The Great Pumpkin (Seed)

Halloween is one of the most underrated holidays out there. It has it all- fall weather, parties, scary movies, haunted houses, candy. Oh and I forgot one thing… pumpkin! Whether you carve your pumpkins or keep them intact as porch decorations (what are you, a monster?), don’t let those seeds go to waste. Pumpkin seeds […]

Understanding Your Blood Pressure

Your blood pressure is expressed in two numbers- one number on top and one on the bottom. The top number, better known as the systolic blood pressure, is the amount of pressure in your arteries when the heart contracts to push blood out to the rest of the body. The bottom number, or diastolic blood […]

Eat This, Not That: Homemade Veggie Pizza

If you’re anything like me (or human), you probably love pizza and can tear through one with little assistance. In the words of Joey Tribbiani, “What’s not to like?”…. Bread? good! Sauce? good! Cheese? gooooood! I’ve got some bad news… you might want to sit down for this. Pizza is horrible for you. That is, […]

Understanding Your BMI

Body Mass index (BMI) is a measurement often used to determine an individuals overall health. BMI is determined by dividing a person’s weight (in kilograms) by their height (in meters) squared. For example, if I’m 5′ 10″ and weigh 175 lbs, this would be 79.4 kilograms and 1.78 meters. If I plugged these numbers into […]

“The Salty Six”: Where Your Sodium is Coming From

Before jumping in, last week I wrote about sodium’s effects on the heart. Now I’d like to take a better look at where all this sodium is coming from! “The Salty Six” includes the top six sources of sodium in diets of U.S. adults and children. Let’s take a look at each and some examples […]

Stay Active With These 5 Fall Activities

As much as I hate to admit it, summer is over. It gets dark way too early for my liking and the sunny, warm days are a distant memory. Just because summer is gone doesn’t mean it’s time to slow down, so let’s look at some of the best ways to stay active during the […]

Why Sodium is Deadly and How I’m Fighting Back

Sodium is a mineral essential for the body to function. We get sodium from the foods and drinks we consume. If you take in too much sodium, it pulls extra water into your blood vessels increasing the total volume of blood. With more blood flowing through the vessels, blood pressure increases. Overtime, the increased pressure […]