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How Do I … ?

Wellness

A participant in one of my recent community presentations asked questions about cutting and preparing certain foods. I wondered if other folks had the same concerns. How do you cut an avocado? Or a pineapple? Coming to the rescue is the national organization for Registered Dietitians, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The organization recently completed a series of “How do I” videos. The YouTube videos are less than a minute in length and cover about twenty food items. Since it is more economical to buy fresh, whole produce, you can save money by doing the prep work yourself. money. My hope is, that by watching these videos, you will increase your fruit and vegetable choices, and select more variety … Continue reading

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HMR Training

Weight Management

At the end of February, a coworker and I attended another annual national training for Health Management Resources (HMR) – the organization which our weight loss clinic has enthusiastically partnered with for the last eight years. The training just happened to be in Orlando, Fla.. If you’re not familiar with HMR, they are the clear nationwide leader in providing high-quality, medically monitored weight loss programs – which is the reason Alegent Creighton Health continues to work with them. For those of you who didn’t have the privilege of joining me for the HMR training in sunny Orlando, I wanted to mention just a few things from it. I heard many solid health and weight loss experts speak on a variety … Continue reading

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Weight Management

Have you ever thought that food could be good, bad, or ugly? I frequently hear from my patients that they were “bad” or “good” because they ate a certain food. Somehow, we’ve equated our self-worth with what we eat. If we eat foods that aren’t “allowed” on our diet, then we are bad, bad, bad! And since we’ve eaten the “bad” food then there is no point in continuing to eat the “good” food, and now we feel “ugly” about ourselves and stop following the diet.  One way to change this mindset is to look at food more objectively. What is the nutritional worth of this food? Is this food going to provide the nutrition I need to get through … Continue reading

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Spring Clean your Food Choices

Wellness

March is National Nutrition Month. This year is more special because it is the 40th anniversary of the yearly nutrition and education campaign. Since I have worked as a Registered Dietitian for 21 years, I just realized that I have been involved in the campaign for just over half of those 40 years. This year’s theme is: “Eat Right, Your way, Every Day”. This theme encourages personalized healthy eating styles. It recognizes that food preferences, lifestyle, cultural and ethnic traditions, and health concerns impact individual food choices. With this theme in mind, I have a few tips: Choose healthy foods that you enjoy. Fresh foods are nutrient rich. Choose foods for your lifestyle. Are you an athlete, vegetarian, person with … Continue reading

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Back 2 the Basics

Weight Management

“Eat your fruits and vegetables!” – You’ve likely heard this since childhood! When I was growing up, I would pick strawberries, watermelon, cabbage, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, and cucumbers from grandfather’s garden.  We would sit on the back deck eating an entire watermelon for breakfast.  Once in awhile when he went to have coffee with the guys, I was allowed to have powdered donuts. I am thankful those healthy habits were instilled in me from a young age! Currently, starting from a young age, fruits & vegetables are being replaced with high calorie processed foods, fast food, and sugary drinks. Individuals who eat fast food one or more times per week are at increased risk for weight gain, overweight, and obesity. … Continue reading

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