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Breakfast – the most important meal of the day, so they say.  In truth, eating at regular intervals throughout the day is vital to maintaining high energy levels and getting the nutrients our bodies need, but what is it about this first meal of the day that makes it so valuable?  And why should we…Read More

Fiber, the indigestible part of plant foods that pushes through the digestive system, promotes regularity and the elimination of waste from our bodies. Also, fiber promotes healthy blood cholesterol and glucose levels. Fiber and kids While recommendations for fiber intake, and their benefits, are often touted for adults, fiber is equally important for children and…Read More

Summer Travel Nutrition

Summer break can sometimes translate into a break from healthy eating.  This year, don’t let your summer break and summer travel schedule disrupt your healthy eating habits.  Whether you are taking a camping trip, a beach trip, a road trip, or any other kind of trip, you can take your health-conscious habits with you and…Read More

Many of us can relate to the feeling of abdominal discomfort caused by bloating, but what causes that distended sensation and what can help relieve it?  It turns out, there are some typical culprits for feelings of gassiness, bloating and constipation. With the obvious being certain types of foods.  Difficult to digest foods such as…Read More

If you are making changes in your daily meal plan to include more fiber and reach  25 grams per day, there’s no better time than summer to make it happen.  Even summer picnics and celebrations offer opportunity to include more fiber-filled foods in the form of fruits and vegetables.  Here are a few tips and…Read More

“Spring” into Fiber

Looking forward to summer’s harvest? Don’t overlook the fresh and flavorful spring crops. Loaded with nutrition – fiber included – spring crops boast leafy greens, their cruciferous cousins, and overwintered root vegetables among other things. Spring into these early season vegetables and get warmed up for summer’s wholesome treats that are just around the corner.

The Best Fiber Bars

Stroll the aisles of any store and you are sure to feel overwhelmed by the quantity and variety of “healthy food” bars.  Many bars are marketed as healthy snack or meal replacement products. Fiber bars, in particular, are highlighted as supplements to healthy diets. However, while their nutrition fact labels may indicate a boost of…Read More

It seems like many of my clients have heard the phrase “Fiber helps lower cholesterol,” but when asked, “Do you know how?” I’m answered with blank stares! In my practice, many adults seek my nutrition advice for a primary diagnosis such as weight management or a gastrointestinal or endocrine disorder, and then casually mention blood…Read More

Make it a Meal

Mealtimes are a priority for many families, and also not easy to execute. Work, school, and activity schedules are frequent barriers to consistent meals. At the same time, even at just an average of twenty minutes in length, the benefits of family meals are considerable. Consider these five basic plans to make shared meals a…Read More

If you are healthy, active and energetic, but live with chronic constipation, you may not need to look any further than your local grocery for a realistic solution.  Food – plant foods in particular – can be a safe and effective solution for constipation.   Fiber is medicine What is it about plant foods that…Read More