Food Trends for 2017

If you have a New Year’s resolution associated with health and wellness, or simply an interest in the latest food trends, you might be interested to learn a little more about what’s trending when it comes to what we eat.

Allie Nowak, Clinic Sofia physician assistant and competitive athlete, places a priority on healthy eating. In particular, she continues to notice an uptick in interest and options for Paleo and gluten-free dining. Paleo focuses on protein-rich whole foods such as chicken, fish, red meat, organic full-fat dairy and organic eggs – all popular at the supermarket and in restaurants today. Nowak also notes that refined high-carb/high-sugar and low-fat foods are all on a downward trend.

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Nutrition on the Run

If you were preparing to run an Ironman race – 2.4 miles swimming, 112 miles biking and 26.2 miles running – how would you eat? Drink? Take care of yourself and your body?

A longtime runner and regular in road races, Clinic Sofia Physician Assistant Allie Nowak is training for the Madison Ironman in September and uses nutrition to fuel her workouts and days at work as she prepares for the upcoming race. She consumes a whole foods-based diet with vegetables and fruit, grass-fed meat, fish and healthy fats such as nuts, seeds, avocado and coconut, and focuses on three healthy meals a day for energy and wellness.

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Nutrition

A healthy body starts with the right food and activity. Balancing your diet will ensure that your body is getting everything it needs for strong bones, immune system, organs, and mental health. Every woman’s body is unique. A diet that may work for one person may not be right for another.

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Food Safety

Make sure your food is prepared safely to avoid foodborne illness. This is especially important for pregnant women, who are at higher risk for Listeria and parasites due to a weakened immune system. Luckily, you can take measures to keep yourself and others safe.

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Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

If you suffer from muscle weakness, bone pain, the winter blues or increased illness when winter rolls around, you might have a deficiency of vitamin D. How do you get enough of the sunshine vitamin on a cold winter day?

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Ask Sofia: Why Do I Have to Be Tested for Gestational Diabetes?

Characterized by high blood sugar or glucose levels and generally developing between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy, gestational diabetes is different from a type 1 or type 2 diabetes diagnosis before or after your pregnancy. It occurs in about five percent of all pregnancies and is caused by increased levels of hormones in the placenta that lead to higher blood sugar levels.

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Is an Elimination Diet Right for You?

How do you feel about gluten, sugar, dairy, caffeine, alcohol, soy, eggs and nuts? And how does your body feel about each of these? If you suspect a food intolerance, you may have considered an elimination diet. Elimination diets chiefly focus on eliminating the above or other items in order to lose weight, reduce headaches and fatigue, cure digestive challenges, or manage asthma and allergies.

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Defeating Diabetes

Defeating Diabetes

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Sunscreen, Sun Exposure and Vitamin D

Find the best balance between sunscreen and sun exposure.

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