Guilty Pleasures

Many of us start the new year with resolutions to change our eating habits and eliminate some of our favorite, but not so healthy, foods from our plates. According to U.S. News & World Report, the failure rate for New Year's resolutions is said to be about 80 percent, and most lose their resolve by [...]

By |2020-02-12T16:08:18-06:00February 12th, 2020|

Lessons Learned From Living With Celiac Disease

When my daughter, Danielle, was first diagnosed with celiac disease at the age of six, I was petrified. Now, almost three years later, I’m learning the ropes and can explain it better to others. The top things I’ve learned about living with the condition are: Going gluten-free isn’t a fad; for people with celiac disease, [...]

By |2019-11-25T16:46:49-06:00November 25th, 2019|

7 Ways to Avoid Thanksgiving Weight Gain

The traditional Thanksgiving meal served today looks quite a bit different than the first celebration years ago. Instead of turkey being the center attention, pilgrims and Native Americans feasted on dishes such as deer and seafood. Side dishes were simpler and included plain cranberries and blueberries, not the sugar-rich cranberry sauce served today. Have a [...]

By |2019-11-12T14:25:13-06:00November 12th, 2019|

The Mediterranean Diet: A Classic Diet That Packs a Big Punch

With countless diets competing for our attention, it can be hard to distinguish one diet from another, let alone know what healthful eating looks like. Believe it or not, one of the diets that promotes heart health and weight loss is also one of the oldest. What’s the Mediterranean Diet? From the depths of Italy [...]

By |2019-09-26T10:04:05-05:00September 26th, 2019|

It’s Never Too Late to Grow Old Gracefully

Watching the number of candles on the birthday cake multiply each year isn’t easy. Getting older may bring new challenges, but it’s never too late to adopt healthy habits that can help you grow old gracefully. Three Meritas Health doctors share what works, whether you’re 25 or 75. Keep Moving “Patients always ask me for [...]

By |2019-09-30T11:29:07-05:00September 4th, 2019|

Berries: The Original Sweet Treats

July is a wonderful time to celebrate all things berry, and is known as National Berry Month. Not only are berries delicious, but they are packed full of nutrients such as potassium, fiber, and phytochemicals (components in plants that have antioxidant properties that may help prevent inflammation). Berries are also low in calories and are [...]

By |2019-07-02T10:32:53-05:00June 30th, 2019|

Chocolate: Good for You or Just Really Good?

The average American consumes nearly 10 pounds of chocolate each year. That’s equivalent to eating three Hershey’s kisses every day. Some studies make lofty claims like you can lose weight by eating chocolate. Claims like this lead one to ask, “Is chocolate actually good for our health or do the negative effects of eating chocolate [...]

By |2019-04-16T09:52:32-05:00April 16th, 2019|
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