The Holiday Table: Good Karma and Family Drama

HolidayTable_FamilyDramaKarmaMost people don’t always get along all of the time, and families are no exception. The holidays (with their own emotional roller coaster of demands and deadlines) just seem to bring out those conflicts more than any other time of the year. Minor slights, disappointments, and differences of opinion can get amplified, even before that first slice of turkey hits the plate. (In other words, football isn’t the only sporting event that draws a crowd!) Dealing with the drama diplomatically and effectively can mean the difference between making happy memories (actually wanting to see each other again), and dreading the next encounter. Continue reading

Sweet Dreams: Lower Your Type 2 Diabetes Risk

SleepingMan_SweetDreams-LoweringYourRiskforType2DiabetesLife gets busy! That often means not getting enough restful, restorative sleep — a key to good health, repairing cells, and bringing back lost energy. Factors like aging (notably seniors 65-plus) and pregnancy can impact the sleep that you need. But most doctors provide a guideline on how much sleep is ideal: For adults, that’s seven to nine hours of sleep each night. For teens, it’s nine to 10 hours of sleep nightly. (Younger school-age kids should get 10 hours of sleep or more). Continue reading

Younger Caregivers on the Rise: Take Care of You, Too

YoungerCaregiversontheRiseFor adult children with families and jobs of their own, the added stress of taking care of aging parents or other family members is a juggling act that can put emotional, physical, and financial strains on their own health and relationships. From the common cold, to depression, diabetes, and heart disease, experts say that caregivers are at higher risk for getting sick. About 72 percent skip going to their own doctors when they should. Whether it’s a sometime-ride to the senior center, ongoing in-home care, or care that’s long-distance, caregivers need to take care of themselves, in order to stay healthy and “be there” for those who need them most.  Continue reading

Cuban Salad

Fresh garden salad with diced red pepper, green onions, sliced radish and chopped romaine lettuce(Serves 4)

This light, bright salad is the perfect pairing with a sandwich or hearty soup. Radishes are the stars here, along with other familiar salad fixings, all topped with a citrusy dressing (but feel free to enhance those with your favorites!). Low in calories (39), you can control the current sodium amount (49 mg) by how much you sprinkle in (or use a salt substitute). This recipe offers a good amount of calcium (30 mg) and potassium, too (202 mg). Continue reading

A Less Frightful Halloween with Allergies or Diabetes

trick-or-treating. Teal pumpkin. the concept of health for children in the Halloween seasonA child having a dangerous physical reaction to something they’ve eaten, drank, or touched can be a parent’s worst nightmare. It’s even scarier when they know that their kid has allergies to foods, or an issue with sugar, as a result of diabetes. That’s a fear at any time of the year, but it can creep in like a monster when Halloween rolls around.    Continue reading

Be a Breast Cancer Warrior

Woman walking and talkingThe American Cancer Society’s (ACS) most recent statistics cite that breast cancer in women dropped 40 percent from 1989 to 2016. That drop is thanks, in part, to groundbreaking research. But just as importantly, it’s due to prevention and early detection (including self-exam and mammography). In recent years, though, breast cancer rates have increased slightly by four percent, and it’s still the second leading cause of cancer death in women (second to lung cancer). Continue reading

Pumpkin Carving 101: Safe, Not Scary!

Grandmother and granddaughter making jack o lantern on Halloween in kitchen smilingHalloween is magical for kids and parents, but as they say, it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Mishaps can happen, but pumpkin-carving injuries are preventable when Jack O’ Lantern time gets into full swing.

Hand injuries, some of them severe enough to warrant surgery and months-long rehabilitation, can happen to children and adults alike. Continue reading

Gluten-free Barbeque Chicken Nuggets

Chicken nuggets and sauce on a wooden background

(Serves 4)

Need a quick and light meal to munch alongside some raw veggies on a weeknight, or to satisfy the fans watching the playoffs? You’ve got it. Whether for a few, or for the crowd (just double the recipe!), everybody likes bite-sized barbeque! It’s also gluten-free, at just 290 calories, 75 g cholesterol, 10 g total fat, 485 mg sodium, plus 26 g protein. Score!           Continue reading

Pumpkin Parfait

pumpkin butter Greek yogurt parfait. toning. selective focus(Serves 6)

It’s pumpkin time again, so the hunt is always on to find new ways to use this fall favorite. Using canned pumpkin makes it an easy dessert, and you can also include this one on the brunch buffet! Enjoy at just 226 calories, 40 g carbs, 6 g cholesterol, 5 g fat, 29 g sugar. A good source of calcium (240 g), potassium (461 g), and protein (8 g), too.        Continue reading