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New Year's Resolutions: Keep It Simple for Success

1/8/2016

As we ring in 2016, many of us set goals and make resolutions. This could be losing weight, exercising more, spending more time with family -- the list goes on and on. One of the most common of these goals involves our health and, more specifically, our weight. Cue the long list of diets and plans that claim to guarantee to help us achieve our weight loss goals. However, these can be extremely hard to stick with in the long term and can leave us feeling discouraged and likely to go back to our old habits. Instead of relying on one single diet or plan this year, I like to focus on lifestyle changes that can lead to success beyond this year. Here are a few of my favorite tips and tricks that can help you feel your best not only in 2016 but for many years to come!

2015: The Year in Review

12/31/2015

Is it just us, or was 2015 the year of food knowledge? From how to properly clean produce to using leftover produce to hormones and antibiotics in animal protein to the cost of food, consumers wanted to know everything about what they were eating. Let’s take a look back at Best Food Facts' hottest food stories of 2015…

Holiday Gifts for a Healthy Lifestyle

12/9/2015

Originally posted December 3, 2014.

Do you need some gift ideas? Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD and Sarah Downs, MBA, RDN, share some gift ideas to support a healthy lifestyle.

An Introduction to the Different Types of Grain

9/30/2015

September is National Whole Grains month, so we thought it would be appropriate to wrap it up with a roundup of 10 of the hottest grains we’ve been seeing a lot of lately. We also included an awesome recipe for each grain so you have no reason to not try ‘em out!

Menu Planning 101

9/2/2015

Originally posted February 24, 2015.

How often do you find yourself wondering what's for dinner? If you answered "every night," you're certainly not alone. We checked in with registered dietitian Ann Dunaway Teh and food blogger Melanie Bauer from Melanie Makes for some helpful menu planning tips.

 

The 4-1-1 on IBS

7/13/2015

A sensitive topic for many to discuss but something that nearly 42 million Americans live with, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic gastrointestinal ailment that causes painful and uncomfortable symptoms. While no specific cause is known and there is no way for doctors to make a definitive diagnosis, it is certain that food plays an important role in the treatment and management of this disorder.

Is Apple Cider Vinegar a Health Cure-All?

4/24/2015

A reader recently reached out to Best Food Facts to learn more about apple cider vinegar after seeing various articles such as this about its reported health benefits. According to the article, posted on HealthImpactNews.com, apple cider vinegar can help with a variety of health problems including diabetes, high cholesterol, blood pressure and heart health, cancer and weight loss. To better understand these claims, we reached out to Carol Johnston, PhD, RD, Professor and Director of the Nutrition Program at Arizona State University.

Low-Carb vs. Low-Fat: Which Diet is Best for You?

4/15/2015

Atkins. Low-carb. Paleo. Low-fat. These days it seems like there are endless options for weight management, but do they actually work and, if so, which ones work best? A research study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows that cutting back on carbs is more effective in losing weight versus cutting back on fat.

The Mediterranean Diet: A Heart Health Miracle?

4/10/2015

Have you heard that following a Mediterranean diet is better for your heart than exercise? When we heard we might be able to skip the gym and eat our way to good heart health with the Mediterranean diet, we reached out to registered dietitian Anne Cundiff to see if this diet is all it is cracked up to be. 

March into National Nutrition Month

3/6/2015

March is National Nutrition Month, and Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, shares ways you can bite into a healthy lifestyle!

18 Minutes Can Make All the Difference. Here's Why.

3/5/2015

Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, explains why you should put family meal time back on the menu.

What's on the Menu Now for a Healthier Diet?

2/20/2015

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee released its recommendations for Americans. Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, breaks down the recommendations and what they mean for the American diet.

Should You Eat Fat Free?

2/18/2015

Is fat-free always the best choice? Karman Meyer, RD, of KarmanNutrition.com says not always!

Calorie Myths Busted

2/17/2015

Does diluting a sweetened beverage take away the calories? Patricia Murray, RD, of St. Ann's Bay Hospital busts this myth along with whether toasting bread takes away calories.

Healthy Eating with Diabetes

2/16/2015

Do diabetics need to sacrifice and adhere to a strict diet? We asked Arielle "Dani" Lebovitz, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, CDE, of Robins Air Force Base for her advice.

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