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What are good substitutes for sugar?

Baking can be a great way to provide delicious sweet treats to your family. Unfortunately, many times these foods are filled with sugar and added calories. Do not fear! You can make several substitutions for sugar in order to still have the product taste sweet. I recommend using half of the…

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What are some good post-game snack ideas for kids?

Spring and summer can be a very busy time for parents and kids and often times healthy/balanced meals and snacks are hard to come by! First I would recommend making sure the kids are hydrated. Bring lots of water and I have started seeing parents bring large jugs of water infused with…

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If I want to start eating healthier, what juices would you recommend?

It is fantastic that you are interested in embarking on a healthy weight loss journey. Healthy and sustainable weight loss can be achieved by choosing a variety of healthy, low energy dense foods (fruits, vegetables, low fat dairy, whole grains) and increasing your physical activity. Old…

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Are Juice Fasting & Detox Diets beneficial?

This is a question that I hear often so thank you for asking. Personally, I am intrigued by the word itself. The definition of detox is: “a process or period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances; detoxification.” Who wouldn’t want to…

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Is it true that skim milk or low fat dairy products are better for you?

Dairy products like cheese, milk, and yogurt (regardless of the fat content) are excellent sources of calcium, vitamin D and pack a mean protein punch. For years I have been recommending that my patients consume a few servings of dairy a day. To be honest, I generally recommended low fat…

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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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Can you control cholesterol with diet?

I frequently will get patients that tell me they want to try to lower their cholesterol naturally and not have to take a medication. I applaud them and feel that (depending on the patient and the situation) making a few changes in diet and lifestyle can really help to improve cholesterol…

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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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