Tuning Into Hunger and Fullness – Practicing Mindful Eating

Mindful EatingThe most common request I get as a dietitian nutritionist is “Can you tell me what to eat?” Of course, a major part of my job is to help teach people about types of foods that are best for health and growth and help them with meal planning. But a discussion about food and nutrition isn’t complete without also addressing the “how” of eating (when, where, and why we eat). And how you eat is as important as what you eat.

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To the College Class of 2020

Handling College RejectionIt’s the time of year where high school seniors are getting information that can alter the course of their lives: the college acceptance/denial letter. Congratulations to those who got accepted to their top choices! This blog post is dedicated to those who did not get in to their top choice(s). Take a deep breath before reading on and repeat after me: I will not let this define me. I am more than the 500 words I wrote in my application essay.

Take another deep breath.
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Sugar and Your Kids

Sugar and Your KidsEven though we know as parents that we should limit our kids’ sugar intake, it can be easier said than done. Sugar is everywhere. In yogurt, granola bars, breakfast cereal, juice – many of the “staples” of a child’s diet. Add to that the birthday treats at school or ice cream treats following a soccer game, not to mention just about every holiday celebration, and it can seem daunting. But does sugar deserve the bad rep it has and is there such a thing as a “healthier” sugar?

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Transition, Part III: For Teens with Complex Medical Conditions

Teen Health TransitionWelcome back!  As you know, we’ve been exploring transition, or the process of getting ready for medical care as an adult.  We’ve talked about what transition is and why it is important as well as the general steps in transition.  As you can imagine, the general timeline applies to most teens, but can be much more complicated in youth that have complex medical needs.  Some of this complexity can come from the number of providers involved (which can be many) or may relate to differences in intellectual ability that make it important to discuss things like whether another adult should be involved in helping the young adult make decisions after the age of 18.  In our final post in this series, we’re going to explore some of these additional considerations, so that the transition process can be as smooth as possible for all teens.

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