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.

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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How to Escape the Sodium Trap

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2015 | 10:20 PM

The warnings have been loud and clear for a long time: High levels of sodium (salt) intake are hazardous to our health. Especially the so-called "Western diet," which is dominated by processed foods, is notorious for its sodium content that is often obscured in hard to decipher nutrition facts labels...

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New Year's Resolutions That Don't Stand a Chance

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 11:36 AM

We all like to start anew once in a while, get a makeover, leave behind what doesn't suit us anymore, or simply try something different. Then there is also that nagging feeling that we should change our "evil ways." When people make promises to themselves this time of the year,...

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Overeat During the Holidays? You Probably Haven't Stopped

(2) Comments | Posted January 2, 2015 | 6:30 PM

The holiday season is behind us, and while the cheering was a lot of fun, it is now time to go back to a healthier eating regimen, especially if the scale indicates that you've been overdoing it a little. Unfortunately, the pound or two you may have acquired over the...

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Don't Rush To Get Back in Shape After the Holidays

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2014 | 10:09 AM

Now that the holidays are behind us, the damage inflicted on waistlines and other body parts bearing the marks of every dietary misdeed, no matter how harmless and forgivable it seemed at the time, will be lamented by millions. But I say, no need for self-flagellation. What's done...

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Is a High-Protein Diet Good for Your Health?

(8) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 12:29 PM

Protein has been getting a lot of attention lately. In fact, nothing short of a "high-protein craze" is taking place according to press reports, and food manufacturers of breakfast cereals to ice cream are cashing in on sudden concerns about protein deficiencies in people's diets. The truth is...

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Do You Know the Real Reason Why You Eat?

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 5:32 PM

If asked why they eat, most people would respond because they are hungry. But that seemingly obvious reason is the exception rather than the rule, according to a recent study on the psychology of food intake and portion control. The fact is that our eating decisions are motivated...

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How to Keep Calm and Christmas On

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2014 | 10:07 PM

Whenever I make phone calls or send off e-mails to family members and friends to touch base and inquire about their well-being, the answers are almost always the same: "busy," "crazy busy," "insanely busy," "busy, busy, busy." I know full well that I'm expected to respond with something like "that's...

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Don't Let the Bad Weather Derail Your Exercise Routine

(1) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 12:44 PM

Too dark, too rainy, too cold -- there are countless obstacles to outdoor exercising in the winter months. It's also a time for easy excuses. But what a shame to see that hard work you've put in all year go to waste because it's less pleasant outside. It shouldn't be...

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What Makes People Live Longer?

(3) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 7:19 AM

More people than ever live past 100 years of age. So-called "supercentenarians," those who reach 110 and beyond, are rising in numbers all over the world, 75 individuals to date and counting.

What are the causes of such extreme longevity and what is different about these ancient folks that lets...

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Posting Calorie Values on Menus Shows Long-Term Success

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 5:08 PM

The idea that providing more information about food served in restaurants, such as calorie and fat content, would reduce the risk of weight problems has widely been greeted with skepticism and outright rejection. Now a new study presented at the Second Annual Obesity Journal Symposium in...

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