Cooking With Herbs and Spices Just Got Easier: Product Review

Last week, I attended the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic’s Annual Conference (formerly known as the American Dietetic Association).  I enjoy going to the conference because I learn about some of the most up-to-date nutrition research and trends, and I also get to sample new food products that are on the market.  Over the next few weeks, I will try to pass along some of the interesting infor...
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Protein: Updates on Recommended Levels and Timing of Intakes

In the latest issue of my Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition Newsletter, I read in interesting article with some updates to the current protein recommendations. To start, it is important to understand that one of the main functions of protein in the body is to build and maintain muscle mass.  Without adequate protein each day, we will begin to lose muscle which ultimately will lead ...
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Holiday Desserts: Try Freezing Leftovers to Minimize Temptation

This season is such a challenging time because of all the extra holiday food that is around.  For those with a sweet tooth, the leftover cakes and pies from thanksgiving can be a challenge, for others the Christmas cookies are the biggest temptation.  While you may not be able to control your environment at work or at holiday gatherings, you can control your environment at home. So what can y...
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Healthy Holidays: Top 5 Reasons Why NOW is the Best Time to Start a Nutrition Program

The holiday season is rapidly approaching, and this is typically the time of year that people put their health and good nutrition on the backburner.  Often, people go into the holiday season thinking that they will enjoy the holidays, indulge in the seasonal foods and then go on a diet in January to take off the weight they gained.  However, this plan often backfires.  The following are a few r...
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Researchers Speculate Food Could Be as Addictive as Cocaine

This week there was an interesting article entitled “Fatty Foods as addictive as Cocaine in Growing Body of Science” in Bloomburg Businessweek.  The article sites research from several studies that have found that foods high in fat, sugar and high fructose corn syrup seem to have addictive properties, and they can elicit a response in the brain that is similar to the response people get from ...
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Halloween Candy Buy Back

It’s the day after Halloween, and many kids (and adults) are now coming down from their sugar high from last night.  While enjoying some candy on Halloween is not going to make or break a healthy eating plan for children or adults, the problem is that there are now piles of candy laying around the house which can be very tempting.  If you find that the sweet treats are calling your name and mo...
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9 Tailgate Foods That Won’t Blow Your Diet

Whether you’re going to a tailgate or watching a football game at home, many game-day foods are high in fat and loaded with calories.  However, there are several traditional tailgate foods that can keep you on track with your healthy eating plan.  Recently a writer at Fitbe.com, Mary Squillace, asked me for some of these healthier tailgate ideas, and you can see the article here: 9 Tailgate Fo...
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An Apple a Day May Keep the Cardiologist Away

It is well known that fruits and vegetables can help reduce the risk of heart disease by helping to improve blood pressure and cholesterol.  However, according to a research article in the Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers have taken it a step further to determine exactly which fruits and vegetables are associated with a decreased risk of stroke. The researchers of this st...
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Can All Foods Really Fit Into a Healthy Diet?

I read an interesting article in a recent issue of a Weight Management Newsletter entitled “The myth of moderation: Do all foods really fit?” by Jeff Novick, a registered dietitian.  In this article, Jeff points out that the American Dietetic Association states that “all foods can fit (in a healthy eating style) if consumed in moderation with appropriate portion size and combined with regul...
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Eating Well on a Budget

People often tell me that it costs too much to eat healthy and that budget constraints are a barrier to making healthier meals.  While some higher quality ingredients do cost more, there are many healthy foods that are budget friendly.  It can be quite possible to eat very healthy meals and save money.  The following are a few cost saving tips for healthy eating: Make more home-cooked meals...
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