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  • November 1, 2017

    Did perimenopause sneak up on you? Prepare to be you...

    I am turning 42 this year, and at my last physical, my doctor brought up menopause. Excuse me? What? I guess, naively or on purpose, maybe in hopes to delay it, I figured I had more time and would go through menopause when I had grandchildren. Not true. Perimenopause or the transition to menopause usually starts at around age 45-55 and can last eight to ten years. Menopause, which is defined as having no menstrual period for 12 consecutive months, happens on average by age 51. So here I am, far from having grandchildren, thinking about menopause. And it seems like a really good time to focus on my health as preventive measures for the future.  
  • October 17, 2017

    Do you need to refuel?

    Recovery nutrition is a hot topic and a confusing one. You’ve likely seen recovery bars in store aisles, people leaving the gym with their post-workout shake in hand and articles promoting the best foods to refuel post-workout. Naturally, this makes you wonder if you need to refuel after exercising. Or perhaps you refuel now, but should you?
  • October 1, 2017

    Should I Count Calories?

    I have a confession to make (keep in mind that I’m a dietitian). I rarely, if ever, look at the calories on a food label or menu board. In fact, I intentionally avoid it. I would be hard-pressed to tell you the calories in my ice cream last night or oatmeal this morning. I also don’t know what my ‘ideal’ calorie intake should be. And if you and I were having a conversation about nutrition, calories would be the last thing we discussed. Why is this? We are consistently encouraged to be mindful of our calorie intake, whether that be through the calories on a menu or the app on our phone. While a general awareness of calories can be helpful for some, making them front and centre can have negative outcomes. I’d like to invite you to consider some calorie counting cons along with an alternative approach. 

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