The kids in the South usually go back to school in August so it is time to focus on Shop Smart!  It is great to go food shopping with your children because you can use the is time to teach your child how to shop for food smartly and healthy.  Here are some tips to shop smart:

  • Plan menus and write a shopping list that corresponds with the store aisles. Look for menu planning and recipes on your supermarket’s website. Many sites feature tools for planning and pricing meals.

  • Shop once or twice a week.  Don’t buy on impulse!  Limit impulse buys which can save you time and the cost of gas.  Buy what you need not what you or your children want.  Always bring a shopping list and try to stick to purchasing the items from this list.

  • If you’re taking your kids food shopping, then feed them a light nutritious snack before leaving home so they (and you) don’t get tempted by less nourishing snacks and store samples.  Try peanut butter on apple slices or yogurt wit...

Alot of times I hear from people that they can not afford or have the time in having a healthy lifestyle.  Each day anyone of us can take just a few small steps each day to lead a life.  Here are 6 steps to get started:

  • Eating 5 fruits and vegetables – rich  in vitamins, minerals and fiber.  Eating plenty each day can reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease and stroke.

  • Make a effort to increase your water intake .  Drink plenty of water each day to keep you healthy and hydrated.  Water regulates body temperature, carries nutrients, removes wastes, and cushions joints, organs and tissues.

  • Have three good laughs every day!  Laughing promotes the release of endorphins in your brain, helping you feel better and have a positive attitude.

  • Spend 2 hours of less each day in front of the television or on a computer.

  • Have 1 hour of physical exercise today!  Move your body with physical activity 1 hour each day – walk, bike, swim, dance, run…  Pick activiti...

Are you continuing to skip breakfast?  Feel that you do not have enough time?  You probably already know that breakfast is the most important meal but once you see the benefits of having breakfast you will start eating one everyday .  There are healthy fast options you can make for your breakfast meal.  Beginning your day without breakfast is like starting your car without gas.  People who eat breakfast everyday have a better overall nutrient intake and lower intakes of fat.  Eating breakfast will help you avoid overindulging later in the day.  If you have diabetes, think about this:  A healthy breakfast can help stabilize your blood glucose and keep it stable during the time between breakfast and a snack or lunch.  Eating breakfast is a strategy common to successful weight loss maintainers.

Here below are some healthier options for your breakfast meals:

  • High fiber breakfast cereals with low fat milk

  • Low fat yogurt with fruit and poss...

Boneset - Eupatorium perfoliatum was an important herb in the traditional medicine of native Americans and it was used for fevers, digestive disorders, rheumatism, as a powerful emetic and laxative.  In the Boneset, infusions had a sprinkle of magical protective properties to keep evil spirits away.  The name Boneset has nothing to do with its ability to mend bone fractures but refers to its efficacy in treating "break-bone fever", a virulent flu-like illness, from which early settlers suffered. (Houdret 2002).  By the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, European settlers considered boneset to be a cure-all of different diseases. Boneset was used during that time period to treat many different diseases and conditions. It was one of the most widely used herbal medicines in the America. Some families, as well as medical doctors, kept dried boneset available for immediate use, especially during the flu and cold season. Boneset ability to helps reduce fever by promoting sweating, reduces...

Back to school again (in the Southern region of the United States) .  My, how time goes by so quickly.  This is the season where a lot of our darling children will come home for a long day of school screaming  “ Mom!” “What’s for dinner?”  or “Mom, I am hungry!”  “What do we have to eat!”   If you do not have dinner ready now you can give them a healthy snack that will tie them over until dinner time.  Pick snacks that taste good, help them to look and feel great.

Make sure that you do not give too much of a snack that your child will not have enough to eat for dinner.  But, if your child is doing something active like playing a sport, taking a dance class, biking or running around with your friends, it’s OK to fuel up with a bigger snack.

 Your child can eat lunch at noon and dinner’s at 6:00, a snack right after school–say at about 3:00–is just right. They will get some fuel to do homework or to get outside and play.

 You can pack a great snack in your...

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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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