Acid reflux is when stomach acid flows back up the esophagus from the stomach, causing irritation. Acid reflux may be a temporary or long-term issue. More serious forms are called gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD.
In a normal year, stress, depression and a sedentary lifestyle can lead to weight gain. Unfortunately, this year’s events may make it more difficult to maintain health. During the holidays, high caloric foods and drinks are readily available, so how can we be mindful of our intake to prevent weight gain?
Here are five ways to stay focused:
The common suggestion to shop the circumference of the grocery store can be helpful if you are trying to decrease your processed food intake, but that doesn’t mean foods in the aisles are unhealthy.
Many diets today promote the intake of only whole foods, but let’s be real. In today’s busy world, convenience foods can be extremely helpful and can have just as much nutritional value if you choose wisely.
Today we are surrounded by many opinions and suggestions for how to eat or what diet is best. Nutrition can be a very difficult subject to navigate and understand because of so much conflicting information coming from all directions.
Drinking enough fluids, especially in the heat of the summer, is very important. However, many people do not drink enough water throughout the day every day of the year. If you are thirsty, you may already be dehydrated.
As a dietitian, I would never encourage everyone to go strictly vegan or vegetarian. Many people enjoy meat, and that is okay, but research shows that a reduction in animal protein (beef, pork, lamb and processed meats in particular) can improve health, including a reduction in cardiovascular disease, prevention or better management of diabetes, and reduced risk of cancer.
Looking for timely, accessible recipes and nutrition information? Join community nutrition educator Bridgette Bostic, R.D.N., for Healthy Bites with Bridgette, a new online cooking class taking place from 5 to 6 p.m. each Wednesday evening.
Turkey burgers are a great alternative to beef as they have less saturated fat and calories. Place this burger on a whole grain hamburger bun, add some fresh tomatoes, red onion and dark leafy greens like arugula or spinach for added vitamins and minerals. Pair this burger with a side salad and some juicy fruit for a well-balanced meal.
As difficult as this time is, it is important for all of us to stay home as much as possible to stop the spread of the Coronavirus and protect those most vulnerable.
Buying more shelf-stable foods is one way to reduce grocery store trips. Here is a list of healthy whole foods to have on hand: