Nutrition

Pumpkin, Spice, and Everything Nice

How to avoid the fattening foods of Fall. Cooler temperatures mean football, falling leaves, and favorite foods. Perhaps you had an easy time sticking with your diet throughout the summer, but you know the upcoming holidays, tailgating parties, Halloween candy, and everything pumpkin will make it hard to stay on track. This time of year…

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Potassium and the Dietary Guidelines

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans insist, “Because consumption of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, and seafood is lower than recommended, intake by Americans of some nutrients is low enough to be of public health concern. These are potassium, dietary fiber, calcium, and vitamin D.” What are these nutrients? Why are they so…

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Diabetes and Weight Loss

There’s good news for overweight people with type 2 diabetes: small amounts of weight loss can benefit you in many ways! In fact, losing weight soon after diagnosis may offer better blood pressure and glucose control years down the line, even if the weight is regained (1). Research from the Look AHEAD trial shows that…

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Eat a Better Breakfast

Your first meal of the day is the most important. Here are five breakfast ideas to start your day off right. You ate breakfast this morning, so why do you feel so hungry? Your stomach’s growling and lunch is still two hours away. Maybe you ate the wrong thing. Even though a certain food is…

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Fiber and the Dietary Guidelines

It’s time for another edition of the Dietary Guidelines Nutrients of Concern Series! Last week, we talked about calcium: what it is, where to find it, how it affects your health, and what happens when you don’t get enough of it. Today we want to do the same thing with dietary fiber. So, what is…

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Calcium and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Oh, what woeful news! The Dietary Guidelines for Americans assert, “A wide variety of nutritious foods are available in the United States. However, many Americans do not eat the array of foods that will provide all needed nutrients while staying within calorie needs. As a result, dietary intakes of several nutrients — potassium, dietary fiber,…

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Beets 101: Everything You Need to Know

It’s time for a closer look at beets. These nutrition powerhouses are fantastic sources of nutrients and fiber. Plus, they’re very versatile, especially when it comes to cooking. It’s easier to incorporate them into a balanced diet than you might think, especially with a little know-how. So let’s dive in to Beet 101! Beet Types:…

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1500- The max amount of salt you should have per day

1500-That is the new amount of salt, in mg per day, recommended by the Center for Disease Control (cdc.gov) for almost 70% of all Americans – including anyone over 40, people with prehyptertension or hyptertension, and all African Americans. That is about slightly more than the amount you would get from food if you ate…

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How to Stop When You Can’t

Compulsive overeating is a struggle for many people. Here are five practical tips to help you stop eating when you know you should. Where did that bag of chips go? Is there really no more ice cream left? What started out as a case of the munchies ended up as another binge session. It’s not…

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Balancing Diet and Exercise

If I exercise every day, does that mean I can eat whatever I want? Short Answer: No. Food choices and physical activity are both necessary for promoting overall good health. Long Answer: The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans report begins with, “Eating and physical activity patterns that are focused on consuming fewer calories, making informed…

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