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Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - 8:54am
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POSTED BY: Sammi Haber

As a registered dietitian, there are certain reoccurring themes that I observe this time of year. In December, it’s all about enjoying the holidays (as it should be!) and eating the festive (and often indulgent) foods that go along with them. Come January, it’s common to want to get back on track, start a diet, and ring in the New Year with healthy habits. As February and March roll around, it becomes more common to get sick of said diet, feel deprived of certain foods, and totally throw in the towel on those healthy habits.

This pattern typically continues throughout the year – the beginning of spring sparks the diet mentality again, and by the end of the summer, that diet might be over. Even though it may be common, it’s also flat out exhausting to start and stop dieting like this year after year. What if I told you that there’s a way to end this cycle – a way to put the brakes on this dieting rollercoaster once and for all? This is the foundation of the work I do with the clients I counsel. Keep reading to learn how you can not only start 2018 on a healthy note, but also stop dieting for good. 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 3:03pm
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POSTED BY: Sammi Haber

I love Halloween. As an “all foods fit” dietitian, a holiday that celebrates all things pumpkin, chocolate and candy is right up my alley. But did you know that Americans consume 3.4 pounds of candy over Halloween weekend?! While I believe in enjoying candy in moderation, it’s also important to be mindful of the amount of candy and added sugar you’re consuming – especially on a holiday where the numbers can really add up.

Here’s how it stacks up:

The average trick-or-treater consumes 3 cups of sugar on Halloween night alone! That’s 48 Tablespoons of sugar and 2,322 calories. For reference, the American Heart Association recommends 6-9 teaspoons of added sugar per day – meaning on Halloween, trick-or-treaters eat about 20 times the daily recommended amount! That’s not even counting the days after Halloween! And these trends are not just limited to those going door to door – nearly three-quarters of U.S. households pass out candy, and a majority choose their favorite candies to pass out. Additionally, 81% of parents also admit to eating their children’s candy.

Here’s what you can do:

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 4:50pm
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POSTED BY: Sammi Haber

It’s 2017, and we’re no longer just about calories. Counting calories is out, and counting nutrients is in. For the most part, this is great news because calorie counting can be a bit tedious, can take the joy out of eating and sometimes, ignores actual nutrients in food. But still, calories do matter. At the end of the day, losing or maintaining weight comes down to calories in (what we eat) versus calories out (what we burn).

While there’s no need to meticulously count the calories of everything you eat, it’s still a good idea to have a general idea of what’s in your food, and where the empty calories might be coming from. Empty calories are those that contribute calories but not positive nutrition.

Keep reading to see how you can save plenty of calories that might show up in some unexpected places – and how to easily reduce calories from added sugars by using SPLENDA® Sweeteners. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 12:17pm
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POSTED BY: Sammi Haber

Just as you shift your wardrobe from dresses and shorts to cardigans and pants, recipes also go through a transition to the flavors and colors of fall. I always get questions from my clients about what they should be eating in the fall, and especially about how to start preparing for upcoming holidays (I’m looking at you Halloween!). I always reinforce that you’ll be ready for any season, or any occasion for that matter, if you have a healthy relationship with food.

What is a Healthy Relationship with Food?

A healthy relationship with food is different than a healthy diet; it doesn’t refer to what we eat. Rather, it refers to how we eat and more than that, how we think about eating. Food, diet, and our bodies are such personal topics, and often, can be pretty emotional! You might get nervous thinking about the food at a social event or feel like there are foods you “shouldn’t” be eating. You might decide certain foods (or food groups) are “bad,” and eliminate them entirely. Regardless of how the behaviors might present themselves, each of these thoughts can add unnecessary stress, pressure, and negative connotations to something we do every day – eating.  

Monday, July 3, 2017 - 11:50am
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POSTED BY: Sammi Haber

It’s finally summer! Time for more barbeques, rooftop drinks, and outdoor social events. While all these summer gatherings are supposed to be fun and carefree, sometimes they can become a source of stress when making healthy, balanced choices in choosing food and drinks. It can definitely be a tough balancing act to manage. I always talk with clients about the importance of finding a happy medium – on the one hand, you don’t want to overeat and end up not feeling great, but on the other hand, you also don’t to be sitting alone munching on carrot sticks the whole night. The key is enjoyment without feeling like you have to sacrifice. Here are my favorite healthy eating tips to help you achieve this balance throughout the summer.