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Ilene’s Healthy Tips

Milk – Should I be drinking it?

Nutritionist Ilene, I’ve heard that milk is good for you and bad for you. What is the bottom line? Milk supports growth as it contains protein, carbohydrates, phosphorus, potassium, some sodium, and is a rich source of calcium supplying about 30% of your daily calcium needs in every glass. However, milk also contains hormones and…

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Overeating:  Causes and Treatment

  Nutritionist Ilene, I’ve been trying to lose weight, but I’m having a difficult time controlling my portions. Any suggestions?     Eating slower allows your stomach to feel full. Overeating can seem harmless, but it runs deeper than simply “my eyes were bigger than my stomach”. It is a behavioral issue. Many of us…

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How Much Fruit is Too Much??

Nutritionist Ilene, I eat mostly fruit for my carbohydrates.   How much fruit is too much? Whole fruit is a great source of nutrients like fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants, plus it might even satisfy your sweet tooth, all with relatively little calories. Fruit has simple sugar, fructose, which is metabolized in the liver to form triglycerides,…

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Weight Loss Plateau? Don’t Get Discouraged!

  Nutritionist Ilene, I’ve been eating clean and exercising almost every day, but I’m not losing weight. Not sure I can change much, any suggestions? Don’t be discouraged when you hit a plateau in weight loss.  The number on the scale is simply one factor of your health, and weight loss plateaus are incredibly common.…

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Age Related Weight Gain inevitable?

  Nutritionist Ilene, I just turned 34 and over the last year, I’ve gained 7 pounds even though I’m eating and working out the same as before.  Is this normal? ********************************************** Although weight gain is common it is not inevitable. To avoid it, get serious about nutrition and exercise and redesign your lifestyle to stress…

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Diet for Gout

  Nutritionist Ilene, I’ve been told I have gout. Is there a way to control it through diet? Or do I need medication? Gout is a form of arthritis marked by sudden attacks of painful, inflamed joints. If it is not controlled, gout can cause severe damage to joints, tendons, and other tissues. Gout is caused…

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Coconut Oil: Good or Bad?

Nutritionist Ilene, I’ve heard some controversy over coconut oil lately. Is coconut oil good or bad for you? Coconut oil contains saturated fats which are solid at room temperature and increase the risk of heart disease from plaque build-up in your arteries. In fact, 84% of coconut oils calories come from saturated fat compared to 14%…

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How much sodium is right for me?

Nutritionist Ilene, my labs are within normal limits, but my blood pressure seems to be trending up. How much sodium should I be having every day? Salt, which contains 40% sodium and 60% chloride, flavors foods and is necessary to maintain fluid balance, transmit nerve impulses and contract and relax muscles.  Iodine found in salt…

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GMO Foods… Good or Bad?

Nutritionist Ilene, I’ve heard eating genetically modified food is bad for you. Is that true? A genetically modified organism (GMO) is any organism whose genetic material has been altered. GMO foods have been used since 1996, but most people are unaware that about 90 percent of the corn, soybeans, canola oil and sugar beets grown…

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Fuel During Exercise

  Nutritionist Ilene, what are the best snacks to eat while working out? Eating the correct nutrients before, during and after a workout can increase your athletic potential and recovery time. Carbohydrates are your  body’s preferred fuel source during aerobic exercise. When you eat carbohydrates, they first regulate blood sugar levels then get stored as glycogen…

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