Kristyn Lassek RD, LMNT, LD

Understanding Gluten and Celiac Disease


Nutrition, Wellness

Is a gluten-free diet healthier?  What is Celiac Disease? What’s the difference between a food allergy and food intolerance? Dietitian Kristyn Lassek,  RD, LD, LMNT, of CHI Health Food and Nutrition Services answers these questions and more in this quick 2-minute video.

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Robin Duhon, RD, LMNNT

How to Make Your Own Applesauce


Nutrition, Wellness

Live Well Omaha Kids recently sponsored a Healthy Families nutrition class at Whole Foods Market where five different healthy recipes were offered.  People of every age enjoyed the homemade applesauce the most, even more than pizza rolls! Made only with cinnamon extract, apples and water, this applesauce has a creamy texture and an appetizing aroma. Customers were surprised to learn that the applesauce is made with the peel of the apple being left intact. A mother decided to offer this applesauce to her exclusively breastfed 6 month-old daughter as her first food, and the baby loved it! Apples are naturally sweet, so added sugar is not needed for this treat. Additionally, various fruits such as bananas, blueberries or pears can … 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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Jean Larsen RD, LMNT

Your Fruit Rulebook


Nutrition, Wellness

Necessary nutrients found in fruit: 1. Getting fiber is a reason to eat whole fruit, including the peel to improve digestion; eating edible peels can help improve cholesterol levels. Fiber-rich fruits include: apples, Asian pears, blackberries, pears, pomegranates and raspberries. 2. Nutrients found in fruits include folate, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins A, C, and K. Many of these are under-consumed by Americans in general, and by specific at-risk groups. Fruits that are high in vitamin C include papaya, pineapple, raspberries, strawberries, tangerines, watermelon, blackberries, cantaloupe, grapefruit, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes and oranges. Vitamin C is important for growth and repair of all body tissues, helps heal cuts and wounds, and keeps teeth and gums healthy. Fruits high in potassium include bananas, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, orange juice, dried apricots … Continue reading

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Grant Hewitt

Is the BMI Chart Actually Accurate?


Weight Management, Wellness

One of the first pieces of literature a patient receives when walking into our Weight Management department is a BMI (body mass index) chart.  Over the years I have observed hundreds of patients and their facial expressions while they locate their own BMI number.  Once the patient realizes just what the chart is saying, those facial expressions usually morph to some blend of curiosity, frustration, and a where-did-they-get-this-bogus-information grimace.  Not long ago I had an overweight gentlemen look up at me from his BMI chart which he had just received, and in an agitated tone said, “this says I’m extremely obese” – I think he wanted me to tell him that he was fine and the chart was wrong…  Either … Continue reading

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