Kellie Blake RDN, LD, IFNCP, CMHIMP

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Brandi Sentz CDE, MA, RDN, LD

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     Animal protein is ok in limited amounts.  But, it's definitely not a requirement at every meal.  When I tell clients to try meat-free meals, I always here these words: "then what do I eat?"  Meat has long been the focus of the standard American diet, but it can be problematic in several ways.   I won't go into too much detail here, but think about your dinner plate.  If you have a huge piece of meat, chicken, or fish on your plate, how many vegetables will you really eat?  To get the maximum nutrient value from your meals, plant based foods should really be the focus.  Meat has taken the main stage, when it should really be a side item.  To get away from eating animal protein at every meal, we've created this awesome black bean burger recipe and it's become a weekly staple at our house.  

Ingredients:

2 (15 oz) cans organic black beans, drained and rinsed

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     That sounds like a strange thing, dying healthy.   Perhaps, it sounds so strange because we’ve all been sold this idea that we will inevitably age, develop chronic disease and die unhealthy.   Or perhaps we have seen our own family members age and have poor quality of life in their later years.  I personally saw my grandparents pass away, in their 80’s, in poor states of health.    I had a grandmother die from Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer, another pass away from gastric cancer, and my grandfather died of rheumatoid arthritis, depression and malnutrition.  All of my grandparents were energetic and healthy earlier in life, but they all suffered and died unhealthy.   It was painful to watch them  develop these diseases and lose their quality of life.  At the time, I just thought this was their predetermined destiny.   We now know that all of these things and many more are largely preventable and reversible with lifestyle.  Of course, there are genetic variations that make us...

     

March is National Nutrition Month and this year the theme is “Eat Right. Live Right. Feel Right.”  That really sums it up for me.  The foods we put into our bodies affect the way we feel physically and psychologically.  Do you notice that you feel sleepy after eating?  Do you get bloated, feel nauseous, or have heartburn?  Do your joints ache?  Do you get headaches frequently?  What about sinus infections?  Do you suffer from fatigue, depression, anxiety, or brain fog?  How about stubborn belly fat?  All of these symptoms are likely related to food. 

     What’s the good news?  You have control over how you feel every day, just with the food choices you make.  Sure, it can be difficult to make lifestyle changes, especially when it comes to the food you eat.  But, there are other far more difficult challenges that you’ve overcome in life.  Changing your food habits is no different than stopping smoking, earning an advanced...

     

     We took the dogs for a nice, muddy hike today.  The sun is shining and the temperature is finally warming up, so we decided to get out there and enjoy nature.  I'm a protective dog mom, so having the dogs off the leash in unfamiliar territory makes me nervous.  But, walking muddy trails is a challenge and being dragged by a dog on a leash makes it almost impossible to stay upright, so OFF THE LEASH they went!    Bailey, Coach and Lilly - our three labs.  Once we unhooked those babies, I saw the feeling of freedom in their faces as they ran through the mud puddles and jumped and played and just went at their own pace.  I started thinking, this is no different than how humans feel once we're unbound.  

     How many of us are on the leash?  Spend a few minutes thinking about what keeps you bound.  Maybe it's food, medication, an unhealthy lifestyle or a 'disease' like obesity, heart disease...

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