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That Time I Had MRSA #BeAntibioticsAware

This is a post prepared under a contract funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and written on behalf of the Mom It Forward Influencer Network for use in CDC’s Be Antibiotics Aware educational effort. Opinions on this blog are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of CDC. A couple of years ago, I got a hangnail while traveling in Nashville, Tennessee. I can’t leave things alone, so I pulled it, and it bled a little. And then I forgot about it. A week later, that little hangnail had turned all red. It was … Read more

Free Printable For Kids To Track Healthy Eating

This free printable food tracker teaches kids healthy eating and healthy living concepts in a gentle way. Print and laminate and help them to complete it nightly to see how they can improve their food habits!

On August 5, I stepped on the scale and discovered that I had lost exactly 100.0 pounds since my surgery on April 6 (actually, I count my weight loss from March 29 when I started my pre-op liquid diet, but still same time frame). I have seen tremendous success with my own personal habits, and I want to see my husband and kids improve their personal habits as well. I have written about kids and healthy eating a couple of times this month, so if you haven’t already, go back and read Reward with Food, Punish with Food: 11 Tips … Read more

How to Help Your Kids Eat a Healthy Diet – 5 Tips from a Registered Dietician

Do you have picky eaters? Me too! The power struggle over eating healthy meals is a thing of the past for our family thanks to these tips from a registered dietician. They will work for all families!

One of the areas on which I want to focus this school year is making healthy choices. I want the girls to understand how nutrition and exercise play a part in their feeling good and being healthy. They can clearly see my bariatric surgery journey has transformed not only the amount I eat but the content of what I eat. They can see that their dad is preparing different meals than he used to. And I do drag them along most days (sometimes pouting) for a 20-30 minute walk. But those things are not their choice. Those things are being … Read more

Reward with Food, Punish with Food: 11 Tips to Prevent Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions in this country. Meanwhile, unhealthy eating behaviors that lead to adult obesity – such as bingeing, dieting, skipping meals, self-medicating with food, and making poor nutritional choices – develop in childhood. Parents need to use creative strategies to change these behaviors. I want my kids to avoid the weight issues I’ve suffered my entire life, but we have not done a good job of helping them to develop good habits to achieve that end. As parents, we can all do better about shaping the role of food in our kids’ lives. Next week, I’m … Read more

Sausage Sandwiches with Onions and Mushrooms

Sausage Sandwiches with Onions and Mushrooms

Doesn’t that photo make your mouth water? It does mine. We made our sausage sandwiches healthier than most, but you’ll never notice. Is there a single person in America who is unaffected by heart disease? I can’t imagine that there is. My friend, Sara, lost her mother a few years ago to a heart attack. It was a complete shock; her mom was just in her fifties. I remember the disbelief so clearly. She was so young and so healthy. I was less shocked by my mom’s cancer diagnosis than by Sara’s mom’s heart attack. My experience with heart disease … Read more

Stir Fry with Peanut Sauce

tofu stir fry with peanut sauce

I was a vegetarian for more than 10 years. I loved being a vegetarian. I only eat meat now because it’s easier to eat what my family eats. It’s easier to eat a balanced diet with meat in the picture. So anyway. When I was in college, I was a vegetarian, and I ate in whatever meatless options the dining hall served. Penn State’s dining halls have really great vegetarian and vegan options. I met a variety of awesome foods including BBQ seitan (so good!) and stir fry with peanut sauce. I was dubious about peanut sauce, but once I … Read more