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Planning for a Healthier Holiday Season

November 22nd, 2021

By: Christine B. Tenekjian, MPH, RDN, LDN, NBC-HWC, Dietitian Clinician, Duke Lifestyle & Weight Management Center, and Kim Ha, Dietetic Intern at Duke Hospital. As the weather becomes colder and the leaves are changing color, the holidays seem to be right around the corner. With this, there may be mixed emotions of anxiety, joy, and confusion around food. Anticipating and ...

Meal Preparation: Starting Simple

May 28th, 2021

Meal preparation is the process of planning and preparing whole meals ahead of schedule. The initial time investment for meal planning and preparation can be daunting, but the benefits outweigh the challenges. Meal prep can help you:

  • Control your portions
  • Increase your fruit and vegetable intake
  • Save time cooking during the week
  • Save money. All of these benefits also contribute to
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Cooking Geek Product Review: 3 Kitchen Gadgets for Healthy and Delicious Home Meals

December 11th, 2020

By: Duke Diet & Fitness Center Nutrition Team Cooking meals at home is an important component of a healthy eating plan. But making healthy meals that actually taste good can be time-consuming and overwhelming— especially for cooks who don’t know a whisk from a spatula! But there’s good news for home cooks. Kitchen gadgets can help! Learn more about multi-cookers (like ...

Create a Fabulous Low Carb Menu – Dessert Included!

October 19th, 2020

By: Duke Diet & Fitness Center Nutrition Team A low-carbohydrate diet is a sensible and research-proven approach to weight loss. However, the most important part of any eating style is making it enjoyable and varied. Breakfast - Low Carb Pancakes Ingredients 1.5 cups almond flour ½ tsp baking soda Pinch sea salt ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk 2 large eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 3/4 cup fresh blueberries (optional) Cooking spray Cooking ...

Five Tips to Get Started on the Mediterranean Diet

October 5th, 2020

You may have heard that the Mediterranean Diet was named the best diet for 2019. Every year, health experts with U.S. News evaluate and rank various diets that are on the market. According to their report “to be top-rated, a diet had to be relatively easy to follow, nutritious, safe, effective for weight loss and protective against diabetes and ...

Eight Steps to Support your Immune System Balance During COVID-19

April 7th, 2020

By Joanne Gardner, MS, RDN, LDN, Integrative Nutritionist, Duke Integrative Medicine Many of us are wondering what we can do to sustain optimal health during this pandemic. To start, consider steps to support the immune system balance. Think of your food as your health insurance policy. Although foods may not prevent you from getting sick, they help maintain your resilience ...

How One Woman Ditched Diet Coke and Found a Diet that Worked for Her

September 16th, 2019

Mary Ellen Miller*, resident of Durham, NC was experiencing digestive issues and low energy. She was concerned that her diet and habit of drinking several Diet Cokes a day were contributing to her health concerns. Unsure of what to do or where to start, she sought care at Duke Integrative Medicine. Mary Ellen saw Integrative Dietitian/Nutritionist Jill Brown, MS, RDN, ...

Sustainability: Tips for Food Storage

October 25th, 2017

By Erin Gunter, MS As a continuation from last week’s blog post, I would like to share some additional tips from Corporate Chef Cate Smith about food storage and optimum shelf life. The next time you are getting ready to head out to the store or farmers market, or you are rearranging items in the refrigerator, consider ...

Sustainability: Tips for Shopping Smarter

October 18th, 2017

By Erin Gunter, MS and Rachel Kuliani, MPH, CHES In September, Duke Integrative Medicine hosted a Lunch & Learn session for its employees and invited Corporate Chef Cate Smith to speak about sustainability as it relates to food consumption. At the beginning of her talk, she outlined numerous facts about food waste:

  • 1/3 of food
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