Lifestyle Advice

When the Doctor Becomes the Coach: Helping Patients with Weight Management and their Health

By: Keri Peterson, MD — February 28, 2018 — As a primary care physician, one of the most common issues I address with patients is how to manage their weight.  According to a Harris Poll conducted for the Calorie Control Council among over 2,000 U.S. adults, 72 percent of Americans want to lose weight and … Continue reading

October 12, 2020 Lifestyle Advice

Drinking Low-Calorie Sweetened Beverages Common Among Weight Loss Maintainers

ATLANTA (August 25, 2014) — Drinking low- and no-calorie sweetened beverages, including diet sodas, are common among people who have maintained significant weight loss, according to a new study published in Obesity. In the study, researchers surveyed individuals in the National Weight Control Registry in which participants have maintained a weight loss of at least 30 pounds … Continue reading

October 12, 2020 Lifestyle Advice

High Fiber Chef: Cooking Tips to Prepare High Fiber Foods Like a Pro

Fiber is an essential component of the human diet that provides many health benefits, including digestive health and weight management. Fiber is sometimes called “roughage”, and refers to a type of carbohydrate found in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains that are not digested by the body. The recommended daily fiber intake is 14 grams of … Continue reading

October 12, 2020 Lifestyle Advice

Top 5 Lifestyle Changes People are Making to Achieve Weight Loss

With obesity rates on the rise, more and more Americans are making efforts to manage their weight through lifestyle changes. The Harris Poll conducted an online consumer survey in November 2016 for the Calorie Control Council of over 2,000 U.S. adults ages 18 and older to learn what changes in lifestyle people have made to … Continue reading

October 12, 2020 Lifestyle Advice

Low and No Calorie Sweeteners in Diabetes Management

Neva Cochran, MS, RDN, LD – November is a time to focus attention on diabetes, its prevention and treatment. About 30.3 million people or 9.4% of the U.S. population are living with diabetes while an estimated 84.1 million Americans 18 years or older have prediabetes. Diet is an essential component of diabetes management. According to … Continue reading

October 12, 2020 Lifestyle Advice

What Steps Can I Take to Prevent or Manage Diabetes Through Diet?

Blood glucose is primarily impacted by the carbohydrates in the foods and beverages consumed. Here are some steps to help prevent and manage diabetes through the diet. What Steps Can I Take to Prevent or Manage Diabetes Through Diet? Blood glucose is primarily impacted by the carbohydrates in the foods and beverages consumed. Here are … Continue reading

October 12, 2020 Lifestyle Advice

Sucralose: Safety & Research

By Rosanne Rust, MS, RDN, LDN February 27, 2019 — Sucralose has been approved for use in our food supply since 1998 and its safety has been validated by several health organizations including the FDA, European Food Safety Authority, the National Cancer Institute, and Health Canada. Over 80 countries have approved sucralose for human consumption. Sucralose is … Continue reading

February 27, 2019 Lifestyle Advice, Professional Research

Sucralose Myths: Setting the Record Straight

By Neva Cochran, MS, RDN, LD  December 17, 2018 — The FDA initially approved sucralose as a tabletop sweetener and for use in several desserts and beverages in 1998 and as a general use sweetener in 1999. It is produced from the disaccharide, sucrose, by replacing three hydroxyl groups on the sucrose molecule with three … Continue reading

December 17, 2018 Claims & Myths, Lifestyle Advice

An Ice Creamy Way to Stay Cool During the Dog Days of Summer

Is it any coincidence that one of the hottest months of the year is also National Ice Cream Month? I think not! According to the International Dairy Foods Association, President Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month in 1984. The President recognized ice cream as a “fun and nutritious food” enjoyed by over 90 … Continue reading

July 17, 2017 Lifestyle Advice

How Sweet It Is: Enjoy Candy without Guilt

June is National Candy Month, an annual event created by the National Confectioners Association to celebrate the authentic, fun treats that candy companies have been producing for more than 100 years. Whether its chocolate, hard candy or soft chewy treats, can candy be part of a nutritious eating plan? Absolutely! You may have heard of … Continue reading

June 14, 2017 Lifestyle Advice

The Magic of Legumes: Celebrating National “Eat Your Beans” Day

Are you full of beans?  Well, from a nutritional standpoint, that’s a good thing! July 3rd is National “Eat Your Beans” Day, which reminds us to include more legumes in our diets.  Legume is a fancy word for edible seeds or fruit that grow in pods or the edible pods themselves.  That definition includes thousands … Continue reading

July 6, 2016 Lifestyle Advice

What 22,000 Adults Had to Say About Low-Calorie Sweeteners and Weight Loss

Research on regular users of low-calorie sweeteners has found they have better diets than nonusers. If that isn’t incentive to use them, I don’t know what is! Of course, adding a low-calorie sweetener to your coffee isn’t all it takes to become healthy and thin, but studies show it can be part of a healthy lifestyle … Continue reading

April 26, 2016 Lifestyle Advice

Dining Solo: Meeting the Challenges of Cooking for One

“Cooking for one is just plain boring,” an elderly patient recently told me.  Day in, day out, she’s dining alone and tired of eating “the same old thing.” Old, young, or somewhere in between, many adults are in a living situation that requires cooking just for themselves.  Some people resort to eating out all the … Continue reading

April 12, 2016 Lifestyle Advice

Flavor-Boosting Tips for Healthy Cooking

Healthy eating doesn’t mean bland eating, at least not in my definition. Over the course of my career as a registered dietitian nutritionist, I’ve heard from numerous people, including clients, family, and friends, that what holds them back from making healthier choices is that their options are limited to flavorless foods like steamed vegetables over … Continue reading

March 2, 2016 Lifestyle Advice

Lighten Up the Calories, But Not the Flavor This Thanksgiving

Stuffing, pie, and turkey galore, Thanksgiving day can easily lead to weight gain if you’re not prepared. But you don’t need to limit yourself to steamed Brussels sprouts and fruit salad. Flavorful and delicious food can – and should – be enjoyed, as long as it’s done with some forethought and in moderation. Here are … Continue reading

November 17, 2015 Lifestyle Advice

3 Ways to Manage Food and Fitness this Holiday Season

The difference between good intentions and success frequently comes down to having a plan. With the hectic holidays fast approaching, it’s a smart idea to marry your good intentions to eat well and exercise with a solid plan. Try these three ideas. Stick to a Schedule As much as possible, stick to your current routine. … Continue reading

November 16, 2015 Lifestyle Advice

3 Healthy Habits that Aren’t Just for Weight Loss

It’s common for dieters to bump up their exercise, trim portions, eat more low-calorie foods and make other positive lifestyle changes. But should people who aren’t worrying with their weight make these changes? Here are three healthy living strategies worth doing whether we want to lose weight or not. Healthy Habit #1: Move! Exercise does … Continue reading

October 26, 2015 Lifestyle Advice

3 Ways for People with Diabetes to Trim Carbohydrate Intake

Who doesn’t love a sugary beverage or sweetened oatmeal now and then! Unfortunately, for someone with diabetes, the extra carbohydrates from the sugar may be the difference between a healthy blood sugar level and a sugar spike. But there’s good news: “Swapping full sugar for low calorie sweeteners can reduce carbs and calories without sacrificing … Continue reading

April 2, 2015 Lifestyle Advice

Stop Beating Yourself Up: Speak Kindly to Lose Weight

If you have punished yourself or called yourself names for eating foods on your taboo list, changing your self-talk is the first step to healthier eating, weight loss and a more positive food experience. Is any of this familiar? Self-Talk: I can’t believe I ate that. I keep messing up. I’ll never lose weight! Self-Talk: … Continue reading

February 25, 2015 Lifestyle Advice

What Does Moderation Have to Do with Healthy Eating?

As a registered dietitian, I’ve been trained to encourage people to eat in moderation. Sounds reasonable, doesn’t it? So, well, er … moderate. I was feeling pretty smug about the moderation message until recently when someone threw down a tweeted gauntlet. What IS moderation? There it was. The tweet was challenging me to define a … Continue reading

November 12, 2014 Lifestyle Advice

Are You on Carbohydrate Overload?

The next time you’re in a grocery store, look around you. I’ll bet you’re surrounded by carbohydrates — fruits, vegetables, pastas, breads, pastries, cookies, candy, milk, chips, crackers, ice cream, cereals, syrups, jellies, honey, and sugar sweetened beverages. Yep, they’re everywhere. Carbs are a good thing — some of my best friends are carbs! But, … Continue reading

August 22, 2014 Lifestyle Advice

Fire Up the Grill! 8 Tips for a Perfect Summer Meal

Summer is here, and that means it’s time for lots of outdoor activities including barbecues, which are delicious, but not always the healthiest meals. Typical BBQ fare consists of burgers, hot dogs, chips, and mayo-drenched potato salad and cole slaw. Unfortunately, indulging in this array of food all summer long won’t do much good for … Continue reading

June 13, 2014 Lifestyle Advice

3 Things You Should Know About Staying Hydrated

Did you know that water is your body’s most important nutrient? Staying well-hydrated has many benefits. Water and other liquids are needed for all kinds of bodily functions – from digesting food, to regulating body temperature, to eliminating waste and toxins. Below are three things you should know about staying hydrated: Hunger pangs may be … Continue reading

May 30, 2014 Lifestyle Advice

Substituting Calories While Preserving Taste

You’ve heard it before: Successful weight loss and weight control require a lifestyle change, not a fad diet. Making simple substitutions, such as using a no-calorie sweetener such as sucralose instead of sugar in foods and beverages is a key ingredient for cutting excess calories from the diet. Adding a teaspoon of sugar here or … Continue reading

December 5, 2012 Lifestyle Advice