Author: Kristy Lowery

April is all about yummy spring vegetables—artichokes and asparagus are at their peak, snap peas begin to make an arrival on dinner plates, as well as young carrots, and fava beans. There is also spring garlic, spring onions, leeks, fennel and the first spring radishes arrive. Winter citrus are disappearing, and the "fruit" of April isn't really a fruit at all, but a vegetable that acts like fruit— rhubarb. Perfect for pies and cobblers.Peas: are a good source of vitamins C and E, zinc, and other antioxidants that strengthen your immune system. Other nutrients, such as vitamins A and B...

Happy March! This month, we celebrate the official beginning of spring and say goodbye to the grey, gloomy, cold weather of winter. As the weather starts to warm up, we get to spend more time outside. Gardening can be a very rewarding and relaxing hobby, but if you don’t enjoy getting dirt under your fingernails, your local grocer will start filling the produce section with lots of fruits and vegetables that are in season. What can you expect when you go to the store? Check out the list of what fruits and vegetables are coming in season this month.I challenge...

Obesity Care Week 2022 is Here!Now is the time to act! Obesity Care Week 2022 (OCW) officially kicks off today and we need your support to make an impact. Obesity is a complex, chronic, recurring diseaseaffecting more than 2 billion people globally. Unlike most other diseases, obesity is one that continues to be stigmatized and those impacted struggle to receive care in most cases. It’s time to change the way we care for obesity,• Recognition: the way we care for obesity should be based on health and science, not stigma.• Weight Bias: obesity is not an appropriate measure for a...

Nutritious, easy to grow, and with an exceptionally long life span (if stored properly, some can last months), root vegetables are packed with healthy carbs and starches that provide energy. Research on sweet potatoes suggests that this root veggie may contribute to preventing diabetes, obesity, cancer, and other health conditions thanks to their anti-inflammatory, antioxidative, and antimicrobial properties. As a bonus, root veggies including sweet potatoes are also gluten-free, making a great dietary alternative for those with celiac disease, or other gluten intolerances.The sweet potato is a high-carbohydrate, low-fat, and fiber-rich food. Many nutritionists value their high beta carotene (a...

BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE! Okay actually it’s kind of perfect now, but it’s about to be rough for the ole’ outdoor activity. So how do we cope with staying in shape while we are confined indoors? Below I have outlined three exercises you can do indoors daily to keep up your strength and stamina this winter:Squat/ Wall Sit – probably one of my all-time favorites the squat works literally ALL the muscles in the body. You want to make sure that you set your hips back from your midline when you sit down! If a full or free squat is...

Obesity (BMI of 30 or greater) is linked with a higher risk of developing 13 different types of cancer. There is evidence to support a strong relationship between weight loss and cancer risk reduction. Obese individuals who have undergone bariatric surgery to aid in weight loss appear to have a lower risk of obesity-related cancers when compared to obese individuals who have not had bariatric surgeryEndometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus): Obese/overweight women are 2 to 4 times as likely to develop endometrial cancer. Extremelyobese women are about 7 times as likely to develop this cancer. The...

Most of us have heard a flight attendant give their spiel about giving yourself oxygen first, before supplying it to your children. The basic premise makes sense: we are not capable of taking care of others if we don’t first take good care of ourselves.So what exactly is self-care? It essentially means paying attention to our own physical and emotional needs and taking positive steps to care for ourselves. The problem is when life gets stressful and we get busy taking care of other people’s needs, we often stop taking care of ourselves. If we start making self-care a daily...