Introducing CALM: Stress Reduction & Mindfulness for Teens

Modern life has many amenitites that simplify and automate our lives; however, daily demands continue to grow rapidly.  Technological advances streamline tasks while simultaneously keep us connected to social media, news, and email.  We have at our fingertips the ability to reap the benefits of a less stressful lifestyle, but we often pursue the path of more rather than less.  Besides the obvious negative impact on our own health, modeling this more and more lifestyle has …

Snacking Sense: Tips for Healthy Kids

Christie Caggiani, RDN, LDN, CEDRD Since all foods can be part of a balanced eating relationship, I tend to recommend buying full-sized bags of products (chips, crackers, cookies), rather than 100-calorie individual versions.  Not only does this save you some money, it most importantly avoids all of the subtle messages that we give our kids by placing “calories” as part of a food decision.  Have you ever had a 100-calorie bag of anything?  Were you …

Snacking Sense

By Christie Caggiani, RDN, LDN, CEDRD If you’ve ever tried to have a clear and concise conversation with your child after school, you might find it a daunting and nearly impossible task.  Typically, you will find their attention, energy and desire to recount the day stretched thin, and much of that is simply because their bodies have run out of fuel. If it’s been at least 3 hours since their last meal or snack, or …

Metabolism: A Neutral, Natural Process

by Kristina Bergman Everybody, regardless of color, shape, or size is born with a metabolism.  It breaks things down—so we may have the energy to do the things we love—and it also builds things up—so our cuts may heal fast and our hearts may beat strong.  Certainly, the unseen reactions that compose our metabolic pathways are fundamental to our very existence.  However intricate and complex, this innate system of “breaking down” and “building up” only requires one conscious …

Beat The Heat

by Kristina Bergman  As a South Floridian in the summertime, you know this all too well: whether you’re taking the dog out for a walk, or just trying to get from the front door to the car, it’s nearly impossible to be outside without breaking a sweat!  Sweating out water and other nutrients can leave us feeling tired and dehydrated, which can ruin our summer fun.  Thankfully, Mother Nature doesn’t want us to melt!  To …

What is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist?

The Institute of Medicine identifies registered dietitians as qualified professionals for nutrition therapy. According to IOM, “the registered dietitian is currently the single identifiable group of health-care professionals with standardized education, clinical training, continuing education and national credentialing requirements necessary to be directly reimbursed as a provider of nutrition therapy.” A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD or RDN – these credentials can be used interchangeably) is a food and nutrition expert who has at least a …

Handling a Hurricane – Tips for Parents

With numerous activities involved in preparing for hurricane season, don’t neglect to spend a few minutes safeguarding your most important asset- your children. The “unknown” can create stress for families both before and after the storm. Taking the time to prepare you young ones for the hazardous weather can save you from unwanted meltdowns.  Children who have been prepared, and whose parents handle the disaster well, have a greater ability to cope with the stress. …

Apps for Kids – (That Parents will Love!)

Summer time! Kids can enjoy camp, playing outside, and down time.. LOTS of down time! Down time which turns into “boredom” which turns into “Can I use your phone?!” There are more than enough apps to keep kids preoccupied, however some give your children a little more than entertainment. Here is a list of some apps to download today! Super Hero Comic Book Maker (Duck Duck Moose) – Imagination and creativity are key in childhood development. …

From Illness to Wellness

Most people who know me, know that I am an avid reader of spiritual, psychological and health & wellness books.  A book I frequently use in my work is “Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life” by Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D.  The title isn’t so appealing to most lay people, but the content is a treasure for all humans who endeavor to live life with fullness and passion.  Don’t get me wrong, it is not about sex, …

Is Restricting Food Really OK?

“We don’t keep bread in the house.”     “One serving is enough – kids don’t need seconds.”      “We just have protein and veggies at dinner.”      “Why is my child sneaking food and snacking all the time?!” Hmmm – at first glance, these may seem like separate, unrelated statements.  There is, however, a common thread and a chain reaction that is in play throughout the scenarios…and it all starts with restriction.  Carb …