Nutrition & Healthy Lifestyle

| 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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| Posted On Jan 06, 2020 | By:

7 Nutrition Myths

It seems as if there are new nutrition studies coming out on a regular basis, and unfortunately, after the information is funneled through all of the media channels available, it comes out the other end pretty garbled and very confusing. This of course can be very frustrating to those of you who are trying to eat healthfully and lose weight. Consulting with a registered dietitian is the best way to straighten out the confounding mess of information,

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| Posted On Dec 26, 2019 | By:

Our Top Health Blogs of 2019

As we look forward to a healthy 2020, we thought it was a good time to look back at some of our most popular health blog posts of 2019. Here’s a quick summary in case you happened to miss any of them!

Six Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Blood Pressure
If you are diagnosed with high blood pressure, your provider may prescribe medication to lower your blood pressure. It’s important that you take your medication regularly and as instructed.

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| Posted On Nov 04, 2019 | By:

Intuitive Eating During the Holidays

The holiday season, those last few months of the year that are chock-full of events and parties and family gatherings, can be a pretty overwhelming time if you don’t feel in control of your body or your ability to make good food choices. This is an excellent time to use the principles of Intuitive Eating: eat when you’re hungry, eat until you are satisfied, and choose foods that make you feel good. Intuitive eating is learning to listen to your body’s cues to make the right food choices for you.

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| Posted On Oct 29, 2019 | By:

Using Nutrition Labeling to Make Healthier Choices

There are two different sources of nutrition labeling information provided on packaged foods that can help you make more informed and better choices for a healthy diet. They are:

  • Nutrition Facts label
  • Ingredient List

As I discussed in a recent blog, there have been changes to the information shown on the nutrition facts label. But now let’s review how the Nutrition Facts label can help you make smart,

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| Posted On Sep 11, 2019 | By:

The Nutrition Facts Food Label Makeover

In 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mandated a redesign of the Nutrition Facts panel on packaged foods and beverages. The new design is meant to be easier to read and to provide more useful nutritional information that will help you make informed decisions about the foods you purchase and consume.

The Nutrition Facts label was last updated in 1993. Since that time, nutrition research has provided new information to health experts and identified new ways to help people develop and sustain healthier eating habits.

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| Posted On Jul 09, 2019 | By:

Pull out the Picnic Basket and Fire up the Grill!

As New Englanders, we have usually earned our summertime and make the most of the season by enjoying outdoor activities and outdoor meals bursting with summer’s freshest flavors. Over the next 2-3 months, many of us will try to cram in a busy social season with picnics, barbecues, and informal meals al fresco.

The summer does not need to be a time to abandon healthy principles, and in fact, many of us find that summer is an easier time to enjoy more vegetables and fruits.

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| Posted On Jun 25, 2019 | By:

Vegetables: Good for You and Tasty too!

For many of us, childhood memories of being forced to eat soggy, bland vegetables like plain canned carrots or spinach (before we could have dessert!) took away a lot of the appeal and interest in eating vegetables today. This is a shame – and a problem – as U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend that adults eat 2 to 2½ cups of vegetables per day, but 90% of us do not meet this goal, probably in some part due to those negative childhood memories.

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