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Caroline Hoffman, MS, RD, CDE

Caroline is a a Certified Diabetes Educator, ACE Personal Trainer and Certified Yoga Instructor. She is also one of Boston Heart's Lifestyle Coaches. "I love using my knowledge of nutrition and health to empower people to change their lives – just as it changed mine. Throughout my life, I was constantly rotating between the latest diet trends and fads. I never really enjoyed food. I was always struggling to eat normally, and always on a quest to maintain my weight and health. During this journey, I noticed firsthand how confusing all of the information out there was about health and nutrition. Ultimately, I chose to study nutrition to not only learn the truth for myself, but also to understand how to apply it in the real world. Now, I do just that by helping people to enjoy food again. Good food can taste good and modifying a diet can be a rewarding journey – not an uphill battle. I understand how hard it is to implement dietary changes, so I don’t believe in being judgmental. Instead, I am a warm and caring person. I strive to instill confidence in others by helping them establish reasonable and specific goals."

Recent Posts

Sowing Seeds of Nutrition

Posted by Caroline Hoffman, MS, RD, CDE on Jul 6, 2018 8:45:00 AM

Looking to establish a healthy diet that includes more plant-based protein, healthy fats, and fiber? Add seeds!  Seeds are tiny plant embryos that contain the food and nutrients needed to start the growth of a plant. This makes seeds a great source of a variety of nutrients like heart-healthy fats, protein, fiber and a number of essential vitamins and minerals.  Flax, chia, and hemp seeds are plant-based sources of heart-healthy omega-3 fats which may lower the risk of heart disease by reducing inflammation in the body.  Check out this guide to seeds to learn about their individual benefits and how to incorporate them into your diet.

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Topics: 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

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

Find your Zen—Common Types of Yoga and Tips for your First Class

Posted by Caroline Hoffman, MS, RD, CDE on Nov 10, 2017 1:07:00 PM

Yoga comes from a Sanskrit word often interpreted as “union.”  While it involves eight “limbs” or aspects, most people practicing today are engaged mainly in the physical practice of postures which act to provide physical strength and stamina required for meditation.  But, within this physical practice, yoga is unique in connecting movement and activity of the mind to the rhythm of the breath to direct attention inward.  The body becomes more flexible as does the mind. 

Looking to try yoga but unsure where to begin?  No special flexibility or ability is required as there are so many types and levels of yoga available.  I’ve outlined some of the more common types you may encounter so you can choose the type you may want to pursue. Do not be afraid to speak to the yoga studio ahead of time to find a level and style of class that works best for you.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Power Up with Plant Protein: Fresh Ideas for Eating Plant Based

Posted by Caroline Hoffman, MS, RD, CDE on Oct 13, 2017 8:48:00 AM

Not so long ago, you would not have been able to find items such as tofu, veggie burgers or plant-based milks on supermarket shelves. With a move toward plant-based eating, these products are now widely available. Why the shift? A growing body of research supporting the replacement of animal proteins with plant-based options for health has fueled this change.  Plant-based diets have been linked to lower risks of heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers.1 In addition, food sustainability benefits have also been well documented.2  

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Topics: Health and Wellness

What’s New about the New Nutrition Facts Food Label?

Posted by Caroline Hoffman, MS, RD, CDE on Sep 22, 2017 10:37:00 AM

As a nutritionist and a diabetes expert, I am very pleased that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is making a welcomed change to the nutrition facts label. Some companies have already started implementing the changes, so now is a good time to point out what’s new and improved on the label. I’ve highlighted some of the major changes below.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Time Saving Meal Solutions for a Busy Lifestyle

Posted by Caroline Hoffman, MS, RD, CDE on Aug 25, 2017 11:30:00 AM


For many adults, finding time to grocery shop, prepare meals and cook for a family can be daunting. You may not feel confident in your cooking skills, lack the time for meal planning and preparation, or just hate the idea of grocery shopping or cooking in general. Whether you are looking to eat healthier, or just want to save time there are some great options out there for you. 

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Diabetes – The Problem

Posted by Caroline Hoffman, MS, RD, CDE on Jun 15, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Right now there is a national effort to prevent type 2 diabetes. Diabetes in the U.S has been increasing throughout the decades and is expected to continue increasing significantly. 29 million people have type 2 diabetes—that’s 1 out of 11 people.1

Even more concerning is that 86 million U.S adults have prediabetes, and 9 out of 10 of them don’t know they do. It’s clear that this is a big challenge we are facing, and without weight loss and moderate physical activity, 15-30% of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years.1

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

Mind Over Matter – The Key to Lasting Change

Posted by Caroline Hoffman, MS, RD, CDE on Jan 3, 2017 8:00:00 AM

In my work with people to help them learn about healthy foods and eating, it is clear that the focus on behavior change extends well beyond the food.  Yes, learning about food labels, nutrients, and meal planning is key, but implementing behavior change is often the struggle.  The expression “mind over matter” really is true as many of us know what to do, we just cannot seem to do it. 

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Topics: Health and Wellness

How to Reduce Your Sugar Intake [Infographic]

Posted by Caroline Hoffman, MS, RD, CDE on Sep 15, 2016 11:14:00 AM

Recent headlines suggest the sugar industry may have influenced researchers to publish articles to minimize the effects of sugar on heart health and instead, shift the attention to saturated fat as the culprit for heart disease1.  Today, the scientific industry is looking more closely at sugar, in fact, in January the U.S. Dietary Guidelines were released with a new recommendation to consume less than 10% of your calories from added sugars.    So what do these guidelines mean for your diet and how can you reduce your sugar intake?

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Topics: Health and Wellness, Clinical and Science