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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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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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Kaitlyn Hemmingson, 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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Karen Bermel LIMHP, MC

Understanding Anxiety


Wellness

Several patients here at the clinic have recently been diagnosed with various forms of anxiety disorders. I thought maybe it would help to write a little bit about what anxiety is. One of my professors in college said that, “… while depression is great sadness about what has happened, anxiety is great fear about what might happen.” Some anxiety is actually normal. We get anxious, for example, when we start a new job, buy a car, or give a speech in class.  This is to be expected and is actually the body’s way of sensing a stressful situation and helps us to respond accordingly. Some of us, however, have a more difficult time calming down or may, in fact, over-respond … Continue reading

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