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Preventing Cancer: Highlights from LLS Seminar

I had the honor last night to speak for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Cancer Survivorship Seminar.  We had some other amazing speakers last night also including Dr. Arana Yi, Anastasia Estocin, and Kathryn Fearnside.  It was a wonderful evening of good food and fellowship with fellow survivors.  A special thank you to the LLS for organizing this wonderful event!  http://www.lls.org/who-we-are/about Healthy Lifestyle My portion of the seminar was of course on good nutrition both during chemotherapy and also after chemotherapy in the context of improving quality of life and length…

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How did we get so far from normal?

“Comparison is either wallowing or boasting, neither of which is helpful.”  –John Piper What would it be like if you never compared yourself to anyone else? Ever. Again. What if you ate to nourish your body for energy, health, and well-being? What if you stopped worrying about your weight and focused on eating healthy? I think the world would be a much different place. It seems we are never happy where we are, and we are always trying to look better. The images of what beautiful is go through our…

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Sugar Alcohols: Are they a Sweet Alternative to Sugar?

What are sugar alcohols? Sugar alcohols are found in many “sugar free” foods and low sugar or low calorie foods and beverages.  These products include sugar-free gum and candy, no sugar added ice creams, yogurts, and puddings, and some baked goods.  Their chemical structure consists of a simple carbohydrate attached to an alcohol group.  Some examples include lactitol, maltitol, mannitol, sorbitol, xylitol, and erythritol.  You can identify them by the -ol at the end of their name on the food label.  There has been a recent increase in the consumption…

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10 Tips for Better Sleep

Better sleep= Less weight More and more research is confirming that there is an inverse relationship when it comes to sleep and weight.  In general, this means, the less you sleep, the more you weigh.  Experts agree that adults should be getting 7-9 hours of sleep every night.  Some of us may have trouble getting in these much needed hours.  Here are 10 tips to help you achieve this goal.  Number 6 is so important for me! I didn’t even know I was a light sleeper until I had this…

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The Danger of Tastes

The number one reason you are failing to meet your health goals is… “But it was just a small bite” You keep your meals healthy.  You choose whole foods most of the time.  You cook at home a lot, and avoid eating out too often.  You manage your calories at meals and snacks.  You are physically active most days.  So why can’t you reach your health goals?  Whether it is weight loss, fat loss, muscle building, or just wanting to be healthier, tasting is the number one reason you might…

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What Vegetables are in Season?

I find it very helpful to increase the amount of vegetables I eat if I can purchase fresh, high quality vegetables for a reasonable price.  Much of my success in this has come from eating vegetables that are in season.  I have put together a fairly comprehensive list of which vegetables are at their peak in freshness during each season.  I hope you will take this list and use it to eat more veggies!  You will also save some money!  Enjoy! Winter Spring Summer Fall Apples Apples Apples Apples Avocado…

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3 Keys to Managing a Healthy Weight

We are just about 1 week into our New Year’s Resolutions.  Did you make one this year?  Was it health related?  Was it weight related?  If you are like 95% of Americans, you make your weight loss resolutions, stick with it for a week or so, and then fall back into your old habits.  So what do people do that are truly successful with managing their weight?  They eat a balanced breakfast every morning.  Notice some key words here.  Balanced and Every.  That’s right, balanced means it includes both carbohydrates…

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REVIEW: “WHAT THE HEALTH?”

Sorting out the TRUE Nutrition Claims If you haven’t watched this documentary, you don’t have to in order to gain some insight from this article.  In fact, it isn’t necessarily a documentary I would recommend.  They do make some interesting and thought provoking points throughout, however, they do it with an underlying sense of extremism, fear mongering, and they do it all with an emotional twist.  This is the point of the movie: A vegan diet is the most healthful and least problematic for the environment and our society in…

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The True Story About Coconut Oil

By:Jennifer Bryant, MS, RD, LD, CDE Recently, you have probably heard some buzz about how coconut oil is truly a healthy fat.  You have perhaps even heard promises that it will help you lose weight, look younger, and that it may cure many of your diseases and health ailments.  You have also heard the opposite view that it is really not that great, and you shouldn’t be eating it.  What is the coconut oil’s true story? First, let me just say that I have “nothing to declare”.  I am not…

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It’s All About the Sugars

It’s all about the Sugars Jennifer Bryant, MS, RD, LD, CDE  So your friend told you that agave syrup has a lower glycemic index than sugar, and so you started buying it to put in your morning cup of coffee.  Your grandma tells you that honey will get rid of your cough, and your spouse is upset with you that you are spending more money on the sweetener that you think is better for you.  With so much conflicting information, how do you know what you should be consuming? About…

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