All tagged Nutrition; Evidence Based

Foods that Help Reduce High Blood Pressure

Did you know you can reduce your blood pressure with foods currently (most likely) in your kitchen? Did you know that diet and lifestyle changes can significantly regulate high blood pressure?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 75 million adults have high blood pressure (nearly one in three of adults). Research has shown that certain foods can lower blood pressure. Dietary changes and other lifestyle modifications can reduce high blood pressure while lowering the risk of associated conditions.

**In this article, we discuss foods that can help to reduce high blood pressure and provide the scientific evidence.

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

Bride Wellness 101

Congratulations! You’re engaged! So now what? Planning a wedding, pinning wedding inspiration, excited about this happy time, and wanting to feel your best. So, you start reading more blogs to find ways to help you feel and look your best. Hopefully, that’s why you are here!

Instead of doing what so many brides do-choose extreme measures to drop the pounds-FAST! Some of those “quick fixes” may work a little but often they fail—miserably. That's because quick fixes, diet pills, and extreme exercise plans don't usually deliver, particularly in the long run. Wouldn't you rather make smart, reasonable and sustainable changes to your current diet and fitness plan to help prevent the "inevitable" weight gain? So instead of using the time leading up to your big day to sculpt yourself down to some magic number, take this time to become your healthiest you!

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

Weight Loss AND Hormones

Weight Loss AND Hormones

 What happens when you feel as if you’re doing everything right!  You eat right, you get enough sleep. But the weight won’t come off? Well, a potentially missing piece could be your hormones?

Hormones function as messengers between body systems to regulate your physiology and behavior, such as digestion, metabolism (weight loss/gain), respiration, tissue function, sleep, stress, growth, movement, reproduction, and mood.

Hormonal disproportions happen when there is too much or too little of a hormone in the circulation. Due to the vital role in the body, even small hormonal imbalances can cause side effects throughout the body.

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

My top Tips to Keep you Regular

My top Tips to Keep you Regular

Not a subject everyone wants to talk about, but certainly an important topic!  Not having a regular bowl regimen affects not only your digestive system, but also the body as a whole. This disrupts the functioning and health of your gut and can totally affect your mood.

Let’s discuss what exactly is normal when it comes to bowel function? How many times a day or how many days till you do have a poop?

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

Mistakes when going Vegan...AND how to avoid them

Mistakes when going vegan….and how to avoid them

There is no “right” or “wrong” way to eat. Each of us are unique. Our dietary needs, caloric requirements, lifestyle, etc. are all highly individualized and can change depending on what you're dealing with at the time.

It’s clear that we would all benefit from eating more veggies/fruits—more whole foods. For some people that means eating 100% plant based or vegan and for others that just means trying to get to your servings in a day. Whatever you are, there are a few issues when people transition into a more plant-based diet.

The goal is to help make it as easy as possible for you to incorporate more plants into your diet and find a balance that is realistic for you!

Note that these recommendations are also relevant if you aren't plant-based but struggle with low energy and healthy eating.

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN