Why Crash Diets Will Only Capsize Your Weight Loss Efforts And What To Do Instead

Crash diets rarely last for the long term. The best diet plan is one that stresses realistic long-term expectations.   One of the worst things you can do when attempting to reach a healthier body weight is to follow a ‘crash” diet.  Crash dieting takes on many forms – fasting, detox programs, yo-yo diets, ‘cleanses,’…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jan 3, 2023

Smart Ideas Making Food Prepping Easy and Fun

Freshen up your weekly meal plan with food prep!   Envision coming home after a long day to a meal already prepped and ready for you to enjoy. You don’t have to imagine anymore. It can be your reality when you embrace ‘food prepping.’ Food prepping is a commonly used term to prepare foods ahead…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Sep 10, 2022

Now’s the Time to Celebrate Summer Fruit

Give your taste buds a treat with these power foods.   Summer is here, reminding us why this season is to be enjoyed for many reasons. But, one of the best is that summer is the perfect season for enjoying eating more fruit. First, it’s when many fruits are ripe, available, least expensive, and taste…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jun 26, 2022

Nutrients Work Better When Paired Together

Food is fuel for your body, and some foods provide a tremendous nutritional boost when paired together!   The potential of teamwork is powerful.  Even Helen Keller, an American author, and educator, famously said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” This same philosophy also applies to nutrients found in…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jun 17, 2022

Practical steps for improving poor digestion

Is poor digestion cramping your style? Here’s how to keep things running smoothly   Life is usually good when our gut feels good – no bloating, diarrhea, gas, or constipation.  But when those symptoms rear their ugly head, and for many, they do, suddenly your happy-go-lucky life has just taken a turn down the wrong…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | May 15, 2022

Best Foods to Alleviate GERD

Don’t let GERD disrupt your life   According to the NIDDK’s report on gastrointestinal conditions, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) affects up to 20% of the population. Described as a chronic disease in a guide to GERD by SymptomFind, this condition comes from persistent acid reflux. Its symptoms include heartburn, nausea, cough, dental erosion, and pain…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Apr 21, 2022

Asparagus – a perennial spring favorite

Now’s the time to make the most of this nutritious springtime perennial   One of the most sought-after vegetables usually signaling the arrival of spring is asparagus.  Farmer’s markets and supermarkets are brimming with this “king of vegetables,” aptly named by France’s King Louis XIV, who cultivated them in greenhouses so he could enjoy them…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Apr 1, 2022

5 nutrient-packed foods you should be eating (almost) daily

Multitasker foods brimming with various disease-fighting nutrients, delivered deliciously    Ask any dietitian, “Does food impact my health,” and you’ll hear a resounding, “YES!” Ask any dietitian, “What are your top five healthy food choices to eat daily,” and you’ll get dozens of different answers. But that’s okay. Food choices are personal and even dietitians…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Mar 5, 2022

Money Saving Strategies On Buying Groceries As Inflation Soars

Stocking up on healthy staples and reducing food waste are just a couple of strategies to help you with rising prices   Soaring inflation is hitting many consumers hard in buying groceries for their families. From snack foods like chips and cookies to everyday items like milk and meat, food prices are rising up and…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jan 26, 2022

Aging Healthily Is Possible And It Starts With A Healthy Gut

The secret to successful aging may rely on a changing gut microbiome   How well are you aging?  Good, fair, or poor? The passage of time is out of your control but how you age is a different story. No matter how many birthdays you celebrate, your biological age can either be “younger” or “older”…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jan 20, 2022