Suiting up for weight-loss success

TOPS men tell all, part 2 of 3 Reprinted from TOPS News Magazine with permission Previously, we shared the journey of J. Wayne Holden. This week we share the story of Gunter Niklas and his weight-loss success. The journey At a certain point in life, you realize you’ve got to take this stuff off or…

Suiting up for weight-loss success

Three TOPS men tell all – part 1 of 3 Reprinted with permission from TOPS News Magazine As some men get older, they tend to move a little less and eat a little more – maybe a lot more. Like most guys, it can be chalked up to the inevitable aging process. The phrase, “I’m…

Herbal supplements

Leanne McCrate, RD, LD, CNSC Dear Readers: Chances are, many of you are taking some type of herbal supplement. People are turning to natural remedies for their health, such as ginseng for better energy, saw palmetto for prostate health, or echinacea to boost the immune system. In 2019, Americans spent about $9.6 billion on herbal…

Addressing the impact of loneliness on older adults’ nutritional habits

Local program highlights the importance of companionship during mealtime for seniors Now more than ever, we recognize the importance of human connection; but few realize how a lack of connection affects our daily behaviors, especially for older adults. In fact, a survey from Home Instead, Inc., found that older adults who eat most meals alone…

My sensible approach to weight loss

By Joe Luper, Reprinted with permission from TOPS News Magazine What made me join TOPS? I had ballooned to well over 280-plus pounds. I needed to do something. I first started to address my weight problems by myself. When I was a few years younger, I tried a popular diet, and that worked for a…

EV-W FFA apple sales

It’s that time of the year again. The Eden Valley-Watkins FFA will be selling apples from their orchard starting Wednesday, Sept. 1. Varieties available include Connel Red, Haralson, Honeycrisp, Prairie Spy, Sweet Sixteen, and Zestar. Apples will be sold by the dozen and on a first-come, first-serve basis. If interested in ordering, please email FFA…

Vegetarian diets

Dear Readers, By now, you probably know someone who has adopted a vegetarian diet. Estimates put vegetarianism at around 5% of the American population. (1) That may not sound like many, but it comes to roughly 16.5 million people. People cite different reasons for converting to vegetarianism, from better health, to environmental factors, to better…

Oh, my mayo

There has been a long debate between family and friends over which there can only be one side. Mayo, not Miracle Whip. It actually shouldn’t even be a question. One is an ingredient and the other is merely a sandwich spread. -Miracle Whip does have its place in the bologna white-bread lunch-box sandwich of the…

Differences between celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, and a wheat allergy

Leanne McCrate, RD, LD, CNSC Dear Dietitian, I’ve been experiencing a lot of digestive problems like stomach cramping and bloating. My friend has celiac disease, and she thinks I may have it, too. I have an appointment with my doctor and have been reading up on celiac disease. I don’t understand the differences in gluten…

North to Alaska

I recently made my first trip to Alaska. I will say right now that it will not be my last. I loved it! We started in Anchorage visiting my cousin Justin and his family. Justin moved to Alaska about 30 years ago and never looked back. His wife Evelyn is from there and they are…