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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

Yes, healthy eating is possible on a tight budget

“Healthy food is too expensive!”  This is a common response from many folks who view “healthy foods” (e.g. fruits, vegetables, lean meat) as too pricey to afford, but is it really? Eating healthy may seem out of your reach (or a stretch of your paycheck) but with some advanced planning and a little know-how, it…

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

Smart ways to spring clean your health

Spring has arrived!  It’s time to usher in warmer, sunny days helping shake off the cold winter blues.  This also makes it a perfect time for rebooting and refreshing your body and mind.  Cleaning up the ‘clutter’ in our lives and daily habits bogging us down provides a fresh start of resetting our health habits…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Mar 5, 2019

Put an end to body shaming by practicing body positivity

Take a look in the mirror. How do you feel about your body at this very moment? Do you love how you look or do you face the mirror with trepidation, frustration and shame?   Nothing beats the ability to look in the mirror and accept yourself as you are.  The ability to say, “Hey I…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Feb 18, 2019

Simplicity key to lasting dietary and exercise changes

Life is complicated enough.  Why makes things more difficult when “keep it simple” applies to so many aspects of our lives and is a good mantra to follow. That’s why healthy eating and exercise efforts should be straightforward, accessible, natural, and simple.  In fact, simplicity is your key word for long-lasting health changes. If you’re…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Feb 15, 2019

Does vitamin C really help prevent a cold?

It’s been called “the cure for the common cold” many times over the decades but just how effective is ascorbic acid, better known as vitamin C, for keeping us from getting sick? Vitamin C’s claim to fame was born when Nobel laureate Dr. Linus Pauling, escalated public interest stating it could prevent the common cold…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jan 28, 2019

Top 10 heart-friendly foods for lowering cholesterol

The amount of cholesterol in a day’s time can add up quickly.  But when we pay attention to our food choices, we can amazingly keep cholesterol levels in check. Most of us would rather treat high cholesterol naturally instead of relying on cholesterol lowering medications, if at all possible.  But depending on various circumstances and…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jan 24, 2019