Theresa Link, RD, LMNT

What is a FODMAP Diet?


If you struggle with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), chances are you’ve heard of FODMAPs. A few years ago a gastroenterologist asked me if I’d heard of FODMAPs and my response was simply a furrowed brow followed by “fod-WHAT?” These days a low FODMAP diet is becoming one of the mainstays of treatment for IBS, and for good reason – many patients say they’ve been cured of their daily struggles with gas, bloating, irregularity, and abdominal pain. But like all things worth having, remission of your IBS symptoms does not come easily. It can be a daily battle of trying to figure out your specific dietary triggers. Gluten? Dairy? Too much fiber? Too little fiber? Then just as you think you’ve … Continue reading

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Dr. Shirley L. Huerter

What You Need to Know about the New Cholesterol Guidelines


In late 2013, after an extensive review of evidence, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute updated cholesterol guidelines. Why did they do this? These new guidelines better identify those at risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), and also better diagnose people who already have ASCVD. Patients who have ASCVD are more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke. To determine if someone is at risk of developing ASCVD a risk estimator is available through Cardio Source. Information including Systolic Blood Pressure, a patient’s race, HDL Cholesterol and more are entered. Depending on the level of risk, patients should take different courses of action. For all patients who are determined to be at risk for ASCVD there are behavioral … Continue reading

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Kellie Westbrook RD, CDE, LMNT

5 ways to reduce your intake of diet soda


1. Don’t quit cold turkey! Cut back slowly to avoid caffeine withdrawal. For 2-3 weeks….each time you consider having a diet soda during the day, consider alternating the diet soda with a naturally flavored sparkling water. It is going to take time. 2. Try something new. Whether it is the fizz, sweet flavor, caffeine buzz, or refreshing sensation that draws you cold diet soda, you can trick your mind and taste buds. Consider an alternative such as sparkling water or naturally carbonated, sugar-free fruit beverages, seltzer with a splash of juice. 3. Zip up old fashioned water. Try to keep a refillable water bottle or glass full of ice cold water handy at all times. Add a slice of lemon, … Continue reading

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Robin Duhon, RD, LMNNT

Don’t Neglect Breakfast: Quick Hot Breakfast Ideas

Nutrition, Wellness

The month of February is filled with occasions associated with food. There’s dinner and chocolates for Valentine’s Day, heart healthy cooking for American Heart Month and splurging on snack food and wings for the Super Bowl. But many people do not know that February is also National Hot Breakfast Month. Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day because starting out on a full stomach helps you to focus and perform well the entire day. Hot breakfast month encourages everyone to eat a more balanced and fulfilling meal. Here are some quick combinations for a healthy hot breakfast for people who are on-the-go: Whole grain waffles topped with fresh fruit or peanut butter. Whole grain toast, … Continue reading

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Mary Stuhr RD, LD, CDE

Dried Beans – the Humble “Super Food”

Nutrition, Wellness

Beans deserve a bigger place in our diets. Many countries have high intake of beans. In eastern and southern Africa the annual per capita consumption of beans is 110 pounds. In the U.S.A, it is a mere 7.2 pounds. Beans are a “super food” because of the many benefits from consuming them: Lowering risk of colon cancer Reducing blood cholesterol, as well as LDL or “bad cholesterol,” a leading cause of heart disease Lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes Improving diabetes control for existing type 1 and 2 diabetics Strengthening the immune system Using a variety of beans including those rich in color such as red kidney beans, pinto beans and black beans is one strategy to increase antioxidant content of diet. … Continue reading

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