Spending time outdoors as a family is a great way to not only spend quality time but also get moving. With plenty of sunscreen in the summer and bundled up in the winter, spending time in nature is associated with improved mental health. Check out today's post for a list of activities for families to do together outside.
Do you feel like it's time you focused a bit more on your health and wellbeing? Get inspiration for lifestyle changes in this post with 5 ways to jump on board the wellness train.
Prioritizing family time is a great way to combat the inundation of commercials and social media messages that promote unhealthy foods, sedentary lifestyles, and risky behaviors. Family time is also an opportunity to teach children about healthy eating and cooking, demonstrate the importance of physical activity, and help them grow up with healthy relationships with food, health, and weight.
Keep reading for 3 tips and some book recommendations from me, a registered dietitian and PhD.
An active lifestyle is recommended over and over again for both physical and mental wellbeing. But going about it in a haphazard way can lead to injuries like sprains, strains, and more serious injuries.
This post will talk about several ways you can prevent or reduce your risk of injury when exercising.
Your mouth is home to millions of good and bad bacteria. Some are important for your health and immune system, while others (if left unchecked) can wreak havoc on your oral health, increasing not only the risk of gum disease (gingivitis) and tooth decay, but also heart disease and diabetes.
Read today's post for 5 reasons why you should prioritize your oral health.
Don't be discouraged by the title above saying "exercise" - whether you call it exercise, physical activity, or moving your body - engaging in something that gets your muscles moving and stretching, gets you away from the computer, and raises your heart rate a bit, is important for both your physical and mental health.
In this post, I'll share several reminders on how.
Our health and wellness may wax and wane through the cycles of life, but don't let a focus on yourself rest on the back burner for too long.
Today's post highlights 3 signs that you may want to prioritize checking up on your health and wellness and ensure you're taking proper care of yourself. While these signs may be inconspicuous and turn out to be "nothing", they may be indicators of something else going on OR they may be problems that are best addressed earlier than later, before they develop into something more serious.
If you are someone who lives with chronic pain, you know how challenging it can be to find a healthcare practitioner who understands your condition, exhausting to manage care from multiple providers and dealing with insurance, and expensive to get the medications you need and the specialists who can help. It's no surprise that 79% of chronic pain patients feel unsatisfied with their care. This post presents 4 tips for navigating the US healthcare system as a person living with chronic pain. I know that everyone is different, and everyone faces their own challenges, so view these tips as a starting point for your own situation.
Disclaimer: Living with chronic pain is exhausting. I speak from firsthand experience. Learning about your condition, managing doctor appointments and medications, and advocating for yourself is exhausting too, even if you weren't living with chronic pain. Know that in this post when I make a suggestion for "you" to do something, I am referring to you and your support system. I am also not saying that you need to do all of these things (or any of them!). My hope is that this post sparks some ideas in your mind about your own next steps.
There are many challenges to eating healthy on a regular basis (aka making healthy eating a lifestyle, rather than running through a cycle of fad diets). These challenges include time, cost, and boredom.
It takes time to shop for ingredients, find recipes, prep and cook meals at home, and time to think about what you're going to eat. Cost can be an up or down variable - healthy ingredients may cost more than less healthy ingredients when you are cooking but cooking at home typically costs less than eating out. Lastly, boredom! If you don't have a variety of healthy recipes to choose from, you may get bored with the same meals over and over again - like baked chicken, rice, and vegetables.
In today's post, I have 6 tips that help you address all 3 of these challenges.
Substance abuse disorders, including alcohol misuse and drug abuse, can affect your life in many ways - from causing trouble in your personal life, affecting your work or school life, affecting how you think and feel, as well as affecting your physical health and socioeconomic circumstances.
There is a spectrum to alcohol misuse with dependence/addiction representing only the most extreme end of the spectrum. Alcohol misuse is a level of alcohol consumption that increases the risk of adverse health and social consequences and is defined by the CDC as more than 1 drink a day for women or more than 2 drinks a day for men, on average. Binge drinking is defined as 4 or more drinks on one occasion (women) or 5 or more drinks on one occasion (men). Alcohol dependence or addiction is a chronic disease, and is associated with loss of control, alcohol tolerance, and experiencing withdrawal symptoms when forgoing alcohol.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have taken to working out from home - whether due to gym closures, or a lack of commute that takes us by our gym. Having a home workout routine that works for you is a great way to stay active, even as gyms re-open. Even as you get back to your "normal" workout routines, home workouts are great for when it's too cold outside for your run, or when you're traveling with only your hotel room as a gym.
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If you feel like the best words to describe your life lately is IN A RUSH then this post is for you. You're busy with meetings, paperwork, taxes, appointments - and all of those little things that seem to pop up every week.
When life throws too much at you, how do you adjust so you can handle it? Unfortunately, we often sacrifice our health and wellness to meet that deadline or answer that last email, whether it's skipping a morning workout to have more time to study or eating lunch at your desk while you work on a presentation.
In the midst of this ongoing pandemic, starting a new year may not have the optimistic of years past. On the other hand, spending more time at home, with ourselves, with our families, may have caused you to pause and reflect more over the past 2 years.
Instead of setting goals for the new year, many people are choosing an overall theme or word to describe their intentions for this year. If you'd like to focus on energizing yourself then I have 3 tips for you.
Many people only visit their doctors when they are unwell. An online survey conducted in 2019 found that 22% of Americans avoid medical care, including doctor visits, annual visits, and screenings, due to high healthcare costs. If you've had negative experiences with the healthcare system and are worried about receiving bad healthcare, you can enlist the help of medical malpractice attorneys.
Going for regular health checkups may save money in the long run by helping you maintain a healthy lifestyle and catching chronic conditions early on.
Has your doctor suggested that you get testing for diabetes? Diabetes can affect your health from your head to your toes - truly! When uncontrolled, high blood sugar can negatively affect the health of your blood vessels, leading to tingling and numbness (called neuropathy), or more severe damage to organs such as your kidneys and heart.
Getting screened for diabetes is done through blood work. Whenever you get bloodwork done at the doctor, it's important to follow the fasting recommendations so they can evaluate your fasting blood sugar levels. The doctor can also do a test call "hemoglobin A1C" and use non-fasting blood sugar cut-offs if you are not fasting, but will likely want you to follow-up with a second blood test when you are fasting.
Read on to learn why your doctor may suggest you get tested for diabetes and why its important to do so.
According to a 2008 study in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, the average American will have 5.97 operations, assuming they live to at least 85 years of age. However, you may not know the important role that nutrition plays in pre- and post-operative care to enhance recovery and wellness. After reading this post, hopefully you'll have 1 or 2 new facts to share about the importance of nutrition after surgery at your next get together.
DISCLAIMER: The information provided in this post are for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical or nutrition advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website. For individualized nutrition care, seek the advice of a Registered Dietitian.
With many of us working from home due to COVID-19 restrictions, we're spending even more time in front of our screens. Gone are the natural breaks in the day like a commute, chatting with colleagues in the breakroom, and going to in-person meetings. If headaches were a rare occurrence for you before COVID-19 but you've noticed them becoming more common, you may want to try these tips to see if they help.
Physical and mental health are both important, and inextricably intertwined. In this blog post, I encourage you to take stock of old injuries, current habits, and and to try out a lifestyle of moderation rather than always going ALL IN.
Do you ever leave the table feeling overstuffed? Wishing you hadn't had those last few bites?
It takes your brain about 20 minutes to communicate a full stomach to the brain, and it's during that time we often over eat.
A product called MealEnders is targeted at this overfull problem. When you're starting to feel full, you can take a MealEnder to help distract your body while your stomach signals to your brain that it's full - avoiding that overfull feeling.
You can read more about the product at www.mealenders.com
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Whether your gym is closed or your schedule is off kilter from juggling new home and work responsibilities, it can be tough to stay active while working from home.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of our world changes week to week, and that stress can affect you more than you may realize. From keeping your energy up to eating healthy at home, taking steps to improve your wellness in this tumultous time can give you a sense of control.
Did you know that the signs of poor eyesight are similar in children and adults? However, because children and adults often engage in different sorts of activities, trouble seeing can manifest in different ways.
Take a look at these 5 telltale signs that your child (or you!) might need glasses, and learn why it's important to take corrective action right away.
While a bright smile in the mirror can boost your self-esteem, taking care of your smile - through proper oral hygiene - extends far beyond your self-confidence.
Unfortunately, dental insurance is something that evades many of us - students and employed. However, making your dental health a priority will pay dividends later. Not only can preventative care and regular upkeep help stave off expensive procedures later on, maintaining your oral health can improve your overall health. Gum disease and poor oral hygiene have can contribute to chronic inflammation throughout your system, and can increase your risk of heart disease.
Do you feel like you're always tired?
When you're fatigued, everything feels difficult and it's tough to meet your full potential. It's even difficult to do some of the things to fix it - like exercise!
Read on for 5 tips to restore your energy.
As 2019 winds down and resolutions come to mind, consider something different for 2020. Forgo the unrealistic weight loss and gym goals and instead made a resolution to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
Resolutions are simply goals, but using January 1st to make a drastic change in your life is difficult to maintain. I'd even say that many New Year's resolutions set yourself up for failure.
Adopting lifestyle changes instead of trying fad diets can be done in incremental steps. Identifying the changes you want to make, and then thinking through how to achieve those changes is the best way to make sure your goals are achievable and, more importantly, that they're the right goal for you.
For the most up-to-date information on the RD exam, including information on the 2022 exam update, head over to my website www.studysmartermethod.com.
The main shift from the 2012 to the 2017 exam was a shift in focus on the Principles of Dietetics from 12% in 2012 to 25% in 2017, and the trickle-down effect reducing percentages of the other three domains. For dietetic students and new graduates, see the RD Handbook from CDR.
Look at the most up-to-date CDR outline on the website. Be aware of materials published before January 1, 2017 as they will be current with the previous 2012 exam.
The next exam update will be for 2021.
To learn more about the structure of the exam, see my 2016 post on RD exam pass rates.
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