Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Mind Body Connection

Marni is our special guest on our March 28, 2011 blogradio show, "The Mind-Body Connection." You connect with Marni on Twitter @Marni_MPG or by heading to

Marni Bell

Values kindness and tolerance. She is a passionate student of the lessons that life has to offer. She is also a student of Western Michigan University and is currently progressing in her major of Psychology. Her goal is to successfully achieve a PhD in Behavioral Analysis. MLB has been employed in the field of Speech-Language Pathology for twelve years as a Speech Pathology Assistant. She has studied the art of energy healing and is a certified Level III Reiki Master. Through the enriching experiences of therapy, as well as a quest for personal growth, she has developed a special interest in the profound ability of the human brain to overcome adversity and illness. She is determined to deliver this message with the tools for success, to help enrich the current and future lives of the youth.

Marni is a mother of two sons, Kurtis and Kyle, and a mother-in-law to Bethany Bell. Her son Kurtis is 22 and pursuing his engineering degree at Grand Valley State University. Kyle is 17 and a junior in High School. Kyle wishes to attend medical school following high school graduation. Marni considers her sons to be her master teachers.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Portion Control!

So often, we hear health advisors telling us to watch our portions. But, how do we do that? It is critical to understand what an appropriate portion size of food is to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle. So here is a simple way to remember your portion sizes, by using your hand as a guideline:

-Protein portions should be the size of your palm. Protein can be found in animal products, like fish, meats, and cottage cheese. Some veggies with protein include beans, tofu, and wheat glutens.

-Fats are important, but also very dense, so match portions to the size of your thumb. Good fat sources are avocados, olive oil, nuts, and seeds.

Fist=Fruits, Grains, etc.
-Your bread, fruit, cereal, rice, and grain portions should be about the same size of your closed fist. (Whole grains are always the best choice).

-Open your hand and spread your fingers as wide as you can. That is a good vegetable portion. Raw vegetables are loaded with fiber and nutrients, and contain very few calories.