Lack of sleep’s effects childhood obesity

Do you know how many hours of sleep your child gets each night?  A lack of sleep may affect your child’s weight.  Read my article Dr. David Samadi and I wrote together on this topic.  Learn more on various health topics at www.samadimd.com Do you know how many hours of sleep each night your child…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jan 12, 2016

Is your child headed towards obesity?

  Childhood obesity has become an epidemic in the United States.  Find out how to determine if your child is overweight/obese in this article Dr. David Samadi and I wrote together and what are some factors driving this trend.  For more health and medical information, go to www.samadimd.com. In the past, childhood obesity was a…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jan 5, 2016

Toast the New Year with reduced-calorie beverages

Sangrias – always seasonal and always sensational!   Pictured are two Sangria recipes I tried out over the weekend – my volunteer taste testers (it took a lot of arm-twisting) preferred the taste of the Blushing Sangria (on the left) but loved the festive look of the Cranberry Apple White or Rose Sangria with Rosemary (on…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Dec 30, 2015

Smart ideas for keeping fit over the holidays

This holiday season whether you’re hosting houseguests or you are the houseguest, your fitness routine does not have to suffer. Even though the average holiday weight gain is only about one pound, studies have shown that extra one pound tends to hang on adding to the annual weight gain many adults experience. “For the average…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Dec 28, 2015

The one and only – awesome avocado

In just about every grocery store across the United States, you will find a fruit with such versatility, such desirable qualities it can be incorporated into recipes from guacamole dip, salsas, hummus, added to sandwiches, smoothies and even brownies. Not only does this fruit have such a medley of uses, it also has a unique…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Dec 21, 2015

The goodness of grass-fed meats

Growing up on a farm in Kansas with Hereford and Angus cattle, pigs, chickens and sheep, I learned a thing or two about the meat industry. One thing I’ve learned in recent years is the dramatic popularity and public interest in grass-fed meats. For instance, the demand for grass-fed beef has grown at an impressive…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Dec 15, 2015

Soup – Simply Sensational

We’ve all heard the saying, “Mmm Mmm Good!” Campbell’s famous soup slogan whets the appetite and makes us think of the delicious tastes we expect when eating soup. Taste is one of the qualities soups provides but it also offers so much more. During the long winter months, soup can be a very satisfying and…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Dec 14, 2015

Cocoa – A drink to your health

When the snow begins to fall and temperatures take a dip, a hot cup of cocoa does more than just warm you up.  This ancient drink traces its history back 2000 years ago to the Mayans. The taste back then would have been significantly different – can you imagine the taste of of cocoa seed paste, water, cornmeal,…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Dec 9, 2015

3 keys to building a strong immune system

Winter is approaching fast and that means sharing close quarters with people and their germs, putting our immune systems at risk. Your immune system is your body’s own personal department of defense, armed and ready to fight off any foreign substance wanting to cause you harm. But if it’s not fully functioning, you become more…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Dec 2, 2015

Eight strategies to avoid weight gain during the holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…..but not necessarily if you’re watching your waistline.  How do you get through Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s without feeling as stuffed as the turkey? Gaining weight during the holiday season doesn’t have to be inevitable.  But, it is important for you to know how to take control of your eating habits…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Nov 30, 2015