Adopting the Homeodynamic Recovery Method: Why Eating Disorder Professionals Should Stop Fearing Weight Gain by:Maria Pellegrini - Eating disorders are the deadliest mental illness you could have.1 While most sufferers die from health complications, suicide is the second greatest cause of death.1 With such high mortality rates, you might suppose there is a very robust campaign fighting against eating disorders. Current treatment methods support a 13% remission rate lasting at least one…
GMO FOODS: WHY DON’T WE TRUST THE SCIENCE?? by:Louise Moore - Close your eyes and imagine, if you will, a world without vaccines or antibiotics.  Some of us would be permanently disabled if we had survived bacterial meningitis.  Or some of us would be living our life in an iron lung from the paralysis of polio.  Many of us would have died as children from a…
Trends and Issues in Nutrition and Global Food Systems by:Laura Serafino - People these days are on all sorts of health food kicks, and trends that they believe will make them either lose weight or be healthier.  Trends and diets from, keto, paleo, vegetarian, low carb, intermittent fasting and many more.  With all these trends, many products can be made to fit these diets for different people. …
Why We Need Menu Calorie Labeling Now by: Julie Westbrook - The science on menu calorie labeling may seem shaky, but our need for them isn’t. Ask yourself how many calories are staring back at you when you’re ordering off a menu. If you’re like many Americans, you’ll be way under, by up to 500 calories under.1 With more Americans eating out more,2 making the dining…
Childhood obesity impacting their emotional health? by:Deborah McWilliams - We may think that when a child is obese or overweight, it does not have any contribution towards their emotional health. People may think that they are not having any problems are school, home or among peers. Children who are overweight/obese are getting bullied, teased, having rude things among them. When a child goes through…
The Ketogenic Diet As Treatment For Epilepsy by:Brian Williamson - In 1921 Dr. Russell Wilder developed the Ketogenic Diet (KD) as a specific diet designed to imitate starvation in patients, but without the actual starvation1.  He developed the KD based upon a couple of things.  The first spark of inspiration came from his observations that long-term fasting (or starvation) reduced seizure frequency and intensity.  The…
Keep It Positive! by:Mary Ellen Yep - Before an Olympic swim meet, Michael Phelps wears headphones. An average joe would assume he’s listening to pump up music but is mistaken. Michael Phelps listens to positive self-talk before his competitive swim. Sport Psychologists train Olympians and competitive athletes to use positive self-talk; it increases their mental toughness, ability to set and achieve goals,…
The clear skin diet by: Candace Nelson -           Radiant skin | Creative commons license Your skin is what you eat. For smooth, clear, radiant skin, your first stop should be the nutritionist’s office – not the dermatologist’s. If you show up at a dermatologist’s office with a flushed appearance characteristic of rosacea or with signs of acne (such…
WHAT IF NUTRITION COULD TREAT MENTAL ILLNESS? by: Justin Gatti - Most people understand that if you have heart disease you should not be chowing down on greasy, cheesy, fried foods like grilled cheese sandwiches and fries. Yet, if you have a mental health problem (rather than a cardiovascular one), many people are not aware that they may require special diets to support their recovery from…
Benefits of Breastfeeding for Women and Children by:Jasmine Sapp - Did you know that in this present day in time that childhood nutrition is a global issue? Good nutrition ensures that children a have a healthy start in life. Thus, contributing to proper growth and development. Adequate also nutrition plays a role in lowering the risks of developing infections and life-threatening illnesses.1 The power of…
Generation XXXL by:Mollie Bartles - We all know obesity has become a major problem in the United States, but did you know there is an alarming number of adolescents whom are obese?1 Obesity is not the only problem, there are chronic diseases that follow, such as cancer and type 2 diabetes. With proper nutrition and educational interventions, adolescent obesity and…
The Importance of Supplements When Dieting by: Sean Cairns - Current studies show that almost 75% of adults are overweight!1 There are a lot of contributing factors like bad diet, not getting enough exercise, and more conveniences that allow us to move less on a daily basis. As we get older, and the combination of these factors catch up with us, we tend to turn…
A Look Back: Where the Weight Came From by:Whitney Huff - Today it seems like everyone has access to some sort of media, online or in print. Kids especially have access to almost everything since they have tablets and phones that have access to the Internet. Have you noticed how many kids that is? Virtually all children between the ages of two and eighteen have some…
Lower level of Vitamin D is linked to a higher risk of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus by: Preetinder Wilkhu - The occurrence of diabetes has increased substantially over the past decades. According to the American Diabetes Association, in the year 2015, 30.3 million Americans had diabetes which is an increase from 29.1 million in 2012 and the cost of diagnosed diabetes in year 2013 was $245 billion.7 Various strategies have been developed to address prevention…
EBT supported purchases should not include sugar-sweetened beverages by: Cassie Emerson - Introduction Americans who find themselves in hard times can utilize governmental assistance programs to receive benefits supplied on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. Funding is placed on these cards, and in turn they can be used to purchase items at places like a grocery store. These purchases; however, are not always in the best…
Childhood Obesity…..Is Sugar to blame? by: Julie Hiller - Childhood obesity rates have mirrored rates of sugar consumption rates over past years. Sugar Stats Sugar has been a public health concern for quite some time.  Why? Sugar has the potential ability to dilute or replace dietary nutrients.1 This has lead many to believe that sugar is one of the contributors to childhood obesity.1 How…
Nutrition Facts Label –A Long Awaited Update by:Debbie Safra - On any given day, one can walk down a grocery store aisle and spot someone scrutinizing over a nutrition facts label wondering if the product they are about to purchase is what the label is touting. The answer is yes, and the nutrition facts label on the back of food package is about to get…
Ketogenic/Low Carb Diet by:Rebecca Modesitt - If you’ve not been living under a rock the past few years then you have likely heard about the ketogenic diet or other low carbohydrate diets. Currently, these diets that specifically eliminate a food group are gaining popularity. So what is this diet? The ketogenic diet, often referred to as the “Keto Diet” is a…
Compete + Repeat = Deplete Educating NCAA DIII Student-Athletes about the importance of “EAT-ing” by: Lyndie Kelley - The Low-Down on Being an NCAA DIII Student-Athlete… If you have ever tuned into ESPN to watch College Game Day on a Saturday or enjoyed a marque March Madness match up, you know about the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA). The NCAA governs all rules and regulations surrounding athletic competition across three divisions of play:…
One Diet to Rule Them All by: Crystal Dicken - Imagine a night out where you out to eat at a new restaurant. You look at the menu and notice different food options such as gluten free, vegan, vegetarian and more. The same experience can be had at the grocery store with an egregious amount of food labeling that try to lure in those who want to live and eat healthier.…
Food or Fluid? by:Katrina Lobs - Imagine you get a call from the nursing home dietitian stating your mother or father has lost weight. You would hope that the dietitian has a good way to help your loved one gain back the lost weight, right?  Would you prefer your parent to receive a small liquid supplement that is proven to aid…
Why Health Care Professionals and Policy Makers Need Social Media by: Megan Thompson - Open your Facebook. Scroll through your News Feed. There’s a pretty good chance you can look at the variety of posts and sort them into some of the following categories: the moms posting pictures of family events, old classmates traveling the world and writing about the weirdest food they tried or crazy things the locals…
Do You Experience Your Food? by: Hannah Harvey - When you eat, does your food have your full attention? Are you focused on the colors, the aromas, the flavors, the textures, and the way the food makes you feel? Are you actively aware of how the food you’re eating affects your body, your cells, your organs? Are you appreciating the efforts it took to…
Childhood shouldn’t be spent on a “diet” by: Stephanie King - The Problem Most people probably wouldn’t disagree with the assertion that childhood obesity is a problem in need of addressing. In the United States, obesity among 2-19 year-old children and adolescents is about 17%1. Add to that another 5.8% of children who are considered “extremely obese”1. These rates are consistently higher than were seen decades…
Learn some and lose some! by: Caitlin Roth - Are you sick of trying to lose weight and having little to no results? Maybe it’s because the nutrition information society keeps trying to feed us is not completely accurate. Companies take advantage of our desire to lose weight quickly because of social pressure. There are so many diets for us to choose from that…
The Gluten Free Fad Diet by: Stephenie Corso - What is the gluten free fad diet? People that are eliminating gluten from their diets. There are many people that now eat a gluten free diet because of health reasons, but also many people choose to eat gluten free because they believe it leads to better health and weight loss. What is the issue? There…
The Big Green Scoop on Plant-Based Diets for Athletes By: Vienna Morrill - An appropriately managed plant-based diet can be effective nutritional strategy for those athletes who want to achieve peak performance while minimizing their risk for chronic disease. Done correctly, a plant-based diet can put some pep in your step! If you’re an athlete, you probably love food. Not only is food a delicious reward after a…
Soy and Breast Cancer…By Jennifer West -             I have a strong lineage of breast cancer in my family. Both my mother and grandmother were diagnosed with pre-menopausal breast cancer. Due to growing research linking meat and dairy consumption to certain cancers, I adopted a plant-based diet and omitted animal protein and dairy from my diet. I…
The Mediterranean Diet and the Many Health Benefit: By Mallory Doolan, RD - Close your eyes and imagine a meal of fresh flakey white fish accompanied by fresh vegetables and pasta drizzled in olive oil. Now, imagine a vegetarian style meal of roasted carrots on a pile of freshly cooked farro topped with a light yogurt and dill sauce.  If either of these meals sounds delicious to you,…
Dieting: Likely to Make You Gain Weight By Anonymous - Need to lose weight?  Dieting may not be your answer. Research reveals that dieting may actually make you gain weight over time. A big problem… With more than one-third of US adults qualifying as obese1, dieting is a common approach used to reduce weight. Dieting seems to make sense: if you need to lose weight,…
Nutritional Therapy: A Change Agent in Mental Health By Manon Barron Carbajal - The Ethos of Hippocrates, Father of Medicine, is echoed in the words: “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.”1 Today, more than two millennia have passed and common sense still tells us that good food is synonymous with good health. Yet, when it comes to a serious public health crisis, we might…
The prevention of type II diabetes amongst U.S. children needs to be a priority By: Jennifer Quilliam - Introduction: Type II diabetes has been increasingly diagnosed amongst U.S. school-aged children. This increase is in direct correlation with the recent prevalence of childhood obesity, and the amount of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB’s) consumed by children. Research supports the claims that the heightened consumption of SSB’s is directly related to the increased rates of these illnesses.1,2…
Controversial Topic Pro: Organic vs Conventional Foods By: Laurie Campbell - The Worlds food has gone from individual and small farms to large commercial farming operations. Feeding our masses with the best possible profit margin has become the ultimate goal, and it seems, at any cost.  The agricultural corporations have gone to great lengths to ensure the best yields are achieved.  They have done this with…
THE LOW-CARB DIET OVER OTHER DIET FADS BY LAUREN DEIPOLYI - Data supports that a low-carbohydrate diet rich in healthy fats, lean proteins and vegetables is the best option for rapid weight-loss results while maintaining the standards of a healthy human body. The low-carbohydrate diet came into popularity over 40 years ago with the book “Dr. Atkins’ Diet Revolution: The High Calorie Way to Stay Thin…
Advanced Dementia and Nutrition: Finding a Balance By: Sarah Deitz - Defining Advanced Dementia End-of-life care is emotionally exhausting.  This is especially true when caring for someone with dementia.  At advanced stages they may not recognize you, but they depend on you.  You will become responsible for their healthcare decisions. Dementia will affect all of us at some point in time.  It is estimated that almost 47…
To add or not to add…sugar By:Martha Medrano -          Sugar.  Diet sugar specifically.  It’s expected to reach $2.2 billion globally by 20201.  Has it been the cure-all this country needed for weight loss?   With the alarming numbers of obese and overweight adults at 39%2 (up from 15% forty years ago), it appears the answer is no.   But, let’s look more…
Go with your Gut! By: Courtney Woo - The gut. The word itself sounds funny, but it’s actually pretty essential for our bodies. Gut health, probiotics, prebiotics, and healthy bacteria are all current health buzzwords, and for good reason. Our gut, or digestive system, is more than a temporary holding space for your food. And, hopefully by the end of this post, you’ll…
Intermittent Fasting: Is It Right for Me? A Different Approach to Dieting for Obese Women By: Anonymous - What is Intermittent Fasting (IF) and why should you do it? Intermittent fasting is a healthy and highly effective method of restricting calories and losing unwanted body weight and reducing obesity related illness in overweight adult women. According to the most recent data, 70% of US adults are overweight or obese.1   Obesity remains one of…
Organic Labeling; Production Practices or Nutritional Evaluation? By Elizabeth Westfeldt - WHY do you reach for organic products in the grocery store? Do you choose them because they are grown without pesticides and have strict production standards? Or does the label make you think they are more nutritious? This is a blurry line that has developed between food safety and food as a commodity. Organic and…
HOW WE CAN OVERCOME FOOD INEQUALITY AND INSECURITY IN AMERICA? By. Malena Martinez - The rise of contagious disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, and obesity has rapidly increased among low-income Americans.1 What has happened over the past few decades to create this shift in health inequality? Similar to a domino effect, the income gap between the rich and the poor has created food inequality and insecurity, which in…
FIGHTING CANCER WITH DIET By: Camron Stotts - With each passing day, the data mounts as to the effectiveness of a plant based diet on the prevention and reversal of many of our common western degenerative diseases. It is well known that eating a Whole Food Plant Based (WFPB) diet can prevent and reverse diabetes, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, erectile dysfunction…
To Realize Your Best Health and Self, the Answer Is Simple: Enroll in a CSA By: Alison Delaney - Many of us are fortunate to have choices not only in the foods that we eat, but in where and how we acquire our food. We have choices in where to dine out: take-out and fast food chains, casual and fine dining restaurants. We choose where to purchase groceries for our in-home cooking needs: from…
Saturated Fats- Friend of Foe? By: Stephanie Polis - What if I told you that 1 in every 4 deaths in the United States is due to heart disease1? What is everything we have been taught about what health means needs some major reevaluating? Since grade school we are taught a healthy plate consists primarily of meat, vegetables, dairy, and a small serving of…
7 Simple Reasons Why Vegetarians Have A Healthier Heart Than You! Author: Matt Friedman -   I know we do not come into this world with great ambitions of one day having a restricting diet, but what DO we know as infants? The meat industry is under close scrutiny after making many unwanted appearances in recent films. More and more people are adopting a plant-based diet as a way of…
WHAT’S ALL THE FUSS ABOUT CARRAGEENAN? By: Sherry Brock - Carrageenan is an indigestible carbohydrate that is extracted from red algae, Chondrus Crispus, often called Irish Moss.  Most people have never heard of carrageenan but unless you consume a diet of totally unprocessed foods, you have ingested carrageenan.  While carrageen has been around for centuries, refined carrageenan is found in a plethora of modern processed…
JUST SAY LABEL IT!!!! By: Terri Rossman - JUST SAY LABEL IT!!!! In August of 2016, former President Barrack Obama signed a bill that overturns Vermont’s labeling law while establishing that the federal government set up standards for labeling Genetically Modified Organisms in food.  Now our government is set to decide what, how and if foods containing GMO’s are labeled.  This fight is…
Eating Disorders in the Digital Age: The Line Between Health Conscious and Obsessive By: Regan Radulski - Health and fitness have become trendy. Whether it means having various health apps on your phone or a FitBit on your wrist, the population is wholeheartedly embracing health and fitness in the digital age. In fact, studies estimate that at least 50% of smartphone users are expected to have a health app on their phone…
The Effects of Green Tea on Weight Loss By: Brittany Taylor-Whitmer - Chances are you have heard green tea referred to as a superfood. It’s no wonder, as green tea has been connected with the treatment of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease.¹ The health benefits seem endless and we can’t seem to get enough. Every trendy cafe now boasts multiple green tea…
Is your Brain’s Health Dictated by your Diet? By: Marie Parks - Do you have or know someone with a mental disorder or that struggles with obesity? Most likely you do; in 2016, one in five American adults had a mental health condition, and the percentage of children with depression has been on the rise since 2011.1 At the same time, rates of overweight and obesity in…
Using SNAP benefits at Farmers’ Markets By: Christina Barrett -   Farmers’ markets serve many goals, but the most important are providing individual and community health. They are important venues for making healthy food readily available. Making healthy food accessible and affordable at local farmers’ markets reinforces the idea of good nutrition. The number of accessible Farmers’ markets needs to be increased for low-income families. Individuals…