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

Monday, 14 October 2013 14:03

Why Do I Have Cravings?

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Even though there are numerous reasons why cravings occur, blood sugar balance is usually the most common cause of them. Establish balance.

Don't allow yourself to become a breast cancer victim. Besides regular breast screenings, early detection, family history, self exams, learning about your breast density and using medical resources, there are numerous other things you can do with your diet and lifestyle to reduce the odds of getting breast cancer.

Monday, 07 October 2013 11:25

Other Ways to Determine a Healthy Goal Weight

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Last week I discussed medical guidelines for deciding on a healthy goal weight. Today I will explore other questions you may want to ask yourself to see if you can healthfully maintain that decided weight loss goal. There is no point in losing weight only to be struggling really hard to keep it off at this weight, if it's not realistic to maintain.

Monday, 30 September 2013 11:34

What Is A Healthy Body Fat Percentage?

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Yesterday I discussed measuring belly fat accurately but today I also want to cover the importance of actual body fat percentages. (Your body fat percentage is printed on the bottom of your weekly weigh-in receipt.) The Mayo Clinic and other health professionals also use this as a general guideline for health. As I mentioned you can look a normal weight but if your body fat percentage is still too high you still may not be healthy as you could be. Exercise can go a long way in helping you get your body fat percentage down but it does take a while.

Monday, 30 September 2013 11:13

Measuring Waist Circumference Accurately

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The other day I discussed how even normal weight people can still be at risk for diseases like heart disease and diabetes. Today's emphasis is more on measuring waist circumference accurately since it's so important to controlling dangerous belly fat related to heart disease and diabetes. The problem with waist circumference is that many people do not know how to accurately measure this waist measurement.

Monday, 23 September 2013 12:50

Diabetes Can Strike When Weight Is Normal

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Normal weight people can be at risk for heart disease and diabetes.

Thursday, 19 September 2013 14:01

Back Pain and Weight Loss

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The other day I saw a patient who had already lost 30 pounds on our CMWM program. She was so excited! She expressed how she was fitting into her old clothes again and how great she was feeling. Even more importantly, she was so surprised how all her back pain was actually gone after losing 30 pounds (she had 30 more to go).

Monday, 16 September 2013 14:25

Food Police

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I'm know as the 'Food Police' at the CMWM clinics, even though I'm just a nutritionist who wants patients to eat in healthy way. I want all my patients to establish healthy eating now so they remain healthy in maintenance.

Friday, 13 September 2013 10:42

September is Recovery Month – Alcohol and Food

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The other day I discussed National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month but I also want the public to also be aware of National Recovery Month in September. Back in 2003, President Bush launched "Access to Recovery," a program that increased the availability and effectiveness of current alcohol and drug treatment programs. An additional 300,000 Americans will get needed treatment with the extra $600 million allotted to this cause. This program "helps educate Americans on the fact that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. The observance's main focus is to laud the gains made by those in recovery from these conditions, just as we would those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease."

Wednesday, 04 September 2013 05:12

Greek Yogurt is Replacing Cereal

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According to NBC with the current popularity of Greek yogurt, "The snap and crackle cereal may be losing its pop." Americans it seems, are tired of the same old Corn Flakes or Rice Krispies, and are being seduced by the sweet call of creamy Greek yogurt and granola bars that can be eaten on the run. I have to admit they may be easy, but at a big cost in nutrition...... And honestly, Rice Krispies and Corn Flakes, even though they have been favorites for many decades, actually have very little to offer except highly refined carbohydrates. At least they do not contain as much sugar compared to other cereals but that's about all the good I can say about them.

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