Healthy eating tips for a spring tune-up

healthy eating tipsLately, there have been a lot of questions and speculations concerning sugar consumption and cancer risk. While researchers are working on finding any such connection between the two, it is important to remember the role sugar plays in the body. Understanding sugar and following our healthy eating tips can serve as a spring tune-up for the body.

Carbohydrates and sugar break down into glucose, also known as blood sugar.

Carbohydrates come from foods such as fruits, starches, beans/peas, and vegetables. During times of low carbohydrate intake or intense exercise, glucose can also be made from fat and protein. Continue reading

Tips for choosing healthy, affordable foods

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Are you trying to eat better, but can’t seem to find room in the budget for it? Here are some tips for choosing healthy, affordable foods.

Keys for heart-healthy eating on a budget

  1. Plan ahead. Avoid “impulse buys” by sticking to a list.
  2. Shop savvy. Join your store’s rewards program, choose store or generic brands, look for sales and discounts, and bring coupons to get the most out of your dollars.
  3. When you cook, make it count. Cook larger meals so you can eat leftovers on your busier days. Portion into single-serving containers and refrigerate or freeze right after cooking.
  4. Eat mindfully and save leftovers. The faster you eat, the easier it is to overeat. Slow down and save leftovers, which will help you save money.

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Eating right on a budget

eating fresh.fwMarch is National Nutrition Month and while the benefits of healthy eating are numerous, many people think eating healthy is expensive. With a little extra planning, there are many ways to save money on the healthy foods you eat. Here are some budget-friendly tips for eating right.

Plan ahead

Before you head to the grocery store, plan your meals and snacks for the week. When you shop with a list, you will be less likely to buy extra items that are not on it or buy an ingredient you already have on hand. Continue reading

Stress eating

Are you really hungry?

If you find yourself reaching for a bag of chips or a handful StressEatingBLOG3of cookies whenever the going gets tough, you may be a stress eater. Stress or emotional eating can be a physical condition caused by high levels of cortisol, also known as the stress hormone. In high levels, cortisol can increase a person’s craving for high-fat foods and salty or sugary snacks. For some, these foods bring comfort during stressful situations, but they can do more harm than good in the long run.

Stress eating can become a habit that overrides healthy eating habits and good nutrition, but it’s a cycle that can be broken. Try one of these effective strategies:

  • If you know you’re about to experience a stressful situation, prepare. Being prepared will help you handle the oncoming stress. Eat regularly during the day – every three to four hours – to help keep your emotions balanced and minimize your emotional eating. Continue reading

Video: Heart-healthy grocery shopping

Shop the perimeter of the store for the healthiest food selections

Each trip to the grocery store is an opportunity to discover ingredients for heart-healthy meals. Joyce Patterson, University of Michigan clinical dietitian, says the healthiest selections can be found around the perimeter of the store. “Here, you’ll find whole foods that are naturally full of heart-healthy nutrients.”

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