Category: Nutrition

February 27, 2014

Paula and TJ Brown: When Cooking Dinner is About More than the Food

As a nurse at UNC Hospitals, Paula Brown, RN, knows firsthand the difference family presence makes in a patient’s healing.

Nutrition, Patient Stories, Wellness

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January 24, 2014

Skip the Fad Diet and Aim to Succeed

Many New Year’s resolutions are geared towards weight loss. This can be a great goal to help you feel better for many reasons: positive health changes, and improved self esteem, and who doesn’t want their clothes to fit better? But, did you know that how you go about completing this goal affects the outcome? Fad diets focus on a “one size fits all” quick fix, but this does not lead to lasting results for many reasons...


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Close-up of fresh artichokes

November 25, 2013

Recipe: Artichoke Cranberry Stuffing

Get creative with cranberries this holiday season! Cranberries are an excellent source of vitamin C as well as high in fiber. This dish is also great for vegetarian guests. Enjoy!


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October 16, 2013

Staying Fit at the State Fair

It's time again for the North Carolina State Fair! If you are the adventuresome type, you might take a moment to ask yourself just how bad all this gooey, salty, greasy stuff is. Is it something to should worry about? After all, it is just once a year, right? Here are some strategies and an infographic to help you navigate as you feast at the fair.


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Cooked Salmon filet with lemon slice on top

July 15, 2013

Recipe: Cedar Plank Smoked Salmon

Here are additional recipes to share from our July 15th, 2013 Rex On Call broadcast on Healthy Grilling.

Nutrition, Recipes

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May 13, 2013

Get the Most out of your Produce with Smart Food Storage

Tis’ the season for farmer’s markets, community picnics, sunshine, and plentiful seasonal produce! Let’s look at a few rules and guidelines for maintaining the shelf life and quality of your seasonal bounty:


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Salt-free spices

March 12, 2013

Shaking that salt right out of your diet

Ready to put down the saltshaker? You can cook delicious and nutritious meals with less salt! The trick is using a variety of herbs and seasonings to kick up the flavor. Try these tips: Add fresh or dried herbs. For starters, try basil, oregano, thyme, chives, parsley, sage, mint or ginger. Rosemary pairs nicely with…


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Food journal

October 15, 2012

The Benefits of Keeping a Food Journal

Post by Angie Perrou - There is no question that what you eat is crucial to weight loss. You may not want, or even need, to count calories. But even if you take a diet pill, you can’t lose weight without paying attention to what you eat. Dietitians are fond of pointing out that losing weight is a simple matter of using up more calories than you take in. “Simple” it may be, but it isn’t easy, as too many of us know! For best results, of course, you need to work on both sides of the equation...


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Ken diet

June 13, 2012

Stop These Crazy Diets Already!

Seriously? That was the first word that came to mind when I heard about the Ketogenic Diet craze. Aka: Rapid weight loss through placement of a nasogastric feeding tube. As dietitians, we’re often asked to rate the latest and greatest fad diet. We usually try to present the pros and cons to our clients and help them make informed decisions about their weight loss plan.


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100 Calorie Snack Foods

March 28, 2012

Meh…it’s just 100 calories

I get a a lot of questions, especially this time of year, about my thoughts on certain "extreme diets"-- high protein/ low carb, liquid diets, hormone injections, appetite suppressants, juicing, etc. My answer is generally: "I'm sure you'll lose a lot of weight quickly, but you'll gain it all back when you get tired of it." (And mark my words, you will get tired of it.)


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