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Nutrition, diet and health blogs by CalMWM Head Nutritionist Elaine Murphy (BA, CNS). For our patients.

Sunday, 17 September 2017 16:57

Habits for a Lifetime or Just While You Diet?

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Why is that old habits just seem to make their way back into your life when you really do not want them?
Saturday, 09 September 2017 11:35

Fat Burners

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We all want to lose weight more quickly and fat burners can help make that happen. Here’s how they work:
Thursday, 31 August 2017 09:25

Holiday and Weekend Eating - Stay on Track!

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Are you one of those dieters who "takes a break," deliberately taking time off your diet on the weekends, especially when it's a longer holiday weekend? 
Monday, 28 August 2017 10:29

Labor Day 2017

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Labor Day in the United States is today. Is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.
Thursday, 24 August 2017 20:09

Sleep Deprivation and Weight Loss

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Did you know research has specifically shown that people who sleep less than seven hours a night tend to have a higher body mass index (BMI) than people who get more sleep?
Monday, 21 August 2017 10:34

Motivation - Magical Fix to Weight Loss

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Motivation to lose weight is different for everyone. What keeps you going?
Monday, 21 August 2017 09:18

Care About Your Children's Health!

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I mentioned in a previous blog last week how going back to school needs some planning in order for children and parents alike to have healthy food choices. In this particular blog though I really want to impress on parents how they need to take the real effort to get rid or at least cut back on anything sugary.
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 11:42

Back to School with Healthy Eating for Everyone!

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Here we are again already facing back to school schedule changes. And what do we do when we are rushed and in a hurry? But unhealthy eating doesn't have to happen just because of the shuffle of hectic schedules and all the unhealthy food choices that surround us. Just keep these tips in mind and you can all eat healthy despite the time of the year. 
Friday, 04 August 2017 10:48

August is Psoriasis Awareness Month

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Sadly, many people who first view psoriasis on another person think it's some horrible contagious disease when in reality it is not. It just looks so bad that those who view it feel repulsed by it. Then the person afflicted by it feels isolated and alone. So, what is psoriasis exactly?
Genetics and the immune system of a person play a vital role in the development of the disease. In those with psoriasis, the immune system sends abnormal signals that significantly accelerate the growth process of the skin cells. A person has a combination of certain genes that cause psoriasis. External triggers are skin injury, stress, smoking and infections.There is still no cure for psoriasis but a variety of treatment options are available to help with the symptoms. It is important to take note that treatment is individualized depending on the type of psoriasis, its severity and how the person reacts to certain treatments. 
August is Psoriasis Awareness Month and is a public health and awareness campaign sponsored by the National Psoriasis Foundation for educating the public, raising awareness and dispelling myths about the disease. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, "Psoriasis is a chronic, non-contagious, genetic autoimmune disease that causes red, scaly patches on the skin. It can also crack, itch and bleed. It is actually the most common among all the autoimmune diseases in the United States and it affects approximately 7.5 million people in the US and 125 million are affected worldwide."
Up to 1/3 of those with psoriasis will develop psoriatic arthritis which is a type of arthritis that is inflammatory. It causes pain and swelling of the joints along with the tendons. Even mild cases of psoriasis can develop psoriatic arthritis. 
The effects on the quality of life are:
  • 75% feel unattractive.
  • 54% are depressed.
  • 31% are under financial distress.
  • 8% are restricted to working at home.
  • Worse, 40%-50% who suffer moderate to severe psoriasis report they are dissatisfied with existing treatment, indicating the need for more new therapies.
Friday, 04 August 2017 09:23

What is "Moderate Exercise?"

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CMWM and the National Institutes of Health recommend that most adults get 30 minutes of moderate exercise on most days to keep fit and to stay healthy. The struggle is the definition of "moderate." What exactly is moderate exercise?
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