As a supermarket dietitian, I get quite a few questions about those who may have been diagnosed as prediabetic. What exactly does that mean?
Prediabetes means that your blood sugar level is higher than normal (typically over 100 when fasting) but not yet high enough to be classified as Type 2 diabetes (a blood glucose level of 126 or higher ...Read more
If you knew you could do just three things and lose weight, would you do them? Can it be that simple? No one diet works for everyone, but a look at popular diets finds they all have three things in common: eat more vegetables, eat less sugar and eat more whole foods.
If we just do those three things, we can lose weight. And the best part? You'...Read more
It's amazing that a little extra stress in your life can result in a few extra pounds. As the cortisol increases, so does our tendency to gain weight. The more stressed we are, the more likely we are to grab something -- anything -- and it may not always be the healthiest option. Maybe that's why our Apple watches tell us to "breathe" and why ...Read more
We all know fruits and vegetables are healthy, and most of us should eat more of them than we do. But how much is enough?
As a dietitian, I teach clients to fill half their plates with fruits and vegetables, one-fourth with lean protein and one-fourth with whole grains, along with that cup of dairy. But "half" your plate can vary by plate size;...Read more
You've probably heard how important gut health is to your immune system and to lowering your risk for diseases. The trillions of bacteria that live in our guts are intimately intertwined with our metabolism. They play roles in digestion and nutrient absorption and help maintain our intestinal lining. They may even help preserve muscle as we age....Read more
Should you make the switch to plant-based burgers rather than meat?
At the grocery store where I'm a dietitian, our shelves are bulging with plant-based alternatives, including burgers. Fast-food and restaurant chains, including Red Robin, TGI Friday's, Carl's Jr. and Burger King, have also begun offering plant-based burgers.
Are they ...Read more
I think we've been looking at physical activity all wrong. We often link it with losing weight, but to be honest, it takes a lot of moving to lose a pound or two. As I've learned, the value of physical activity is that it makes you feel better, makes you move better, gives you that sense of joy.
The bottom line? Including some sort of ...Read more
Yogurt, especially Greek yogurt, just might be one of those foods you want to always have in your refrigerator. Granted, it can be tricky picking the best one, but in general, a good Greek yogurt is high in protein and calcium and low in fat. Look for a yogurt with 13 to 15 grams of protein, less than 7 grams of sugar and less than 6 grams of ...Read more
I have a client wanting to try intermittent fasting (where he has long periods of not eating) as a way to lose weight. Does it work?
First of all, a word of warning: It's a diet strategy that can be dangerous for individuals who take prescription medication, those with diabetes or heart conditions and pregnant women. Before you try it, consult ...Read more
My mother suffered from heart disease most of her life, and eventually the disease took her life. We went through stents, heart surgery, two pacemakers, replacement valves -- the best that medical care could give her. Could a change in her diet have made a difference?
I read with interest new research from the American Heart Association that ...Read more
Have you hit a plateau in your weight loss? I'm working with a client now that can't seem to get her weight to budge. Over the past four months, she's lost 28 pounds, about 1 1/2 to 2 pounds a week, which is considered the right amount to lose. That's respectable in anyone's book. Now, though, she's hit a wall. She started at 233 pounds in ...Read more
Most of us think grilling when we think summer. Parties at home usually center around the grill -- burgers, brats, barbecued chicken or steak. Raising cattle on our family farm meant our freezer was full of high-quality beef just waiting to be grilled.
How healthy is it? Depends on how you cook the meat.
"Cooking meat at high temperatures is ...Read more
My friend Kim has dropped 25 pounds in the past year. Her secret? Tracking her calories. She uses an app on her phone -- MyFitnessPal -- to know how many calories she eats. Her goal starting out was 1600 calories a day. When she reached a plateau, she dropped it to 1500. At her second plateau, she moved the goal to 1400, which...Read more