Kaitlyn Hemmingson, MS, RD, LMNT

5 Keys to Successfully Eating Healthy

Weight Management, Wellness

Have you ever wondered what you can do to minimize your waistline? It all starts at the grocery store. In order to eat healthy, we need to start buying the right foods and prepare it for success. Here are some tips to help you plan accordingly: Try the Rule of 2: Rotate through 2 breakfasts/2 lunches and 2 suppers per week (keeps grocery shopping easy and meal planning shorter) Do a Cart check: is half of your cart produce? ½ protein? ¼ carbohydrates? Organize a Fridge re-do: don’t put uncut unprepared veggies in the bottom drawer to rot, instead cut them right away or buy the pre-cut and put them at eye level in your fridge, put your less healthy … Continue reading

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Chelsea Gauer, RD, LMNT

Food Fraud: It Might Happen More Often Than You Think

Nutrition, Weight Management, Wellness

Think the Italian Mafia has no hold on you?  Think again. “Food Fraud” is a term starting to make a name for itself in the households of Americans.  The term is specifically defined as “the deliberate and intentional substitution, addition, tampering, or misrepresentation of food, food ingredients, or food packaging; or false or misleading statements made about a product, for economic gain.” To put it simply, certain mainstream products in your grocery store might not actually contain ingredients stated on their food label.  In many cases, criminals or illegal organizations are responsible. While this is a new public concern for the US, the food tampering business has some serious roots. In 1906, the United States government passed the “The U.S. Pure Food and Drug … Continue reading

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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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