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The Truth about Fasting Diets

August 10, 2017

FASTING ARTICLEMost people are accustomed to eating three meals a day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner as part of a healthy diet. However, recent studies have shown that diets that include intermittent fasting may help you live a longer life and lower your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.   Continue reading “The Truth about Fasting Diets” »

How to Have a Healthy Summer

July 21, 2017

blogWith summer in full swing it’s more important than ever to maintain your health during these hot summer days! Whether you are taking a vacation, staying at home, or enjoying a day at the beach, these tips will help you stay happy and healthy this summer:

  • Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated is essential in helping your heart pump blood efficiently throughout your body. While a tall glass of water is the most direct way to keep your body hydrated, there are other sources of water that can be found in variety of foods such as watermelon, cantaloupe, oranges, and cucumbers.
  • Wear sunscreen. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, sunscreen can help prevent your risk of developing skin cancer during your lifetime. The AAD recommends using a broad-spectrum, water resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to protect your skin.
  • Wear sunglasses. Although you may not realize it, the sun’s damaging rays can affect your eyes just like they affect your skin increasing your risk of developing cataracts, macular degeneration (or vision loss), and even eyelid cancer.
  • Beat heat stroke. Heat stroke occurs when your body’s temperature reaches 104°F or more, which can cause brain, heart, and kidney damage if not treated promptly. Symptoms of heat stroke include nausea, vomiting, headache, and tachycardia. Beat the heat this summer by avoiding intense outdoor activities between noon and 3:00pm when the sun is at its hottest.
  • Make a healthy summer treat. Rather than reaching for an ice cream cone, which can be full of empty calories, try making your own fresh fruit pops for a sweet treat that’s also good for you. Simply mash up some of your favorite fruit in a cup (such as strawberries, mangoes, or watermelon) and freeze overnight with a popsicle stick in the middle. The next day you’ll have a healthy sweet treat to enjoy!

Chocolate Sorbet with Warm Cherries

March 30, 2017

SORBETEvery once in awhile, our sweet tooth kicks in and we can’t bear saying no to a sweet treat. Check out of this chocolate sorbet recipe from our friends at Publix Aprons Cooking School.  The best part is it is both dietitian and chef approved. “From a cardiovascular standpoint, sorbet is a great alternative to ice cream,” says Lauren Dimitrov, Registered Dietitian & Nutrition Expert, “It has zero grams of fat. Just remember to keep portion size small.” Continue reading “Chocolate Sorbet with Warm Cherries” »

Put Your Best Fork Forward

March 16, 2017

NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTHBy Lauren Dimitrov, RDN, MPH, LDN

It’s time to “Put Your Best Fork Forward” because we’re celebrating National Nutrition Month in March. The 2015 – 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggests making small changes in your diet to live a healthier lifestyle. Continue reading “Put Your Best Fork Forward” »

How much H2O do you really need?

March 9, 2017

TMP_6635It seems like we’re always being told to drink more water, but how much water is really enough? Water supports your energy levels, brain function, and improves weight control. But when it comes to how much water we should be drinking, it seems like every source you turn to throws a different number at you. Continue reading “How much H2O do you really need?” »

Heart Failure Awareness: Managing a Low Sodium Diet

February 16, 2017

SSSL9209This week, we are dedicating our post to heart failure, in honor heart failure awareness week. Heart failure is a condition affecting over 5 million people in the US. Despite its name, heart failure doesn’t mean your heart has stopped beating. Heart failure is a condition where the heart isn’t pumping enough blood to sustain your body’s oxygen and blood needs. Consuming too much sodium may cause your heart to work harder and worsen a heart failure condition. Whether you have heart failure and are trying to manage it or are just trying to follow a healthy lifestyle, here are some tips for following a low sodium diet, tried and tested by the experts on our team. Continue reading “Heart Failure Awareness: Managing a Low Sodium Diet” »

Thoughtful Tuesday

June 21, 2016

SSSL8930Every change starts with a choice. We make choices to do things differently, to improve our lifestyles and to continue growing as individuals. However, no choice we make is guaranteed to be successful. For every choice we make, there is a chance we may not get the results we want. By the same token, there is a chance that our choices could get us exactly where we want to be. This chance makes all the difference. We love this quote tying in the three C’s in life.

“The Three C’s in Life: Choice, Chance, Change. You must make the choice, to take the chance, if you want anything in life to change.”

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Lauren Dimitrov, Registered Dietitian, works with her patients to improve their lifestyles. By counseling her patients, she is able to motivate them to make healthy choices than change their lifestyle for the better.

Give Your Summertime a Healthy Makeover

June 16, 2016

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Lauren Dimitrov, Registered Dietitian, gives us her expertise to set us on the right track for a healthy & enjoyable summertime. 

Summer is a great time to enjoy the warm weather, time outdoors, and maybe even a vacation. Unfortunately, all of the time away from home may result in poor nutrition, lack of hydration, and potential food poisoning. Here are some summertime tips to steer away from the bad and head towards the good. Continue reading “Give Your Summertime a Healthy Makeover” »

Let’s Talk Mindful Eating

March 10, 2016

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If you’ve kept up with us for awhile, you know that we love holidays! March is National Nutrition Month. We asked our very own Nutrition Expert & Registered Dietitian, Lauren Dimitrov, to give us the expert’s guide on nutrition and healthy eating.

IMG_0008RTWhat is mindful eating? Contrary to popular belief, it isn’t just what we eat that’s important but how, where, when, and why we eat. Setting goals to include a mindful eating pattern, including foods that are both nutritious and flavorful, is a great way to begin savoring the flavor of eating right.
Continue reading “Let’s Talk Mindful Eating” »

Benefits of Using a Fitness Tracker from our FCCI Team

October 8, 2015

 

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Dr. Desmond Bell sports his fitbit wristband everyday at the office

Our FCCI team is passionate about living healthy lifestyles. That’s why we love our fitness trackers. Fitness trackers help you set achievable goals, track your progress and allow you connect with friends. Read about the benefits of using a fitness tracker from our FCCI team!  Continue reading “Benefits of Using a Fitness Tracker from our FCCI Team” »

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