Health

Simplicity key to lasting dietary and exercise changes

Life is complicated enough.  Why makes things more difficult when “keep it simple” applies to so many aspects of our lives and is a good mantra to follow. That’s why healthy eating and exercise efforts should be straightforward, accessible, natural, and simple.  In fact, simplicity is your key word for long-lasting health changes. If you’re…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Feb 15, 2019

Does vitamin C really help prevent a cold?

It’s been called “the cure for the common cold” many times over the decades but just how effective is ascorbic acid, better known as vitamin C, for keeping us from getting sick? Vitamin C’s claim to fame was born when Nobel laureate Dr. Linus Pauling, escalated public interest stating it could prevent the common cold…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jan 28, 2019

Top 10 heart-friendly foods for lowering cholesterol

The amount of cholesterol in a day’s time can add up quickly.  But when we pay attention to our food choices, we can amazingly keep cholesterol levels in check. Most of us would rather treat high cholesterol naturally instead of relying on cholesterol lowering medications, if at all possible.  But depending on various circumstances and…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jan 24, 2019

7 successes of health progress besides weight loss

Embarking on a journey toward getting healthier often revolves around the number on a weight scale. While stepping on a weight scale can be one method of measuring success toward health goals, it should not be the only way.  There are many, many other ways to measure healthy change success that have little to do…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jan 10, 2019

New Year, New You – Resolutions for a Happy and Healthy 2019

I love fresh starts and new beginnings.  And I love the onset of a New Year. Whether you like making New Year’s resolutions or not, you have to admit, they are a great way to be forward thinking showing positivity by working towards some form of self-improvement. For many of you, resolutions may revolve around…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Dec 31, 2018

Get lucky with black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day

Looking for a great way to get your New Year off to a healthy (and lucky) start?  Try a dose of black-eyed peas. Black-eyed peas, also known as black-eyed beans, are one of the most nutrient-packed legumes around. Best known for bringing good luck, when you look at a black-eyed pea, it’s very apparent how…

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

Using yoga to improve digestive health

There’s more to yoga than just improving flexibility. It also improves digestion and all of us acknowledge good digestive health is priceless.  Anyone who’s had to endure regular digestive discomfort such as constipation, stomach cramps, diarrhea, nausea, indigestion, esophagus spasms, or irritable bowel syndrome, will agree a well-functioning digestive tract plays a huge role in…

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

Six Great Reads on Food & Nutrition to Give This Holiday Season

Let me guess – some of you are pulling your hair out over what to get a friend or loved one for Christmas.  You need IDEAS. How about a book? A gift of a book is good any time of year but getting a really good book around the holidays is especially nice.  I personally…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Dec 9, 2018

How to protect yourself from deadly strains of E. Coli

It’s happened once again – just before Thanksgiving 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent out a public warning to avoid eating romaine lettuce due to links of a multistate outbreak of a nasty strain of E. coli 0157:H7. Romaine lettuce was also to blame for an E. coli outbreak across the…

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

Expert advice on avoiding holiday weight gain

The season of holidays is almost here beginning with Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years, and Valentine’s Day. Even the best intentions of staying on track with your healthy lifestyle habits can be derailed during this time. One of those healthy lifestyle habits at risk of derailing may include watching your waistline. How do you get…

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