The magic of family meals – a secret to raising good kids

Want to know a secret to raising happy, healthy, well-adjusted children? Eat meals together as a family as often as you can. This one simple yet often hard to make happen activity is so important it should be a main priority of strengthening your family. Once you have children, sitting down to eat a meal…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Sep 4, 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

10 ways to be an expert at spotting nutrition quackery

From the days of well-dressed salesmen selling snake oil to the sleek professional websites on the internet of today, you need to know how to protect yourself from nutrition quackery. If you don’t, you may be wasting money on fraudulent nutrition services that are ineffective or risky to your health. Nutrition quackery is defined as…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Sep 2, 2015

Do dietary supplements give athletes the winning edge?

Dietary supplements have always played a predominate role in the world of sports. Whether a person is a competitive athlete or a casual exerciser, today’s athlete is always looking for the latest and greatest nutritional supplement that will give them the ultimate performance-enhancing edge. Competition in sports has always been high but nowadays it is…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Sep 1, 2015

Battle of the (belly) bulge can be won

Call it what you want – belly bulge, belly fat, beer belly, pot belly, spare tire – most of us have some and would like to get rid of it. Fighting unwanted excess fat around the abdominal area can be a long, difficult battle many combat for years, often without success. Countless people usually give…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Aug 31, 2015

A Prescription for Prediabetes – Be Proactive

We’ve all heard of type 1 or type 2 diabetes, but what about prediabetes? The prevalence of prediabetes is a major problem in this country. It’s estimated 79 million Americans have it, with about 35 percent of adults aged 20 and older and 50 percent of adults aged 65 and older. It is an under…

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

Vitamin K2 – A Little Known Nutrient with Big Benefits

Vitamin K, a fat soluble vitamin discovered in the 1930’s, is best known for its role in blood coagulation or blood clotting. This form is also known as vitamin K1 or phylloquinone. However there is another form of vitamin K that hasn’t received as much attention until the 21st century – vitamin K2. Vitamin K2,…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Aug 27, 2015

Caution – 4 Grocery Store Danger Zones

Beware – your grocery store has danger zones that will try to thwart your attempts at healthy eating or losing weight. Of course, we all know grocery stores are usually safe places to shop. In fact, if we are going to eat, we have to go grocery shopping – unless we are completely self-sufficient with…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Aug 26, 2015

Got gout? Eat like this

Gout is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis affecting more than 8 million Amercians. It is more likely to affect men however women, particularly after menopause, can become more susceptible to developing it also. A gout attack can have these symptoms: Sudden, unexpected severe pain often affecting the base of the big toe Can…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Aug 25, 2015

Magnesium’s magic works to minimize type 2 diabetes

Magnesium, the fourth most abundant mineral in our body, may not have the nutrient star power like vitamin D, but its humble nature should not be overlooked. Decades of research have demonstrated the power this major mineral plays in keeping us healthy, and the active and mandatory role it has in over 300 biochemical reactions….

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Aug 24, 2015