The Menopausal Middle

You’ve started gaining weight in places you never did. You are eating the same type of diet you always have, exercised in the usual way and yet your waistline is exponentially expounding.  Is your body deceiving you? Why is this happening? Menopause is a time of many changes and shifts in the body and one […]

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Dreaming in 2015

Although we know New Year’s resolutions do not work long-term the new year somehow brings in hopes for better things to come. What would you like your next year to look like? Are there things you would like it to be different? Most of us yearn for change in one way or another. I have some […]

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Can’t lose weight? Maybe it’s your Adiponectin Levels?

My what?  What exactly is Adiponectin?  Adiponectin is a protein that is related to how well you metabolize fat and even your risk of developing certain cancers. The accumulation of abdominal fat can be associated with a decline in adiponectin.  Adiponectin is produced by the body’s fat cells, and makes them (particularly those in the […]

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Natural Ways to Eliminate Hot Flashes

A big part of the discussion with menopausal women is hot flashes:  how do you deal with this common nuisance in a natural way so your life is not disrupted? Hot flashes are a result of dis-regulation of body temperature and may also be seen in the male population as well with hormonal shifts.  Hot […]

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Why eating your Broccoli DOES Matter

I was not fond of broccoli growing up and it was not in vogue in the 60’s anyway.  After becoming an RD and hearing about the virtues of cruciferous vegetables I still held off on eating the “crowns.” Then something changed.  Not only did I realize how to make broccoli taste better but more importantly […]

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Whole Grain Reality

Every day someone walks into my office touting a statement by a health-care professional or newspaper on the importance of whole grains. Thank goodness the Food Guide Pyramid is dead, which promoted large amounts of carbohydrates and “whole grains.” Since I see the everyday effects of whole grains on weight, insulin resistance and disease I […]

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Year End Reflections and Moving Into the Future: Loss, Challenges and Hope for 2013

This year was one of big changes for me and challenges with loss, as I know is common with many of my readers. After losing my beloved cat George of 18 years we decided to move into being Puppy Parents with Perry, who has been more than challenging if you’ve ever had or heard the […]

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Choline: The Next Vitamin D?

You may not have heard of choline.  It’s role in the body in relatively new as it was first officially recognized by the Institute of Medicine as an essential nutrient in 1998 and it is only the last few years research articles have come across my desk regarding choline.  Why is choline important? Choline has […]

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Avoiding the Menopausal Middle

Some days I feel like I am talking about the menopausal middle all day long. Many women in perimenopause and menopause start to gain weight in places they never knew existed on their bodies.  It is like their body is not their own and is now being inhabited by an alien takeover.  Weight gain during […]

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Is There A Male Menopause?

Research on menopause focuses mostly on females and the changes they incur as they age.  However, did you know that men also experience physical changes?  The most frequent disorder of sex hormones in men is called hypogonadism, which is usually associated with a testosterone level of less than 300 ng/dl. Hypogonadism is linked with an […]

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