November 12, 2017

How Nutrition Supports Your Immune System

Cancer patients often take a hit to the immune system, typically because treatments used to fight the disease may deplete the white blood cells that help ward off infection, impairing the body’s ability to protect itself. Some patients believe that changing their diet—say, by swapping out their daily bag of chips for an apple—will strengthen […]

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October 7, 2017

Why Malnutrition Is So Serious

For many cancer patients, malnutrition is the guest they didn’t expect, or want. It may show up shortly after you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, if nausea or vomiting prevents you from eating well, or if the disease disrupts how you digest or metabolize food. Or it may creep in during treatment. It may affect you […]

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July 7, 2017

Combating Weight Gain After Treatment

After you complete cancer treatment, you may be surprised to find that the numbers are creeping up on the scale. It happens perhaps more than you think. All too often after treatment, cancer patients slip back into unhealthy habits, especially when it comes to eating. “When patients are diagnosed, they’re suddenly hyper-aware of what they’re […]

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June 11, 2017

Top 3 Supplements for Overall Better Health

The majority of Americans (nearly 70 percent) take dietary supplements, according to the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN). Most of them anticipate their supplement use increasing in the next five years, but with the abundance of supplements on the market, how do you know which options are right for you? The truth is, there’s no […]

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June 11, 2017

How a Trip to the Farmers’ Market is Good for Your Health

There’s nothing quite like the taste of fruits and vegetables picked right from the farm, and luckily, most cities around the United States feature vibrant farmers’ markets so that the average American can access these vibrant flavors. If you’re not a regular at your farmers’ market, you may be missing out on the numerous benefits […]

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May 15, 2017

7 Tips for Healthier Grilling + 3 Spices that Pack Nutritional Punch

As the weather warms up, you may be tempted to take the daily chore of cooking outdoors to the grill. Despite the delight of a grilled meal on the back deck, grilling isn’t always the healthiest method of cooking. Research suggests that grilling meats at high temperatures over an open flame creates carcinogenic compounds called […]

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March 13, 2017

Eat This, Not That: St. Patrick’s Day

You may be tempted to indulge in Irish cuisine on St. Patrick’s Day—but healthy choices aren’t always easy to find. Traditional dishes like corned beef and cabbage and hearty breakfasts served with pork sausage are often packed with sodium, fat and starch. Meals are sometimes also paired with strong, alcohol-ladened drinks such as whiskey or […]

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February 2, 2017

Eat This / Not That: Game Day Edition

Super Bowl Sunday is almost here. If you are worried about sabotaging all the great progress you’ve been making with your New Year’s resolution, never fear…healthier options exist for all of those watch party snacks and beverages. As a registered dietitian, I strive to make sure my patients are well nourished, both for their overall […]

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January 11, 2017

The Truth About Sugar

The U.S. is a nation with a sweet tooth, with the average American eating about 20 teaspoons of added sugar a day. Unlike the naturally occurring sugars found in nutrient-dense foods like whole fruit, added sugars in the U.S. diet come primarily from soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages, grain-based desserts like cookies and cakes, candy and […]

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December 12, 2016

Celebrate with Mocktails, not Cocktails

Wine, champagne, winter lagers, and festive cocktails — celebrating the holidays often includes libations special to the season. But do these spirited drinks increase your risk of cancer? A new analysis shows a direct link between alcohol and seven types of cancer may have you reconsidering that next beer. The study, published in the scientific […]

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