Snacking Sense

By Christie Caggiani, RDN, LDN, CEDRD If you’ve ever tried to have a clear and concise conversation with your child after school, you might find it a daunting and nearly impossible task.  Typically, you will find their attention, energy and desire to recount the day stretched thin, and much of that is simply because their bodies have run out of fuel. If it’s been at least 3 hours since their last meal or snack, or …

The Affordable Care Act: What’s New in Mental Health Coverage?

By Asia Adams “Obamacare”…It’s a phrase we hear all too often.  The overarching goal is to expand insurance coverage, improve quality of services, & make healthcare more accessible overall.   Now, while this all sounds great in theory, what does it really mean? And what are its’ implications for mental healthcare consumers? The law is expansive, to say the least; 974 pages, addressing everything from health quality measures, to improved design of emergency care.  It’s far …

Metabolism: A Neutral, Natural Process

by Kristina Bergman Everybody, regardless of color, shape, or size is born with a metabolism.  It breaks things down—so we may have the energy to do the things we love—and it also builds things up—so our cuts may heal fast and our hearts may beat strong.  Certainly, the unseen reactions that compose our metabolic pathways are fundamental to our very existence.  However intricate and complex, this innate system of “breaking down” and “building up” only requires one conscious …

Beat The Heat

by Kristina Bergman  As a South Floridian in the summertime, you know this all too well: whether you’re taking the dog out for a walk, or just trying to get from the front door to the car, it’s nearly impossible to be outside without breaking a sweat!  Sweating out water and other nutrients can leave us feeling tired and dehydrated, which can ruin our summer fun.  Thankfully, Mother Nature doesn’t want us to melt!  To …

What is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist?

The Institute of Medicine identifies registered dietitians as qualified professionals for nutrition therapy. According to IOM, “the registered dietitian is currently the single identifiable group of health-care professionals with standardized education, clinical training, continuing education and national credentialing requirements necessary to be directly reimbursed as a provider of nutrition therapy.” A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD or RDN – these credentials can be used interchangeably) is a food and nutrition expert who has at least a …

Handling a Hurricane – Tips for Parents

With numerous activities involved in preparing for hurricane season, don’t neglect to spend a few minutes safeguarding your most important asset- your children. The “unknown” can create stress for families both before and after the storm. Taking the time to prepare you young ones for the hazardous weather can save you from unwanted meltdowns.  Children who have been prepared, and whose parents handle the disaster well, have a greater ability to cope with the stress. …

Apps for Kids – (That Parents will Love!)

Summer time! Kids can enjoy camp, playing outside, and down time.. LOTS of down time! Down time which turns into “boredom” which turns into “Can I use your phone?!” There are more than enough apps to keep kids preoccupied, however some give your children a little more than entertainment. Here is a list of some apps to download today! Super Hero Comic Book Maker (Duck Duck Moose) – Imagination and creativity are key in childhood development. …

From Illness to Wellness

Most people who know me, know that I am an avid reader of spiritual, psychological and health & wellness books.  A book I frequently use in my work is “Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life” by Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D.  The title isn’t so appealing to most lay people, but the content is a treasure for all humans who endeavor to live life with fullness and passion.  Don’t get me wrong, it is not about sex, …

Savor the Flavor of Nutrition: Olive Oil

I knew I liked olive oil, but after visiting Spain and Italy, I developed a newfound interest in it, something so basic.   As I think about being an intuitive eater, I am reminded that our bodies enjoy foods that are healthful for them – sometimes we simply need to slow down, pay attention and taste.   So take a moment to do so, knowing that olive oil is also helping you in a variety of ways, …

10 Easy Ways to Reduce Stress at Work

Even if you are working at your dream job, stress can sap your effectiveness and your enthusiasm.  Much of what people do to reduce stress can cause more harm than good (like smoking or complaining to others.) Here are ten easy ways to reduce the stress reaction brought on by our everyday grind.  They are simple and most of them take less time than changing the ink cartridge in the printer! You can start with …