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How much fruit should I eat to avoid going on a blood sugar roller coaster ride?

That is a fantastic substitution! Foods high in added sugar (or “junk food”) can raise your blood sugar level and increase total body inflammation, which may depress your immune system. By slowly reducing its intake you will improve your overall health. Replacing foods full of added…

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Is aspartame really as bad as they say?

Your question is a good one. I work with patients undergoing treatment for cancer, so I have been asked this many times over the years. There is a lot of information about artificial sweeteners in the media and on the internet, some helpful and some…not so much. Let’s start by reviewing…

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What are some quick ways to eat healthier in this fast-paced society?

It is true…many people today eat based on convenience and time. Eating healthy in a fast paced and convenient society can be challenging. So many of my patients are overweight because they “grab” food and “go” and don’t pay much attention to what they are eating. They tell me…

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How can I add flavor to my cooking without adding calories?

I love this question! I think that herbs and spice combinations can completely transform the taste and overall experience of a dish. Adding the right flavorings depending on what you are serving can increase meal satisfaction without having to add a lot of salt or fat. I would first…

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How much weight will I lose if I drink smoothies?

Smoothies can certainly be a healthy part of your diet, although smoothie consumption is not a “sure thing” for weight loss. To put it simplistically, smoothies contain calories. Consuming more calories than our body can burn can lead to weight gain, even if the smoothie is overall…

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How much juice can I drink after gastric bypass surgery?

Thanks for the thoughtful question. I will definitely address your question about consumption of Old Orchard Juice but first I would like to explain what dumping syndrome is and how it can be managed (for people who are unfamiliar with what you are going through). The Mayo Clinic defines…

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is it healthier to make my juice from scratch or buy Old Orchard juice?

This is a great question and it is one I hear almost every day. Many of my patients tell me that they have struggle getting adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables so they ask me if they can just juice instead. I always try to get my patients to consume the whole fruit or vegetable but if…

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What are the best nutrition tips you have for a healthy pregnancy?

A healthy diet is so important to the growth and development of the baby. I encourage women hoping to become pregnant to begin to make diet changes to ensure they are consuming a healthy variety of nutrients. For those hoping to become pregnant, it is important that you take a good look at…

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I eat and eat but gain no type of weight…

Gaining weight can sometimes be just as tricky as losing weight. I would first recommend that you see your doctor and make sure there is not some underlying condition that is inhibiting you from gaining weight. Your doctor can also determine whether or not you actually need to gain weight.…

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How many ounces of water a day are we supposed to consume?

That is a great question. As I mentioned in a previous consumer question response, the majority of the patients I see in the kidney stone clinic do not consume enough fluid. Their reasons are anything from “I don’t like the taste of water” and “I get too busy during the day and…

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