| 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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| Posted On Jul 17, 2018 | By:

Eating Right for Healthy Kidneys

Have you ever stopped to think how important your kidneys are to long-term health? Kidneys are vital organs that usually fly under the radar when we think about a healthy lifestyle. Many key functions in our body depend upon our kidneys including:

  • Removing waste and extra fluid as urine
  • Balancing electrolytes, like sodium and potassium
  • Producing red blood cells
  • Regulating blood pressure
  • Controlling pH balance
  • Making an active form of Vitamin D to support bone health

Nearly 1 in 7 Americans have chronic kidney disease (CKD),

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| Posted On May 02, 2018 | By:

FYI on CSA: Enjoy Local Produce This Summer!

It finally feels like spring in New England, and April’s (snow) showers have stepped aside to make way for May flowers. With the extended daylight and rising temperatures, many folks are eagerly heading outdoors in search of alfresco dining. But the change in weather impacts more than our restaurant and ambiance preferences – it also tends to influence our food choices, leading many to forego the comfort foods of winter in favor of lighter fare.

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| Posted On Nov 02, 2017 | By:

Healthy Holiday Eating

Holidays are truly a wonderful time of the year for many of us, but the season can also be a challenging time if you are trying to maintain a healthy regimen. After all, food is usually a part of every gathering with family, friends and co-workers. Research has indicated that the average person gains 1-5lbs. each holiday season, and the same research shows that most people never lose the extra weight. Over the years, these pounds can add up.

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| Posted On Jan 21, 2015 | By:

A Nutritionist’s Grocery List

When I meet with my patients in a nutrition counseling session, they often ask me, “So, what do YOU eat?” I tell them about my favorite grocery items, the staples that I purchase week in and week out to use as the base of many of my meals, and they are amazed that eating healthy foods can be so simple.

I thought it would be helpful to expand my list with the help of my nutrition colleagues at Harvard Vanguard,

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| Posted On Nov 19, 2014 | By:

Guilt-Free Holiday Eating

The holidays can be the most difficult time of the year for those who are trying to maintain a healthy regimen. After all, food is a part of every gathering, and between the parties with co-workers, friends and family, there tends to be a lot of eating involved. It’s not necessary to put a damper on the holiday spirit and completely discourage the food celebration, but whether you’re the one cooking or going to a party,

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| Posted On Oct 15, 2014 | By:

A 21-day Vegan Challenge

Whether you want to improve your overall health, lose weight, demonstrate your compassion for animals, or help the environment, there are numerous reasons to eat fewer foods that come from animals. If you have thought about this before but didn’t know how to start, take a moment to read this story – I hope it will give you some ideas and inspiration to get started.

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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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