Robin Duhon, RD, LMNNT

5 “Scary” Halloween Treats To Make At Home With Your Kids

Nutrition, Parenting, Wellness

Halloween is a fun time of the year for kids and grown ups. Costumes, decorations, parties! Candy and treats play a big part of the Halloween festivities, but the average serving of Halloween candy provides around 250 calories, but hardly anything else.Remember, your kids will get plenty of candy from trick-or-treating. Make the rest of Halloween as healthy as possible!   Here are some fun and creative ways to provide healthier snacks for your kids this year that provide better nutrition than anything found in their trick-or-treat bag! Apple Teeth This healthy treat is something that the kids can help create and will have fun with. Cut apples into slices and spread peanut butter on one side. Next, line a slice … Continue reading

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Grant Hewitt

The Newest Weight-Loss Drug: Does it Really Work?

Weight Management, Wellness

Last month the FDA approved another drug for weight loss, known as Contrave, made by Orexigen Therapeutics Inc.  Because of the many hopes that are raised when these products are approved, I couldn’t let this pass without a few comments. Contrave, which is actually a combination of two other drugs (one used to treat addictions and the other depression), was first rejected by the FDA in 2011 over concerns of heart attacks and other cardiovascular risks.  It is now approved.  But like any drug, side-effects are to be expected.  In this case a few of the known possible side-effects are: suicidal behavior and ideation, seizures, liver dysfunction, glaucoma, nausea and vomiting.  Now, before you dismiss it entirely, the benefits of … Continue reading

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Mary Teague RD, LD

The Buzz On Caffeine

Nutrition, Wellness

Excessive caffeine consumption is not mathematical, it is individual. Caffeine sensitivity depends on the amount and frequency of caffeine consumption, body weight, physical condition and overall anxiety level among other factors. For most healthy adults moderate amounts of caffeine (100-200 milligrams (mg) a day, about 1-2 cups of coffee) pose no physical problems. However, if you want to reduce your caffeine consumption, decrease gradually over 1-2 weeks. Here are some tips: Mix half regular with decaffeinated coffee or tea Drink decaffeinated coffee or tea, herbal tea Steep tea for a shorter time, a one-minute steep contains just half of a three minute brew Keep a cup of water alongside your caffeinated beverage and alternate sips to prevent mindless caffeine drinking Check the label of your favorite … Continue reading

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Cassie Benak, MS, PLMHP

Celebrating Life Rather than Mourning Death


Many times we focus on what we have lost from the loss of our infant and we forget to celebrate the life that was.  Last month I am happy to say that my family and I celebrated what would have been my brothers 21st birthday.  I was 6 when my brother passed away, he was diagnosed with Meckel-Gruber Syndrome and his life was 7 days long.   Meckel Gruber Syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects multiple functional areas of the body.  According to the US National Library of Medicine, “Meckel Gruber syndrome affects 1 in 13,250 to 1 in 140,000 people worldwide.”  This very rare disorder was traumatizing for my family 21 years ago, but now today we celebrate … Continue reading

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Amy Walker RD, LD, LMNT

Why Do We Drink Soda Pop?

Nutrition, Wellness

Americans in general are very trusting of the big companies that manufacture most of our food products. We eat and drink products whose ingredients are very foreign to us. Maybe we’ll see two or three items that we can identify on the ingredients list, but what about the other ten additives?     How did soda pop come about? Got a sour, gassy stomach, need to belch but can’t … try our sweet carbonated tonic; it is guaranteed to soothe your sour stomach. In fact, the soda pop we know today is the grandchild of stomach tonic. Do we go around chugging Alka-Seltzer® or Pepto-Bismol®? Most of us do not. Why do we drink soda pop when we do not need a stomach tonic? The … Continue reading

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