RD Approved Tips for Dining out this Spring/Summer

Kelly Hogan, MS, RD, CDNKelly Hogan, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian who has worked within the Mount Sinai Hospital for the past three years, now focusing on breast cancer nutrition for the Dubin Breast Center. Kelly provides individual counseling in the areas of wellness, weight management and symptom/side effect management, in addition to creating patient education and wellness programs

Spring has finally sprung on the east coast, and the lure of outdoor dining has returned in full force. While I am a big advocate for cooking most meals at home – on average, restaurant meals or takeout contain more sodium, fat and sugar than home-cooked ones – enjoying a salad, sandwich or four course meal al fresco is one of life’s simple pleasures. The good news here is that it’s possible to dine out healthfully by making smart choices, without sacrificing fun or flavor. Review these key strategies before heading out into the sunshine this season (and don’t forget your sunglasses!). Read more

The DASH Diet

Guest post by Jennifer Markowitz MS RD, Clinical Dietitian in the Nutrition Department at The Mount Sinai Hospital.

garden-veggies-1323996Fad diets are rarely backed by substantiated evidence, yet with grandiose claims of rapid fat loss or profound energy enhancement they talk a big game. As trendy diet plans have cycled through their fifteen minutes of fame, there is one approach to healthful eating that has curiously stayed out of the limelight despite maintaining a legitimacy few fads have known.

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Workers’ Memorial Day (April 28)

Workers’ Memorial DayWorkers’ Memorial Day, April 28, is an international day of remembrance for all workers who were killed, disabled, injured, or made sick on the job. Founded by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), Workers’ Memorial Day falls on the same day as the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and the establishment of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Read more

Testosterone Replacement – An Ongoing Debate

Guest post by Natan Bar-Chama, MD, Director of Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital, and Associate Professor of Urology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Natan-Bar-Chama_008_cropped[1]Men in middle age face some of the same physical issues that women do. Men also find themselves gaining weight, feeling a lack of energy, being depressed and/or experiencing a decreased sex drive. These symptoms can be due to various causes: diabetes, obesity, depression, work marital, or relationship stresses or thyroid dysfunction. But sometimes these problems are due to low levels of testosterone, a condition called hypogonadism, caused by a problem in the testicles or pituitary gland. It is estimated that 1 in 4 men over 60 have low testosterone. Read more

Pulses

Guest post by Jennifer Ross, MS, RD, CDN, a Clinical Nutritionist at Mount Sinai Beth Israel.

headshotLately I’ve been hearing a lot about pulses – that they’re the new “it” food of 2016. I’ve heard that they provide ample health benefits and are replacing things like quinoa, kale, and other exotic-sounding foods (that are bound to be hard to find and expensive) as the new life-changing power food. The word itself is ugly, and reminds me of a beating heart, and something that I definitely do not want to eat. I will be the first to admit that I actually had no idea what a pulse is. Have you heard of them? I was pleasantly surprised to learn what pulses actually are, and to find that I’ve actually been eating them fairly regularly throughout my entire adult life.  Read more

Meatless Monday

Guest post by Jennifer Ross, MS, RD, CDN, a Clinical Nutritionist at Mount Sinai Beth Israel

headshotMaybe you’ve heard of Meatless Monday before, or maybe you haven’t. Either way, it has become a widespread global movement that can improve your health. Meatless Monday was initiated by the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2003 as a way to encourage Americans to reduce their saturated fat intake, which can be done by consuming non-animal protein sources. According to the movement’s website, it is now being practiced in 36 countries.  Read more

Sports Nutrition Fueling

Guest post by Kelly Hogan, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian who has worked within the Mount Sinai Hospital for the past three years, now focusing on breast cancer nutrition for the Dubin Breast Center. Kelly provides individual counseling in the areas of wellness, weight management and symptom/side effect management, in addition to creating patient education and wellness programs.

marathonIn a little less than one month, I’ll be running my 10th marathon. This race – 26.2 miles from Hopkinton, Mass. to Copley Square in Boston, otherwise known as the Boston Marathon – took me tens of thousands of miles to qualify for. A lot of blood, sweat and tears went into those miles, and with them, some nutritional missteps. It’s true, sometimes even dietitians screw up when it comes to nutrition (we also eat cake, FYI).  Read more

Antioxidant Rich Superfoods

Guest post by Valentine Reed-Johnson RD CDN, a Registered Dietitian in the Clinical Nutrition Department at Mount Sinai Hospital.

berries-02-1544672We’ve all heard it: consuming adequate fruits and vegetables contributes to lowering risk of chronic disease. But how? Antioxidants are substances found in foods that may prevent or delay cell damage, leading to the prevention of certain cancers.

Free radicals from energy production in the body and pollutants in the environment lead to oxidative stress, which can contribute to cell damage and DNA alterations. Antioxidants have been known to counterbalance this oxidative stress. Vitamin C, E, and beta carotene are the most well-known to contribute electrons to free radicals, preventing this damage. Read more

Holiday Indulgences

Guest post by Laurie Tansman, MS, RD, CDN, a Clinical Nutrition Coordinator at Mount Sinai with over 20 years expertise in cancer, critical care, heart disease, weight management and women’s health. She is also on the faculty of the Department of Preventive Medicine in the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and teaches Public Health in the Master of Public Health Program. She is a known public health advocate who has spoken at the local, state and federal government levels.

socialmedia-pic-chocolate-eggs-1-1559587But it’s a special occasion…

As we approach Easter and Passover, I’m reminded of an episode of the Sunday news last March, during which a guest chef was preparing favorite dishes for Easter Sunday. The newscaster commented that a few of the recipes didn’t appear to be very healthy, and the chef replied, “but Easter only happens once a year.” Read more