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Friday
Jun092017

How Much Protein Does a Dietitian Eat?

I know you’ve been there. You’re at a restaurant or the airport. Maybe you’re sitting in the doctor’s waiting room. You meet someone new who inevitably asks, “What do you do?” I must be totally honest — because that’s just me — I dread these conversations. It’s inevitable that as soon as I say, “I’m a dietitian,” a rapid fire of nutrition questions start coming my way. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy helping people — that’s why I do what I do. The problem is, I end up giving a standard answer and nutrition isn’t one-size-fits most.

Rather than providing my standard answer — I might give to a stranger at the airport — let’s get totally personal about a topic I get asked about most often: Protein. Interested? Let’s dive into the facts and I'll give you the scoop on how I apply them in my own life

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Friday
Dec162016

How Much Protein Do I Really Need?

Are you confused about what you should be eating in order to meet your goals? You’re not alone.

There’s a great deal about nutrition that we know. But there’s also a good deal of information we are still clarifying. One of the areas of nutrition that remains riddled with myths and misconceptions is protein. This post is aimed at helping you understand how much you need, once and for all.

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Saturday
Oct122013

7 Ways Meat Matters for Health

Meat matters for health. It isn’t to say vegetarians and vegans are inherently unhealthy. It isn’t to say they can’t live well and be healthy--or even be healthier than most Americans (which may be setting the bar fairly low, unfortunately). In fact, it isn’t even a statement about anyone who chooses to not eat meat. There are many compelling reasons people choose to avoid meat that have nothing to do with nutrition, and this isn’t an argument against any of those points. Saying meat matters for health simply means that animal flesh has potent health benefits that are more difficult to obtain from other food sources without incurring other, less beneficial physiological impacts. (This is particularly true when one’s diet is solely plant-based.) But we’ll get to that shortly....

 

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Wednesday
Apr032013

How to Eat More Protein

We all need protein. No matter your age, your weight or dietary preference, protein is essential to our health and often a primary recommendation when coaching individuals on how to improve their nutrition and meal quality. Although most people would say they know protein is important, many struggle to meet their full requirement. The reasons are many, but a little preparation and some creative inspiration go a long way toward ensuring the necessary intake. Do you get enough? Learn how much protein you need and gain how-to tips for working in more quality protein throughout your day. 

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Wednesday
Dec052012

Dinner for Breakfast?

Eating breakfast is a staple of a Healthy Way of Life.  It sets the tone for the entire day, whether that means suffering through a caffeine and sugar-induced roller coaster, a whole-grain provoked “loosen the bloated belt” kind of day, or smooth sailing with consistent energy after a balanced, real-food based meal.  Breakfast doesn’t have to be limited to the old standards you may have long since grown bored with.  After all, did the General of the mills order you to eat cold, crispy gruel every morning?

Breakfast, just like other meals should promote a rise in energy, satisfaction, and readiness to tackle the day’s tasks.  To accomplish this most smoothly, we need to include proteins, fats, fibers, and appropriate carbohydrate choices from the least processed foods we have access to.  Below are a few creative, non-traditional breakfast ideas you should try out next time you watch the sun rise. 

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Saturday
Aug112012

Performance Enhancement Part 2: Essentials of Repair and Recovery

Written By Tom Nikkola - Director of Nutrition and Weight Management

In Part 1, we discussed the importance of optimizing micronutrient (vitamin, mineral and phytonutrient) intake. Often, active individuals become fixated on optimizing carbohydrate, protein and fat intake, but neglect the importance of vitamins and minerals in a healthy metabolism. Remember, you can only progress with your performance goals if you have a healthy, functioning metabolism. These nutrients are essential because without them, your body cannot thrive. If you haven’t yet made the first two performance principles a priority, stop and focus on them before moving on.

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Saturday
May052012

New Studies Promote Health Benefits of Protein

If you’ve been following the articles posted on this site for any length of time, you probably know how valuable we feel protein is in the diet. Our Healthy Way of Life Food Pyramid builds a foundation around nutrient-dense, non-starchy vegetables and fruit, and then emphasizes protein at the next level of importance.

Ideally, a serving or two of protein should be eaten with each meal to increase satiety, optimize blood sugar levels and provide a good source of muscle-building amino acids. A couple of new studies in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition show protein provides some additional benefits as well.

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