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Pack It Up!

Posted On: Monday, January 20, 2020 Posted By: Lauren Jansen Tags: blog, Nutrition, Recipes

pack-it-up-blog.jpgLunch time can be the highlight of a long, challenging work day. But what should you eat for lunch? Your choices at lunch can have effects on the rest of your day, your health, your waistline, and your wallet. Eat a large or heavy meal, and you could feel bloated and sluggish after lunch. Go out to a restaurant and your wallet might feel a pinch. One way to combat these difficulties is packing your own lunch. Bringing lunch from home offers many advantages.

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New Year, New You

Posted On: Monday, January 13, 2020 Posted By: Lauren Jansen Tags: blog, Nutrition

nutrition-new-year-2020-blog.jpgAs we wave goodbye to the 2010s and say hello to 2020, many of us may have planned a resolution for the new year. Much has been written about making resolutions, but I’ll share a tip that I read a year or so ago that has really helped me.

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Comfort Food, Mindfully

Posted On: Friday, December 20, 2019 Posted By: Lauren Jansen Tags: blog

comfort-food-blog-post.jpgNow that the snowy season has begun and the wind is howling outside, it can be tempting to stay indoors with your favorite warm, delicious foods. This can be especially true during the holiday season, when stress levels often spike and eating a healthy diet can feel like a low priority. Tempting treats are everywhere. How can you cope?

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Nothing but Nuts

Posted On: Monday, December 09, 2019 Posted By: Lauren Jansen Tags: blog, Nutrition

nuts-blog-post.jpgA staple snack when out and about, nuts can be a very healthy part of your diet. Nuts are full of protein, healthy fats, and important minerals. Peanuts (and all nuts) have a low glycemic index, so they can also be a healthy choice for people with diabetes. Some nuts are healthier than others, so let’s explore some different kinds of nuts and you’ll see that when it comes to incorporating nuts into your diet…there’s “nut-ting” to it!

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Fruits and Vegetables – Most of Us Need More!

Posted On: Monday, December 02, 2019 Posted By: Lauren Jansen Tags: blog, Nutrition, Recipes, Vegetables

fruits-and-vegetables-blog-nutrition.jpgResearch has shown that only 1 in 10 Americans eats the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables each day. Eating fruits and veggies is important, but many of us struggle to work these foods into our diets.

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Eating on the Road

Posted On: Tuesday, November 26, 2019 Posted By: Lauren Jansen Tags: blog

on-the-road-blog-nutrition.jpgWith the holiday season in full swing, you may find yourself traveling long distances. Whether you travel by car or plane, you can still make healthy choices while you’re away from home. Here are a few suggestions!

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Fish – Swimming Through a Sea of Questions

Posted On: Friday, November 22, 2019 Posted By: Lauren Jansen Tags: blog, Nutrition

fish-blog-nutrition.jpgMost of us have heard that eating fish is a great choice to make for our health. The healthy fats found in fish (omega-3 fatty acids) are important for our heart and brain health. Fish is also a good source of protein as well as some minerals like iodine and zinc. But many of us also have questions about fish consumption. Is it ethical? Should it be wild caught, or farm raised? How much fish is safe to eat? Which kinds should be avoided due to concerns about mercury? Let’s dive in and learn more!

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An Apple a Day

Posted On: Monday, November 04, 2019 Posted By: Lauren Jansen Tags: blog, Nutrition

apple-nutrition-blog.jpgAn apple a day may be enough to keep the doctor away, but during apple season you may find yourself wanting more than just one apple! Apples are an excellent food to eat if you are hoping to increase your intake of prebiotic and probiotic foods.

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What its All About

Posted On: Monday, August 19, 2019 Posted By: Barbara Olendzki Tags: blog, IBD, IBD-AID, Nutrition

thank-you-post.pngI am so grateful to all who email me, phone me, and give feedback on our diet and their lives. I get very attached sometimes and become a small part of patient lives. Food is such a connection for us.

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Balance, New Foods, Plant-based IBD-AID, Processing, and The Hidden Dangers of GRAS

Posted On: Monday, August 05, 2019 Posted By: Barbara Olendzki Tags: blog, IBD, IBD-AID, Nutrition

balance-ibd-blog.jpgBALANCE is key: this means not narrowing the diet so much that you don’t get the variety necessary to achieve the diversity of a beneficial microbiome, and also narrowing the diet can lead to nutrient deficiencies. Make sure you are not stuck in a rut, doing the same thing day in and day out.

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Using Black Pepper to Enhance the Anti-Inflammatory effects of Turmeric

Posted On: Friday, June 28, 2019 Posted By: Barbara Olendzki, Jennifer Chaiken Tags: blog, IBD, IBD-AID, Microbiome, Nutrition, Recipes

using-black-pepper-to-enhance-the-anti-inflammatory-effects-of-turmeric.pngTurmeric is an herb descended from the ginger spice family and is widely used throughout India, Asia and Central America to enhance the color and flavors of foods. Turmeric’s various medicinal benefits are highly associated with its active ingredient, curcumin. Curcumin is acquired from the stems of the herb and is widely known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

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Fermented Foods for Gut Health

Posted On: Wednesday, June 19, 2019 Posted By: Barbara Olendzki, Kelly Sanders Tags: blog, Fermented Foods, Microbiome, Recipes

fermented-foods-blog.jpgFermentation was used historically as a food preservation process where sugars are broken down by bacteria and yeasts. As such, fermented foods are a great source of probiotics because they contain live bacteria. Pickling is another food preservation process, that uses an acid such as vinegar or a brine (salty water) to preserve the food.

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Omega 3 Fatty Acids: A Good Fat to Have

Posted On: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 Posted By: Kelly Sanders Tags: blog, Nutrition

omega-3-fatty-acids-blog.jpgOmega-3 fatty acids are an “essential fatty acid”, meaning the body cannot make them, so we must include them in our diet (or supplement). It is always first recommended to use FOOD FIRST for all sources of nutrients. However, supplements for omega 3s may be indicated for individuals who have a history or higher risk for inflammatory disease.

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The Connection Between the Brain and the Gut

Posted On: Thursday, May 16, 2019 Posted By: Barbara Olendzki, Cordelia SheToh Tags: blog

brain-and-gut-connection.pngThere are many different channels through which the stability of our microbiomes can be affected, and the gut-brain axis is one such channel. Simply put, the gut-brain axis refers to the relationship between the gastrointestinal (GI) tract – or gut – and the brain.

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Comfort Foods for IBD-AID

Posted On: Monday, May 13, 2019 Posted By: Karoline Moriarty Tags: blog, Breads, Breakfast, Desserts, Entrees, IBD, IBD-AID, Nutrition, Recipes, Snacks and Appetizers

comfort-foods.jpgDiet has long been known to be a contributing factor for flare-ups of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Here is a list of a few great products and recipes that are IBD-AID friendly, free of adverse ingredients, and also comforting and delicious!

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