Diet & Nutrition

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    • Here are some tips for increasing the volume of low energy-density food in each meal:
    • Want to add a starter salad to your lunch or dinner? Remember to keep the energy density low. That means you can fill your bowl to the brim with greens, veggies, and low-fat dressing, but use only a very small amount -- if any -- of full-fat cheese or dressings, croutons or bacon bits.
    • When choosing soup as a first course or snack, make it broth-based, such as chicken with rice or vegetable soup. Creamed soups, chowders and hearty bean soups have more calories and higher energy density. They're better as main dishes.
    • Double the vegetables in your favorite recipes, from chili and beef stew to pasta or chicken salad.
    • Watch what you drink. Each regular soda adds 150 unneeded calories to your daily total. Instead, choose water, tea, coffee (not the fat-laden specialty drinks), diet soda, or add a splash of fruit juice to seltzer. Alcohol has a high energy density, so limit your daily consumption to one glass or less.
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    AHCA Virginia answered
    Why Is It Okay To Eat Aged Molded Bleu Cheese But Not Okay When It Comes To Other Foods Such As Bread Or Milk?
    The molds that produce bleu cheese are perfectly safe to eat, says John Turner, MD, a pathologist at Chippenham & Johnston-Willis Hospitals. In this video, he says that mold on soft cheese, though, might indicate the presence of bacteria.
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    AStefanie Sacks, MS, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered
    Stefanie Sacks - How can small changes make a big difference in my diet?
    Small changes can make a big difference in your diet; moderation may be better for you than elimination, which could set you up for failure. In this video, culinary nutritionist Stefanie Sacks explains the power of making small lifestyle changes. 
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    AStefanie Sacks, MS, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered
    Stefanie Sacks - What is clean eating?
    Clean eating is being more mindful about our food choices, and eating foods that are in their most whole, natural form. Watch culinary nutritionist Stefanie Sacks explain that clean eating isn't about deprivation; it's about less ingredients. 
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    AJennifer Hartstein, PsyD, Psychology, answered
    Dr. Jennifer Hartstein - When does an odd food quirk become a health concern?
    An odd food quirk becomes a health concern when it's the only way you can eat a food, or when it becomes a totally distracting focus. Watch psychologist Jennifer Hartstein, PsyD, explain how to tell a quirk from a possible disordered eating behavior.
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    AJames Rosser, MD, Surgery, answered
    Dr. James Rosser Jr. - What are some tips to keep me from eating late at night?
    To avoid eating late at night, you need to classify your hunger in order to curb it, and you need to have a plan to combat hunger when it comes on. Watch surgery specialist James Rosser Jr., MD, explain tips to keep you from eating late at night.
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    Sugar is not a problem for the kidneys unless your blood sugar level gets too high. This commonly occurs in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Once the blood sugar level gets higher than 180 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), the kidneys start to spill sugar into the urine. The higher the blood sugar, the more sugar comes out in the urine. If your kidneys are normal, this usually isn’t a problem, but if you have diabetes, too much sugar can cause kidney damage.

    A common blood test used to detect diabetes and monitor blood sugar levels over time involves the hemoglobin A1C (HgbA1C) protein. The higher the blood sugar gets, the more sugar gets attached to this protein. Determining the levels of hemoglobin A1C helps to give an estimate of the average sugar level in the blood for the past three months and provides an indication of how much damage the sugar may be causing in the body, including to the kidneys. A normal HgbA1C is less than 6% for someone who doesn’t have diabetes. As the HgbA1C gets higher, more damage is done.

    Uncontrolled diabetes can damage the blood vessels of the kidneys and destroy their filters. When the blood vessels in the kidneys are injured, the kidneys can’t clean the blood properly, resulting in more water and salt being retained and waste materials building up in the blood.
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    The McDougall diet for multiple sclerosis (MS) is a diet created by John McDougall, MD, who is also a nutrition expert. The diet is based on starches. Starches are a category of food that are vegetable in matter but also have a lot of calories, such as beans, corn, sweet potatoes and rice. The diet also includes non­starchy green, red, purple and yellow vegetables -- such as kale, broccoli and cauliflower -- and some fruits, grains, rice, tubers and legumes. The McDougall diet avoids meats, dairy, oils and processed foods.
     
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    The Wahls protocol (diet) was developed by Terry Wahls, MD, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2000. Ultimately, this protocol is a new way of eating based on Paleo principles, but organized to maximize these nutrients that are important to the brain. Dr. Wahls tracks 36 vitamins, minerals, essential fats and antioxidants in the diet.

    The Wahls diet basically means adding more leafy green vegetables to your diet: sulfur­rich vegetables like cabbage, mushrooms and the onion family; deeply pigmented foods like carrots, beets and berries; grass-fed meats; wild fish and seaweed. The Wahls diet avoids wheat, grains, legumes and dairy.

    As people progress in the diet, they transition from their existing way of eating to a more nutrient­dense and low­glycemic way of eating that Wahls proposes is better for their brain health.