Living Healthy in the Real World
by
J.B. Patterson
 
MPH, RDN, BC-ADM

FAQ

What's the best diet for weight loss?

A: Yours. With a few fixes. 

While all diets can lead to weight loss, not all will fit into your life. Family responsibilities, work stress, time, and other priorities make it hard to stick with any one diet. But just a few tweaks to how you already eat can help you reach your health goals. 

Follow this blog for quick fixes to common diet quirks to start making changes that last.

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Q: How do carbs affect blood sugar?

A: Carbs continue to cause confusion for many of the diet-conscious. Whether managing weight, blood sugar, or overall health, the topic of carbs can trigger anxiety in many people. Below are some key points to know about carbohydrates. Also included are images of how different types of foods affect blood sugar--and why it matters. Carbohydrates include starch, sugar and fiber, which are found in the following types of food: Legumes (such as beans and lentils) are an excellent source of plant protein, fiber, iron, calcium, and B vitamins. Fruits and starchy vegetables are packed with phytonutrients like anthocyanins in blueberries, grapes and cherries; carotenoids in sweet potatoes and pumpki

Q: I'm tired of chicken. What else can I eat?

A: We all get in a food rut, especially when we're trying to eat healthier. While grilled, skinless chicken is a go-to lean protein, it certainly is not the only one. For a punch of protein that is full of flavor, try this one-pan dish made with zesty turkey Italian sausage, beans, and lentils. Along with 29 whopping grams of protein, it's also jam-packed with satisfying, cholesterol-lowering fiber; potassium to help lower blood pressure; antioxidant-rich tomatoes; nutrient-rich greens; and an overall balance of good nutrition. Including protein in each meal helps us to feel full longer, warding off hunger and cravings between meals. Most women need about 50-75g of protein per day; most men

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