Behavioral Health
May 26, 2023

ADHD and Anxiety – What’s The Difference?

Understanding the differences between ADHD and Anxiety and how that can impact your weight loss journey.  Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Anxiety can look very similar on the surface. Both have…
May 26, 2023

Grilled Tequila-Lime Chicken with Grilled Asparagus

Makes approximately 4 servings ⋅ Adapted from The American Heart Association Ingredients 1/4 cup tequila or mezcal OR 1/4 cup white vinegar 2 teaspoons lime zest 1/2 cup fresh lime…
Behavioral Health
May 23, 2023

The Surprising Benefits of Gardening on Mental Health

 Do you look forward to getting outside once the weather starts to get warmer? Are you excited to see plants, flowers, and vegetables become available in local stores and farmers…
May 16, 2023

Why Carbs are Important?

Carbohydrates, or "carbs" for short, are one of the three macronutrients (along with protein and fat) that are essential for human health and well-being. Despite the bad reputation they sometimes…
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April 27, 2023

Health at Every Size: How Weight Stigmas Affect Mental Health

Let’s start by defining stigma.  Stigma refers to a negative attitude or belief that a person is different, inferior, or undeserving of respect. It can be based on a variety…
April 27, 2023

Light Tex Mex Shrimp Wonton Cups

Makes approximately 24 mini wontons ⋅ Adapted from Julies Eats and Treats Ingredients 24 wonton wrappers 2 Tbsp olive oil 24 medium shrimp peeled and deveined 1/2 tsp salt 1 teaspoon chili powder 2 limes juiced Non-Stick Cooking Spray 1/2 c. guacamole 1/2 c. pico…
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April 27, 2023

Being Realistic in your Health Journey

Let’s get real about being realistic.  Being realistic means having a practical and achievable view of things.  In the context of healthcare, being realistic means setting achievable health goals that…
April 24, 2023

The Benefits of Eating Seasonally: Why You Should Choose In-Season Foods

Do you associate a favorite food with a certain time of year? Perhaps it’s corn on the cob or bright red strawberries? Do you remember them tasting better during a…
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April 18, 2023

Hit the Trail: A Beginner’s Guide to Hiking

Hiking is a great way to explore the great outdoors, get some exercise, and disconnect from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Getting started can seem intimidating if you're…
April 11, 2023

Grilled Chicken with Vegetables

Makes approximately 4 servings ⋅ Adapted from The American Heart Association Ingredients: 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil, crumbled 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1…
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April 10, 2023

It’s All In The Sauce! Healthy Alternatives To Store Bought Tomato Sauce

Most of us like tomato sauce as a topper for pasta and pizza or baked into some favorite dishes like lasagna but did you know that many store-bought sauces contain…
March 30, 2023

White Bean and Quinoa Burgers with Avocado

Serving size: 1 burger ⋅ Adapted from The American Heart Association Ingredients Cooking spray 1 15.5-ounce can of no-salt-added cannellini beans, rinsed and drained 1 medium avocado, halved, and 1/2…
March 28, 2023

Curried Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry Chutney

Makes approximately 4 servings ⋅ Adapted from The American Heart Association Ingredients 1 lb. pork tenderloin (all visible fat discarded) 1 Tbsp. curry powder 2 tsp. olive oil (extra virgin…
March 27, 2023

How To Read Nutrition Labels

Walking through the grocery store and trying to choose healthy items can be a daunting task. Even items that seem like they should be healthy, or are marketed to be…
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March 20, 2023

5 Interesting (and Useful!) Facts About Women’s Nutrition

Every individual has unique nutritional needs, especially when it comes to weight loss. However, on the whole, nutritional needs for women vary from the recommendations for men in key ways.…
March 15, 2023

Chicken and Ham Jambalaya

Makes approximately 6 servings ⋅ Adapted from The American Heart Association Ingredients 1 lb extra-lean ham (cut into half-inch dice)  1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts (all visible fat discarded,…
March 7, 2023

Fish Stew with Tomatoes

Makes approximately 4 servings ⋅ Adapted from The American Heart Association Ingredients: 1 tsp. canola or corn oil 1 medium green bell pepper (chopped) 1 medium carrot (quartered lengthwise, chopped) 1/2…
Behavioral HealthNutrition
March 6, 2023

Gut Feelings

Why is it that we tend to feel our emotions in our gut? That “sinking feeling” when something bad happens, the “knot in your stomach” when you are worried, the…
February 21, 2023

Seared Beef Sirloin and Grilled Peaches

Makes approximately 4 servings ⋅ Adapted from The American Heart Association Ingredients 1 pound boneless top sirloin steak (about 1 1/2 inch thick), all visible fat discarded 4 medium peaches,…
February 14, 2023

Lemon-Garlic Salmon Foil Packet with Green Beans and Potatoes

Makes approximately 4 servings  ⋅ Adapted from The American Heart Association Ingredients 1 pound new potatoes, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced into 1/8-inch slices 2 teaspoons minced garlic 1 pound green…
Behavioral Health
February 14, 2023

Is an Eating Disorder Causing My Weight Gain?

Living with excess weight or obesity is already difficult, and if you have been fighting your body weight for a while (or maybe your whole life), the guilt and shame…
February 8, 2023

Indian Spiced Pumpkin-Apple Soup

Makes approximately 4 servings  ⋅ Adapted from The Mayo Clinic Ingredients: 1 teaspoon canola or corn oil 2 peeled apples, such as Fuji or Gala, chopped into 1-inch pieces 1…
February 2, 2023

Back to Basics with the Big Three of a Heart Healthy Diet

The advice to follow a heart-healthy diet is so common in the nutrition world that it has the risk of becoming cliche. Especially in competition with more recent, trendier diets…
January 23, 2023

Soft Tacos with Vegetables

Makes approximately 4 servings ⋅ Adapted from the Mayo Clinic  Ingredients: 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 medium red onion, chopped (about 1 cup) 1 cup diced yellow summer squash 1…
January 17, 2023

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Makes approximately 4 servings ⋅ Adapted from the Mayo Clinic Ingredients 1 cup uncooked quinoa 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 cup chopped zucchini 2 cups chopped tomato 1/2 cup chopped…
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January 13, 2023

Choosing the Right Diet for You

The new year is here, and like many people you are probably thinking about getting healthier in 2023. How we eat tends to be one of the biggest, and most…
January 10, 2023

Vegetarian Chili with Tofu

Makes approximately 4 servings ⋅ Adapted from the Mayo Clinic  Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 small yellow onion, chopped (approximately 1/2 cup) 12 ounces extra-firm tofu, cut into small…
January 4, 2023

Chicken Parmesan

Makes approximately 4 servings ⋅ Adapted from The Mayo Clinic Ingredients 4 chicken breasts (4 ounces each) 2 egg whites 1 cup panko breadcrumbs 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 2…
December 14, 2022

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Makes approximately 8 servings ⋅ Adapted from The Mayo Clinic Ingredients 3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cubed 6 garlic cloves, separated and peeled 1/2 cup fat-free milk 1 tablespoon…
December 6, 2022


Makes approximately 14 servings • Adapted from The Mayo Clinic  Ingredients 2 cans (16 ounces each) of reduced-sodium chickpeas, rinsed and drained except for 1/4 cup of liquid 1 tablespoon…
Success Story
November 15, 2022

Putting an End to the Vicious Cycle Through a Weight Loss Program That Works

For as long as he could remember, Don Burrows had been trying to lose weight. He was caught up in a vicious cycle of getting motivated, starting a weight loss…
November 10, 2022

Low Sodium Potato Salad

Makes approximately 8 servings • Adapted from The Mayo Clinic  Ingredients 1 pound of potatoes, diced and boiled or steamed 1 large yellow onion, chopped (1 cup) 1 large carrot,…
November 8, 2022

Macaroni and Cheese

Makes approximately 6 servings • Adapted from The Mayo Clinic Ingredients 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 yellow onion, diced (about 1 cup) 1 rib celery, diced (about 1/4 cup) 1…
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November 1, 2022

Why Sleep Matters

Research tells us that focusing on two factors, diet and exercise, is the key to having a successful weight loss journey. However, in recent years we have learned other factors…
October 31, 2022

Diabetic Friendly Fruitcake

Makes approximately 12 servings • Adapted from The Mayo Clinic Ingredients 2 cups assorted chopped dried fruit, such as cherries, currants, dates, or figs 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 1/2 cup crushed…
October 28, 2022

Iced Latte

Makes approximately 4 servings • Adapted from The Mayo Clinic Ingredients 2 cups brewed decaffeinated espresso coffee, cooled 2 tablespoons golden brown sugar 1 1/2 cups fat-free milk 2 tablespoons sugar-free…
October 24, 2022

Sugar Addiction

Do you have the urge to eat something sweet after every meal? Do you often crave sugary drinks like soda or sweet tea? You may be showing signs of sugar…
October 18, 2022

Trick or Treat? 6 Tips for Breaking The Halloween Candy Mindset

It's that time of the year again! When we dress up as our favorite superheroes or cartoon characters and give out candy. This is a time for fun and celebrations,…
October 14, 2022

Chewy Low Fat Banana Nut Oatmeal Cookies

Makes approximately 15 Servings • Adapted from Ingredients: 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 2 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup unpacked brown sugar 1 large egg 1/4 cup mashed ripe banana 1/2 tsp vanilla extract…
October 13, 2022

Weight Management: 10 Keys to Success For Your Patients

It’s no surprise that diets do not work for long-term weight management. Drastically cutting calories, eliminating food groups, or deprivation of foods that are enjoyed are not sustainable over time.…
Success Story
October 12, 2022

Recommitted to Living Life to the Fullest, One Lost Pound at a Time

For Marc Cooke, maintaining a healthy weight has been a lifelong struggle. He’s tried just about every weight loss program and diet under the sun. Some worked well and others…
Fiber Nutrition
October 10, 2022

Fiber: Good or Bad for Your Diet?

Googling any nutrition-related topic will give you conflicting results and probably leave you even more confused than when you started. For instance, search “is fiber good or bad for you,”…
October 7, 2022

CoreLife: A Place to Refer Patients to Start and Succeed

Since spring 2022, Dr. Rob Lejawa has been continuously referring patients to CoreLife Novant Health, a comprehensive weight loss program that guides people through a journey of positive transformation. The…
October 4, 2022

Italian Pasta Salad

Ingredients FOR THE PASTA SALAD: 2 cups whole wheat penne, cooked 2 cups canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed 1 cup chopped orange bell pepper, can sub. red, yellow, or green. 3/4 cup sliced cherry tomatoes 1/2 cup chopped red onion 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, cut into…
October 3, 2022

For CoreLife’s Founder, Ending the Obesity Epidemic is Personal

For Sean Kostkowski, president and founder of CoreLife Healthcare, the decision to launch his groundbreaking company was a personal one. Throughout his childhood, Kostkowski watched his brother struggle with his…
September 14, 2022

The Shift to Patient-Centered Thinking about Obesity Disease

Obesity is a public health issue that affects 42% of the American population and significantly increases risk for other health conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, certain types of cancer,…
August 31, 2022

Curry Chickpea Salad

Makes approximately 4-5 servings · Adapted from Hannah Magee, RD Ingredients: 1 19 oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed 1/2 cup raisins(optional) 1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced 2 medium…
August 31, 2022

Roasted Chickpeas

Makes approximately 4 servings · Adapted from  Ingredients: 1 (15-oz.) can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed 1 tbsp. vegetable oil 1/2 tsp. kosher salt For Seasoning: 1 tsp. cumin…
August 29, 2022

Tuna Salad with Hummus

Makes approximately 4 Servings · Adapted from Hannah Magee  Ingredients: 12 oz flaked light tuna, drained 1 stalk celery, finely chopped 2 tbsp diced red onion 1 medium dill pickle,…
August 22, 2022

Understanding Hunger Hormones in Weight Management

As research uncovers more about the relationship between the gut, brain, and overall health, the term “hunger hormones” is becoming more common. It shows up in the world of weight…