Blog: Diet & Nutrition

What’s the best way to lose or maintain weight without skipping all the “good-stuff?”

This question could not come at a better time! Recently, many of my patients have said that they would like to lose weight to be “bathing suit season” ready. Others (like myself), have expressed the desire to shed a few pounds for their wedding. I could tackle this question in a…

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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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Managing Lupus with Diet

Article by Registered Dietitian Amy Bragagnini, MS, RD, CSO I recently began working closely with my Immunology/Allergy/Rheumatology department. The patients there are treated for a range of ailments including: multiple sclerosis, arthritis, allergies, and lupus. I had not been very…

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Losing Weight with Hypothyroidism

Article by Registered Dietitian, Amy Bragagnini, MS, RD, CSO I have a colleague who recently let me know that she is unhappy with her weight. She reported that she has tried for years to lose weight and, despite her best efforts, she has been unable. She finally went to the doctor and was…

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Post-Holiday Blue Mood

The holidays have come and gone. All the months of excited anticipation and preparation are over in (what seemed like) a blink of an eye. I usually call this time of the year my “blue mood” time. I generally feel a little sad and depressed during this period. Apparently I am not the only…

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Health Boost:  Tart Cherry Juice

Tart cherries are filled with antioxidants and disease fighting vitamins and minerals. Research suggests that they may help lower risk of hypertension, improve sleep, aid muscle recovery, and help reduce joint pain.

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With a history of breast cancer, why does one need to avoid soy protein isolate?

Your question is excellent. Let’s start by explaining what we are talking about. Soy protein isolate is the protein removed from defatted soy flakes. It does not have a flavor and is added to processed foods such as shakes, energy bars, and cereals to boost the protein content. It’s…

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