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Spring is here…time to detox!

(NOTE: If you’re reading this after April 1, 2019 make sure you read until the end!)

Spring is here….time to detox! Everyone needs a good cleansing, right?! So many environmental pollutants, heavy metals, chemicals, pesticides are reeking havoc on your body! If you suffer any of these symptoms you might have toxic overload: Continue reading

Being an Advocate for Nutrition When Nutrition Is Confusing

My intern Alli and my Great Dane office mates – my boy Lex and foster Ozzy Pawsborn.

I have the pleasure of working as a preceptor for dietetic internship programs. Allison Hinze worked with me (and my 4-legged office mates) in my practice and wrote a post about her journey to become a nutrition professional. Enjoy! -Neily

 

Everyone eats, but is everyone a nutrition expert? It’s easy to think so. Individuals, professionals, non-professionals and the like share their opinions on nutrition and food daily.

Food is a large part of life and we value sharing our personal knowledge. In a world where we can share information with the click of a button reaching hundreds, if not thousands, of people, we’re saturated with health claims—some good, some not so good. Continue reading

Coconut Oil Confusion: When to eat it…when to avoid

Coconut oil like all oils (olive, sunflower, walnut, canola, etc.) has about 120 calories per tablespoon. It is a fat that's solid at room temperature, made popular by marketing and unwarranted comparisons to MCT oil. It's a highly saturated fat and when planned in an otherwise heart-healthy diet, okay for some but not for everyone. Keep your total saturated fat intake for the day (all food sources combined) to less than 10 percent of total calories (or about 20 grams per day). Enjoy coconut oil in moderation, so long as you don’t go coco-nutty with its use. Continue reading

YOU are enough! Ditch the diet

The New Year is here and with it the onslaught of resolutions. “This year will be the year when…” Fill in the blank: “I lose weight.” “I start exercising.” Yada. Yada. Yada.

Thousands of advertising messages will prey upon people’s insecurities with digitally enhanced photos of bodies no one IRL (in real life) has. A body you could have—if only.

Who’s to say you are not enough just as you are? You are enough! Continue reading

The Dunning-Kruger Effect (I used to know everything!)

I have a confession. I used to know everything about nutrition. I was an expert. See, I was a chubby kid—not obese—but carrying enough extra weight where I was teased and picked last for teams in gym class.

The summer before ninth grade I lost weight and although my weight yo-yoed over the years, I never lost my fascination with nutrition. I devoured every article on nutrition, read books, had subscriptions to every health magazine, and jumped on every trend or fad that happened along.

I listened to so-called experts and parroted their words. My ‘education’ made me super smart knowing more than the average person, always willing to pipe up with the latest I learned—whether welcome or not. I became the go-to person for all thing’s nutrition.

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Making Sense of Nutrition News, Part II

I’ve been adjunct (part-time) faculty over 20 years and have the unique perspective of hearing what my students know and understand about nutrition as they learn key concepts. Early on in my teaching career (pre-internet), I assigned students a project requiring them to summarize a nutrition-related current event from a newspaper or magazine. They presented their summary in class and we deciphered reliability, learning what’s credible and what’s questionable.

As the internet evolved and became the go-to place for information, our learning advanced to a virtual platform including discussion boards. A favorite discussion board topic was (and is) answering this question: Why is nutrition so confusing? Continue reading

Making Sense of Nutrition News, Part I

Are you confused about nutrition? If so, I’m not surprised considering the plethora of marketing, advertising, and hype driving our food choices, especially on the internet. To make it even more confusing, you can find snippets of nutrition news, sometimes contradictory across media, even among the most credible sources.

Think about all the conflicting articles on coffee and wine for example. A study in the Journal of Health Communication found this makes people trust recommendations less, even nutrition recommendations that are less controversial.

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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.

 

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Confessions of a blueberry addict and where I bought 34 pints for $40

Heaven for me would be living on a blueberry farm. My love of blueberries started when I was a kid living in the Midwest. I remember my mom would take me and one or both of my brothers to a blueberry farm where we picked the luscious blue gems till we could pick no more. We only had to pay for what we brought back from the fields not for what ended up in our bellies. One summer goodness knows how many blueberries I ate in one day. Yet we still brought home a stash of 45 pounds. Continue reading
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