Timi Gustafson, R.D.
GET UPDATES FROM Timi Gustafson, R.D.
 
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.

Is a High-Protein Diet Good for Your Health?

(7) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 1:29 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...

Read Post

Do You Know the Real Reason Why You Eat?

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 6:32 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...

Read Post

How to Keep Calm and Christmas On

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2014 | 11:07 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...

Read Post

Don't Let the Bad Weather Derail Your Exercise Routine

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

Read Post

What Makes People Live Longer?

(3) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 8:19 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...

Read Post

Posting Calorie Values on Menus Shows Long-Term Success

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 6:08 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...

Read Post

Healthy Aging: You Are as Old as You Want to Be

(3) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 12:49 PM

How would you feel if you were given the chance to turn back the clock and return to the time and place of your youth? How would it be if you found the world exactly as it was then, and all the people and things you knew and loved just...

Read Post

For Lasting Weight Loss, Go Fast or Slow?

(2) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 5:49 PM

Shedding pounds too rapidly has long been considered by experts as a recipe for short-lived success, almost inevitably leading to reoccurring weight gain, a phenomenon also known as yo-yo dieting. A better approach, so the prevailing thinking went, was to limit the desired weight loss to one to two pounds...

Read Post

Weight Problems Can Stick With a Family for Generations

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 10:07 AM

The question whether obesity is solely caused by diet and lifestyle choices or whether a person's genetic make-up plays a role as well has long been debated among scientists without producing conclusive answers. While several genes have been identified as potentially involved in excessive weight gain, the interactions between genes...

Read Post

Can Weight Loss Make You Smarter?

(1) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 6:10 PM

Being overweight is associated with multiple negative health effects, including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Conversely, weight loss can lower the risk of developing such illnesses, or lighten their burden. Now, a new study from Brazil found that besides physical improvements, slimming down can also produce positive outcomes...

Read Post

More People Use Antidepressants Just to Keep Going

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 1:41 PM

In 1994, when Elizabeth Wurtzel wrote "Prozac Nation," an autobiographical account of her struggles with severe depression, which was later adapted into a feature film under the same title, her story was considered an extreme case of a troubled life. What she described then, however, was already a widespread phenomenon...

Read Post

Exercise Can Change the Way You See the World

(0) Comments | Posted August 2, 2014 | 6:44 PM

Being physically active has countless health benefits. It helps prevent weight problems and reduces the risk of serious illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. But according to a recent study from Canada, regular exercise can also improve how people perceive the world around them. Especially those suffering...

Read Post

Why Creative People Age Better

(5) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 11:53 AM

Do creative and artistically inclined people have advantages over the rest of us mere mortals who can barely draw a stick figure or whistle a simple tune? There are indications that individuals who are able to use their talents also tend to fare better in other ways, including their physical...

Read Post

Watching the World Cup Is Shortening Your Life Span

(3) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 7:05 PM

Whether you are a diehard fan of football -- or, as Americans call it, "soccer" -- or not so much, it is impossible to escape the World Cup fever that has gripped the globe again this summer. With the competition in full swing, millions spend hours sitting in front of...

Read Post

Fight Climate Change With a New Diet

(6) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 6:28 PM

While the exact causes of climate change continue to be disputed, there is general consensus among scientists that the phenomenon is real and that human activity plays a significant role in it. But surprisingly, it is not only large-scale industrial enterprise or modern-day transportation that has...

Read Post

What Eating Right Can Do For Your Skin

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 2:00 PM

Beauty may only be skin deep, as the 1966 hit song by The Temptations famously reminds us, but the fact is that the appearance of our skin does tell quite a bit about our health and wellbeing.

It is not just age-related decay,...

Read Post

Poor Diet Choices Hurt Both Humans and the Environment

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 9:22 AM

Scientists have long warned that some of our modern-day eating habits are not only harmful to our personal health but also to the planet. Especially our preference for animal food products like meat and dairy causes more environmental damage than most consumers are aware of. A recent study...

Read Post

Why Love Can Make Us Live Longer

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2014 | 11:13 PM

Love may not be all you need, but a loving relationship offers countless benefits and can even be a lifesaver. Loving someone and being loved in return does not only make us happier, it also motivates us to take better care of our health, reduces our stress, and can extend...

Read Post

Why Baby Boomers Need to Worry

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 9:44 AM

They saw themselves as trail blazers and pioneers. They broke rules and redefined values. They took much for granted and expected more. They vowed to be forever young. But now, the baby boomers generation -- those born between 1947 and 1964 -- just hope to retire safely, hold on to...

Read Post

Is Your Job Making You Fat?

(2) Comments | Posted April 27, 2014 | 1:01 AM

It's no secret that we spend too much time sitting. Long hours working in offices, commuting in cars, and watching TV or playing video games for relaxation render many of us near motionless for entire days. Health experts keep encouraging everyone to move more, but that is not easily done,...

Read Post