Everyone is familiar with Independence Day on July 4th is celebrated during the month of July but alot of us do not know that it is also National Picnic Month. We have all come to celebrate the love of being outside enjoying each other’s company by having a nice relaxing picnic. When you have a picnic you are celebrating the open air and nature all it has to offer. But what is the definition of picnic and how did picnicking started.

Picnics are extremely popular all throughout the spring summer and fall but during the month of July you see picnics everywhere and I do mean everywhere! One of the reasons why picnics are so popular in July is because a large number of families take their vacations in July and spend much of their time outdoors enjoying the warm weather and having picnics out of a basket or having outside picnics while grilling BBQ on the grill. Oh yeah! Love that BBQ!

Picnic can be defined simply as a pleasure excursion at which a meal is eaten outdoors, ideally taking place...



Summer is officially here and this is the time for eating fresh fruits and vegetables.  Eating more fruits and vegetables is a positive step towards better health and weight management.  The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics used a quick and easy way to remember the importance of fruit and vegetables tips.  There are 26 letters in the alphabet – if you use one of these tips every two weeks you will have a much healthier year!


A – Apple – Keep a crisp one in your refrigerator – it will be ready for a sweet snack.

B – Banana – A banana can make a breakfast on the run, snack or a dessert.

C – Carrots – Buy carrot matchsticks or grated carrots and use them on tossed salads.

D – Dried Fruit – Keep raisins on hand for snacks and cereal toppers.  Try cranberries, blueberries, dates or plums.

E- EVERY DAY – EVERY MEAL – Shoot to have at least one fruit or vegetable with every meal, every day!

F – Fruit! – Keep plenty of fruit on hand so you enjoy it every day.

G – Grapes ...


We all at some time or another have experience acute back pain.  But what are some of the ways that you can relieve this troubling pain?  


Pain is a sensation that provides us with information about tissue -damaging stimuli and thus often enables us to protect ourselves from greater damage (Seeley, R., Stephens, T., & Tate, P., 1999).  Pain at low levels can motivate you to rest the injured area so that the tissues can be repaired and prevent any additional damage (Balch, 2006).  If the pain is severe, it can motivate you to seek treatment.  Acute pain in the lower back can alert you that there is a problem that needs immediate attention and this pain may last long after an injured area has healed.  


There are two types of pain sensations: One is the sharp, well-localized, pricking or cutting pain which results from rapidly transmitting action power (Seeley et al., 1999).  Another is diffuse, burning, or aching pain resulting from action potential that spread more...

I always love the smell of lemon balm herb particularly when it gets close to summer. There is some interesting historical information about this aromatic herb!  


Lemon Balm - Melissa officinalis  -  has a interesting history since the Greek and Roman  times.   Homer's Odyssey mentioned about Lemon Balm and so has the Roman  scholar Pliny who noted that bees preferred lemon balm to other plants.  The Greek physician Dioscorides placed Melissa officinalis on bites, both scorpion and dog, and then would drop some  more lemon balm into wine for the patient to drink.  Dioscorides wrote about many bite remedies because none of them worked well and alot of herbalist during that time kept experimenting.  (Kowalchick, 1987).  

The Arabs were also fans of Lemon Balm  during the 1st and 2nd centuries.  They claimed that it was good for heart disorders as well as for lifting the spirits as an antidepressant medicinal herb. (Houdret, 2002)...

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I am Denine Rogers, MS, RDN, LD, FAND a integrative dietitian nutritionist and wellness coach. So excited that you are viewing my blog!

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This blog is meant to inform and entertain the general public and other healthcare providers on nutrition and health issues. Information on this blog does not replace that of your own health care provider. The opinions presented on this blog are my own and do not necessarily represent that of my employer or associations.  This blog is designed for educational and entertainment purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for personal medical attention, diagnosis or hands-on treatment. None of the information in these posts are to be mistaken for medical care or recommendations. ALWAYS consult your doctor prior to changing your diet or starting a new supplement or exercise regime. The information in this blog is based in either opinion, life experience, or sometimes hard science. As I am simply sharing what I feel to be the truth in my life, I always urge people to find what they consider to be theirs. Thanks for reading and enjoy!


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