3 steps to successfully maintaining weight loss

The conundrum of maintaining long-term weight loss is well documented. People who have lost weight only to regain it back know all too well that losing weight is actually easier than maintaining the weight loss. That’s why people who have lost weight and have been successful in keeping the weight off, have been studied to…

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

Don’t like going to the doctor? Eat an apple

We all know the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” It appears there’s quite a bit of truth in that statement. Numerous research has shown many positive advantages to eating one of the most common and favorite fruit in the world. From its origination in the Tien Shan mountains of Kazakhstan millions…

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

Don’t neglect your oral health – your ability to eat depends on it

There have been tremendous advances in dentistry over the years helping us to keep or obtain a beautiful smile, but it still is very important to take care of what’s in our mouth – your teeth and gums. Oral health often gets overlooked in the scheme of taking care of ourselves. We may not brush…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Sep 23, 2015

12 foods that create a feeling of fullness – without weighing you down

When you’re trying to either lose weight or maintain it, one of the hardest things to deal with during the day is hunger pangs. We all get them, creeping up on us at the most inconvenient times – mid-morning, late afternoon, in the evening – we try to ignore them as best we can but…

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

7 ways to lose belly fat without exercise

If exercise is not your thing and yet you have excess belly fat that doesn’t want to budge, is it possible to lose your muffin top without resorting to breaking a sweat? It’s possible but only with a lot of dedication and diligence by adopting a healthy eating pattern along with other habits. It’s always…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Sep 17, 2015

It’s football season! Time to tailgate – and eat healthy

Score a touchdown this fall by serving up great-tasting healthy food at your next tailgate. Typically foods associated with tailgating are loaded with fat, sugar and calories. By the time you’ve eaten your way through hamburgers, brats, buffalo wings, chips and dip, cookies, and other desserts all washed down with high calorie alcoholic beverages and…

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

Looking for natural ways to reduce cholesterol? 8 food sources that can help

Most of us would rather treat high cholesterol naturally if at all possible. But depending on your cholesterol level, many physicians will prescribe medication such as a statin. Statins can be effective in lowering cholesterol but may also cause adverse side effects for some individuals. First, always listen to your physician and never quit taking…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Sep 10, 2015

“Clean” up your diet and change your life

For the past several years there has been a dietary term called “clean eating” or “eating clean” that has followed on the heels of the organic, local and slow food movements. Clean eating simply means eating foods in their most natural, whole state as possible while reducing the intake of processed and packaged foods to…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Sep 9, 2015
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The McDonald’s Diet

You may have read or heard about the high school science teacher, John Cisna, from Iowa who had three of his students do a semester project featuring him eating nothing but food from McDonalds for 90 days. The purpose of this experiment was to see if he could lose weight and how it would affect…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Sep 8, 2015

Minimize portion size to maximize weight loss

Over the years, if there was one thing that grew right along with the American public’s waistline, it was the portion size of our food. Or should that statement be reversed? Either way, as our waistlines and portion sizes expanded, the number of people diagnosed with heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and hypertension has swelled…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Sep 3, 2015