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If Avocados are Fruit, is Guacamole a Smoothie?

If Avocados are Fruit, is Guacamole a Smoothie?

Once shunned due to its high-fat content, the avocado is now an *it* food and for good reason. Packed with nearly 20 vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, avocados are a nutrient-rich food. One-third of an average size avocado has about 80 calories and is sodium and...

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Coconut Oil Confusion: When to Eat it…When to Avoid

Coconut Oil Confusion: When to Eat it…When to Avoid

Coconut oil like all oils (olive, sunflower, walnut, canola, etc.) has about 120 calories per tablespoon. It is a fat that’s solid at room temperature, made popular by marketing and unwarranted comparisons to MCT oil.

It’s a highly saturated fat and when planned in an otherwise heart-healthy diet, okay for some but not for everyone. Keep your total saturated fat intake for the day (all food sources combined) to less than 10 percent of total calories (or about 20 grams per day).

Enjoy coconut oil in moderation, so long as you don’t go coco-nutty with its use.

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YOU are Enough! Ditch the Diet

YOU are Enough! Ditch the Diet

The New Year is here and with it the onslaught of resolutions. “This year will be the year when…” Fill in the blank: “I lose weight.” “I start exercising.” Yada. Yada. Yada. How about saying, ditch the diet! Thousands of advertising messages will prey upon people's...

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Why I Won’t be Recommending the Ketogenic Diet

Why I Won’t be Recommending the Ketogenic Diet

The Appeal of the Ketogenic "Keto" Diet (Make sure to read my post about the Keto Hoax and Shark Tank and its follow up: Warning: Don't get scammed by a keto supplement) People seek an arbitrary number on the scale. Why? Where is the branded number on foreheads? Do...

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Making Sense of Nutrition News, Part II

Making Sense of Nutrition News, Part II

As discussed in Making Sense of Nutrition News, Part I, nutrition research and knowledge over the past few decades grew at a staggering rate. I’ve been adjunct (part-time) faculty over 20 years and have a unique perspective of hearing what my students know and...

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Making Sense of Nutrition News, Part I

Making Sense of Nutrition News, Part I

Are you confused about nutrition? If so, I’m not surprised considering the plethora of marketing, advertising, and hype driving our food choices, especially on the internet. To make it even more confusing, you can find snippets of nutrition news, sometimes...

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How to Stop a Snack Attack

How to Stop a Snack Attack

On a weekly coaching call in my 12-week BE FREE™ program, Carly discussed challenges with eating. For example, snacking…though she may not be hungry. She was wondering how to stop a snack attack. Typical reasons being she was procrastinating or bored, frustrated, sad,...

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For the Love of Beans

For the Love of Beans

Being a preceptor for area internship programs is my way of giving back to the dietetics profession. Texas Woman's University intern Lauren Nygard wrote a guest post during her rotation. Like Lauren, I love beans/legumes and have written several posts about them here...

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