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Heather Reese

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

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Nutrition

Weighing In: Kilocalorie vs. Calorie

How are the kilocalories you see on you heart rate monitor different than the calories you eat from food? (Hint: They're not)

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Foods That Can Lower the Frequency of Your Outbreaks

Herpes is not a medical condition typically associated with diet; however, outbreaks of this painful virus have been linked to two amino acids. While the research is not conclusive, those who suffer from this virus are usually willing to try any reme...

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Treatment

Weighing In: Should I eat when my stomach growls?

Question: I’ve been dieting but my stomach keeps growling so I have to eat. How do I lose weight if my body is constantly telling me to eat more? Heather: It’s not uncommon to experience signs of hunger after you’ve cut down on your calories, but thi...

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Nutrition

Weighing In: How can I determine the number of exchanges in combination foods?

Question: What is the best method for calculating diabetic exchanges of mixed foods such as chicken pot pie or vegetable beef soup? Could you please share the steps to this process? Thanks Heather: This can be quite challenging. In fact, many diabete...

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Nutrition

Popular Diets Reviewed: Sugar Busters Diet

The Sugar Busters Diet is another plan that came out during the rise of the low carb craze in the mid-1990’s. Released in 1995, right around the time Atkins released his New Diet Revolution, Sugar Busters focuses on elminating sugar and other high gl...

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Nutrition

Popular Diets Reviewed: The Supermarket Diet

When I first heard that there was a diet called the Supermarket Diet, I assumed it was an eating plan based on a common recommendation of dietitians, shopping the perimeter of the grocery store. This techniques ensures that people purchase fresh prod...

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Nutrition

Popular Diets Reviewed: The Cheaters Diet

I have a lot of friends who have a cheat day built into their eating plan. They watch what they eat six days of the week and then one day, usually a weekend day, they allow themselves to have whatever they want - within reason. Well, there’s actually ...

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Nutrition

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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Lifestyle

Weighing In: How can I fit healthy eating and physical activity into my busy life?

Question: I really need help finding a diet and exercise plan that I will stick to. I am always extremely busy. I go to college full time and I work as a waitress around 30 hours a week. Between classes, homework, work, family, friends, & errands...