Category: Nutrition

Alcohol and Cancer

There is a considerable amount of uncertainty regarding alcohol consumption during cancer treatment and beyond.  Generally speaking, having a glass of wine now and again is not bad for your health. However, regular alcohol consumption is known to increase your risk of six different cancers, one of which is breast cancer.  This is because alcohol can raise estrogen levels, which in turn could affect a woman’s risk of breast cancer. 

What about ovarian cancer and alcohol? 

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Ditch the Protein Powder for Real Food!

By Michele DiCristofaro, RD

 

Smoothies are a great way to get your daily dose of fruits and vegetables, but they can get mucked up quickly depending on the ingredients you use. Balancing your smoothie with some protein and healthy fat, will lead to a more nutrient dense and satisfying meal or snack. 

Sure protein powders may feel easy, but they tend to be highly processed, contain unnecessary ingredients and can be expensive. 

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DIY Herb Garden

Spring has sprung and there is no better time to plant a garden. Not your bag? It’s easier than you might think. An herb garden can be as simple as some dirt, a few seeds and a pot! They’re a great way to venture into the world of gardening because they’re easy, convenient and can be grown in a container. PLUS growing your own herbs saves you money and may even inspire a new recipe.

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Cranberries

 

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to enjoy cranberries but you don’t have to stop at just one day!  Cranberries are antioxidant powerhouses. These ruby jewels are chock full of Vitamin C and phytonutrients that protect your body from free radicals and strengthen your immune system. Cranberries have a number of health benefits. They have been shown to prevent tract infections, protect against cardiovascular disease, fight inflammation, and have some cancer-fighting properties.

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The Truth About Juice

I have a glass of juice every morning with my breakfast.
That’s healthy, right?
It’s 100% juice!

I hear this quite a bit and understandably so – manufacturers make you think your favorite glass of juice is just as good as eating the actual fruit. True? Nope. In fact, recent study findings published in the journal, The BJM, found an association between consuming sugary beverages – which included 100% fruit juice – and incidence of both overall cancer and breast cancer.

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Summer Hydration Tips

As the weather really starts to heat up, hydration becomes more important than ever! Proper hydration helps to cleanse your body of toxins and waste and regulates your body temperature as well as your metabolism, digestion, heart rate and blood pressure. To say hydration is imperative is an understatement, considering.

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DIY Olive Oil Herbal Infusions

We love using fresh herbs in the kitchen. One of the easiest and tastiest ways to use them is by infusing them into your favorite olive oil. Infused oils add flavor both during the cooking process and as a finishing touch on your favorite dish. Either way it can be the perfect complement to your meal!

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Celebrating National Nutrition Month

I often pinch myself when I think about my job with Unite for HER.
In this time of female empowerment, I get to connect with and hear the stories
of so many incredible women. Similarly, the dietitian world is filled with
women who work so hard to educate about nutrition and inspire others to live
healthier lives. Well, worlds collided recently when I spoke with Doris
Piccinin, an oncology dietitian participating in our UFH program.

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Boost Your Immune System with Broth

In like a lion, out like a lamb… March brings us the final weeks of winter chill and can often be a difficult time for our immune systems as we battle the elements. March is also National Nutrition Month, and to celebrate we have two nourishing recipes from our Nutrition Manager, Erin Pellegrin RD, LDN.

These recipes were also featured in our recent mailer. If you would like to sign up for our mailing list,

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