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Dawn Heeke, RD, LD

Bachelor of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics- Texas Christian University Specialties: Cardiovascular Disease, Adult Weight Management, Diabetes Prevention, Motivational Interviewing About Me : I live with my husband of 26 years who loves to walk through cities and parks as much as I do. Together we have two daughters who are both away at college. My interest in health was influenced by my mother who, in the late 70’s, was told to reduce the white starches and sugars to ease her arthritis pain. Eager for less pain, she immediately changed foods she brought into the home and tweaked our family recipes. The adjustment was difficult at first but it wasn’t long before it was “normal” for me to eat fruit instead of candy, brown rice instead of white rice, and nuts instead of chips. And, yes, my mom swears her arthritis pain significantly decreased. Years went by with not much thought about how I ate until I went to college and was reintroduced to all “the whites”. I noticed they didn’t make me feel good and I started gaining weight. That is when the light bulb went off in my head that food can make a huge difference in a person’s wellbeing! I decided then to make the study of nutrition my career and combined it with my desire to help others. I am here to listen to you and support you with your health goals. Make an appointment today and we can talk about where you are at, your challenges, and come up with a plan for success! Fun Facts: I have a Manx cat the size of a small dog that plays fetch! Favorite Quotes: “Treat others as you wish to be treated” and “Take time to smell the roses”.

Recent Posts

How to Choose the Best Nut Butter without Going Nuts!

Posted by Dawn Heeke, RD, LD on Nov 3, 2017 9:37:00 AM

It seems like every day more and more nut butters are filling up the grocery store shelves, and selecting the healthiest option can be quite confusing. Compared to many other convenient foods, most nut butters are nutritious. Although some are better than others, all nut butters range from good to excellent sources of healthy fats, protein, fiber, copper, magnesium, chromium, manganese, zinc, some B vitamins, some fat soluble vitamins, and phytochemicals. In fact, eating 1-2 tablespoons of nut butter at least four times per week may lower your risk of coronary heart disease by 35% according to a pooled analysis of four U.S. epidemiological studies.1

Here’s my personal criteria that you can follow to choose the best nut butters on the market and reduce your risk for heart disease.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Keeping up with your Health Goals While on Vacation

Posted by Dawn Heeke, RD, LD on Jul 28, 2017 11:12:00 AM

You have been eating healthier and exercising regularly the past six weeks. It took a while to get started, but you did and you’re feeling comfortable, in a routine, and reaping the rewards. You feel better than you have in a long time when….BOOM!  It’s time to go on vacation and you are worried about getting off track.  Does this sound familiar?  If so, worry no more and consider these tips for success.

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Topics: Health and Wellness