5 Healthy Foods to Throw On the Grill this Labor Day

By Kristen Smith, M.S., R.D.N., L.D. The summer season is winding down, and Labor Day Weekend is just around the corner. For many people, Labor Day signifies one last backyard barbecue blowout before the temperatures begin to cool down. A typical barbecue includes high-calorie foods, lots of sugar-filled and alcoholic beverages, and lack of portion…

4 Foods that May Not Be as Healthy as You Think

By Kristen Smith, M.S., R.D.N., L.D. Navigating the supermarket has become more difficult over the past several years. Additional varieties of our favorite foods and entirely new food options now line the shelves of most major stores. Claims such as low-fat, gluten-free or organic are often lurking on these food items. On the surface, these…

Overcoming a Weight Loss Plateau

By Kristen Smith, M.S., R.D.N., L.D. Have you ever tried to lose weight and experienced a weight loss plateau? It can be frustrating to encounter this halt in weight loss.  For months or weeks, you may have been experiencing a gradual weight loss with your new eating habits or exercise plan. Then one week, you…

5 Tips for Increasing Your Fruit Intake Daily

Kristen Smith, M.S., R.D.N., L.D. Are you consuming enough fruit each day? The amount of fruit you need to consume is determined by several factors – including age, sex and physical activity. Recommendations for most adults range from 1½ to 2 cups per day.  A recent survey found that less than 20 percent of Americans…

Why Join a Support Group?

By Sue Wood, RN When someone mentions support group, people often think of Alcoholics Anonymous meetings where people stand up and profess their addiction, provide the group with the story of their life spiraling down with crying, lots of sad stories, and people working their way through a 12-step program. Not all support groups are…

Cutting Down on Carbohydrates

By Sue Wood, RN, and Kristen Smith, M.S., R.D.N., L.D. Most carbohydrates get a bad rapport; however not all carbohydrates should be avoided. Carbohydrates found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains are considered more desirable; while carbohydrates in white bread, white rice and white potatoes offer fewer health benefits. Did you ever eat a meal…

Q&A with Bariatric Surgeon Dr. Larry Hobson

What made you decide on a career in bariatric surgery? I got into bariatrics because I saw what a difference I could make in patients’ lives. Improving the patient’s quality of life, and halting the progression of diseases, is very gratifying. How do you address weight gain years after weight loss surgery? Weight regain is…

What is a positive affirmation?

By Sue Wood, RN Affirmations are our statements to self that describe a desired situation. We may have positive or negative statements we make that come about naturally throughout the day. These can be negative, such as, “I always mess things up,” or positive such as, “I feel so confident when I am performing this…

Say No to Diets

By Kristen Smith, M.S., R.D.N., L.D. Most registered dietitians and health experts agree that dieting is NOT the most effective way to approach weight loss.  While many people do lose weight when they go on a diet, they struggle to maintain the typically restrictive eating plan attached to the diet. What follows is a return…

Healthy Fourth of July Recipes

By Sue Wood, RN and Kristen Smith, M.S., R.D.N., L.D. Don’t stress out over your food offerings this upcoming Fourth of July.  Below are some examples of red, white and blue festive recipes that will help keep your calories in check.  Freedom Fruit Bowl Ingredients: ½ pint fresh blueberries ½ pound of white grapes 4…

How to Make Exercise Fun

Kristen Smith, M.S., R.D.N., L.D. Whether you are trying to lose a few pounds or live a healthy lifestyle, participating in exercise can help achieve optimal health. The current Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend a total of 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity plus participation in muscle strengthening activity at least…

Encouraging Words for Someone Trying to Lose Weight

By Sue Wood, RN Most people will make an effort to lose weight at some point in their life. For some people, it may be losing a few pounds for a special occasion like a wedding or vacation; for others it may be more dramatic weight loss to improve their overall health and well-being. Regardless…