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Food Choices for Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

Bicycle, frog, yellow (we’ll get back to these words later) What is dementia? According to the World Health Organization, dementia is a syndrome – usually of a chronic or progressive nature – that leads to deterioration in the ability to process thought beyond what might be expected from the usual consequences of biological aging. It…

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Our clocks have sprung ahead one hour, and we are enjoying more sunlight at the end of the day. Spring flowers are beginning to poke through the ground and brighten our surroundings. This is a great time to consider planting an indoor herb garden. The ideal setting for an indoor garden is your kitchen. To…

February is Heart Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control, heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death in the United States for men, women, and members of most racial and ethnic groups. These deaths can be prevented through small changes in health habits, such as stopping smoking, being physically active every day, and eating a…

Healthy Resolutions for 2022

Will 2022 be the year when you choose to modify your lifestyle choices? What is the best approach to make healthy choices and maintain them in your daily life? This is a challenge we all face. We are bombarded with health information on social media, popular media, and among our social circles. As the new…

Health and the Holidays

What would the holidays be without our favorite family recipes and memories of the aroma of meals being prepared for our greater families? As we make preparations for this holiday season, here are a few tips to take care of your health AND enjoy the holidays. The New England Journal of Medicine published a study…

Should people who have diabetes avoid all grains and grain food?

This is a question we struggle with. Popular media has villainized all grains. Let’s start by identifying the difference between refined grains and whole grains. Whole grains are just as they sound. The anatomy of a whole grain includes the bran (outer layer of the grain), the germ (contains B vitamins, vitamin E, phytonutrients, antioxidants,…

Diabetes Risk Factors

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 34.2 million people have diabetes. Half of these people are not aware they have diabetes. Type 2 diabetes accounts for approximately 90-95% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. A fasting blood sugar of 126mg/dl or higher or a Hemoglobin A1C test result of 6.5% or higher indicates you…

How Sweet It Is

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition which affects the way your body processes glucose or blood sugar. A common question I receive from patients is related to sugar and sugar substitutes. It is important to remember that we need to consider total carbohydrate intake, as carbohydrates break down and form glucose in the human…

Naturally Sweetened Cranberry Sauce

Recipe source: cookieandkate.com Yield:  2 cups Nutrition information (1/4 cup serving size):  82 calories, 22 grams carbohydrate   Ingredients 12 ounces (1 bag) fresh cranberries ½ cup honey or maple syrup ½ cup water Zest of 1 medium orange (about 1 teaspoon) Optional add-ins: ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon and/or ¼ cup fresh orange juice   Instructions First, rinse the cranberries well and…

Healthy Pumpkin Muffin Recipe

The air is crisp, the leaves are changing – it’s a perfect time to turn your oven on and bake some healthy and delicious pumpkin muffins. Recipe source: wellplated.com Yield: 12 muffins Nutrition information (per muffin): 147 calories, 27 grams carbohydrate, 3 grams fiber, 3 grams fat   Ingredients 2 tablespoons canola oil 1/2 cup…

Malnutrition Awareness Week is October 4 through October 8, 2021

What is malnutrition? Malnutrition is the failure to achieve nutrient requirements which can impair physical and/or mental health. It may result from consuming too little food or from a shortage or imbalance of key nutrients. We typically associate malnutrition with undernutrition. This occurs when an individual is not able to meet their calorie or protein…

Waldorf Salad Recipe

It’s apple picking season again, so we thought it was only fitting to share this healthy and delicious recipe from Barbara Canuel, our Registered Dietitian.   Waldorf Salad   2 large apples, chopped into small chunks   Add apples to large bowl with: ½ cup walnuts 1 celery rib, sliced 1/4 cup raisins   Sprinkle…