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Timi Gustafson, RD

Timi Gustafson, RD, LDN, FAND, is a clinical dietitian and author of the book, The Healthy Diner: How to Eat Right and Still Have Fun, which is available on her blog, Food and Health with Timi Gustafson R.D.. Follow Timi on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

 

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Learn to Love Your Food

Learn to Love Your Food

Loving food is understanding what it does, how it nourishes us and also appreciating what it takes to make good food available.
Science Can Add Years to Our Lives — But We Must Add Life to Our Years

Science Can Add Years to Our Lives — But We Must Add Life to Our Years

Being able to extend life, of course, is a great success. But simply adding years of sickness, frailty and decline is not a very appealing prospect. Unfortunately, the progress we are making in terms of keeping people around longer is not always matched by advances in personal health and fitness.
Does Health Information Overload Sabotage Real Health?

Does Health Information Overload Sabotage Real Health?

Nutrition counselors know how frustrating it can be to give advice without the desired outcome. We've seen our share of repeat customers and "dropouts." What's behind these results?
What Practicing Thankfulness Can Do

What Practicing Thankfulness Can Do

Over the years, I began focusing more on what went right in my clients' lives and how their strengths could be utilized in order to overcome their weaknesses. You may say I applied — unknowingly — what is now known as "positive psychology."
Why Moderation Is Key to Healthy Aging

Why Moderation Is Key to Healthy Aging

Whether it concerns weight management, physical activity, or alcohol and tobacco use, health experts urge people to consider their limitations and changing needs as they approach their senior years.
The 6 Types of Obesity — How Patterns Can Guide Treatment

The 6 Types of Obesity — How Patterns Can Guide Treatment

When it comes to treating weight problems, even experts believe that similar methods can be applied almost universally. What rarely gets looked at are the differences between overweight individuals that may have led to their unhealthy weight gain in the first place.
Food and Wine Pairing Made Perfectly Simple

Food and Wine Pairing Made Perfectly Simple

Although I’m not an authority on wine by any stretch of the imagination, I like an occasional glass with my favorite eats, and after having spent many years visiting wine regions around the world, I do appreciate what I’ve been able to learn along the way.
Our Estranged Relationship with Food

Our Estranged Relationship with Food

Despite the hype in recent years over locally grown fare, the vast majority of consumers buys its food supply from places that offer convenience and low prices.
World Health Day Highlights Inequality in Health Care

World Health Day Highlights Inequality in Health Care

On World Health Day, take a look at the gap between the richest and poorest parts of the world in terms of health status and longevity.
The Long-Game for Posting Calorie Count

The Long-Game for Posting Calorie Count

Contrary to some early reports, a November 2014 study showed that calorie labeling on menus can indeed influence the choices people make once they become aware of the differences.
Get Back on Track in the New Year with a Healthier Diet and Lifestyle

Get Back on Track in the New Year with a Healthier Diet and Lifestyle

Avoid the notorious yo-yo effects of your weight control efforts once and for all.
How Dietary Needs Change with Age

How Dietary Needs Change with Age

As we grow older, our body requires the same amount of protein, vitamins and minerals as it always has, if not more.
Humans' Diet Choices and the Environment

Humans' Diet Choices and the Environment

Scientists have long warned that some of our modern-day eating habits are not only harmful to our personal health but also to the planet.
Grumpy on a Sunshiny Day? It Could Be Dehydration

Grumpy on a Sunshiny Day? It Could Be Dehydration

Feeling unsettled, fatigued or unable to focus may be caused by lack of fluids in the body.
Is Your Job Making You Fat?

Is Your Job Making You Fat?

Long hours working, commuting and watching TV or playing video games for relaxation render many of us near motionless for entire days.
What Nutrition Science Can Tell Us

What Nutrition Science Can Tell Us

In a recent op-ed article, a well known health and science journalist stated that nutrition science is an imprecise undertaking that is based on opinion and guesswork rather than strict scientific principles.
No Such Thing as a 'Natural Diet' for Humans, Scientists Say

No Such Thing as a 'Natural Diet' for Humans, Scientists Say

Paleo diet supporters claim weight loss and better health are possible through a "caveman diet," but others disagree.
Quick-and-Easy Meals Using One Little Dish

Quick-and-Easy Meals Using One Little Dish

Cook- and bakeware products by Emile Henry come in handy when cooking fresh dishes for empty-nesters and small families.
Too Much Food Is Wasted Because of Confusing Labeling

Too Much Food Is Wasted Because of Confusing Labeling

Surprisingly, the U.S. government has never established a national standard for expiration date labeling.
More Than Temptation, Stress Causes Overeating During the Holidays

More Than Temptation, Stress Causes Overeating During the Holidays

A new study has found that the reason why most of us overindulge at this particular time may be the need for extra comfort due to heightened stress.
Malnutrition: Another Form of Hunger

Malnutrition: Another Form of Hunger

A number of clinical studies have found strong links between chronic illnesses and malnutrition both in children and adults.
Ingrained Eating Habits Are Hard to Change, Studies Find

Ingrained Eating Habits Are Hard to Change, Studies Find

Americans may be better informed about matters of diet and nutrition than ever before, but that does not necessarily change their behavior.
For Low-Income Families, Healthy Choices Are No Easy Choices

For Low-Income Families, Healthy Choices Are No Easy Choices

It is one thing to criticize food stamps recipients for buying junk food and sodas that make them overweight and sick — it’s another to offer them realistic alternatives to turn their lot around.
The "Slow" Diet

The "Slow" Diet

It is not so much the dietary principles but rather the underlying lifestyle that sets the Mediterranean diet apart.
Framing the Message in the Obesity Fight

Framing the Message in the Obesity Fight

As obesity rates continue to rise, health experts wonder how to convey the seriousness of the crisis to the public. One typical solution, obesity-related media campaigns, can be perceived as motivating...but also as discouraging and even stigmatizing.
 Why Even Health-Conscious Consumers Have Unhealthy Diets

Why Even Health-Conscious Consumers Have Unhealthy Diets

It's a proven fact that most people change their eating habits and lifestyle choices only after a serious health scare, such as a heart attack or a diabetes diagnosis. Still, in many cases that may not be enough.
Most Americans Don’t Exercise Enough – But Who Can Blame Them?

Most Americans Don’t Exercise Enough – But Who Can Blame Them?

Despite plenty of encouragement from the government and health experts to move more, Americans still find it hard to adopt a less sedentary lifestyle. Merely 20 percent are in compliance with the government’s recommendations for physical activity.
How Cities Can Become Health Leaders

How Cities Can Become Health Leaders

Health experts have long insisted that improving our public health requires improving the environment we live in. This, of course, includes environmental protection measures such as pollution control and management of resources but also attention to housing and living conditions. Part of the latter is a better understanding of how land use, residential development and architectural design impact our health and well-being.
My Pillars of Well-Being

My Pillars of Well-Being

I practice a special kind of meditation on an almost daily basis. Perhaps meditation isn’t the right word since it doesn’t require me to sit in silence with my eyes closed and legs crossed or anything like that. It’s more a form of taking stock of where my life is going at any particular time.
How to Fight Obesity on Multiple Levels

How to Fight Obesity on Multiple Levels

No matter what we will try from here on in terms of legislation and policy making, changing individual behavior will always play a predominant role. Eating habits are rarely just about food. They are also about stress, anxiety, loneliness, boredom, addiction, past traumatic experiences and more. By exclusively focusing on the quality and quantity of our food supply, we will not be able to really understand these concerns and make them part of the equation, as they need to be.
Will Reducing Salt Save Lives?

Will Reducing Salt Save Lives?

Less salt in our food supply could save at least half a million Americans from dying prematurely over the next 10 years, according to separate studies conducted at three universities, two American and one Canadian. If the average daily salt intake were to drop to 1,500 milligrams, as recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the number of lives saved could more than double.
More Realistic Goals = Longer Lasting Health Results

More Realistic Goals = Longer Lasting Health Results

While it is disheartening to see how much damage the obesity crisis is doing to all generations, programs like The Biggest Loser can help convey the message that it is never too early or too late to make positive changes, provided one is willing to put in the hard work. For that they should be applauded. Still, there are some disconcerting elements at play here.
Don't Start Dieting Just Yet

Don't Start Dieting Just Yet

The holidays are over. It's time to assess the damage caused by delicious treats, fun cocktail parties and festive dinners that made us feel so good but now give us a sense of regret. It's time to repent, shed quickly the extra pounds we gained and return to the path of nutritional righteousness. Or is it?
Make Thanksgiving Count

Make Thanksgiving Count

Although I grew up a city girl, a memorable period of my childhood was spent in the English countryside. Of those days, I recall most fondly the harvest season. Because the local farmers couldn't handle the workload by themselves (we are talking the time of agriculture before heavy machinery came into use), all able bodies in the nearby villages—including young children—were enlisted to bring in the crops. "Locally grown" was not a slogan back then; it was all we had available to us.