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Your Mental Energy Bucket

What is your “Mental Energy Bucket”? I am a firm believer that we, as humans, hold within us a bank of mental energy. I refer to this as the “mental energy bucket.” At times, we feel our buckets are full and at other times, we feel that our bucket is depleted. Having an empty mental

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Nutrition for New Moms

Moms-to-be need a variety of foods from all the food groups.  Some women need the reminder that there is no such thing as “bad food” and that a healthy diet is one that encourages variety. Even after the baby is born, that same balanced diet of sugars, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals is exactly what

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Attention on ADHD

October is ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) Awareness Month.  Their 2016 slogan is “Knowing is Better.”  To quote the awareness website “It’s better for parents to know that ADHD might be part of the picture so they can seek out the help their children need; it’s better for young adults to know about their ADHD so they might arrange for

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Making Your Mental Health a Priority

Mental Health is the state of your psychological well being. While the goal is for this to be a positive state without the presence of any mental disorders, it is unfortunately not always possible. One of the leading contributors to that fact is that we often ignore is our mental well being. Mental health or

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Making the Most of Mondays

Monday, or in other words, the most dreaded day of the week. It signifies the end of the weekend and the start of the work week and usually starts off with too little sleep, not enough preparation, and a general lack of excitement. Its hard because even when you like your job, its hard to jump

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Managing Stress With Diet

Stress can take a toll on your body’s natural defenses, but eating the right foods can offer us some much needed support.  Everyone feels tired, pressed for time, or just plain stressed during different times. During these times, we often reach for convenience or junk food.  High-calorie or sugary foods only make us think we

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Bullying and Children

There are many different forms of bullying that can occur. These include physical, verbal, sexual, cyber (email, text, websites, chat rooms, etc.), interpersonal (rumors, refusing to talk to someone, excluding from social group, etc.), and property damage/theft. Bullying frequently happens in schools, and is suggested to be the most common form of violence in our

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High-Fructose Corn Syrup Concerns

High-fructose corn syrup is a common sweetener in sodas, beverages, and processed foods.  As use of high-fructose corn syrup has increased in the past two decades, so have levels of obesity and related health problems. This has led many Americans to ask if that’s just a coincidence. Food science shows that high-fructose corn syrup is

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Food Trend Alert: The Beet Has a New Beat!

Move over kale! Make room quinoa. This past year, at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE)™, the world’s largest annual meeting of food and nutrition professionals, it was declared that beet is the next food trend. Let’s discuss some of the amazing benefits of this superfood.   Increases Nitric Oxide Availability: The natural

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High Protein Diets

For most healthy people, a high-protein diet generally isn’t harmful, particularly when followed for a short time. Such diets may help with certain goals by making you feel fuller for longer periods of time.  There are many current diets that are not only high in protein but low in carbohydrates. Other names for them are:

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