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Just because it’s organic or gluten-free doesn’t mean it’s healthy

Alex Twiss and Neily

 

I love educating people and increasing nutrition awareness with label reading, ingredient lists, etc. The main theme of my message at a Southwest Airlines health fair was—just because it’s organic or gluten-free or comes from a health food store does not guarantee healthfulness.

Here are a few examples focusing on organic and gluten-free.

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Write before you bite – keeping a food journal

Years ago I had a client losing weight but hit a plateau. She was frustrated her weight loss had come to a halt. On several occasions I had asked her to keep track of her food so I could help identify where she might need to make modifications. She was very resistant to keeping a log—too busy, always forgot etc. At one appointment she said to me, “You know, I eat different when I write it down.”

I let that statement sink in for a moment and it didn’t take long for her to start laughing. She realized, that’s the point right? Indeed. It is. And eating different in a positive way. Continue reading

9 Quick Tips to Manage Weight (and why I won’t eat beets and Brussels sprouts)

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Have you ever been so hungry that you ate so fast and too much? All of a sudden your stomach is about to explode? It has been said it takes 20 minutes for the brain to register fullness. If hungry I’m sure you know you can eat a lot in a short period. Gradually brain chemicals and stomach hormones catch up to one another—then it’s the oh my gosh why did I eat so much feeling. Sound familiar? You’re not alone. Continue reading

Can the food industry be blamed for obesity?

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If the majority of your diet comes in a package, box, can, or from a drive-thru, chances are you might be able to blame your weight on the food industry. A few years ago I watched the most fascinating 60 Minutes segment. I still have it saved on my DVR. There is a company that is one of the largest in the food industry for what they do. You likely never heard of them. I had not. Continue reading

Why diets don’t work (or do they?) Paleo, gluten-free, low carb

Diets often do work. On any given day 100 million Americans are dieting. Diets frequently help people lose weight, albeit temporarily. How many people do you know went on the Atkins diet? Did they lose weight? Perhaps. Did they keep the weight off? Likely not. Why? It’s not sustainable. But, it’s simple.  All you have to do is stop eating carbohydrates. That’s it! But is it the baked potato that’s the bad evil creature? Or is it the company it keeps? Can’t have a baked potato without the butter, sour cream, cheese, and bacon. Is it the pasta or the quantity of pasta served at a restaurant or filled on a plate at home—equivalent to 6-7 slices of bread.  Continue reading

No need to deprive – just follow the 80/20 rule

One of my favorite nutrition and weight management tips is the 80/20 rule. What is the 80/20 rule? Eighty percent of the time you want to be doing the right thing—20 percent of the time you can afford some indulgences.Cobbler blueberry - neily

It’s an especially good rule this time of year—around the holidays but like all my tips it’s pertinent all through the year. Of course celebrations are expected and it’s not always easy to tighten the belt. So just follow the 80/20 rule and you’ll be good to go! Continue reading

Mind the BLTs! (The bites, licks, and tastes that make managing weight a challenge)

No, I’m not talking bacon, lettuce, tomato sandwiches—although love that kind of BLT (as a treat of course!). BLTs are nutrition speak for bites, licks and tastes. Have you ever considered calories consumed throughout the day that aren’t a part of meals you’re consuming? A little here, a little there – it can add up making it challenging to meet weight management goals. Continue reading

Enjoy the festivities. Celebrate the season. But don’t let it be a feeding frenzy!

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The holidays are in full swing! For some it’s a feeding frenzy starting with Halloween and sometimes not ending until the Superbowl!

Contrary to popular belief the average person does not gain 5-10 pounds over the holidays. They may gain one or two. The problem is it may not come off after the first of the year and therefore causing weight creep. Continue reading

I love Panera! But beware the 99 cent upsell!

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So I’m here at Panera Bread. Love this place. I come here fairly often to get work done. They’re really friendly (never have had a negative experience), they’ve got great food and it’s comfortable. I can hang out for hours without ever feeling unwelcome. Bonus for me, being the registered dietitian nutritionist I am I like that they’ve been posting calorie information on their menu boards for quite some time. Yes, I want to know – helps me make my best choice. Continue reading

Why the Paleo Diet amuses me

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This is what really cracks me up about the Paleo diet. Jan D came for a visit – wanted to know my thoughts about it. I can’t argue with many of the components – more protein, fewer carbs, and of course, no processed foods. But then Jan pulled out a “Paleo” turkey jerky bar, “what do you think about this?” I chuckled and we laughed together when I asked how in the world can a Paleo product exist in a package. Seriously? I googled Paleo diet, clicked on a page (developed by one popular fitness chain) and it had an impressive list of what you can and can’t eat. No potatoes. Okay then why was there a recipe right next to the article that included sweet potatoes? And maple syrup. That’s a sugar. Why is that allowed and not “sugar” sugar. I find it amazing to see how many recipes there are for Paleo bread, Paleo pancakes,

Alcohol? Depends on which Paleo version you look at. Diet soda is even allowed on one. Hmmm, wonder where our ancestors made that stuff.

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