Articles by Staci Gulbin, MS, MEd, RD, LDN

Could Corn Oil Be The Key To Heart Health?

March 17, 2015

If you are trying to eat healthy or lose weight, you probably think that you shouldn’t have oil in your meal plan. After all, oil is full of fat, and fat is bad, right? Well, it turns out that not all oil is bad for you, and you actually need good oil in your heart healthy eating plan. Research has shown that corn oil may actually lower cholesterol levels even more than olive oil, the oil popularly known for being “healthy.” [...]

Lack Of Sleep May Raise Obesity Risk

March 17, 2015

Eating healthy and staying active are great ways to control your weight. However, getting enough high quality sleep every night is also an important factor in body weight. A recent study by researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College in Doha, Qatar found that losing sleep can raise your diabetes [...]

Can Your Cell Phone Help You Eat Healthy And Lose Weight?

March 16, 2015

If you’re like most Americans, you probably have your cell phone with you for most of the day. You can call your friends and loved ones, check your email, and even usethe Internet on your phone. Butdid you ever think texting could help you lose weight? A recent study has shown that a texting program that sends healthy tips to your phone could make you more likely to make healthy lifestyle choices. [...]

Can Reading Food Labels Help You Get Healthy?

March 16, 2015

You’ve probably heard a lot about “health foods,” but have you ever wondered if they really are healthy? Many of these foods may seem healthy at first glance. But, if you don’t read the label, you don’t really know what you’re getting, or whether the food is healthy or not. By learning to read a food label, you can take control of the food you eat and your overall health. [...]

Better Mobility can Prevent Diabetes in Older Adults

March 16, 2015

Optimal diabetes care involves eating healthy balanced meals, staying active, and following your healthcare provider’s suggested medicine regimen. As you get older, these tasks may be harder to do because of vision problems and a loss of lean muscle that can make being active more difficult. A recent study has found that older adults who are less mobile may be at higher risk for diabetes. [...]

A Sense Of Purpose May Improve Heart Health

March 16, 2015

Managing stress is known to help lower blood pressure levels and improve heart health. You can lower stress by staying active, or through breathing exercises and yoga.  However, a recent study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions in Baltimore has found that [...]

Lower Stress May Also Lower Heart Disease Risk

March 15, 2015

When you imagine a heart healthy lifestyle, you may think of physical activity, and eating lots of fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean protein. But what about lowering stress? Many people seem to forget that managing stress is also an important part of a heart healthy lifestyle. Stress can [...]

Almonds Are Delicious and Nutritious, And They May Even Help You Lose Weight

March 12, 2015

Nuts have been in the headlines recently.Some nuts,like pistachios, cashews and peanuts, are full of protein and keep you feeling full longer than more starchy snacks like potato chips.But, with about 15 grams of fat per ounce, you might wonder how such a food could be good for you. Recent research has found that almonds, one of the healthier nuts, can decrease appetite without increasing body weight.This makes them a great choice for a daily snack! [...]

Spring Vegetables

March 9, 2015

  Spring Vegetable   Prep time 20 mins Cook time 15 mins Total time 35 mins   Author: Revised by Staci Gulbin, MS, Med, RD, LDN Cuisine: Vegetable Serves: 4 Ingredients 2 Tbsp unsalted butter 1 medium red onion ¼ green pepper (~ 2oz), sliced ½ cup potato, cubed ½ cup [...]

Too Much Sleep Can Raise Stroke Risk

March 8, 2015

  You are told to get plenty of sleep as part of a heart healthy lifestyle to help reduce blood pressure. However, a recent study published in the journal Neurology has found that too much sleep may actually increase stroke risks. A study by researchers at the University of Cambridge and the [...]

Adding A Little Fat Or Sugar May Help Improve Child Nutrition

March 7, 2015

  If you have children, you may be tempted to try and lower their heart disease and diabetes risk by cutting out as much fat and sugar as possible from their meal plans. However, a recent report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, published in the journal Pediatrics, has shown that a [...]

New Dietary Guidelines Say To Cut Back On Fat And Sugar

March 6, 2015

  It’s no secret that the “Western,” or typical American eating pattern, is unhealthy. This type of carb-laden, high-fat, and highly-processed way of eating is making it harder to fight the rising rates of obesity in the United States. The most recent USDA Dietary Guideline committee [...]

Watching TV May Raise High Blood Pressure Risk In Children

March 5, 2015

  To keep your heart healthy, it is often suggested that you watch less TV and get more physical activity. A recent study published in the International Journal of Cardiology has confirmed the benefits of this suggestion. It showed that 2 hours or more of TV watching a day raises the risk of [...]

Anger May Increase Your Heart Attack Risk

March 4, 2015

  When you get stressed or angry, you may feel your blood pressure go up, or you may start to have pain in your chest. A recent study published in the European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care found that you may actually be feeling these symptoms when you are stressed because your [...]

New Cholesterol Guidelines May Be Sending Mixed Messages

February 28, 2015

  New dietary guidelines put out by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) state that Americans should no longer be worried about eating high-cholesterol foods like egg yolks and shellfish. However, some experts in the nutrition field, such the chairman of cardiovascular medicine [...]
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