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Is eating pork really bad for you?

Thanks for your question. If you have read any of my previous blogs, you will know my feelings on the words “good for you” and “bad for you.” I feel that, in some cases food can be very, very bad for you. The examples include: peanuts being “bad” for someone with a raging…

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What are good substitutes for sugar?

Baking can be a great way to provide delicious sweet treats to your family. Unfortunately, many times these foods are filled with sugar and added calories. Do not fear! You can make several substitutions for sugar in order to still have the product taste sweet. I recommend using half of the…

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Are Juice Fasting & Detox Diets beneficial?

This is a question that I hear often so thank you for asking. Personally, I am intrigued by the word itself. The definition of detox is: “a process or period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances; detoxification.” Who wouldn’t want to…

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Managing Lupus with Diet

Article by Registered Dietitian Amy Bragagnini, MS, RD, CSO I recently began working closely with my Immunology/Allergy/Rheumatology department. The patients there are treated for a range of ailments including: multiple sclerosis, arthritis, allergies, and lupus. I had not been very…

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A Handful of Healthy Picnic Tips

Picnic season is upon us, are you prepared?

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Is it true that skim milk or low fat dairy products are better for you?

Dairy products like cheese, milk, and yogurt (regardless of the fat content) are excellent sources of calcium, vitamin D and pack a mean protein punch. For years I have been recommending that my patients consume a few servings of dairy a day. To be honest, I generally recommended low fat…

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April Fools - Jiggly Juice Prank

Start your April Fools morning off with jiggles and giggles! This prank is so easy to pull off and harmless - all you need is 3 ingredients and a little time. Follow our step-by-step instructions below:

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How much fruit should I eat to avoid going on a blood sugar roller coaster ride?

That is a fantastic substitution! Foods high in added sugar (or “junk food”) can raise your blood sugar level and increase total body inflammation, which may depress your immune system. By slowly reducing its intake you will improve your overall health. Replacing foods full of added…

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Can you control cholesterol with diet?

I frequently will get patients that tell me they want to try to lower their cholesterol naturally and not have to take a medication. I applaud them and feel that (depending on the patient and the situation) making a few changes in diet and lifestyle can really help to improve cholesterol…

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