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Carbs: Why do people think they’re bad?

carbs, carbs are not bad

Carbohydrates. What comes to your mind when you read that? This nutrient receives an undeservedly negative reputation through no fault of its own. They’re so misunderstood.

Many people avoid them. They have the idea they’re bad. They’re not. Nearly 100 percent of carbs break down to glucose in the body. That’s a good thing because glucose gives us energy.  All macronutrients—carbs, fats, proteins—give us energy because they have calories. Carbs though are very efficient at providing fuel—glucose, needed by every cell.  And it’s the preferred energy source for our brain, central nervous system, and red blood cells. Continue reading

Nutrition: How much do you know?

Every March we celebrate National Nutrition Month and registered dietitian nutritionists (RD/RDNs) come out like wildfire spreading the good word of nutrition. This year’s theme is Put Your Best Fork Forward. A great theme for certain.

My intent wasn’t to do the same ole same ole but provide education. With so much misinformation on the internet I wonder how much people know. Being an adjunct professor teaching the principles of nutrition for almost 20 years I’ve kept up with basic nutrition knowledge and often scratch my head at what I see, read, and hear.

Consumers are confused. How can they put their best fork forward if there is not a solid foundation of basic nutrition concepts?

I made a commitment to post a daily video starting with a quiz March 1. Here are the first eight videos and their summaries. Continue reading

Neily’s Rockin’ Health Trail Mix – You’ll love it!

It’s time to update a post from a few years ago about my homemade trail mix. I’ve Neily's trail mixbeen making this for years and if you’re a client (or friend or family member) or if you have attended a talk I’ve given, you likely received a bag (or three) of Neily’s Rockin’ Health Trail Mix. I came up with the idea at the request of a client looking for a healthier afternoon snack, something other than plain nuts.
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Blueberries – the blue jewel! Celebrate its month and our nation’s birthday!

Red, white and blue – our nation’s colors. Two of those colors happen to be some of my favorite fruits! What’s better than strawberries and blueberries? Not much in my book. That’s why I take every opportunity to use them in one of my fave guilt-free desserts. Strawberry/Blueberry Shortcake with Whipped Topping. Continue reading

The Overworked Person’s Guide to Better Nutrition: Simple Steps YOU Can Take to Eat Well, Reduce Stress, and Improve Your Health.

Jill W - book cover Overworked Person's Guide to Better Nutrition

It has been awhile since my last post—too long! I’m excited to tell you about a new series you’ll be seeing on Neily on Nutrition. With so many amazing colleagues authoring books—what better way to share than through my blog.

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Kristine James

Together with Kristine James, a dietetic student at Kansas State University, we’ll be featuring books written by registered dietitian nutritionists focused on helping you live a healthier lifestyle.

I first chose registered dietitian nutritionist Jill Weisenberger for Kristine to interview because Jill has not one, but three books. Her third book was recently released 21 Things You Need to Know About Diabetes and Your Heart but it’s actually Jill’s second book I’m most interested in, The Overworked Person’s Guide to Better Nutrition: Simple Steps YOU Can Take to Eat Well, Reduce Stress, and Improve Your Health

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Why I love peanut butter (and you should too!)

Who doesn’t love peanut butter? I do! So much so that years ago my mom doctored up this Baby Blues cartoon and sent it to me. She used to hide it when I went to visit. (Honestly? I think she still does but claims she just ran out of it.) Yes, I love it that much.

Peanut butter culprit-mom

Peanut butter. It’s so, so good. And so good for you! In fact, it has a whole day devoted to it—there is a National Peanut Butter Day celebrated every January.  Continue reading

Vitamin D – Your level is low, now what?

This is the last of a 4-part series on vitamin D.

Todd Whitthorne (former executive at Cooper Aerobics Enterprises) and I had a chat about vitamin D a while ago. In part 1 we talked about why vitamin D was (and is!) such a hot topic. Todd also told me how we know animals need it too! In part 2 Todd answered the question Do you need to supplement? and how do you know if you’re low?

In part 3 our discussion revolved around the many health implications of vitamin D and in this final video we talked about knowing if you’re low and what to do.Todd Whitthorne pic

 

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