Dietitian’s Dish – Love Your Heart, Love Your Food

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by Lisa Shettle, MS, RDN, CD-N While the death rate from heart disease has dropped in recent years, it is still the leading cause of death in the U.S.1 February is American Heart Month, and we can reduce our risk of heart disease by eating a heart-healthy diet, reducing stress, and getting more exercise and sleep. A heart-healthy diet is rich in a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins (fish, legumes); and low in highly processed foods, added sugar, and saturated fats.  When I counsel patients on heart-healthy eating, we find heart healthy foods they enjoy and …

Dietitian’s Dish – Jumpstart Your January

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by Lisa Shettle, MS, RDN, CD-N For many of us, January is all about giving things up: Maybe you’re going to stop eating meat and try a vegan diet; or you’re ready to kick excess sugar to the curb after a holiday season of too many cookies; or you’re committed to avoiding fast food. Instead of looking at what to cut out of your diet, focus on adding whole foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and legumes while also reducing your consumption of processed foods.  Research shows eating a dietary pattern of whole plant-based foods reduces our risk of …

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Dietitian’s Dish – Fall Nutrition Tips for Your Family

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by Lisa Shettle, MS, RDN, CD-N As the crisp air of fall approaches, it’s the perfect time to embrace seasonal produce to nourish your family’s health. There are a variety of delicious and nutritious foods that can be part of your family’s meals. Here are some tips to keep your family healthy during this season: Seasonal Produce Some seasonal favorites to incorporate into your meals: Apples Enjoy a family outing to an orchard for apple picking and use the fresh harvest in snacks, salads, and desserts. One apple provides over 4 grams of fiber and 8.4 mg of vitamin C. …