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Taming the School Lunch Beast

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Taming the School Lunch Beast

Back-to-school season conjures up awesome memories of my sisters and me buying our school supplies that—of course—had to be color coordinated to our folders (Trapper Keepers) and notebooks. Do kids do that anymore? Anyway, back to school also means back to structured schedules, hurried mornings, and school lunches.

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Mythbuster: The Buzz on Breakfast

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Mythbuster: The Buzz on Breakfast

There is some debate on the power of breakfast to boost metabolism and/or promote weight loss. There is more evidence in support of breakfast to help us burn calories throughout the day. Researchers have found that people who eat breakfast do tend to be thinner than those who don’t. When looking at the most successful weight loss stories and those individuals who maintain their weights, one common factor seems to be that they eat breakfast.

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Power Up with Breakfast

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Power Up with Breakfast

Whether it is a simple piece of toast spread with jam or a more elaborate plate of French toast with a side of eggs and bacon, breakfast is bread’s domain. From bagels and English muffins to an evenly toasted piece of your favorite bread, whole grains have long been a staple of the meal our mothers are always telling us is most important

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MythBuster: Is Bread Empty Calories?

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MythBuster: Is Bread Empty Calories?

If you think carbs are all wasted calories and bad for you, think again. Here is just one more reason to love bread, as if its deliciousness weren’t enough. Australian scientists found that the fiber in bread, cereals, and fruits helped people avoid disease and disability in old age. Their findings have been published in the Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences.

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Buns, Bums, and Barbeques

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Buns, Bums, and Barbeques

Summer brings on a welcome array of fresh flavors and foods to savor. After all, it is grilling season and who doesn’t love warm weather and a BBQ? To enjoy family and friends while firing up the grill in the back yard and eating outdoors without worrying about your weight, follow some simple rules for smart eating during summer gatherings. 

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Mythbuster: Get the Facts on Carbs

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Mythbuster: Get the Facts on Carbs

Carbohydrates always seem to get a negative reputation. There are so many common misconceptions about carbohydrates, and it can be hard to keep in mind that carbs are good for us as part of a nutritious and balanced diet. To that end, I’ve gathered some common myths about carbohydrates that I hear all the time.

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Living Healthy While on the Road This Summer

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Living Healthy While on the Road This Summer

Whatever your destination or mode of travel, it’s challenging to eat well while on the road. Inhibitions go down, routines are broken, the schedule is out the window, food options are limited, and then there are those wait times that make us eat mindlessly. 

So how do we stay on course with a nutritious diet while hitting the road?

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Grains and Brains

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Grains and Brains

A lifestyle of healthy eating isn’t just good for your body; it’s also essential for good brain function. Some fad diets may warn against grains and carbohydrates, but it’s important to remember that grains are a source of protein, vitamin B2, and zinc.

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Grains and Women's Wellness

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Grains and Women's Wellness

A woman’s nutritional needs change as she ages, and it’s important to know where grains and fiber fit into these evolving dietary requirements so she can stay healthy mentally and physically. 

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Thoughts of a “Sandwich Child”

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Thoughts of a “Sandwich Child”

I have three older siblings and one younger sibling, and all of us were home-schooled. My dad worked nights most of the time. My mom worked from home, on top of home-schooling each of us. Throw in all the extracurricular activities and needless to say, life was hectic. My name is Kevin Fodrey, and I was a sandwich child.

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Mythbuster: Diabetes and Carbs

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Mythbuster: Diabetes and Carbs

I understand someone wanting to get their blood sugar and diabetes under control and even prevent diabetes. I am all for it, and part of my job is helping people attain those self-management skills for long-term blood sugar and weight control for good health. However, food and carbs are not the enemy.

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Why You Should Dress Up and Other Tips for Eating Out

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Why You Should Dress Up and Other Tips for Eating Out

A study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2016 found that 92 percent of restaurant meals exceed the recommended calorie requirements for a meal. In some instances the calories in one meal exceeded the recommended intake for a whole day. Does this mean we stop eating out?

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Grains are good for you

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Grains are good for you

Carbohydrates are good for your brain! There is no better source of carbs than grains, and breads, tortillas, rolls, and buns don’t make up nearly the daily caloric intake that they get blamed for. So don’t buy into the fad of low-carb diets.

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Toddler Nutrition

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Toddler Nutrition

I have found nutrition for children of all ages fascinating, even before kids were on my radar. Nutrition is one way we can possibly alter the course of our genetic predisposition—maybe even prevent a condition—and hopefully have a great impact on our wellness and that of others. Life is full of uncertainties, especially when it comes to our health, but we normally have control over what we eat. So now that I am a mom, I see even more the significance of setting a good example and nourishing this little person as best I can. It’s both a gift and a huge responsibility.

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Mythbuster: Fitness Nutrition

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Mythbuster: Fitness Nutrition

What you eat before and after a workout can be just as important as the workout itself. Without the proper pre- and post- nutrition, you may be inadvertently sabotaging your fitness efforts by not allowing your body to work to its fullest potential with the proper fuel. So get the most out of your workouts with these tips on when and what to eat

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Mythbuster: Is All Fiber Created Equal?

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Mythbuster: Is All Fiber Created Equal?

As more definitions and categories for fiber emerge, it is getting confusing for us to know what to eat and what actually counts toward to our daily fiber intake. Most of us are familiar with fiber being either soluble or insoluble, but we can never seem to remember the differences between the two. The important thing to note is that both are good for you.

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Bread and Folic Acid: A Superstar in Baby Building

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Bread and Folic Acid: A Superstar in Baby Building

Pregnancy is an exciting time! So much is up in the air and out of your control, but nutrition shouldn’t be. We all need to maintain good nutrition throughout our entire life cycle, but nutrition is especially impactful during preconception and pregnancy. 

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