Bethany Doerfler, MS, RDN, Clinical Dietitian at Northwestern Memorial Hospital interviewed with Women’s Health Magazine’s Krissy Brady about the diet everyone is talking about, The Wild Diet. The conversation began when a contestant from the 2016 ABC reality show My Diet Is Better Than Yours lost 20 pounds in 40 days. The diet encourages those following to eat fresh food out of the fridge instead of packaged food from the pantry.
"Americans get almost 700 calories more than we did in the 1970s, and almost all of this comes from processed grains and sugar-sweetened beverages," said Bethany Doerfler. "By avoiding processed foods, you cut unnecessary calories and are more likely to play up healthy foods."
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By Kara Spak
Northwestern Medicine® recently brought the physician tradition of continuing medical education to Chicago’s West Side through the second annual Community Grand Rounds.
Lisa Neff, MD, endocrinology, spoke with a group of Westinghouse College Prep students, their parents and community members from Garfield Park about obesity and nutrition, peppering her research-based talk with plenty of accessible tips for healthier living.
Community Grand Rounds is part of the Northwestern Medicine Scholars Program, a unique partnership between the Northwestern Medicine community and students at Westinghouse College Prep. Westinghouse is a Chicago Public Schools Selective Enrollment high school located in Garfield Park.
By Kara Spak
Health coaching partners up patients looking to make and sustain long-term lifestyle changes like losing weight, quitting smoking or reducing stress with professional coaches. The coaches help their patients identify potential obstacles and opportunities for success, and then the pair works together on developing, implementing and continuing a plan to reach shared goals.
By Edye Wagner, RD, LDN, CDE
The winter months bring frigid temperatures and snow. But they also bring colds, flu and a variety of viruses and infections. Many people we come in contact with -- from the grocery store cashier to our own family members -- will be coughing and sneezing, and inadvertently spreading germs.
As the saying goes, a good defense is a strong offense.
Many factors affect our immune system and our defense against these common afflictions but food can play a major role in increasing the body’s natural healing power and enhance the immune system.
By Sheila Galloro
There’s no doubt about it, eating during pregnancy can be a challenge. Nausea, vomiting, food aversions, limited stomach room as the baby grows, and reflux are a few of the hurdles to overcome.
Then there are all the “rules” to try and remember: no sprouts, no unpasteurized cheese, no alcohol, limited caffeine and sugar substitutes, no fish high in mercury, etc. Being a vegetarian on top of all this can leave vegetarian moms-to-be with a challenge when it comes to eating a healthy well-balanced diet.
By Sheila Galloro
Too many Americans work long hours inside an office and do not exercise before or after work. Melissa Mellady, MS, a Northwestern Medicine exercise physiologist, recently appeared on Windy City LIVE and gave some great tips on how to keep fit at work. So, if you’re reading this blog at your desk while hurrying to finish lunch before a big meeting, she’s talking to you.
By Megan McCann
Are you looking for quick and easy strategies to improve your overall health and quality of life? Kick off the summer and find out why prevention really is the best medicine at the Living Well event, taking place on Tuesday, May 21, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. During this unique health-fair style event, sponsored by Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Alberto Culver Health Learning Center, you will have the opportunity to talk to a variety of Northwestern Medicine experts regarding all aspects of health and wellness. You can also attend breakout sessions on the wellness topics that are most relevant to you.
By Abbey Lichten, MPH, CHES
As another holiday weekend approaches and New Year's celebrations are planned, unhealthy temptations will be abundant. While the holidays are wonderful time for celebration with family and friends, the festive season also brings many indulgences and an amplified risk for weight gain. It can feel like one, long food fest that inevitably ends in extra pounds.
By Lindsey Fox
Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season and a celebratory time full of temptations and demands due to family gatherings, parties, shopping and entertaining. Unhealthy habits can be inevitable this time of year, but as the festivities start on Thursday, Northwestern Medicine® experts say there are simple strategies to help you stay on track to enjoy the season without excessive weight gain.
Hannah El-Amin, RD, a registered dietitian at Northwestern Integrative Medicine, notes that between busy schedules and a plethora of snacks and treats, it’s difficult to stay motivated. She says that it is possible to indulge a little without gaining a lot.
By Lindsey Fox
Popular vitamin-enhanced water bottles fill the shelves of grocery stores, but according to Holly Herrington, registered dietitian at Northwestern Memorial, they aren’t as healthy as they seem. Herrington says that added sugars make the water more appealing, but a person’s daily dose of vitamins should come from a well-balanced diet of fruits and vegetables.
Read the full story in today’s RedEye for more information on why the thirst-quenching beverage shouldn’t always be your hydrating drink of choice.
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