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Celebrate Food Day: October 24, 2013


Every year in October, our country celebrates Food Day.  According to the Food Day website, “Food Day is a nationwide celebration and movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.”  When I think of Food Day, the sound bite:“fresh is best” comes to mind. But recent studies reveal that processing or cooking some foods increase their nutritional benefits. While many folks enjoy the garden fresh tomato for its delicious taste, dietitians also know it as a source of vitamin C, potassium, and lycopene.  Many garden tomatoes are canned or processed into tomato sauce or salsa.  Did we lose the nutrients in the canning or cooking process?  While most of the vitamin C is lost, heat increases the available lycopene content.  Heating … Continue reading

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Spring Clean your Food Choices


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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Are you a “Seefood” Eater?


The title is not a spelling error.  This blog is not about eating seafood (although I encourage you to enjoy seafood at least twice a week).  It is about food cravings and some tips to manage them. A “seefood” eater is a characteristic of many Americans.  News reports have followed Americans throughout the day.  We see an American at work that enjoys lunch, and then one hour later sees some food in the employee resource area.  Seeing food, he or she will decide to eat the food just because it is present.  Some people will comment that it is too difficult to resist the food or they have a craving for it. Do you “seefood” and immediately just take it?  … Continue reading

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American Heart Association National Eating Healthy Day


Wednesday, November 7th is National Eating Healthy Day.  To celebrate this day, I challenge all readers of this blog to choose to eat at least one vegetable and fruit today.  Or maybe you already choose to eat three servings of fruit and vegetables every day.  Then today may be the day you try a new recipe or monitor the portion sizes of the food on your plate.  Look at your lunch and dinner meals today.  Do they correspond to the My Plate at www.choosemyplate.gov ? To celebrate the day, the American Heart Association has published a Holiday Healthy Eating Guide.  We have it on our website so you can view or even download it yourself as yet another way to … Continue reading

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Halloween CAN be healthy (UPDATED to include giveaway)


Halloween is almost here, and I expect my phone to ring. Almost every year, this is the week that a news reporter or TV anchor wants to interview a registered dietitian (RD) about candy. I think they expect RDs to either be the food police or to give their audience the permission to indulge. “Why select Halloween?” is my first reaction. Americans enjoy every holiday with candy. Within days of Halloween, the Christmas candy will appear on the shelves. The first of January, the candy for Valentine’s Day appears. Then it is time for the Easter candy.  So it goes. Since candy surrounds our environment, I think the best approach is to manage it. Some tips for this holiday: ♥ Place … Continue reading

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