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What does it mean to be vegetarian?

Many of my patients ask me if they should follow a vegetarian diet. They will tell me that they have heard meat is “bad” for them and many say to me, “I want to become a vegetarian because I’ve seen a documentary and I am appalled at the way animals are treated.” Following a…

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What does a healthy diet look like for someone with hypothyroidism?

On a weekly basis, I have handfuls of patients tell me their hypothyroidism makes it difficult to lose weight. Like you, they aren’t sure about what beverages to drink, what foods to stay away from and what foods may help them shed unwanted pounds. First let’s discuss the basics of…

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I want to decrease my caffeine intake, can you get headaches from no longer drinking caffeine?

I think it is great that you are taking interest in changing your diet. So many people consume very high amounts of caffeinated beverages. I have found that majority of my patients start out each day with a dose of caffeine (mostly coming from coffee). I review my patient’s food recalls…

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What is the best juice to drink when you have the flu?

This question could not come at a better time. According to the Center for Disease Control, about 7.1 percent of all Americans seeking medical care now have flu symptoms, and the number is still rising. This flu season is deadly, with the latest figures indicating that 53 children and…

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What is the best way to lose stomach fat?

Your question is a good one. Many of my patients ask me this question and I sincerely wish I had an easy answer for them. Losing weight/belly fat can be challenging. We lose lean body mass as we get older. Loss of muscle mass decreases our metabolism (the rate at which your body uses…

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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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