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

Ten Ways to Support Your Immune System

Okay, first I want to say a disclaimer that supporting your immune system is not the same as boosting your immune system. There aren’t significant ways to “boost” your immune system, because that’d mean that you’re making it better and stronger than is naturally possible. We’re not going for superhuman, it’s not possible, but we ARE trying […]

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April 2, 2020

Gabe Wilkinson, before and after losing over one hundred pounds

Gabe’s Story

“At my heaviest I was 315 pounds and I felt trapped.”  This is from an interview I did with Gabe, a friend who has not only lost 135 pounds, but has kept it off for three years. I haven’t personally experienced large weight changes, so I was really thankful to Gabe for very patiently explaining […]

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March 19, 2020

Jen Lyman, dietitian and owner of New Leaf Nutrition, pulls muffins out of the oven

Is Sugar a Drug?

Have you ever had a meal that just doesn’t live up to your expectations? It seems like it should be amazing and the description sounds really satisfying and then it’s just…not. That’s how I feel about cake. It’s beautiful and everyone else seems to really like it, but it just always falls short of my […]

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March 7, 2020

Jen Lyman, dietitian and owner of New Leaf Nutrition, with Jen Beadles

Cuisine in Costa Rica

When we traveled all around the world this summer, it was really interesting to me to see what people of other cultures ate, but I didn’t really have the ability to ask people’s opinions about food because of language barriers and I didn’t want these kind strangers to know that I was such a weirdo; […]

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February 6, 2020

New Leaf Nutrition sign behind a pile of sandbags

Let’s Get Physical

We know, in our heads, that exercise is important and beneficial. I can rattle off to you the health benefits of exercise: increases lean muscle mass which raises metabolism, reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease by improving cholesterol, slows the progression of type two diabetes by utilizing excess glucose, promotes emotional stability by increasing dopamine, […]

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January 23, 2020

Plate with crackers and bowl with cottage cheese

My top five fave snacks right now

My favorite snacks typically involve dairy because it’s a great balance of fat and protein that I can really easily pair with a carb so that I can feel satisfied and carries me over to the next meal. I’m pretty lactose intolerant, but cheese and yogurt are low enough in lactose that they don’t bother […]

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January 9, 2020

New Leaf Nutrition's dietitian Jen Lyman's breakfast of avocado toast and eggs

New Year, Same Me

Since you’re probably being bombarded with diet talk, I wanted to do something a little different for my post this week and tell you about my day yesterday! I’ll tell you about what I ate and why, which I’m hoping will be helpful when you’re making your next food choice. I’ve definitely had my fair […]

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January 3, 2020

New Leaf Nutrition - Jen Lyman - St. Louis Area Dietitian holding rosemary grapefruit paloma

What to Drink on New Year’s Eve

With New Year’s Eve right around the corner I wanted to take some time to tell you my recommendations about alcohol. I realize I probably should’ve written this the week before Thanksgiving or around Christmas, since visiting family members tends to create a really great excuse to start drinking at 9 am, but here we […]

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December 28, 2019

Jen Lyman, registered dietitian at New Leaf Nutrition, wearing a cozy sweater, sitting on a couch

All I want for Christmas is You (to not go on a diet)

In 2015 I developed anxiety and panic attacks. I’d never had them before, so I had no idea that my amygdala was working overtime and my hippocampus was snoozing on the job, I just felt like I was dying. My anxiety presents itself by making my throat feel like it’s closing and that food was […]

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December 19, 2019

Jen Lyman, dietitian, curls dumbbells

RD review of iFit Nutrition

Earlier this week one of my clients bought an iFit rowing machine, (YES girl! Get that activity while leading a busy life! Invest in yourself!) and was asking me about the iFit Nutrition program that advertises “a personalized meal replacement.”  I LOVE a quiz so, of course, I had them personalize a mix for me.  […]

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December 5, 2019