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Nutrition and cancer

Leanne McCrate, RD, LD, CNSC Dear Readers, Today I am writing about a topic near and dear to my heart: nutrition and cancer or, more pointedly, nutrition myths and cancer. My clinical experience included 12 years of oncology nutrition in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Good nutrition can help prevent some types of cancer and,…

Summer fun!

Summer is almost here, and I love it! Beautiful, warm weather. School is out so kids can relax and be kids again for about 90 days. I have three children of my own, so I know the challenges of keeping young ones occupied. I like to write a column at this time of year to…

Sweet casual conversations

By Sandy Holthaus Last Saturday, I went to the All-City Garage Sale. The weather was gorgeous! It was a perfect day. It was as if everyone wanted to be outside in the sunshine enjoying our “new normal.” All these phrases that we never spoke of just over a year ago. I have to say I…

Dear Dietitian: Sugar consumption

Dear Readers, We Americans eat a lot of sugar. Why? Because it tastes good. The American Heart Association recommends six added teaspoons a day for women and eight teaspoons per day for men. While most Americans’ sugar consumption comes from soda pop, there is also hidden sugar in many foods. To be clear, we are…

Functional fiber

Dear Dietitian, I am health conscious and try to get enough fiber in my diet, but sometimes I miss the mark. I noticed some protein bars have 10 grams of fiber. Are these good for you? Jim Dear Jim, The Dietary Guidelines recommend Americans consume 25 to 30 grams of fiber per day. Fiber is…

Our connection to each other

I recently heard the word Ubuntu. If you are not familiar with this term, it means “I am, because we are.” The story I read was about a group of children playing outside. A person had a beautiful basket of fruit that they placed under a tree across the meadow. They told the children that…

How do you eat an elephant?

You know how the saying goes? How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. There is truth in this and, as I tackle huge projects this Spring, I just breathe through it and repeat this mantra over and over. One bite at a time, one step at a time, and one day…

Food addictions

Leanne McCrate, RD, LD, CNSC Dear Readers, Many of us know someone who has struggled with an addiction. Perhaps they have tried to quit smoking or are addicted to drugs like heroin or methamphetamine. The American Psychiatric Association defines addiction as a complex condition, a brain disease manifested by compulsive substance use despite harmful consequences.(1)…

Handshakes and hugs

By Sandy Holthaus I went in last week for my COVID-19 injection. The nurse was a very kind man named Michael. I really wanted to give him a hug to show my appreciation or, at the very least, a handshake, but I stopped short of doing so. That is where we are my friend, and…

Sharing recipes again

As some of you may know, at the beginning of 2020, I decided to take a break from writing the cooking column after 13 years, 340 columns, and one book. Who knew that just three months later, we would all be on lockdown and home? At first, it was a daze. We were on a…

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