Food Logs Made Simple

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Memorial Medical Center, Nutrition, Recipes, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 26-06-2014

Food-LogIt’s easy to think, “Oh, I didn’t eat too much today,” until you actually start listing off everything you ingested.

That’s the thinking behind the need to log food intake. According to Angie Sebree, registered dietitian with the Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center, patients who log their eating habits have greater success at achieving their health and weight-loss goals.

“Writing down your daily food intake, even your exercise and how much fluid you drink, can help to increase awareness of behaviors,” Sebree said. “Awareness can be the first step in figuring out what needs improved and changed.”

Unfortunately, she admits, many of her patients don’t particularly love to log. They can see it as a daunting task, just another item on the to-do list they don’t have time for. Read the rest of this entry »

Summer is Here: Are You Ready?

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Nutrition, Recipes, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 12-06-2014

Couple on the beachEach spring, millions of people resolve to be “beach-body ready” by summer.  Unfortunately, summer has that tendency to sneak up on you, and by June, somehow those bikini abs have eluded us once again.

“In many of my patients, I see the weight loss happens slower than expected, or maybe not at all,” said Erin Spenner, registered dietitian with the Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center. “That’s disheartening and makes it hard to stay motivated.”

We don’t need to look like models—all that matters is that you feel good about yourself in the summertime and all other times of year. Here are three questions to ask yourself if you find your own progress has stalled. Read the rest of this entry »

Grow (and Cook With!) Your Own Herbs

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, Nutrition, Recipes | Posted on 22-04-2014

potted herbsFor people who want the health benefits of gardening but don’t have a big lawn or a lot of spare time to devote to it, raising herbs is an option. With a few pots and some sunshine, you can grow delicious, nutritious spices to add to your favorite dishes.

“Herbs can provide eye appeal, flavor, texture and may add some nutritional value,” said Gayle Jennings, a registered dietitian at Memorial Medical Center. “In addition to adding a variety of tastes to common dishes, herb blends can be an excellent substitute for salt.”

Central Illinois is in the Zone 5 plant hardiness growing region. Before you plant herbs – particularly perennials – make sure they will grow here. Most herbs grown in Illinois will need to be in pots with well-drained soil. Read the rest of this entry »

Healthy Recipe: Modified Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted by | Posted in Bariatrics, Recipes, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 11-12-2013

chocolate chip cookiesThere’s nothing like enjoying a warm, yummy chocolate chip cookie fresh out of the oven. If you are like so many of us, that is a pleasure we deny ourselves in order to follow a healthy diet, but that doesn’t need to be the case anymore! Try this modified chocolate chip cookie recipe provided by Micca Donohoo, MS, RD, LDN, registered dietician with Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center. Read the rest of this entry »

Healthy Recipe: Aunt Bessie’s Pumpkin Bread (Modified)

Posted by | Posted in Nutrition, Recipes, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 27-11-2013

Pumpkin MuffinsDo you have a family recipe for pumpkin bread that you no longer make because you are following a heart- and diabetes-friendly diet? Kathy Levin, RD, CDE, LDN, registered dietician with Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center, shares this modified and healthy version of Aunt Bessie’s Pumpkin Bread. Read the rest of this entry »

Healthy Recipe: Cranberry Apple Pork Loin

Posted by | Posted in News, Recipes | Posted on 20-11-2013

Stuffed-Pork-ChopLooking for a new way to prepare pork this holiday season? Erin Spenner, MS, RD, LDN, registered dietician with Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center, shares this healthful Cranberry Apple Pork Loin recipe. Read the rest of this entry »

Let Dark Chocolate Sweeten This Year’s Valentine’s Day

Posted by | Posted in Nutrition, Recipes | Posted on 12-02-2013

Do you have a sweet spot for the sweet stuff this time of year — or, really, anytime?

Chocolate and Valentine’s Day go together like pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving or champagne on New Year’s. It’s a celebration treat doled out with love, affection – and sweetness.

The latest research suggests dark chocolate is the most beneficial. The magic ingredient in dark chocolate is flavanols — a naturally occurring substance found in plants that boost chocolate’s antioxidant action. These antioxidants help defend our body’s cells against damage caused by free radicals formed through normal body processes, like breathing, or they protect cells from environmental contaminants like cigarette smoke. Read the rest of this entry »

Snack Attack? Try These Not-So-Average, Healthy Options

Posted by | Posted in Nutrition, Recipes | Posted on 31-01-2013

Are you stuck in a rut and tired of eating the same snacks day after day? Here are some ideas for healthy snacks for 200 calories or less. Read the rest of this entry »

15 Substitutions to Make Your Holiday Recipes Healthier

Posted by | Posted in Bariatrics, Nutrition, Recipes | Posted on 04-12-2012

When the winter holidays roll around, sometimes it seems easier to just surrender to all the tasty but calorie-rich foods and drinks.

But whipping up healthier versions of your favorite holiday recipes can be easier than you think, says Kathy Levin, registered dietitian at Memorial Medical Center.

Here are 15 substitutions from the American Heart Association that can help you reduce the calories, sugar, salt and fat from your favorite recipes. Read the rest of this entry »

Squash Breast Cancer

Posted by | Posted in Cancer Care, Nutrition, Recipes | Posted on 26-10-2012

Fall is finally here, the leaves changed color and pink is everywhere. Yes, pink! October is the official month for National Breast Cancer Awareness. We all know preventing and detecting breast cancer early can help save lives.

“One of the most important actions to prevent any cancer is eating a balanced, healthy diet,” says Christina Rollins, Clinical Dietitian III at Memorial Medical Center and spokesperson for the Illinois Dietetic Association. “And by healthy diet, I don’t mean the usual American fare that is high in processed foods and red meats and low in fruits and vegetables.”

Studies have shown that diets low in red meat and higher in fish, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats like olive and canola oil may help protect against a number of health conditions, including heart disease and cancer.

Secret Fall Food to Help Protect Against Breast Cancer Read the rest of this entry »