My Stance On GMOs

The annual "What's Trending in Nutrition" survey from Today's Dietitianpredicts 2015 will be a year GMO-free matters: Fellow dietitians forecast that you’ll make your grocery shopping choices based on non-GMO ingredients. But should you? You already read nutrition labels carefully, and seek out products labeled low-sodium. Should you also be looking for foods branded GMO-free? Not necessarily. GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, have had their genetic makeup manipulated to create specific results. In the case of crops like corn and soy, their seeds have been altered to be drought tolerant or resistant to pesticides. Opponents worry what such alteration does to our health, fearing GMOs e

To My Dad and the Boston Marathon

People always ask me: “What made you want to be a dietitian, Did you ever have a weight problem?” I became a dietitian so that I could dedicate my life to helping others live happier and healthier lives. In doing so, I have been blessed with being able to start a business doing what I love. I thank God everyday for being able to do what I love because it can make all the difference in a person. In truth I was inspired by my dad. As a high school track coach, my dad did what he loved. He trained a runner who would go on to win the Boston Marathon four times, and left a legacy in his wake. I know I can be extremely straightforward, blunt, and sarcastic at times; after reading this article on m

What Your Physician May Not Have Told You About Cholesterol

New research has doctors reevaluating how they measure and use cholesterol to determine the risk of cardiovascular disease. People think of cholesterol in terms of “good” and “bad”. Unfortunately, it is a little more complicated than that. My job is to make nutrition/health simple for you. Remember, I am all about being your own healthcare advocate. So let’s dissect cholesterol: The good the bad and the ugly. You Should Love Cholesterol Even though it has a stigma around it, cholesterol impacts more than your heart health. Created in your liver, it has a vital effect on testosterone, estrogen and progesterone (aka, the sex hormones), and it is critical to your brain function. It is involv

Semantics Part 2: Is "Binge Viewing" another way of saying Couch Potato?

By Definition, Binge-watching, also called binge-viewing or marathon-viewing, is the practice of watching television for longer time spans than usual, usually of a single television show. In a survey conducted by Netflix in February 2014, 73% of people define binge-watching as "watching between 2-6 episodes of the same TV show in one sitting. History: The idea of assembling several consecutive episodes of a television series in order and watching them in rapid succession originated with the marathon. Remember the Twilight Zone series marathons? Shark Week is similar type of programming. In contrast, Shark Week is more of a documentary type series related to shark attacks, education of sh

Brown Bag It: How to Pack a Healthy School Lunch

In 2016, the USDA unveiled healthier nutrition standards for school meals—after not making changes for more than 15 years. As a registered dietitian, I was certainly happy to see much-needed improvements made. But today I recommend you pack your child’s lunchbox instead of sending them through the lunch line. Know that by telling you to brown bag it, I’m not bashing school system dietitians and cafeteria cooks. The fault for “bad” school food is often placed on them, but they do the best they can under the circumstances. Times are tight: On average, schools have between $2 and $3 to spend on each student’s meal, only about $1 of which is allotted for the food itself (the rest goes to labor a

5 Must-Haves for a Healthy Pantry

You’ve heard the weight-loss wisdom: Set yourself up for success by keeping junk food out of the house. That’s great advice, but it leaves out what you should keep in your pantry. Here are my top five healthy staples to have on hand. Whether your New Year’s resolution is to drop pounds or simply eat better to feel better, you’ll want to stock your shelves with these: 1. Butter and olive oil: Start the year off by shucking your margarine sticks and opting for natural butter instead! Many stick margarines made today still contain trans fat, which raises LDL, or bad cholesterol, and has been linked to instances of cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s. Speaking of fats, olive oil is chock full

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