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Eat Your Fat Folks!

Thursday, August 07, 2014

For years, health practitioners led by USDA guidelines, have been encouraging people to cut out fat.  The result has been an influx of highly processed, low fat options that are higher in sugar and/or simple carbohydrates.  We've also led on the assumption that a calorie, is a calorie, is a calorie.  Hence, if calories in are less than calories out, weight loss is guaranteed, right?  This mentality has failed many of my clients.   

The reality is we now know that cutting out fat is detrimental to weight management.  Fat is essential for satiety, the feeling of fullness we get after a meal.  It staves off hunger much longer than carbohydrates and even protein.  We are learning more about how genetics and our microbiome (gut environment) impact weight and overall health.  It's not simply about calories or fat OR perhaps even saturated fat.  Research does support opting for cardio-protective, mono-unsaturated fats such as olive oil, those found in fatty fish, avocado, etc.  However, it seems villainizing fat has led to increased consumption of simple carbs and sugar which are more likely to lead to weight gain, diabetes and related health conditions.

This is a great clip from a recent Time Magazine piece entitled "Eat Butter".

 

The EWG's 2014 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce

Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Every year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) puts out a list of foods containing the highest amount of pesticide, "the dirty dozen" and those containing the least, "the clean fifteen" to help guide consumer choices.   The EWG is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to using the power of information to protect human health and the environment. 

These lists help inform shoppers about which vegetables and fruits to prioritize as organic and which they can save a little money on by opting for the conventional variety. 

Here are some reasons to consider limiting pesticides in the diet and in skin products:

  • They accumulate in our fat cells;  major organs such as the liver, kidneys and brain; in our glands such as the thyroid and adrenals; and throughout our central nervous system.  
  • The liver and kidneys become less efficient at removing them from the body as we age
  • The longer pesticides stay in the body, the more likely they are to build up to levels that may cause injury
  • Chemicals and pesticides can react in the body in unexpected ways

Read about how pesticide intake may impact children's IQ here.  On a more positive note, research has shown that removing pesticides from the diet decreases pesticides in the body by 98% in two weeks.  Informing yourself about the clean fifteen and dirty dozen can help reduce pesticide intake in your family.

Move over big agriculture, there's a new (old) farmer in town!

Monday, August 04, 2014

Farming is hot and farmers are cool!  Who would've thought twenty years ago that farming would be fashionable?  When I was in college (yes, I'm dating myself I know) one of my dorm mates was majoring in horticulture and agriculture and it seemed so obscure to me at the time.  It made sense for her having grown up on a farm and as she put it "being a hick" and all but there was no way that farming was going to compete with computer science and at the time, I was completely unaware of how closely it tied to my own discipline.

Nowadays,  with more insight into farming practices and how they impact the food we eat, we're becoming more selective in our food choices.  Specifically, we want to know where and how food is grown and what happens after.  Organic farming in particular has exploded.  On May 15th, an article appeared in the Wall Street Journal indicating that "organic farming is not sustainable".  Here's a great response to that article by the Cornucopia Institute.

Many young college grads and professionals are forgoing the rat race in pursuit of a more bucolic, rustic life on the farm.  Don't be fooled though, this lifestyle is anything but "less work".  It is however a different kind of work; a lifestyle that keeps you fit and healthy and connected to the earth.  In recent history, big agriculture took the place of small, family run farms.  However, we seem to be reverting to our original small scale farming efforts in favor of better quality and in hopes to preserve our land for generations to come.  Interested in becoming a farmer?  Check out this great site, sustainable-live-work-play

Our New Digs!

Monday, August 04, 2014

We're so excited to share our new home with you!  It's a work in progress but here's a peak at our space.  Come visit us soon!

 

   

   

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 organization
    • 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 ashley@metrowestnutrition.com

    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



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