May 5, 2015

Good Mood Foods

When you think of comfort foods, one usually thinks of chocolate, pasta, pizza, mashed potatoes, and baked goods. But what if you could choose foods that provided comfort, yet were healthy? The following compounds are found in many familiar foods that you can feel good about indulging in to chase the blues, without sabotaging your weight loss/healthy living efforts. I have developed a … [Read more...]

Healthy Valentine’s Day Cookies for Your Sweeties

Make these yummy cookies for your sweeties this Valentine's Day! These cookies are gluten-free, egg-free, cholesterol-free, very low sugar, and dairy-free (if you use carob chips)* Makes 30 cookies. Ingredients~ (brand suggestions in parentheses) 3 large, ripe bananas, well mashed (about 1 1/2 cups) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (Simply Organic) 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted, room … [Read more...]

Renal Diet Snack Ideas

Two per day, one eaten between breakfast and lunch and one in the afternoon before dinner or after dinner 2 hours before bedtime (shoot for good carb to protein ratio, low in potassium and phosphorus, 200-250 calories).   ½ C of hummus, red bell pepper slices (1/2 pepper)  Peach and 1 TBSP macademia nuts  1 C Unsweetened applesauce, 1 TBSP peanuts  Pear and 12 … [Read more...]

Gluten-free Resources for Kiddos

Cookbooks~ The Everything Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Cookbook – Carrie Forbes Gluten-Free Recipes for Kids: Fun Eats from Breakfast to Treats Wheat-Free, Gluten-Free Cookbook for Kids and Busy Adults, Second Edition – Connie Sarros Gluten-Free on a Shoestring: 125 Easy Recipes for Eating Well on the Cheap – Nicole Hunn   Other books~ Kids with Celiac Disease : A Family Guide … [Read more...]

Nutrition and ADHD

The following are some recommendations concerning nutrition, supplementation, and other tips to help alleviate symptoms and possibly assist in controlling behavioral issues that can occur with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder. These recommendations are research based but may or may not work for every individual. Speak with your medical provider if you have additional questions … [Read more...]

Beware the Beef?

Despite recent reports that “butter isn’t bad” and “saturated fat isn’t our enemy anymore”, many other reliable, clinical studies over the years have demonstrated that red meat and processed meats have been shown to significantly increase our risk for cancer or heart disease, exclusive of other cofactors. Meat eaters have an overall greater chance of dying from heart disease or cancer than those … [Read more...]

Got the GERD?

Is there a little purple pill in your cabinet? If so, you are one of the 20% of Americans who suffer from heartburn at least once per week.  What is heartburn and how can one prevent and treat it (HINT: DIET plays a major role in preventing and treating of symptoms)?  How does heartburn differ from GERD (or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease), and when should one become concerned about it? Let’s find … [Read more...]

Forego the Five Hour Energy

Working full-time as a clinical dietitian and managing my own practice frequently spurs the question, “How do you find the energy to do all you do?” There are times when I stay up till 2 AM working on a nutrition plan, and then have to work for a ten-hour shift the next day and I’ll think “Hmmm...it would be nice to have a bit more energy today”.  So the allure of those little bottles of “5-Hour … [Read more...]

Avoiding Anemia

Do you frequently feel tired, get tingly feelings in your hands and feet, have difficulty remembering things, and do people remark to you that you look pale? You may be suffering from anemia, a blood disorder that can occur for a variety of reasons, such as chronic disease, genetic disorder, pregnancy, cancer treatments, certain medications, viral infections, and vitamin deficiencies. A simple … [Read more...]

The Scam of Some Supplements

It seems as if many individuals are looking for that “magic pill”, the one that will assist with their nutrition, make them thin, more toned, have clearer skin, better digestion, ward off cancer and add more pep in their step.  Does such a supplement (or combination of several) exist? Let’s first understand the definition of a supplement, and how to separate the facts from the … [Read more...]