Health Notes

Recipe: Rise and Shine with Quinoa

by admin on September 17, 2014

9-17-14 Morning QuinoaQuinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is an ancient grain, originating from Bolivia. Because quinoa is rich in protein, calcium, iron and fiber, it makes for a smart breakfast choice. It is even gluten-free for those following a special gluten-free diet. Try tossing in berries or your favorite fruit for an extra healthy start to your day!

Morning Quinoa

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 2/3 cup water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup fruit
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (or to taste)

Additions:  Any other syrup, honey, jam, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg or yogurt

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Your Questions Answered: “How Can Reading Food Labels Help?”

by Dr. Katrena Lacey on September 10, 2014

Questions AnsweredQ. I’ve been trying what feels like forever to watch what I eat and lose weight, but there are still things that confuse me. Now that I’m on track for bariatric surgery, I know it’s even more important that I get the nutrients I need. It sounds like a basic question I should have asked long ago… but how do you read those confusing food labels?

A. Looking at food nutrition labels is one of the most important steps you can take in ensuring you are buying the foods that will best fit your goals for healthier eating… but even I will admit they can be confusing.

Food labels are intended to help you make better food choices by sharing serving size, calorie count and nutritional information.

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Exercise: Pushing for the Best Results

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Last month we discussed ramping up our exercise program and tackling exercise plateaus by playing with exercise variables. But, how do we know we are getting the best results? Is there any way to measure if we are pushing ourselves enough? I remember watching 10 minutes of an episode of one of our nation’s favorite weight loss […]

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Diet and Diabetes? A Dietitian Can Help

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Do have you have diabetes and need help managing your health?  Would you like to lose weight but don’t know where to start? Visiting with a dietitian can give you some great tools to help you put you on the right nutritional path no matter your goals. A Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist […]

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Recipe: Fire Up Some Fresh Veggies

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Itching to do something awesome with what’s growing in your garden? Time to slice and dice those fresh, nutritious vegetables into a delicious side dish. Roasting veggies is a great way to enjoy the fruits of your labor… or add summer sizzle by tossing them on the grill! Roasted Vegetables (Gluten-Free) Ingredients 1 pound carrots, […]

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Your Questions Answered: “Do I REALLY Need to Exercise?”

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Q. I just had weight loss surgery, and am looking forward to dropping lots of weight… but do I REALLY need to exercise? I was hoping that just cutting my food intake would be enough. I’m not a fan of the gym. A. Bariatric surgery is about more than just altering the way you digest […]

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Exercise: Avoiding the Plateau Pitfalls

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How is YOUR exercise program going?  Have you reached a point that your body has adapted to the stresses you are putting on it?  In other words, have you developed an “exercise plateau?” This is common with exercise routines.  Our bodies adapt to the work load we are asking of it and we start to […]

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Bariatric Surgery and your Bowels

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It’s time to talk about that one thing few people really want to discuss. The side effects bariatric surgery will have on your bowels. First of all, yes, having bariatric surgery will change your bathroom habits. After all, we’re making changes to the way your body processes food. Some may find what happens on the […]

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Recipe: A Healthy Twist on a Summer Picnic Favorite

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Ahh, summer… A time for enjoying the outdoors and finding ways to beat the heat. Picnics are a summertime staple, but the salads can weigh down more than just your picnic basket. Here’s a new twist on an old favorite, potato salad, that adds a healthy option to your outdoor lunch.   Picnic Potato Salad […]

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Your Questions Answered: “What Apps Can Really Help with Weight Loss?”

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Q. I have been dieting on and off for years, with no real success that sticks. I’m preparing for bariatric surgery, and want to get my mind and body ready now. Do you have any apps that you recommend that can help me along? A. What a great question! With so much new technology (and […]

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