Health

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Eight allergy-fighting foods to tame your seasonal allergies

Seasonal sniffles, sneezes, and itches got you down? Certain foods may ease your allergy symptoms.   Spring is a beautiful time of year with the reawakening of new growth in dormant plants. But for many, it’s also a reawakening and a reminder of its allergy season triggered by all the grass, pollen, and mold. Everything…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | May 12, 2023
Too busy to eat

Nine ways even the busiest person can still eat healthily

When life gets busy is when people tend to put healthy eating on hold.   If you cannot let a single second of the day be wasted, you are likely the same person who doesn’t find time to eat healthily. You probably always need more hours to plan, and as a result, it makes eating…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Apr 21, 2023
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Delicious ideas for flavoring foods when following a low-sodium diet

Cutting back on salt doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor. There are options for adding taste to your food without picking up the salt shaker.   If you think following a low-sodium diet will be bland and tasteless, think again. Yes, I agree salt does make foods taste good. But it’s possible to reduce salt intake without…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Apr 8, 2023
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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
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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
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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
Healthy foods paired together

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
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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
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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
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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