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Ideas for Eating Healthy This Holiday Season

By Benjamin Goodin Most of us use the holiday season as an excuse to cheat on our normal diets a bit, or for many of us, a lot. You probably grew up with at least one baker in the family who took it upon his or herself to provide the entire holiday season’s worth of […]

What You Need to Know About Vitamin D

By Lauren Chan, ISU Dietetic Intern, and Mary Kay Holloway RDN, LDN at the Community Canc Vitamin D is one of the many vitamins that are important for our health. What do you know about vitamin D? Vitamin D is used in the body’s every day functions, from bone health to building a strong immune […]

Cravings 101

By Michelle May, M.D.­ Hunger and cravings are different; hunger is the need for fuel while cravings are an intense desire for a specific food — with or without hunger. Learning strategies for handling cravings is essential! What causes cravings? Hunger — Whenever you feel like eating, pause to ask, “Am I hungry?” You can […]

The Latest Buzz in Health and Beauty

By Amy Kennard While hemp oil may be somewhat new to the health and beauty scene, its roots run deep. Originating in Central Asia, hemp was one of the first plants to be spun into usable fiber as early as 8000 BC. Hemp is obtained from the cannabis sativa plants. You’ve probably heard of cannabis […]

Tips for Sips: Hydration Basics

By Chef Richard Lozada, Culinary Director,  Welbrook at Bloomington An estimated 60 percent of the human adult body weight is made up of water. Not only does water make up a large percentage of our body weight, it also plays a very important role in our bodies functioning properly. Being hydrated helps regulate internal body […]

Healthy Probiotic Fruit Candies

My daughter is approaching school age, and consequently she is more frequently encountering kids who don’t have food sensitivities and who don’t eat the way that we do. From Lunchables, to bottles of rainbow-colored sugar water, to packages of 20-ingredient cookies and pastries, a lot of today’s kids eat little more than highly processed, artificially […]

How is Gout Treated? – Part 3 of a Series

With proper treatment, most people who have gout are able to control their symptoms and live productive lives. Gout can be treated with one or a combination of therapies. The goals of treatment are to ease the pain associated with acute attacks, to prevent future attacks, and to avoid the formation of tophi and kidney […]

Collagen: The Missing Protein

You’ve probably heard that collagen is an important part of your body, but have you ever wondered why it’s so important or why so many health supplements and cosmetic products contain collagen? I consider collagen to be “the missing protein” in many people’s lives. While muscle-building proteins are typically at the forefront of the protein […]

Egg Substitutes Th­at You Can Bake With

One of the major differences between becoming a vegan or vegetarian or looking at a paleo versus vegan diet is whether or not you consume eggs. If you’re one of these folks, you already know that some adjustments are easier to make than others. Saying “no” to mass-produced mystery meats? Easy. Waving goodbye to your favorite creamy cheese? Not so […]

Healthy Eating = Healthy You

Submitted by Heartland Health Care Center Getting plenty of physical activity is important to a healthy body. Physical activity, whether it is working out in the gym, or walking around your neighborhood, needs proper nutrition. “Combine healthy eating with a regular exercise program, and you’re on the right path to a healthy lifestyle,” Heartland Dietitian […]