Jacque Thiele RD, LMNT

Head Hunger vs. True Hunger

Weight Management, Wellness

Head hunger vs. true hunger. It is a constant battle most of us face on a daily basis. Head hunger is that urge to eat when the physical hunger isn’t there. Maybe your mind wanders as you head home, passing what feels like every food joint in town. The sights of the fast food neon lights, the smells of the foods as your pass; you must be hungry or you wouldn’t be so tempted, right? Is it true physical hunger, or head hunger? What if you didn’t have those food options along your commute? Would you still feel “hungry”? When was the last time you had something to eat? Would anything satisfy that “hunger”, or are you craving that specific … 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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Jacque Thiele RD, LMNT

Anti-Obesity Public Service Announcement or Scare Tactic? You decide.

Weight Management, Wellness

You may have seen a new anti-obesity video floating around the media these days. It is described as a Public Service Announcement (PSA) and it is getting all kinds of positive and negative feedback. The video starts with a man having a heart attack and being wheeled into an emergency department. The man is 5’9” and weighs 300 pounds. The video then goes to flashbacks of the man’s life starting with adulthood and venturing back into his childhood. The flashbacks start with doctor’s recommendations to make changes to prevent diabetes, ordering fast food and drinking soda, using a treadmill for storage rather than exercise, playing video games, sitting on bench at recess, being rewarded for good behaviors with candy, being … Continue reading

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Chelsea Gauer, RD, LMNT

4 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthfully

Nutrition, Parenting, Pediatrics, Weight Management, Wellness

We’ve been hearing it for over a decade now: Our kids are getting heavier. One in three of our youngsters are overweight or obese. Prevalence of childhood obesity has tripled since the 1970’s, and is now America’s number one health concern for parents, even over drug and alcohol use. But these are things we already know. The more interesting topic is: What are we doing about it? As a country? A community? As parents? The government is trying its best by changing the school lunch guidelines, which will continue to slowly change until 2022. However, some might argue not slowly enough. Though the initial hype has gone down, kids are still retaliating and complaining of the severe changes made in … Continue reading

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Linda Wilhelm RD, CDE, LMNT

Giving Up Gluten to Lose Weight? Think Again!

Nutrition, Weight Management, Wellness

Eating a gluten free diet isn’t necessarily harmful for people who don’t need the medically required diet – but how healthy is this lifestyle? Will it provide adequate sources of vitamins, minerals and fiber? Can it overload one with refined carbohydrates and fat? Will it put one at risk for obesity, diabetes or heart disease? People following a gluten free diet often consume less than the recommended amounts of folate, B-vitamins, iron, calcium, fiber and grain servings. A 2002 study showed that a strict adherence to a gluten free diet for 8-12 years resulted in a higher total plasma homocysteine level than the general population, indicating poor vitamin status (especially folate, B6 and B12). Elevated cholesterol is also prevalent in individuals following the gluten free lifestyle. Unfortunately … Continue reading

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