Robin Duhon, RD, LMNNT

7 Ways To Make Your Salad Healthy

Nutrition, Wellness

Salad week is the fourth week of July. Summer is in full swing and it’s the perfect time to gather fresh ingredients to create healthy salads. Enjoying a salad is a great way to get a majority of your daily vitamin and mineral needs. They can be a light and refreshing meal to help you beat the summer heat, and can even be prepared in advance to help you eat a healthy meal during your busy summer schedule. Here are some tips to help you utilize the season’s produce to create healthy, delicious and satisfying meals. Keep the protein lean Use grilled, sautéed or broiled meats in your entrée salads. Go for lean cuts, like loins, or use chicken breast … Continue reading

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Karen Bermel LIMHP, MC

Make the Most of What’s Left of Summer

Mental Health, Wellness

  If Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff of summer, July 4th is sort of the unofficial mid-point of summer. The Fourth of July has come and gone, which makes it feel like summer is flying by.  Hours, days and weeks have been spent swimming, picnicking, grilling and playing (or watching) softball games. I talked with a 14-year-old girl yesterday who told me that her school resumes August 12th. While that sounds early, I know that means teachers have to be back in the classroom at least one, if not two weeks, prior to that. So, how do we take what’s left of summer and make the most of it with our kids and our families? As we all know, work … Continue reading

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Grant Hewitt

Why a Major Soda Company is Dropping Aspartame

Weight Management

I might be kicking a hornet’s nest here, but given the ever-growing aspartame controversy, the scientific facts are becoming more and more difficult to discern. Aspartame (commonly marketed as Nutrasweet®, or Equal®) is an artificial sweetener that is used in many non-caloric drinks and diet sodas.  One of those diet sodas is Diet Pepsi.  The aspartame issue once again hit the fan when PepsiCo announced in April that it would discontinue using aspartame for its diet line.  What is perhaps most interesting, is that PepsiCo does not believe aspartame is harmful in any way, rather, they are making the adjustment because the public thinks it is.  “Aspartame is the number one reason consumers are dropping diet soda,” said Seth Kaufman, … Continue reading

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Robin Duhon, RD, LMNNT

Making Your Own Healthy Summer Snacks


Summer brings a schedule packed with activities, the weather is nice, the kids are out of school and the sun sets late.  Healthy snacks you can take anywhere are important to keep you full of energy and lasting all day. Beware of packaged items that are high in sugar and salt. Many granola bars and trail mixes are loaded with sodium and sugar-covered dried fruit, so be sure to read the ingredients. These foods can leave you feeling tired or cause severe thirst, which many people mistake for hunger, leading to overeating. Having healthy snacks handy will not only give you the energy you need for summer fun, but it will also reduce your temptation of reaching for convenience foods … Continue reading

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Karen Bermel LIMHP, MC

Struggling with Body Image During Swimsuit Season

Mental Health, Wellness

Here in the Nebraska area we are putting our heavy socks and sweaters in the bottom drawer and getting out our shorts, t-shirts, and swimsuits. And we’ve already reached temperatures in the upper 90s. With the summer season upon us, it’s finally time to get outside and enjoy softball, picnics, swimming, and the many outdoor activities we long for during the winter months. This past week, however, I had three or four patients bring up the fear that they were not “swimsuit ready.” Each voiced concerns about not looking “just right,” being overweight, or not having the perfect shape to enjoy going to the pool with their friends and families. (And these were both men and women who voiced these … Continue reading

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