Happy, Healthy Fourth of July!

The fourth of July is quickly approaching, and Americans are getting ready for annual barbecues, picknicks, parades, and pool parties! It feels as though every holiday revolves around food! Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great way to celebrate with our family and friends. And you’re allowed to splurge without derailing your health goals. Check […]

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June 28, 2022

Peas, tomatoes, and swiss chard on a wooden table

Picking a Probiotic

If you’ve been to the vitamin and supplement section of your local store at some point within the last few years, you’ve probably seen various products called probiotics. Maybe you know of someone who has taken them, or you may have even taken them yourself. Probiotics are an often misunderstood product. Like everything else, there […]

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February 15, 2022

Bag of crunchy roasted peas and a bag of bada bean bada boom beans are held by dietitians Alex Harris and Jen Lyman

Eating well while traveling

One question I get asked all the time is “what should I do about food while I’m traveling in the car?” Let’s face it, you either love road trips or absolutely hate them – no in between. Especially when you’re driving in the Midwest. There’s only so much corn and soy I can look at […]

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February 3, 2022

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Good sleep can help with weight loss

“I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” A saying we use too often when trying to keep up with the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. Whether it is work deadlines, studying for an exam, or trying to maintain the busy family schedule, a good night’s sleep can easily be overlooked without thinking of the consequences […]

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January 12, 2022

Variety of vitamins and supplements on a countertop next to a row of cut limes

Goal-setting the smart way

Can you believe it’s the end of the year?? The time for fresh starts and the unofficial beginning of the “New Year, New Me” mindset.  Most people set goals or intentions for how they want their new year to go, although many of us will not follow through with these things we want to do. One […]

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December 28, 2021

Three clusters of purple grapes on a wooden cutting board

Shirlene’s PCOS story

One of the many joys that comes with having ovaries is being at risk for developing polycystic ovarian syndrome, otherwise known as PCOS. This is where fluid filled cysts develop on the ovaries, which causes the ovaries to produce abnormal amounts of testosterone. As if us women didn’t have enough to worry about! Now let’s […]

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September 8, 2021

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Tackling Testosterone

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word testosterone? Men? Ripped bodies and chiseled physiques? Well, that’s not quite the truth. The reality is that everyone has testosterone – both men and women in every shape and size. Since everyone has it, let’s dive deeper into testosterone and its […]

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September 8, 2021

Normal, high, and low cortisol level chart

Taking control of cortisol

Let’s face it, life is stressful! Whether it’s work, school, relationships, financial, or whatever, we all have some sort of stressors in our lives. And if you don’t, please let me know your secrets! While stress is an inevitable part of life, things can get much harder for your health when you’re chronically stressed. Meaning, […]

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June 22, 2021

Red, green, yellow, and orange peppers in the foreground. Jen Lyman, dietitian at New Leaf Nutrition, cuts an orange pepper on a wooden cutting board in the background

Anti-inflammatory diet for weight management

In our busy lives, healthy eating is often left behind. Grocery shopping and cooking can be a source of burden. Unbalanced dietary patterns and additional stress can cause inflammation in our bodies, which is linked to chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, unintentional weight gain, or the inability to lose weight. Don’t worry. We got […]

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May 17, 2021

Alex Harris, dietitian at New Leaf Nutrition, holds nuts, seeds, and chocolate covered dried fruit in her hands.

Types of fat

If you’ve followed us on Instagram (@newleafnutrish), you’ve seen that we’ve discussed carbohydrates and protein. Now it’s time to talk about fat! Fats are another vital nutrient in our bodies, and it’s important to include fats in our diets. However, not all fats are created equal. Some should definitely be consumed more often than others. […]

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March 17, 2021