Heather Reese, Patient Expert

Heather wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Food & Nutrition.

Weighing In: What is a low purine diet?

Question**:** Do you have any information on low purine diets. I have a urate stone I would like to dissolve from my kidney and have heard that a low purine diet helps. Heather: These stones are the result of a build up of uric acid in the blood. Whe...
Heather Reese

Weighing In: Are my muffins making me fat?

Question: I am 36 years old, 5"4 and weigh 118 pounds. I exercise regularly. I do approx. 30 - 45 minutes of cardio 5 - 6 days a week and weight train 4 days a week. I exercise for fun. I also watch what I eat. I do not eat any pasta, breads or ...
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Popular Diets Reviewed: The Sonoma Diet

The Sonoma Diet, named after the California wine country and inspired by the Mediterranean diet, promotes a largely plant-based diet with lean meats and monounsaturated fats. This diet allows participants to eat foods from all the food groups. This d...
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Popular Diets Reviewed: The Zone Diet

I remember when the Zone Diet rose to popularity - I think it was a huge part of the re-emergence of the low carb craze. I was in graduate school at the time and one of our assignments was to research a popular diet, follow it and then critique the p...
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Nutrition for the Elderly

Healthy eating and physical activity are important lifestyle habits for people of all ages and they are of particular importance for the elderly. According to the U.S. Administration on Aging, 87 percent of older Americans have a chronic disease that ...
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Weighing In: How Can I Help My Overweight Child

Question: I am trying to find the right diet program for my 7-year-old granddaughter. She is overweight and I am worried about it. Can you give me any advice? Heather: Childhood overweight is an increasing problem all over the world. it is particular...
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Question about soft, bland diet

Question: I just got home from the hospital from having an acute pancreatitis attack; the doc wanted me to follow a soft, bland, low fat diet…help. What do I eat besides oatmeal, mash potatoes and bananas? Thank you Answer: Pancreatitis is an inflamm...
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Weighing In: What are simple sugars?

Question: What are simple sugars? Simple sugars, also called simple carbohydrates, are found in refined sugars like table sugar. Sweets like cookies, cakes and candy are high in simple sugars. These types of simple sugars do not provide vitamins, min...
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Weighing In: kilocalorie vs. Calorie

Question: What is the corrolation between KCalories as presented on my heart rate monitor and calories figures found on a purchased grocery item? Can one be converted to the other? That is a great question, and something that I bet many people have w...
Heather Reese