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Caffeine and Health: Just The Facts

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By Melinda Maryniuk, MEd, RD, CDCES If you’re like the majority of Americans, you start your day with at least one cup of a caffeinated beverage. Whether it’s coffee or tea (or one of the popular energy drinks), most people agree that caffeine in the morning helps jump-start the day. What is caffeine? Caffeine is…

Tips for Healthy Eating on a Budget

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By Melinda Maryniuk, MEd, RD, CDCES No question about it… everything costs more lately, including groceries. At a glance, it may seem that healthy foods cost the most, and less-nutritious foods cost the least. However, with a little planning, you can enjoy a variety of good-for-you foods that are also tasty… and keep within your…

Which Health Foods Deserve the Hype? Our Dietitian Weighs In…

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By Melinda Maryniuk, MEd, RD, CDCES Walking down the aisles of a supermarket can feel overwhelming. Shelves are bursting with an ever-increasing array of products. Advertisements and food packages make all sorts of claims about their health benefits. Some foods almost seem to glow with halo-like properties. But how does one know if something really…

Simple Food Swaps for Better Health

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By Melinda Maryniuk, MEd, RD, CDCES As a dietitian, I am often asked, “What’s the best __ (bread, crackers, cereal…) for me to eat?” While there is no “best” option, we want to offer you some “good-for-you” selections, and share some tips on how you can judge different foods for yourself. As a general rule…

Is Sleep Apnea Holding You Back?

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By Maria Fleet It’s a serious health problem many people don’t even know they have. They are completely unaware that they stop breathing many times in the night – and it can have a damaging effect on their health, especially for people trying to manage their weight. It’s called sleep apnea, and the most common…

Plant-Based Protein Sources

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By Melinda Maryniuk, MEd, RD, CDCES Did you know there are many great sources of protein that come from plants? Meats, fish, poultry, eggs & dairy foods (milk, yogurt, and cheese) generally have the highest sources of protein per serving. However, with little planning, you can get plenty of protein from plant foods! Plant-based proteins…

Four Things to Know About Meal Replacements

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Is it true that drinking a shake instead of having a meal is a quick way to lose weight? Is it safe? There are many different products on the market designed to help people lose weight. Meal replacements (usually shakes or snack bars) are developed to be low in calories, but high in protein &…