• 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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    Back in the Saddle - #Finally

    Back in the Saddle - #Finally I am trying to remember the last time I went to the gym… It wasn’t this year. And, if I had to guess, it’s probably been about a year. The gym membership isn't for everyone. For some of us the “gym” just isn’t our thing. So, we do things outside like walk, run, or bike. And we have the equipment in our homes such as videos and apps, [...]

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    The Meaning of Wellness

    The Meaning of Wellness What does “wellness” mean? There are many aspects of wellness: physical, emotional, spiritual, social, environmental, and more. While there is agreement that wellness takes on many forms and has many components, there isn’t necessarily agreement as to how many components there are. From my perspective, I am armed with the knowledge, education and [...]

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    Organic Label Terms

    January 17, 2019
    Organic Label Terms

    When referring to a single crop such as spinach or milk, then the food is indeed organic. There isn’t anything else in the food, so no worries about anything in addition to that spinach or milk.

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    Organic: The True Meaning

    January 15, 2019
    Organic: The True Meaning

    This definition of "organic" only refers to how the plant or livestock was grown, fed or cared for. It does not refer to the nutritional value of the food or whether or not that food is healthy.

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    Feeding Your Immune System

    November 29, 2018
    Feeding Your Immune System

    Can the way you eat help reduce your risk of getting sick this flu season? It is that time of year again - flu season! It’s cold. Your hands are dry from washing them constantly. And you are watching everyone around you dropping like flies. You just do not have the time to get sick right now! Aside from washing your hands constantly and avoiding sitting next to anyone who has a sniffle, [...]

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    Hemp Seeds and the THC Drug Test

    With the wave of the legalization of marijuana, for both medical and recreational use, spreads there is also the proliferation of CBD and hemp products in the mainstream market. While even I don’t fully understand the nuances between THC, CBD, and hemp, I am learning. I do know that they are not the same or used interchangeably even if some people will use the terms interchangeably. They do [...]

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    Food Groups vs Nutrients

    September 19, 2018
    Food Groups vs Nutrients

    In my interaction with people, I hear a lot of things that tell me that there is a LOT of confusion when it comes to nutrition. Shocking, I know. This is partly because not everyone understands how the science of nutrition works, how to interpret that science, or what it all means. But that is okay. I trust the scientists who study outer space know what Pluto is. For now. I don’t even [...]

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    Hot Buttered Coffee for all day energy?

    Bulletproof Coffee will give you energy, sure, but what else will it give you? Lots of calories with virtually no nutrition. If you have not yet heard of this trend of “bulletproof” coffee the practice of putting butter and other fat in your coffee, let me give you the background and some of the details. When I first heard of this trend, I hoped it was a joke, a prank like hufu, but as with[...]

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