Managing Stress With Diet

Stress can take a toll on your body’s natural defenses, but eating the right foods can offer us some much needed support.  Everyone feels tired, pressed for time, or just plain stressed during different times. During these times, we often reach for convenience or junk food.  High-calorie or sugary foods only make us think we…

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Bullying and Children

There are many different forms of bullying that can occur. These include physical, verbal, sexual, cyber (email, text, websites, chat rooms, etc.), interpersonal (rumors, refusing to talk to someone, excluding from social group, etc.), and property damage/theft. Bullying frequently happens in schools, and is suggested to be the most common form of violence in our…

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High-Fructose Corn Syrup Concerns

High-fructose corn syrup is a common sweetener in sodas, beverages, and processed foods.  As use of high-fructose corn syrup has increased in the past two decades, so have levels of obesity and related health problems. This has led many Americans to ask if that’s just a coincidence. Food science shows that high-fructose corn syrup is…

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Food Trend Alert: The Beet Has a New Beat!

Move over kale! Make room quinoa. This past year, at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE)™, the world’s largest annual meeting of food and nutrition professionals, it was declared that beet is the next food trend. Let’s discuss some of the amazing benefits of this superfood.   Increases Nitric Oxide Availability: The natural…

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Tips For Better Sleep

Getting enough quality sleep is one of the most important factors in maintaining a mentally and physically healthy life. Unfortunately that is much easier said than done in most of our daily lives. Some people may struggle with this due to a busy life style, and others may because of an underlying condition such as…

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High Protein Diets

For most healthy people, a high-protein diet generally isn’t harmful, particularly when followed for a short time. Such diets may help with certain goals by making you feel fuller for longer periods of time.  There are many current diets that are not only high in protein but low in carbohydrates. Other names for them are:…

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Introvert vs. Extrovert

Personality traits are different for everyone, because of this people often struggle to understand each other. Two common traits that lead to misunderstandings or conflict are introversion and extraversion. Both have their benefits, and both have their difficulties, but everyone can agree that both are very different. There are a number of other smaller categories that…

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A Message About MSG

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a flavor enhancer commonly added to Chinese food, canned vegetables, soups, and processed meats. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified MSG as a food ingredient that is “generally recognized as safe,” but its use remains controversial.   It’s hard to not find articles discussing the health risks and side effects…

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Mini Mindfulness Exercises

Jumping right into a mindful way of life or even practicing mindfulness can seem a little overwhelming at first. There is an abundance of information out there, some of it even conflicting. It can be difficult to figure out where to start or if this is even right for you. Here are a few mini…

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The Facts About Juicing

With the summer upon us and an abundance of produce at local farmers markets and grocery stores, lots of people ask dietitians and nutritionists about juicing as an alternative for fruit and vegetable preparation.  Here are some common questions answered. Is juicing healthier? Juicing is not any healthier than eating whole fruits and vegetables.  Juicing…

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