Take Time to Practice Balance

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Balancing everything that we need to balance in life is not innate… It takes time and effort to find your secret weapon that makes it all “work.” …We all know it is important to take care of our bodies, exercise and eat well. Yet everyday many of us partake in a risky experiment that challenges this… Take a moment to make space in your day for better balance.

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Shopping made easy with Guiding Stars

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The theme of National Nutrition Month 2011, “Eat Right with Color”, offers a fantastic shopping tip! Together with Guiding Stars, you can use color to guide you toward the most healthful foods in the store! Look for deep rich colors in your produce for more anti-aging, immune boosting antioxidants! Let color guide you toward better cuts of meat- bright red meat in the package means less fat on your plate (and look for Guiding Stars on the sticker). Think brown when shopping for your starches- brown rice, whole wheat pasta and whole grain breads. Don’t forget that white is a color too- low fat milk and yogurt round out a perfect shopping list!

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Nachos for Dinner

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I fed my kids a plate of nachos for dinner last night. No really, I did. We had a busy afternoon and we needed to be at a school function by 7 p.m. We were short on time and that is what my kids said they would eat. So nachos it was. You may be (happily) thinking, even a dietitian has “those nights” (and yes, I do). But, here’s the thing about these nachos. All but one ingredient on the plate earned at least one Guiding Star!

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Consider Me Your Personal Shopper

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Editors Note: We’re happy to welcome Allison Stowell, MS, RD, CDN as our new Consulting Dietitian. For her first post on the Guiding Stars blog we asked her to speak about what perspective she hopes to bring to the program. We’re excited to have her on board!

As a working mom of two, I know how hard it is to get it all done.

There are a few things you should know about me. While I am a dietitian, I am not a chef; but I’m a master at creating uncomplicated, go-to options for busy nights. You see, I spend a lot of time at the grocery store, something I know you don’t have time to do. Consider me your personal shopper.

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