Posts By: allisonjstowell

National Certified Transitional Program

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

A farm can’t become organic overnight. It takes time–three years to be exact–for soil to be considered organic (and for a farmer to price their crops accordingly). During this time, a farmer must comply with costly organic regulations, while not being able to price their crops at higher organic rates. This expensive combination of increased expenses without increased revenue (not to mention the high cost of receiving an organic certification) leaves farmers in the difficult position of knowing that organic practices are better for our environment, and quite frankly wanting to sell higher priced organic crops, but not knowing how to get there. The USDA may have a solution.

National Certified Transitional Program

Winter Weather Nutrition

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

If I surveyed a group of people, none (or a very, very few) of them would report that they like to think of calories in connection to how much they move. As a food lover, I totally get it…food is fabulous. But here’s the thing: There are the times when we just enjoy food for the pleasurable part of our life that it is and savor flavor without curiosity of how that flavor came to be. We don’t have a choice, however, but to consider how our food choices impact our health and overall wellness. To that point, our calories, as well as our intake of negative attributes like saturated fat and sodium, matter. So while it may be lovely to gather with friends for a rich meal of flavors, we need to think about how often we can indulge like this.

Winter Weather Nutrition

Think Twice About Resolutions

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

I’m choosing to view this time of year through a different lens and consider how we can mindfully approach our New Year “reset,” which in time can result in a firm decision to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Here are a few tips to complete a plan that is sure to result in reaching the goals you’re hoping to achieve in 2017.

Think Twice About Resolutions

‘Tis the Season for Food Allergies

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

After many years of counseling and educating the gluten free community, I ran into a personal and professional collision when my husband was diagnosed with celiac disease, followed by my son. The result of this table-turning experience for me is that I now offer a unique perspective. Not only can I recommend foods as a dietitian closely connected to the food industry and provide education on best practices to remain symptom-free, I can also deeply relate to the unique concerns of an allergy family. With this in mind, I offer you some tips for hosting an allergy friendly party that is sure to make every guest feel welcome and safe.

‘Tis the Season for Food Allergies

Holiday Eggspectations

by in Healthy Holidays, Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

With the unveiling of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines earlier this year, came new recommendations designed to encourage better food choices and eating patterns to improve health. For those of us who work closely with the Guiding Stars algorithm, the guidance related to dietary cholesterol was of particular interest… and frankly kind of exciting. In case you missed it, the new dietary guidelines don’t offer a specific guideline on cholesterol, but rather recommend that we seek to limit our intake of it and focus on a healthful, balanced diet. At Guiding Stars, we knew all along that there was nutritional benefit to some foods that contain cholesterol like eggs and shrimp, and having the Dietary Guidelines back us up meant we could incorporate these foods into our rating and therefore our recommendations, recipes and suggested foods. What better time to do this than during the holiday season? Cheers!

Holiday Eggspectations

A Road Map to Feeding a Crowd

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

Whether you are hosting Thanksgiving or inviting a crowd for another celebratory meal, you know that the menu guides the planning. How will you manage cooking times, oven space, make all your fam favorites (including those that haven’t been updated for generations) and satisfy all tastes? With all of the preparing (and dare I say at times…stressing?) it’s natural to compensate by over doing it. Not this year. Use this holiday meal GPS and you will get where you want to go with less stress and more time for the joy of the season.

A Road Map to Feeding a Crowd

Mindful Treats

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

For kids, Halloween is the unofficial start of the holiday season. Parties and the treats that go right along with them shift from being something kids might be offered at a birthday party or other event to having them in their possession after trick or treating. While we struggle to manage the sack of candy we also face the flood of parties that accompany the rest of the festive season.

Mindful Treats