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Healthy Living: Herbs

November 9, 2017

HERBS BLOG POST 11.9.17We often think of herbs as the leafy greens that we put on our food to add a little bit of culinary flair. But did you know that adding herbs to your diet can result in tremendous health benefits? Keep reading to learn more about how to incorporate some of our favorite herbs into your diet.

Basil – There are more than 60 varieties of basil that are used as seasoning for many types of food. Basil is most commonly used to make pesto, but it also tastes great in other pasta sauces, or on salads and sandwiches. Basil provides nutrients essential for cardiovascular health, such as vitamin A, through its concentration of carotenoids like beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is a powerful anti-oxidant that helps prevent cholesterol build-up in the blood vessel walls, which can initiate the development of atherosclerosis.

Thyme – Thyme is an excellent source of vitamins C and A, iron, manganese, copper, and dietary fiber.

Thymol—This herb has well documented health benefits including a variety of flavonoids, which increases its antioxidant capacity.

Rosemary – There are many foods that pair well with rosemary such as vegetables, potatoes, white beans, chicken, lamb, and fish. Rosemary contains substances that are useful for stimulating the immune system, increasing circulation, and improving digestion. It also contains anti-inflammatory compounds that may make it useful for reducing the severity of asthma attacks.

Oregano – This herb goes well in Mediterranean dishes, salad dressings, marinara sauce, pizza and soup. Oregano is a strong source of vitamin K, manganese, iron, dietary fiber, and calcium.

The Role of Nutrition in Breast Cancer Prevention

October 13, 2017

BREAST CANCER BLOG 10.12.17By Lauren Dimitrov, RDN, MPH, LDN

Everywhere you look this month you will see the color pink in representation of Breast Cancer Awareness month. There are certain risk factors associated with breast cancer that you cannot change, including age, genetics, race, ethnicity, and family history. However, recent studies have shown that other risk factors such as diet and exercise may help in the prevention of breast cancer. Continue reading “The Role of Nutrition in Breast Cancer Prevention” »

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” »

Gluten-Free Diets and Heart Health

June 29, 2017

LAUREN GLUTEN FREEBy Lauren Dimitrov, RDN, MPH, LDN

“Gluten-free” is a term that we see more often than ever with food companies and diet trends stating that gluten is harmful.  But what exactly is gluten? Gluten is a general name for the proteins found in wheat, rye, barley and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). Gluten helps foods maintain their shape, acting as glue that holds food together. It can be found in a variety of foods, some that you may not even realize.  Continue reading “Gluten-Free Diets and Heart Health” »

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.

National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month

May 12, 2016

IMG_0008RTIn honor of May being National Osteoporosis Awareness & Prevention Month,, Lauren Dimitrov, Registered Dietitian & Nutrition Expert, talks to us about how food & nutrition can improve our bone health. Continue reading “National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month” »

Are Artificial Sweeteners a Smart Alternative?

April 14, 2016

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IMG_0008RT Dimitrov, Registered Dietitian & Nutrition Expert, talks to many of her clients about their sugar intake. This week, she talks to us about artificial sweeteners and whether or not they are a smart alternative to sugar. Continue reading “Are Artificial Sweeteners a Smart Alternative?” »

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” »

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