Ok, Scale. Truce.

Ok, Scale. Truce.

Written by Sylvia Anderson
on Monday, 24 August 2015
That day was a good day.

In today’s world, a “good day” is often hard to come by. We have stress, pressures, obligations. Whatever you want to call that thing that makes us contemplate the struggle of either crawling back into bed and giving the world the middle finger or getting out there one more day and just freaking get it done.

My victory was, in some people’s eyes, a small victory. In my world, it was like winning a gold medal. Or, winning the emotional lottery. I finished first in the race of Sylvia. 

What I’m about to tell you is probably not going to make sense to the majority of you. In my rational brain, it doesn’t make sense to me. In my irrational brain, the brain that rules my hatred of self, of body image, of weight and everything that comes with the word “weight,” this victory had been seemingly insurmountable… until now.
Overfed Yet Undernourished

Overfed Yet Undernourished

Written by Ellen Briggs
on Sunday, 16 August 2015
Does being overfed and still undernourished sound like an oxymoron to you?

If so, you are not alone.

You could be overfed with nourishing food which is one step better, but sadly, many feed themselves more calories than needed with man-made nutrient-empty food. This past 4th of July holiday, I was once again discouraged with what I saw and heard from a community of well-educated American parents.

While walking through a grocery store, I couldn't help but notice baskets being filled with stacks of pure white deli potato salad, deli-made BBQ chicken wings, bags and bags of chips, stacks of packaged hot dogs and processed cheese slices, pounds of hamburger meat, bleached white buns, boxes of cookies and crackers, dyed popsicles, sodas, colorful energy drinks, ice cream, bags of candy, a few stalks of corn (yeah!) and some iceberg lettuce.

One cart was completely packed with cases of soda. (I should have taken a photo; I bet you've seen this with your own eyes.)

You say, "Okay, it's a holiday, so what?" I say, this grocery spree is repeated throughout the year.
Biking: A New & Healthy Adventure

Biking: A New & Healthy Adventure

Written by Kelly Adams
on Sunday, 16 August 2015

I love being active.

I know that this may be one of those generic statements at which people tend to be puzzled. But, I really do mean it when I say I love being active.

Exercise can be difficult for me, mostly because I often find myself unmotivated to get up and go. As a graduate student, I also have a hectic schedule. I work part-time, take graduate level classes, conduct psychology and communication research projects, and teach introduction courses in both basic and interpersonal communication.

When do I have the time to work out the way I want to?

This summer, I actually took my dusty bike off the racks in my parents' garage and brought it with me when I moved for graduate school. I was excited that I was going to finally take up biking again. As a kid, I spent many, many hours riding around the neighborhood. I had such an enthusiasm for biking.

I have not been on my bike for seven years. Seven years. That's a very long time. I tried picking it up a few years ago, but I just did not have the endurance to go for a long ride.

After several years of working out in college, I have better endurance. I love to walk and go for long hikes. But, I was still afraid that I'd be unable to ride very far and that it would take a few months to build up my endurance on my bike.

Zucchini on My Mind

Zucchini on My Mind

Written by Carolina Lima Jantac, MS, RD, LD
on Friday, 21 August 2015
I recently noticed a variety of zucchini recipes popping up on my social media newsfeeds. It could be because they are in abundant supply this time of year, but I believe it is also related to the fact that we are all searching for interesting new ways to cook and eat our veggies!

Zucchini is powerful enough to stand on its own as a side dish. It has enough flavor and texture to absorb herbs and spices, making it a versatile vegetable to cook. Nutritionally speaking, zucchini is a favorite for those watching their waistlines. At only 30 calories for each medium-sized zucchini containing no saturated fat or cholesterol, it's a very low-calorie food. Its skin is a good source of fiber, which not only helps with digestion, but also keeps you satiated. Plus, zucchini is a valuable source of folate, vitamin A, and antioxidant-rich vitamin C.

Enough reasons to stock up on this summer vegetable, right?
Self-Expansion & Growth: Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Self-Expansion & Growth: Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Written by Kelly Adams
on Monday, 03 August 2015

If you never go out and explore, you will never know what you are missing. 

I lived in the city of Chicago for several years when I was working on my two Bachelor’s degrees. I loved going out and taking long walks, going to the beach to soak up the sun, walking around Lincoln Park Zoo to see the animals, and jumping on the train to explore a different neighborhood. I was always the type of person who loved exploring and pushing boundaries.

When I was a little girl, my mother told me that I was always running around, busy doing whatever it was little kids like to do. I was always going, playing with my little kitchen, swimming, playing sports, baking, gardening, and running around the yard with our family dog. I was fascinated by any new toy or place. It was important for my growth to feel safe expanding and learning while exploring.

The Cost of Eating Healthier is Less than You Think

The Cost of Eating Healthier is Less than You Think

Written by Jaimie Vaughn Proctor
on Monday, 27 July 2015
Many people complain about the high cost of healthy food choices.

Just looking at the prices at Whole Foods and other well-known (as well as lesser known) food stores, you can feel overwhelmed by the high prices for food.

Yet, according to a USDA report, 14% of all deaths in the U.S. are related to poor diets and/or sedentary lifestyles. Eating a healthy diet can greatly reduce the risk of chronic disease and the associated healthcare costs.

So, we know the importance of healthy eating; but, do healthier foods truly cost more?
Healthy Substitutes for Flour

Healthy Substitutes for Flour

Written by Jaimie Vaughn Proctor
on Sunday, 19 July 2015
Wanting to get rid of white flour in your diet? You probably know that most white flours and "all purpose" flours are bad for your waistline. But there's more to it. What makes the flour white, and how can you replace it in your diet?

Most all purpose and white flours on the market have been bleached, bromated, and enriched. 

What does that mean? 

Bleached flour is just what it sounds like – the flour has been chemically bleached to make it whiter. And bromated means that potassium bromate has been added to increase elasticity and improve the rise of baked goods. But, the chemicals used in this process pose potential health risks.
Poor Eating Habits to Quit NOW & Ones to Change Gradually

Poor Eating Habits to Quit NOW & Ones to Change Gradually

Written by Carolina Lima Jantac, MS, RD, LD
on Friday, 17 July 2015
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

And, even though you know you should have had some oatmeal (or at least a piece of fruit) in the morning, instead, you run out the door and end up at your favorite coffee shop to buy a super-duper coffee latte loaded with sugar. Or, maybe you are morning soda drinker and just can’t stop. 

We all struggle with bad eating habits. Here’s the question: Which ones are causing the most harm and should be changed right away, and which ones can you gradually ease into reversing them into healthy eating routines?
From Adolescence to Adulthood: Stress

From Adolescence to Adulthood: Stress

Written by Kelly Adams
on Friday, 24 July 2015

I swear. I have an epiphany about life in general, at least once a week. 

This is emerging adulthood, my friends. You will have revelations about things your parents tried to teach you when you were younger and are only now figuring it out for yourself. You will fail sometimes, but you will also succeed and feel fabulous about it. You will compare yourself to others constantly, and you will experience emotions you never thought were possible to experience. You will get jealous about other people’s happiness (technology and social media certainly do not help with this). 

This is all part of life. You just never thought this would happen to you

I do not claim to be an expert at anything, especially when it comes to living life. But, I have learned a few valuable lessons for those who are at the end of high school, attending college, just starting a new career, or getting married and having a family. 

One of the biggest lessons is how to deal with stress effectively.

Staying Active Without Getting Injured

Staying Active Without Getting Injured

Written by Dr. Jan Szatkowski
on Monday, 22 June 2015
As a physician and orthopaedic surgeon, I try to encourage all my patients to be active. Sports are a great way to stay in shape, spend time with family and friends, and even relieve stress. This week both the Chicago Blackhawks and Golden State Warriors have been crowned champions. 

Now that all the ice has melted and summer is fully upon us, here are a few tips to stay safe while trying to be the next Golden State Warrior and not the injured weekend warrior.

In 2011, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 1.4 million basketball-related injuries were treated in hospitals, doctor's offices, clinics, ambulatory surgery centers and emergency rooms.
Get your Greens in a Soup!

Get your Greens in a Soup!

Written by Carolina Lima Jantac, MS, RD, LD
on Wednesday, 24 June 2015
One of the top food trends in 2014 was kale: kale chips, kale smoothies, kale soups, kale everything started to show up on blogs, restaurants and grocery stores. 

This year kale is still going strong, and other greens are getting some attention as well such as spinach, arugula, mustard, collards and beet greens. They are powerful leafy vegetables rich in fiber, antioxidants, vitamin C and other vitamins and minerals making them an integral part of your diet to combat disease and aid in immune system health. 

The tricky part is how to eat them. They can be added to salads, but some can be quite bitter when raw. Another way is to steam and enjoy it with a little drizzle of olive oil and salt. The most popular way to consume them has become either in juices or smoothies. They are easy to add to the blender and with the right mix of fruits and sweeteners (honey, sugar, fruit juices) they can be quite delicious!
Get Kids Off Meds: Their Lives May Depend on It

Get Kids Off Meds: Their Lives May Depend on It

Written by Ellen Briggs
on Thursday, 11 June 2015
Cory Baadsguard, a teenage boy, sat with his father and told his story: As happens with many kids, he was put on a powerful psychotropic drug. This one was for a social anxiety disorder. 

One fateful day, he didn't feel well and stayed home from school. Next thing he recalls is that he woke up in a Juvenal Detention Center wondering what he was doing there. His father confirmed he had made news; he had gone to school with a rifle where he held his classmates and teacher hostage. Not on that day nor now does Cory have any memory of doing this, and, he was and still is deeply horrified. 

It is known that Eric Harris had been taking psychotropic drugs for a while before he shot and killed at his school in Denver, CO. These are just two examples of how many have suffered the consequences of the over prescription of "mood stabilizers."
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