Timi Gustafson, R.D.
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Timi Gustafson, RD, LDN, FAND is a Registered Dietitian, health counselor, book author, syndicated newspaper columnist and blogger. She lectures on nutrition and healthy living to audiences worldwide. She is the founder and president of Solstice Publications LLC, a publishing company specializing in health and lifestyle education.

Timi completed her Clinical Dietetic Internship at the University of California Medical Center, San Francisco. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, an active member of the Washington State Dietetic Association, a member of the Diabetes Care and Education, Healthy Aging, Vegetarian Nutrition and the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition practice groups.

Entries by Timi Gustafson, R.D.

How to Find Calm After Retirement

(1) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 5:27 PM

Much has been written in recent years about the blessings of life after work and parenting. Aging baby boomers were told that the best was still to come if they only kept dreaming big. What was traditionally considered a time of well-deserved rest and leisure now became "the...

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Why Less Is More for Your Health as You Age

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 8:25 AM

Several recently published studies on aging all seem to lead to the same conclusion: when it comes to diet and lifestyle choices, older adults are well advised to practice moderation. Whether it concerns weight management, physical activity, or alcohol and tobacco use, health experts urge people to consider their limitations...

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Happiness in Your Older Years Can Come From Facing Failure

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 7:38 AM

Much has been written in recent years about the blessings of life after work and parenting. Aging baby boomers were told that the best was still to come if they only kept dreaming big. What was traditionally considered a time of well-deserved rest and leisure now became "the...

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Nutritional Health Is Most Valued Among the Young and Affluent

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 5:15 PM

You would have thought, "the older, the wiser." But when it comes to diet and lifestyle choices, today's young people seem to be doing better than any living generation before them. In a survey conducted by Nielsen, an international market research company, it became apparent that...

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Body Image Cuts Both Ways for Teenagers

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 12:14 PM

Satisfaction with one's physical appearance is at an all-time low among today's adolescents, and eating disorders are on the rise at an ever-younger age, according to reports by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Much of the blame goes to the media and fashion industry and their standards...

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What You Need to Know About Hypertension

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2015 | 11:32 PM

More than half of people who have hypertension, a.k.a. high blood pressure, don't know enough about the condition and are unable to control it properly, according to a new survey.

Often, patients don't even correctly understand the meaning of the word "hypertension," and think of it more...

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A Lack of Awareness Heightens the Risk of Diabetes

(1) Comments | Posted July 5, 2015 | 7:17 PM

Only about 10 per cent of people who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes know about their condition, which makes it hard to take proactive measures while there is still time to prevent the full-blown disease, according to a new study.

Lack of awareness keeps...

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Independent Living Is a Top Priority Among Today's Seniors

(7) Comments | Posted May 24, 2015 | 10:58 AM

Every day, roughly 10,000 members of the Baby Boomer generation -- those born between 1946 and 1964 -- reach the official retirement age of 65. Many will continue to enjoy a high level of physical and mental health and be better off in multiple aspects than preceding generations....

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Childhood Obesity Is an Adult Problem

(2) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 1:07 PM

As childhood obesity rates continue to rise worldwide, we are now approaching the level of a major public health crisis. While that is common knowledge among experts, the alarming news doesn't seem to reach millions upon millions of parents who keep overfeeding their offspring with unhealthy meals and fattening treats....

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Positive Thinking Can Benefit Your Mind and Body

(1) Comments | Posted May 10, 2015 | 11:09 PM

For most of my career as a dietitian and health counsellor I have paid much attention to the deficiencies in my clients' diet and lifestyle choices and how these could be changed for the better. Over the years, however, I began focusing more on what went right in their lives...

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Pairing Wine With Food Can Be Extremely Simple

(1) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 5:27 PM

You have guests over for dinner. You are confident about your cooking (or caterer) but less sure about what drinks to serve. Or, you are at a business lunch or company retreat and want to make a good impression. Or, how about going out to a fine restaurant on a...

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Not One (Plus) Size Fits All

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 8:35 AM

When it comes to treating weight problems, even experts believe that similar methods can be applied almost universally: Put your patients on a diet, have them engage in regular exercise, and, if all else fails, recommend some surgical procedure. What gets rarely looked at are the differences between overweight individuals...

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The Downside of Restaurant Food

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 5:49 PM

Eating out is generally considered a pleasurable experience, not least because of its convenience. Busy lifestyles as well as lack of cooking skills and amenities make it an easy choice for many working-age adults to let others take care of their nutritional needs. Unfortunately, not being in charge of your...

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Having a Positive Outlook Towards Life Will Always Give You A Headstart

(3) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 5:38 PM

All therapy is about change. Whether someone seeks professional advice or follows a self-help program, the underlying assumption is always that something is wrong and needs fixing. In my line of work, as a health counselor, it's usually diet, exercise, stress management, sleep, etc. that could be improved upon.

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Inequality in Health and Life Expectancy Is Growing Between Nations

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2015 | 10:46 PM

April 7 is World Health Day, an annual event sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) to promote greater awareness of global health issues. Conferences and activities all over the world address diverse topics like life expectancy, infant mortality, spread of diseases, access to clean drinking water and...

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Social Isolation Is Becoming an Epidemic Health Threat

(1) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 8:38 AM

Lack of social connections can be as harmful to people's well-being as suffering from diseases, stress or poverty, and can even reduce life expectancy. Loneliness and isolation are not only on the rise among the elderly but growing parts of the general population as well. Paradoxically, neither the Internet nor...

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How To Keep the Weight Off When You're Away From Home

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 11:59 AM

It's almost a foregone conclusion. Travel -- for business or pleasure -- likely results in unwanted weight gain, and not much can be done to avoid it.

True, once you venture outside your own kitchen, it gets harder to make optimally healthy choices, and who wants to constantly think...

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Why Obesity Is Such a Huge Problem to Tackle

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 9:21 AM

By the end of this decade, diseases stemming from poor diet and unhealthy lifestyle choices will top all other causes of death worldwide. At the same time, there are no effective policies in place to tackle the most pressing problems such as the obesity epidemic and other so-called non-communicable diseases...

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These Are All The Ways Meditation Could Improve Your Life

(2) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 4:28 PM

People who meditate regularly over long periods of time suffer less age-related decreases in brain volume than those who don't, according to a new study on the long-term effects of transcendental meditation, yoga, tai chi, and other relaxation techniques.

Some of the study's outcomes confirm what prior...

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Going Gluten-Free by Choice Is Not Always a Good Idea

(7) Comments | Posted February 16, 2015 | 12:55 AM

There are plenty of people who must avoid gluten for health reasons. But there are also many who only follow a gluten-free diet because that's the message they are given in the media, from daytime TV shows to celebrity endorsements.

The rapidly growing popularity of wheat-free and...

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