals


On Sunday, nearly 1,000 runners and walkers took to the streets of downtown Baton Rouge to run 3.1, 6.2 or 13.1 miles for the third annual Woman’s Half Marathon, 10K and 5K.

Woman’s runners beat the rain and got to enjoy wonderful temperatures early Sunday morning. From the Capitol to the Tiger Stadium, from downtown to the Garden District, Baton Rouge transformed from a purple and gold town to a pink city.

The Truth About Carb-Loading Before The Big Race

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Nov 14, 2014 in Exercise, Goals, Nutrition

One of the great traditions before a big race is the runner’s carb loading the night before.

Most runners eat pasta, rice, potatoes or other high-carb foods before participating in a long-distance event, such as a 10K, half marathon or full marathon. After all, carbs are a great source of energy, and you need a lot of energy to cover those miles.

Happy Veteran’s Day from Healthy Self

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Nov 11, 2014 in Uncategorized


Thank you, veterans, for your service!

The Little Fat Girl Inside: Time is on Our Side

Posted by: Sheila Talamo on Nov 11, 2014 in Goals, Health, Motivation

So many important events in our life are measured in time or with the passage of time – birthdays and anniversaries are two of the more obvious examples.  And, of course, reaching certain milestones – e.g. the Sweet Sixteen Birthday, Graduation, the Over-the-Hill 40th Birthday, a 50th Wedding Anniversary – becomes cause for great celebration.  There’s something about attaining a particular milestone, personal or public, that is reassuring and affirming.

Shopping For The Right Running Apparel

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Nov 10, 2014 in Exercise, Health


The second annual Woman’s Half Marathon, 10K and [225]K road races are six days away. You’ve been running hard for weeks, training furiously to finish and achieve your goal, but have you considered your race-day attire?

While the weather in south Louisiana can change in a moment’s notice, Baton Rouge averages a high of 65 and a low of 43 degrees on December 8, according to the Weather Channel. Is that tank-top weather or long sleeves? Running shorts or capris?

Down on the Plate … It’s a Bean! It’s a Plant! It’s Superfood!!!!!

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Nov 06, 2014 in Health, Nutrition


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

It’s a fact of life: Chips, cupcakes and lots of other not-so-nutritionally-noble foods are going to find their way into your child’s mouth. Heck, if left to their own devices, a lot of kids wouldn’t eat anything that didn’t come out of a pizza or pasta box.

But that’s all the more reason to make sure the meals you serve up are packed with as much good stuff as possible. Most important, these “superfoods” also foods kids might actually eat. Add them to this week’s shopping list!

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