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Is juicing really good for you?

I get this question often! Many of my patients tell me that they struggle to get the amount of fruits and vegetables that they need every day; most say that juicing the produce helps them reach their recommended daily allowance for veggies and fruit. My patients often say, “I don’t like…

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Is coconut oil truly good for you?

I recently had a booth at a local health fair. The theme of our booth revolved around dispelling myths and misunderstandings of various types of fat…coconut oil included. So many of the participants came up to our booth and said “I heard that coconut oil was really healthy” and…

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What is the best way to stick to a diet plan?

Your question is a good one. I think that following a healthy diet and practicing “good-for-you” lifestyle choices takes research, preparation, and time. I have had a plethora of patients that want to lose weight and begin to improve their diet and eating habits. I find that they are…

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Why does 100% juice have so much sugar?

As a registered dietitian, I encourage my clients to check out the nutrition label on the food that they are consuming. Your question makes me think that you have been investigating a few nutrition labels yourself, so…well done! The nutrition label does a good job at breaking down the…

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Why do healthy foods taste worse than unhealthy foods?

I love this question! I have heard variations of this question many times during my career. Some of my patients ask, “Why doesn’t broccoli taste as good as potato chips?” and others lament, “Please don’t tell me to snack on carrot sticks when I am craving something crunchy. It’s…

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Is the military diet good for you?

Until I read your question, I had never heard of the Military Diet. If you are familiar with my blogs you will know that I am not a fan of fad “diets”. Diets that claim to help you “lose 10 pounds in a week” and to “lose that pesky belly fat” tend to be restrictive and not…

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How can I incorporate turmeric into my daily diet?

I had a patient ask me this very question! Turmeric is a hot topic and the health benefits are fantastic. For those of you that do not know, turmeric comes from the root of the plant Curcuma longa. Turmeric is used to add color and flavor to prepared mustard, chutneys, relish, and vegetable…

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What can I do to increase good cholesterol?

Raising your good cholesterol (high-density lipoproteins or HDL) is a really good way to help lower risk of a heart attack. HDL cholesterol actually carries excess cholesterol back to your liver, preventing it from clogging our arteries. Optimal HDL numbers would be 60 mg/dL or higher.…

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Are there any natural ways to boost a teenager’s immunity when they suffer from severe asthma?

This is a great question, and one I frequently get. Many people want to naturally boost their immune system as to avoid getting sick. And I understand your desire to help your daughter continue to be as active as possible. There is no one thing that will specifically “boost” the immune…

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How do I boost my metabolism quickly?

This is a question that I am asked almost every day. Many of my patients are convinced that their inability to lose weight is related to a “slow metabolism”, which may be partly true. Metabolism is defined as all the chemical processes that occur within an organism to maintain life. It…

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