The Benefits of Plant-Based Diets

By Daphne Baldwin Kornrich, MS, RD

Plant-based diets 02Every year there seems to be a new diet that is going to help us get healthier. The Paleo diet, Raw Food diet, and Whole 30 are some recent examples. Another diet that is making headlines is the Plant-based diet. The good news is that consuming a plant-based eating plan is different from a diet and if embraced, may actually become a lifestyle change that promotes better health.

Much has been written and researched about the benefits of decreasing meats and processed foods. Increasing intake of minimally processed plant foods may help protect us from many diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and many inflammatory diseases.  Continue reading

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Benefits of Family Meals

By Erin McKenna, RDN, CDN

Family MealsEating dinner as a family and involving kids in the process provides many benefits. It has been shown that children who eat dinner with their families tend to be more confident, have higher test scores and better vocabulary.

Kids who eat dinner with their family also tend to eat more fruits and vegetables, and are less likely to become obese. It can be challenging to find the time to sit down and eat as a family. Here are some tips to make family meals quick, simple, delicious, and healthy. Continue reading

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The Gateway to Health – The Gut

By Janet Domke, RN BSN

gut-health-potocolHippocrates is quoted as saying “all disease begins in the gut”. In the past few years, gut health has been linked to autoimmune disease, brain/mental health, and of course gastrointestinal health.

When your gut is unhealthy it can cause more than just abdominal pain; gas; bloating/diarrhea. Because 60-80% of our immune system is located in our gut- gut imbalances can lead to hormone issues, autoimmune disease, diabetes, fibromyalgia, as well as skin issues like eczema and psoriasis. The bacteria in your gut can vary depending on multiple factors age, gender, diet, stress level, hygiene, medication use …just to name a few. Continue reading

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A Light Breakfast Recipe for Spring

blueberry omlette

Looking to lighten up your recipes to get ready for the warmer weather?

Here is a light and healthy recipe to get your day started that is both savory and sweet! Continue reading

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Fitness for the Family

By Erin McKenna, RDN, CDN

Family Fitness 02It is very beneficial to teach your children the importance of exercise early in life. This will help them develop a lifelong habit of physical activity. Physical activity is not only good for keeping them fit and energetic, but it also helps with focus and social skills.

Kids tend to take after and look up to their parents so it is important to show them that exercise is something you value as well! Here are some tips to make activity fun for the whole family. Continue reading

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Cold Weather Comfort

Comfort SoupDon’t let the cold weather be an excuse to eat poorly. During snowstorms and the chilly days of March it’s important to remember that comfort food doesn’t have to be unhealthy.

Soup is a great meal option in the winter. A hearty soup can keep you warm, healthy and full! Soup can be made in large quantities and frozen for a later date, making it an ideal meal to prep. One of our favorite soups is this Vegetable Soup (which was adapted from AboutFood.Com.  Enjoy! Continue reading

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Alkaline Diets and Alkaline Water

By Barbara Broggelwirth, RDN, CDN

Alkaline FoodsThere is a lot of hype lately regarding alkaline diets. The claim is that by following a diet high in alkaline foods and low in acidic foods you can neutralize your body’s pH and subsequently prevent chronic inflammation and disease. According to “Cure Today”, a non-evidence based website promoting alkaline diets,” cancer cells thrive in acidity but not in alkalinity”.  The truth is, cancer cells can’t live in an overly alkaline environment, but neither can any of the other cells in your body (1). Continue reading

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