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Introducing FUEL

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Here it is.  Introducing our signature wellness program FUEL™.  

We've worked with organizations, companies and schools on wellness programming for years and decided it was time to create a comprehensive wellness package to better meet these needs.  FUEL™ incorporates components we've found successful in fueling positive behavior and culture change with our clients.  When individuals feed well, unite well, exercise well and live well, they are happier and more productive at life; both at home and at work.  The program can be easily customized to meet individual corporate and academic needs. 

     According to Tom Rath, Wellbeing is comprised of five elements: (1) career wellbeing, (2) financial wellbeing (3) physical wellbeing (4) community wellbeing and (5) social wellbeing.

    FUEL™ harnesses all the five elements of wellbeing.  

    • Engages participants daily
    • Builds in goal setting and accountability 
    • Provides a face to the program; a qualified registered dietitian 
    • Hosts an online portal for open discussion and support
    • Creates an individualized online library including videos and handouts
    • Fosters a culture of wellness within the organization
    • Gamefies the process to enable team building and provide incentives
    • Enables regular interaction amongst participants building a sense of community
    • Rewards healthy behaviors both intrinsically and through tangible incentives 
    • Improves presenteesism (career wellbeing)
    • Reduces healthcare costs and spending for the participant and organizatio
    • Reduces absenteeism; happy, healthy people take fewer sick days
    • Improves health outcomes and overall sense of wellbeing

    To learn more about FUEL™ and how it can work for your organization, contact Amy Gardner at 617-332-2282x1.


    Moving Our Newton Location August 1st

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    We are moving and expanding.  We are sad to leave our current office suite and suitemates, Elder Resources but are very excited to have all this additional space.  The new suite will be entirely our own and provide us the opportunity to do more groups, eating and cooking activities with clients and accomodate more office hours.  We welcome you to come visit us at our new location when you get a chance:

    1400 Centre Street, Suite 117 
    Newton, MA  02459
    P:  617-332-2282 x1 (same number)
    F:  508-302-0507 (NEW number)

    We'll post some pictures soon.  Ashley and I will be in on Friday start setting up and likely assembling a lot of furniture if you want to stop by and say hi!

    Join Us in Welcoming Our New Dietitians!

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    We are so pleased to welcome Andrea Stein, MS, RD and Leslie Judge, MS, RD to our practice.  Both dietitians come with years of experience.  Andrea has worked in the college setting and with Harvard Pilgrim in their corporate wellness programs.  Leslie comes to us from Dana Farber where she specialized in oncology nutrition while also co-authoring the Honest Mom nutrition blog.  Both of them will be starting with the practice in August.  Andrea will be in our Newton location on Wednesdays and Thursdays and Leslie will be in Newton on Tuesdays and Framingham on Thursdays.  To book an appointment, please contact Ashley Bade Cronin at 617-332-2282x6 or

    Learn more about Andrea here

    Learn more about Leslie here

    We're tying the knot... to LMP Holdings Co. & Affiliates

    Wednesday, July 09, 2014

    Yup, we're getting hitched!  And we've found the best partner possible.   

    Metrowest Nutrition is thrilled to announce our partnership with LPM Holding Company, Inc. and Affiliates. The two companies are well-matched in our combined effort to provide comprehensive health and wellness products to companies throughout New England and beyond.

    LPM Holding is a family owned and operated hospitaliy management firm with accounts in nine states.  Their main food service division, Epicurean Feast Cafes, owns the largest business and industry market share in New England with accounts in 9 states.  Their corporate headquarters are in Maynard, MA.

    Here are some highlights of the health and wellness services now available to LPM Holdings clients.  Dietitians will provide responses to nutrition questions through the 'Ask the Dietitan' portal on the Epicurean Feast website.  Metrowest Nutrition RDs will be available  for onsite nutrition programming - health and wellness fairs, cooking demos, one-on-one nutrition counseling, health and wellness groups, etc.  Registered dietitians will review menus to ensure they meet clients' nutrition specifications and act as a clinical liason between Wellness and HR personnel and the culinary team at LPM Holdings.  If desired, a Metrowest Nutrition dietitian will be present at meetings to provide insight into wellness program development and help integrate the dining services component.  

    While LMP Holdings brings an extensive background in hospitality and culinary services, we bring nutrition knowledge and years of  behavioral counseling experience.  Importantly, LMP Holdings shares our core values in quality, integrity, growth and community.  In reference to quality, Steve Jobs said "one home run is better than two doubles."  We agree wholeheartedly and believe that this partnership is going to yield benefits to each company and ultimately many 'home runs' for our clients. 


    Great Gazpachos for Hot Summer Days!

    Wednesday, July 02, 2014

    You can't have summer without cookouts, campfires and s'mores but on these hot summer days, let's face it, sometimes it's nice not to have to cook at all! 

    BUT, before you cave and serve ice cream for dinner, try some of these refreshing, cool soups at the end of the day.  Served with some cold cut, chicken salad or tuna  sandwiches  or even crackers and cheese, they're a great meal and make use of summer's plentiful bounty.

    Chilled Pea and Tarragon Soup
    Cold Strawberry Soup
    Melon Soup
    Cucumber Soup and more!                


    Watermelon Frenzy

    Thursday, June 19, 2014

    It's finally feeling like summer and what's better in this heat than watermelon?  My kids and I had our fill yesterday and it got me thinking.  Watermelon is delicious simply on it's own but what else can you do with it?  Then I remembered this amazing salad I'd had at 51 Lincoln; Grilled Watermelon Salad.  Yum!  This is the perfect salad for a sunny summer day.  Grilling it gives the watermelon a completely different texture that is hard to describe and the balsamic glaze and feta offer the perfect balance for the sweet fruit.  You gotta try it!   Here are some other fun ways to use watermelon this summer. 

    Watermelon Keg

    Watermelon Slushie

    Fresh Watermelon Cake

    First class in 'Yoga of Eating' series was a success!

    Sunday, June 08, 2014

    Liz and Alex kicked off the 'Yoga of Eating' series last Thursday with a huge success. The session was fully booked and participants had rave reviews after the first evening.

    The two hour group includes an experiential yoga activity, a mindful eating exercise and discussion of mindfulness application in daily life. Attendees reflected that the experience enabled them to truly experience their hunger cues and eat accordingly. It was also helpful to have Liz and Alex provide a safe environment and join the others at the meal.

    This is how they thoughtfully set the stage for a mindful meal.

    We know that we had to turn some away because the group was full, but given the level of interest, we will certainly run it again.  So, stay posted!

    June is National Fruit and Vegetable Month!

    Monday, June 02, 2014

    To celebrate this delicious and nutritious time of year, here are a few of our favorite fruit and veggie activities for you and your family.

    Visit a Farmer’s Market- have children be on the lookout for a certain colored new fruit or veggie to try or make a scavenger hunt to find a rainbow of produce.

    Make Fruit Wands- Stack a variety of cut up fruits on a kabob stick and top with a slice of star fruit for a magical and tasty treat.

    Plant a Veggie Garden- Planting vegetables can be a great way to increase your child’s interest in trying new, healthy foods. Take a look at some of our tips here for getting started.

    Veggie Builders- Make a variety of veggie buildings, animals and people out of cut up vegetables, tooth picks and cream cheese for the “glue”.

    Make Fruit “Sundaes”- Layer fruit, low fat yogurt and crunchy cereal or granola in a pretty glass and enjoy!

    Gluten-free, Casein-free Diet for Autism Spectrum Disorders & ADD

    Friday, May 30, 2014

    The Gluten-free/Casein-free diet is a relatively new, popular dietary intervention used to treat symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).  It involves of completely eliminating gluten and casein products from the diet. 

    Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley, some vinegars and many processed foods. Casein is one of the proteins found in dairy products. 

    Researchers hypothesize that children with autism are not able to completely break down foods containing the proteins gluten and casein resulting in opioid peptides (larger molecules than usual) being absorbed through the gut.  These opioid peptides may have an morphine-like effect on the brain, further exacerbating autism symptoms such as visual stimulation, difficulty with emotion regulation, poor eye contact and sensory processing disorder. The “leaky gut syndrome,” often present in children with autism (possibly related to earlier insults due to use of antibiotics, food sensitivities, etc), allows peptides to cross intestinal membrane, enter the bloodstream, cross the blood/brain barrier, and then affect neurotransmitter function. 

    This theory would explain why a good number of children with ASD have GI symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, and gastroesophageal reflux.  Another suggestion is that since these children often have difficulty expressing or pinpointing their pain, they can react with aggressive or emotionally expressive behavior.

    Research is still mixed on this diet therapy.  Nonetheless, anecdotal evidence is abundant; just talk to any parent with a child on the spectrum or with ADD who has tried this diet therapy and you will hear amazing feedback.  Recently, a psychotherapist told me her friend was ready to put her son with ADD in private school until they tried removing gluten from his diet and saw an amazing transformation.

    The GFCF diet has been the most frequently researched diet approach to ASD disorders in recent years. Some research demonstrates the diet's effectiveness, however, implementation of the diet is dependent on parental and physician support as well as socioeconomic status. This is a difficult diet to implement and maintain, particularly in older children who may have resistance to new foods.  It's also particularly challenging in this population where picky eating and feeding disorders are common.  It's also important to note that nutrient deficiencies and poor bone growth can result if appropriate substitutions to the wheat and dairy components aren't included.  Often supplements are required.  Make sure to consult a physician or dietitian prior to making any changes to your child’s diet. 

    How are Your Bacteroides and Firmicutes?

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

    I recently attended a great seminar on the microbiome - our microbiome consists of the microorganisms living in our gut, skin, lungs and other organs.  Did you know that there are 10 times more microbial cells than human cells in our body?  Pretty creepy huh?  These various microorganisms (or lack there of) have been linked to a number of current health concerns:


    Allergies & Food Intolerances





    Gastrointestinal Diseases

    Health research is starting to look at the human body as a multi-organism colony as opposed to one.  What these researchers are finding is amazing.  For example, several studies including this one have shown an increased Bacteroide to Firmicutes ratio in the gut of obese individuals compared to lean counterparts. 

    Interestingly, when the gut environment changes via diet, the microbiome also changes.  How do you change it exactly?  Eat mostly whole foods, plenty of fiber, foods that contain naturally occurring probiotics (yogurt, sauerkraut, other fermented foods) and get plenty of healthy oils (i.e. fish, olive oil, nuts, etc).  You may also consider supplementing with a prebiotic.  Prebiotics, probiotics and other nutrition supplements might help restore lost microflora as a result of antibiotics and a long period of eating mainly processed food.




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