If your doctor has recently tested your blood and told you that your cholesterol is high, there are changes you can make in your diet to help lower the level of cholesterol in your blood and decrease your risk of developing heart disease and diabetes. Some patients can manage their blood cholesterol with diet alone and many stop taking medications after… Continue reading Nutrition to Lower Your Cholesterol
Back in my college days, fried rice was all the rage! Co-ed's flocked to several popular Japanese restaurants in Athens, Ga for a cheap but gigantic portion of fried rice that often lasted several meals. While I am sure those dishes from my school days were loaded with sodium, I still become nostalgic. However, I… Continue reading Turmeric “Fried” Rice
Roasting vegetables is my favorite and THE BEST way to eat cauliflower in my opinion. If you have been on the fence about cauliflower, check out this recipe or try roasting it. I promise you will not be disappointing! I sometimes get into a rut and cook my vegetables the same way, so for this… Continue reading Sweet and Spicy Maple Roasted Cauliflower
If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, kidney failure, or liver disease your doctor may have recommended you follow a low sodium diet. Sodium is important for our bodies but too much attracts fluid into your blood stream increasing pressure inside the blood vessel. High blood pressure for long periods of time can… Continue reading Quick Guide to Low Sodium Nutrition
Snap Peas have become an obesssion of mine recently. Something about that first bite, or snap, has me coming back for more and more. This recipe I threw together while staying with a friend. We are both avid gardeners so we threw in a few peppers from her garden and some cherry tomatoes from mine.… Continue reading Balsamic Snap Peas
I've been hearing this term and seeing it pop up on recipes as a low sodium, dairy-free cheese substitute. Considering a large portion of my patients struggle with hypertension and other cardiovascular aliments, I have decided to do a little digging into Nutritional Yeast and its benefits related to heart disease. What Is Nutritional Yeast?… Continue reading Nutritional Yeast: What Can It Do For Your Heart
High blood pressure, or hypertension is an epidemic in the Caribbean. Caribbean cuisine is traditionally high in sodium resulting from geographical isolation and the need to preserve foods in the hot and humid environment. This meant adding salt. Today, with the invention of refrigeration we no longer need to heavily salt foods to preserve them.… Continue reading 25 Low Sodium Recipes to Improve Your Blood Pressure
I know waiting till July may seem hard... BUT for all you lucky folks I have a sneak peak at Julius "The Chef" Jackson's new cookbook My Modern Caribbean Kitchen that you can try at home today! In honor of Cinco De Mayo, I am sharing this delicious Caribbean & Mexican fusion recipe! Let me start by… Continue reading Caribbean Quesadilla! Sneak Peak from My Modern Caribbean Kitchen by Julius “The Chef” Jackson!
Living healthy is important, but so is enjoying the foods we eat. Finding healthy Caribbean cooking can be hard on St Thomas. I find the traditional fare tends to be high in refined carbohydrates, saturated fats, and sodium (or salt). Excessive intake of these increases your risk of developing high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes,… Continue reading Healthy Caribbean Inspired Recipes
I’ve been struggling with writing this post, because recently, my internal dialogue is reaming “how can you possibly tell others how to set goals when you can’t meet your own?” Being a dietitian, I sometimes feel like a hypocrite. I have come to this point so many times in my life. I’ve set goals. Easy… Continue reading How To Be A Failure….
This is a fast and easy low-carb stir fry dish. If you are watching your sodium be sure to use low-sodium soy sauce and try substituting shrimp with chicken or another lean meat that is lower in sodium. Ingredients - 1 pound - Shrimp, raw - 2 tablespoon - Soy sauce, reduced sodium - 1… Continue reading Low Carb Shrimp and Spaghetti Squash Stir Fry
For February, I set a goal to try at least two new things every week. Initially I had intended for my new experiences to be completely food and fitness related, but as I discussed last month, sometimes, life requires us to adapt. Nevertheless, I did well this month and not only exceeded my expectations, but… Continue reading 13 NEW Things to Try on St Thomas
Cooking chicken in the crock pot is my favorite way to make it. Seriously who doesn’t love chicken that just falls apart?! Slow cooking the chicken breast makes the white meat juicy and tender. Plus, you can leave it unattended and not worry about the chicken drying out! NOTE! If you prefer, you can mix… Continue reading Slow Cooker Chicken 3 Ways
Give yourself a pat on the back! You made it through the first month of the year! If things didn't start out as expected, it's ok! You still have 11 more months to make 2018 the year to reach your health and fitness goals! Those of you just joining me on my journey, I am… Continue reading Keys to Meeting Your Health Goals in 2018: Adaptability and Positivity
We all want to live as long as possible to enjoy our time here with family and friends. Millions of dollars each year are spent into the health and diet industry to achieve this goal. However, the answer may be a lot simpler than you think.... FIBER!! I started this post a while… Continue reading 5 Reasons Eating Fiber Will Make You Live Longer