We hear a lot about inflammation playing a role in our health, but what is it exactly? And what do we do to reduce its harmful effects? Inflammation is a natural process that assists the body in defending itself. When trauma occurs – a virus, bacterial infection, a broken bone or skin – a complicated chemical symphony begins in our blood and tissues that helps us repair. This is known as acute inflammation and it appears as fever, redness, swelling, tenderness and pain which subsides once we’ve healed from a temporary assault.Read More
Keeping your thyroid running smoothly is essential to good health. This small butterfly shaped gland that sits at the base of your neck is one of your body’s hardest working parts. All day long, it produces hormones that play a role in virtually every human function, particularly metabolism, digestion, body temperature and heart rate,Read More
Holidays can be all about surrender when it comes to calories. But, by filling up on a few of these amazing additions to the table, you can be sure you’re getting the good stuff: tons of fiber, antioxidants and healthy fats – without regret. Read up and eat on – and enjoy the season!Read More
Nothing is simpler than toast and coffee in the morning…or so we thought. Toast has taken on a whole new life with topping combos that boost flavor and nutrition. The best part is so many of these ingredients are grocery staples you already have on hand. Quick and easy, toast will never go out of style. Especially not with these amazing options!Read More
Have a sweet tooth? Feeling guilty about it? No need.
Let’s get a grip on science vs. fiction and understand how to best indulge. I want to remind sugar-shamers that there was a time when we thought fat was the devil (so ’90’s). We finally agree that healthy fats in reasonable amounts are essential. Now, sugar is the most popular villain in the nutrition lexicon. Obesity, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes are terrifyingly common. Sugar also gets blamed for systemic inflammation and premature wrinkles. The health crisis is real and we need to name the enemy – in 2017, it’s the sweet stuff.Read More
The word “diet”, while an appropriate one to describe what we eat, has a negative connotation because most of us equate it with some sort of restriction. Therefore I don’t use it, and prefer the term “food philosophy”.
Few of us approach our food choices with complete abandon these days – avoidances abound and it’s driving us all crazy. To be sure, some of us need to limit or eliminate certain foods due to intolerances or allergies.Read More
When I say that I’m a Registered Dietitian, it’s generally understood that I am skilled in counseling clients regarding their nutritional needs during various stages of life for weight management, overall wellness or during times of illness. Food that tastes good and is good for you is my jam; that’s easy to convey. When I also mention that I am a Certified Health Coach, eyes frequently glaze.Read More
An exciting addition to my private practice as a Chicago-based Registered Dietitian and Certified Health Coach, my intention for NYOUTRITION.com is to create a resource for sound nutrition and wellness information; simple, delicious and nourishing recipes and valuable support in your efforts towards optimal health.Read More