• Physical Activity vs Exercise - what's the difference?

    Physical activity is the movement of the body that requires energy. Exercise is planned, purposeful, and structured. Not all physical activity is exercise, but all exercise is physical activity.

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    Do You Maintain Your Car Better than YOU?

    Stop taking better care of your car or your yard than you are taking care of yourself. That’s just silly.

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    What is &quote;Clean Eating&quote;?

    Is clean eating just making sure you wash your fruits and veggies as part of the preparation? To most is it more than that.

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    Food and Diet Trends Giving Fabulous Fiber the Boot?

    Can today's food trends be cutting this important nutrient? When people tell me that they are eating low-carb, keto, paleo, Atkins, carnivore (yup, that’s a thing), or whatever is the latest anti-carb diet, the dietitian in me tends to go where the mind of a dietitian goes in this situation: “when was the last time you had a decent bowel movement?” I don’t usually say that out loud…[...]

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    No Longer Living Among Pyramids – but does anyone know this?

    No Longer Living Among Pyramids The following is a re-post from the blog I wrote 8 years ago, the day the new food icon MyPlate was announced/released. I have an update below the original post. (The original post from June 2, 2011, is here.) In a show of “who’s-who” among nutrition nerds, this morning registered dietitians, nutrition students and other public health professionals [...]

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    Breaking Down the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

    Did you know that there is a set of Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans? The second edition came out last year (2018). While the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) began in 1980 and are required to be updated every five years (we are now in the 8th edition with the 2015-2020 Guidelines), the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (PAGA) are the younger sibling, or even the next[...]

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    Food Safety and Foodborne Illness - Reduce Your Risk.

    In my home we rarely get sick. Sniffles now and then, sure. Allergies? Or course. But sick? Not really. Once our son left the day care environment and started primary school things went pretty well for us. What is the cause of your illness? On a rare occasion someone “got sick” – I will leave the details to the imagination – I would immediately ask, “what did you eat [...]

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    Do you need a mind-shift?

    What is your mindset about food? The food or nutrition dogma you adhere to? As you move through the day, the week or even when you are just hanging with family or friends, what are some of those long-held beliefs about food? Whether it is potatoes or soda, hot dogs or coffee, or even soy products or milk, I find that some of these foods are quite polarizing. I have a lot of [...]

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    Plant-Based Whole Food Diet – what does that mean?

    As long as I have been a dietitian, I have promoted a plant-based diet. Most of my colleagues do. But that means exactly that: plant BASED. Not necessarily plant only, plant exclusive, plant superiority, I-am-better-than-you-because-I-only-eat-plants… In the nutrition world we call that being vegan. Plant-based foods should be the foundation of the diet. Plant-based, or what can [...]

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    Powerful Potassium: More Than Just Bananas

    Are bananas really the best source of potassium? When I say potassium, you say… If you said bananas, you are in good company. Now, let’s try this again. I say potassium, you say any food source besides bananas. Crickets? I don’t think crickets have potassium. But many people can’t really name something other than bananas as a food source of potassium. Here is a [...]

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