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Updates about the Melody Trial

Posted On: Tuesday, September 01, 2020 Posted By: Ana Maldonado-Contreras Tags: blog, IBD, IBD-AID, Microbiome, Nutrition, Pregnancy, Research Studies

melody-trial-blog-image.jpgWe are sharing another update on our progress with the MELODY Trial: Modulating Early Life Microbiome through Dietary Intervention in Crohn's Disease. We have now enrolled 91 women in the trial, and 68 of their babies have been born. We have collected over 900 samples so far.

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How to Eat While Social Distancing

Posted On: Thursday, March 19, 2020 Posted By: Lauren Jansen Tags: blog, Nutrition

social-distancing-blog-nutriton.jpgWith COVID-19 spreading it is wise to avoid going out if at all possible and although grocery stores will remain open, try to stock up on groceries to last at least a couple weeks to maintain social distancing.

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Nutritional Yeast – Nourishing or No-Go?

Posted On: Monday, February 24, 2020 Posted By: Barbara Olendzki, Lauren Jansen Tags: blog, Nutrition

nutritional-yeast-blog-post.jpgNutritional yeast is a species of yeast known as Saccharomyces cerevisiae. It is the same type of yeast that’s used to bake bread and brew beer. While brewer’s, baker’s and nutritional yeasts are technically made from the same species of yeast, they are very different products.

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Kombu, From the Sea

Posted On: Monday, February 17, 2020 Posted By: Victoria Andersen Tags: blog, Vegetables

kombu-by-the-sea-nutrition-blog.jpgKombu is one of many sea vegetables becoming more mainstream in our western culture. Nori, dulse, and spirulina are also sea vegetables that have moved beyond the health food stores and Japanese restaurants to grocery store shelves.

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Squash Season

Posted On: Monday, February 10, 2020 Posted By: Lauren Jansen Tags: blog, Entrees, IBD, IBD-AID, Nutrition, Vegetables

squash-season-nutrition-blog.jpgMany people strive to eat local, seasonal produce. But what should you do when it’s winter and fresh, local produce is difficult to find? Winter is the perfect time to explore the cornucopia of squash options.

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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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