Nov
25
Yoga For All
By Lisa Andrews Med RD LD


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Yoga is much more than sitting on the floor trying to get your legs into a pretzel formation. The ancient Hindu practice dates back over 5,000 years and includes mental, spiritual and physical exercises. It was initially started as 1:1 teaching, but has grown in Western cultures to include group classes. Though many people practice yoga alone, the word yoga means union. Here are some benefits to hitting the mat.


Stress reduction


Yoga has several health benefits and has been found to be beneficial in reducing stress and anxiety. According to Lauren O'Connor, Registered Dietitian, Yoga Instructor and owner of


https://nutrisavvyhealth.com/, “Whether 30 minutes or an hour-and-a-half; dail...


Nov
10
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
By Lisa Andrews Med RD LD


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You don’t hear much about pancreatic cancer, but when you hear someone is diagnosed, you should be alarmed. While pancreatic cancer is rare, it’s one of the more fatal types of gastrointestinal cancers and is on the rise. Unfortunately, many people with pancreatic cancer are asymptomatic until it’s too late and in its final stages.


A recent study published in JAMA this year showed that unintentional weight loss and diabetes may be signs of this deadly cancer. The study tracked 160,000 adults for close to 30 years. Individuals who had been diagnosed with diabetes for 4 or more years had twice the risk of pancreatic cancer while those with a new diagnosis had triple the risk...


Oct
22
Food and Mood: How Diet Can Help Manage Depression
By Anne Danahy MS RDN

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Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States. Severe depression can impact a person’s quality of life and their ability to function throughout the day. Treatment with medication and therapy helps millions. However, nutrition is often overlooked, although it can be an important part of treatment. In many cases, improving one’s diet can go a long way toward managing symptoms of depression.



Facts About Depression


Major depressive disorder affects more than 16 million Americans. Most are women, and the average age at onset is 32.5. (1)


About half of those with depression are also diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. (1)


Some m...


Oct
13
Health Literacy Month
By Lisa Andrews Med RD LD



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Most dietitians cringe when they hear that their patients were handed a piece of paper about their diet and diagnosis. As dietitians, we are trained to “get the back story” on a person’s culture, budget, food preferences, dietary intolerances and allergies, cooking skills, access to food and what equipment they have or don’t have at home to use.


Dietitians are uniquely poised to provide accurate, comprehendible diet, nutrition, and health information given our training in motivational interviewing, role playing, and counseling. Many dietitians are authors, professors, freelance writers, and teachers. Getting our words out in understandable terms is vital to our clien...


Sep
22
Plant-Based Diets: Can They Be Too High in Carbs for Diabetes?
By Anne Danahy MS RDN


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It’s no secret that eating more plants is good for everyone’s health. The nutrients and antioxidants they provide protect cells from oxidative damage and inflammation. That may in turn, reduce the risk of developing many chronic diseases, including diabetes.



However, people with prediabetes or diabetes often ask whether diets that restrict animal protein are a good choice for managing blood sugar. Or are they too high in carbohydrates? Here’s a look at some current research and recommendations for patients regarding vegetarian and vegan diets.



Research on Diabetes and Vegetarian Diets


Vegetarian diets can range from vegan, which restricts all animal foods, to those which i...


Sep
08
What New Food is in Your Food?
By Lisa Andrews Med RD LD

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Food trends come and go. One year, kale is the latest food in the culinary spotlight, being added to smoothies, salads and sold as chips. The next, avocados are America’s sweetheart. While both of these super foods are still in style and highly sought after, a few other ingredients and trends are making their way to your local grocery. Here’s a review of the top 5 latest food trends to look out for.


1. Pea protein- Americans are becoming increasingly concerned about their health and the health of the environment, which is a good thing. As we move away from animal-based products, plant-based proteins remain popular. Pea protein, made from yellow peas, may be found in anything fro...


Aug
17
How to Start a Food or Nutrition Blog
By Anne Danahy MS RDN

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Have you ever considered starting a food or nutrition blog? It’s easier than you might think, and if you commit some time, energy, and a little bit of money, it can pay off in many ways.



Why Start a Food or Nutrition Blog?


A food or nutrition blog gives you a much bigger platform to share your knowledge and inspire people to eat better. Instead of talking to one patient at a time, or a small group of people about one specific topic, a blog can reach thousands of readers a month. There’s something exciting and satisfying in knowing you have readers not just where you live or work, but also all over the world.



Blogging is also a great way to develop and share your knowledge in an a...


Jul
28
School Nutrition in the Age of a Pandemic
By Lisa Andrews Med RD LD

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It’s August! A time when students are getting ready to return to school. While many of us think of school as a place to learn and socialize, families suffering food insecurity may see it as a place to eat. Many schools operate year-round to keep kids fed during the summer months.


Summer feeding


Dietitian Donna Martin, Director of Burke County School Nutrition Program in Atlanta has been working all summer with her staff of 50+ people, feeding roughly 4,000 students a day. “Food is either being picked up by families or being delivered by buses. While it’s been more difficult due to COVID19, the silver lining is that, food that was going to be used by restaurants has been d...


Jul
17
Dietitian-Approved Resources for Nutrition Information
By Anne Danahy MS RDN

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Consumers can’t seem to get enough nutrition information. Nearly every major news outlet, and most online magazines produce health and nutrition content. In addition, there are an estimated 500 million blogs on the internet, and many of them dole out food and nutrition advice daily.



Unfortunately, much of that content isn’t written by RDNs or nutrition professionals. Often, the writers have no formal nutrition training or research skills. In many cases, it’s produced on behalf of a company with a goal of selling their products. As a result, much nutrition information on the internet is biased and misleading, unclear, or in some cases, downright incorrect.



It’s no wo...


Jul
03
Summer Salads
By Lisa Andrews Med RD LD

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With temperatures rising, the last thing people want to endure is more heat, especially in their kitchens. Summer is the perfect ‘thyme’ to enjoy seasonal produce from your garden, farmer’s market or grocery. There’s plenty of creative meals that can be made from fresh produce and pantry staples.


In addition to keeping the heat down, research shows that plant-based diets reduce the incidence of certain cancers, diabetes, heart disease and obesity. 1 Plant-based proteins such as legumes, lentils, nuts/seeds and soy-based products are becoming more popular for their health benefits including fiber, heart-healthy fat and phytochemicals. 2 These protein sources are also ...