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A Guide to Meal-Planning Your Way to a Healthier Brain

This article is a sample chapter from The Nourished Brain. Click this link to purchase the book on Amazon.com or read for free on Kindle Unlimited. Following a brain-healthy diet is not hard to do. All you need to do is decide what foods go on your plate, and when you have chosen well, the…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jan 4, 2021

Bite by Bite, Benefits of Healthy Eating Add Up Over Time

  Make every bite count…towards your health. I can’t begin to count how many times I’ve used this mantra in articles over the years. While very few (if any) of us have perfected this statement, the foods and beverages you consume profoundly impact your health over time. Science has proven this time and again that…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jan 1, 2021

7 Tips for staying healthy during the holidays

Keep your holidays healthy with good health habits   I think we can all agree on one thing – holidays can be stressful! There’s shopping, cooking, entertaining family and now, the unusual event of a viral pandemic showing few signs of slowing down. Yes, this holiday season, stress overload is at an all time high….

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Nov 24, 2020

The Harmful Health Reality of Excess Belly Fat

Carrying extra weight – especially belly fat – can be risky.    If zipping up your favorite jeans or buttoning a shirt over your belly has become problematic, it’s time to face reality…you’re likely carrying excess belly fat. Whether you’re a man or woman, carrying an excess band of fat around your abdominal or midsection…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Oct 27, 2020

Fill your plate with fall produce enhancing heart health

As temperatures drop and winds pick up, heading into fall is a sure sign change is on its way. One healthy change you’ll see in your grocery store is the switch from summer produce to fall fruits, vegetables, and nuts packed with important heart healthy nutrients. Heart disease is the number one ranked cause of…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Oct 1, 2020

Should you replace vegetables oils with coconut oil?

As much fuss has been made over coconut oil in recent years, you’d think it’s the next best thing to sliced bread. For years coconut oil, a tropical oil, has been marketed as a health food. Low-carb, high-fat weight loss diets, including the keto diet have claimed it can help bust belly fat by inducing…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Sep 16, 2020

Are you being extra kind to your kidneys?

                              The extra TLC pays off in a lifetime of good kidney health   Let’s face it, countless articles have been written on safeguarding the health of your heart and brain. While heart and brain health are absolutely crucial for overall…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Aug 25, 2020

Here’s the scoop on adding extra PROTEIN POWER to your day

Some of your very best sources are likely in your kitchen already   From high protein shakes, high protein bars and high protein diets, protein continues to dominate as a super nutrient.  Yes, protein is an invaluable nutrient as it does a ton of various functions within our body. It’s needed for growth and maintenance,…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Aug 4, 2020

Why including processed foods helps you eat a healthier diet

Instead of writing off all processed foods as bad, certain processed foods offer valuable nutrients as well as convenience   How many times have you heard this advice: “Avoid processed foods;” “Only shop the perimeter of your grocery store;” or “All processed foods harm your health.” This well-intentioned but misleading nutritional advice does us no…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jul 21, 2020

It’s a Berry Good Time of Year

If a grocery store advertisement read – “Today’s special: a food low in calories, no fat, full of fiber, may help prevent diseases, aids in weight loss and taste delicious” – would you buy it?  I would hope so as this ad is talking about one of the most healthful foods nature provides – berries….

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jul 7, 2020