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.

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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Independent Living Is a Top Priority Among Today's Seniors

(7) Comments | Posted May 24, 2015 | 11:58 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 | 2:07 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 11, 2015 | 12:09 AM

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 | 6:27 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 | 9:35 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 | 6:49 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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