Do you have a family recipe for pumpkin bread that you no longer make because you are following a heart- and diabetes-friendly diet? Kathy Levin, RD, CDE, LDN, registered dietician with Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center, shares this modified and healthy version of Aunt Bessie’s Pumpkin Bread. Read the rest of this entry »
Most of us look forward to holiday eating. After all, there are only a few days a year where you can overindulge and not feel quite so guilty. But for the 20 percent of adults who suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), it’s not so simple.
GERD is basically chronic heartburn that develops when the reflux of stomach contents cause troublesome symptoms like burning in the chest. It’s triggered in two ways – acidic foods and too much pressure in the stomach. And for those who are sensitive, it can be worse around the holidays when we eat larger amounts of fatty foods. Read the rest of this entry »
Making healthy choices shouldn’t stop because of a holiday, but we all can come up with creative excuses to put our health on hold.
“Being healthy is a lifelong endeavor,” said Wendi Spitzig, medical weight-loss coordinator for Memorial’s Weight Loss & Wellness Center. “You have to be aware every day, but holidays are greater challenges due to the increase in social activities.”
When the end-of-year holidays start to draw near, folks come up with all kinds of creative excuses. Among them: Read the rest of this entry »
Here’s Why Today is the Perfect Day to Start Eating Healthy
You’ve wanted to have a healthier eating plan for a long time, but it always seems like you’re biting off more than you can chew.
Rather than make a big permanent change, maybe you can find greater success by deciding to eat healthy for just one day. And a great day to do that is today (Nov. 6) – National Eating Healthy Day.
Taking a small step can put you on the road to a bigger payoff, according to the American Heart Association.
“It’s natural for most people to want to try and adopt a healthy lifestyle and eating behaviors overnight. Evidence has shown, however, that small and steady changes over time are more successful to maintain,” said Micca Donohoo, a registered dietitian with the Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center. “Living a healthy lifestyle isn’t about a perfect diet or program; it’s about ongoing changes that are realistic to sustain in the long run.”
The American Heart Association offers four tips that you can try today and start to put into practice for the days to come. Read the rest of this entry »
In today’s world of quick convenience and packaged food, eating gluten-free can be a challenge. It’s everywhere. Most breads, pastas, cereals, pizza, cakes and crackers all contain gluten. It’s also used as filler for many processed foods.
Gluten itself is a protein found in wheat and other grain products. It’s what allows the product to be flexible but still hold together. Picture rolling out a pizza crust.
If you are gluten intolerant, which includes celiac disease, wheat allergies or gluten sensitivity, the protein becomes toxic in your system and damages your intestines. And that’s when you’re hit with abdominal symptoms like bloating, cramping and diarrhea.
But with careful planning and some homework, you can learn to eat gluten-free. Follow these tips from Gayle Jennings, MS, RD, LDN, a registered dietitian with Memorial Medical Center, to make the transition less overwhelming. Read the rest of this entry »
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Over the years, there has been a lot of confusion surrounding the profession of dietetics. We get a lot questions, such as, “don’t dietitians just write menus at hospitals?” or, “is there any difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist?”
For years, dietitians have been trying to separate themselves from nutritionists, mostly in terms of the level of education required. In years past, just about anyone who wanted to call himself or herself a nutritionist could do so, as there was never any governance concerning this term. Registered dietitians complete a four-year undergraduate degree and an extensive internship, and must pass a national exam, not to mention completing 75 hours of continuing education every five years to maintain their title.
So, what has changed? Read the rest of this entry »
It is no secret that in the last 10 years much emphasis has been placed on better nutrition in schools. Today, schools are at the forefront for addressing the urgent need for improved nutrition and physical activity.
Of all the steps that schools can take toward creating healthier, higher-achieving students, the implementation of school breakfast is perhaps the simplest and most cost-effective. Breakfast provides students with key nutrients and it improves brain function all morning.
Breakfast literally breaks the nightlong fast. If breakfast is skipped, the fast continues, which can place unnecessary stress on a developing body. Studies have shown that well-nourished students who skipped breakfast had adverse effects on attention and memory throughout the day. Read the rest of this entry »
We hear a lot about lean red meat, but can red meat really be low-fat?
In order for a food to be called “low-fat”, it must contain no more than three grams of fat per 100 calories, or contain no more than 30 percent of calories from fat. The definition of lean ground beef, according to the USDA, is beef containing no more than 10 percent fat. That means it is 90 percent lean, right? Unfortunately, it is not that simple. Read the rest of this entry »
Those making the effort to eat healthier may notice an increase in their grocery bills. Is this just a necessary downside of healthier living? It doesn’t have to be.
Gayle Jennings, MS, RDN, LDN, Lead Clinical Dietitian at Memorial Medical Center, offers several ideas to eat healthily without breaking the bank:
- Plan for meals. Take inventory of what you already have in your kitchen and use that as a foundation to plan a week or two of meals, then build from there.
- Make a shopping list. Stick to it and use it. Don’t let your shopping cart stray.
- Opt for store brands instead of brand name products. More often than not, they are of comparable quality for a lower price.
- Compare the unit prices of similar items. Don’t just buy a larger package because it appears to be a better deal—it might not be. Read the rest of this entry »
Many Americans find it challenging to fill half their plate each meal with fruits and vegetables – a recommendation of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages Americans to add both color and nutrients to 4th of July cookouts by grilling with a variety of healthy fruits and vegetables.
“Fill up on fewer calories with nutrient-rich, low-calorie produce,” says Christina Rollins, Registered Dietitian for Memorial Medical Center and spokesperson for the Illinois Dietetic Association. “It’s not only good for your waistline, but water-rich produce will also help keep you hydrated on hot summer days.” Read the rest of this entry »