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Eat Well

Posted on September 12th, 2018 in Individual Resources

Each month we send members tips and insights on how to improve their nutrition and diet in our monthly e-newsletter. Check here to find those and other timely articles and resources.

MIIA Wellness representative and dietitian, Bill Bradley, shares his insights on his personal journey maintaining a 45-pound weight loss and lessons learned from many of his clients. Lessons About Weight Loss takes a more “weight neutral” approach and strives to promote health and wellbeing at any age and size. 

Read Is It OK to Drink 1 Soda Per Day? to learn what may happen to your body if you drink only 12 ounces (1 small can) of sugary soda per day. The potential problems include obesity, heart disease, diabetes, drops in fertility and cancer. Includes tips on how to wean off soda and enjoy healthy, tasty, thirst-quenching drinks.

Fermented foods have become all the rage lately, with products that were once popular returning into favor among those who are looking for healthier foods to eat.  As more and more studies are released, the answer seems to be yes. Read Should I Be Eating Fermented Foods? to learn how to add fermented foods into your diet.  

Springtime is the beginning of our local growing season and we are already reaping the harvest!  Locally grown fruits and vegetables picked when ripe are the healthiest produce around. Here are 5 local crops that are considered superfoods that are also delicious and good for you.

Avocado has been touted as a superfood, which is, along with its exquisite creamy flavor, a big reason why everyone goes cuckoo over avocados.  But is it really that good for you?  Let's find out.

A quarter of the population experience constipation, which tends to get worse as we get older.   Severe constipation is a serious matter and requires medical attention.  Whether constipation is severe or mild,  7 Lifestyle Tips to Relieve Constipation can help.

What does science tell us about how nutritious and filling smoothies are? Learn all the nutritional benefits of smoothies along with some delicious recipes in The Ups and Downs of Drinking Smoothies.

You want to give up sugar, because it isn’t helping with your weight or because it can lead to increased risk of inflammation, heart disease, cavities and diabetes.  How do you give up something that tastes so amazing and delicious? Read Giving Up Sugar? Here’s What to Eat Instead to keep your sugar cravings at bay.

Eating healthy can be expensive, unless you know how to maximize your purchasing value. Read Eating Healthy for Less. You will see it is possible to eat nutritiously and economically. Your food bills may go down in some cases!

Today's tumultuous times are stress inducing. Some of us take care of our stress is by eating, which may cause problems. Soothing our Soul with Food provides healthy options for "stress eating."

Most of us spend too much time on our technical devices. Read A Digital Break in the Kitchen. Discover how this can help you find peace and relaxation. You may also find you can make something more delicious than usual.

Looking for nutrient-packed, local, organic produce? Would you like a weekly, wonderful shopping experience in nature along with chance to meet new people? Read The Next Best Thing to Being a Farmer: CSA Farms then consider buying a share in a CSA farm.

Even mild dehydration can make you irritable and tired, because 80% of our brains are made up of water.  Read Staying Hydrated this Summer to learn how water can help you stay healthy and alert.

The research on eating as a family is very conclusive.  Eating together, at home, will decrease risk of depression, stress, and addiction.  Learn more by reading Family Eating Time.

The foods and drinks you consume during the day have an impact on your sleep. Read Eating, Drinking and...Sleeping to learn which foods and drinks contribute to restful slumber and those to avoid. 

Eating out can quickly add up to thousands of dollars per year.  You can use some of the extra money you save by not eating out to pay off debt, invest, or save for the future. Discover new tips and ideas for cooking and eating healthy at home when you are in a hurry. Check out The Financial, Health and Taste Benefits of Eating at Home.

A high quality, extra virgin olive oil is delicious and incredibly good for you. But fraudulent olive oil in supermarkets is increasing. Read Olive Oil: Healthy Nectar or Unwholesome Fraud? so you know what to look for and some brands that have passed the authenticity test.

Avoid the crowded Valentine’s Day restaurant scene and long waits for a table. Instead, create your own romantic dinner at home. Foods of Love recipes are quick, easy, healthy and you’ll save money too!

Learn how MIIA dietitian Bill Bradly lost 40 pounds. There are lessons for all of us in his story Lessons Learned from Losing 40 Pounds

Read 7 Tips for Healthy Traveling… Without Your Digestion Going South  to avoid unfortunate food issues on your vacation. 

Learn how food can boost your mood by reading Love “Comfort Food?” Try Good Mood Food Instead.

Feel lethargic? Gained weight over the winter? Have trouble concentrating? Add superfoods to your diet. Spring is one of the best times to start. Learn what to eat and quick superfood recipes.

Cravings for sweets become hard-wired into our brains. Learn the “ok” amounts of sugar and some “sweet” alternatives by reading The Sugar Conundrum.

Comfort foods can be good for you. Nourish your body and soul with these delicious recipes and food choices.

Add the healthy benefits of olive oil to your baking. Learn how by reading Healthy Baked Treats Using Olive Oil 

Read Happy Healthy Thanksgiving! and learn how to take stress away with easy, simple serving tips while adding some healthy food choices to your feast.

October means football and tailgating. Plan a Healthy Tailgate Party with tasty, guilt-free foods.

Mediterranean grilling recipes are usually quite simple, full of flavor and very healthy. Learn how to prepare Mediterranean Dishes on Your Grill.