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Mary Kucirek RD, LMNT, CDE

Nutrition Facts And Myths


Nutrition, Wellness

Here are some common thoughts on nutrition.  See if you can guess whether the statement is a fact or myth. People living with Type 2 Diabetes should avoid foods with sugar. MYTH: While sugary foods can raise blood glucose levels, moderation is the key. Eating too much sugar will raise blood glucose too high. The secret lies in monitoring what you eat, knowing target blood glucose levels, following a consistent carbohydrate meal plan and balancing with physical activity to achieve goals.  The majority of an individual’s sodium intake is added at the table. MYTH: About 75% of dietary sodium comes from processed foods, with a more modest amount derived from the salt shaker. Carrying extra weight with a higher BMI (Body Mass Index) … Continue reading

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Toni Kuehneman

Celebrate Food Day: October 24, 2013


Wellness

Every year in October, our country celebrates Food Day.  According to the Food Day website, “Food Day is a nationwide celebration and movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.”  When I think of Food Day, the sound bite:“fresh is best” comes to mind. But recent studies reveal that processing or cooking some foods increase their nutritional benefits. While many folks enjoy the garden fresh tomato for its delicious taste, dietitians also know it as a source of vitamin C, potassium, and lycopene.  Many garden tomatoes are canned or processed into tomato sauce or salsa.  Did we lose the nutrients in the canning or cooking process?  While most of the vitamin C is lost, heat increases the available lycopene content.  Heating … Continue reading

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Toni Kuehneman

Spring Clean your Food Choices


Wellness

March is National Nutrition Month. This year is more special because it is the 40th anniversary of the yearly nutrition and education campaign. Since I have worked as a Registered Dietitian for 21 years, I just realized that I have been involved in the campaign for just over half of those 40 years. This year’s theme is: “Eat Right, Your way, Every Day”. This theme encourages personalized healthy eating styles. It recognizes that food preferences, lifestyle, cultural and ethnic traditions, and health concerns impact individual food choices. With this theme in mind, I have a few tips: Choose healthy foods that you enjoy. Fresh foods are nutrient rich. Choose foods for your lifestyle. Are you an athlete, vegetarian, person with … Continue reading

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Toni Kuehneman

Are you a “Seefood” Eater?


Wellness

The title is not a spelling error.  This blog is not about eating seafood (although I encourage you to enjoy seafood at least twice a week).  It is about food cravings and some tips to manage them. A “seefood” eater is a characteristic of many Americans.  News reports have followed Americans throughout the day.  We see an American at work that enjoys lunch, and then one hour later sees some food in the employee resource area.  Seeing food, he or she will decide to eat the food just because it is present.  Some people will comment that it is too difficult to resist the food or they have a craving for it. Do you “seefood” and immediately just take it?  … Continue reading

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Toni Kuehneman

American Heart Association National Eating Healthy Day


Wellness

Wednesday, November 7th is National Eating Healthy Day.  To celebrate this day, I challenge all readers of this blog to choose to eat at least one vegetable and fruit today.  Or maybe you already choose to eat three servings of fruit and vegetables every day.  Then today may be the day you try a new recipe or monitor the portion sizes of the food on your plate.  Look at your lunch and dinner meals today.  Do they correspond to the My Plate at www.choosemyplate.gov ? To celebrate the day, the American Heart Association has published a Holiday Healthy Eating Guide.  We have it on our website so you can view or even download it yourself as yet another way to … Continue reading

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