Ellen Thomsen, MS, RD, LMNT

The Importance of Breakfast

Nutrition, Wellness

Does September make you think of football, fall and pumpkins? Or does it make you think about breakfast? September is national breakfast month, and no, a pumpkin spiced latte doesn’t count as breakfast. Breakfast helps with brain function, attention span, concentration and memory according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. One major barrier to getting breakfast is time. Most of us are going to work, getting kids to school or rushing to an early exercise class. So how can we get the benefits of exercise in minimal time? One way most people find success with breakfast is planning ahead. Meal prep: Batch-make whole grain waffles or pancakes. I make 50-60 at a time and freeze them. When breakfast comes, … Continue reading

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Rebecca Rundlett, M.D. FACC

Paying Close Attention to Heart Disease in Women


What should our focus be as women: grandmothers, mothers, wives, careerwomen, businesswomen, daughters, graduate students, college students. Yes, all of these women–different ages, stages in life, roles to fulfill, duties to perform— have some things in common. All may be at risk for heart disease, and all may not be aware of their personal risk. As the school year, academic year, and autumn activities get back into full swing, we need to remember to focus on the basics. The factors that contribute to the risk for and development of cardiovascular disease also form the basis of preventative strategies. These strategies have been developed over decades of research and experience in the treatment and prevention of coronary artery disease. Coronary artery disease … Continue reading

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Robin Duhon, RD, LMNT

National Whole Grains Month


September is National Whole Grains Month. Although most Americans consume the recommended amount of grains, most people do not eat enough whole grains. Here are some facts about whole grains and some tips for increasing your intake of whole grains. Why are whole grains healthier? Whole grains are healthier than refined grains because they contain more parts of the grain since it is closer to its natural state. An intact kernel of grain contains the bran, germ and endo-sperm. The more processed a grain is, less of it ends up in product being made with it. During the refinement process grains lose some of their nutritional properties. Although many refined products are also enriched, or have nutrients added to them … Continue reading

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Kaitlyn Hemmingson, MS, RD, LMNT

The Carbohydrate Confusion

Cardiology, Wellness

Carbs have gotten a really bad reputation in recent years. Everywhere you turn there is a new low-carb diet promising amazing results. Although low carbohydrate diets can be helpful for weight loss, carbohydrates from natural sources are actually GOOD for you and can be helpful for long term weight management. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, low fat dairy products and beans are carbohydrate-rich foods that also contain vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants and phytochemicals that have been shown to reduce inflammation, fight disease, improve gut health and aid in weight loss. The other “not-so-healthy” carbs coming from sugary beverages, candy, fast food, desserts, chips, crackers and highly processed grains (think white bread/buns, white rice/pasta) are often overeaten, which can lead … Continue reading

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Erica Jackson, MS, RD, LMNT, CNSC

The Truth About Detox Diets

Nutrition, Wellness

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past thirty years, you’ve probably heard of the term “Detox Diet.” Infomercials and  celebrities alike tout such benefits as weight loss, increased energy, improved cognition, and the ability to “reset” your metabolism. There are several cleanses on the market, lasting anywhere from one day to several weeks. One popular cleanse has you consuming nothing but laxative tea and a mixture of lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, and water for 10 days. You couldn’t pay me enough to drink that! If you have even a basic understanding of your body’s physiology, the concept of the detox diet simply doesn’t make sense. What does detox mean? In the traditional sense, detoxification refers … Continue reading

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