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Lentils – Your go-to food for lowering blood glucose levels

If there is one top food under the radar many of us are overlooking, it is lentils.  One of the most nutritious and versatile plant-based sources of protein around, lentils are now linked to significantly lowering blood glucose (aka sugar) levels helping to manage or even prevent diabetes. A new study from the University of…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jul 26, 2018

“Paint” your plate with color

When planning meals, imagine yourself as an artist, creating a colorful array of various foods.  This is one of the best ways you can provide your body with the most healthful nutrients found in nature. From thousands of health-promoting phytochemicals to essential antioxidants to necessary fiber, fruits and vegetables are perfect for having fun “painting”…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jul 25, 2018

Smart strategies to beat stress-induced weight gain

Stressed out?  If so, you’re not alone. A recent poll by the American Psychological Association found nearly 50% of people reporting greater stress compared to just five years ago.  It’s bad enough that stress is already associated with increasing headaches, body aches, GI disturbances, insomnia, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.  But…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jun 19, 2018

5 nutrients likely missing in your diet

If you’re like most Americans, there’s a good chance your diet probably has some “missing in action” nutrients.  You may think, “I’ll just take a supplement to make up the nutritional difference.” Taking supplements is usually not the answer.  Instead, improve your food choices. Food supplies the proper mix of nutrients that work synergistically to…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jun 4, 2018

Why “crash” diets capsize weight loss efforts

One of the worst things you can do when attempting to reach a healthier body weight is to go on a ‘crash” diet.  Crash dieting takes on many forms – fasting, detox programs, yo-yo diets, ‘cleanses,’ or perhaps extremely low calorie liquid diets, each examples of radical calorie deprivation all in the name of losing…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Mar 28, 2018

Get crazy healthy with cruciferous vegetables

Be honest – when’s the last time you went a little crazy and had a cruciferous vegetable?  If it’s been awhile, it’s never too late to change that – these veggies pack a nutritional and inflammation-fighting one-two punch for your health. Cruciferous vegetables are a group of vegetables of the family Brassicaceae (also called Cruciferae)…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Mar 1, 2018

10 tips for breaking through a weight loss plateau

You go on a weight loss diet, you’re working out and all that efforts has been paying off in just what you wanted – losing weight.  But then, your body suddenly puts the on brakes with the peeling of pounds coming to a screeching halt. What happened and how can you pick up momentum again…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jan 8, 2018

How to lose weight for good without going to extremes

There are all kinds of crazy weight loss diets out there many people flock to.  From high-protein to low-carb to ketogenic, the weight loss industry is a steady business.  But if these “diets” all claim to be the best for taking the weight off for good, then why has the number of people overweight to…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Nov 27, 2017

The healthiest foods on your Thanksgiving table

Thanksgiving is almost here and that means one thing – food and lots of it.  In fact, according to different sources, it is estimated that the average number of calories a person consumes on turkey day is at least 2,400 up to 4,500.  That is a rather wide range but nonetheless, most of us will…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Nov 13, 2017
Black cat with basket of halloween candy

How to handle Halloween candy craziness

Halloween is a tricky annual celebration for health-conscious parents.  Since getting candy is the focus and there is no “health food” category for this treat, the thought of candy overload makes Halloween can be an especially scary day. It’s one thing to decide what costume they will dress up in but then there is the…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Oct 27, 2017