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Just Right Eating fuses healthy eating, with delicious and convenient meals made locally

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Just Right Eating in Springfield, Illinois, is helping people enhance their nutrition intake and improve their eating habits, setting them on the road to a better quality of life.

Whether picking up a nutritious pre-made snack, side, entrée or dessert or purchasing meals for home delivery, clients who take advantage of the myriad of services and healthy food products Just Right Eating has to offer will taste the advantages of a healthy diet. Just Right Eating is a nutritional meal service and food service store.

Harboring a wide selection of food products carefully chosen and created by Founder Stephanie Johnson, M.S., Exercise Physiology, a fitness professional and sport nutrition expert, Just Right Eating’s selection of goods encompasses heart healthy, well balanced and proportioned meals that are low-glycemic and created from whole foods. Ninety percent of meals are naturally gluten-free. Stephanie is always available to coach Just Right Eating shoppers on how to increase their consumption of nutritious foods as well as offer advice on weight loss, diabetes, heart health, athletic performance and nutritional balance.

”The different options clients have to choose from in the store is based on healthy eating principles,” says Stephanie. “The goal is to provide people with convenience and nutrition to get them on the path to living well.”

In addition to teaching clients the basics of healthy eating, Stephanie combines nutrition with fitness expertise to help clients achieve their optimal fitness level. “I combine both fitness and nutrition methodologies to help clients lose weight and get healthy. My program combines the nutrition found at Just Right Eating with personal training services for sport, fitness and weight loss. I promise to take my clients on a journey that will mentally, physically and emotionally change their life for the better.”

Centered on Fitness

Having actively pursued her passion for fitness and nutrition for over 20 years, Stephanie’s expertise in exercise and fitness as well as her education, experience and philosophy set her apart from other fitness trainers.

“I’ve been studying exercise and nutrition since I was 16 years old,” she says, “educating myself on the relationship between nutrition and human performance and how it deeply affects our quality of life”

Beginning Just Right Eating in 2011, Stephanie’s professional and personal life is centered on fitness and nutrition. In addition to managing Just Right Eating and meeting with clients for personal training, Stephanie studies the latest journals on fitness and nutrition, applying science and logic to better enhance her clients’ and athletes’ fitness programs. Her book, Just Right Eating, explains the principles and methods for healthy eating and includes over 170 recipes and principles to help her clients achieve a balanced lifestyle.

Good Nutrition & CD

Stephanie’s involvement in the health and wellness field derives from more than a passion for helping others achieve a healthier life. Her own personal experience with Celiac Disease, an autoimmune system disease that causes a person’s body to reject the protein gluten, helped her understand the challenges that individuals face.

Celiac Disease (CD) is a multi-symptom, multi-system, lifelong genetic disorder that attacks the small intestine so that the intestine has difficulty absorbing nutrients from food. Lack of absorption causes a person to become malnourished. When individuals with CD consume foods that contain gluten, including wheat, rye, barley and oats, their bodies’ immune system responds with a toxic reaction. Symptoms include diarrhea; constipation; gas/bloating; nausea; nutritional deficiencies; irritability; depression; fatigue; and weight loss.

“I’ve had Celiac Disease my entire life but I just never thought to seek a diagnosis for it until it became prevalent and was diagnosed in 2008,” Stephanie says. “I had all the classic symptoms – I was miserable. After researching the disease, I am now acutely aware of how it can affect a person’s lifestyle and have developed effective solutions and delicious alternatives to help myself and my clients.”

Stephanie offers her clients one-on-one nutrition consultations to help them identify gluten in foods and change the way they eat. She also has a line of delicious specialty products on the market that are gluten-free, dairy free, and soy free. All her products are healthy, natural, balanced, and low-glycemic except for her delicious gluten free, dairy free cupcakes for the indulgences.

Healthy, Convenient Options

At Just Right Eating, shoppers will find a selection of low-sodium, gluten-free, dairy free and vegetarian meals. All meals are made fresh daily in the kitchen and contain a healthy balance of protein, carbohydrates and fats.

Protein may consist of white turkey; eggs; edamame; soy, chicken; fish; tuna; and shrimp while carbohydrates can take the form of slow-digesting, low-glycemic whole-grain pastas; brown rice pastas, vegetables; wild rice; quinoa; couscous; and fresh fruit. Coconut; olive; canola; or nut oils help supply daily fat intake.

“We have our own crew and make about six thousand meals per week,” says Stephanie. “Our meals assist with disease management and prevention, athletics and weight loss. When shoppers are too busy to cook, our meals provide a nutritious, convenient option.”

Whether her clients decide to purchase meals through the store or have them home delivered, Stephanie provides a variety of options. Just Right Eating Complete Meal Delivery is a 5-7 day lifestyle perfect for those who desire both nutrition and convenience to help them lose weight, eat healthy, build muscle or increase sport performance. The Just Right Eating Storefront option allows shoppers to come into the store and choose meals: either breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks. The Athletes Menu is designed around athletes’ and active individuals’ daily workouts and activity and ensures individuals are receiving the correct balance of nutrients to perform to their best potential.

Just Right Eating menus, which vary from week to week, include a wide range of choices for different occasions. Grab n’ Go Meals come in several calorie and macronutrient portions. Breakfasts combine high-quality protein and complex carbs with healthy fats, fiber and nutrients. Always combining fresh ingredients, salads include berry chicken, buffalo chicken, cobb salad and more while dinner may feature chicken, fish, pork, sirloin, tuna casserole or Mexican dishes and pastas.

“Fun” foods, such as pizza, burgers and wraps, are made with gluten-free breads, 96/4 lean ground beef and whole-grain, low-carb, gluten-free tortillas. Wraps may be skinny, spicy tuna, veggie, BBQ, chicken, southwest style while pizzas come in Skinny Italian, Chicken Bacon Ranch, Mediterranean, Marguerite, to name a few. Healthy snacks are also an option. Some gluten-free foods include banana bread, pumpkin muffins, almond butter cookies, fruit and yogurt and mint patties.

Getting Started

Clients who would like to have meals delivered to their home should fill out the health form and the order form by logging onto and clicking on the Just Right Eating link on the toolbar and then clicking Meal Packages and Pricing. Once Stephanie receives the forms, she contacts her client via email or phone to discuss any logistics and answer any questions. She then sends her clients an email with all the important information they will want to reference, a copy of their calories, a calorie deficit they should anticipate and how Stephanie calculated the deficit.

The Best of Both Worlds

Co-joining the benefits of good nutrition and fitness into the everyday lives of her clients, Stephanie get results. “Whether my clients’ goals are to lose weight, become stronger athletes, be in the best shape of their lives, improve their golf game or look and feel better about themselves, I will work with them to help transform their bodies and minds to lead a healthier lifestyle.”

Through her fitness program, SJFitness & Performance, Stephanie designs safe and effective workouts tailored specifically to meet clients’ goals by improving their lifestyles and fitness habits. Dependent on a client’s fitness level, Stephanie designs challenging but fun workouts to help her client achieve her greatest transformation. Each training session builds on the progress of the previous session. Programs are designed to be performed both indoors and outdoors to keep routines fresh and new while helping her clients stay motivated. Stephanie works with clients in the environments where they are most comfortable—even their own home.

“I am daily rewarded by the individuals that I work with,” Stephanie says. “It is satisfying to watch them progress and then maintain a lifestyle that is balanced, healthy and active.”
For more information on Just Right Eating, visit or call 217.827.2669. For more information on Stephanie Johnson’s credentials and expertise, log onto

Just Right Eating is located at 3047 Hedley Road, Springfield, Illinois.

Stephanie Johnson, M.S., Exercise Physiology, is an exercise physiologist, Sport & Fitness Certified Nutrition Specialist, personal trainer, YogaFit instructor and sports conditioning professional with nearly two decades of experience. She holds multiple certifications from various accredited associations and keeps up with the latest research.

Stephanie is the owner and operator of Just Right Eating and SJFitness Training & Performance. She is a member of the American Council of Sports Medicine (ACSM), THE National Sports Conditioning Association (NSCA), AND THE American Society of Exercise Physiologists (ASEP). This article is sponsored advertising content, paid for by Just Right Eating. 

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Dispensary owner says Medical pot for pain would be better quality of life than opioid addiction



Chris Stone, CEO of Springfield and Collinsville medical cannabis dispensary HCI Alternatives

Opioid overdoses killed more than 1,900 people in Illinois in 2016 alone, and the Illinois Senate is moving closer to allowing medical marijuana to be used for conditions that opioids are prescribed for as a way to help curb the alarming trend. Supporters are confident the votes are there to make it happen.

A Senate committee passed Senate Bill 336 out of committee Wednesday with only Minority Leader Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, voting no.

The proposal would add “any other medical condition for which an opioid has been or could be prescribed by a physician based on generally accepted standards of care” to the list of debilitating medical conditions allowed in the state’s Medical Cannabis Pilot Program.

There are 40 different conditions currently on the list, such as cancer, fibromyalgia and others.

“While recognizing the importance of addressing the opioid crisis,” a statement from Brady’s office said, “Leader Brady’s vote was reflective of the concerns raised by the Illinois Department of Public Health on the legislation in its current form.”

IDPH said in a statement the measure is too broad.

“IDPH would be forced to make a judgement on what could be prescribed by a physician, for which there is no clear physician-based, generally accepted standard of care for prescribing opioids,” IDPH said. “ This would also expand the list of qualifying conditions to include anything for which an opioid has been or could be prescribed, such as a sprained ankle, pain after a fall, or having a tooth pulled.”

Chris Stone, who owns medical cannabis dispensary HCI Alternative with operations in Springfield and Collinsville, said opening medical pot up to those who are prescribed opioids to relieve pain offers another option for patients in pain. He said opioids may relieve pain, but they diminish patients’ quality of life.

“Having an option that is going to be less corrosive to your body, that’s going to allow you to function, should be made available to these patients,” Stone said.

He said it’s unclear what the governor’s stance is on the issue, but he thinks the votes are there.

“I think it’s going to get enough support in both chambers,” Stone said, “but the governor is going to have to make a decision as to whether he’s going to support it or not support it based on a supermajority.”

If both the Senate and the House approved the measure and Rauner decided to veto it, it would take a supermajority of votes in the two chambers to override.

IDPH also worried about having a short time frame to approve a potential flood of new applicants to the program if the proposal were to be approved, causing backlogs because of staffing and resource limitations.

“Without a major infusion of staff and resources, IDPH would not be able to manage this volume of applications,” a statement said. “This 14 day timeline would also move those individuals applying as an alternative to opioids, ahead of individuals who are applying for one of the approved conditions, such as cancer and multiple sclerosis.”

The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, Illinois Family Institute and Illinois Church Action on Alcohol and Addiction Problems all oppose the measure.

The Marijuana Policy Project supports the proposal and said the bill “would also take the sensible step of removing the requirement that medical cannabis patients submit fingerprints, provided they qualify under the new provisions.”

“It is a huge first step for the many Illinoisans suffering unbearable pain every day,” MPP’s Chris Lindsay said.

A judge in January ordered the state to add intractable pain as a qualifying condition, something added by the now-defunct Illinois Medical Cannabis Advisory Board. But the state’s public health department plans to appeal the ruling, which will delay its implementation.

The medical cannabis pilot program expires in 2020.


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Flu in Illinois leveling off, not going away



The flu in Illinois isn’t going away anytime soon. The Illinois Department of Public Health says its latest report for the CDC shows a dip in cases, but not a drop in activity.

The state’s report for the second week of the year shows flu cases are down from their peak in December and are holding steady.

Melaney Arnold with the state health department said that doesn’t mean that flu season is ending.

“Flu is unpredictable. We could see an increase later on,” Arnold said. “There are different strains of the flu. H3N2 has been the predominant strain, but there are other strains that circulate. Including H1N1 and Influenza B strains, those typically come a little bit later in the season.”

Arnold says that’s why the IDPH is still asking people to get a flu shot.

Illinois’ report says 175 people were checked into intensive care because of the flu in the second week of 2018, which makes 830 admissions for this flu season. One child has died.

Arnold said that’s about all the information that the state tracks.

“Illinois is similar to the CDC in what it tracks when it comes to influenza,” Arnold said. “We look at influenza-related ICU hospital admissions, influenza pediatric deaths, and influenza outbreaks. And that’s similar to the CDC.”

Arnold says that’s why the IDPH is still asking people to get a flu shot. She said that way, if the flu makes a comeback, you’ll still be protected.

Doctors say this year’s flu shot is about 20 percent effective. That’s far less than the 50 percent to 60 percent the vaccine usually carries.

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Repeal of fine for not having health insurance set for 2019



U.S. law still mandates that people have health insurance in 2018, but in 2019 the fine on those who don’t have insurance goes away. An insurance broker has said it will be good when the dust settles and the effects of the change become clearer.

The federal tax reform law President Donald Trump signed in December strikes the fine imposed on taxpayers who don’t have insurance coverage, starting in 2019.

HealthMarkets Insurance Agency Individual Insurance Agent Dave Ferguson said there won’t be much of a change in insurance offerings once the mandate is essentially lifted in 2019, but he said premiums outside of government insurance exchanges could go up 10 percent every year.

“These insurance companies do have to make money,” Ferguson said. “They adjust their premiums to the point where they think they’re going to make money. They never know for sure until they get through the whole year.”

With renewed efforts expected this year in Congress to reform the health insurance industry, Ferguson said there’s a lot of confusion among consumers.

“And it will be nice when things settle down and become stabilized in the marketplace, whatever that solution winds up being,” Ferguson said.

Ferguson said the amount of money needed to fund Medicaid could go down as result of people who would have been forced into Medicaid deciding to forego insurance.

Goldwater Institute Director of Healthcare Policy Naomi Lopez Bauman agreed.

“Assuming that people choose not to enroll because there’s no longer a penalty, you could potentially see some savings,” Bauman said.

Medicaid is among the largest costs for Illinois taxpayers.

Ferguson said Illinois’ biggest challenge for those forced into Medicaid because of the mandate is the time it takes to process individual applications.

Bauman said the solution ultimately should be to afford consumers more choices that fit their needs.

“Why not open up the market so there could be more innovation, more choices of products?” Bauman said.

People who don’t obtain insurance coverage for this year can still expect a fine, Ferguson said.


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