Health Notes

Choose Your Fats Wisely

by Pat Klaus, RD, LMNT, LD on March 25, 2015

Heart disease and stroke are the number one cause of death and disability for those with Type II diabetes. Eating a diet low in saturated and trans fats, and rich in the healthier fats (ex: walnuts, olives, avocadoes, olive oil and canola oil) is important for a healthy heart, as well as great for weight loss.  Fat contains nine calories per gram, compared to carbohydrate and protein at four calories per gram.

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans will be available at the end of the year, providing everyone with practical and easy-to-follow nutrition guidelines based on scientific recommendations.

One big change you may see will be regarding dietary cholesterol. For years, we were told to avoid eggs and shellfish because of their high cholesterol content. Now, the latest medical research from the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology recommends changes to cholesterol treatment guidelines. The changes remove specific targets for blood cholesterol levels, instead looking at a person’s overall risk for developing cardiovascular disease.

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Recipe: Stay Healthy with Stir-Fry

by admin on March 18, 2015

Stir-frying vegetables is a quick and easy way to cook without zapping the vibrant color and healthful nutrients veggies contain. It’s also delicious!

Broccoli, pork and cashews combine for a healthy meal, and serving it over brown rice offers a healthy boost of fiber. Get out your wok or skillet and start stirring up a hot, healthy and tasty meal.

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Exercise: It Does a Body (and Your Brain) Good

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As we all rely so much more on our computers, tablets and smartphones, let’s face it. Our generation is a lot less physical than we used to be.  The effect on our bodies is clear: Less activity = poorer health. But what is this inactivity doing to our brain? In his book, Spark: The Revolutionary […]

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Better Labels Means Opportunity for Better Choices

February 25, 2015

Coming in 2015, big changes to your food’s nutrition label and in the restaurants where you eat. The FDA is rolling out a new look that will help draw more attention to your food’s calorie count. The new label features a bigger, bolder look when it comes to calories, and also helps clear up some […]

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Recipe: Breakfast with Benefits

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February is National Cancer Prevention Month… and did you know that foods can be cancer fighters? It’s true! Besides having the usual health benefits, some foods can actually increase your body’s ability to lower your cancer risk. Flaxseed is one of these awesome foods. It’s high in dietary fiber and is an excellent source of […]

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Your Questions Answered: “Do I really need to take supplements after weight loss surgery?

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Q. I’ve read about how after bariatric surgery doctors often recommend taking certain vitamins and supplements. Why? I’ve always gotten all the nutrients I need just from eating regular food… why do I need to take more now? A. It goes without saying that bariatric surgery changes the way your body interacts with food. No […]

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How Strong is Your Core?

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One of the most popular fitness buzz phrases is CORE STABILITY. Despite many internet articles about core fitness, it’s still a fairly ambiguous term. What is consistent with CORE STABILITY is the idea that you need strength and control through your torso so more complex movements don’t put your spine at risk. Strengthening your core […]

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The 4 Things You Should Know about Drinking after Bariatric Surgery

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After bariatric surgery, a lot of the focus is on food. The types of food you should and shouldn’t eat… but what about what you drink? Let’s face it, as adults, many of us enjoy an occasional alcoholic beverage. But after weight loss surgery, your body goes through a lot of changes. One of those […]

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Recipe: Chocolate? Yes!

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Believe it or not, these chocolate chip bar cookies are relatively guilt-free. The instant pudding and applesauce completely replace the shortening and help these cookies stay moist and delicious. You can store them in the refrigerator or freezer for a treat that will satisfy your sweet tooth without completely blowing your diet. Chocolate Chip Bar […]

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Your Questions Answered: “How can I lose weight and KEEP IT OFF?”

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Q. I feel like I’ve been on and off diets my entire life, but any success I have seems to fade. They just aren’t sustainable for me. How can I find out what type of diet is really going to work… and stick? A. When it comes to losing weight, “diets” can be really tough […]

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