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Planning a Heart Healthy Diet for Your Family

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Feb 2, 2021

The food you eat is just as important as regular exercise. Eating a heart healthy diet can significantly reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke and many other health problems.

By understanding which foods are the healthiest for your heart, you can take steps toward a healthy lifestyle and greater quality of life.

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Topics: Nutrition, Weight Loss

10 Healthy Meal Planning Tips for Working Moms

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Dec 26, 2019

We have all felt and given in to the temptation of swinging by McDonald's or ordering a pizza for dinner after a long day of work. The kids are hungry, you have nothing prepared to eat, and you don't even want to think about bustling around in the kitchen for an hour.

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Topics: Nutrition, Weight Loss, Wellness

Nutritional Planning for Your High School Athlete

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jun 1, 2019

If you are the parent of a high school student, then you likely know how ravenous they can be at times. While they may want to go straight for a bag of potato chips or bottle of soda, proper nutrition is invaluable to their growth and performance as an athlete. Ensuring a proper balance of nutrients (protein, carbohydrates, fats) is essential to overall health, muscle development and performance. To make sure your athlete is getting the nutrition that they need, proper planning is key.

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Topics: Nutrition

Nutrition Tips for Managing Diabetes

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 29, 2017

Eating healthy, well-balanced meals is important part of a healthy lifestyle. In addition to healthy eating, regular exercise is important for everyone. For those people who have diabetes or who are at high risk for diabetes, diet and exercise is even more important. Balancing what you eat and staying active are key to managing diabetes. 

Having diabetes does not mean that you can't enjoy a wide variety of delicious foods. People with diabetes have the same nutritional needs as everyone else. You can learn to eat healthful meals, and even include your favorite foods so that you can thrive with diabetes. 

Sometimes it helps to discuss a lifestyle with diabetes with others. We invite you to attend a free support group at Johnson Memorial Hospital

Our internal medicine specialists are also available to answer questions and help you with diabetic care. 

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Topics: Nutrition, Wellness, Diabetes

How Alcohol Affects People With Diabetes

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 28, 2017

If you have diabetes, you likely have a lot of concerns regarding food and drink. If you have just been diagnosed, you probably have even more questions. Diabetes does not mean that you can never have your favorite foods or enjoy a little social hour with your friends. Like all things, moderation is the key. 

A big concern for those with diabetes, is blood sugar. Keeping your blood sugar under control is the main thing you can do to keep your body functioning the way it should be. People with diabetes should be especially careful with alcohol. Alcohol causes blood sugar to rise, and it can interfere with the effectiveness of certain medications. 

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Topics: Nutrition, Diabetes

Tips for Basic Meal Planning and Nutrition for Toddlers

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Oct 29, 2015

It's normal for toddlers to be picky eaters. Offering healthy and nutrition foods will help maximize nutrition and get the most out of meals and snacks. Take a look at the tips below to help you plan healthy nutritious options for your toddler (and get even more resources on meal planning for the entire family here).

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Topics: Nutrition, Moms

Fall Treats That Won't Kill Your Nutrition Plan

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Oct 20, 2015

Fall is such a fun time of year! The flavors of apples, cinnamon, and pumpkins just scream "FALL!" don't they? With all the apple picking, pumpkin patches, and trick-or-treating, it can be hard to find treats that fit within your nutrition plan. Pies and candy, while delicious, aren't the healthiest of choices.

Apples and pumpkins are both loaded with fiber, vitamins, and minerals making them a great part of a healthy diet. Cutting back on the sugary treats, but still enjoying the flavors of fall is a great way to stick to your plan. Everyone has different nutritional needs, but today we will focus on fun and healthy fall treats.

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Topics: Nutrition, Weight Loss, Wellness

Juicing Fads: Health Benefits or Hoax?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Oct 8, 2015

Juicing. If you search the Internet, you'll find thousands of articles. This shows that it's a popular idea, but does that mean it is the healthiest way to get your fix of fruits and vegetables? You can find articles promoting both sides of the argument. Today, let's focus on what the trusted sources say. Then, you can decide what is right for you and your family.

Juicing Vs. Whole Fruits & Vegetables

While juicing does get you concentrated does of antioxidants and vitamins and minerals, it takes out the skin, pith, and peel which is where the fiber and other important nutrients are stored. Some claim juicing

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Topics: Nutrition, Wellness, Health Care

"Clean Eating" and Other Popular Health Phrases Explained

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on May 14, 2015

If you are looking for information about different types or theories of eating, you will often hear buzz words. 

It seems that a new "diet" is being introduced all the time. Emily Wolfe, a registered dietitian at Johnson Memorial Health, says, "I talk to patients regarding the benefits of eating more whole, unprocessed foods; however, a healthy diet can be achieved with all types of food sources. I feel that ALL foods can fit into a healthy diet and that a healthy diet does not need to consist of special, sometimes more expensive, foods." 

She listed some easy ways to introduce a more "clean" diet:

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Topics: Nutrition, Wellness

Understanding the Paleo Diet: Is It For You?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on May 7, 2015

You have probably heard of the hugely popular Paleo diet. Maybe you've heard it called the caveman diet or the primal diet. The premise is that modern diets rely too much on processed foods. If we eat like our ancestors, we'd be healthier and less obese.

Read on for more details of this trendy topic, and then you can make a decision if it is right for you.

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Topics: Nutrition