Weight Loss Surgery for Diabetes

Congratulations to Maine Governor Paul LePage! Governor LePage recently revealed that he had weight loss surgery after facing the possibility of type 2 diabetes. As a result of his surgery, Governor LePage lost an impressive 50 pounds.  Weight loss surgery can help resolve or improve diabetes and other health conditions, such as high blood pressure,…

Avocados – Not Just For Guacamole!

By: Sue Wood, RN, BSN Avocados are full of vitamins and minerals while being loaded with heart-healthy fats. They are low in saturated fat and have no cholesterol or sodium. In addition, they contain much needed fiber, all packed into about 240 calories for the average avocado. How can you add this creamy green fruit…

Quick and Easy Cleanup Fish Recipe

Cooking time varies based upon the thickness of the fish filet. A thick salmon or swordfish filet may take 14-18 minutes whereas a thin catfish or tilapia filet may take 10-12 minutes in a pre-heated 350 degree oven. Ingredients: Parchment paper Individual fish filets (works well with any fish) Zucchini slices using potato peeler –…

A Refrigerator Makeover for 2017

By: Kristen Smith, MS, RD, LD If you are looking for a healthier approach to the New Year, why not start with giving your refrigerator a makeover? Opening the fridge to sweet treats and greasy leftovers will make it much more tempting to eat less wholesome foods. Making healthy food choices can be a lot…

Set Goals, Not Resolutions

By: Kristen Smith, MS, RDN, LD Each January, many Americans create resolutions to improve themselves in some way, whether it is improving health, rectifying a relationship, saving more money or achieving a new career aspiration. Sadly, before the month of January comes to an end, many of these resolutions are abandoned and quickly forgotten. In…

5 Tips for Easy Meal Preparation

By: Kristen Smith, MS, RDN, LD Whether you are a mom of four children, college student or full-time worker – the hustle and bustle of your daily life likely makes it difficult to prepare healthy and balanced meals on a daily basis. If you are looking to maintain healthy eating habits, advance meal preparation is…

How to Create Healthier Holiday Traditions

By: Kristen Smith, MS, RD, LD and Sue Wood, RN, BSN From baking Grandma’s famous pecan pie to building gingerbread houses topped with sweet candies, most families participate in holiday traditions that have been passed down through several generations. Unfortunately, not all of these traditions create a healthy holiday for your family and can adversely…

A Healthy Approach to Holiday Parties

By: Kristen Smith, MS, RD, LD & Sue Wood, RN, BSN The holiday season has arrived, which for many people may result in a detour from their healthy nutrition habits. According to the Calorie Control Council, the average American intakes nearly 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat during a holiday party from the start…

How to Practice Moderation This Holiday Season

By: Kristen Smith, MS, RD, LD The holiday season has officially arrived – a season commonly focused on parties and large quantities of food. Avoiding your favorite holiday foods is not the answer to watching your waistline this season. People who completely avoid their favorite foods typically end up overindulging at a later time. The…

Good For You Pumpkin Pudding

Surprise your guests this Thanksgiving with a healthier pumpkin pudding recipe. After a few simple ingredient substitutions, we were able to create this healthier dessert recipe. Now for the big question – will your guests be able to tell the swaps? Prep Time: 10 minutes   INGREDIENTS One 16 oz container silken tofu, drained well…

Some Fats Are Healthy

By: Kristen Smith, M.S., R.D.N., L.D. Over the past several decades, the philosophy on whether to include fats as part of a healthy diet has changed. Previously, it was thought that a lower fat diet would offer optimal health benefits. However, more recently, health experts suggest that certain types of fats actually offer health benefits and should be included…

Non-Scale Weight Loss Victories

By: Kristen Smith, M.S., R.D.N., L.D. and Sue Wood, RN, BSN Have you ever attempted to lose weight by changing the way you eat and exercising more, yet the number on the scale does not go down? Know that you are not alone and many people undergo this same experience. The good news is the number on…