5 Reasons Why You Should Be Taking Folate

5 Reasons Why You Should Be Taking Folate

If you are a woman of child-bearing age, this post is for you. Not just for those who are currently pregnant or breastfeeding. A common misconception is that you don’t need to worry about folate until you are actually pregnant. Not true! Even if you are only at the point of knowing that you want to one day have children, this is something you should be thinking about.

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Research Review: Menu Labeling Use

Research Review: Menu Labeling Use

You may have already been aware that restaurants that have 20 or more locations nationwide must make calorie information available to customers...Since the information has been made available to people, various studies have been done to observe whether or not it has made a difference. There is somewhat conflicting evidence on whether people actually consume fewer calories, or whether it could help impact obesity rates....That last part is the heart of the public health concern – how are we impacting obesity rates. Especially since low-income and minority populations carry a higher burden when it comes to obesity – an inherent health disparity. Enter the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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Research Review: Snacking

Research Review: Snacking

As a dietitian, I really value good research. We all eat, thus we all fancy ourselves experts at eating. Everyone has an opinion. Could it really be all relative, as the media may have you believe? As part of my blog, I want to bring you in-depth look at some recent research (i.e. more than the media soundbite), and help you understand how it may impact you. I hope you enjoy!

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5 Tips for Easier (and Healthier!) Mornings {Repost}

5 Tips for Easier (and Healthier!) Mornings {Repost}

Can you believe it’s September already?! Where did the summer go? Whether you’re sending your kids back to school (or going back yourself), or just saying goodbye to those lazy days of summer, it’s likely time for a new routine. Some people are morning people, and getting going isn’t difficult thing. But for the rest of us, a few tips on how to make mornings a little easier.

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The Benefits of Plants

The Benefits of Plants

I live in the Mid-West, now, which means that I'm about to tackle a topic that can ruffle a few feathers here in the heart of the dairy and beef industries... the plant-based diet... Essentially we've flirted with vegetarian and vegan diets as friends have invited us to the challenge. I embrace challenges like this. My husband endures them with me :) ... But we both agreed that a meal didn't have to have meat in it to be enjoyable. The experience caused us to reduce our reliance on meat pretty significantly, and got my culinary creative juices flowing with new recipes options and adventures.

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No More Low Fat {Guest Post}

No More Low Fat {Guest Post}

Does “fat make you fat”? The low-fat trend took root in the late 1980s and since then, low-fat has been an eye-catching marketing technique used by food companies to lure in consumers. Recently, fat is back in fashion, and the health food industry is embracing fat as an essential part of a healthful diet.

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