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Nutrition Nuggets

Our amazing team of registered dietitians!

Saturday was the 2012 Nutrition Seminar presented by Cooper Clinic Nutrition Services. For many of our attendees, their interest is often piqued when a friend tells them about their “great new diet” and the quick results that they’ve experienced. At Cooper we share lots of nutrition-related articles, hoping to help others learn healthy ways to improve their diet. With so many contradictory messages, it’s important to know the facts.

Our amazing team of registered dietitians cleared up the confusion this weekend. They dissected the latest diet trends and offered practical health tips that attendees could walk away with and incorporate into their daily life.

Here are a few takeaways from our rockstar dietitians:

  • Some of the most popular foods of 2012 include: salmon, greek yogurt, almonds, green leafy vegetables like kale and berries.
  • Gluten free diets are popular right now, but only three million Americans have actually been diagnosed with celiac disease. You should get tested by a dietitian and diagnosed with celiac disease before you make any adjustments to your diet.
  • Drink more green tea –Two cups a day can boost your metabolism and reduce caloric intake.
  • Is sugar toxic? Likely no, but in excess… problematic and unhealthy!
  • Combine a protein, carbohydrate and healthy fat at most meals to sustain energy and curb hunger.
  • Eating your favorite foods is part of healthy and sustainable weight loss. (This means you can eat frozen yogurt… in moderation, of course!)
  • And one of our personal favorites… a little bit of chocolate never hurts anyone.

Did you also know that you can meet with our dietitians to analyze your diet and develop a personalized plan of action to improve your nutrition? You can click here or call 972.560.2655 for more information.

What’s your favorite healthy food?

Cooper Clinic Dietitians “Clear Up the Confusion”

September 28, 2012 Leave a comment

If you’ve attempted to live healthily, then you know it’s difficult to navigate the myriad of diets and nutrition claims on the market. How do you distinguish what’s  fact and what’s fiction? Are you really on the right track to live a healthy life?

Cooper Clinic is hosting its 2012 Nutrition Seminar on Saturday, October 6 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. here at Cooper Aerobics Center. Our leading registered and licensed dietitians will clear up your confusion about nutrition, weight loss and health with practical tips and strategies to achieve real results.

The seminar will cover hot topics like:

  • The truth about the latest fad diets including Paleo, Dukan and more.
  • What’s new in fitness and health.
  • “Wheataphobia” vs. needing a gluten-free diet.
  • New strategies to begin a well-rounded healthy lifestyle.

The seminar is $40 and will include a live cooking demonstration by a Cooper Clinic culinary expert Kathy Duran-Thal, RD, LD, and a healthy breakfast.

Click here to register.

We can’t wait to see you there!

New Healthy Menu Options for Kids

By: Patty Kirk, RD, LD, Co-Director of Nutrition at Cooper Clinic

Today is a ground breaking day for families trying to navigate healthy dining in restaurants for their children. The National Restaurant Association in collaboration with Healthy Dining announced 19 restaurant chains, including Chili’s Grill & Bar, Outback Steakhouse and more, will improve their healthy menu options for kids in more than 15,000 restaurant locations.

Currently many kids’ meal options can easily reach 1,000 calories or more. In order to be part of this new program, the restaurant must include an entrée, side dish and beverage which contain 600 calories or less, plus meet other nutritional criteria.

As dietitians at Cooper Clinic we are excited about this step that restaurants are taking to offer our children more healthy options. We challenge parents to give guidance to their kids, helping them make the right choices most of the time when eating out. As a parent it is important to serve as a good role model for kids in the eating arena. When your family dines out, try to order fruit, vegetables or a salad instead of fries. Most restaurants have this option. If your kids must have fries, split them between several people. We also recommend ordering water or low-fat milk for a beverage and a grilled chicken sandwich or deli sandwich for an entrée.

To read the full press release from the National Restaurant Association, click here.

Jumping Over Holiday Hurdles

November 18, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s fair to say that next week will be full of family, friends, relaxation, and last but not least, food. The overeating side of us will be out in full force ready to savor each lasting bite of Thanksgiving dinner.

This Thanksgiving, let’s start a new tradition: not overeating. And how on earth do you do this? It’s easy, and you are not eliminating any of your favorite holiday foods.

Patty Kirk, RD, LD, Cooper Clinic Registered Dietitian offers these tips on how to avoid holiday hurdles:

Party Control:

  1. Don’t arrive too hungry. Make a healthy snack before you go to holiday parties.
  2. Bring produce. If you are tasked with bringing an appetizer or side dish, provide something healthy such as grilled vegetables.
  3. Mix and mingle. Chat with family and friends for at least 15 minutes before heading to the buffet. It’s not a race to eat, so put it off.
  4. Scope out the buffet. Make sure you know what you want and don’t want on your plate before you fill it up.
  5. Steer clear of the food. Before or after your meal, mingle with others away from the buffet. This way you won’t be tempted to grab snacks every few minutes.
  6. Eat only what you love. In Patty’s words, “Trust me, if you don’t love the food, the second bite won’t taste any better than the first.”
  7. Fill a smaller plate. Don’t feel obligated to stack food onto a large dinner plate.
  8. Eat slow. Savor each bite as well as time with family. Again, it’s not a race.
  9. Beware of the bar. Cutting out the special holiday drinks will eliminate loads of extra calories.
  10. Don’t waste calories. With foods you can eat all year round, don’t waste the calories. For example, skip the roll this year.

Now that the holiday is over, it’s time to start back into your healthy routine.

Damage Control:

  1. Track what you eat weekly. It’s always a good idea to know what you are consuming.
  2. Bounce back. Start your normal routine as soon as possible.
  3. Lose the leftovers. Send them home with family and friends. Remember, it’s not the one Thanksgiving meal that is nutritionally harmful, it’s making the meal last for days and weeks.
  4. Keep it at three. Only eat three meals a day, no more and no less.
  5. Exercise. That’s a no-brainer.
  6. Cut back on the portions. Don’t think you have to eat every meal like it’s a holiday. Eat what you love, just less of it.

Now that you are ready to combat the holiday temptations, come prepared with healthier choices. Kathy Duran-Thal, R.D., Director of Nutrition for Cooper Wellness has delicious and healthy meals perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Bacon Wrapped Apricots with Jalapeno

Kathy’s Tapanade

Cran-Appleberry Sauce

Marinated Pork Tenderloin

Lighter Libby’s Pumpkin Pie

Hot cinnamon Mulling Spiced Beverage

For more information about Cooper Clinic Nutrition Services, visit our website or call 972.560.2655.