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Weight Management Team

No More Food Rules, Please.

Weight Management

Low carb, high protein, no artificial sweeteners, don’t eat after 7 p.m., eat 6 small meals a day, no eating in between meals, no alcohol. Ah! The regulations we place on what we eat have gotten intense. Patients I see daily are coming in with unrealistic, unhealthy, and sometimes dangerous eating plans to lose weight. Too many “rules” may set you up for failure, especially if it requires you to avoid entire food groups or totally disrupts your schedule. Here are two examples of why placing strict diet rules on yourself just don’t work long term: Your best friend tells you all white foods make you gain weight, so you decide to avoid them. However, foods like cauliflower, turnips, tofu … Continue reading

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CHI Health Food and Nutrition Services

The Truth About Intermittent Fasting

Weight Management

WHAT IS IT Intermittent fasting (IF) is an eating pattern that has technically been around for thousands of years.  This was the natural eating pattern for early humans.  At times, large amounts of foods would be available to us, and during others food sources would be scarce. This leads to a pattern of feasting and fasting which our bodies adjusted to. Fast forward to present day,  the practice of IF centers around purposefully restricting food intake to a certain period of time (fed state) and fasting for a certain period of time (fasting state).  There are several options and patterns one could follow depending on your schedule and lifestyle: Pattern Fed State Fasting State Daily IF (Leangains Method) Any 8 … Continue reading

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Chelsea Gauer, RD, LMNT, RYT-200

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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Kaitlyn Pauly, MS, RD, LMNT

Back to the Basics of Eating Right

Nutrition, Wellness

As a dietitian I hear all kinds of misinformation regarding nutrition, most of which stems from a diet-obsessed society that is all too focused on physical appearance and all but backed with evidence-based research. It’s easy to get caught up in that world just as it’s  easy to find oneself using food as entertainment, comfort or a pass-time. Not to mention that America has many “foods” available to us that are very low cost, are not very filling, taste extremely good and that have very little nutritional value; think chips, white bread, candy, soda etc. Unfortunately our misuse of food over the years has derailed our ability to see the true purpose of food, which is to provide nutrients needed to fuel or bodily … Continue reading

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Stephanie Levy, LMSW, LCSW

The Connection Between Mood and Food

Mental Health, Wellness

Why we turn to food…for more than “fuel” Like many others I made some goals in the new year related to diet. Many of us struggle to  have a healthy relationship with food. We need food for nutrition, but it ends up being so much more. Food helps us celebrate and consoles us when sad or lonely. It is used for so much more than nutrition. When people use food as a coping skill that relationship becomes more and more unhealthy over time. Every time we reach for a sugary treat when sad that connection in our brain becomes stronger. Research shows that addiction to sugar can be similar to drugs. “Our evidence from an animal model suggests that bingeing on sugar … Continue reading

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