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Counter the Cues! 3 Easy Food Decisions to Improve Your Health

(5) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 10:55 AM

How many decisions do you make each day about food?

If you're counting breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks and thinking less than a handful -- you're way off! Recent research by Brian Wansink, professor at Cornell University and author of the book Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than...

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New and Healthy Food Finds

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 11:58 AM

I have a love-hate relationship with the Natural Foods Expo West that takes place in Anaheim each year. I love to go and find out what companies are up to with their products, how they interact with consumers, and how their products actually taste before I buy and/or...

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A Recipe for Life: 4 Ways to Change Your DNA

(7) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 7:19 AM

"I need to lose weight and change my health. What's the magic recipe and how can I get a jumpstart on it?"

Oh, how often I hear this! As a registered dietitian, I work with clients to put the puzzle pieces of their lives together for a picture that...

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Don't Wait to Prevent Diabetes: Start Today With 3 Easy Ways

(7) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 7:30 AM

With the holidays upon us, it might be easy to tell yourself to wait till the New Year to work on your diet, exercise plan or lifestyle. However, there's a good reason to start your plan today, and it's not about looking better in your clothes.

Why start now? Two...

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5 Secrets of Supermarket Shopping

(92) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 7:00 PM

Since childhood, the grocery store has been a fascinating place for me -- my own toy store with interesting and fun things to look at and tasty treasures to eat.

Today, the temptations are still there for me, but it has gotten increasingly complicated to make the...

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The Sweet Life: Protect Yourself Against Sugar Toxicity and Diabetes

(7) Comments | Posted September 28, 2012 | 8:00 PM

Remember the days when your mother said too much sugar would cause cavities? Well, not only was she right, but today's moms have more to be concerned about than just cavities. Multiple sugars and sweeteners abound in foods and maneuvering the maze of sweeteners is a far cry from a...

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Junk in a Box: 4 Popular Foods Marketed as Healthy

(226) Comments | Posted July 31, 2012 | 8:10 AM

You've seen "protein bars" in the store -- and they are good-looking! They might have a rock climber on them, or maybe a night sky. They seem like a quick and tasty way get your protein. However, flip them over, read the label and you'll find they are really processed...

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Confused About Carbs? 5 Common Myths

(250) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 8:00 PM

Just like the Spice Girls, carbohydrates were at the height of their popularity during the mid-1990s. When "fat-free" became the desired state, people turned to carbs instead. Consumers soon learned that a high carb diet wasn't so healthy either. Today, between marketers who promote packaged carbs as "heart healthy" and...

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5 Myths About Everyday Foods

(123) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 8:00 PM

When it comes to nutrition, sometimes it's hard to tell the fact from the fiction. Certain foods get a reputation as "bad for you," whereas others get promoted as "natural" or "good for you" when they are really not.

Sometimes myths about foods are based on urban legends that...

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In Defense of Fat: 7 Surprising Facts

(100) Comments | Posted April 21, 2012 | 11:11 AM

Fat has the reputation as the bad boy of the nutrition world. Maligned for decades, the message from many health organizations has been the same: reduce or cut the fat. For those who are overweight or have chronic health issues, this is probably the right advice. However, the idea of...

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Tasty, New and Natural: A Registered Dietitian Shares Her Finds From a Western Foodie Convention

(1) Comments | Posted March 23, 2012 | 6:49 PM

The Natural Products Expo West, held earlier this month in Anaheim, Calif., is always an interesting show. As one colleague tweeted, it's a "Disneyland of new, organic, processed junk food." However, amidst the crowd of 22,000 who attend and the more than 1,500 exhibitors, there are some tasty...

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Diabetes: 7 Myths and 7 Facts

(41) Comments | Posted March 13, 2012 | 8:30 AM

Julie had a history of diabetes in her family, and although her doctor had been warning her of the risks, she was still caught off-guard when she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes at age 43.

Formerly known as adult onset diabetes, Type 2 diabetes normally runs in families....

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Gluten-Free, Raw, Plant-Based and Macrobiotic Diets: What's Right for You?

(2) Comments | Posted September 14, 2011 | 3:11 PM

Food terms like gluten-free, raw, plant-based and macrobiotic catch on faster than their definitions making it hard to be knowledgeable on what they really are without some extensive research. And, even when you know what they mean, it can be difficult to determine whether a particular way of eating is...

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How We Can Nurse Our Country Back to Good Health

(3) Comments | Posted August 1, 2011 | 3:29 PM

Americans are packing on the pounds -- it's a reality. Sadly, our nation, which excels on so many fronts, is not at the forefront of nutritional intelligence -- especially when it comes to our children.

Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution showed that the food being served to our...

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Vitamin Supplements: A Quick Guide

(132) Comments | Posted May 11, 2011 | 8:48 AM

Confused about which vitamins to take? You're not alone. With more choices, research and money at stake, we live in a time with a lot of controversy about the necessity of supplements.

Even prominent researchers have contradictory viewpoints. At the February 2011 American Society for Nutrition Advanced and Nutrition...

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Is A Gluten-Free Diet Really Healthier?

(203) Comments | Posted March 23, 2011 | 8:33 AM

Have you noticed the abundance of gluten-free foods available at grocery stores or on menus these days? The proliferation of gluten-free products, along with the marketing of them, might lead you to believe that they are the new panacea to better health or weight loss.

So, what's the real story?...

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Type 2 Diabetes: Could You Have it and Not Even Know?

(129) Comments | Posted February 16, 2011 | 7:16 AM

Do any of these sound like you?

  1. You feel sluggish or have a little less "get up and go" than previously, but you attribute it to high stress levels or increased age.
  2. You've had gradual weight gain and chalk it up to age.
  3. You have an increased desire...
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Diabetes Prevention: Love Carbs? 6 Steps To Avoid Diabetes

(66) Comments | Posted January 12, 2011 | 7:33 AM

As a registered dietitian, I often hear, "I've never met a carbohydrate I didn't like!" I can certainly understand the sentiment. Carbohydrates are everywhere, easily accessible, and made into tasty treats. At the same time, carbs can play a precarious role when it comes to diabetes, wreaking havoc on your...

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Avoid the Common Cold With These 5 Easy Steps

(23) Comments | Posted December 5, 2010 | 10:04 AM

It's the holiday time of year, but it is cold and flu season, too.

You want to enjoy the season to the fullest, so how do you avoid the inconvenience of having a cold and being down for the count? Here are some simple lifestyle steps that can help.

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Beer Gut? Spare Tire? How To Bust Your Belly Fat

(93) Comments | Posted November 7, 2010 | 10:29 AM

We have a joking term for it -- "beer belly," but the reality is that the kind of fat that accumulates in and around the abdominal region is no laughing matter. In fact, it can have some serious health implications.

There are two types of fat contained within the...

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