Eat Right and Enjoy Your July 4 Holiday!

Enjoy your July 4 parties and barbeques tomorrow and through this weekend … but make sure you know what you’re putting in your mouth. I came across this great graphic that spells out the best choices from a nutrition and healthy-eating standpoint. Don’t get too hung up on trying to eat perfectly today, but do make sure you don’t undo all the good choices you have been making on non-holidays!


What’s Your Best Burger Option?

Summer is here, and with the July 4 holiday coming up next week, grilling season is in full swing. But do you know what the best burger option is?

Prevention came up with this great graphic comparing both turkey burgers and veggie burgers (sorry, carnivores, no red meat here). Food manufacturers have come a long way on taste throughout the years, so don’t be afraid to venture away from the cow to get your burger fix.

So, what should you choose as you go about your weekend and upcoming holiday celebrations? Take a  look:



Happy Registered Dietician Day!

Did you know that Wednesday, March 13 is the 6th annual Registered Dietician Day? According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the purpose of this day is to, “commemorate the dedication of RDs as advocates for advancing the nutritional status of Americans and people around the world.”

One of the most important components of a healthy lifestyle revolves around eating nutritious, whole foods. You’ve undoubtedly heard the saying “abs are made in the kitchen,” and most athletes would agree that diet plays just as much (some would argue more) of a role as exercise in maintaining a strong body and healthy weight.

So, to all the RDs out there: thanks for making our world a healthier, more nutritious place! Here are a few tips from  on why consulting a dietician or nutritionist can be helpful:

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Happy Thanksgiving!

A couple things to remember as you sit down to enjoy your Thanksgiving feasts with your families today …

 And take a look at what you put on your plate (and remember that just because it makes it onto your plate does NOT mean it has to make it into your mouth)! Do yourself a favor … don’t eat an entire day’s worth of calories in one sitting.

Don’t Let Happy Hour Destroy Your Diet and Fitness Efforts!

It’s Friday! What will you be doing to celebrate the start of the weekend? If Happy Hour, tailgates, Halloween parties or drinks with friends are on your agenda, don’t let it ruin the hard work you’ve put in at the gym or the good diet you’ve kept up throughout the week (fact: a perfect week of exercise and eating can be undone by a couple of not so perfect food and drink decisions on the weekend).

To put things into perspective:

So, what cocktail should you choose instead? Men’s Health/Eat This, Not That makes these recommendations:

Enjoy these options without the guilt (just keep yourself to one – two max):
Mojito: 160 calories, 15 g sugars
Bloody Mary: 150 calories, 10 g sugars
Cosmopolitan: 150 calories, 12 g sugars

If you’re a beer drinker, you can save yourself even more calories – as long as you make the right pick. These come in at under 100 calories per bottle:
Budweiser Select: 99 calories, 3 g carbohydrates
Yuengling Lager Light: 99 calories, 9 g carbohydrates
Miller Lite: 96 calories, 3 g carbohydrates
Amstel Light: 95 calories, 6 g carbohydrates
Michelob Ultra: 95 calories, 3 g carbohydrates
Beck’s Premier Light: 64 calories, 4 g carbohydrates
MGD 64: 64 calories, 2 g carbohydrates

As with anything else, it’s all about moderation. One or two drinks won’t kill your efforts, as long as you’re making smart decisions. Have a great weekend!

College Football and Healthy(??) Tailgate Eating

I love college football. Okay, I’ll admit … that is a bit of an understatement. Saturdays from September through December are pretty shot for me, because my days are typically dedicated to sitting in front of the television watching college football (Fact: I purposely scheduled a hair appointment last weekend – a good two weeks later than my dark roots would have liked – strictly because it was Clemson’s off weekend). I plan my workouts so that I can watch the beginning of College Game Day on the treadmill, get home from the gym in time for the week’s picks, and get a quick shower in before I settle in front of a few games for the day.

That said, I’m a die-hard Clemson fan. Have been ever since my freshman year of college, all the way back in (gulp!) 1999. There is something about the atmosphere, something in “those hills,” and yes, something about the feeling you get when you see the team rub the rock and run down the hill (they don’t call it the most exciting 25 seconds in college football for nothing!) – it is an incredible feeling of community. And though many schools have an incredible college football environment, I’m proud to share that earlier this week, Clemson was even named Southern Living Magazine’s Best Tailgate in the South (check out why here).

Which brings me to the real point of today’s post … tailgating. Specifically, what we eat in the time leading up to our games – and how it can make or break our nutrition goals. The same rules apply during football season as they do during holiday season, or any other time of the year, for that matter. It’s all about being smart, and remembering that while one or two splurges won’t kill a week’s worth of hard work, we do still have to be aware of the foods that we put into our bodies. Read on to see who eats what around the conferences … and how they see these tailgate foods fitting into their everyday eating patterns.

So, enjoy your games today – and be smart about your game-time food choices! And, as always … GO TIGERS!

Childhood Activity vs. Inactivity: What it Means for Adulthood

Sad fact: society is getting fatter. In a world of convenience – and lesser activity than years past – we are only pushing ourselves further into an obesity epidemic.

Which is why, now more than ever, we need to start getting kids active at an early age. It’s been shown that children of active parents (especially those who are active with their kids) grow up to weigh less, and have a better relationship with nutrition and physical activity.

Those inactive kids? They could have this to look forward to:

To further illustrate the importance of physical activity throughout a lifetime … and proving that the younger you start, the easier it will be to maintain healthy habits into adulthood:

If higher healthcare costs, more sick days and a shortened lifespan aren’t enough to make you want to run around the yard with the kids, maybe the odds of higher grades, lowered odds of disease, and less chance of risky lifestyle bahaviors will do it. So throw on some shoes, and go get active! You can never be too young – or too old – to get fit.