Chelsea Gauer, RD, LMNT

The Part of Our Body We Are Most Self-Conscious About Might be the Most Underrated

Weight Management, Wellness

We’re all obsessed with our guts.  We hate our: big guts, beer guts, gut rolls, bloated guts (shall I continue?). We feel like we’re always working toward: flat bellies, washboard abs, and lean cores.  We are hard on our guts, and usually embarrassed by a lot of its actions (insert “toilet flush” sound effect now).  But, research is telling us that the gut (stomach, small intestine, and colon) has more control over the brain and body than we realized, and that we’re all obsessed for the wrong reasons. The brain and gut are more connected and alike than we might realize: They both have their own nervous systems – Essentially, the gut can function without any oversight from the brain. … Continue reading

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Ellen Thomsen, MS, RD, LMNT

How to Make Your Next Grill Out Healthy

Nutrition, Weight Management, Wellness

Summertime is here which means days at the pool, weekends at the lake and plenty of outdoor activities to fill your time. Warm weather also means grilling season is officially here. According to the 24th Annual Weber GrillWatch Survey, 25% of people are grilling to be healthier. What’s next on your summer party menu? The traditional hamburgers, potato salad and chips? These foods are high in calories and fat. Not to mention the potential for food safety concerns from a potato salad being left out for too long. Want to try a mouthwatering menu that’s nutritious and flavorful? Here are some tips to try: Using rubs and marinades are a great way to infuse flavor without adding too many extra … Continue reading

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Grant Hewitt

Trans Fats to Disappear from American Foods

Weight Management

“…not generally recognized as safe…for any use in food.” This is what the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had to say about the consumption of trans fats less than two years ago.  The FDA has now taken a bold step to act on that assessment by outlawing their use by the food industry.  While it is true that decades past have given dietary fat, in general, a bad reputation which it did not quite deserve, this is not the case with trans fats.  Nutritionists and savvy consumers alike have rightly been concerned about trans fats for years due to its negative health effects.  In fact, unlike most nutrients, there has never been a safe “upper limit” for these fats, because according … Continue reading

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Grant Hewitt

Why a Major Soda Company is Dropping Aspartame

Weight Management

I might be kicking a hornet’s nest here, but given the ever-growing aspartame controversy, the scientific facts are becoming more and more difficult to discern. Aspartame (commonly marketed as Nutrasweet®, or Equal®) is an artificial sweetener that is used in many non-caloric drinks and diet sodas.  One of those diet sodas is Diet Pepsi.  The aspartame issue once again hit the fan when PepsiCo announced in April that it would discontinue using aspartame for its diet line.  What is perhaps most interesting, is that PepsiCo does not believe aspartame is harmful in any way, rather, they are making the adjustment because the public thinks it is.  “Aspartame is the number one reason consumers are dropping diet soda,” said Seth Kaufman, … 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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