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Tips to Avoid Mindless Eating

Posted by Jan Kulikowski RD, MA, LDN on Apr 13, 2018 6:50:00 AM

We live in a world of haste and instant access, and eating is no exception. Whether we are texting, driving or watching TV, we tend to multi-task while eating or snacking. Mindless eating traps are plentiful and food is around every corner. In fact, it is estimated that we make about 200 decisions a day about the foods we eat and drink. It might be time to hit the pause button and reap the benefits of eating mindfully. 

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Why You Should Incorporate Swimming Into Your Fitness Routine

Posted by Barbara Casaceli RDN, LDN on Apr 6, 2018 8:41:49 AM

National guidelines for a healthy heart suggest getting at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week.  Swimming is a great way to incorporate both strength building and aerobic activity into your fitness routine while going easy on the joints.  April is adult learn to swim month, and a great time to learn about the benefits of swimming and how to get started.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

How "Diabetes Reversal" Works

Posted by Michael Dansinger, MD on Mar 27, 2018 9:21:00 AM

Do you have type 2 diabetes? Perhaps you’re at risk for it, or someone you care about has type 2 diabetes. Approximately 12% of adults have type 2 diabetes, including approximately 25% of individuals over age 65 years.1 Diabetes is a leading killer throughout the United States, and is on the rise.

But there is good news—type 2 diabetes is reversible. Although it is not currently curable, many individuals have achieved remission or near-remission of their diabetes, meaning that their blood sugar levels are normal or nearly normal without diabetes medication.2, 3  “Diabetes Reversal” is the process of working toward remission or as close to remission as possible. So, how does diabetes reversal work?

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Topics: About Stroke, Diabetes and CVD, Health and Wellness

How to Cut Carbs the Healthy Way

Posted by Caroline Hoffman, MS, RD, CDE on Mar 9, 2018 9:28:02 AM

Replacing traditional, refined carbs such as white breads, rice, pasta and potatoes with non-starchy vegetables not only cuts calories and processed foods out of the diet, but it is also a great way to sneak in extra vegetables. Best of all, you will add fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals in the process. Here are some ways to swap your favorite refined carbs with vegetables.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Make Way for Meatless March

Posted by Joi Gleason, RD, LDN, CHWC on Feb 23, 2018 8:37:00 AM

Going entirely plant-based or vegan for health is becoming more and more popular.  If you are looking into testing out a plant-based diet, think about giving it a try this March. Similar to Meatless Mondays, the Meatless March movement is taking off. The idea is that during the whole month of March, you shift temporarily to an entirely plant-based diet for 31 days.  That’s correct—no meat, poultry, lamb, game, eggs, fish, shellfish or dairy products of any kind.  This can be a challenge, but also a great learning experience.  You might even notice that you feel differently.  People who have switched to plant-based eating claim the following benefits: clothes fitting better, more energy, better sleep, fewer cravings, and feeling healthier. Those are all good reasons to make the No Meat March pledge today. Read on to find helpful resources for your meatless month.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Five Steps to End a Smoking Habit

Posted by Caitlin Quinn Dunn, MS, RD, LDN on Feb 16, 2018 10:37:00 AM

Heart disease is a largely preventable disease because many of the risk factors such as obesity, unhealthy eating habits, and lack of physical activity are within a person’s power to change.  Another controllable risk factor for heart disease is smoking.  If you are considering becoming a non-smoker, keep reading below for helpful ways to get started.

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Topics: About Stroke, Diabetes and CVD, Health and Wellness

Boston Heart Coaches' Corner—The Heart of the Matter [infographic]

Posted by Caroline Hoffman, MS, RD, CDE on Feb 2, 2018 9:31:00 AM

February is American Heart Month. Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States? While you cannot control some risk factors such as age, gender, and family history, there are risk factors that you may have control over. And, if you have known heart disease, you can lower your risk of having another event by taking action. Check out this [infographic] to learn about some risk factors that you may be able to control.

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Topics: Health and Wellness, Coaches Corner

Sleep Deprivation and Its Link to Obesity and Metabolic Disorders

Posted by Hari Nair, PhD on Jan 26, 2018 11:03:00 AM

Losing sleep over sleep deprivation? On average, Americans live for approximately 75 years, of which they spend about 25 years sleeping. There is perhaps no other single activity that preoccupies a human life as much as sleep does.

Sleep is a universal trait in the animal kingdom and is likely an evolutionary survival tool. It is speculated that sleep offers adaptive inactivity to ensure that species are not active and exposed to predators when they are most vulnerable. Other theories include energy conservation theory, restorative theory (time for the brain to repair itself) and brain plasticity theory (sleep correlated to bodily changes such as growing children needing more sleep than grown adults). Although there is no consistent empirical data to pin any of these theories to the evolutionary purpose of sleep, biological truth about the purpose of sleep is likely hidden among all of these theories. What we do know, is that sleep is not, however, a state of unconsciousness as envisioned in the early days, but is a highly metabolically active state.

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Topics: About Stroke, Diabetes and CVD, Health and Wellness, Clinical and Science

Five Tips for Getting Back on Track after the Holidays

Posted by Caitlin Quinn Dunn, MS, RD, LDN on Jan 12, 2018 9:32:00 AM

Even with motivating goals and the best of intentions, keeping up with your healthy eating and exercise routine over the holidays is hard.  With all the parties come foods and drinks you wouldn’t normally have around, not to mention limited time to fit in your exercise routine.  If you feel you’ve gotten off track this last month, don’t worry!  Check out these five tips for getting back on track after the holidays.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Boston Heart Coaches' Corner—Make your New Year's Goals 'SMART' [info-graphic]

Posted by Caitlin Quinn Dunn, MS, RD, LDN on Jan 5, 2018 10:50:00 AM

It’s the New Year, and you may be thinking about making some changes to improve your health and wellbeing. Check out this [info-graphic] to help you achieve your goals this year by making them SMART. 

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Topics: Health and Wellness, Coaches Corner