Desserts is Stressed Spelled Backwards

March 28th, 2019

My two young children were recently watching the kids baking championship when the hosts mentioned what desserts spelled backwards read. Their response to me: “What is so stressful about desserts?” Ah, the innocence of elementary school aged children. Why do desserts stress everyone out anyway? The dialogue that we have to put our minds though to make a decisions as to whether to eat the ice cream or chocolate cake–or fruit–creates such unwanted anxiety and…stress.

Back to my children who asked me why desserts are so stressful? Such a difficult question to address to a 6 and 9 year old. Below are some reminders and strategies to help create a positive relationship with desserts and other stressful foods:

  • Try not to use food as a reward or punishment either for behavior of completing a meal
  • Have dessert as part of your meal routines–some family choose certain days of the week to have dessert, others choose to provide dessert when asked
  • Remind your family to eat when they are hungry and stop when they are full and to honor their cravings
  • Modeling is your best guide when creating healthy behaviors

A final thought: What if we just all ate dessert when we wanted it?I bet we would enjoy it more and not overeat it. And I bet desserts would make us a lot less stressed.

January, 2019 Newsletter

January 9th, 2019

In the News

Happy new year! I hope 2019 brings you good health and balanced nutrition! Resolutions are all over the news during these first few weeks of the year; brainstorming realistic goals for ourselves and our desire to lead a healthy lifestyle should always be on our minds-both short term and long term. As 2018 ends and 2019 begins lets always remember to constantly re-evaluate our goals to make them manageable, realistic, and positive!

Keeping our nutrition goals positive for 2019 is a key to a balanced lifestyle. Its easy to focus on the negative and all the foods and habits we want to eliminate from our lifestyle. I recommend to keep all goals positive; to focus on the foods we want to add and behaviors we want to enhance. Think about your goals, write them down, constantly evaluate and change them!

To get to know a little bit more about me, I thought I might tell you some of my nutrition goals for 2019…
Family Meals: I love cooking and trying new restaurants with my family; We don’t eat together every night, but those nights we get to are unforgettable! My goal is to keep it up–and chasing after a husband, 8 year old son and 5 year old daughter will definitely make it a challenge!
Balanced Diets: One of my favorite household sayings! Making sure my house is full of yummy fruits and vegetables as well as cookies and ice cream is a must! As parents, being positive role models for our children is the best food advice around. I eat ice cream, so my kids should too! And nothing beats a good salad topped with goat cheese, walnuts and an asian peanut dressing.
Eat When You are Hungry and Stop When You are Full: If you read my newsletter you know this is my favorite saying! My goal is to continue to honor my intuitive cues and cravings.
Exercise: We all need to find time to move our bodies and find a type of movement that we connect to. There are too many types of exercise out there to love–do not do anything you hate! You can find me on my yoga mat, spinning, and on the tennis court.

I can’t wait to read about your goals in 2019!

December 11th, 2018

In the News

Happy Everything! Whether you celebrate Hannukah, Christmas, something else or nothing at all, December can be an exciting, fun, festive and stressful time of year. As the weather gets colder (in the Northeast!), we could all use a little more balance in our lives. This months newsletter will feature two very different ways we can apply balance into our days. Enjoy!

Wishing all my readers a happy, healthy, and balanced New Year!

How can we be more balanced in our lives: #1 Food

Whether it’s February, July or December, food is everywhere–we can’t avoid it! Nor should we…leading a balanced life starts with food–this of course coming from a nutritionist! So what do I recommend? Balance! Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, chocolate, cheese, whatever you crave and desire! Below are a few key points…

  • Eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full
  • Honor your cravings-sooner the better, and be as specific as you can with giving yourself the foods that you want
  • Never say no–to yourself, to your loved ones-deprivation simply leads to increased cravings and eventually over eating
  • practice mindful eating techniques–slow down the chewing process, and be aware and present when you are eating

How can we be more balanced in our lives: #2 Tea

Teas come in so many different flavors and can really balance our lives. Below I have outlined a few of my favorites and their unique characteristics. Enjoy the hot versions on a cold winter day, or an iced tea when the weather gets hot!

  • Green tea: Green tea has been shown to improve blood flow, lower cholesterol as well as improve blood sugar levels in those with diabetes.
  • Black tea: Black tea is known to banish fatigue, stimulate mental alertness, and raise energy levels. It has been shown to reduce stress hormone levels and acts as a nerve sedative, frequently relieving headaches
  • Mint tea: Examples includepeppermint and spearmint; they are 100% naturally caffeine-free and traditional herbal remedies for digestion
  • Chamomile tea: Chamomile is a flowering plant in the daisy family. It is 100% naturally caffeine-free, and traditionally used as a sleep aid and help with relaxation

october 2018 newsletter

October 2nd, 2018

Stacey Schulman Nutrition

Stacey B. Schulman, MS, RDN, CEDRD, CDN
91 Smith Avenue, Mount Kisco, NY 10549
ph: 914.861.5045; email:

In the News

the power of yoga…
yoga is a discipline with physical, mental, and spiritual components. What I love about yoga is there is something in the practice for everyone-whether you are looking to stretch, build strength, or raise your heart rate, you can always turn to your mat to reach your goals. Yoga can reduce anxiety and stress, decrease the risk and symptoms of chronic disease, and enhance overall mood.
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What’s New…


Crazy for Crucifers
A good source of fiber, vitamins K, C, and E, folate, potassium, and calcium, these “dark green leafy vegetables” are an important part of any balanced diet. Below are a few of my favorites…

Cauliflower: A favorite these days in pizza crusts and salads. Varieties include broccoflower (a cross between broccoli and cauliflower) to purple, orange and chartreuse Romanesco cauliflower.

Rutabaga: Larger than a turnip, it’s the crossing of a wild cabbage and a turnip. Best eaten roasted, mashed, or cut into chunks to replace potatoes in soups and stews

Mustard Greens: Excellent sources of Vitamins A, C, and K. With a strong tastes, they are preferred cooked over raw. Try braising them or sautéing them with olive oil, or add them to curies and soups.

Kohlrabi: More popular in Germany and India, it is a common ingredient in curry. Beneath the purple, pale green or white exterior is a crisp, juicy and mild tasting white flesh.

september, 2018 newsletter

September 13th, 2018

Stacey Schulman Nutrition

Stacey B. Schulman, MS, RDN, CEDRD, CDN
91 Smith Avenue, Mount Kisco, NY 10549
ph: 914.861.5045; email:

Not only does it make a pretty picture but a sweet fruit! With over 50 varieties, its a close  cousin to cucumber, pumpkin and squash. The most common kinds are seeded, seedless, picnic, icebox, and yellow or orange fleshed. When selecting a watermelon, look for a firm symmetrical melon that is heavy for its size and free of bruises and gashes. Watermelon is very hydrating; it is also full of potassium and lycopene.

What’s New…

Fabulous Fin Fish
One of my favorite foods, fish is full of omega-3 fatty acids. Whether in a sushi meal, broiled or BBQ, there are so many varieties to choose from. Below I have featured a few of my favorites:

Barramundi: With a mild and sweet flavor, enjoy this white fish in Thai cuisine

Red Snapper: A firmer fish with a meaty taste

Pollock: A mild flavored fish filled with phosphorus, selenium, and B12

Recipe of the Month…

Zucchini French Fries: A favorite of mine growing up!

  1. Preheat oven to 425
  2. Slice zucchini long and thick like French fries
  3. mix 1 cup panic bread crumbs, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, and 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  4. dip zucchini into 2 beaten eggs and then breading
  5. bake for 15 min