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Design Your Plate for Immune Support

April 22nd, 2022

By Kenlyn Young, LDN, MS, RD, Duke Integrative Medicine. Our immune system is complex and influenced by diet, sleep, movement, stress reduction, and other lifestyle elements. Currently, 1 in 15 people (1 in 6 for women) is diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. This situation, plus the potentially devastating effects that long-haul Covid can have on our immune system, has many ...

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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Eating for Mental Health: How What We Eat Can Affect Our Mood

May 13th, 2021

By Isabella Swiecicki – Dietetic Intern, Duke Lifestyle & Weight Management Center. Over a year has passed since COVID 19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). For many, the challenges caused by the pandemic go beyond the threat of physical infection, emphasizing the need to address mental health as a measure of wellbeing. The US Census Bureau ...

Exploring The Relationship Between Exercise and Immunity

November 30th, 2020

By Sadie Engelken, Duke Diet & Fitness Intern from Carroll University, and the Duke Lifestyle and Weight Management Center Nutrition Team. The immune system is the body's protection system. The body recognizes and defends against bacteria, viruses, and foreign and/or harmful substances to prevent or limit infection or disease. Regular exercise is an effective way to keep the immune system strong; ...

Seven Ways to Use Spices

June 15th, 2020

By: The Duke Health & Well-Being Nutrition Team Spices, derived from intensely flavored flowers, fruits, seeds, roots, or bark, can transform the most basic of dishes. Add some kick to steamed green beans with ginger, liven up a grilled chicken with cinnamon, or blend turmeric into your next smoothie! The Duke Health and Well-Being Nutrition team created the Seven Ways ...

Seven Ways to Use Herbs

June 15th, 2020

By: Duke Health and Well-Being Nutrition Team Make herbs the highlight of your next dish! Add fresh or dried savory leafy herbs to elevate the flavor and appeal of the most basic of dishes. Combine fresh basil with grilled vegetables, cilantro with mixed salad greens, or chives into a favorite dip. The Duke Health and Well-Being Nutrition team created the Seven ...

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