Joi Gleason, RD, LDN, CHWC

I love walking on beaches, gardening, playing tennis, cycling, and cooking. I’m always looking for healthy AND delicious recipes to test or improve upon. Joi has over 20 years of experience as a registered dietician; she enjoys helping people make healthy choices. • Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist • Former senior research dietitian at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University • Certified Health & Wellness Coach (2015) • ACSM Certified Health & Fitness Instructor
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Recent Posts

Ditch the Quick Fix Diet And Set Yourself Up for Success

Posted by Joi Gleason, RD, LDN, CHWC on Jun 30, 2016 11:32:00 AM

“Lose 10 pounds in 10 days!” Wow, that sounds amazing!  Who wouldn’t want to try that? Practically everyone could restrict their calories for 10 days.  But, the plain truth is that the very low calorie approach needed to achieve this type of rapid weight loss is difficult to maintain for very long and might be unhealthy.  Also, the weight that you lose is mostly water along with a mix of your precious lean tissue (muscles) and some body fat.  Then, after you suffer through the 10 days, you return to your previous way of eating only to quickly gain back the ten pounds and possibly more. 

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Redefining “Healthy” – A Welcome Change for Nutrition Labels

Posted by Joi Gleason, RD, LDN, CHWC on May 19, 2016 11:28:00 AM

When choosing foods, what does the word “healthy” on the label mean to you?  Last week the Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) labeling rules and regulations were in the news because of new thinking about an outdated definition for the food label claim, “healthy.”  In the 1990s when “healthy” was defined, it was mostly based on a food being low in fat – regardless of the type of fat. At the time, the amount of sugar wasn’t even considered!   

Fast forward twenty years and we now know much more about nutrition and what makes a food healthy or not healthy.  At the same time, food label claims are becoming more and more important, because people are seeking and choosing products that will have positive health benefits. Current food package definitions including “healthy” are often misleading to consumers and persuade them to make unhealthy choices. The fact that the FDA will be rethinking their modern definition of healthy is welcome news. In addition, proposals to improve the nutrition facts panel include making the serving size and calorie information more prominent and providing the gram amounts per serving for added sugars. While the FDA is working to redefine healthy, here are some quick and easy tips you can use to make healthy choices.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

How Important is Exercise to Your Overall Health?

Posted by Joi Gleason, RD, LDN, CHWC on May 5, 2016 11:28:00 AM

Recently, I read a blog suggesting that exercise isn’t as important for weight loss as a healthy diet. I can’t argue the fact that a healthy diet, with just enough calories and a good balance of carbohydrates, proteins and fats is important if you are trying to lose weight.  However, if you think you can skip your workout because you eat healthy, think again!

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Topics: Health and Wellness

5 Facts About Dietary Cholesterol

Posted by Joi Gleason, RD, LDN, CHWC on Feb 25, 2016 11:25:00 AM

After years of avoiding steak, eggs and ice cream as part your quest for maintaining good cholesterol levels, now you are finding yourself ready to indulge.  Are the new guidelines too good to be true?  Consider these 5 undisputable facts before you add more butter to your bread.

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Topics: Health and Wellness, Clinical and Science

Is Full-Fat Dairy Better or Worse than Low-Fat Dairy?

Posted by Joi Gleason, RD, LDN, CHWC on Dec 10, 2015 6:00:00 AM


I grew up next to a dairy farm in the Midwest and I admit to loving all creamy, full-fat dairy products—milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream—you name it! You might be like me and feel full-fat dairy is a more rich and flavorful choice versus low-fat or non-fat varieties, but is it a healthier choice? 

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Topics: Health and Wellness