What Counts as Exercise?

This is one of my favorite questions to answer as many people assume that all exercise needs to be vigorous like running. Exercise also includes walking, swimming, bike riding, skateboarding, gardening, weight lifting, yoga, pilates, rollerblading, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, dancing and participating in sports such as basketball, gymnastics, tennis etc. For children, playing…

Exercise Guidelines

The many benefits you may gain from exercise include: Reduced risk for depression Decreased risk for cognitive decline in older age It is a major contributor to reaching and/or maintaining a healthy body weight Decreased blood pressure and triglycerides Increased HDL (your good cholesterol) Overall reduced risk of developing cardiovascular disease Decreased risk of developing…

A Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving to You!

Hi there, happy Thanksgiving! Here are some tips on how to enjoy Thanksgiving while keeping health and nutrition in mind. If you are not hosting this year offer to bring a dish or two. Choosing to bring a healthy dish will ensure that you have a healthy option to choose from. Consider making a wild…

Which Carbohydrates Should be Eaten Regularly?

I have written about the importance of including carbohydrates in our diet and that we need to limit added sugars. As most people should get about 50% of their calories from carbs you might be wondering which carbohydrates should be included in your diet on a regular basis. I will discuss this question today. It…

Which Carbohydrate Should be Limited?

Carbohydrates are a wonderful source of nutrition. There is however one type of carb that should be limited, and that is added sugars. Added sugars are exactly what they sound like: sugar that is added to foods during processing. The sugars found in milk (lactose) and the sugar from fruits (fructose and glucose) are not considered…

Should You Limit Carbohydrate Intake?

Carbohydrates have a been given a bad reputation because they are known for causing weight gain. While excess carb intake can cause you to gain unwanted pounds, the same is true for eating too much fat or protein because it is the excess calories that cause the weight gain. In general, reducing overall calorie intake…

What are Carbohydrates?

Macronutrients are the nutrients our bodies need in large amounts and include carbohydrates, fats and proteins I am starting a blog series on carbohydrates (carbs for short), which is the favorite macronutrient to target for weight loss these days, and takes a lot of flak in general. The word carbohydrate actually means carbon with water…

Vacation Weight Gain

Going on vacation this summer? Most people associate vacation with relaxation, adventure, and some indulgence. Sounds good! Individuals who conducted a study at the University of Georgia found that people going on a vacation lasting one to three weeks had lower levels of stress, increased physical activity, and lower blood pressure. However, the participants in…

What Causes Obesity?

The answer to this question is not as simple as you might think. Yes, excess weight gain is caused by consuming too many calories and not exercising enough, but there is more to it than that. People who struggle with obesity often deal with what is called weight bias. Weight bias is when obese people…

Is Body Mass Index an Accurate Measurement?

Body mass index (BMI) is a calculation that dietitians and doctors use to determine if your body weight is appropriate for your height. If you have a BMI above 24.9, you are considered to have too much body fat which puts you at risk for multiple health issues. BMI is used for adults and children 2 years and…

Is Body Weight Important?

My short answer to this question is yes. There are serious health consequences that come with not maintaining a healthy body weight. Being obese is defined as having a BMI greater than 29.9. Obesity increases the risk for the following: High blood pressure High LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) Low HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol) High triglycerides Coronary heart disease…