Blog: Health & Wellness

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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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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A Handful of Healthy Picnic Tips

Picnic season is upon us, are you prepared?

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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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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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Do your groceries make the naughty or nice list?

Article by Registered Dietitian Amy Bragagnini, MS, RD, CSO Healthy eating begins with a list (well, at least in this dietitian’s opinion).  So many people have the best intentions to improve the overall health of their diet…but then they make the mistake of going to the grocery store…

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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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