Jeannette BessingerJeannette Bessinger, Board Certified Holistic Health Counselor and owner of Balance for Life LLC, is a co-author of the upcoming book Whole Life Nutrition A Simple Approach to Nourishing America's Busy Families, and the meal and recipe designer for the Dr. Jonny Bowden’s The Healthiest Meals on Earth 50 Recipes and Why You Should Eat These Foods (release: spring of ’08). A motivational speaker and health/nutrition educator, Jeannette regularly gives talks and classes to businesses, corporations, non–profits, wellness centers, hospitals, colleges and faith–based organizations with an interest in wellness and disease prevention. Jeannette has provided services in health education and prevention for individuals and groups in a wide variety of venues for fifteen years. Her professional specialty is the development and facilitation of unique, effective lifestyle change programs targeting complex health and wellness issues such as obesity, chronic stress, family balance and disease prevention. Creator of the Whole Life Nutrition™ approach to health improvement, she currently runs these successful lifestyle change programs in both hospital and holistic settings. Jeannette acts as a lifestyle health consultant to several public and private groups and coalitions working to improve the health of schools and cities. She was a lead investigator and strategist on a citywide assessment and intervention plan for obesity funded by the RI Department of Health. She also designed and facilitated an obesity prevention program for Head Start with a grant from the American Association of Pediatrics. A graduate among the first class of women at Columbia College, Columbia University, Jeannette has pursued an extensive, multi–modal education in teaching, health and wellness. As a very busy wife and mother of two children, she understands first hand how challenging it can be to maintain a healthy balanced lifestyle as a working parent. With a personal history of autoimmune disease and diabetes, she knows how vital it is to put your health first on your priority list. Much of the depth and practical nature of Jeannette's material arises directly from her own efforts to meet the challenges of balancing health, family and a lively career.
Jennet Bessinger: I'm Jennet, and we are making healthy breakfast and right now I'm going to show you what you can grab if you are actually, literally running out the door, there is no reason not to have something especially with a little preparation. So the easiest thing to do and this works for teenagers on their way to school too, is to grab a piece of fruit, now if you are looking for something with a little bit lower sugar, you want to try something like an apple or pear or a piece of melon, and any form of berries, if you like to add a little more oomph to it, with some protein and some fiber, the easiest thing to do is to grab some nuts, you can grab a handful of almonds, if you would like, or if you have walnuts, you can keep them shelled and ready to go. I like them raw not toasted, they are a little bit easier to digest, and if you have just a moment, if just a moment you can take a ripened Cantaloupe, open it up, scoop the seeds out, it's very easy to poke Cantaloupe out of it's peels and make an instant smoothie, it is good and here I'll show you how quickly settles down. So it grinds right up, very smoothly into a quick drink, and you can just put that in a cup to go. If you would like to have a sweeter fruit, just grab a banana and add a little bit more fiber and protein, it's a good idea to keep some ground flaxseeds or even some wheat germ on hand, you can break it in half and just roll it in the wheat germ and children love to do this, and if your kids have some time you can even slice it in half and put a little almond butter in middle, and then you are ready to go. So, those are few ideas for grab it and go, simple breakfast in the morning, and next we are going to be talking about breakfast toasties.