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Eczema Triggers and Treatments

Most of us either know someone with eczema, but what is it? What makes it worse? And how can it be managed?

Atopic dermatitis (AD) or more commonly known as Eczema, is a skin condition that results from disruption of the skin barrier, allowing water to leave the skin and allergens to penetrate. This can lead to chronically inflamed, dry, scaly skin and in more severe cases, skin that crusts, cracks, and/or bleeds. In addition, those with eczema commonly have a disbalance of normal bacteria on their skin, which can lead to over-proliferation of staph bacteria, increasing the risk of infection.

There are several factors that can trigger eczema flares. For some people, the dry, indoor air during winter can ignite a flare. For others, the effects of warmer weather such as sweating, outdoor allergens, and increased sun exposure can provoke episodes of itching, rashes, and discomfort to the skin. Fragrances, drying alcohols, harsh chemicals and rough fabrics are other examples of triggers. 

The impact of dealing with eczema on the quality of life can be quite significant, not only for the patient, but also for the caretaker, and the healthcare system. According to the National Eczema Association, when compared to those without eczema or atopic dermatitis (AD), people with AD have increased healthcare utilization (or the use and measurement of services by healthcare professionals to ensure appropriate care). That includes more outpatient doctor visits, more visits to urgent/emergency care, and more hospitalizations. 

Navigating treatment and management of eczema can feel daunting, but if one’s routine centers on these 4 principles, I have found that patients are better equipped in keeping eczema flares to a minimum.

  1. Seek treatment from a board-certified dermatologist. 

Working with a dermatologist will confirm the diagnosis (there are rashes that are eczema mimickers) and help determine whether your eczema can be managed with creams and behavioral modification, or whether a combination approach prescribed by your physician that could include oral medication, light treatment, or biologic injectables are more appropriate for you. You can use the Vaseline x Hued Find A Dermatologist tool to find the right dermatologist for you.

  1. Find (and avoid) your triggers.

This tip challenges one to think outside of the box when considering potential triggers for eczema. Food allergies are often associated with eczema and its flares. While studies have shown this to be true in 5% of cases, the other 95% are attributed to one, or several, of the triggers outlined above. Be sure to avoid doing things that exacerbate dry skin, such as applying alcohols, hydrogen peroxide, or other harsh chemicals. While avoidance of triggers is unlikely to cure eczema, it can help minimize flare-ups. 

  1. Baths provide hydration for dry, parched skin. 

If limited to less than 10 minutes, baths are actually hydrating for dry, eczema-prone skin. Bathing adds water to the skin, and moisturizing immediately after bathing locks in that moisture.

  1. Thick moisturizers are your friend. 

A lesser-known fact is lotions have a higher water content than creams and ointments, which can lead to drying of the skin. For this reason, I recommend thick, rich moisturizers with hydrating ingredients, such as shea butter, due to their thicker water-in oil formulation. This is why I love Vaseline’s NEW Intensive Care Sensitive Skin Relief Lotion. Co-created with dermatologists, this formula uses colloidal oatmeal and ultra-hydrating lipids to provide long-lasting and soothing moisture – 88% more moisture compared to untreated skin – from the first use. As part of the full newly reformulated Intensive Care lotion collection redeveloped to prevent dryness and provide skin with 48 hours of moisturization, each dermatologist tested formula contains a special blend of humectants to draw water into the skin, including ultra-hydrating lipids, and micro-droplets of Vaseline® Original Healing Jelly to combat dry skin and provide up to 90% more moisture.  

Now you are equipped with the knowledge on eczema triggers, how to avoid them, and recommendations for treatment and management. You are officially ready to face the winter season!

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Types of Hyperpigmentation, Symptoms, and Who it Affects

Have you ever noticed spots or patches on skin that are a different shade than other areas? Often times we reference this as hyperpigmentation, which can be used to describe an area of the skin that is darker than the surrounding skin. This can be due to something benign, like a mole, or something malignant, like skin cancer. Benign skin conditions can include moles, birthmarks, skin infections, drug induced rashes/spots, post inflammatory hyperpigmentation that can result from trauma, an old acne spot, melasma and more. Malignant skin conditions can include melanoma and pigmented Basal Cell Carcinoma.

What does this mean for you? If something hyperpigmented on your skin is worsening, I would advise you to see a board-certified dermatologist. Furthermore, I would practice good skin care, which includes daily sunscreen use, especially on the face, neck, chest, and hands. These are common areas where patients come in seeking laser and cosmetic help for sun damage. Many people think that patients with darker skin types do not need daily sunscreen. However, that’s not the case – we all do! 

We know that the sun eats up our collagen, which you can see in the searchable “truck driver skin” reference. We also know that many of us do not wear enough sunscreen in our day-to-day. As a dermatologist I cannot stress enough the importance of wearing sunscreen daily but remember – wearing sunscreen does NOT mean that your skin will not tan or darken when in the sun. Using extra protection like wearing a hat and seeking shade when outdoors, particularly if you are worried about hyperpigmentation, is key. These practices are also necessary post procedures, such as after surgery or laser treatments. If you have a benign skin condition that appears hyperpigmented, regardless of the location, you want to ensure that there is minimal contact with the sun as it will only darken the area.

Typically, hyperpigmentation in and of itself is NOT symptomatic. However, if it is due to a skin infection, it may be itchy or painful. If the cause is pigmented Basal Cell Carcinoma (skin cancer), it can bleed, enlarge, and crust. Just because something is not symptomatic, does not necessarily mean it cannot be concerning, so always check with your dermatologist. If you’re in need of finding a provider, utilize Vaseline x HUED’s directory of dermatologists and practitioners to meet with a medical expert who understands the care that your skin needs.

Next up, let’s address another common concern I encounter with my patients daily. One is post inflammatory hyperpigmentation from acne, an old rash, post-surgical scars, or any other procedure that created temporary inflammation. For these patients, I review good skin care and treatment options using medications that help even out the skin tone. These can come with side effects, so it is prudent to inform your dermatologist of what medications you have tried as well as the concentrations of each. Those steps are advised to ensure efforts are not duplicated and can be treated most efficiently. Many times, patients are eager to start laser treatment to lighten spots quickly. We have many laser options available, but one must remember that being aggressive with laser treatment, (which causes inflammation), can exacerbate the hyperpigmentation. Our skin is the extremely delicate and takes time to heal, so it’s always worth remembering that results will are not immediate. Due to the sensitivity of our skin, I often use a synergistic approach using all the tools we have available, like medications, lasers, and comprehensive skin care, to optimize our time and effort.

Hyperpigmentation can affect anyone, regardless of skin color. Have you ever seen someone with a scratch that healed and left a brown spot? That is hyperpigmentation. Or an acne lesion that has gone away but left a brown spot?  This is another example of hyperpigmentation. Being in the sun will darken the pigment in the skin, so be aware of that! For additional ways to receive Vitamin D beyond that sunshine, try out foods and supplements fortified with the necessary Vitamin D. In the meantime, when you are outside, make sure you spend time in the sun safely.

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Best Practices on Skin Care for Babies

As a Board-certified Pediatric Dermatologist, I am frequently asked the top recommended ways to care for a baby’s skin. This is absolutely one of my favorite questions to answer, especially with September being Baby Safety Month! Caring for baby skin requires incredibly gentle care, while their skin is maturing. Most people do not know that there are developmental and structural changes that occur within the skin as a baby grows. It takes anywhere from 1 to 4 years for a newborn baby’s skin to fully develop after birth. During this time, it is especially important to choose the safest and most gentle products formulated for babies. Let’s take a deeper dive and uncover the leading recommendations on how to best care for your baby’s skin.

Bathing

Bathing requires the use of a gentle body wash along with tepid water. You never want to accidentally burn the skin of a young baby during bath time from the faucet water. You want to first check with parts of your body that are more sensitive to heat, such as your inner wrist or elbow. It’s also important not to keep babies in the bath for very long. Usually a 3-to-5-minute bath is sufficient in most cases. Young babies are particularly at risk for hypothermia (or low temperatures) if left in water for too long. An additional best practice is to avoid harsh soaps due to their alkaline pH, which wreaks havoc on the skin. An overall great gentle bath wash that meets those needs is the Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture Tip-to-Toe Fragrance-Free Wash!

Moisturization

Moisturization is extremely important to replenish lost water and natural oils needed by our skin during the bathing process. I recommend that following a short bath, apply a gentle moisturizer that contains safe ingredients. Ingredients to avoid in your baby’s moisturizer include: parabens, fragrances, dyes, lanolin, formaldehyde, and other sensitizing agents. If your baby has sensitive or eczema prone skin, reach for a cream or ointment-based moisturizer over a lotion. This skin type will likely require more support. My absolute favorite is Vaseline Original Unscented Petroleum Jelly. It comes in a large size that is affordable.

Diaper Care

The diaper region is a very tricky area to care for as nearly any healthy baby skin can develop a diaper rash. This region often has prolonged contact time to urine and feces that is harsh on newborn skin. The contact on the immature skin from these harsh elements will change the local pH and result in the possible breakdown of the skin, leading to the beginning of a diaper rash (appearing as pink to bright red skin). To minimize the risk of this, the first, and most important step is to do frequent diaper changes throughout the day and night. As any parent or caregiver knows this could be a difficult feat. Diapers with a wetness indicator strip can be very helpful here. This will prompt parents and caregivers to quickly change a wet diaper and avoid prolonged irritation of the skin. If a diaper rash is severe, I often recommend temporarily discontinuing diaper wipes and switching to a soft cotton swab with water to gently cleanse the area when needed. After that step, applying a barrier cream is a must! If you see small red bumps (especially those with white pus-filled tops), scaling, peeling, raw broken, or swollen skin, it’s time to visit your baby’s pediatrician or pediatric dermatologist. If that arises, your baby’s diaper rash could have potential complications, such as a yeast infection, and require prescription medications as a cure.

Eczema/ Sensitive Skin

For babies with sensitive, allergic prone skin, I recommend products with the base ingredient of petroleum which helps provide the occlusion and reinforcement for a proper skin barrier function. My absolute favorite is Vaseline Healing Jelly Baby, which is triple-purified and helpful for protecting chafed red skin. It is my favorite because it is also hypo-allergenic and contains no irritants. The Vaseline mini travel size or Healing Jelly Stick are great for travel and for to-go the diaper bag. Waterproofing your baby’s skin with the best occlusive agent out there is also easy to do as you can find them at your local drug store or online.

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Eye Health: Contact Lens Safety

Contact lenses are an alternative to traditional glasses that is less invasive than correction surgery. Studies estimate about 45 million people in the US wear contact lenses, and two-thirds of those are women. Contact lenses are a great alternative for those needing to improve their vision for physical activities and sports. Research also shows that contact lenses can help boost self-esteem in teens and children. 

However, contact lenses can lead to eye infections and blindness when care protocols are not followed. According to research, 40%-90% of contact wearers do not continuously pursue cleaning and care instructions. Proper care included disinfecting lenses, changing pairs in the designated time frame, adequate remoisturizing, and wear time. Below are recommendations from the American Academy of Ophthalmology on how to properly care for your contact lenses.

Properly care for Lenses:

  • Keep appointments with your doctor to ensure your contact prescription is accurate and your eyes are not experiencing an infection.
  • Do not wash contact lenses in water or put contact lenses in mouth to use saliva to wet.
  • If your eye becomes red and itchy it may be a sign that contacts are old and getting worn and you should speak to a doctor.
  •  Keep contact lenses case clean by rinsing with contact solution and leave it open to dry. Be sure to also replace your case every 3 months.

Eye health is important and it essential to ensure your contact lenses are not causing your eyes any pain. Remember to speak to a doctor about how to wear your contacts and followup if you are experiencing any pain or discomfort.

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Back to School and Back to the Basics:

Summer is starting to wind down for all those headed back to the classrooms, so returning to school is quickly approaching. In recent years, school has created an interesting mix of anticipation and hesitation in our global pandemic. We are still navigating our Covid-19 pandemic, and now we are dealing with the potential for a rise in Monkeypox. 

This does not only impact students and children while in class, but it makes the probability of taking these illnesses home to family higher. In addition, according to Skin Sight, children are in close proximity to each other and still have developing immune systems, which is why illnesses spread quicker within children. Below is a list of techniques and products to help keep your child and students safe during this academic school year.

  1. Wash your hands!

The Center for Disease and Control Prevention also outlines washing your hands properly. One main takeaway is after lathering with soap and water, scrub your hands for 20 seconds before rinsing your hands. Also, note that hand sanitizer is not the same as washing with soap and water; washing your hands should be done whenever possible.

  1. Limit Touching 

This is easier said than done since children learn through touching and exploring the world around them. Encourage them to wash their hands before touching their face and to gently correct at home if kids are excessively putting their hands or items in their mouths. Practicing at home can be very helpful before the school year begins. 

  1. Healthy Habits 

The outbreak of Covid-19 and Monkeypox has sparked so much conversation about being healthy and avoiding illness. Part of that conversation is also having healthy habits like a balanced meal and adequate sleep. Creating a routine that upholds both the caregiver’s and child’s needs can benefit the household’s overall needs.

  1. Keep up with medical appointments. 

It is essential to ensure that your child is up to date on their medical appointments and any vaccinations they may need. This will help keep them protected; if they become sick, having a pediatrician will help them get the necessary medication and help.

We hope this back-to-school season will be full of growth and accomplishments. But, most importantly, we hope this advice helps maintain continued health.

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Calming Stress With Colors

Since 2016 there has been a rise in adults using coloring books for stress regulation and calming the mind. Nielsen Bookscan covers around 85% of the US print book market, and in one year, from 2014 to 201,5, US sales shot up from 1 million to 12 million coloring books in the last year. Since then,n the rate of book sales has continued to rise, and coloring books have been implemented in more adult therapy sessions and wellness activities.

In the book Body Keeps the Score, the amygdala is described as a group of cells in the middle of the brain next to the hippocampus that processes emotion and is used in memory functioning. According to research, when the amygdala is triggered, it starts the flight or fight process, and if the amygdala is damaged, that response can be triggered due to trauma. This not only impacts the mind itself but also significantly affects our bodies.

According to Harvard Health, pivotal moments can pinpoint the start of a stress response. Some of the important body changes are below:

  • Rapid heartbeat 
  • Shallow breathing 
  • Lightheadedness 
  • Stomach ache 
  • Increase blood pressure 
  • Extreme fatigue 

When the amygdala is activated in situations that require hypervigilance, such as looking to see if one is being followed, that is helpful. Your body is looking to focus on keeping you safe, but when the amygdala is damaged and constantly triggered, that tires the body and becomes exhausting. This is why activities such as coloring can help regulate and calm the body by making the amygdala slow down. Coloring also helps with sleep and decreases body aches and heart racing.

Try coloring throughout the day or before bed to destress and help calm the flight and fight responses. Be sure also to seek a professional counselor or therapist if you need more assistance to deescalate your stress.

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#NewSet How to protect your hands at the Nail shop

Monthly manicure maintenance is growing in popularity. According to the Artificial Nails Market Research Report, by 2023, the rise could result in a market value of 2.23 Billion. Nail design historically goes back to 5,000 BC archeologists discovered an Egyptian mummy with ‘henna-tinted fingertips. Nail art allows self-expression and creativity.

But. Should we be worried about the health implications that our nail art and artificial nails could bring in the future? 

Recent studies have been unpacking the newfound concern with the modern-day manicure. With polishes popping up such as Gel and SNS that offer long-lasting wear that is more durable, it may cost our skin.

Using a UV light on nails with gel and sns allows the liquid and dip powder to cure and dry quicker and more even. However, using UV light every 2-3 weeks has severe health consequences for the delicate skin around the nail. It is estimated that an individual may sit 6-10 minutes under the UV emitting lamps, which are known to cause skin cancer. 

Studies are ongoing. One study stated that they could not clearly say UV lights cause skin cancer during manicures. However, research also tells us that prolonged UV light on the skin, such as tanning, can increase our risk of developing skin cancers such as melanoma. So, can we achieve these beautifully manicured looks without damaging our skin? 

The answer is still debated, but knowing the risks and taking precautions can help ease anxiety and keep our hands looking healthy.

Risks with UV light manicures:

  • Premature skin aging: Excessive exposure to UV light can age your skin prematurely.
  • Weakened nails: Gel manicures, in particular, although long-lasting, can weaken our natural nails, especially with added impact of UV light.
  • Skin cancer: Using UV light for extended periods risks skin cancers and melanoma.

Below are tips that can help in decreasing risks and exposure:

  • Special Occasions: Using gel manicures, acrylics, or anything that uses UV light for a special occasion. Many of these polishes or powders can be worn for three weeks up to a month, so wearing them for that time can help.
  • Gloves: There have been different gloves created for manicures. They expose the tip of the nail protecting the rest of the hand from the UV light.
  • Creams: Some salons offer creams that can help protect skin from the light. If your salon does not provide these services, try purchasing your own to carry.
  • Stretching Styles: Who doesn’t love a fresh set? Sometimes though, that means more risk of exposure when wearing for the 3- 1 month mark is more beneficial.

We love to see the individual and community ways we express beauty and art! However, we hope that as we navigate these moments of expressing ourselves, we also remember our safety and health.

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What You Need to know about Sarcomas

Sarcoma is the name of group cancers that arise from tumors within the bones and tissues, such as muscles and fat. According to Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, sarcoma lumps start out as tiny lumps that cannot be felt and then grow and move throughout the body. They impact children and adolescents primarily compared to adults, and one of the most significant indicators of sarcoma is lumps without any injury.

At this time, research has not shown what causes sarcoma cancer, but scientists have been able to find some risk factors that are listed below:

Risk factors presented by the American Cancer Society are below:

  • Family History: Family history of sarcoma or other medical syndromes such as familial retinoblastoma and neurofibromatosis type 1 can increase the risk. 
  • Radiation Treatment: The radiation from cancer treatment can put an individual at risk for developing sarcomas in the body.
  • Lack of Lymph System Drainage:  Radiation can damage our lymph nodes which carry out our immune system cells throughout our body.
  • Harsh Chemicals: Industrial chemicals and herbicides have been linked to causing other forms of cancer and being a risk for Sarcoma.

Signs of Sarcoma look like this:

  • Lumps under the skin that appear without known injury.
  • Pain in the bone 
  • Unexplained broken bones.
  • Blood in stool and vomit

Sarcoma can be treated through chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery, and effective treatment can be determined depending on the spread of the tumors. First, however, it is essential to be aware of your bone health and to immediately speak to a healthcare provider if anything changes.

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HUED challenges you to #takeabreak

In May, HUED shared an article, “The Mental Impact On Our Virtual Lives,” sharing how social media and the constant usage of our phones impact our mental health. Around 4.2 billion people utilize social media as of 2021, according to research which is roughly, roughly 58.4% of the global population.

It is easy to say “put the phone down,” but letting go of a habit without implementing healthy lifestyle changes or daily challenges may leave some feeling like they cannot go without their phone. Below we created a five-day challenge to allow you time away from the phone but first, some ground rules.

  1. Give yourself grace! It has been proven that phones can be addictive, so it is not uncommon for you to feel drawn to keep checking your phone.
  2. Create realistic goals and take them all step by step.
  3. Use the time to not think about your phone or social media and think about “real life.”

Ready for our challenge?

Every day in the morning:

  • Develop a morning routine! Try doing something for yourself, like doing a morning meditation or journaling.
  • Write one affirmation about yourself and say it throughout the day.

5 Day No Phone Challenge

  1. Day One: Take yourself out on a date! It doesn’t have to be expensive, but spend quality time with yourself and journal how it feels.
  2. Day Two: Try a new activity! Something new can get those brain waves flowing.
  3. Day Three: Connect with nature and get some sunlight. Take a hike or visit the beach.
  4. Day Four: Get offline and spend real-life time with your friends and family.
  5. Day Five: Summer cleaning! Take some time to clean out all the stuff you have outgrown.

Disconnecting from your devices allows for time to connect with others and, most importantly, with yourself. While doing this challenge, also make sure to give yourself grace if you feel the urge to check your phone or you do check your phone. Try this five-day challenge, and let us know how your progress went.

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How to Hike and stay Hydrated

Hiking is defined as the act of taking long walks specifically in nature. According to the Outdoor Industry Association hiking has grown in popularity and is now one of the top 4 forms of physical outdoor physical activity. It is an outdoor activity that can be done year-round with the right gear and preparation. We wanted to provide some healthy practices to ensure your safety while you tap into your love of hiking and of nature.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics outlined a couple of tips that we prepared with our recommendations for hiking and camping:

  1. Stay Hydrated: It is important to say hydrated! The recommended ounces of water go up once you are physically active. Be sure to intake more water than you may normally drink because you are losing more water than you think.
  2. Pack Food: When it comes to packing food the academy of nutrition and dietetics recommends the following foods:
    1. Nuts
    2. Apples
    3. Granola bars
    4. Trail mix
    5. Dried jerky 
  3. Back Pain: To avoid potential back injury be sure to pack only what you need and avoid overpacking which can strain your back on a hike.
  4. Pack medicines: It is essential to have all necessary medications and prescriptions prior to going on a hike and it is beneficial to pack medication for possible aches and pains that can develop throughout the hike.
  5. Proper Coverage: Make sure you have the proper clothing and sunblock to protect yourself from the sun even if you are hiking in the winter. 
  6. Rest: Hiking is both a physical and mental sport that calls on both your body and mind so having resting periods in between hikes can help our bodies heal.

We encourage you to get your body moving and to be safe while doing it!

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Get Youth Moving!

With summer coming to a close in the upcoming weeks, we must not shut the door to keep our bodies moving. According to WHO, more than 80% of school-aged adolescents (11-17 years of age) did not meet the recommended one-hour physical activity. The data from this study was released in 2019, before the Covid-19 global pandemic, in which physical activity drastically declined across the board. Therefore, as we prepare for the last few weeks of summer, it is essential to create a daily plan. Below is an infographic by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Keep the Youth Moving:

  1. Try and limit screen-time in the morning and evening to encourage the mind and body to the center.
  2. WATER! Make sure kids are hydrated. Dehydration, as we know, can cause many health conditions and a lack of focus.
  3. You are leading by example! Yes, moving your body through walking, running, dance, or a circuit workout when not only help you but may inspire the kids around you too. Besides, who knows, it may even turn into a fun bonding activity.

Below is an infographic depicting how we can achieve 60 minutes of physical activity with our youth. This graph provided for a research study Start Active, Stay Active, illustrates that these moments of physical activity can be spread throughout the day.

Getting the body moving has a positive impact on both our physical health and even mental health. We encourage everyone to keep this body movement up throughout the day and the seasons! With school quickly approaching, we tend to go back inside but encouraging physical activity, even inside, will help our youth in the long run.

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Chef It Up at Home: Tips For Eating In

With inflation impacting our daily necessities such as food, many people have turned back to eating at home. Prices for individual items such as eggs, milk, and bread have also risen but we have more control over our food if we make it ourselves. Below are some healthy reminders for our seasoned and beginner chefs by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Health Safety In the Kitchen:

  • Wash Your Hands: Yes, just like in the restaurant bathrooms, all cooking personnel should have clean hands before handling food. Even while at home, we need to wash our hands.
  • Clean your groceries: Cleaning groceries is an excellent way to not only rid the germs of other patrons’ germs but of lingering pesticides. 
  • Separate Utensils: Cross-contamination can happen at home. Be sure not to use the same utensil on multiple products. For example, the knife you cut the raw chicken with should not be used to cut the cucumbers for a salad.
  • Know Your Temperature: A quick search online or in a book on what temperature to cook raw items is essential. Serving a raw item is not only inconvenient, but it can make someone sick.
  • Clean Up: Clean up the kitchen! Disinfect and wipe everything down to avoid cross-contamination later. Example: You used eggs that splattered and did not properly clean, and someone started chopping an apple in the same spot. This can make someone sick, especially if people have allergies to specific items.

Following these steps while cooking will ensure a healthy experience, and below, we have an infographic provided by the Food Safety and Inspection Service from the USDA. Cooking food at the wrong temperature can be detrimental to our health.

Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA

Now, what should you be cooking? Well, that depends on your daily life and physical activity. The standard image of the “healthy plate” can be found below:

Harvard University, Healthy Plate.

This image shows that grains and protein are each ¼ of the plate, and fruits and vegetables combined are ½ of the plate. Again, this is an estimated infographic of our daily nutirion. Still, one should do their research and speak to a healthcare professional on what is the necessary breakdown for their health.

After you get the necessary information about your healthy plate, we can move on to the recipes! Cookbooks and digital recipes are available and can help hone in on some creativity in the kitchen. Spice it up by trying new recipes and ingredients and making it fun for yourself, and engaging family members and friends. 

Remember being healthy and being creative go hand and hand, we may have to eat at home, but that does not mean we leave the flavor outside.

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