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December 4, 2019
Now that you have your goals in hand, how do you negotiate the food choices this holiday season? Pleasure. As you go through the holidays, focus on things that bring you pleasure in relationships, activities, and the meaning of the season. When you do choose to eat food you would normally not eat, enjoy it, but limit the amount. Reign in your next selections to accommodate for the extra. You will be happy you did when the holidays come to an end. Push away. A very effective strategy for handling holiday meals, is to simply push away from: 1) Your plate. Very simply, this means you don’t have...Read more
December 4, 2019
I heard the question today! It caught me by surprise, but not really, because it’s one we all ask this time of year. “Are you ready for the holidays?” My answer was the same as it often is, “Well, they are here, so I had better be!”, but somewhere deep inside, the truthful answer was “not really.” Then I had the sinking feeling that I had forgotten something important in order to get ready. Can you relate? Ready or not, here come the holidays, but is there something you have forgotten? The something I am thinking about is health goals for the New Year. Does this sound out of place to you? If...Read more
November 8, 2019
Mary Lou Block RDN LMNT at Gothenburg Health Mindsets are hidden beliefs that affect how we view the world. They limit and direct our choices, determining the outcomes of our day. When mindsets intersect food choices, they can become a help or a hindrance to the achievement of our health goals. The epitome of a negative mindset is seen in the old adage about your drinking glass: Is it half full or half empty? A half-empty view tends to be subtly negative and leaves the door of our mind craving for some food we are avoiding. The craving leads us to feel deprived. As feelings of deprivation...Read more
October 4, 2019
Mary Lou Block, RD at Gothenburg Health Have you ever felt like an imposter? Like you are a fraud about to be discovered? I have, and this is how the conversation goes in my head. “They don’t really know the truth about me, how I fail at this and that. If they did, they would probably not like me.” If those thoughts resonate with you, be comforted, because you are not alone. The phenomenon even has a name, “Imposter Syndrome.” A recent study reveals it is quite common. How does this relate to nutrition? In a world of “nutrition information on steroids,” my perceived nutrition failure makes me...Read more
June 18, 2019
If my best friend showed up and offered to help me spring clean, would I let her? Definitely not! I’d probably die of embarrassment, if I had to face some of the “seedier” areas of my winter closets, even with a friend. Probably how you’d feel if I asked to help you spring clean your eating! So I’m not going to do that! I know there are tons of reasons you wouldn’t want to publicize your menu or list the contents of your cupboard to me or anyone else! While spring is almost over, it's never too late for a fresh start. Wouldn’t we all love to go into summer energized? That really does begin...Read more
November 20, 2018
Recycle those pumpkin and squash seeds! Yep, everyone is quite conscious of recycling these days. You can prove it this fall by recycling pumpkin material from your decorations. Really, this is nothing new, for I’m talking about that old tradition of roasting pumpkin seeds. You know, the ones extracted before carving your pumpkin with your slobbering toddler or those hard-to-take out squash seeds before starting Baked Stuffed Winter Squash. Personally, I was never very impressed with my roasted pumpkin seed end-product, but recently, this recipe had me intrigued. If you, like me, have given...Read more
September 26, 2018
Pass a Big Red Tomato, please! Strategize a win for your health at the next Husker game with red tomatoes! Whether you gather with a crowd or enjoy the Huskers from the comfort of your home, include these phytonutrient-laden gems on your menu. Yes, you heard me right. Don’t pass the opportunity to add a few more power-packed veggies to your game day! But I don’t mean a normal fare of canned green bean casserole or even a relish plate. Put that “end-of-the-summer” garden to use, and whip up an easy batch of fresh garden salsa. Served alongside corn tortilla chips, or on top of any Nebraska-...Read more
July 25, 2018
7/25/18: Peppers One of the most beautiful vegetables to add to any recipe or salad is a pepper. Summer gardens and farmer’s markets are about to burst with large quantities of these fruits. Known for their rainbow of colors and crunch, these perky gems come from the Capsicum genus. Some characteristics and benefits are: Low in Carbs (9 gm/cup). Low in Calories. Rich in vitamins and minerals, such as C (169% of RDA), Beta-carotene (precursor to Vitamin A). Source of vitamin E, K, Folate and potassium. Associated benefits of these nutrients include: Improved immune function. Improved red blood...Read more