Review of Apps to Track Food Intakes

In the Spring Issue of Food & Nutrition Magazine, there was a review of the 10 most popular, free weight-management apps.  Since more and more people are using smart phone, I frequently get questions about which apps are good to track intakes/calories.  So, I thought I would share the results of the review, which are as follows: App Rating Key points of what the review said Cal...
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Herbs & Spices: A Healthy Way to Add Flavor to any Dish

Cooking with spices and herbs can be a great way to add a pop flavor to dishes without needing the added salt and fat.  In addition most herbs and spices contain antioxidants and many have other health benefits.  For example, garlic may help with blood pressure, ginger can help with nausea and many spices and herbs have anti-inflammatory properties. While so many people seem to recognize how ...
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Book Recommendation: Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think

Many times when people are trying to lose weight or eat healthy, they ask me if there are any books that I recommend.¬† One of my top picks would have to be ‚ÄúMindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think‚ÄĚ by Brian Wansink.¬† The author of this book conducts some of the most well know research on the psychology of why we make certain food choices and how the environment influences not only...
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Your Brain Can Help You Eat Better: Article Summary

I was reading an interesting article in one of my professional newsletters that listed key points from a seminar entitled ‚ÄúYour Brain Can Help You Eat Better‚ÄĚ which was held at Harvard Medical School.¬† At this seminar researchers discussed how the brain influences our food choices and the following are some of the key points that I think are worth sharing: Imagined food consumption affect...
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Peanut Butter On-The-Go: Convenient & Portion Controlled

Peanut Butter and other nut butters not only taste great, but they are packed with good nutrition which can make them part of a healthy snack or meal.  Nut butters are a good source of plant-based proteins, and they are good for your heart health because they are rich in monounsaturated fats, they provide a good source of Niacin (Vitamin B3) and they contain some fiber. Because nut butters do ...
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Great New Exercise and Nutrition App: CyberFit360

People ask me all the time about apps that can help them with their goals to achieve a healthier lifestyle, and in December, an impressive new app was launched that I am thrilled to be a part of and share with you.  CyberFit360 is a great app for both exercise and nutrition, and it sets itself apart from other apps in several ways. The following are just a few of benefits of using this app...
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New Year, New You: Tips to Make Your Resolutions Last!

January is the time for New Year’s Resolutions, and one of the most common resolutions is to lose weight.  Often people will set their goal to lose a certain amount of weight by a certain date.  For example, they will set their sights on losing 10, 20, 50 or 100 pounds by bathing suit season.  However, if the scale is the motivating factor or if expectations are unrealistic, you are setting y...
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Call For Action: Medicare will Start Covering Weight Management. We Need Your Help to Get Dietitians on List of Covered Providers.

You may have heard on the news that Medicare recently made a decision to cover ‚ÄúIntensive Behavioral Therapy for Obesity‚ÄĚ.¬† At first, I was very excited when I heard the news because I felt like it could help people get access to the education and support they need to lose weight.¬† However, after reading more about it, I realized that there is one major problem- they have excluded dietitians...
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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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