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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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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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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