Health & Spirit

Quinn on Nutrition: Recipe for a healthful holiday

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Funny how priorities get adjusted when you lose a loved one, especially one as close as a sister. So this Thanksgiving and the weekend, I'm not Christmas shopping. I am thanking God for the incredible outpouring of love and concern these past few weeks from dear family members and friends.

Thank you especially to the United Methodist Women in ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Yes, there is a sustainable way to farm seafood

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According to my dictionary, to "sustain" means to supply with nourishment; to support; to preserve. "Sustainable" refers to something that helps maintain or conserve our energy and resources. My morning coffee and granola come to mind.

Relationships can sustain us as well. Recently co-workers and I participated in an event entitled "...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Books that make for appetizing holiday gifts

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No doubt about it. Nutrition remains a hot topic, even when all we want to think about is pumpkin pie and egg nog. What better gift for this holiday season. Here's a few ideas from reputable sources:

"1001 Delicious Recipes for People with Diabetes, 3rd edition," Edited by Sue Spitler, Linda Eugene, RD (Registered Dietitian), CDE (Certified ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Do apples keep potatoes from sprouting? It's complicated.

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We know how life goes. One minute we're happily intrigued with some new information. And the next moment, we're scratching our heads saying, "Really?"

So goes what I thought would be a slam dunk column this week, featuring very cool food ideas forwarded to me from a friend in cyberspace. Titled "Ingenius Innovations that Really Work," I was ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: The age-old challenge of getting kids to eat healthy foods

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"Keep enjoying those grandkids," my friend wrote after my recent move. "Let them know who is in charge...they are."

In terms of food, they certainly are. What happened, for example, to my sweet little darling who used to exclaim, "I wike cucumbers!" ? Now independently three years old, she looks for any signs of green in her food and ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: The skinny on fats

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Remember the headlines a few years ago that announced "butter is back"? Hold on to your churn, grandma. According to the latest research from Harvard School of Public Health, it's a bit more complicated than that.

These scientists looked at health outcomes for more than 84,000 women and almost 43,000 men over a 30-year period to see how dietary...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Moving made fresh meal deliveries a natural

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Ahh, the adventures of moving. You think you've got your precious belongings carefully labeled. Then when you get to your new location, you're surrounded by strange unpacked boxes that seem to say, "Bet you can't guess what's in here!"

Normal meals take a back seat during times of transition. Groceries? My refrigerator has not been this clean...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Healthful cooked pumpkin too often loaded with sugar

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It was an amazing display of pumpkins at this roadside junction. Brightly colored pumpkins of every shape and size flirted with us to take them home. So we filled our carts (make it two carts) and hauled them home -- some for decoration and others for eating. And all for the fun of this, my favorite season.

Pumpkins are big business this time ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Eating up chilies and the American West

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I left California early on a Saturday morning on the first leg of a five state trek. As I drove through the Salinas Valley in the first light of dawn, I was struck by the buzz of farmworkers already at work -- laying pipe, picking lettuce, loading produce into crates and onto trucks. I realized that farmers work hard to keep us fed, even on ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Here's a crutch you can use for a new diet plan

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By the grace of God and a few good friends, we got 'er done. For me, moving out of a house ranks right up there with sticking pins in my eyes. Add crutches and a broken foot to the equation, and it's not pretty.

No worries. To the rescue are friends who know how to take orders from a one-legged lady. Wendy blew in and got me out of my "where ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: What quality assurance do we have for food?

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Before we could board a cute little commuter plane from Alliance, Neb., to Denver, we had to wait out a summer thunderstorm that blew across the plains. Trying to take my mind off the possibility that I would miss my connecting flight to California (I did), I listened to the TSA agent describe the history of this small airport.

"Alliance was ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Sounds nutty, but here's latest on avoiding this allergy

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I was surprised when my three-year old granddaughter and her mom (my daughter who lives several states away) suddenly appeared at my recent retirement party. No better surprise than that.

We sometimes get surprises in the world of nutrition, as well. Like the surprising estimate that the incidence of peanut allergy in Western countries has ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: A few pointers on managing chronic conditions

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I was complaining about having to hobble around on crutches after a small mishap with my horse last week. "Sure is uncomfortable to get around," I said to a patient at the Community Hospital of the Monterey (Calif.) Peninsula, where I work as a registered dietitian..

"Sure is," she said, pointing to her very pregnant tummy.

We laughed and ...Read more

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