Change your Metabolism: Balancing Gut Hormones, Food Timing, and Sleep

Venturing to Vancouver and attending the International Congress on Obesity I had no idea what the research would indicate. Would it be the same old messages of “calories in equals out,” “just move more,” “and “cut down on fat intake.” It turns out this conference gave great detail to the complexity of obesity, weight challenges […]

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The Beta-Cell Bank: The False Sense of a “Normal Glucose”

You go for your annual physical because you care about your health. After a week or so your doctor calls you and assures you all is normal and there is nothing to worry about…or is there? It is not unusual that I see a fasting glucose level on a new client’s blood work in the […]

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Communicating Food and Health: Insights from a Future RD

The first day I walked into my nutrition internship I had no idea what to expect. All I knew was having a private practice was a dream for the future. The thought of building a long-term relationship with patients and helping them in their journey to health was more than an ideal path for me. […]

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Surprising Supplements to Manage Diabetes

As a young child it was very common to see loved ones on both sides of my family pricking their fingers, taking insulin, and watching their carbohydrate and sugar intake. Since diabetes is very prevalent in my family, it naturally sparked my interest of ways I would not become another family statistic. Now that I […]

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Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper?

Growing up I would hear my grandmother Josefina’s voice stating this slogan: eat breakfast like king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper. I didn’t think much about it till I started learning more about nutrition. Was this slogan simply another dieting myth or an anecdote that gets passed on through generations? As […]

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Protein: Playing a Part in your PCOS

You are diagnosed with PCOS and hear you have trouble metabolizing carbohydrates and need more protein. You’re vegetarian so you’re wondering how that is even possible. Although you may like protein, your body is constantly asking for carbs. So what’s a girl to do in this carb friendly society? How can you incorporate protein into […]

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Low Carb or Low Fat?

This week’s research study in Cell Metabolism examined this question and came up with an answer: low-fat. So is that the end of the story? What did this study involve and can we apply it to our day-to-day lives? And do we really need to continually label our diets as such? This study examined 19 […]

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Children with Type II Diabetes?

Diabetes is on the rise, especially in children and adolescents. How can this be? Diabetes is a complicated medical issue but stems from one common thread: carbohydrate intolerance or insulin resistance. It could have started in the womb when a Mother consumed more carb than her body could handle during pregnancy or when the beta-cells […]

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Saving your life: Skip the sugar and lower the carbs

Some days I feel like I’m speaking a cryptic language when talking about fat and carbohydrates. “No, cheese is not a problem.” “Yes, you can have the whole egg for breakfast.” “Yes, you may put some butter on those vegetables.” A very long story short – research years ago was scant on what caused heart […]

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Is Your weight in your Genes or your Jeans?

Last week I went to a conference in New Mexico and several researchers gave detail to what really happens in the womb. Although much of what I heard is both fascinating and disturbing it is worth sharing on this blog in hopes that some of you struggling with your weight may have more empathy for […]

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