A+ afterschool snacks enhancing kids’ health

Summer is almost over with a new school year about to begin. You’ve bought new book bags, shoes, and school supplies to start your child’s school year off right.  But there’s one other important component enhancing your child’s school success and health – healthy after-school snacks. The importance of after-school snacks Who doesn’t remember coming…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Aug 7, 2019

4 Simple ways to sidestep metabolic syndrome

Results from your annual physical were not the best – high cholesterol, elevated blood sugar, high blood pressure – should you be concerned?  Yes. You may have a condition called metabolic syndrome that can erupt into multiple health worries. The good news is making lifestyle changes can significantly blunt the advancement of this health problem….

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Aug 1, 2019

The ABCs of managing diabetes

If only receiving a diabetes diagnosis was as easy as learning the ABCs.  Actually, it can be.  Anyone with diabetes should know three key steps – the ABCs of diabetes control – to better manage their disease lowering their risk of serious complications. Having diabetes is not easy.  When first diagnosed, individuals may feel overwhelmed…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jul 26, 2019

Why choosing cow’s milk still matters

Going to the grocery store to “get milk,” is not always what it used to mean.  Open up the refrigerator in many homes, and the “milk” might instead be a nondairy milk alternative. From soymilk, almond, coconut, rice, cashew, oat, hemp, quinoa, or hazelnut, just to name a few, cow’s milk has competition. Traditional cow’s…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jul 12, 2019

Why making every bite count matters more as we age

Humorist, novelist, and journalist Mark Twain was famous for his wit and wisdom.  One of my favorite quotes he coined was, “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”  However, what does matter is how healthfully we age, at least to me. I personally hope to live a…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jun 25, 2019

Answers why exercise for prediabetes is essential

While receiving a diagnosis of prediabetes can come as a complete shock, it’s also a wakeup call to taking better care of yourself.  One way to begin is by becoming more physically active. Increasing movement each day improves energy and stamina but best news of all, it reduces risk of common complications associated with diabetes…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | May 29, 2019

Guidance on healthy grilling 101

There’s nothing quite like firing up the grill distinguishing summer from all other seasons.  The sounds, smells and tantalizing taste of barbequed meat are one of a kind.  However, before you get to grilling nonstop, there can be some health drawbacks to this mainstream Americana ritual.  Should you forego grilling completely? Fortunately you do not….

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | May 22, 2019

8 plant-based foods surprisingly packed with protein

Mention the word, “protein,” and images of cattle, chicken or fish come to mind. But are animal sources our only supply of this vital nutrient? The answer to this is “no.” While nutrition information keeps pointing to the importance of protein, animal sources are not our only and best source of this nutrient. Many plant-based…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Apr 30, 2019

Hormones in beef: Should you worry?

When it comes to food, everyone has an opinion and each of us have many questions. Take beef for instance. It seems you either eat it or you don’t. And if you choose not to, one concern for avoiding it could be the fear of hormones in beef.  How do we know beef is safe…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Apr 17, 2019

Turning breakfast excuses into breakfast reality

Are you someone who leaves your home in the morning without doing something very important like eating breakfast?  What’s your excuse?  I’ve counseled nearly a thousand patients and roughly about 20-30% admits to not eating breakfast. Because curiosity gets the best of me, I often ask them why.  Of course the answers I get vary…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Apr 12, 2019