Entries by Laurenp

Carbohydrates and Our Brain

In our office we receive many questions regarding “Counting our Macros”, how many carbohydrates we should have in a day, is a ketogenic diet the right diet for weight loss, or what about that Atkins diet. Well, we now have a new book out there called Grain Brain by Dr. Perlmutter, a neurologist, that is recommending […]

Micronutrients: Even the Smallest of Nutrients Matter

When talking about food most people immediately think calories.  How many calories are in this? Is that too many calories? Can I afford to eat that many calories? Calories are even listed at the top of a nutrition label.  While our society has decided that calories should hold a high honor when discussing nutrition they […]

Adding Added Sugar on Nutrition Labels

In 2014, the FDA proposed a plan to better highlight information on added sugars by including it on the nutrition facts label. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggested that reduction of added sugars was a primary target for optimal health, which most likely guided this change. Data from the National Center for Health Statistics […]

Artificial Sweeteners… Are they safe?

Artificial sweeteners have been around for many years and are commonly used in products to make them sweet without the calories. What exactly are artificial sweeteners? They are a chemically processed sugar substitute, also known as non-nutritive, non-caloric or high intensity sweeteners. These sweeteners can be hundreds or even thousands of times sweeter than table […]

How to Actually Lose Weight

If you are among the 69% of overweight/obese adults in America that are struggling to lose weight, this article is for you. Below is a list of basic principles that can help you lose the weight and keep it off. Stop Dieting: To actually lose weight and keep it off long term, you have to […]

We Heart Canned Food! Tips for Eating for a Healthy Heart

It’s fitting that February – the month in which we celebrate love and Valentine’s Day – is American Heart Month. Isn’t now the perfect time to make heart-healthy eating a priority? Here’s a lineup of canned foods you – and your heart – will love. Beans. Rich in fiber, folate, potassium, magnesium and several phytochemical […]

The Diet Soda Debate

In recent years, there has been much debate over diet vs. regular soda. For those in favor of diet soda, they argue it has zero calories and zero sugar compared to regular, which can help with weight loss. However, those that are opposed are pulling from emerging research indicating that diet soda is not conducive […]

The Skinny on Butter

What to look for in a spread… Contains no more than 2 grams of saturated fat per serving 0 grams of trans fat The ingredients list should not have partially hydrogenated oils listed (trans fat) No added sugar Choose spreadable or whipped over stick So What should I buy? Here is a list of spreads […]

Hello 2015, Good-bye Extra Holiday Pounds!

How to Get Back on Track after the Holidays It can be challenging for a lot of people to get back on track after the holidays, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few tips to help you get started for 2015! Find your motivation How do you get motivated? Ask yourself what […]

Holiday Food Cravings

It’s that time of year again. It becomes dark earlier, it is cold outside, and all we want to do is curl up next to the fire and snack on our favorite treats. We crave everything from sweets to salty and savory foods. Since it’s the holidays and we are generally wearing more layers of […]