Parkinson’s Disease & Bone Health

marthaschueneman April 17th, 2014, 6:30 AM
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Unfortunately, there’s no magic bullet—or even a recommended diet—that can help to prevent or even relieve the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. But that doesn’t mean you can eat anything you want! It’s always important to eat a balanced diet, focusing on nutrient-rich foods. Medications used to treat Parkinson’s often cause nausea or decreased appetite, so you want to make sure that you’re getting the vitamins and minerals your body needs—especially when it comes to calcium and vitamin D.

Those with Parkinson’s are…

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National Nutrition Month: Deciphering Food Labels

margeryk March 11th, 2014, 12:08 PM
Margery Kirsch, MS, RN, CDE, BC-ADM, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Diabetes Educator
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128px-US_Nutritional_Fact_Label.svgMarch is National Nutrition Month. Have you ever wondered what the difference is between fat-free, saturated fat-free, low-fat, reduced and less fat? Certain nutrition claims used on food packaging have been legally defined. For example, you’ll see the claim “less sodium” on some brands of chili with beans. This means the product has at least 25% less sodium than the regular version.

It’s important to pay attention to serving sizes. The next time you grab a handful of “fat-free” pretzels for a snack, measure or count the amount. If it’s considerably…

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5 Ways to Enjoy a Healthy Valentine’s Day

margeryk February 12th, 2014, 6:09 AM
Margery Kirsch, MS, RN, CDE, BC-ADM, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Diabetes Educator
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Don't let cabin fever and all the snow we've had make you squirrely.

Don't let cabin fever and all the snow we've had make you squirrely.

Looking for healthful alternatives for a sweetie with diabetes? Give your special person one of these instead of a box of chocolates:

  1. A healthy dinner. Skip the dinner reservations (and temptations on the menu) and make a fast, easy, healthy and elegant (really!) dinner. Start with Flavorful Pumpkin Bisque, then serve Spice-Glazed Salmon as an entrée and roast your favorite vegetables as an accompaniment.
  2. A bouquet of beautiful flowers. Or, if cut blossoms aren’t your thing, opt for a plant. Choose one that…
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Smart Snacks for Super Bowl Sunday

marthaschueneman January 31st, 2014, 10:42 AM
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You probably know what you’re doing this Sunday evening—but do you know what you’ll be eating?

Super Bowl parties are fun, but like most gatherings they aren’t known for healthy noshes. If you’re trying to watch what you eat, navigating the buffet or even knowing which snacks to reach for can be tricky. One way to make it easy on yourself: Offer to bring a few dishes. This way, you’ll know which options won’t wreak havoc on your health.

Black Bean Dip, Herbed Cheese Spread or Sun-Dried Tomato Aioli are great options. Spiced…

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Look into My Crystal Ball…

smcternan January 20th, 2014, 10:20 AM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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What do you see? I see a torrent of change. Where is it coming from-EVERYWHERE! Why is it coming? Well that would truly be a magical skill if I knew the absolute answer- but maybe you do. I am speaking of where the future of health in this nation. Yes, we all WANT and maybe NEED to be healthy, BUT do we know how? My guess is that if you survey most Americans of any age the answers would vary tremendously. Ask a five year old and he will tell…

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Speedy Ham-and-Bean Soup

marthaschueneman January 15th, 2014, 7:14 AM
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ham_bean_soupOne of my most cherished possessions is a cookbook my mother gave me shortly after I was married. It’s a handwritten collection of the dishes she made when I was growing up. Many of these recipes are ones her mother made.

My mom’s recipe for navy bean soup—my grandmother’s, probably—requires dried beans, a hambone, and days to make. First, it takes two people a long, long time to eat enough ham to get to the bone. And the beans are better if they’re soaked overnight. And then the soup improves if…

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Speedy Soup for Cold Weather

marthaschueneman January 7th, 2014, 9:02 PM
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You’d think, because I work at home, I’d take advantage of the situation and would make long-simmering pots of soup on a regular basis. I must not be that smart because I’ve yet to look at the clock in the morning and think, “I’m going to start a pot of soup.”

Instead, 5:30 or 6:00 would find me scrambling to get dinner on the table before karate, PTO meetings, scouts, or a night at the movies.

As a result, I acquired an arsenal of canned and packaged foods that I use for…

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Caramelized Applesauce

marthaschueneman October 21st, 2013, 9:48 AM
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applesauce_facebookI’ve long been a fan of roasting vegetables, but even though I’ve read about and edited recipes for grilling fruit, and even though I use fruit in savory dishes and baked desserts, it hadn’t really occurred to me to roast fruit.

That changed a month or two ago. I saw a recipe for applesauce made in the oven. And then a few days later I saw another one, and then a few more. Some of these recipes were called Roasted Applesauce, but a few were called Caramelized Applesauce.

Now, I’m not really…

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Family Food

smcternan August 7th, 2013, 8:29 PM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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Summer is a great time to get the extending family and friends together and celebrate. If it is graduations, birthdays or any achievements-the celebratory barbeque and picnic is a great venue to share in life events. I often feel that we are so busy all year long that it is really hard to sit back and prepare a home cooked meal and just enjoy it. But hopefully summer will give everyone an opportunity to relax, not rush and enjoy a meal together. All the meals/summer get togethers that I can…

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Four Easy Breakfasts

marthaschueneman July 17th, 2013, 1:21 PM
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easy_breakfastWhat are mornings like at your house?

My son is now in college, but when he lived at home I worked from a home office. You’d think, since I didn’t have to be anywhere, that we’d have leisurely, or at least not-too-rushed, breakfasts most days.

You would be wrong.

Even if your organizational skills are such that the next day’s lunches are packed and labeled in the fridge and bookbags and briefcases are lined up by the door before you go to bed, you too may find yourself facing the early morning scramble…

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