Free Handout: Understanding Health Insurance

 More than 50% of Americans are unable to understand the complicated materials provided by insurers and the medical explanations offered by healthcare professionals. When people avoid medical care because they don’t know why it’s needed or are fearful of the potential costs, their delay in care leads to the development and exacerbation of chronic conditions. This…

Week Two Menu with Grocery List and Recipes

Have you ever wondered how to plan an appropriate menu for yourself and your family? The best tip that I have is to follow the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which will be revised next year. Now, we could get into a really long discussion about the Guidelines and what we agree with and what we…

One Week Healthy Eating Plan with Grocery List and Recipes

Number one request for many dietitians: “Just tell me what to eat.” There are a lot of reasons why this is a no-win situation. I don’t know all of your food likes and dislikes, and even if I did, I wouldn’t know everyone in your house’s food preferences. I don’t necessarily know what your food…

Head Freeze: What is Going On in the Frozen Dessert Aisle

Ice cream, milkshakes, sorbet, and smoothies have been intermingling lately. Sometimes I can’t even tell what a food product is these days! The ice cream/frozen dessert aisle has also been expanding with everything from custard to gelato and dairy-free varieties of frozen desserts made of almond milk, coconut milk, and even avocado. Making things even…

The Cereal Conundrum

The cereal aisle keeps growing…and growing. Maybe you go straight for the tried and true, or perhaps you’re so overwhelmed that you grab the first box that you see, but it’s worth taking the time to check out some of the many choices available to you. Read these tips to learn how to quickly determine…

Safety Trivia for Your Wellness Program

When people hear the term “safety,” they usually think of dramatic situations or emergency preparedness and many only picture toddlers and older individuals. The truth is that accidents happen at every age; to err is to be human, but a little foresight can go a long way in preventing some of these mishaps. No matter…

Ten Questions About Alcohol

While much ado has been made recently about adults in their twenties and thirties adopting mindful drinking philosophies or giving alcohol up completely, recent figures estimate that 17.6 million Americans, or one in twelve people, struggle with alcohol abuse disorder. Among nutrition-related topics, the subject of alcohol is one of the most confusing for many…

So, About Your Endothelium…

Can we talk about your endothelium for a minute? Don’t be shy – we all have one! The endothelium is simply (or not so simply) the tissue that lines your blood vessels, heart, and lymphatic vessels. It is sensitive and easily damaged by high cholesterol or homocysteine (an amino acid that is strongly linked to…

HDL Cholesterol – Not Always Healthy

When it comes to HDL cholesterol, most people think, “more is better.” After all, it’s been drilled into us that HDL (“good”) cholesterol removes LDL (“bad”) cholesterol from the blood vessels so that it can be excreted from the body, thereby providing protection against heart disease and stroke. In fact, the relationship between HDL and…

Can Cholesterol Be Too Low?

Cholesterol is in the membrane of every cell in your body and is essential to making certain vitamins and hormones, produces bile acids so that you can digest and absorb nutrients, and plays a role in the release of neurotransmitters in the brain, so it would make logical sense that too low of levels might…