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The News on Trans Fats

Category Diet, Health


This week, news came out that the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has reviewed evidence and determined that partially hydrogenated oils (also known as Trans Fats) are NOT “generally recognized as safe”.  The GRAS term is used by the FDA when evaluating and reviewing foods and supplements.  Food manufacturers are given a timeline of 3 Read More…

Spitting Seeds-Watermelon Season

Category Diet, Health


Summertime is coming upon us quickly and tons of fruits and vegetables are in season.  One of those being watermelon! Watermelon is a juicy treat, but it also has great health benefits to make it worth eating.  Watermelon is made of ~92% water, making it a low calorie snack at only ~43 calories per cup Read More…

Protein Packed Chia Seed Pudding

Category Diet, Health


We all want a sweet treat every now and again, but what about a sweet treat that boasts excellent protein content as well!  This protein packed pudding contains chia seeds.  Chia seeds are a great source of protein and also have an gelatinous property, making them fantastic for puddings and smoothies.  Give this recipe a try!   Read More…

Importance of Stabilization Training

Category Exercise, Health

knee stability

Last week at Support Group we had the chance to hear a presentation from a Personal Trainer in the area.  We were able to discuss various ways that personal training has changed over the years and how to best approach a new training program.  I was interested to find that the the presenter, certified through Read More…

Italian Pork Meatball Kebabs

Category Diet, Health


This delicious recipe is a repost from Diabetes Forecast.  You can find Nutrition Facts on the associated link. Makes: 8 servings Serving Size: 1 kebab Preparation Time: 30 minutes Cooking Time: 10 minutes Chilling Time: 30 minutes Ingredients 16 (12-inch) wood skewers 1 lb. lean ground pork 2/3 cup panko bread crumbs 1 egg 1 Read More…

Grocery Store Tips

Category Diet, Health


One of the most confusing places when trying to eat right is a Grocery Store.  So many options and so many different things to think about.  I’ve compiled a list of tips to help you make better choices in various areas of the store: Produce: Find a list online of in-season fruits and vegetables. In-season Read More…

Bariatric Pyramid

Category Diet, Health


Lately, as I’ve been having discussions with you all, I’ve been trying to explain the nutrient priorities of a bariatric patient. Most of us understand that protein is necessary and is a top priority following surgery. However, we often forget how we should be prioritizing other foods as well. I searched to see if anyone Read More…

Low Carb Spaghetti

Category Diet, Health


My love for spaghetti runs deep, but it also means that I usually have a food coma after eating it due to too many carbohydrates.  Recently, i’ve been playing with different types of noodles to try and cut down on the carbohydrates in pasta while still enjoying one of my favorite meals.  Most recently, i’ve Read More…

Strawberry Season

Category Diet, Health


It is officially Spring and with the change in season comes my favorite season of fruit…strawberries!  Strawberry season begins in March and you’ve probably started to see the influx of this delicious red fruit in grocery stores.  The best part about buying this fruit in season is that not only is it more delicious and Read More…

Activity versus Exercise

Category Exercise, Health


You all have heard my many rants about increasing exercise and how important exercise is for the support of weight loss and weight maintenance.  The biggest point that I try to differentiate is between activity and exercise. Many of you are very active in your everyday lives: at work, yardwork, shopping.  You are standing or Read More…