Top 10 Simple Nutrition Tips

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Nutrition is a complicated topic if we keep the focus on the latest fad, popular trend, or the “in” pop culture-esque piece of advice (whether it’s right or wrong or somewhere in between). Keep it Simple Please follow and like us:

Bringin’ Beef Back – It’s what’s for dinner!

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Beef sometimes gets the shaft. It is often portrayed as an unhealthy option or as a “problem causing food”. Remember the ads in the 80’s and 90’s (yes, I’ve just dated myself…sigh…)? “Where’s the Beef?” This is an important question to ask – where is the beef? Why should we give beef a little more […]

The Power of Protein – What’s enough? What’s too much?

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Protein Facts If a little is good, more is obviously better. Wait! Not so fast! Protein is both powerful and necessary to maintaining health, BUT in the case of this macronutrient, more is just more and not better. First, let’s take a look at what proteins are and what they do in the body. Proteins […]

The Health Halo Phenomenon

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What is the Health Halo? “Gluten free!” “Reduced fat!” “Sugar free!” “Trans-fat free!” If it looks healthy and says it’s healthy – then it is, right? Not always. Just because certain products contain added fiber, Omega fatty acids, or have fewer calories than the original version doesn’t mean it has added nutritional benefits. The “Health Halo”: […]

Decoding the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines – Keeping it Simple

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Simplify the Complex If you’re like me, you appreciate succinct, simple and easy to understand (and apply) health and nutrition information. One look at the lengthy 2010 Dietary Guidelines document tells us the information contained within those pages is anything but succinct, simple, or easy. This week’s post reduces the complexity of the guidelines and […]

Teachable Tastes – Making Healthy Food Fun for Kids

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The Fun of Food & Family This week’s blog post is dedicated to all the moms, dads, grandparents, and care givers to little ones. Kids are sometimes finicky eaters – as we well know (mine included). The minute we say, “it’s good for you” the noses turn up and the arms are crossed. So, how do […]

Wine Me Up! Is Alcohol Beneficial to Health?

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Sipping the Good stuff As adult libations go, I reach immediately for the vino. I love a crisp, fruity Pinot Grigio on a hot day and crave the comfort of a dark velvety Cab when it’s cold. But, the question I often am asked is “how healthy is wine?” Let’s review what the body of literature tells us. […]

BBQ – Healthy Business

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In case the 90 degree weather didn’t tip you off, it’s summer! Hopefully you are all enjoying long sunny days, empty schoolyards, campfires, parties, and picnics in the park. As is American tradition and culture, we typically like to celebrate the summer season with endless backyard barbeques. Gatherings of this nature generally involve food and beverages that […]

Good Carb. Bad Carb. What’s the deal?

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Carbohydrates are often demonized and characterized as “the one” that makes weight gain so profound. I’m here to tell you this is not the case and it’s time we take a closer look at the facts before committing to a “bread boycott”. What are carbs? Carbs are “hydrated carbons” as the name carbohydrate implies; they […]

Detox Diets – Help or Hype?

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The Detox Diet If you Google “detox diet”, you will come across a thousand different definitions and variations. To break it down to the common denominators, most include some element of the following: fasting, increased water intake, restricted caloric consumption and often, but not always, a recommendation to consume specific supplements (herbs, laxatives, etc.). Most […]

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