Research from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (my alma mater!) shows that people who frequently cook meals at home may be consuming fewer calories, less sugar, fewer carbohydrates overall, AND less fat than those who cook less. Without even trying! When you cook at home you get familiar with ingredients and what you're putting on your… Continue reading I love Blue Apron OR How I learned to cook like a chef
Diets are terrible. First of all, it's painful to even start them and more often then not, we procrastinate and put them off to some vague time in the future. If we do start them, we rarely finish them (whatever that means!). Diets are either too restrictive or too bizarre (cayenne and lemon juice??) to make a lasting… Continue reading Why dieting doesn’t work and what you should do instead
This past spring, I had a fantastic opportunity to intern with a unique, family-owned, local food service company- I.L. Creations. ILC runs large cafeteria operations at huge accounts including federal agency buildings. There are two fabulous dietitians on staff at ILC who get to work with chefs on recipe development, food demos for cafeteria patrons, nutrition… Continue reading Spice Up Your Life Series
Truth time: I'm an anxious person. I've dealt with depression and anxiety for decades. I've gotten very good at channeling that worry into productivity, but it wasn't always that way. One of the tools that I use to keep my head right is meditation. Another is focusing on being grateful. Although I am not perfect (Whaaaaat?… Continue reading Live life on purpose & other mindful stuff
Summertime is when I start craving salad. I still eat salad in the winter, but something about a crisp, green salad with all the goodies on top screams summer to me. My favorite combo is spring mix with walnuts, dried cherries, goat cheese, and granny smith apples! It's a meal all on it's own or you can add grilled chicken… Continue reading Simple summer salad dressing recipe
I love sleep! It's one of my favorite pleasures in life. Not only is it refreshing and energizing, but it's an incredibly vital part of our daily lives. Our bodies produce essential hormones while we sleep that balance our moods, our appetites, and so much more. Our brains require sleep to keep our memories… Continue reading Sick of counting sheep? 9 tips to get you back to dreamland
Have you ever bought a product at the grocery store because of its label? Fancy packaging and buzzwords catch our attention when grocery shopping. You may be looking for specific ingredients or nutrition information, while someone else may be looking for organic produce or allergy warnings. But, what about the term “natural”? What does it… Continue reading Do you know what your food label is telling you?
Welcome to the new Cultivate Healthy website and blog! I will be using this space to share fun new recipes, exciting health news and updates, cool products, and tips to help you on your road to healthy and happy. You will definitely get insight into my life, including my health successes and failures! We… Continue reading So fresh and so clean!