Hello beach weekends, goodbye belly bloat

Hello beach weekends, goodbye belly bloat

Ready for the unofficial start of summer? I feel like we skipped spring here in Boston, but the streak of warmer days this week has me dreaming of swinging sundresses, fresh farmers' market finds, and cool, crisp glasses of wine (and it has me sweating profusely...because 9 months pregnant and 95 degree days simply do not mix well).  As warmer weather calls for fewer layers, you may start to worry about that "food baby" you've been working on all winter.  No need to delve into a deep detox or subsist only on fruit+ veggie-filled juices.  Follow these quick tips to feel slimmer + more energized without going off the deep end.

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Decoding Popular Diets: Intermittent Fasting

Decoding Popular Diets: Intermittent Fasting

If fasting seems like an extreme and unhealthy approach to weight loss, that's because it generally is.  Depriving yourself of food also deprives you of beneficial nutrients on which the body relies to function.  But what about intermittent fasting, which promotes short bouts of fasting or limited eating interspersed between days of regular eating?  Is it possible to promote health and lose weight (preferably fat!) while engaging in such a program?  In short, we don't know yet, but there's a growing body of research looking into it!  Here's the breakdown so far. 

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Decoding Popular Diets: Clean Eating

Decoding Popular Diets: Clean Eating

With clean eating magazines, restaurants, and blogs along with countless clean eating devotees, the buzz around the popular program is likely here to stay.  And for good reason.  It's less of a fad diet than it is a simplified approach to healthy eating.  Choose whole foods, skip most processed foods, and quickly evaluate labeled foods with a short set of rules.  But can eating healthy really be that easy?  Time to evaluate!    

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Decoding Popular Diets: Cleansing

Decoding Popular Diets: Cleansing

Big event coming up? Or feeling lethargic and bloated from indulging a little too much?  Time for a quick fix!  Right?  We've all been there - grasping for that miracle food, drink, supplement or diet that will whip us into shape in a few short days.  Whatever you desire - weight loss, energy, clear skin - there's probably a cleanse out there boasting that it can make those dreams come true...and in only 3 days!  Before you get started, let's review what cleanses entail along with their actual detox potential.  

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Decoding Popular Diets: Whole30

Decoding Popular Diets: Whole30

Years before I became a Registered Dietitian, I tried Whole30 (gasp!).  Full disclosure, I didn't last 30 days.  Details are fuzzy (probably from removing so many foods!), but I doubt I lasted longer than a week.  My decision to begin the program stemmed from lingering eating-triggered pain that I experienced following my gallbladder removal.  It wasn't the right program for me at the time, and now as a dietitian, I'd caution others venturing into it - but not based on my personal experience (sample size of 1 wouldn't hold up in the science journals!).  Let's dig into the details along with my reservations about the program.  

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Decoding Popular Diets: Gluten-Free

Decoding Popular Diets: Gluten-Free

Looking for a hot topic to discuss at your next dinner party?  Try mentioning the word "gluten."  While relatively unknown just a few years ago, gluten has entered the spotlight -  well, at least in terms of awareness!  In reality, gluten has exited the picture, with product development and marketing efforts aimed at removing gluten from foods that commonly contain it and highlighting foods that are newly + naturally void of the ingredient.  So, is it time for you to cut ties with gluten, too?  And what does a diet sans gluten even look like?  Let's discuss.

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Decoding Popular Diets: The Paleo Diet

Decoding Popular Diets: The Paleo Diet

Last year, during my semi-annual teeth cleaning, my dentist asked my opinion on the Paleo Diet.  Mouth agape, I provided a brief and likely unintelligible response referencing the benefits of prioritizing whole foods and the potential risks of eliminating entire food groups.  Next visit, I'll simply direct him to this analysis, which will hopefully clear up any questions that you (and my dentist) have regarding the Paleo Diet. 

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Decoding Popular Diets: An Overview

Decoding Popular Diets: An Overview

I love talking about food - from kale salads to peanut butter pie and from #trending superfoods to the staples of grandma's kitchen pantry.  So, when I meet new people and they discover I'm a dietitian, I genuinely welcome the flood of questions that I usually receive.  Often they've read or heard of a bite (ha!) of nutrition news and want my take on its validity.  Sometimes there's merely a whisper of hope that it's true (does drinking red wine match the benefits of working out?) and other times there's real interest in pursuing the plan (will removing dairy from my diet improve my digestion?).  The most frequent topics posed, however, include overall diet approaches such as going gluten-free or adopting the paleo diet, which leads me to the beginning of an exciting new series!

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