GIA 180: Three ways to celebrate World Heart Day

Sept. 29 is World Heart Day, aimed to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease. Since eating a healthy diet can positively impact several risk factors of heart disease, it’s a good time to learn more and take action.  Take this to heartCardiovascular disease, or heart disease, is a general term that refers to a list of heart conditions such as high … Read More

GIA 180: A four-week plan to make health goals routine

In the month of August, many families are gearing up for kids to head back to school, which naturally brings updated routines. As we plan to tighten up our schedules from the lazier days of summer, it’s a great time to refocus on our health goals as well. An article in Green Child Magazine shares, “Kids thrive on routine because … Read More

GIA 180: Fatty liver disease on the rise

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) occurs when more than 5-10% of the liver’s weight is fat and the cause isn’t linked to alcohol. We’re seeing a marked increase in younger patients who have this condition and offer the hope that with lifestyle changes, progression of the disease can be slowed, stopped and even reversed. According to the American Liver Foundation, … Read More

GIA 180: Adopt and encourage healthy habits for men

Men are living shorter and sicker lives than women. June is Men’s Health Month, which is a time to raise awareness of preventable health issues and encourage early detection and treatment of disease. According to the Men’s Health Month organization, males outnumber females at birth 105:100, but by the age of 65-74, the male to female ratio falls to just … Read More

GIA 180: Good nutrition and mental health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and while we are not mental health experts, we do provide medical guidance for nutrition and weight loss through trained coaching and understand that good nutrition can promote better mental health. Our brains are fueled by the food we eat. According to an article on the Harvard Health Blog, “what you eat directly affects … Read More

GIA 180: Demystifying food labels

Food labels, nutrition facts labels and nutrition information panels are just a few of the names for those boxes with the headline “Nutrition Facts” that adorn all U.S. food packaging. When we can’t even decide on a common name, it’s no mystery why many people find these labels so confusing. Once you train your eye to catch a few key … Read More

GIA 180: Overcome barriers to healthier habits

March is National Nutrition Month®, created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to magnify the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. It’s a good time to reiterate that there are so many ways to make little changes that add up to a big impact on our health. Adding more movement, getting … Read More

GIA 180: Snacks galore! Conquering the big game snack spread

Nachos and cookies and hot dogs, oh my! When you’re trying to make healthier food choices, you may think it’s impossible to not overindulge at parties and celebrations or during holidays that are associated with special food. Think again. Just taking a few minutes to learn some smart ways to navigate these occasions can save you lots of calories and … Read More

Are thyroid issues keeping you from losing weight?

January is Thyroid Awareness Month, aimed at raising awareness and providing education about thyroid health and diseases. It’s a great reminder to explore some of the functions of the thyroid and how an imbalance can be tied to weight issues. The thyroid is a gland in the neck that produces and regulates hormones important to many bodily functions, such as … Read More

Smart Swaps and Tips to Help Navigate Holiday Eating

As we gather and pause to give thanks and move through the holiday season, our festivities often are centered around food. According to the Calorie Control Council, the average American eats around 3,000 calories in a Thanksgiving meal. Many digestive issues like GERD, or gastric reflux, bloating, abdominal discomfort and gas can be caused or exacerbated by overeating heavy foods. … Read More