Nutrition & Healthy Lifestyle

| Posted On Jul 05, 2022 | By:

How to Stop Diabetes

There are 96 million American adults – that is 1 in 3 – who have prediabetes. Prediabetes means you have a higher than normal blood sugar. Without making lifestyle changes, many people with prediabetes develop Type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when your blood glucose (also known as blood sugar) is too high. Blood glucose is the main source of energy from the food you eat. Insulin,

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| Posted On Jun 16, 2022 | By:

The Bittersweet Truth about Artificial Sweeteners

If you’ve ever tried to lose weight or cut calories, you’re probably familiar with alternative sweeteners.

Nonnutritive sweeteners (NNS), also known as artificial sweeteners, are natural or man-made (synthetic) compounds that usually taste sweeter than table sugar (sucrose). NNS became widely used as sugar substitutes starting in the early 1900s. They gained popularity because they make food and beverages taste as good as their sugary counterparts and, at most, only add a few calories.

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| Posted On Feb 24, 2022 | By:

Lifestyle Shared Medical Appointments For Weight Management

We are excited to let you know that the Atrius Health Department of Weight and Lifestyle Medicine is offering Virtual Lifestyle Medicine Shared Medical Appointments (SMA) every four weeks

SMAs are doctor-led visits (which means they are covered by insurance) that you have with other patients who have common health challenges. Patients learn from the healthcare team and from each other in this supportive and interactive environment.

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| Posted On Dec 28, 2021 | By:

Tips for Weight Loss After Menopause

As we age, there are many positives to look forward to – you’re more in tune with your emotions, your self-esteem grows, and you’ve gained wisdom through your life experiences. Although there are many benefits to aging, weight gain can be an issue for many women as they enter menopause.

Menopause is defined as the time when a woman hasn’t had a menstrual period for 12 months. After those 12 months, a woman is considered postmenopausal.

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| Posted On May 27, 2021 | By:

Seasonal Superfoods

Spring is my favorite time of the year. The days are getting longer, the sun is stronger, winter is definitely over, and summer is on its way! It’s the perfect time of year to work on healthy habits like exercising more and eating better.

If you’ve been to the grocery store lately, you might have noticed that the produce department is brimming with fresh tomatoes, strawberries, blackberries, and even corn on the cob. 

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| Posted On Apr 28, 2021 | By:

Prediabetes? Now is the Best Time To Make a Change

Are you are one of the almost 80 million Americans who have been diagnosed with prediabetes? If so, consider it a warning sign. It’s important to make changes as soon as you can to help prevent or slow the development of diabetes.

Most people who develop Type 2 diabetes start with prediabetes, also known as impaired fasting blood sugar. Fasting blood sugar levels are elevated, between 100 and 125mg/dl, and Hemoglobin A1c 5.7-6.4%,

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| Posted On Apr 21, 2021 | By:

Eating Fish During Pregnancy

One of the myths that I hear the most from my patients is that fish is not a good food to eat during pregnancy, which cannot be further from the truth.

Fish is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, including DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which is essential for brain development during pregnancy and early childhood. Fish also contains protein and many other vitamins and minerals such as vitamins D and B2 (riboflavin), calcium,

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| Posted On Mar 04, 2021 | By:

Personalize Your Plate: National Nutrition Month 2021

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition and health. We all have different bodies, goals, backgrounds and tastes. Each one of us has our own individual food preferences, cultural traditions, and most importantly, “relationship” with food. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics promotes March as National Nutrition Month®, and this year’s theme, “Personalize Your Plate,” recognizes that good nutrition is best achieved in very personal and unique ways.

Not sure how to take the first step to better nutrition and health in a way that works for you?

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| Posted On Jan 05, 2021 | By:

What Kind of Goals Would You Like to Achieve?

When it comes to setting goals, chances are you’ve heard about the importance of setting goals that are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. If you’re able to answer “yes” to each of the following questions, you’ll know you’ve set a SMART goal.

SMART Goals

Let’s go through an example. Say you’re interested in becoming more health-conscious, and you’d like to “eat a healthier diet.”

  • Specific – Does your goal use action words to state what you want to achieve and how you intend to achieve it?
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| Posted On Jul 06, 2020 | By:

A Cautious Take on the Popular Keto Diet

You may have heard about the ketogenic, or “keto,” diet. Some people liken it to the Atkins diet of the past given both are low-carb diets. The keto diet is quite different from Atkins, however,  as it does not emphasize high consumption of protein. Instead, the keto diet is extremely low-carb, moderate in protein, and very high in fat. It is designed to put the body into a state called ketosis. Normally, your body runs on blood glucose (sugar) for energy;

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