Artisan Bistro Home Direct is a new healthy and delicious prepared meal program that makes it easy for you to eat healthy.
Artisan Bistro Home Direct is a new healthy and delicious prepared meal program that makes it easy for you to eat healthy.
Eating your fruits and veggies never looked so good! It turns out that eating more fruits and vegetables may not only be good for your internal health, but for your external appearance as well.
"I came to EB Nutrition with several problems which included stomach pains, gas, bloating, and weight gain around my middle. I always felt hungry, never was able to lose weight even though I dieted, and generally just didn't feel well. Elizabeth took the time to listen, determine the root cause of my symptoms, and come up with a nutritional program for me to follow. Within four days, I felt better. I was amazed! The gas and bloating disappeared. Now I am not hungry. My clothes are fitting better already. I want to thank EB Nutrition for helping me, and I look forward to continuing our work together so that I can become a healthy and fit person without constant digestive problems. Elizabeth is excellent at what she does!
Managing health issues that result from fibromyalgia, back problems and arthritis with the right nutrients can have a positive impact on the associated pain symptoms of these conditions.
Rather than masking pain symptoms, holistic nutrition takes into consideration multiple causes of pain in an effort to get to the root of the problem. Many pain symptoms can often be attributed to a lack of nutrients in the body.
by Melissa Majumdar, RD, LDN, CPT
Many of my clients suffering from gastrointestinal and digestive problems have been told by their gastroenterologist to increase their fiber intake. They go out to Giant and buy Fiber One bars and Benefiber and come back to me complaining of an upset stomach. Let me break it down for you: all fiber is not created equally.
An interesting new study shows that the right frame of mind is key to losing, and keeping, weight off. O Magazine summarized the research in their 2010 issue. Basically, by reprogramming your focal brain quadrant, you are more likely to be successful, and remain successful, at weight loss. Quadrant B participants lost, and were able to keep off, the most weight.
EB Nutrition has started scheduling for the Biofeedback testing! The biofeedback test measures the level of function of the entire body system and is a very useful tool in determining the root cause of disease and supporting the metabolism. This test is actually less expensive than our food allergy test, and can check over 1,000 different systems in the body. The Biofeedback machine is an FDA approved device that was actually featured in the Mayo Clinic's 2011 Guide to Alternative Medicine. The test works similar to an EKG machine or the bio-electrical impedance body fat scale. While the EKG machine measures heart frequencies and the body fat scale measures water frequencies in the body, the Biofeedback machine measures the frequencies of all of the organs and glandular systems in the body and is able to determine if there is healthy function, inflammation or degeneration. Let us know when you are ready to schedule!
Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks, celebrating with friends and family, and EATING! And there is usually a lot of eating at that. In the American culture, and many other cultures, food is part of every celebration. I urge you to keep it part of the celebration, but to readjust your focus away from food being the center of the celebration.
Nutrition experts are suggesting what EB already knows...and practices! EB Nutrition food plans focus on the balance of complex carbohydrates, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Mono- and polyunsaturated fats are integral for key functions within the body including hormone production, vitamin absorption, organ protection, satiety, and energy production.
The holidays get busy and we forget to eat. Skipping meals, especially breakfast, is one of the worst things you can do for your metabolism. Whenever your body does not have enough energy, it slips into conservation mode. Going a long time without eating, more than three or four hours, is actually counterproductive towards weight loss. Your metabolism down regulates in order to make up for the lack of energy (calories) being consumed. When you are planning a day of holiday shopping or cooking, start the day of with a balanced breakfast. Then, make sure to pack a non-perishable snack for a couple hours later. Try this smoothie recipe to keep yourself in the holiday spirit and energized for all the holiday activities. It will also help keep you away from all those holiday goodies!
EB Nutrition wants to keep you up to date on nutrition and fitness information, so we've joined the social networking site, Twitter, to provide you with up to date health tidbits, keep you informed about EB Nutrition events, and to connect you with other health-conscious people. You can also check out our Facebook page and participate in discussions, become a fan, and tell us what you are interested in and how we can meet your health needs. Who knows, maybe someone else is also wondering if they ate a healthy snack or which vitamins they should take everyday!
The 2011 Mayo Clinic Guide to Alternative Medicine has referenced mind-body therapy, and now more than ever, people are becoming aware of the emotional connection to physical health.
Maintaining emotional balance is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle. Stress, anger, depression and other suppressed emotions can cause blockages in the body's muscles, joints, tissues and organs. Over time, these blockages can prevent the body from carrying out its normal systems, resulting in pain, discomfort and even illness.
Dietary and lifestyle choices can have a dramatic impact on hormonal changes experienced by both men and women as they age. At EB Nutrition, we support a holistic approach to wellness that addresses the root causes of cardiovascular and bone health, as well as hormonal imbalances. By focusing on nutritional health, we can help to safely restore hormone deficiencies associated with aging.
What do caffeine dependence, sleepless nights and an inability to tolerate certain foods have in common? In many cases, addictions, insomnia and allergies can all be associated with a lack of nutrients which cause imbalances in the body.
Wednesday's Kojo Nnamdi show on WAMU 88.5 FM discusses "the war on soda and high fructose syrup."
"'Soda taxes' and other measures are popping up across the country. But other beverages, including sports drinks and "healthy" bottled teas, can pack nearly as much sugar as a root beer, and often don't deliver the health benefits their labels promise. We explore the "liquid calories" Americans are consuming, and how they're affecting our health."
If you suffer from IBS or other digestive problems, you probably already know there is a direct connection between what you eat and how you feel. The best way to address digestive problems and prevent them in the future is to construct a personalized nutrition plan that will strengthen your digestive tract.
In addition to laboratory testing and medical history analyses, a vital part of a holistic nutrition plan rests in biofeedback. At EB Nutrition, we will soon be incorporating the BioMeridian biofeedback device to determine crucial health data as part of a holistic health assessment.
Now is your chance to find out! Melissa Majumdar, Registered Dietitian with EB Nutrition and Fitness, will be hosting a conference call to introduce the services that the EB Dietitians provide. Marlene McCallum, Life Coach of Most Powerful Life, will be joining Melissa on the call. Melissa and Marlene will walk you through the initial steps to take before embarking on your health and personal growth journey.
This conference call is right for you if you have attempted other weight loss programs with little or no success, or are having trouble getting motivated to start off the process.
"America isn't healthy: A whopping 2/3 of Americans are either overweight or obese, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Over a lifetime, obesity costs $4,879 and $2,646 a year for women and men, respectively. Tack on the value of lost life (8-10 years) and it's even more dramatic : $8,365 and $6,518."
With the busy lifestyles many of us lead, snacks, if not meals, are often on the go. Thus, bars are handy, portable nutrition and can give us the energy we need to get us to the next meal. All bars are not created equal though. Many bars require a chemistry degree to decipher the ingredients. A quick tip on how to interpret the ingredient list - simply count the ingredients! If you can simply use your fingers and don't have to resort to the toes for the counting, then you're on the right track. Next, make sure there is enough fiber, protein, and not too much sugar. Feeling overwhelmed? Instead of perusing the "bar" aisle, build your own with You Bar.
I have received lots of questions about which fish to choose in the last couple of weeks so I thought I'd post the low down on fish. There is a lot to keep track of - which fish has the most mercury, toxins, antibiotics, and which fish offer the most health benefits. Since fish can be expensive, you want to make an educated purchase and get the most nutrition, not the most chemicals, for your money.
If you are confused by the term "whole grain," you definitely are not alone. Most food manufacturers love to throw these two words around to help market their products, but more often than not, these foods are not quite as healthy as they are made out to be.
School is back in swing - getting dinner on the table at a reasonable hour can be tough. And what about making sure the kids (not to mention you!) are out the door with a balanced breakfast, if any breakfast at all. Tuna may be the nutritional time saver you need.
Top 5 (plus one) reasons tuna (or salmon) made the dietitian's cut:
Try this recipe and I promise you'll be smiling come lunch time. The same preparation works great for tuna or salmon cakes as well. Even give it a try with some melon for breakfast!
I have enjoyed every one of the Bob's Red Mill products I have tasted to date! Bob offers gluten free (and non-gluten free) whole grain mixes, flours, and plain 'ol grains like quinoa, steel cut oats and flax seed. Mix directions often offer dairy free and egg free alternatives, and end results still turn out well.
Since I personally avoid wheat, any time I come across tasty products, I am excited to eat the foods I often miss on an allergy-restricted diet. But the best news is, you won't miss out with these delicious mixes. These are the ones I have tried and recommend but let us know about your own personal Bob's experience.
These days it is costing us more and more to treat our bodies like the temples that they are. According to the USDA, organic produce costs and extra $0.13 to $0.36 per pound! Organic milk can have the most overwhelming influence on our pocketbooks costing $6 per gallon. So why am I, along with other health professionals and food experts, still recommending sticking with organic foods as much as possible?
Xenoestrogens have been getting exposure in the media for their connection to early onset puberty, endocrine disruption, and influence on cancer risk for men and women. A xenoestrogen is defined as a substance that has an estrogenic effect but chemically differs from the naturally occurring estrogen produced by living beings. Certain substances including food, environmental chemicals, beauty products, and household cleaning products have been identified as possible xenoestrogens.
If anyone has ever heard me speak about quinoa, you know it is one of my favorite foods to discuss. Although its quick stove top cooking time (15 minutes) is one of the reasons I speak so highly of this little grain, I am now even more impressed with the ease of preparing quinoa. I threw it into my rice cooker last week and it produced a fluffy, hands-off side dish in no time at all. I didn't have to watch for overflowing pots as the water began to boil and I didn't have to turn the heat down when it was time to simmer!
Tired of the same old turkey sandwich? Sick of the local restuarant's salad? Join Melissa Majumdar, Registered Dietitian, and Wendy Pecache, Whole Foods Rockville's Food Demo Specialist as they whip together some delicous, nutritious lunch box recipes. Melissa will teach you how to balance a lunch to prevent the afternoon slump and latenight cravings. Wendy will show you how spending just a few minutes a day can entertain the noontime tastebuds.
I was lucky enough to turn on National Public Radio during their weekly Science Friday and hear an interview with author and "food opinionist" Michael Pollan. Pollan was discussing a book published in 2001, The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World, but hearing his interview reminded me of a book I would like to share with all my clints: Food Rules.
The verdict is not clear whether organic produce is actually healthier, but MSNBC.com offers some great tips on how to optimize vegetable intake whether fruits and veggies are organic or conventionally grown. Read below, then plan to incorporate one more veg per day!
This past weekend some of EB Nutrition and EB Fitness clients had stand out performances at the Baltimore Women's Classic 5k race. Despite a scorching hot day, our athletes performed personal bests. How did they overcome the heat? Dedicated training with the assistance of running coach and personal traininer Melissa Majumdar. Melissa works with the novice exerciser and runner as well as the accomplished athlete and designs workouts to meet their needs and goals. The training programs...
A diet high in fat and low in complex carbohydrates causes a shift in gut bacteria, thus increasing the risk of colon cancer. People eating a healthy diet containing high levels of complex carbohydrate had significant populations of micro-organisms in their gut called Firmicutes. When high fiber foods or undigestable starches are ingested, these bacteria manufacture short-chain fatty acids and vitamins such as folate and biotin that maintain colonic health.
Although as a dietitian I am usually more concerned about what goes in the storage containers, I am so impressed with this company that I had to share. Life Without Plastic is an independently run company that believes in health, environment, integrity, and community...without plastic. As we learned from the recent President's Cancer Panel report, plastic can become a carcinogen if it degrades or is heated.
The President's Cancer Panel released their 240-page report last week detailing the latest research on the links to cancer and how we can prevent it. Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, criticized the report saying it may focus too much on speculation and not enough on what we already know - that nutrition has the biggest impact on cancer prevention. According to the American Cancer Society, at least one-third of all cancer deaths are preventable through nutrition and lifestyle modifications such as physical activity and smoking.
Take advantage of the long weekend to recharge and relax by picking the right foods to keep you balanced the whole weekend and ready to go to work Tuesday morning!
Start your day with a glass of green tea (decaf preferably), iced or hot. The high acid and caffeine content of coffee takes your blood sugars, mood, and energy on a roller coaster. Green tea, on the other hand, contains the amino acid l-theanine, which has a calming effect.
By Melissa Majumdar, RD, LDN, CPT
A while back, I received this question from a blog follower:
"Is there a way to determine glycemic index by looking at the label?"
The answer is yes and no. The glycemic index (GI) of an item has been determined in a laboratory setting by comparing the rate of glucose, or in some cases white bread, entering the blood to sugar.
Do you suffer from unexplained fatigue, migraines, digestive problems, arthritis, depression or weight gain? Have you tried conventional approaches to treatment with limited success? Did you ever stop to think that your symptom may be the result of an allergy?! Well, it's true! In fact, an allergy can show up as almost any symptom, and if left untreated, it may lead to serious degenerative disease.
If you have tried an exhausted list of diets without weight loss success, it may be time to look at your hormone levels. Many hormones can interfere with the weight loss process and even cause weight gain. A natural or drug induced imbalance in any of the following hormones may be the answer to your weight conundrum.
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On a scale of 1 to 10, how stressed are you? Have you ever had a bad race or workout because of stress? Do you commonly experience sugar or salt cravings? Do you feel like it takes a long time to recover after exercising or running? Or do you find yourself getting sick often, especially after long races?
Join Registered Dietitian Melissa Majumdar as she explores how stress affects running and overall health. Learn how proper fueling can actually decrease your level of stress and increase your performance level. Explore how nutrition and the "lost nutrients" water and sleep may be your missing link and the answer to your best season yet.
6:45 pm - April 22, 2010
12 pm EST Thursday, April 8
Nutrition is often the missing link in an athlete's training plan. If you are looking to improve your performance or take things to the next level (or even lose a little weight), take the next step.
by Lori Rypka
Melissa Bosslet [Majumdar], a dietitian with the practice EB Nutrition in Rockville, said most of her clients come in with weight or health issues, such as gastrointestinal disorders. Her practice gets the majority of its clients from physician referrals as well as patient-to-patient referrals.
RDs often work with a physician to create an overall program for the client to achieve his or her goals, Bosslet said. These dietitians attempt to find the root cause of a problem and use the most natural methods to address it.
by Melissa Majumdar,RD,LN,CPT
Whether you regularly follow a vegetarian diet or you have vowed to avoid meat on Fridays during the Lenten season, or you just want a tasty dinner idea, this recipe is perfect for you! Try the Polenta and Vegetable Casserole from the Vegetarian Dishes section on our website. I made this recipe last night and had a complete meal in less than 30 minutes. The polenta is creamy and satisfying and the variety of textures is pleasing to the palate. Try a variety of different beans to add a little variety - I used garbanzo and black beans and really enjoyed the bite the garbanzos offered. Also try topping the casserole off with a few slices of avocado in place of some of the cheese - this reduces the saturated fat content and boosts the creaminess factor.
A study published January 25, 2010 online in The Journal of Pediatrics found that adolescents who were more physically fit performed better in the classroom. The study compared California's standardized test scores in a variety of subject areas for fifth, seventh, and ninth graders. Physical and aerobic fitness was measured with a one-mile time trial. For every one minute the mile time increased, test scores decreased by over a point. On average, overweight and obese performed significantly lower on the tests.
by Melissa Majumdar, RD, LN, CPT
The Oscars are scheduled to appear this Sunday, March 7. Whether you are hurrying to the movie theater to catch the Best Picture nominee or renting the last big flick, think twice before ordering or popping the popcorn.
Time Magazine summarizes what every dietitian already knew - eating right is 85% of winning the battle against the bulge. The article is well written, so you should read it and escape with insight into your post-exercise indulges. I dare you, add up those calories. In the meantime, here is a quick summary.
Richard Moyle, National Awareness Coordinator of the Mesothelioma Center, contributed today's post.
Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that develops in the mesothelial cells that make up the lining of the lungs, heart and abdomen. Though a few other causes of mesothelioma have been discovered, the primary cause is exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was used in a number of military and industrial applications throughout the 20th century. Symptoms do not usually become noticeable until about 20 to 50 years after primary exposure and the cancer is typically diagnosed in later stages when treatment options are more limited.
I was recently asked about the nutrition content and benefits of chia seeds. These edible seeds are actually the same seed used to have your "pet plant" grow its hair. The seed has its roots in Mexican history, with Aztecs using it as a staple food in their diets.
Former head of the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) David Kessler takes a walk through the National's Stadium in our own Washington, DC, describing what our food really is and how it traps us in a vicious cycle of eating. He is the author of the book The End of Overeating where he discusses the "conditioned hypereating" that has lead Americans towards the obesity epidemic.