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​Things to Consider When Choosing a Multivitamin

Deciding on which multivitamin to take can be overwhelming. Is taking a one-a-day enough? Is it that important to take a specific multi targeted for men, women, teens, or seniors? What ingredients are important? Is cost really a factor? How do we determine a good quality product? All of these questions swirl in our heads as we look at the many available options on the market. Here are some he…

​Health Beneficial Herbs you Can Grow at Home

I’ve never had a green thumb; in fact, I’ve wasted so much money and time trying to grow beautiful flowers on my deck. This year, I decided to stop the heartbreak and grow herbs instead. They don’t require a lot of work, and they’re so fragrant when picked fresh. This got me thinking about the many health benefits of herbs. Here’s a look at what I’m growing. Thyme is an excellent source o…

​Foods to Boost Metabolism

When it comes to meal planning, it can be fun to work some fitness goals into the mix. Instead of the typical main dish and two sides approach, what about planning meals that help boost our metabolism… eating for energy, eating to burn stored calories. There are foods that literally rev up our metabolism. Think meats, seafood, legumes, nuts, and seeds – all of which provide good sources of pr…

7 Must-Have Nutrients for Athletes

Ask people to define sports nutrition, and in most cases the answer will begin with protein shakes and shift to muscle building ingredients like creatine. At the top of every athlete’s list should be the omega-3s EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) because they support every benefit of exercise and make an athlete’s body more efficient. Omega-3s increase oxyge…

The Food Groups and How Much We Should Eat

The Food Guide Pyramid was released in 1992, and this is what I was taught to use as a guideline throughout school and grad school as an aspiring dietitian. In 2005, it was replaced with MyPyramid, and in 2011, MyPlate replaced MyPyramid. MyPlate is the current USDA guideline and is great for people of all ages who want to develop healthy eating habits within the five food groups: vegetables,…

5 Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget

Many people think that eating healthy is out of their budget. And, quite frankly, who can argue that when there are one-dollar menu items on most fast food menus? One thing we must consider about fast food bargain items is that the restaurant is still making a profit, even at that rock bottom price. It makes you wonder what is the true nutritional value and quality of that meat? I think it…