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Karla Guffey, MS, RD, LD, CDE, BC-ADM, CLS

For over 10 years, I have been working with patients to help them achieve their goal of becoming a healthier person. My interest and passion for health and wellness began in high school. I decided to pursue a career in nutrition after my father was diagnosed with heart disease and underwent coronary artery bypass at a young age. After earning my degree in nutrition from Texas A&M University, I started working in a diabetes clinic while working toward my Master’s degree in nutrition at Stephen F. Austin State University. Because of my love of treating patients with diabetes, I became a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) and then pursued a Board Certification in Advanced Diabetes Management (BC-ADM). In 2014, I reached one of my long-term career goals by becoming a Clinical Lipid Specialist (CLS). In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, running, rescuing dogs and spending time with my husband, daughter and dogs. Fun Fact: I am a devout Texas A&M Aggie Football fan. I never miss game day! Gig ‘Em! Inspirational Quote: “Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.” –Winston Churchill

Recent Posts

Clean Meat vs. Mystery Meat

Posted by Karla Guffey, MS, RD, LD, CDE, BC-ADM, CLS on Dec 15, 2017 10:24:00 AM

Not all meats are created equal, and often we choose to avoid answering questions like; “What exactly is in those chicken nuggets I had for lunch?” The problem in not answering these types of questions is that these so called “mystery meats” have multiple ingredients that have been linked to chronic diseases such as heart disease and certain cancers.  It’s time to have those often unasked questions answered, and learn tools to make healthy swaps from “mystery” to “clean” meats.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Fighting Food Guilt

Posted by Karla Guffey, MS, RD, LD, CDE, BC-ADM, CLS on Aug 4, 2017 9:07:00 AM

Have you ever been derailed by cheating on your diet or healthy eating plan?  Have the feelings of guilt overwhelmed you? If so, you are not alone. It’s easy to fall into a love-hate relationship with food. We are constantly inundated with information about food—trends, cures, and risks. So when you do go astray, you may find yourself overcome with guilt. This mindset is often referred to as “food guilt.”  To a certain extent, some food guilt is normal, but when it consumes your thoughts it can lead to disordered eating patterns.  Here are a few techniques to fight food guilt.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

7 Tips for Sticking to Your Diet During the Holiday Season

Posted by Karla Guffey, MS, RD, LD, CDE, BC-ADM, CLS on Dec 22, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Why are the holidays such a struggle to maintain our weight?  The season provides an overabundance of high-fat, high-calorie foods, and drinks in large portions.  In fact, the traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey, stuffing, casseroles and desserts typically provides about 3000 calories in one sitting.  In addition to excessive portion sizes of high-calorie foods, we tend to decrease our physical activity and put ourselves in highly emotional or stressful situations.  Did you know that the average American gains about 1 pound from Thanksgiving to New Years?1  This may not seem significant, but the weight is usually not lost over the next year and can add up over time.1  So how can we make this year healthier than years past? 

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Topics: Health and Wellness