5 Tips for Healthier To-Go Lunches

5 Tips for Healthier To-Go Lunches

Get tips that give your lunch staying power so you don’t suffer an afternoon slump.

Running on empty by mid-afternoon?

The key to staying satisfied, energized and focused is packing the right mix of foods in your lunchbox.

This video includes 5 lunch tips that keep you going strong so you avoid an afternoon slump, including:

1. Pump up the protein

Protein supplies magnesium, zinc and iron.

Include lean meat and plant-based sources like chicken, salmon, tuna, eggs, beans, lentils or nuts for solid nutrition and appetite satisfaction.

2. Load up on veggies

Vegetables contain a variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Include fresh, roasted or steamed veggies on sandwiches, bowls and salads or pair with your favorite dip.

3. Go whole

When it comes to grains, whole grains are where it’s at.

The nutrients and fiber they contain help boost brain power and keep your appetite at bay.

4. Add some fruit

Don’t forget fresh fruit, like grapes, melon, bananas, berries, oranges or apples.

They provide natural sweetness with no added sugars, plus powerful antioxidants.

5. Repurpose leftovers

Packing healthy dinner leftovers for lunch saves time and money.

You’ll have a healthy lunch while reducing waste. Reheat to a minimum of 165°F before eating.

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Is What You Eat Good for Your Heart?

Is What You Eat Good for Your Heart?

A healthy heart starts with a healthy diet. This video includes 5 heart-healthy eating tips.

A healthy diet is one of the best ways to prevent heart disease.

Watch this video to learn about 5 ways to eat for a healthier heart. These include:

  1. Eat a variety of nutritious foods…
    focus on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats and low-fat sources of protein
  2. Reduce sodium…
    sodium often lurks in packaged, prepared and restaurant foods so consume in moderation
  3. Choose fats wisely…
    limit saturated and trans fats from meat, cheese, fried and processed foods
  4. Fill up on fiber…
    this helps you feel full longer and can help keep your cholesterol in check
  5. Make your calories count…
    avoid empty calories from highly processed foods and sugar-sweetened beverages

Focusing on good nutrition, along with other healthy lifestyle habits, can help keep your heart healthy!

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Connecting to Community Resources During NEDA Week

Connecting to Community Resources During NEDA Week

The National Eating Disorder Association hosts NEDA week every year to raise awareness about eating disorders, and this year NEDA week is from February 22 – 28. You might be interested in learning more, but might not know where to start. We put together this collection of resources to support individuals who are in their recovery journey, loved ones supporting someone in recovery, or professionals who want to provide excellent care to their clients. Year round, NEDA offers amazing services such as a hotline that can be reached at 800-931-2237 (or text “NEDA” to 741741). They also offer an online chat option on their website. Learn more about NEDA by going here: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/get-involved/nedawareness You can also join the annual NEDA walk, which on the west coast will be on April 10, 2021, and helps raise awareness for Eating Disorders. You can sign up here: https://www.nedawalk.org/

Eating Disorders are something which impacts the lives of many Americans, as well as people all over the world. The ANAD (National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders) lists general statistics about Eating Disorders as well as for marginalized groups such as BIPOC, LGBTQ+, People With Disabilities, People in Larger Bodies, Athletes and Veterans. You can learn more about statistics surrounding Eating Disorders by going here: https://anad.org/get-informed/about-eating-disorders/eating-disorders-statistics/

ANAD also offers a network of free Eating Disorder Support Groups to the community, and many are being offered online during the pandemic. This is a great resource for individuals and families who are needing community-based support or are new to the recovery journey. You can find more about their support groups by going here: https://anad.org/get-help/about-our-support-groups/

If you are looking for reading materials to become educated on Eating Disorders and the recovery process, you can find some resources here. Sick Enough by Jennifer Guadiani is a book that helps to provide the medical perspective on the impact of Eating Disorders. You can find it here: https://www.amazon.com/Sick-Enough-Jennifer-L-Gaudiani/dp/0815382456

A great book that is very healing for women who are on the journey of recovery is Eating in the Light of the Moon by Anita Johnson, which provides metaphors and story telling to aid in the healing journey. You can find it here: https://www.amazon.com/Eating-Light-Moon-Relationship-Storytelling/dp/0936077360

If you are interested in reading about the person journey of someone who has also gone through the recovery process, Life Without Ed by Jenni Schaefer provides a perspective on Eating Disorders as a relationship. You can find it here: https://www.amazon.com/Life-Without-Ed-Declared-Independence/dp/0071422986 Jenni Schaefer also has a second book about her healing journey called Goodbye Ed, Hello Me. You can find it here: https://www.amazon.com/Goodbye-Ed-Hello-Me-Disorder/dp/0071608877

If you are looking for interactive reading materials on improving relationship with food, adopting an All Foods Fit mentality, and challenging diet culture, The Intuitive Eating Workbook by Evelyn Tribole might be a good fit for what you are looking for. You can find it here: https://www.amazon.com/Intuitive-Eating-Revolutionary-Program-Works/dp/1250004047

If you are looking to challenge diet culture expectations on body size and cultivate acceptance for body diversity, Health At Every Size by Linda Bacon is a great resource to look into. You can find it here: https://www.amazon.com/Health-At-Every-Size-Surprising/dp/1935618253 In line with the HAES philosophy is the concept of Joyful Movement. It can be healing to reframe your relationship with body and relationship with movement by finding movement that feels joyful in the body, versus exercising as compensation or punishment.

If you’re looking for a podcast to listen to, Christie Harrison has a podcast focused on supporting the recovery process and challenging diet culture. You can find her podcast here: https://christyharrison.com/foodpsych and you can also find her book, Anti-Diet, here: https://www.amazon.com/Anti-Diet-Reclaim-Well-Being-Happiness-Intuitive/dp/0316420352

If you are a professional who wants to look into supporting those in recovery from an Eating Disorder, you can connect with organizations like International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals and look into becoming a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. You can find more about IADEP by going here: http://www.iaedp.com/about-us/ There are also some amazing treatment centers that offer free online trainings for professions to get CEU courses on treating Eating Disorders. One such center is Alsana, you can find more information by going here: https://www.alsana.com/events-calendar/

Most importantly, if you or someone you care about is struggling with disordered eating, or a negative relationship with food or their body, know that help is available. It can be healing to connect with a therapist and a dietitian who understands Eating Disorders and can help you on your journey of recovery.

Alejandra Rose, LMFT

Benefits of Buying Winter Produce

Benefits of Buying Winter Produce

Just like that, Thanksgiving has passed and we’ve come into the winter season! Speaking of winter, there’s all kinds of delicious winter produce available. Pineapple is actually a winter fruit! Snack on pineapple while you imagine yourself on a warm beach in Hawaii.

There are many benefits when it comes to buying in season produce.

  • Price
    • In season produce is less expensive than out of season produce and it’s also fresher.
  • Environmentally friendly
    • When produce is in season, it doesn’t have to travel as far to get to you which leads to less transportation and air pollution.
  • Variety
    • Buying in season produce will help to give you a variety fruits and vegetables which leads to a variety of nutrients and phytochemicals.

What about frozen produce?

Frozen produce is actually a great alternative to the fresh produce. Frozen produce is picked at its peak ripeness and flash frozen maintaining all the vitamins and minerals and can be budget friendly and time saving too. Frozen veggies like potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower already have the chopping done for you!

Fresh vegetables have a life span of 1-2 weeks whereas frozen vegetables last longer. Buying frozen out of season produce can be great as it’s packaged while it’s in season.

Don’t forget your seasonal produce guide during your next grocery trip!

Elizabeth Cazares, RD