| Posted On May 14, 2014 | By:

Managing Menopause? Consider Your Diet

It’s important for everyone to eat a healthy diet at all stages of life, but for women who are peri- and post-menopausal, diet becomes even more essential.  Most women are concerned about hot flashes and of course weight gain, both of which are unfortunately all too common, but the risk for diseases like osteoporosis, breast cancer and heart disease also increases after menopause.  The good news is that there are steps you can take to (hopefully) glide through menopause and reduce your risk of all of these things.

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| Posted On Apr 15, 2014 | By:

Health Food Impostors

Have you noticed how many “health foods” there are in the grocery store lately?  It’s hard to ignore the advertising and all of the “expert claims” that promise to make you healthier, help your body to work better, and give you more energy.  With so many magic foods and beverages available to us, it’s a wonder we aren’t all super-human!  So should you jump on the bandwagon and believe all the hoopla, or are these products really health food impostors?

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| Posted On Mar 18, 2014 | By:

Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right

March is National Nutrition Month, and the theme for 2014 is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.”  I love this theme because I think it perfectly sums up what registered dietitians are all about.  We spend years learning about food so we can talk about it all day long.  We all love food, not only for its health benefits but also for its taste. When we educate and help people to work towards change,

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| Posted On Mar 06, 2014 | By:

The De-Stress Diet

What’s stressing you out?  Is it your job? Family relationships? Finances? How about the weather?  Whatever’s eating away at you, chances are pretty good it’s also affecting the way you eat and your weight.  And that in turn affects your health.

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| Posted On Feb 11, 2014 | By:

Give Your Heart Some Love, Too!

Since Valentine’s Day is this Friday and February is American Heart Month, I thought it only appropriate to write about the most important way you can show your heart a little extra love. Heart disease is the number 1 killer of Americans, and many of the risk factors for this disease are diet and lifestyle-related and largely preventable. The American Heart Association urges everyone to follow a Heart Healthy Diet in order to reduce your risk,

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| Posted On Jan 06, 2014 | By:

5 Reasons To Eat More Plants

Remember when vegetarians were thought of as tree-hugging, long-haired hippies who got a strange satisfaction out of depriving themselves of good food?  Well, times are definitely changing.  There’s been a quiet movement underway for the past few years, and it seems to me that plant-based diets are really starting to appeal to the masses.

According to recent statistics compiled by the Vegetarian Resource Group, almost half of all Americans eat a vegetarian meal at least once per week,

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| Posted On Nov 13, 2013 | By:

Fiber, Fiber, Everywhere… But Is It All The Same?

We all know it’s good to eat more fiber.  Unfortunately, most Americans don’t get anywhere near the recommended 30 grams of fiber each day.  In fact, the average intake is only around 10-15 grams per day for most of us.  To help inch us closer to our goal, food manufacturers have started adding fiber to anything and everything.  It’s now in yogurt, cottage cheese, breakfast bars, and even some beverages,

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| Posted On Sep 25, 2013 | By:

Looking For Whole Grains? Think Outside the Cereal Box

Are you trying to eat more whole grains?  Chances are, even if you’re not trying, you are eating more, and that’s a good thing.   A few years ago, the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines advised everyone to eat more whole grains by replacing at least half of our refined grains with whole grains.  As a result, food manufacturers, food service providers, and even fast food restaurants have gotten on board to create more whole grain options and help inch us toward that goal.

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| Posted On Jun 20, 2013 | By:

Super Foods and Nutrition Tips for Men

June is Men’s Health Month, which means it’s a great time to check in with your health care providers and make sure you’re doing all you can to stay healthy.  In addition to regular screening tests, don’t forget to give your diet a check-up.  Eating well and watching your weight is one of the most important things you can do to stay healthy and active as you age.

Men of all ages should include several servings of Super Foods (foods which have extra nutrients and anti-aging and disease-fighting properties) in their diets each week. 

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| Posted On May 30, 2013 | By:

More Reasons to Eat a Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet is making news again all over the place.  Newest research confirms what we thought – a Mediterranean-style diet is a healthy way to eat, because it can help reduce cholesterol, lower the risk of having a heart attack or stroke, and even help to preserve memory.

Here’s a quick summary of three recent studies:

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