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Posts found under "Family Nutrition" within Fit Life

Ask the Pediatrician: How Can I Lower the Risk of My Baby Having a Food Allergy?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Tuesday, March 12, 2013


Many parents are anxious to take steps to help lower their child’s risk of developing allergies to foods like milk, eggs and peanuts. Pediatrician Dr. Natalie Digate Muth examines the latest research on food-allergy triggers and offers advice to parents on how they can minimize their children’s risk of developing these increasingly common allergies.




Beat Cold Weather Blues with 5 Winter Superfoods

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Feel like winter has snatched away your chance at fresh fruits and vegetables? Think again. The colder months have their own seasonal favorites, from winter squash to collard greens and pomegranates. Check out some of our picks, ways you can keep each of them fresh, and healthy recipe ideas that add some variety to your diet.




What are some tips to avoid overeating at holiday parties?

By Michael Mantell on Wednesday, December 05, 2012


Do you find yourself dreading the endless supply of holiday-themed temptations that will undoubtedly undo all of your healthy good intentions? Dr. Michael Mantell offers some great strategies that will not only help you survive the holidays—but thrive as well!




Superfoods: Your Fall Season Lineup

By Gina Crome on Wednesday, October 10, 2012


While summer is known for its abundance of fresh and healthy foods, fall offers its own array of delicious and nutritious superfoods. Packed with things like folic acid, omega-3s and antioxidants, these foods (some of which may surprise you!) contain the vital nutrients we need to stay healthy while heading into flu and cold season. Here are some helpful tips and delicious recipes you can use to take advantage of the season’s bounty.




How Can I Cook Fresh Summer Produce?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, July 18, 2012


If the sun is beaming and the beach is calling your name, chances are summer is in the air. But did you know aside from barbecues and family vacations, it’s also the season for many of your favorite fruits and vegetables? Check out some easy recipes you can prepare, as well as some tips on how to choose fruits and vegetables at the peak of ripeness.




How Can I Give a Healthy Twist to my July Fourth BBQ and Picnic Favorites?

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, July 02, 2012


With another summer holiday fast approaching, don’t miss out on the opportunity to celebrate America while maintaining your healthy lifestyle. Learn from ACE Fitness Consultant Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RD, about how you can add some delicious, nutritious spins to your holiday favorites.




Is there a nutritional difference between fresh and canned foods?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Tuesday, June 19, 2012


While dietary guidelines set by the federal government don’t distinguish between canned or fresh fruits and vegetables, you may be surprised to know there can be a difference in their nutritional value. So which one is healthier? Check out our analysis of how canned foods are prepared and how even fresh foods can lose vitamins and minerals.




4 Surprising Summertime Smoothies

By Jessica Matthews on Thursday, June 14, 2012


Don’t go out for a smoothie on a hot summer day when you can make one at home using ingredients you may already have in your cupboard. Check out four unusual favorites from registered dieticians and nutrition experts, who use everything from spinach to almond milk for their refreshing treats.




What are some healthy foods I’m probably not eating?

By Jessica Matthews on Thursday, May 17, 2012


We all know that it's important to eat our fruits and vegetables and consume heart-healthy whole grains, but what you may not know is there are a number of options for getting the nutrients you need while adding new variety and flavor to some of your favorite meals. Check out these five foods that you may not yet be eating.




How Can I Prepare Healthy Meals That My Kids Will Enjoy (Without Breaking the Bank)?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, May 02, 2012


Parents share many concerns about their kids’ eating habits; the three biggest being not eating enough fruits and vegetables, picky eating and too much junk food. While most know an ideal eating plan is high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains and low in sugar and salt, getting a kid to actually eat such a nutrient-dense diet is a massive undertaking for anyone.




What are some good options to fuel my cardio, strength training and weekend workouts?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, April 25, 2012


To make the most out of your workouts, it’s important that you fuel and refuel right. We asked registered dietitians and sports nutrition experts to share some of their pre- and post-workout meal favorites to help give you the energy you need to get the results that you want.




What should I eat before and after my morning, afternoon or evening workout?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, April 11, 2012


The foods you eat before and after a workout can affect the types of results you'll see. To ensure that you're maximizing your workouts at any time of day, registered dietitians and sports nutrition experts weighed in with some time-inspired, effective pre- and post-workout snacks.




Do men and women have different nutritional needs?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, March 21, 2012


The essentials of a healthy diet are similar for men and women. Eat when hungry, stop when full. Choose fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein, and dairy sources that are low in saturated fat. Avoid trans fat, excessive sodium, and added sugar. While these general recommendations apply to everyone, a more detailed nutrition and exercise plan to carry out the recommendations do vary by gender.




What are 5 foods that people think are healthy (but aren’t)? Any healthy alternatives for them?

By Jessica Matthews on Thursday, March 15, 2012


There are a lot of food options out there and many of them hide under a guise of being healthy. It can definitely get confusing! We decided to take the guesswork out of healthy eating by asking registered dietitians and nutrition experts to weigh in. They told us which foods aren't as healthy as we may think and even better, healthy swaps for them.




What strategies can I follow to plan healthy meals and snacks?

By Gina Crome on Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Time constraints from work and family life may make it difficult to plan healthy meals and snacks. Instead of heading to a drive-thru restaurant, follow these simple steps to achieve eating healthy, balanced meals.




What's in a registered dietitian's pantry?

By Gina Crome on Wednesday, February 08, 2012


If you’ve ever wondered what foods you might find in a registered dietitian’s pantry, now’s your chance to find out. Gina Crome, R.D., shares how she stocks her pantry — from breakfast foods all the way to desserts — to maintain her 172-pound weight loss! By stocking your pantry like a registered dietitian, you too can learn how to eat healthier and maintain your weight — all without losing flavor.




Should I eat more (or less) soy?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Many people trying to cut unhealthy animal fats and proteins from their diets have longed turned to soy products. And recognition that soy-loving Japan saw lower incidences of breast and prostate cancer, hot flashes, and heart disease fueled American interest in soy as a possible mediator of good health. But controversy has surrounded the food — get the facts on if you should be eating more or less of it.




Do detox diets work?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, January 11, 2012


If your holiday diet consisted of eating too many heavily processed and artificial foods, you may be thinking about adopting a “detox” diet this new year. But does it really work? Do these regimens safely help the body rid toxins better than the normal metabolic processes of the liver, kidney, skin, lymph nodes, and other bodily systems?




What is a raw food diet?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, November 23, 2011


The raw food diet emphasizes intake of foods in their natural, unprocessed, uncooked form. Raw fruits and vegetables top the list of food options. But a closer looks reveals a more complicated, expensive, and questionable eating plan.




Do bodybuilding supplements work?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, October 26, 2011


To succeed and thrive as a bodybuilder, it takes more than overwhelming muscular strength or athletic prowess. Judges select bodybuilding champions based on muscle mass, definition, proportion, symmetry, and an athlete’s stage presence. Given the criteria, it is no surprise that most serious bodybuilders consider supplementation to be an essential component of their training regimen. But are they safe and do they work?




What can I do to reduce my risk of developing cancer?

By Gina Crome on Wednesday, October 12, 2011


What can you do to reduce your risk of cancer and other deadly diseases? Understanding the role of phytonutrients as antioxidants in the diet is key.




What can working with a registered dietitian do for me?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, October 05, 2011


Planning to kick start your weight loss efforts? Striving to boost your sports performance? Needing to change your diet for health reasons? Or, just looking for an individualized eating plan to help optimize health? Whatever your unique situation, a registered dietitian (RD) may help you increase the enjoyment and success of a dietary overhaul.




What’s the Best Way to Refuel after a Prolonged Endurance Workout?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Marathon and triathlon seasons are well underway! With intense training regimens like 20-mile runs, 100-mile bike rides and long open-water swims, endurance athletes need a sound refueling regimen to optimize each workout and achieve their goals on race day.




Does High Fructose Corn Syrup Really Make You Fat?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, August 31, 2011


High fructose corn syrup - most of us have heard of it, yet many of us are unsure of what exactly it is, and what it means for our waistlines. Let's separate fact from fiction as we discuss the controversy surrounding high fructose corn syrup.




I’m sick of eating the same foods. What are some “superfoods” that I’ve probably never tried?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, August 03, 2011


Even the most inventive cooks sometimes find themselves in a food rut, eating the same few tried-and-true foods time and again. Here’s a list of five late summer “superfoods” that you may have never tried, but should definitely check out!




How do I avoid GI upset during a competitive endurance race?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, July 20, 2011


If you've ever participated in a long-distance endurance workout, you've likely experienced some gastrointestinal (GI) distress, such as cramping, bloating or severe stomach pain. Find out what causes GI upset and learn what you can do to avoid repeat episodes.




What are some tips for a healthier Fourth of July?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Planning your Fourth of July backyard bash? Check out these five tips for spicing up your barbeque while still being kind to your waistline.




What is the new MyPlate, and how does it differ from MyPyramid?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, June 08, 2011


Out with the old, and in with the new! The federal government has retired the short-lived 2055 MyPyramid dietary tool in favor of a simpler icon- a dinner plate. Learn the basics about the new MyPlate, and the role it will play in helping to eliminate childhood obesity and improve the overall health and lifestyle of Americans.




Will Eating More Protein Help Me Get Stronger?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, May 25, 2011


From athletes to dieters, high protein diets and their promises of muscle gain, weight loss and improved health appeal to a wide diversity of people. But how much and what kind of protein is best, and does the macronutrient fulfill its promises?




What are the best ways to pick fresh spring produce?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, May 04, 2011


Spring has finally arrived and Farmer’s Markets and grocery stores across the country are blossoming with flowers and fresh spring produce. Here we highlight some of the season’s most nutrient-dense and tasty fruits and vegetables and how you can pick for maximum flavor and nutrition.




Can I Eat Healthy on $7 a Day?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, April 20, 2011


One of the most commonly cited reasons people give for not eating healthy is that healthy food “costs too much.” With a little bit of planning, a family of four can get by on about $28 per day ($7 each) including a wholesome breakfast, lunch and dinner and even a few snacks along the way.




Should I Eat Organic? When Does It Really Matter?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, March 09, 2011


Many people happily cough up the almost double it sometimes costs to go organic whereas others balk at such a high price for a food that usually tastes no different than its conventional counterpart. So who’s right? Well, it turns out that it depends.




Does a Gluten-Free Diet Improve Athletic Performance?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Friday, February 18, 2011


A strenuous endurance workout demands careful nutrition planning to optimize athletic performance and minimize the gastrointestinal (GI) distress – cramps, bloating, abdominal pain, and generalized fatigue – that plagues many recreational and elite athletes. In an effort to avoid these unpleasant GI symptoms, many athletes have experimented with adopting a gluten-free diet.




What should I eat when I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, January 26, 2011


What you eat plays a big role in your health and the health of your growing baby. Learn what you need to know to ensure a healthy prenatal and postpartum nutrition plan.




How can I have a healthier Thanksgiving?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Ah, Thanksgiving — a day that is famous for its indulgences and, for many, an annual ritual to overeat and then lounge lazily for the rest of the day watching football games, napping, and spending time with family and friends. This holiday is a little bit of a challenge for highly health conscious individuals, however there are some simple changes you can make to your Thanksgiving plans this year that will save you some calories and add some fun to your holiday.




How can I avoid Halloween weight gain without missing out on the fun?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, October 27, 2010


It’s hard for even the most disciplined “dieter” to avoid Halloween weight gain. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Follow our 10 steps below, you might just make it through the month without budging the bathroom scale.




For camping and hiking trips, what are the best foods to pack for proper nutrition?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Putting a little thought into how you’re going to fuel your body for your planned hiking venture will go a long way into optimizing your camping experience.




What are omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, September 15, 2010


The health benefits of omega-3s have caught fire among consumers, and savvy food manufacturers and marketers have taken note and managed to add the fatty acids to a wide variety of foods. But what exactly are omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and what do they mean to your health? Find out here.




Are eggs unhealthy for my diet?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, September 01, 2010


At just about 15 cents each, eggs contain a load of nutrients at a very cheap price. But is it safe and healthy to eat them? Let’s weigh the benefits and risks.




I’ve been hearing a lot about “the female athlete triad.” What is this and who gets it?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Participation in ample physical activity and consumption of a nutrient-dense and healthful diet are defining features of a healthy lifestyle. Oftentimes athletes are the model citizens of excellent health; however, a sizeable number of athletes have taken healthful habits to an extreme such that they become pathologic and detrimental to overall health and well being.




My 12-year-old plays soccer competitively. What should she eat to optimize her performance?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, August 04, 2010


A lot of attention has focused on the problem of childhood obesity and inactivity, but there’s been little mention of the growing number of highly active kids engaged in competitive sports. These youth athletes push themselves physically and mentally to achieve impressive levels of athletic performance. The high training loads create unique nutritional demands. Kids are not just “little adults” and the rules of adult sports nutrition do not necessarily apply.




My teenagers are picky eaters. What can I do to incorporate healthier foods into their diets?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Despite the recommendations for an optimal diet for teens, the vast majority of teens eat nowhere near what they should for optimal health. So what is a concerned parent to do? Find out here.




I typically work out for 45-minutes at a moderate intensity. How much water should I be consuming while exercising?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, July 07, 2010


Staying hydrated during exercise is so important, especially during the warm months of summer, yet it is something many of us tend to overlook. Let’s discuss the recommendations for adequate hydration as well as strategies to ensure you stay properly hydrated before, during and after your workout session.




Are All Fats Bad? What Kinds of Fats Are Good to Include In My Diet?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, June 30, 2010


The dietary teaching of the 1990s warned Americans to avoid fats at all costs, but is there any truth to that recommendation? Are all fats created equal?




Should I take a multivitamin?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, June 09, 2010


If you’ve been paying attention to the latest on vitamin research and whether or not loading up on the nutritional supplements is worth it, you may be a little bit confused and frustrated.




Do negative calorie foods really exist?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, June 02, 2010


Forever in search of the perfect calorie-burning, fat-melting, do-it-in-two-weeks diet – “health gurus” seem to have come up with a million different concoctions of how to get thin quickly and easily.




What should I eat before, during, and after my workouts?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, January 06, 2010


It’s the age-old question – what (and when) to eat to set the stage for a great workout and optimal performance without nagging abdominal pains, hunger pangs, and premature exhaustion?




Are there health risks concerning eating too much protein?

By Jessica Matthews on Tuesday, December 08, 2009


The human body is unable to store extra protein. Protein consumed in excess of the body's needs is not used to build muscle; rather, it is used for non-protein bodily functions. If individuals consume protein in excess of their caloric and protein needs, the extra protein will not be stored as protein. Unfortunately such extra protein is converted to and stored as fat.




What are the guidelines for percentage of body fat loss?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, December 02, 2009


With the New Year upon us, millions of people are thinking hard about their New Year’s resolutions, many of which will likely include ambitious nutrition and fitness goals. Given the increasing ease of measuring body composition and the known benefits of decreasing body fat percentage, it is no surprise that fitness professionals and consumers alike want to know how much body fat they should expect to lose.




Are vegetarian diets safe?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, November 04, 2009


Uncover what is fact and what is fiction when it comes to vegetarianism.




I’m looking to gain weight and add muscle to my frame- should I be consuming extra protein?

By Jessica Matthews on Tuesday, September 08, 2009


The old saying is true- it is possible to have too much of a good thing.




Will creatine supplements increase the size and strength of my muscles?

By Jessica Matthews on Friday, September 04, 2009


Wondering what the buzz is all about? Confused as to whether or not creatine will really make you a lean, mean, powerful machine? Let’s discuss the truth behind the hype.




What can you tell me about the FDA approved over-the-counter diet pill "Alli"?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, September 02, 2009


Take a pill and lose weight - is that it?