Blog: Healthy Lifestyles

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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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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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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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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Cholesterol Crisis: What to Do

One of my closest friends recently called me in a panic. “I just got my blood work done and I need your help, “she said. She told me that her total cholesterol was high, her high density lipoprotein (HDL or “good” cholesterol) was too low and her low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL or…

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