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"What kind of potatoes are better for you?"

March 15, 2018 DISCUSSIONS

Thank you for reaching out to The Sage: Nutritious Solutions. As always, we are happy to help!
The short answer is: all varieties of potatoes are great!
Sweet potatoes tend to get the most popularity as the "healthiest  potato" because they are rich in Vitamin A, a nutrient involved in cell health, immunity and vision and have more fiber than white potatoes. In fact, one sweet potato has over 350% of the daily value for vitamin A! (the 'Daily Value', or 'DV' on ...

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Nutrition Considerations for the Transgender Community

December 15, 2017 ARTICLES

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Mr. Cook-It @ FNCE 2017!

September 6, 2017 PRESS

Zach Breeding (Mr. Cook-It) will be speaking with a fellow colleague on Cannabis and Medical Nutrition Therapy at this year's Centennial Food and Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE) in Chicago this October!   
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The Blood Type Diet: What’s the Deal?

August 24, 2017 ARTICLES

The diet based on the ABO blood group system has been around for over 20 years, and popularity has not decreased. This diet advises people to eat according to their ABO blood type, claiming to
improve health and decrease risk of chronic disease such as cardiovascular disease and hypertension, among others. A naturopathic physician, Dr. Peter D’Adamo, developed the Blood Type Diet in 1996. His book on the subject was widely popular, but lacks significant evidence to support its claim...

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The Nutritional Link to ADHD

August 3, 2016 ARTICLES

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a particularly important issue effecting children and adults. Evidence suggests that there is an association between ADHD and obesity. In 2014, approximately 5% of children and adolescents presented with an ADHD diagnosis (1).  Similarly, obesity is a universal public health issue; in 2012, about 31.8% of children were overweight or obesity (2). One article found that children with ADHD are more likely than other children ...

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

July 4, 2016 ARTICLES

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) effects 5-10% of the women of reproductive age and is the leading cause of infertility.  Women with undiagnosed PCOS typically seek out medical treatment due to concerns about missing menstrual cycles or an inability to become pregnant. Primarily related to lack of ovulation, PCOS is a syndrome with a host of clinical symptoms including irregular menstrual cycles, ovaries with many cysts, excess abdominal fat, insulin resistance (leading to type 2 diabetes), Read More

Processed Meats and Cancer Risk: The Research

May 20, 2016 ARTICLES

In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) came out with a new statement in regards to processed meats and cancer. It advises people to moderate consumption of processed meat to reduce the risk of cancer. The WHO also classified processed meats as Group 1, meaning they are carcinogenic to humans. This rating may be surprising – Group 1 also includes smoking tobacco—but
according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), this does not mean that they are equally danger...

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Diabetes and The Brain

April 19, 2016 ARTICLES

As of 2014, approximately 9.3% of the population (29.1 million people) have either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes in the United States (1). With the growing epidemic of diabetes and the increase in the number of people that live to old age, it is essential to determine the long-term effects of how diabetes impacts physiological structure and function. It has long been understood that diabetes can cause damage to the eyes, kidneys, and heart. Less often talked about is the effect of diabetes on t...

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Mr. Cook-It in Member Spotlight of PA Academy of Nutrition Newsletter!

December 14, 2015 PRESS

"Zach’s passion for food can be traced back to his first kitchen memory of helping his mother make mashed potatoes when he was two. From baiting trout lines for catching live crabs in Bowley's Quarters, Maryland to becoming a chef, Zach states he’s ventured into nearly every position within the foodservice industry, 'And I've got all the burn marks and scars to prove it!'"...
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Surviving the Holidays without Sacrificing Nutrition

November 24, 2015 ARTICLES

It’s that time again... holiday season. The question on everyone’s minds is: how do you maintain your nutritional health during this time of overindulgent eating, parties, and family gatherings with an abundance of delicious food? Here are a few tips on surviving this wonderful time of the year without feeling like a stuffed turkey afterwards: Turkey doesn’t make you tired. Most people think that it’s the turkey that causes the inevitable drowsiness after a holiday meal...

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Exploring a Career in Dietetics

November 12, 2014 MEDIA

"Exploring a Career in Dietetics" featuring Mr. Cook-It (at 1:07) featured at the Member Spotlight Session of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo 2015!

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The Myth of High-Protein Diets

March 23, 2015 ARTICLES

MANY people have been making the case that Americans have grown fat because they eat too much starch and sugar, and not enough meat, fat and eggs. Recently, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee lifted recommendations that consumption of dietary cholesterol should be restricted, citing research that dietary cholesterol does not have a major effect on blood cholesterol levels. The predictable headlines followed: "Back to Eggs and Bacon?" But, alas, bacon and egg yolks are not health foods. Read More

Italian Slow-Cooked Ribs + Fennel Slaw

March 20, 2015 RECIPES

Adapted From Johnny C’s NY Deli
Preparation Time: 10-15 minutes
Cooking Time: 3 hours, 15 minutes
Serving Size: ¼ rack + ½ cup slaw; Serves about 4
0 Slices on The Slice Plan Ingredients
3 TB white balsamic vinegar
1 TB light brown sugar
2 tsp crushed red pepper
10 to 12 cloves garlic, chopped
¼ cup rosemary, chopped
1 TB oregano, chopped (or ½ TB dried)
3 to...

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Colon Cancer Month

March 16, 2015 ARTICLES

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people age 50 and older.The good news? If everyone age 50 and older were screened regularly, 6 out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to encourage people ...

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Shakshuka with Lamb Merguez

March 13, 2015 RECIPES

Adapted From: Food in My Beard Preparation Time: 30 minutes + overnight marinating
Cooking Time: 30 min minutes
Serving Size: ½ cup polenta + 2 eggs + 1 sausage patty; Serves about 4

1 Slice on the Slice Plan. . Ingredients
1 lb Ground Lamb
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Coriander
1 tsp Fennel
1 TB Paprika
½ cup Dried Chiles (ripped and broken, seeds removed)
1/8 tsp Ci...

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The [Potential] Effect of Emulsifiers

March 9, 2015 ARTICLES

People are always trying different methods of achieving a healthy weight. For those who feel extreme pressure to "cook more," or for that matter do not know how to cook at all, this may result in an increased use of processed foods. Frozen diet meals, foods labeled "low fat" or "healthy," and even meals sent straight to your door (i.e. Nutrisystem) become an area of interest. Why not have the best of both worlds - convenience and nutrition? We all know that most processed foods aren’t good for...

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Grilled Shrimp Po'Boy + Crispy Cappy & Lime Aioli

March 6, 2015 RECIPES

Preparation Time: approximately 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Serving Size: 1 sandwich; Serves about 4
4 Slices on The Slice Plan Ingredients
1 baguette, sliced into 4 equal sized pieces (scoop out insides)
1 lb shrimp, 20/25 count or similar; peeled and deveined
½ cup lime juice
1 tsp salt
2 cups okra, sliced (frozen and thawed)*
2 cups yellow cornmeal
For frying vegetable oil<...

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5 Reasons to Eat Frozen Fruits + Vegetables

March 2, 2015 ARTICLES

Pop quiz time. It's 3 p.m. — what's for dinner? Maybe this week you didn't have time to plan your meals, and dining out is calling your name. As much as we’d all love to serve our families from-scratch meals seven days a week, life happens; we are busy, and that isn’t always possible. So what can you do? By utilizing frozen foods, you can make quick, convenient and easy dinners at home.
Here are five reasons you should consider frozen fruits & vegetables: 1. Frozen Fo...

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NY Times Op-Author Gets it All Wrong: "The Government's Bad Diet Advice"

February 23, 2015 ARTICLES

Most people know that The Sage: Nutritious Solutions was developed by a singular dietitian, Mr. Cook-It, in order to help spread truth about nutrition and awareness about ways to live healthier, richer, fuller lives. Nutrition is a confusing topic for a lot of people, as food is the heart of society, love, and comfort. Food elicits strong emotions, connections, and memories. Most people feel that “good nutrition” means forgetting about all of these factors in lieu of being “hea...

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Stir-Fry Tempeh and Cauliflower with Noodles

February 20, 2015 RECIPES

Adapted From: Food in My Beard Preparation Time: 20 minutes Cooking Time: 15 minutes Serving Size: ½ cup noodles + ¼ tempeh mixture, Serves about 4 1 Slice on The Slice Plan. Ingredients 14 ounces Rice Stick Noodle (medium wide)
3-5 Limes, juice of
¼ cup Fish Sauce
2 Carrots, julienne
1 English Cucumber, julienne ¼ cup Mint, chopped ¼ cup Cilantro, chopped 1 small Cauliflower 8 ounces ...

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Type 1 Diabetes & The Artificial Pancreas

February 16, 2015 ARTICLES

In those without Type-1 Diabetes, insulin regulates blood sugar by allowing cells in the body to turn the sugar in the blood stream into energy. In those living with this kind of diabetes, the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin and other blood sugar-regulating hormones are destroyed by the immune system, so diabetics produce no insulin on their own. Additional abnormalities are often also present, including abnormal secretion and/or action of glucagon (1), the hormone produced to raise b...

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Ingredient Spotlight: Turmeric

February 9, 2015 ARTICLES

Turmeric has been used for thousands of years and is a common spice in Southeastern Asian cuisine (especially Indian cuisine). During the 13 century, Marco Polo described the spice as very similar to saffron, but "not really saffron". It provides dishes with a brilliant yellow color, as often seen in curries. Turmeric has even found its way into Western foods, and is commonly used as a natural food coloring for butter and mustard, and as part of the pickling process. It is a mild tastin...

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Breakfast Has Benefits!

February 2, 2015 ARTICLES

We all hear how "breakfast is the most important meal of the day," but is it? For started, an adequate breakfast has been linked to the following: • Cognitive performance • Feelings of well-being • Weight management • Greater overall nutrient intake • Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes But, what does adequate mean? Research tends to vary when it comes to defining what a healthy breakfast includes. However, the result of this abundant research has result...

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Manchego Jalapeno Grits

January 30, 2015 RECIPES

Preparation Time: approximately 5 minutes Cooking Time: approximately 15-20 minutes Serving Size: ½ cup; makes about 6-8 1 Slice on the Slice Plan. Ingredients 1 tsp salt 1 ¼ cups uncooked quick-cooking grits* 16 oz manchego, shredded ½ cup light cream 2 TB butter 1 jalapeno, minced ¼ tsp pepper Directions Bring 5 cups water and salt to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high he...

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Oranges vs OJ: Which is Better?

January 27, 2015 ARTICLES

Adapted from: Rachel Arthur, Food Navigator USA The original article, found HERE, discusses the differences in health markers as it relates to consumption of fresh oranges versus juice from oranges. The study found that vitamins A and C levels in orange juice are reduced by 3-18% compared to that in fresh oranges. In addition, fiber and flavonoid (compounds with antioxidant abilities studied to have an anti-inflammatory association) levels were also diminished upon juicing. Despite thi...

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COOK Rittenhouse Presents: Soul Food with Zach Breeding!

January 23, 2015 PRESS

Join Zach Breeding AKA Mr. Cook-It himself as he guides 20 participants through a 5 course Soul Food-Inspired Tasting Menu, with his book, The Slice Plan: An Integrative Approach to a Healthy Lifestyle and a Better you as inspiration! On The Menu: - Mini Cornbread Muffins with Honey Butter - Macaroni with Pepperjack + Andouille - Jalapeno Manchego Grits - Cornmeal Crusted Chicken Thighs + Rosemary Walnut Waffle with Habanero Maple Syrup - Sweet Potato Tarts with Maple Cre...

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Sweet Potato Tart + Maple Crema

January 23, 2015 RECIPES

Preparation Time: approximately 20 minutes Cooking Time: approximately 30 minutes Serving Size: 1 tart; makes about 12 3 Slices on The Slice Plan Ingredients ½ stick unsalted butter, softened 1 cup brown sugar 2 eggs ¼ cup whipping cream 1 tsp vanilla extract 3 TB all-purpose flour ½ tsp salt ½ tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp allspice ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg 2 sweet po...

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Sweet Potato Pasta with Cranberries, Kale, + Chicken

January 16, 2015 RECIPES

Adapted from: Food in My Beard Preparation Time: approximately 45 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes Serving Size: ¾ cup, Serves about 4 1 Slice on the Slice Plan. Ingredients: as needed: Parmesan Cheese Noodles 3 Eggs 2.5 Cups Flour 2 Large Sweet Potatoes 2 tsp Salt Sauce 2 Tablespoons Butter 1.5 Cups Cranberries 5 Leaves Kale 1 Cup Chicken Stock 2 Cups Shredded Dark Meat Chicken/Turkey Directions...

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Beating the Winter Blues

January 12, 2015 ARTICLES

Winter is a difficult time for a lot of people - we stay indoors more often, the days grow shorter, and pigeon color skies means less sunny days. This can bring upon what is known as the "winter blues," a general feeling of malaise, lethargy, and even depression. If you are someone who succumbs to these feelings, how do you combat them? Perhaps nutrition can provide some answers. The connection between depression and obesity have been studied extensively. In fact, there is a link between the gu...

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Coffee Crusted Roast Beef + Pasilla Chile Broth

January 10, 2015 RECIPES

Preparation Time: approximately 35-38 minutes Cooking Time: approximately 20-30 minutes Serving Size: about 6 pieces, Serves about 6 0 Slices on The Slice Plan Ingredients 2-2.5 lbs beef tenderloin or trip-tip roast 1 tsp kosher salt 1 tsp black pepper 2 Tbsp virgin olive oil 2 Tbsp coffee beans, finely ground* 1 Tbsp cocoa powder pinch ground cinnamon Pasilla Chile Broth ½ ounce whole butter 8 ounces...

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15 Ways to Improve Your Nutrition for 2015

January 5, 2015 ARTICLES

The New Year is upon us and what better time than to reconsider your nutritional goals? Often times, we see people starting "diets," joining gyms, or purchasing weight-loss pills. Of course, the healthier way is to start a new lifestyle, one that welcomes in nutritious food, makes you feel better and gives you the energy you need to sustain overall health and wellness. Here are 15 easy tips to help you do just that: 1. Balance it Out - make sure to include all food groups (protein, starc...

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Because... Diet

December 15, 2014 ARTICLES

There never is really a "time of year" when nutrition is NOT on someone’s mind. Whether you are thinking about your physical appearance, the types of foods you eat, trying to be more physically active, or doing what you "should not be doing," the idea of nutrition is the underlying theme. In response to any of these feelings, we try to implement small changes in our lives. Sometimes, we implement larger changes that do not last. While a series of smaller changes is usually recommended ...

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Trisodium Phosphate (TSP) in Foods

December 8, 2014 ARTICLES

I've seen a meme shared on social media multiple times this week, asserting that our foods contain paint thinners in the form of Trisodium Phosphate (TSP). The image below was shared on a FaceBook page called “Organic Health” with the caption “It's right in our faces… Just mocking us. Can you believe there is paint thinner in cereal?” The meme links to an article over at ‘Natural Cures Not Medicine' (here). The article contains very little scientific materia...

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Beef Galumpkies

December 5, 2014 RECIPES

Preparation Time: approximately 15-20 minutes Cooking Time: approximately 30-40 minutes Serving Size: 2 cabbage rolls, Serves approximately 4-6 1 Slice on The Slice Plan Ingredients 1 head cabbage, green 1 lb ground beef, 90% lean 2 TB Worcestershire sauce 1 tsp kosher salt 2 tsp black pepper 1 egg 1 TB tomato paste ½ cup parsley, chopped 1 TB olive oil ½ onion, yellow, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 cups brow...

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Lime-Marinated Turkey Tacos

November 28, 2014 RECIPES

Preparation Time: 15-20 minutes Serving Size: 2 Tacos, Serves about 4 2 Slices on The Slice Plan Ingredients 8 flour tortillas 2 cups turkey, cooked/shredded, white meat preferred ¼ cup lime juice 1 avocado, sliced 2 radishes, julienned 1 cup shredded red cabbage (not pictured) ½ cup queso fresco, crumbled optional cilantro sprigs optional hot sauce Directions Marinate the turkey by mixing it with the lime juice; set aside f...

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Eating Disorders + Potential Health Risks

November 24, 2014 ARTICLES

Here at The-Sage, we spend lots of time talking about chronic diseases, recipes, and even educational videos - all with food and nutrition in mind. However, one of the least discussed topics in food and nutrition are eating disorders. In reality, millions of lives are impacted by eating disorders in the United States everyday. Eating disorders are a set of conditions that include: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. The National Eating Disorders Association estim...

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Easy Spice Blends!

November 12, 2014 MEDIA

Making Spice Blends from home reduces the amount of crap you feed you and your family's bodies! Use simply pantry ingredients to flavor any dish deliciously! Check out some of the recipes out, below: Taco Seasoning: 1 TB chili powder, 1 TB cumin, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder, ½ tsp coriandor, 1 TB salt, ¼ tsp cayenne Cajun Seasoning: 1 tsp cayenne, ¼ tsp turmeric, ¼ tsp ground mustard, ½ tsp chili powder, 2 TB oregano, 1 TB thyme,...

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The Scoop on Protein Powder and Women (Quoted)

November 10, 2014 ARTICLES

Check out this post written by a Temple University Journalist on the benefits and risks of protein powder supplements in women! Before Madeline Hamberger began incorporating adequate amounts of protein into her diet, she weighed a mere 90 lbs. "I always had the assumption that protein would make you gain weight, so I tried to avoid it," Hamberger said. "I was not educated [in terms of nutrition] at all." The 21-year-old Phillipsburg, N.J., resident, now a contestant in bikini fitness co...

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Is Grass-Fed Beef Really Better?

November 5, 2014 ARTICLES

A lot of people believe grass-fed beef is better tasting meat, nutritionally superior, and more environmentally friendly than commercial corn/grain-fed beef. It certainly costs more than your typical commercial beef, but before you shell out the extra dollars - how honest are these said benefits of consuming grass-fed versus grain-fed beef? Whether you are debating between restaurants to satisfy your cheeseburger craving or at the grocery store shopping for meat for taco night - we investigated ...

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Sweet Potato Gnocchi + Mushroom Goat Cheese Sauce

October 24, 2014 RECIPES

Preparation Time: approx. 30 minutes Cooking Time: approximately 5 minutes Serving Size: 1 cup gnocchi with ½ cup sauce - Serves about 8 2 Slices on The Slice Plan Ingredients 2 lb butternut squash, diced large 1 cup parmesan cheese, grated 2 TB brown sugar 2 tsp kosher salt ½ tsp ground nutmeg 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour Goat Cheese Mushroom Sauce 2 TB olive oil 1 lb portobello mushrooms, sliced 1 TB garlic,...

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Easy Asian Eggplant

October 22, 2014 MEDIA

Making Easy Asian Eggplant: Recipe This is by far one of the easiest recipes I have ever made! It is mighty delicious, and pairs well with most things using asian-flavors. Not a recipe you might usually find on, but certainly noteworthy! Check it out.

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Breastfeeding Tips and Tools

October 20, 2014 ARTICLES

Breastfeeding has well-established benefits for both mom and baby; it fosters the development of the infant’s immune system, strengthens the maternal-infant bond, has economic advantages over formula feeding, helps mothers return to their pre-pregnancy weight and might even act as a buffer against type 2 diabetes and obesity for the infant. Furthermore, breast milk provides the perfect balance of carbohydrates, fats, and protein while providing necessary vitamins and minerals that no formula ...

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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pancakes + Honey Roasted Pistachios

October 17, 2014 RECIPES

Pumpkins are nutritious power foods as they contain so many great vitamins and minerals. Pumpkins trump bananas in potassium content, which is vital to electrolyte balance and muscle function. Pumpkins have lots of fiber that is great for maintaining digestive health. Pumpkins contain antioxidants like beta-carotene and vitamin C, which are wonderful for your skin, your immune system, and preventing other oxidative damage. Pumpkins also have a generous Vitamin A content, which is needed for ...

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LIVE from FNCE®!

October 16, 2014 PRESS

Mr. Cook-It will be going to the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Atlanta, Georgia this week to stay on top of current nutrition research, updated recommendations and interventions, and network with colleagues! He will be posting LIVE tidbits from the conference - to stay on top of what is going on or chat with him in Atlanta, contact him through social media: Facebook Twitter ...

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Why We're Nuts About Nuts!

October 13, 2014 ARTICLES

Nuts are a delicious and nutritious snack as well as an important ingredient to many dishes. Nuts can be roasted, salted, flavored, tossed in salads, baked in breads, mixed in pastas, or otherwise eaten raw! Once pegged as a high fat and calorically dense food group that we should stay away from, nuts are now embraced and considered highly advantageous to our health. Nuts range between about 160 to 200 calories per 1 ounce serving (about a small handful), making the caloric differences pretty ne...

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Tomato Mango Salsa (canning recipe)

October 10, 2014 RECIPES

Preparation Time: approximately 10 minutes Cooking Time: varies upon fresh or canned method of prep Serving Size: ¼ cup 0 Slices on The Slice Plan Ingredients 1 cup mango, diced 2 tomatoes, medium, diced 2 Tbsp red onion, small dice 2 Tbsp lime juice 1 Tbsp cider vinegar 1 Tbsp fresh cilantro, minced 2 tsp fresh mint, minced 1 tsp cayenne pepper, ground (optional) TT salt and pepper Directions Mix...

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Packing Healthy School Lunches 101

October 6, 2014 ARTICLES

The school year is now well underway - one big challenge you may be faced with is packing for your child's school lunch. Packing a healthy and nutritious lunch that your child will actually eat and not ditch for vending machine chips or corner store candy can be difficult. Eating a healthy meal at lunch will not only help your kid retain his or her energy for the second half of the school day, but it will also provide them with long term health benefits as well. Here are 6 tips to help you nail...

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"Does Calorie Restriction Equal a Longer Life" on Stone Soup Blog!

September 30, 2014 PRESS

“As early as the 16th century, humans have been fascinated with "the fountain of youth." Since then, people have made great attempts at lengthening their life span, hoping to maintain optimal health as long as possible. Recent studies have suggested calorie restriction (CR) as a way to delay or prevent the onset of many age-related conditions…” Read more… HERE. ...

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How healthy are smoothies? I went out and bought myself a Nutribullet. The promise of healthy smoothies and the quick breakfasts lured me in. So this is my normal everyday smoothies: a good handful of spinach; some fruit that is in season ( apple, pear, etc), I toss in a banana, and maybe some berries. 3 tb of Greek yogurt, 2tb of peanut butter, and some ground flax seed. (The PB and yogurt help with protein -- I'm vegetarian). Is this a healthy habit or am I fooling myself? --- Chris

September 29, 2014 DISCUSSIONS

Chris - Thank you for your question!Smoothies can be a great way to get in nutrition on-the-go. It's all about the device! The nutribullet, ninja, and vitamix are all great options. The goal with the device here is to preserve the beneficial natural fibers found in the fruits and vegetables you are pureeing. Now, let's talk ingredients. While peanut butter is a great option for protein (especially for vegetarians), it is also high in fat. If you are not trying to lose weight or are at a healthy...

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COOK Rittenhouse Presents: Fall Comfort Foods with Zach Breeding!

September 24, 2014 PRESS

Join Zach Breeding AKA Mr. Cook-It himself as he guides 16 participants through a 5 course Fall-Inspired Tasting Menu, with his book, The Slice Plan: An Integrative Approach to a Healthy Lifestyle and a Better you as inspiration! On The Menu: - Pumpkinseed Crusted Chicken Skewers + Pomegranate Rosemary Reduction - Carrot Ginger Bisque + Roasted Sunflower Seeds - Roasted Brussels + Pancetta + Roasted Walnuts - Rosemary Crusted Pork Tenderloin over Butternut Squash Gnocc...

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Hearts of Palm Salad + Feta Recipe on Stone Soup Blog!

September 24, 2014 PRESS

Check out this delicious recipe from The Sage: Nutritious Solutions featured through Food & Nutrition Magazine's Blog… HERE.

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'Sleep: An Ingredient for a Healthy Life' Article on Stone Soup Blog!

September 24, 2014 PRESS

“Most people know to get enough sleep. But busy lifestyles, erratic work schedules, or even new children (and puppies) can keep someone from getting the sleep they need. Current research now shows a connection between good (nutritious) health and sleep. So the question is … do you get enough?…” Read More… HERE:

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Calorie Restriction = Longer + Healthier Life?

September 1, 2014 ARTICLES

As early as the 16th century, humans have been fascinated with the idea of "the fountain of youth." Since then, people have made great attempts at lengthening their life span, all the while hoping to maintain optimal health as long as they can. Recent studies have suggested calorie restriction (CR) as a possible way to delay or prevent the onset of many aging-related conditions with increased longevity and health span. CR is defined as a 10-40% reduction in intake of a nutrient-rich diet....

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Eye Health + Nutrition

August 25, 2014 ARTICLES

Your mother may have told you to eat your carrots to keep your eyes healthy and strong. This may actually not be that far from the truth - the vitamin A found in carrots is a crucial nutrient to optimize eye health. Your eyes need more than just carrots to stay healthy, though. There are several key nutrients involved in maintaining good eye function that can be easily obtained through a balanced diet. Research has shown that in addition to vitamin A, other carotenoids such as lutein and zeaxant...

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Top 5 Food Safety Tips

August 20, 2014 MEDIA

Top 5 Food Safety Tips Most food illness happens in the home (not in restaurants) - these tips will help prevent you (and your loved ones) from getting sick from dangerous pathogens/bacteria! Use this advice when making any of the recipes from!

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Ingredient Spotlight: Cilantro

August 18, 2014 ARTICLES

Cilantro is a versatile (yet controversial) herb with roots stemming back to medieval times and popular in many Mediterranean and Asian dishes. The plant, known as Coriandum sativum, produces the herb known as cilantro as well as seeds known as coriander. Cilantro is native to regions spanning from southern Europe and North Africa to southwestern Asia, influencing cuisines such as South/Southeast Asian, Indian, Portuguese, Russian, Middle Eastern, Spanish, Latin American, Tex-Mex, Chinese...

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Sobe Noodle Spring Rolls with Miso Vinaigrette

August 15, 2014 RECIPES

Preparation Time: approximately 10 minutes Cooking Time: approximately 20 minutes Serving Size: 1 spring rolls + 1 TB vinaigrette; Makes 4 1 Slice on the Slice Plan. Ingredients 4 spring roll wrappers 2 cups sobe noodles, cooked (according to package instructions) 1 cup napa cabbage, shredded ½ cup carrots, shredded/julienned ½ cup celery, julienned ½ cup red cabbage, shredded 1 TB soy sauce 1 TB sesame oil Oil (...

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I have 2 questions: 1. Is sugar intake linked to cancer? 2. Does gluten cause inflammation in a person without gluten sensitivity- If so, is this linked to cancer?

August 14, 2014 DISCUSSIONS

Thanks for your question - I think this speaks a lot to people who are very worried about “getting cancer” from something in the diet. As with most things, the research can vary place-to-place, food-to-food, etc.  One thing to keep in mind is that there are a variety of catalysts that lead to increased cancer risk. We know most of them (smoking, genetics, excessive alcohol intake, just to name a few), but it is very hard to discern foods - well, because we do not just eat ONE food o...

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Making Pasta Al Dente

August 13, 2014 MEDIA

You've heard it before… “cook your pasta ‘al dente'…” But what does it mean? In this video, we talk about what it is and how to do it WITH EASE! I even show you a fun trick at the end ;) Stay Tuned for OUTTAKES and see more videos & recipes HERE!

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Peptic Ulcers: Myths + Nutrition Tips

August 11, 2014 ARTICLES

Peptic ulcers are open sores that occur in the stomach or duodenum (the first section of the small intestines) of the gastrointestinal tract when the stomach lining has been compromised by strong stomach acids. The lining protects your GI tract from the acidic environment needed to digest food, however if the lining becomes damaged, you are at risk for developing an ulcer. Some common misconceptions that people believe cause peptic ulcers include consuming too many spicy foods and stress. Stomac...

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Flagel Pizzas, Triology

August 8, 2014 RECIPES

Preparation Time: approximately 5-10 minutes Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes Serving Size: about 2 pizzas, Serves about 6 2 Slices on The Slice Plan Ingredients 6 flagels (bagel thins/bagel flats) Directions Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Top each pizza with all ingredients EXCEPT "TOPPING." Bake each pizza 10-15 minutes until cheese is melted and flagel is browned. Remove from oven; place "topping" on flagel and serve....

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Making Homemade BBQ Sauce

August 6, 2014 MEDIA

Making Homemade BBQ Sauce Why buy the sodium-laden bottled version when you can make your own using 4 simply pantry ingredients! Easy, delicious, and versatile - you can add sri racha, red onion, garlic, and other ingredients for your own variation! Check out ways to use BBQ sauce HERE! Happy Eating!

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Nightshade Vegetables + Inflammation

August 4, 2014 ARTICLES

There is a lot of speculation out in the media, the internet, and in word-of-mouth conversation about nightshade vegetables and how they can contribute or worsen inflammatory conditions such as inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), arthritis, and even osteoporosis. But what are nightshade vegetables? They are vegetables that fall under the Solanum group of vegetables believed to contain "dangerous alkaloids." These vegetables have been cultivated for consump...

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Crab Cake with "Tubby Olive" Aoli + Roasted Corn Salsa

August 1, 2014 RECIPES

Preparation Time: approximately 35-40 minutes Serving Size: 1 crabcake + ¼ cup salsa, Serves about 5 2 Slices on The Slice Plan Ingredients 1 lb crabmeat, jumbo lump or backfin (shells removed) 1 egg 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce 1 tsp hot sauce ¼ cup breadcrumbs 1 TB Old Bay seasoning "Tubby Olive" Aoli: ½ egg yolk, broken and whisked | ½ tsp lemon juice | 1/3 tsp white wine vinegar | 1/8 tsp Dijon mustar...

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Grilling at Home!

July 30, 2014 MEDIA

Grilling @ Home! Love the taste of grilled foods but don't have the space for an outdoor grill? Get a grill pan and watch this video on how to safely and deliciously grill indoors! More recipes on… Happy Eating!

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"Clean Eating"... What is it?

July 28, 2014 ARTICLES

"Clean Eating" is trending among the more health conscious population along with individuals who wish to be more health minded. "Clean Eating" has become a hot nutrition topic as more people flock to attempt various diet challenges that typically look like "Clean Eating for X Number of Days." But what exactly does "Clean" eating even mean? What are the benefits and risks of following this dietary regimen - and are these claims substantiated in any way? The basis of clean eating i...

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Can you explain the benefits of eating yogurt in relation to probiotics, etc. Also, would you recommend eating Greek yogurt over regular yogurt?

July 27, 2014 DISCUSSIONS

Great question! With all of the media hype surrounding yogurt, it is always good to go back to basics and remember what the true benefits of probiotics are in the first place.  We have established a symbiotic relationship with the bacteria in our gut since the beginning of human existence. Over time, we have evolved to be dependent on them, and them with us. Maintaining a healthy gut, as mentioned in the post found HERE, is key to feeling your best. Probiotics are beneficial bacterial microorga...

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What is the role of b vitamins in the body?

July 27, 2014 DISCUSSIONS

Thanks for your question! While all B vitamins have their own unique functions in the body, B vitamins in general act as a coenzyme. Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folate, Biotin, Pantothenic acid, B6, and B12 all act as part of coenzymes - which are small molecules that combine with an enzyme and activate it. Without a coenzyme, the enzyme is not able to do its job. Enzymes in the body help to affect absorption of key nutrients (including protein, fats, and carbohydrates), metabolism, and excr...

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is there a safe way to grill meats and reduce or avoid PAHs?

July 27, 2014 DISCUSSIONS

Thanks for your great question!  Before we continue, let's discuss what PAHs are for the general audience. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are chemicals formed when meat from muscle, including beef, pork, fish, and poultry, is cooked using high-temperature, direct-heat methods, such as grilling directly over an open flame. The formation of PAHs are influenced by the type of meat, the cooking time, the cooking temperature, and the cooking method. Exposure to PAHs can cause cancer in ...

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Tangy Mustard Cucumber Cannellini Salad

July 25, 2014 RECIPES

Recipe courtesy of Sydney Allen, check her out HERE. Preparation Time: 8-10 minutes Serving Size: ½ cup; Serves about 6 1 Slice on the Slice Plan. Ingredients 1-15 oz can cannellini beans 1 English cucumber, diced 2 medium bell peppers, diced 1/8 cup of olive oil ¼ cup of stone ground mustard ¼ cup of BBQ sauce ½ TB apple cider vinegar Directions Combine beans, cucumber and bell peppers into a large mixing bowl. ...

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The Slice Plan on Food & Nutrition Magazine!

July 24, 2014 PRESS

Check out The Slice Plan featured in the Books section of Food and Nutrition Magazine… HERE. Purchase your very own copy by visiting !

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Diet Soda: Does it Help or Hinder Weight Loss?

July 21, 2014 ARTICLES

Aspartame, sucralose, and saccharine - all words that might sound scary or confusing to you. This might be because of the controversial and health-conscious debates that have surrounded artificial sweeteners, otherwise known as non-nutritive sweeteners, over the years. Name brands you may be more familiar with include Equal, Splenda, and Sweet’N Low (the blue, yellow, and pink packets, respectively). The most recently explored question in research and in the media regardin...

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Making Homemade Vinaigrette

July 16, 2014 MEDIA

Homemade Dressing - made simple! This DIY Video on making homemade vinaigrette/dressing will mean no more buying the processed sodium-laden versions in the condiment isle! Just a few simple ingredients at home is all you need! TIPS: You can substitute any citrus fruit juice for vinegar. You can add fresh pureed berries or fruit juice/concentrate/jam/jelly to this mixture! Fresh herbs of your choice make this a perfect accompaniment to any vegetable or protein, too. ...

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Nutrition + Crohn's Disease

July 14, 2014 ARTICLES

Crohn's disease (CD) is a condition that falls under Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, alongside ulcerative colitis (UC). CD results in an abnormal immune response that attacks tissue within the GI and leads to inflammation in the intestines, usually around the end of the small intestine (called the Ileum) and the colon. This inflammation can damage the lining of the intestine and lead to a number of symptoms, such as abdominal pain, diarrhea and tenesmus (the urge to go #2 without the actual...

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Peel Garlic in 30 Seconds

July 9, 2014 MEDIA

Check out my way of peeling garlic the fast and easy way! No more buying the pre-chopped stuff from the grocery store. Get all the fragrance and flavor you need without sacrificing time and energy! Checkout more videos at! Stay tuned at the end of the video for Sage Outtakes!

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How To Cut an Onion

July 2, 2014 MEDIA

How to Cut an Onion: Tired of burning, teary eyes? NO MORE! Learn how to chop an onion quick and with ease from the one and only Mr. Cook-It. For recipe ideas, go to!

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Stone Soup Blogger Profile!

July 1, 2014 PRESS

Check out my profile on Food and Nutrition Magazine's Stone Soup Blog by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics! You can check out my published articles and get contact information, too - HERE.

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Nutrition + Acid Reflux (GERD)

June 30, 2014 ARTICLES

Have you ever eaten a particularly greasy or spicy meal and experienced a burning sensation from your stomach back up to the throat? Did it feel predominantly in your chest? You may be more familiar with the term heartburn, however, this is clinically referred to as gastroesophageal reflux or simply GER. GER may affect us more as we age but is something that all age groups may suffer from, including infants and children. GER may be the norm for some people, simply a process of agin...

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Buffalo-Style Cauliflower

June 27, 2014 RECIPES

Preparation Time: approximately 15 minutes Serving Size: ½ cup, Serves about 4 0 Slices on The Slice Plan Ingredients 16 oz cauliflower florets, frozen and thawed* 1 cup all purpose flour 1 tsp kosher salt 1 tsp black pepper 1 tsp garlic powder 4 eggs, whipped 1 cup breadcrumbs, Italian-style ½ cup Buffalo-style hot sauce ¼ cup blue cheese crumbles Olive or Canola Oil, for frying Directions Place in four separate bowl...

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Basic Knife Skills

June 25, 2014 MEDIA

Let Mr. Cook-It teach you how to julienne, slice, chop, and mince without cutting yourself! Do it like a pro - A great teaching video for preparing any of the recipes from!

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Krill Oil: A Viable Source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids? Article featured on Stone Soup Blog!

June 23, 2014 PRESS

“Omega 3 fatty acids are known to help reduce LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels, reduce triglyceride levels (fats from carbohydrate intake), increase HDL ("good") cholesterol levels, and generally are beneficial to help reduce risk of cardiovascular disease. The reason is because HDL helps carry LDL (which attaches to your arteries and can cause high blood pressure, clots, etc.) to the liver for disposal…” Read more… HERE....

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Food Label Flackery

June 23, 2014 ARTICLES

Choosing more nutritious options in your grocery store can be made confusing by advertising and food labels. Not only are there approximately 50,000 different food items that line the shelves of super markets, but a lot of them are labeled with ambiguous words that may make them seem like "healthy choices." Food companies are actually required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to follow specific guidelines in order to label food products with words like fat free, low calorie, low sodium ...

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Can you discuss the differences between mindful eating and intuitive eating?

June 21, 2014 DISCUSSIONS

Wow, what an interesting question. I have to say, when I started The-Sage, I never imagined the various types of questions I would get from visitors. But, I am glad you have come to the right place to have your inquiry addressed. So, here goes: While both are nutrition-related philosophies based around becoming more in tune with your body in order to achieve a positive relationship with food, there are some inherent differences between mindful and intuitive eating behaviors. Being mindful is de...

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Oral Health + Nutrition

June 16, 2014 ARTICLES

Tooth decay is among the top chronic diseases affecting humans worldwide. Good nutrition and eating habits, routine visits to the dentist, and good oral hygiene practices are essential in the maintenance of oral health (1). Dental health is a vital component of nutrition because our digestive systems begin with our mouths and teeth. There are several nutrients that are beneficial to oral health and there are also some typical beverages and foods that we should enjoy minimally due to their negati...

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Mahi Mahi Tacos + Tropical "Sage Salsa"

June 13, 2014 RECIPES

Preparation Time: approximately 15 minutes Cooking Time: approximately 20 minutes Serving Size: about 2 tacos, Serves about 4 2 Slices on The Slice Plan Ingredients 8 corn tacos 2 - 6 oz mahi mahi filets 2 tsp chipotle peppers in adobo, minced ½ tsp kosher salt ½ tsp black pepper ½ tsp cumin ¼ cup radish, julienne cilantro (optional) Tropical "Sage Salsa" 1 TB orange juice 2 tsp lime juice 1 p...

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I was wondering what are the nutritional changes in the U.S. over time, and also are their any significant historical events in the fast food industry, or in society, that has had an impact on the industry of fast foods?

June 11, 2014 DISCUSSIONS

Your question is a heavily loaded one and unfortunately there is no quick answer.There are some really great books out there that help explain this huge issue in our country. Check out the Literature section of for some recommendations. I recommend starting with “Food Politics” by Marion Nestle! There have been several nutritional changes in the United States that have impacted the fast food industry and society's relationship with food. In the aftermath of the Great...

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Ingredient Spotlight: Italian Cheeses

June 9, 2014 ARTICLES

Cheese is a food that is a part of many cultures. In America, we not only value the cheeses that have been produced since our country's inception, but our palates welcome cheese from all around the world. In this Ingredient Spotlight, we are going to talk about one country's cheeses that we find most recognizable: Italy. Pecorino is simply a jumping point from which a series of other cheeses are produced. Pecorino fresco (pecorino Toscano fresco) is a fresh sheep’s milk cheese ...

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Hearts of Palm Salad + Feta

June 6, 2014 RECIPES

Preparation Time: approximately 15 minutes Serving Size: about 1 cup, Serves about 4 0 Slices on The Slice Plan Ingredients 1 can hearts of palm, drained and sliced into ¼ inch slices 2 cups tomatoes, diced into medium chunks 2 cups cucumbers, halved lengthwise and sliced into ¼" slices ½ cup black olives, sliced ½ cup feta cheese, crumbled 4 oz spring mix, washed and dried 4 TB Basil Vinaigrette (recipe follows) Ba...

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How is alcohol metabolized?

June 5, 2014 DISCUSSIONS

Good Question! As we know, alcohol is an unknown substance by which our body begins to metabolize as soon as it is ingested. This means that your body preferentially metabolizes alcohol over anything else, including food. The thought that food will be digested first and thus, will allow you to “get less drunk” is a myth and really doesn't amount to much scientifically. When metabolism starts in the stomach, several actions involving enzymes located in the fluid within the cells (prim...

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Yes, about the 05/29/2014 thyroid cancer questions, you summed up the questions I have: "-My professional opinion on ThyCa’s low iodine recipes pre-RAI -Other dietary adjustments pre and post-thyroidectomy-Healthy BMI as it is associated with pre and post-thyroidectomy." Thanks for answering these three.

June 4, 2014 DISCUSSIONS

Thank you for your question on! As a thyroid cancer survivor myself, I understand the complications associated with the low-iodine diet. As anyone who is going through RAI (radioactive iodine therapy) knows, a low iodine diet is essential to prevent iodine toxicity. After going through the recipes found on the Thyroid Cancer Survivor’s Website, I think they are terrific. Stressing fresh fruits and vegetables, while finding ways around preparing favorite dishes is important to mai...

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Optimizing Skin Health through Nutrition

June 2, 2014 ARTICLES

Skin is something very difficult to hide from the world, and while our initial reasoning for maintaining skin health might be due to vanity - skin is our largest organ that protects our internal body from the external environment. Aside from being one of the most influential factors in our perceived sense of beauty, skin is important for regulating body temperature, wound healing, immune response, and even blood pressure control. Nutrition is a critical component in maintaining skin health. The ...

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Garcinia Cambogia: Fab or Fad?

May 30, 2014 ARTICLES

If a new supplement out on the market sounds too good to be true, it usually is…right? Garcinia Cambogia Extract (GCE) is a pill that promises dramatic weight loss and has been receiving a lot of buzz from television doctors and famous celebrities in the media and on the web. GCE is advertised as a 100% natural and pure product that contains a key weight loss ingredient called Hydroxycitric acid (HCA.) HCA is extracted from Garcinia Cambogia, which is a "pumpkin shaped fruit that gro...

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I seem to always get hungry at night when I'm watching tv. I'm trying to lose weight and do well all day. I drink my water and watch my portion but at night I need something to snack on. Home made French fries are my kryptonite. In order to stay away from my French fries I've been eating a small bowl of Sun flower seeds every night. I know it's not good to eat past 8 but is there something I can eat that's night going to make me feel like crap but will keep me busy for a while

May 29, 2014 DISCUSSIONS

Thanks for your question! This is a common concern and one that should be addressed. Nighttime snacking is the downfall for most people. The reason it is considered unhealthy is because we usually go for sweets or carbohydrate-laden foods (such as French fries). These foods are usually used for energy throughout the day- but at night, we are moving less (and therefore use less energy), so they are stored as excess calories and can lead to weight gain. I do not believe “eating past 8&rdqu...

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How do you find the calorie count for a meal you make yourself.

May 29, 2014 DISCUSSIONS

A few things come to mind when you start talking about calorie counting:
- Why do you want to count your calories? What is the end result or goal?
- How will it make you feel once you know the amount of calories in something? Most of the time, we want to know how many calories are in something in order to lose weight. Other times, we feel vindicated in eating things that are “less healthy” so long as they fit a required amount of calories we want in a day. Say...

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Gorgonzola Burger + Balsamic Cherries

May 23, 2014 RECIPES

Preparation Time: approximately 15 minutes Cooking Time: approximately 20-25 minutes Serving Size: 1 burger, Serves 4 2 Slices on The Slice Plan Ingredients 1 pound ground beef, 80% lean 1 TB Worcestershire sauce 2 tsp kosher salt 2 tsp garlic powder 2 tsp black pepper 1 TB ketchup or BBQ sauce 2 cups cherries, halved, pitted 2 TB balsamic vinegar 1 tsp brown sugar ¼ cup gorgonzola cheese, crumbled 1 cup ar...

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What are your thoughts on grains? Should we be eating more protein and less carbs? I understand that we need complex carbs, but I am curious to see what your thoughts are on this topic. Books like 'Grain Brain' are confusing to consumers because it's making grains to be the bad guy (of course because of GMO's and the like) and the general recommendation is to have whole grains. Should the general public be consuming fewer grains than what's recommended by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

May 20, 2014 DISCUSSIONS

The topic of whether or not to eat grains is a great one to discuss in this type of forum If you read my previous post on “Going Gluten Free,” I do touch on this topic a bit. The mindset behind grain-based carbs is that they are unhealthy for you, should not be consumed because our ancestors did not, and they “make you fat.” Let's go through some of these misconceptions. Modern Wheat is the Problem - It's true that wheat is a relatively new plant. But it can be put it i...

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Red Wine + Health

May 19, 2014 ARTICLES

Search “Red Wine” and you will get millions of hits on it's potential health benefits. This is because it is as popularly associated with health and wellness as dark chocolate and coffee, regardless of the facts. In spite of the potential health benefits, frequent consumption is still not advised. Red wine has in fact shown to benefit heart health but only in moderation. Red wine has also been a hot topic in possibly decreasing risk for cancer, minimizing neurological ...

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What advice do you have for someone with Hashimoto's in terms of dietary changes?

May 15, 2014 DISCUSSIONS

Thanks for asking! We love to help. If people do not know what Hashimoto's Disease is, it is a condition where the immune system attacks the thyroid gland, resulting in thyroid gland enlargement/inflammation and hypothyroidism. Because the thyroid is a “conductor,” of sorts, regarding metabolism, energy, body temperature, fertility, muscle strength, and energy - it is important to do what you can medically and nutritionally to get things under control. Without getting too deep into...

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Cystic Fibrosis + Oral Health

May 12, 2014 ARTICLES

May is Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Awareness Month and as you may or may not know CF has many health concerns for those diagnosed with the disease. Oral health is often pushed to the way side for most of us, let alone for individuals dealing with the management of CF, who can have multiple lung treatments everyday. However, dental health is an extremely important component of nutrition, as the digestive system begins with our mouths and teeth. Some concerns for dental health and cystic fibrosis ...

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Avocado White Bean Dip

May 9, 2014 RECIPES

Preparation Time: approximately 10 minutes Serving Size: ½ cup Makes about 10 servings 1 Slice on the Slice Plan. Ingredients 2- 15.5 oz cans cannellini beans, drained/rinsed 2 avocados, diced large 4 TB olive oil 1 TB kosher salt 1 TB garlic, chopped 2 tsp cumin, ground 1 tsp chili powder ½ tsp cayenne pepper (optional) ½ lime, juice of (about 1 TB) 2 TB cilantro Directions In a food processor, combi...

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Cystic Fibrosis + Nutrition

May 5, 2014 ARTICLES

Pictured: Mandy Wagner, CF Survivor 1985-2012 For many people, Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a condition they have never heard of. However, CF is the most commonly inherited disease in the United States, affecting over 30,000 people. In the U.S., 1 in every 3,700 people will be diagnosed with CF each year. On the plus side, early detection and treatment means that the median age has increased dramatically over the past decade alone. So what is CF? CF is a lifelong disease caused by a d...

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RE: Gastric Bypass Surgeries

April 28, 2014 ARTICLES

Obesity is an ever-growing epidemic in the United States (affecting over 50% of the population) that is also responsible for increased rates of type- II diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and other health risks. Healthcare has focused its energy on "fixing obesity" through the help of bariatric specialists, who perform specific surgeries to kickstart rapid weight loss. The three most common gastric bypass surgeries include, Roux-en-Y, Laprascopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, and the adjusta...

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Ingredient Spotlight: Quinoa

April 21, 2014 ARTICLES

Quinoa has made a huge hit on the food market recently, and rightfully so. Prices have increased to the point the farmers who grow it can’t even afford it. So, what is the deal with this unique-looking food? Some people compare it to rice, other couscous, and some have no idea what it is. In today’s Ingredient Spotlight, we are going to uncover some truths about this delicious grain! Quinoa is a grain in the same family as both buckwheat and the tumbleweed, where the seeds are ...

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TexMex Quinoa Salad

April 18, 2014 RECIPES

Preparation Time: approximately 25 minutes Cooking Time: approximately 15 minutes Serving Size: ½ cup portion, Serves about 8-10 1 Slice on the Slice Plan. Ingredients 16 oz quinoa, uncooked 1 cup black beans, no salt added, rinsed 1 cup bell pepper, diced 1 cup corn kernels, frozen/thawed ½ cup scallions, chopped ¼ cup jalapeño (optional) 1/8 cup white wine vinegar 1/8 cup lime juice ¾ cup olive oil ½ c...

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RE: Nutritional Supplements for Active Individuals

April 15, 2014 ARTICLES

Warmer weather is quickly approaching - the thought of beach trips, concerts, and outdoor adventures are here and everyone wants to get back into "summer shape." As the temperatures outside increase, the layers of clothing we wear come off and perhaps reveal winter weight we hadn’t intended on gaining. Unfortunately, not everyone getting back into the groove is using safe precautions or listening to sound advice. Several supplements are out on the market that that claim fast weight loss...

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Can You Control Your Seasonal Allergies with Nutrition?

April 7, 2014 ARTICLES

A simple Google Search can prove just about anything. Add a little bit of media sensation, word of mouth, or common belief and you can just about make anything seem the truth. But when something comes you way that could seem believable, what do you believe? There are a lot of articles on the internet that boast "nutrition therapy" for seasonal allergies. Can this be? As seasonal allergy sufferers know, there is little relief, even from the array of allergy and sinus medications (over the...

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Sleep: An Ingredient for a Healthy Life

March 31, 2014 ARTICLES

Most people know to get ‘enough sleep.’ Busy lifestyles, erratic work schedules, or even new children (and puppies) can keep someone from getting the sleep they need. Current research now shows a connection between good (nutritious) health and sleep. So the question is… do you get enough? ‘Enough’ can be described in different ways, but usually describes anything more than 6 hours of sleep. Sleep deprivation may also not be intentional; it could be related to Obstructive ...

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Who is Mr. Cook-It?

March 9, 2012 ARTICLES

Zach Breeding, formerly known as Mr. Cook-it, is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and professional Chef. Zach started his career in foodservice at the age of twelve working on a crab boat, and has worked in every aspect of the industry since - from waiting tables to managing a private club kitchen. His culinary education began at Eastern Technical High School's Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management program. In 2006, he earned his BS in Culinary Arts from The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill Colle...

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