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Practice gratitude for your body, and see what it can do!

Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

From our experts: Jessi Holden is a registered dietitian/nutritionist at Mary Free Bed. At the beginning of each year, we focus on setting new goals or practicing new healthy behaviors. One thing we may not think a lot about is practicing gratitude. Research shows that those who practice gratitude are thriving psychologically, spiritually, physically and…


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Weight Management Program teaches Rachel lifelong lessons: ‘It’s a chance for real growth and change’ 

Rachel Webster before and after

Rachel Webster joined the Mary Free Bed Weight Management Program, because she wanted to improve her lifestyle and overcome fears about her weight. Since completing the 20-week Foundation program, Rachel said she’s learned some lifelong lessons and lost 25 pounds along the way.  What are some of the most helpful things you learned?  There’s no…


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Add these healthy recipes to your holiday feast

Grilled Polenta Flats with Roasted Pepper Topping

From our experts: Jessi Holden is a registered dietitian/nutritionist at Mary Free Bed.  The holiday season is upon us, and that means celebratory meals filled with traditional dishes. It’s always fun to try something new, though! These three recipes have become favorites in my home, and if you need vegan- or diabetic-friendly ideas or gluten-free…


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Broaden your palette with Hispanic cuisine

Hispanic Heritage Month

From our experts: Jessi Holden is a registered dietitian/nutritionist at Mary Free Bed. Do you ever get in a cooking rut and tire of making the same ol’ meals for dinner? You’re not alone! Instead of diving into the abyss of Pinterest for recipes, narrow your search by focusing on a different culture’s cuisine. Hispanic…


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Energize your morning with these grab-and-go ideas for a healthy breakfast

Pumpkin Energy Bites Healthy Breakfast

From our experts: Jessi Holden is a registered dietitian/nutritionist at Mary Free Bed. Breakfast is an important meal. It provides our body with the energy it needs to start the day off with a fueled-up tank. When you balance your energy intake throughout the day, including that morning fuel, you’re less likely to overeat later….


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Taking care of ourselves means staying connected with those we love

Stay Connected Virtual Connections - Shutterstock

From our experts: Maggie Travin is a psychologist at Mary Free Bed. In times of confusion, fear or panic, the most natural thing to do may be to lean in — both physically and figuratively — to those you love. There are few things more comforting than a warm embrace from a family member. However,…


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Give yourself a break: Keep meals simple during COVID-19 stay-at-home mandate

Black Bean and Barley Soup

From our experts: Jessi Holden is a registered dietitian/nutritionist at Mary Free Bed. I’ve seen so many posts from social media “influencers” dishing out health and nutrition advice, and pushing us to “use our time at home wisely” during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a registered dietitian and health care professional, I’m qualified to provide advice…


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Embrace heart health with these nutrition tips for a healthy lifestyle

Healthy Cooking

From our experts: Jessi Holden is a registered dietitian/nutritionist at Mary Free Bed. February is American Heart Month, and there’s no better time to discuss heart health. Nutrition is a critical component of a healthy lifestyle and a vital way to fight heart disease. Here are some ways to ramp up your heart health: 1….


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