Category Archives: Nutrition

Cortisol, Inflammation, and Dietary Lifestyle by Lisa Johnson, RD

Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced in the adrenal glands in response to stress. The purpose of cortisol is to provide immediate blood glucose to fuel a “fight or flight” encounter. Under short-term stressful events including exercise, cortisol is a friendly hormone that aids your body’s adaption. The negative results from elevated cortisol levels occur… Continue Reading

Traditional Soda Bread Revised by Lisa Johnson, RD

Besides being a yeast-free alternative to bread, soda breads are very quick and easy to make. And, they can be quite nutritious. My favorite is a whole-grain, high-fiber bread made with whole wheat flour, oatmeal, bran, and flax meal. It takes 50 minutes from start to finish and is delicious any way you serve it,… Continue Reading

Freedom with Food by Lisa Johnson, RD

As we enter this new year, I want to address the importance of effective goal-setting. In order to stay on track in achieving positive outcome, you must clearly define your goals, and revisit them often. A common error in setting goals for health and wellness is making them results based. For instance, if my goal… Continue Reading

Better Snacks by Cari Culp, RD

Every household has those staple foods they love. Today I want to share my favorite staple snacks and foods items that are also packed with nutrition! Hope these items give you more healthy eating options! Love Beets: Pre-cooked and peeled beets that can be enjoyed on a salad, in a smoothie or juice or simply… Continue Reading

Healthy Bites For This Busy Holiday Season and Beyond, by Lisa Johnson, RD

By the time you read this, the doors have swung open and the race is on! The last few weeks of each year tend to be the most frantic as we aim to complete deadlines, strategize for the coming year, and celebrate where we’ve come with an abundance of food and giving. It’s a wonderful… Continue Reading

Tips to Indulge Guilt Free this Thanksgiving by Cari Culp, RD

I love Thanksgiving! Partially because I love to cook but also because it is the kickoff to that special time of year filled with love, laughter, relaxation and good company. With Thanksgiving however, comes a lot of anxiety around how to maintain health goals and avoid setbacks. That “It’s the holiday’s, I’ll eat whatever I… Continue Reading

A Must Share by Lisa Johnson, RD

When you discover something that works, you must share. One of my new favorite meal-snack staples is a baked oatmeal casserole. Overnight oats became a rage because people need quick and healthy breakfast options. When preparing for the Mediterranean class, I discovered another baked version that I prefer. This healthy alternative makes a satisfying high… Continue Reading

Cold Weather Lunch (or Dinner) Ideas: Warm Salad Bowls by Cari Culp, RD

Do you find yourself getting bored with packed lunches, eating out frequently or having a hard time incorporating veggies into your lunch meal? Maybe you want some warmer lunch options versus the typical sandwich or salad now that the weather is getting cooler. Even though the cold weather is blowing in, we can still find… Continue Reading

Boundaries That Promote Peace by Lisa Johnson, RD

In my last blog I shared about pursuing peace as the foundation of a healthy lifestyle, peace with yourself being high on the list of priorities. I truly believe apart from that, every other effort to be healthy is in vain. I, like many others, wrestled with eating disorders when I was young(er). Honestly, it… Continue Reading