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Vegetarian Diet and Type 2 Diabetes

By Cristina F. Toscano, RD Vegetarian diets are rising in popularity. More people are choosing to not eat meat for environmental, ethical, and health related reasons. The American Diabetes Association links vegetarian diets with A1C reduction and weight loss. Anytime you eliminate a food group, especially when you have a pre-existing health condition, you need […]

Fiber Consumption and its Benefits

By Ruchi Shah, MS, RD, CDN Dietary fiber is the material from plant cells that cannot be broken down during digestion. There are two types of fiber: soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. Soluble fibers absorb water during digestion, while insoluble fibers remain unchanged during digestion. Soluble fibers include fruits, vegetables, legumes, barley, oats, and oat […]

Fresh, Frozen and Canned OH MY!

By Christina Di Lieto Celebrate the start of a new season by cooking new recipes found on the internet. Full of enthusiasm, you rush to the local grocery store to buy the ingredients. Many times recipes don’t mention whether fruit and vegetable ingredients should be fresh, frozen, or canned, and suddenly your head starts to […]

Toddlers and Grazing

By Dinah Torres Castro I get many questions about picky eaters from parents of toddlers. I hear their frustration and I notice that many of them think that the solution is grazing. Grazing is basically eating throughout the day, between designated meal and snack times. I get it…parents are tired of battling with their children […]

What to do about # 2? Tips & Tricks for when your toddler is constipated

By Cristina F. Toscano Toddlers consuming table foods should be passing stool at least every other day. If they are going 3 or more days without going #2, or are having trouble and straining for 10 minutes each time they pass a bowel movement, they may be constipated. It is a fairly common issue among […]

Skipping Meals with Diabetes

By Ruchi Shah, MS, RD, CDN Since we were children, we were told that skipping meals was not good for you. For those who have busy schedules, skipping meals is very common. Usually, it’s not a big deal if you occasionally skip a meal if you don’t have diabetes. Skipping meals is definitely not recommended […]

Tips for Parents to Encourage Healthy Eating in Children

By Ruchi Shah, MS, RD, CDN Focus on Healthy Eating Leave unhealthy choices such as chips, soda, juice, and cookies at the grocery store. Focus on keeping fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and water in the house. Involve children in grocery shopping and cooking. When children are involved in the process of choosing and […]

Healthy Eating Tips During the Holidays

By Ruchi Shah, MS, RD, CDN The holidays are coming, and with them come delicious cookies, large plates filled with food, overindulging, and the inability to say “no” to a second or third helping. The average American gains a couple of pounds during the holidays, and this weight gain leads to New Years’ resolutions to […]

How to stay on track during the Holidays

By Jessica A. Schreck, RD, CDN, CDE The holiday season brings with it lots of cheer. But the cold weather, combined with holiday party after holiday party, often leads to decreased exercise and poor eating habits. These factors cause the average American to gain weight during the winter months. Follow these tips in order to […]

November Is National Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes affects 25.8 million Americans, and 79 million Americans are pre diabetic. Diabetes Mellitus is characterized by high blood glucose concentrations resulting from a defect in insulin secretion, insulin action, or possibly both. Insulin is a hormone that is produced by the cells in the pancreas and is necessary for the use/storage of carbohydrates, proteins […]

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