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.

Ditch The Excuses And Bad Choices And Combat Weight Gain

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 11:37 AM

As we grow older, many of us find it harder to avoid or undo unwanted weight gain. This is such a widespread phenomenon, it is almost taken for granted that aging and weight problems go hand in hand. However, while there are objective reasons for such a connection, they are...

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Sleep Well - Your Life May Depend On It

(1) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 3:49 PM

An unfortunate part of our modern-day busy lifestyle is chronic sleep deprivation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), lack of sleep has become a major public health concern, with insufficient rest being linked to medical problems, accidents and occupational hazards. People who...

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Waste Less Time By Spending It Consciously

(1) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 6:00 PM

A recent article in the New York Times about New Year's resolutions caught my attention. Although plenty is being written on the subject this time of the year (including by yours truly), this one struck a chord with me. Arthur C. Brooks, the current president of...

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Don't Be Surprised If Your Weight Loss Aspirations Remain Frustrated

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 1:51 PM

It's resolution season again, that time-honored exercise of self-restraint when people try to negate the fallout from holiday celebrations and other indulgences. According to statistics, however, these well-meaning attempts are mostly doomed to fail. The vast majority of 'born-again' dieters and exercise enthusiasts will give up...

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You're Not Alone If You Feel The Holiday Blues

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2015 | 1:55 PM

It's supposed to be to most wonderful time of the year. But for many people the holiday season is anything but joyous. Feeling left out when others celebrate and exchange gifts can be devastating and even lead to despair and depression. The so-called "holiday blues" are actually widespread, and if...

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The Holidays Don't Have To Include Weight Gain

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2015 | 2:42 PM

The holiday season is a notorious time for unwanted weight gain. Office parties, family gatherings, and a thousand temptations wherever you turn can quickly lead to extra pounds that are hard to get rid of in the aftermath. Fortunately, none of this is inevitable, and you don't have...

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We Can Improve Our Eating Habits By Returning To Our Roots

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2015 | 12:07 PM

It is well known that when immigrants come to the United States and other parts of the Western hemisphere, they quickly adapt their eating styles to ours -- especially the young. People from around the Pacific Rim, South America, the Middle East and Africa who were largely

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Orthorexia: A Diagnosis In Search Of A Disease?

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 5:38 PM

I like to eat healthily, not only when it's convenient and the opportunity presents itself, but all the time. I compromise if there are no good options, e.g. when I'm travelling. But whenever I have the chance, I go for the most nutritious food I can find. I'm lucky that...

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Inequality Is Widening The Gap Between Fit And Fat

(9) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 5:24 PM

More people pay close attention to their physical health and well-being, and yet obesity rates and diseases stemming from weight problems continue to rise. While healthy eating and regular exercise have become commonplace among the educated and affluent, the less fortunate show little signs...

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Daylight Saving Time Affects Us More Than We Think

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 2:28 PM

We do it twice a year without giving it too much thought. Come spring, we turn our clocks by one hour forward, in autumn we dial them back again. It's called daylight saving time, and it affects about 1.5 billion people around the globe. For the vast majority...

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Why We Make The Wrong Choices

(1) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 5:51 PM

Most of what we achieve in life is based on compromise. Getting exactly what we want is rare. Usually it's give and take. Conflicting interests make it necessary to bargain constantly. However, we also haggle with ourselves when no one else is around to limit our options -- often unconsciously....

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Why People Give Up On Diet And Health Advice

(3) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 1:04 PM

Nutrition counselors have arguably the lowest success rate among all health-care professionals. We have plenty of repeat customers, especially after the holidays, but we are also faced with a large percentage of "drop-outs," meaning clients who eventually give up on weight control, regular exercise, and improving their lifestyle choices. Some...

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Quiet Time Is Necessary in Our Loud World

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2015 | 11:17 PM

According to the 17th Century French philosopher Blaise Pascal, "All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone." Such a statement may sound a bit overwrought for most moderns, however, it is a well-known fact that ubiquitous exposure to

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How to Find Calm After Retirement

(1) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 6:27 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 | 9:25 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 | 8:38 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 | 6:15 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 | 1:14 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 20, 2015 | 12:32 AM

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 | 8:17 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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