Lifestyle Advice

The Sleep-Weight Connection

Robyn Flipse, MS. MA, RDN Consultant to the Calorie Control Council If you’ve been gaining weight and not getting enough sleep lately, some new research suggests the problems are very likely connected. A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that people who didn’t get enough sleep consumed an extra 385 calories … Continue reading

November 28, 2016 Lifestyle Advice

Breakfast: Fast, Fun and Filling

You’ve probably heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. While I wouldn’t say it’s the MOST important, it is certainly a meal you shouldn’t skip. And to highlight breakfast’s valuable role in our diet, September has been designated as Better Breakfast Month. Breakfast Benefits Breakfast not only fuels the body after … Continue reading

September 7, 2016 Lifestyle Advice

Celebrate Fun, Flavor and Fitness during National Blueberry Month

Last weekend our friends gifted us with a bag of fresh blueberries they hand-picked at an East Texas blueberry farm. And how incredibly delicious they were! Nothing is as good as fruit fresh from the tree or vine. With July the peak season for blueberries, it’s no surprise that the U.S. Department of Agriculture proclaimed … Continue reading

July 13, 2016 Lifestyle Advice

Tips to Stay Healthy During Summer Vacation

It’s officially summer season, which means it’s time for summer getaways! Whether you’re headed to the beach or perhaps planning a staycation at home, a change in routine can sometimes makes it difficult to maintain healthy habits. Here are some tips for maintaining healthy habits while taking some time off this summer: Get plenty of … Continue reading

June 8, 2016 Lifestyle Advice

Exercise: It’s Medicine and Fun, Too

May is Exercise is Medicine Month, an annual initiative of the American College of Sports Medicine to create awareness of the important role physical activity plays in promoting health and preventing disease. Research finds that exercise helps reduce risk of several chronic conditions including diabetes, cancer, heart disease and obesity. Exercise and Calories In addition … Continue reading

May 18, 2016 Lifestyle Advice

5 Fabulous Recipes to Celebrate Beverages From Around the World

Robyn Flipse, MS. MA, RDN Consultant to the Calorie Control Council There are countless concoctions from around the world that play a starring role in the celebrations of other cultures, just like lemonade does in the USA on Independence Day.  If you want to omit the alcohol from a classic cocktail, you can still capture … Continue reading

May 5, 2016 Lifestyle Advice

What 22,000 Adults Had to Say About Low-Calorie Sweeteners and Weight Loss

Research on regular users of low-calorie sweeteners has found they have better diets than nonusers. If that isn’t incentive to use them, I don’t know what is! Of course, adding a low-calorie sweetener to your coffee isn’t all it takes to become healthy and thin, but studies show it can be part of a healthy lifestyle … Continue reading

April 26, 2016 Lifestyle Advice

Diabetes and Low-Calorie Sweeteners

Whether you are managing type 1 diabetes (when your body is not producing insulin) or type 2 diabetes (when your body produces insufficient amounts of insulin or insulin that does not function correctly), managing blood glucose levels is critical. Careful planning includes considering meals, snacks, and physical activity since they can all affect your body’s … Continue reading

March 22, 2016 Lifestyle Advice

Warm Up This Winter with Roasted Vegetables

While many of you are probably looking forward to spring and summer produce, there are still plenty of wonderful vegetables that can be enjoyed during the winter months. For example, who doesn’t love a cup of homemade chicken noodle soup or potato chowder during the wintertime? Regardless of the season, you can always find flavorful … Continue reading

January 27, 2016 Lifestyle Advice

How to Stay Healthy When It’s Cold Outside

This year, the temperatures took a little longer than normal to realize the winter solstice had passed, but those winter temperatures have finally moved in across the country. Colder temperatures usher in the season of flu, colds, dry skin, seasonal depression and weight gain. Here are six ways to stay healthy even when it’s cold … Continue reading

January 18, 2016 Lifestyle Advice

Healthy Eating Update: 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

On January 7, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services released the long-awaited 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Published every five years, the 8th edition of the Guidelines provides information to help Americans make healthy eating choices. As a registered dietitian nutritionist, I was not surprised that, for the most part, the … Continue reading

January 13, 2016 Lifestyle Advice

Managing Diabetes during the Holidays with Artificial Sweeteners

With the Holidays right around the corner, this is the perfect time to focus on food and beverage choices especially if you struggle with diabetes or prediabetes. November is Diabetes Month and according to the American Diabetes Association, there are nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States that have diabetes. In addition … Continue reading

November 4, 2015 Lifestyle Advice

Lighten Up Classic Latin Beverages

Sylvia E. Meléndez Klinger, MS, RD, LDN, CPT Consultant to the Calorie Control Council Hispanic culture has given the world some of its favorite drinks, from hot chocolate to refreshing bebidas or licuados, the original smoothies. These delicious drinks are part of many everyday Hispanic meals, but if you are ready to incorporate them into … Continue reading

September 24, 2015 Lifestyle Advice

No Bake, No Oven Meal Ideas for the Summer

Every year I look forward to the fun activities and flavors that summer weather brings. Whether it’s shopping at the local farmers market, attending an outdoor jazz festival, or catching a baseball game; the warmer temperatures provide a lot of opportunities to play outside with friends and family. But living in the Midwest, the temperature can … Continue reading

July 8, 2015 Lifestyle Advice

Everything You Wanted to Know About Aspartame, with Robyn Flipse

We sat down with Robyn Flipse, a registered dietitian specializing in food, nutrition and health communications, to talk about aspartame and debunk many of the myths that surround this extensively researched low calorie sweetener. Robyn has over 25 years of experience and has written two books, The Wedding Dress Diet and Fighting the Freshman Fifteen. You can catch up … Continue reading

October 15, 2013 Lifestyle Advice