Gluten Free Outside the Gluten-Free Aisle

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People often ask for me for guidance on how to spot gluten-free foods that are good (better or best!) for them. For some, the transition to gluten-free foods feels like a move toward foods that are more processed or less healthful. I am quick to highlight the many fresh and naturally gluten-free foods that our found throughout the produce, meat, seafood and dairy departments. Shop in these departments and you are likely to find many healthful items.

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DASH to Lower Blood Pressure

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We have many reasons to manage stress, quit smoking and eat a better diet–reducing our blood pressure is just one of them. Unless you are checking your blood pressure regularly, you may not even know that it is rising. Over time, our blood pressure can creep higher and higher–possibly without any symptoms–until it is chronically elevated, which we refer to as hypertension.

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Kids’ Snacks

Consulting Dietitian Allison Stowell offers some fresh ideas on finding healthy snacks for kids. Snack is a great time to sneak in more fruits and vegetables, for example. You can also get your kids involved in choosing their favorite healthy foods by putting out star-earning cereal, dried fruit and nuts for them to make their own trail mix.

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The Wizard of Oz

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I got into a fight with my friend the other night at dinner. Here we were at a beautiful French restaurant, one moment catching up on life and the next in a heated debate. The topic: Dr. Oz. Okay, more importantly, the topic was the fine line between preventative medicine and entertainment. Before Oz, preventative medicine and entertainment were worlds apart. My friend sees nothing wrong with people watching, devoting and dedicating their health to personalities like Dr. Oz. It may not surprise you that I do.

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Eat Nutritiously, Reduce Your Water Footprint

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There are many things that most of us take for granted. It takes a prolonged blackout for us to appreciate electricity or a tremendous storm to acknowledge the convenience of safe and well-maintained roads. Access to clean water is, no doubt, another one of those things most of us aren’t as grateful for as we should be. Try to picture a life that didn’t revolve around your daily shower, plenty of water for well-scrubbed dishes or most importantly–safe water to drink and prepare food with.

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Yogurt

Guiding Stars Consulting Dietitian Allison Stowell explains why you don’t see as many stars in the yogurt section as you’d expect. To get the best benefit from the healthy aspects of yogurt, choose non-fat, plain yogurts. If you need a little sweet, mix in a little fresh fruit or star-earning cereal.

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Is Your Plate “In Shape”?

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It’s time to get our “Plates in Shape”…or at least that is the goal of National Nutrition Month 2012. March will be devoted to getting the message out that we need to be more mindful of our lifestyle and food choices. Ultimately, for me it is not only about the (hopefully) healthful plate of food we consume at meal times but also the larger “plate” that is life (the one that most of us generally feel is too full), as it’s this larger plate that often needs reshaping.

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