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Recognizing an eating disorder

May 30, 2017

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When we think of eating disorders, anorexia and bulimia probably come to mind. But there are many other behaviors that qualify as eating disorders, including obsessive behavior about food and calories and compulsive exercise to burn calories. Some people are more prone to eating disorders than others. Here’s how to spot signs of a disorder and what to do if you or someone you know is struggling with food.


Food allergies or food intolerance, which is which

May 15, 2017
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Finally, understand the difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance.

3 steps to lower your risk of diabetes

April 25, 2017
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Diabetes now is a global pandemic. Tens of millions of people have diabetes, and many are undiagnosed. As a family doctor, I’d like to share my advice on how to avoid this disease – or at least slow it down.

Eat water with these 7 foods that hydrate you

April 21, 2017
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You probably know by now the old saying, “Drink eight glasses of water a day," is an estimate. The National Academy of Medicine suggests about eight pints a day for men and six pints for women. But if you’re like most people, finding time to do anything, even drink a glass water, can be a challenge. By including foods that are high in water content, we can stay ahead of the hydration curve. Check out these hydrating foods:

10 desserts that satisfy without sabotaging your health

April 17, 2017
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When you commit to improving your health, you often start in the kitchen. You dedicate yourself to eating nutritious meals, eliminating junk food and switching to healthy snacks. But does that also mean you have to give up dessert? Not at all, say creative cooks who have trimmed the fat from some classic dessert recipes. Now you can have your cake – and brownies and fudge and pie – and eat them too! 


Create guilt-free Easter baskets with these 13 fun, healthy ideas

April 14, 2017

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Bright pink and yellow marshmallow Peeps, chocolate bunnies, colorful jelly beans – the sugary sweets of Easter are upon us. While children (and a lot of adults) might be delighted with an excuse to binge on a bucketful of candy, you probably don’t want to give your loved ones the gift of tooth decay and other sugar-related health issues. Here are some ideas on how you can put the “good” back into goodies for the annual Easter basket.

Introducing peanuts early to help prevent peanut allergy

April 11, 2017
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In January 2017, food allergy experts issued updated guidelines recommending most infants be fed peanut proteins starting at around 6 months of age.  Emerging research suggests peanut exposure starting at an early age may help reduce the risk of developing a peanut allergy.

10 delicious recipes offer a nutritious spin on dinner

April 10, 2017
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These 10 nutritious, delicious dinner recipes from food gurus offer guilt-free satisfaction. 

The human microbiome: Why you need to keep it healthy

March 28, 2017
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I recently attended the 2017 Swedish Pediatric Metabolic Health and Nutrition Summit and what I learned there was not only fascinating to me as a pediatric nurse, but as the mother of an 8-year-old.

Be a wise health consumer: How to avoid fraud and scams

March 22, 2017
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Fraudulent and unproven health products and services are a common problem, and billions of dollars are spent every year to promote them. What can you do to avoid scams? Here are some common red flags to watch for.