April 6th, 2016

Getting Your Children to Chill Out

Getting Your Children to Chill Out By Laura Cipullo, RD, CDE, CEDRD Kids are stressed out, and really, who can blame them? There's the pressure to do well in school; to juggle household chores, a social life and extracurricular activities; to fit in with classmates; and to handle all the issues that come with a changing body. Managing that stress is important for feeling good in the moment, and the future: A recent ...

March 6th, 2016

Self-Care Sunday: 5 Magazines That Won’t Make You Feel Bad About Yourself

Self-Care Sunday: 5 Magazines That Won't Make You Feel Bad About Yourself Image via Bjarte Kvinge Tvedt/freeimages.com By Laura Cipullo, RD, CDE, CEDRD While magazines can be fun to read, it can be hard to find a magazine that doesn't make us feel bad about ourselves. Many focus on quick-fix diets or other extreme behaviors, rather than promoting overall well-being. Reading them can make you feel like ...

March 7th, 2016

How Let’s Move Can Help Our Kids — and How it Can Be Improved

How Let's Move Can Help Our Kids -- and How it Can Be Improved By Laura Cipullo, RD, CDE, CEDRD Image courtesy US Army IMCOM/Flickr It's hard not to like Michelle Obama. She's intelligent, has a good sense of humor, and is a great mom who is generally concerned about our kids. That's why she's created the Let's Move program, an initiative to help make this and future generations of kids healthier by encouraging them to ...

February 29th, 2016

What to Say … and What Not to Say to Instill Healthy Eating Habits in Kids

Mindfulness Monday: What to Say ... and What Not to Say to Instill Healthy Eating and Mindfulness in Kids Image via Benjamin Earwicker/freeimages.com by Laura Cipullo, RD, CDE, CEDRD In August 2013, I released Healthy Habits, a guide for parents and educators. The aim of the workbook -- an eight-lesson plan -- is to instill in children positive ways of approaching food and exercise. Lessons have a hands-on component, with ...

February 25th, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Avocado Accolades

Throwback Thursday: Avocado Accolades Image via freeimages.com/PatHerman By Laura Cipullo, RD, CDE, CEDRD Eating an entire avocado a day could lower cholesterol, according to recent research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. And it's not so hard to work a whole avocado, or at least a healthy portion of it, into your diet because it's so versatile. Most people are familiar with avocado as a prime ...