We are in the middle of an unprecedented health crisis in our country. With so much uncertainty concerning the COVID-19 virus, it’s an excellent idea to make sure you are adequately prepared for an extended stay at home. I don’t mean stock up on toilet paper, I am talking about having easy access to nutritious and healthy foods in your pantry, fridge, and freezer. This is especially important for those individuals who, due to an underlying disease or chronic condition, have dietary restrictions. We reached out to some of our Nutrimedy dietitians for their thoughts on what to include in a well-stocked household. Here are some items to include on your grocery list:
Shelf stable protein options such as Spam or jerky tend to be high in sodium and preservatives. Here are some healthier o...
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is defined as the gradual loss of kidney function over time. There are five stages of kidney disease characterized by how efficiently your kidneys can filter waste and excess fluid from your blood. According to the National Kidney Foundation, 37 million Americans are currently living with CKD. The top two leading causes of CKD are diabetes and high blood pressure. As the stages of CKD progress, your body must work harder to filter out your blood. The final stage of CKD indicates kidney failure requiring dialysis or kidney transplant.
Dialysis is a life-saving treatment that resembles a healthy kidney by removing the excess waste and fluid from a patient’s blood. Dialysis also helps control blood pressure. There are two forms of dialysis: hemodialysis and perito...
Estrogen is a hormone that is primarily thought of as a “female” hormone. However, it plays a role in both female and male health. In men, estrogen supports sexual function. In women, estrogen essentially prepares the uterine lining for pregnancy.
There are various types of estrogen.
The most common found in the body are estradiol, estrone, and estriol. Estradiol is the most potent version of estrogen; whereas, estrone and estriol have lower potency. We are also exposed to other forms of estrogen through the environment. These include phytoestrogens, which are found in plants. And xenoestrogens, which are a chemical form of estrogen found in pesticides or other environmental toxins.
While estrogen plays an important role in reproductive health, it can also create many problem...
This recipe provides a balanced meal as well as a meal that is lower in calories, lower carbohydrate, and moderate protein. The meal is easy to make and includes everything you need to make a complete balanced, nutritious meal. The soup is great to make for a weeknight meal!
1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 lb bag of carrots, chopped
5 stalks celery, chopped
5 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tsp salt
2 lbs ground turkey
1 tbsp dried onion flakes
1 tbsp poultry seasoning or Italian seasoning (a seasoning blend that contains various herbs such as rosemary, thyme, basil)
The most important resolution to make for health and happiness in 2020 is to change your mindset. This allows your physical health, your emotional wellbeing and your entire life to become what you desire. This is where true lasting progress begins. Many people take action and experience success, but those that change and continue to improve throughout their life are those that eliminate their negative thoughts, the “dieting” behaviors and instead learn to accept and love themselves as they are now. That may be tough to hear, or it may not make sense because you think that you do love yourself. However if you are not where you would like to be in your health, career, relationships or any other important area of your life, it is because of a deep rooted subconscious belief that you are not d...
Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a syndrome characterized by bloating, abdominal distention, gas, pain, diarrhea and/or constipation. Not to be confused with inflammatory bowel disease (the umbrella term for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis), which is an autoimmune disease that affects the GI tract and is associated with chronic inflammation, IBS is said to be the most common gastrointestinal (GI) disorder, affecting anywhere from 10-15% of the world’s population.
Though the cause of IBS is unknown, and there is no known cure, dietary management can be effective in managing the often unpleasant, and embarrassing, symptoms of IBS. One dietary therapy that has shown promise is the low FODMAP elimination diet.
But what on earth is a FODMAP? When I first heard this term when I was a di...