What is an Autoimmune Disorder and Could You Have One?

autoimmuneI was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis over 15 years ago. This type of hypothyroidism is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks the thyroid tissue, resulting in decreased production of thyroid hormone. It is estimated that Hashimoto’s is just one of possibly hundreds of autoimmune disorders, which include lupus, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia and psoriasis.

What exactly is an autoimmune disease?

When people with healthy immune systems get a cold, a cut or any virus, the body’s natural defenses/immune system kicks in to help restore balance. Continue reading “What is an Autoimmune Disorder and Could You Have One?”

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Blue Zones Q-and-A: Eating and Living Like the World’s Longest-Lived People

quinoa-saladDan Buettner, a National Geographic Fellow and New York Times best-selling author, discovered the five places in the world – dubbed Blue Zones™ – where people live the longest, healthiest lives. He will present his findings at the Physicians Committee’s 6th Annual International Conference on Nutrition in Medicine on August 10, 2018, in Washington, DC. You can learn more about ICNM here.

What nutrition tips from this research should healthcare professionals bring to their patients?

Dietary surveys done in all five Blue Zones™ over the past century reveal that the diet associated with longevity is 95-100% plant-based, Continue reading “Blue Zones Q-and-A: Eating and Living Like the World’s Longest-Lived People”

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SOS for PCOS: Diet

vegetables-for-PCOSMany women experience problems with their periods. But for many women, the problems can be caused by an increasingly common condition called polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Last week we looked at possible causes and symptoms of PCOS.

PCOS is characterized by poor insulin function, with elevated insulin secretion reinforcing the cycle of hormone imbalance and anovulation (prolonged menstrual periods). Women who are overweight or obese are at increased risk of insulin resistance and prediabetes, but even thin women with PCOS have been shown to suffer from reactive hypoglycemia, where initial insulin oversecretion leads to rebound low blood sugar levels. Continue reading “SOS for PCOS: Diet”

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5 Tips to Get Your Kids to Eat Their Vegetables

kids-vegetablesThis is a daily struggle in my household. My kids love fruits but getting them to branch out and try different vegetables is hard and I know I’m not alone. In the past I have hidden vegetables in sauces and soups so I could ensure my kids had a more balanced meal, however, research shows that hiding veggies is not the best way to promote lifelong healthy eating. In order to do that, we have to build a child’s taste for veggies that will last them into adulthood, choosing healthy choices for life. I still hide them when I can just to get them into their bodies, but I also try and follow these tips to get my kids to eat their vegetables.

1. Stick an apron on them. Studies show that kids who are involved in meal preparation will try different foods and generally prefer fruits and vegetables and overall healthy food choices. Plus, measuring ingredients can help with math skills too! Get the kids in the kitchen to help out as much as possible, and choose age-appropriate tasks. Good tasks for little ones include tearing lettuce, mixing ingredients, and helping to set the table. Continue reading “5 Tips to Get Your Kids to Eat Their Vegetables”

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Resolution Series: Weight Management with Diet

healthy-foodMany people hit the gym in the New Year ready to shed the pounds, and although exercise is an important piece of weight management, the true key to weight loss is what you eat.

The concept of “a calorie is a calorie” is worth taking a look at. Many people have the perception that weight loss equals calories burned minus calories consumed. And that may work in the short term, but if you are looking for long-term results, the source of the calories is important. After all, eating 1,200 calories of junk or processed food yields very different results compared to eating 1,200 calories of balanced nutrition. Here are some important aspects to consider. Continue reading “Resolution Series: Weight Management with Diet”

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