• On the Sixth Day: Should You Eat the Eggs?

    Geese-A-Layin': Should You Eat the Eggs? A long, long time ago, eggs were a food to avoid. However, for many years health professionals have known that taboo wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. Eggs aren’t the demons they were once thought. And, they have not been touted as such for a while. Yet, this attack on eggs just doesn’t want to go the way of shoulder pads and big hair. [...]

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    On the FIFTH Day: What are your FIVE Gold Rings?

    What are your FIVE Gold Rings? According to the Urban Dictionary, the expression “grab for the gold ring” is “to take a chance and reach for some goal or desire.” There are things in our lives that we often neglect or put on the back burner which decrease our healthy life and quality of life. Think about what you want to reach for in the next year, and consider these five things in [...]

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    On the Fourth Day: Calling Birds and Black Foods

    Calling Birds and Black Foods Did you know that the “calling birds” in the 12 Days of Christmas are really “colly birds”? Colly birds are blackbirds, “black as coal.” Did you also know that most black foods are really good for you? We often promote color in foods, and as dietitians, we suggest a rainbow of colors for your fruits and vegetables: red, orange, yellow, green, purple and[...]

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    On the Third Day: Do French Hens Drink Red Wine?

    Do French Hens Drink Red Wine? Question: are the three French hens healthier because they are French or because they drink red wine? Nearly 30 years ago the term “French Paradox” hit the United States and red wine consumption soared. To this day people often tell me that they drink red wine because the French are healthier, “don’t get fat,” or any number of “health” reasons. [...]

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    On the Second Day: Eat Like a Turtle Dove

    Eat Like a Turtle Dove On the second day, my true love gave to me… No eating these birds today, but we should eat like these birds, somewhat. How so? Turtle doves eat primarily fruit and seeds. If humans, specifically those of us in the United States, ate more fruits and seeds, as well as vegetables, whole grains, and nuts, we would be a whole lot healthier as a population. Reports on [...]

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    On the first day: A partridge in a pear tree?

    On the first day: A partridge in a pear tree? If your true love gives you a partridge in a pear tree, then give your true love a kiss. Your pear tree is providing you a fruit low in calories, high in fiber and full of vitamin C. A medium pear is about 100 calories and has 5 grams of fiber (more than an apple). Pears ripen better after picking, and sometimes still need ripening after you buy[...]

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    Low Fat Is So Retro

    November 29, 2017
    Low Fat Is So Retro

    I often read and see people claiming that dietitians promote “low-fat” diets. We are accused of promoting an out-dated way of thinking. Low-fat diets went the way of big hair and the yellow "Baby on Board" signs. Yes, that long ago. For a LONG time now we have NOT promoted a low-fat way of eating to the general population except in very specific circumstances (if you ever had your [...]

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    Holiday Dinner Guests and Diet Restrictions

    If you are hosting Thanksgiving this week, have you dared to ask your guests if they have any diet restrictions? A friend was telling me about her family gathering that included vegetarians, a family member with a wheat allergy, and another with a dairy allergy. Oh, and a couple of family members with diabetes. What to do with so many dinner guests and their diet restrictions? Ask! [...]

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    How You Can Help the Environment: Reduce YOUR Food Waste

    It seems that more than ever people are concerned about what they eat and where their food comes from. That’s a good thing right? Maybe. Of course, we should choose the foods we like and know are good for us. But what happens to the food that you turn your nose up at or throw away? That food that isn’t used – whether it is edible or not, goes into the landfill and has a significant [...]

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    Could You Be Vegan?

    October 10, 2017
    Could You Be Vegan?

    I recently came across something online (where else) called a “Vegan Challenge.” No meat, no milk, no animal anything for 30 days. This got me thinking… Is it really a “challenge” to be vegan? There are many types of vegetarianism, but people don’t always know that. When someone tells me they are vegetarian, I respond, “What kind?” Sometimes I get funny looks, but there are [...]

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