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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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Eat Out, Eat Well – The Guide to Eating Healthy in Any Restaurant – An Interview with Author Hope Warshaw

Greetings! We’re back for another Neily on Nutrition book series post together with Kristine James, featuring a book authored by my colleague Hope Warshaw, MMSc, RD, CDE, Eat Out, Eat Well – The Guide to Eating Healthy in Any Restaurant.


Hope has authored many books including Diabetes Meal Planning Made Easy, Complete Guide to Carb Counting: How to Take the Mystery Out of Carb Counting and Improve Your Blood Glucose Control, as well as a few books for her colleagues including Practical Carbohydrate Counting: A How-to-Teach Guide for Health Professionals.
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A secret to weight management: Honoring hunger and fullness

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One of the most important things my clients work on when we begin our coaching relationship is to honor hunger and fullness. It’s one of the best ways to break away from the diet mentality. There are many examples of how this propels my clients forward in establishing a healthy relationship with food.
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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.Todd Whitthorne pic


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One reason you hit a weight loss plateau!

Hit a weight loss plateau? I get that. It happens.

Years ago when I worked at Cooper Clinic I acquired a client when another staff dietitian left. The client had great success losing about 60 pounds in less than a year—just over one pound per week which was fabulous weight loss! But she had hit a plateau and her weight had not budged for several months. Continue reading

I write & make videos on what interests me in the nutrition world…

My mom made a comment about my Facebook page which got me thinking. (Don’t moms have a way of doing that—making you think?) I often post my Neily on Nutrition blogs and videos in addition to Mom and me MothersDay2014my endless posts and pictures about my Great Dane fosters on my private FB page. I also have my Neily on Nutrition business page, but Facebook has an algorithm and only a select few get to see those posts, unless I want to pay to boost my posts. (I don’t.)

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Why vitamin D? And do animals need it? Part 1 of 4

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Vitamin D—the Sunshine Vitamin: Part 1 with Todd Whitthorne, Cooper Aerobics Enterprises

I was with Todd Whitthorne—executive at Cooper Aerobics Enterprises in Dallas—discussing vitamin D on a beautiful sunny afternoon. (Scroll to bottom to watch video or click here.)

Neily: So tell me about vitamin D, Todd.
Todd: Jennifer, as you know, it’s a very hot topic in the world of nutrition and I think for two reasons. One is the studies show that most people are very low and two is that it’s very correctable. It’s related to a number of health conditions—cancer, heart disease, depression, chronic pain, bone health, diabetes and on and on. It’s just incredible with all the factors involved. We were designed to make it and we have been for a long, long time—a couple of million years. The reality is that we just have to be proactive. Our environment is causing issues that have been defined as an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency because we don’t live like we lived fifty or a hundred years ago. We work inside. We live inside and if we go outside we wear sunscreen. An SPF of 15 or greater in a sunscreen will block 99% of the synthesis of vitamin D—no one wears 15 anymore.I will admit this—I am old enough to remember when sunscreen came out. There was 2 and then 4 and if you were really nervous, 8. Now it’s like a 50 or a 100 right, and it’s in clothing and make-up. We don’t want to throw the baby out with the bath water. No one wants to get skin cancer. I understand that and I totally agree with that; but the sun won’t kill you. The sun is life giving and we are designed to get some sunshine. That’s the way we make vitamin D. So don’t just knee-jerk the opposite way because really the impact could be very, very negative.
Neily: Important information! Question—do animals make vitamin D?
Todd That’s a great question. For those who don’t know Jennifer, she really, really loves animals. About four years ago I got a brand new baby black lab by the name of Emma and she is as black as black could be. I could not figure out why—in the middle of summer here in Texas when it is like 140 degrees—Emma would want to go out in the backyard and just lay in the sun. When she had enough, she would come and knock at the door. So I had that question.There is a researcher at Creighton University, Robert Heaney. I called Dr. Heaney and asked if animals make vitamin D? He said yes, they do—they have receptor sites in their fur. He said he knew a bit about it but the guy that really knows about it is at UCLA. His name is John Adams—not the president—but a doctor. Since I went to school at UCLA and am not shy as you can probably tell, I called Dr. Adams and started talking about animals and vitamin D. The reason he was brought to Los Angeles, (he came from Harvard) was because the LA zoo was having problems with their New World primates. These monkeys they brought to the zoo from central America were lethargic and just out of energy. The first thing he did is put sun lamps in the cages. In a week, they perked up and they were back to their old selves.

So even though there is a lot of sun in Los Angeles it’s not nearly as powerful or as strong as in Central America along the equator where the UVB light is really intense. So you’ve taken that creature out of its natural environment, put it in a different environment and it wasn’t performing well. That’s exactly the way we work. Animals get it. Probably not consciously but Emma knows and your dogs know and your dogs probably know—go outside, get a little sun and feel better. So animals need it, as do humans. It just makes sense.

Neily Interesting! Thank you, Todd. I love learning things I don’t know! (Stay tuned for the next 3 segments with Cooper Aerobics exec Todd Whitthorne) Thanks for watching Neily on Nutrition.

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Jennifer Neily, MS, RDN, LD, FAND
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist | Wellcoach® Certified Health Coach

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