Treadmill vs. Elliptical: Which is a better fit for you?

Many people ask me which cardio exercise is best for them. To answer this question, I think it’s important to take many things into account, and the following are just a few things to consider: What are your goals? Are you trying to lose weight, build muscle, improve cardiovascular health, etc? Do you have any injuries or physical limitations? What do you enjoy the most? What exercises a...
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Chia Seeds: Are They the New Superfood?

Chia seeds have recently gained popularity, and with that I have had a lot of questions about these seeds.  If you look online, you will that they are touted to be the new super food that will solve many problems such as… Aiding in weight loss because they help control the appetite reduce food cravings block calorie absorption Improving heart health, mental health, and digesti...
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Exercise after 50: What to Consider

In last month’s sports medicine bulletin from the American College of sports medicine, there was some interesting information about how our body responds to exercise after the age of 50.  The following are a few of the key points: Strength training should be a part of a workout program because if people strength train, they can maintain their lean muscle up until about age 70.  However, if...
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Walk vs Run: Which is Better for Weight Loss?

Today, I read an interesting article about whether walking or running is a more effective way to lose weight.  This article discussed a study that put 120 overweight or obese middle-aged men and women into four test groups: Group 1 walked 11 miles per week (or did equivalent intensity exercise on the elliptical/bicycle) Group 2 ran 11 miles per week (or did equivalent intensity exercise on ...
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Feeling Stressed During the Holidays: Exercise May be the Answer

From both personal and professional experience, I have known that exercise is one of the best ways to manage stress levels.  Even though it has been known for some time that exercise can help to calm stress levels, researchers have not understood why.  However, new research may be uncovering how exercise reduces stress levels. Research done on mice found that when they were exposed to stress,...
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Great Fall Recipe for Apple-Butternut Squash Soup

I love seasonal recipes, and one of my fall favorites is butternut squash soup.  Last year, I was introduced to Martha Stewart’s version with her “Apple-Butternut Squash Soup”.  Since I loved the recipe so much, I made it again this year and it was just as tasty as I remembered.  So, I wanted to share the link to the recipe and the slight modifications I made to make it just a little heal...
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Coconut: Is it the New Super Food or is it Hype?

Over the past year, I have seen a significant increase in the consumption of coconut products American’s are eating such as coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut butters, etc.  This is probably no surprise since it’s touted to promote weight loss, help with skin/hair, and improve diabetes, cholesterol and Alzheimer’s Disease.  Even Dr. Oz recommends it, so it must be the new “super food”,...
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A Turkey Sandwich: A Healthy Choice for Lunch, Right?

A sandwich can be a quick and easy thing to make for lunch and is very portable if you looking for things to take to work.  Lunch meats like turkey, ham, chicken and roast beef are some very lean protein options.  However, there can be some downsides to purchasing some of these highly processed meats.  Two concerns in particular are the sodium levels and high and that many processed meats conta...
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Learning to Cook: Resources to Make Home-Cooked Meals a Reality

Home-cooked meals seem to be becoming more and more a thing of the past.  In fact, the average American family spends 40% of their food budget on foods eaten outside of the house, and many of the foods they are eating at home are prepackaged foods that just need to be heated.  Eating out and using some convenience foods doesn’t necessarily always mean that you are eating less healthy.  Howeve...
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Snickers Bar vs. Slim Fast Bar: Are They Really All that Different?

My last post, I wrote about one of my favorite products I tried at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Food and Nutrition Conference this year.  This week, I am doing the opposite, and I am going to write about a product that I would not recommend.  At the conference, there were so many nutrition bars that were handed out to be sampled.  Some with healthy ingredients but most that seemed ...
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