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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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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Grant Hewitt

Herbal Supplements Missing Named Ingredients

Weight Management, Wellness

Ok, so I don’t know how I missed this, but in February the New York State Attorney General’s office issued cease-and-desist letters to Target, GNC, Walmart and Walgreens for allegedly selling their store brand health supplements with little or none of the advertised ingredients. (When I worked at a nutritional supplement store some years ago, I must confess, I always wondered about those herbal supplement bottles in our front aisle.) Anyway, so just how bad were the findings?  In the case of all four retailers, none of their gingko biloba or their ginseng supplements contained any trace of those substances.  That’s right–ZERO gingo biloba or ginseng found in “gingo biloba and ginseng supplements.”  So what did they find in these retailers’ supplements then?  Though … Continue reading

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Mary Teague RD, LD

Barbecuing While On a Diet

Nutrition, Weight Management, Wellness

It all starts with Memorial Day, then there is the Fourth of July, followed by Labor Day and picnics with family and friends all summer long. Grilling and barbecues are an excellent way to kick-start a healthy spring and summer by making a few adjustments to the typical fare of hamburgers, hot dogs, mayonnaise-soaked salads and chips. Here are some tips for healthful, guiltless grilling. Marinate the leaner cuts of meat for more flavor with less fat. These are some leaner choices: Eye of round Top round steak Bottom round roast Top sirloin steak Round tip roast And these are other options, slightly higher in fat, but packed with flavor, include: Flank steak Tri-tip roasts Of course skinless chicken and … Continue reading

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