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Here is where I try to answer common nutrition questions or let my readers know about things they may not have been aware of.  Did you know that your nutrition can have an impact on your mental health?

Or that you may not need as much protein as common social media posts say you do?

Is soy really bad for you? Or really good for you?

Can you still be healthy if you are overweight?

Many people have the same questions you do, and I would love to provide a space for you to answer some of these questions.

I will aim to update these nutrition articles as new (and credible) research becomes available.  And if you have any questions that I haven’t answered feel free to go to my contact me page, or my Facebook page and reach out for some information. Maybe your nutrition question will spur on an interesting topic for me to post about here!

Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD As we discussed before, a vegetarian diet can be very healthy when it is well-planned. However, if you aren’t ensuring you meet all of your nutritional needs, it is possible to have certain nutritional deficiencies that can have a bad effect on your health. This post is the first in a […]

Vitamin B12: Vegetarian Nutrient of Concern #1 Read More »

Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD Hey there, ever wondered what makes fruits and veggies so good for you? Well, besides the obvious vitamins and minerals, there’s something else that gives these natural powerhouses their superfood status – phytochemicals! These little wonders are the secret weapons found in plants that provide an array of health benefits.

Phytochemicals: Complex Compounds in Plant-Based Foods Read More »

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Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD Man, if there were ever a topic with a lot of nuance and personal opinions, it would be this one!  The short answer is the dietitian’s favorite: “It depends.”   Don’t you just love that answer? To clarify, before we get too far, this article is about truffles, the fungus. Not

Are Truffles Vegetarian? Read More »

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Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD We become vegetarians for various reasons. Some of us were raised on a vegetarian diet. Others switch because they are concerned with ethics and animal welfare.  More recently, people are omitting meat due to concerns for the environment or world hunger. Finally, there are some of us who switch to

Health Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet – A Thorough Discussion Read More »

Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD Have you ever asked your doctor for nutrition advice? They recommend you alter your diet to reduce your cholesterol, and the natural follow-up is to ask how.  The evidence shows, though, that they may not really know how. Short of telling you to eat less, exercise more, and maybe eat

Why You Shouldn’t Get Nutrition Advice from Your Doctor Read More »

Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD Thanksgiving feasts are weird for vegetarians, especially those who grew up eating meat. Tradition wars with beliefs and family members have a difficult time understanding why you won’t participate in the turkey chow down anymore. Mention the significance of Thanksgiving and its traditional meat-heavy dishes So what is the best

Vegetarian on Thanksgiving: How to Have a Peaceful Holiday Read More »

Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD “Not even chicken?!?” What vegetarian hasn’t heard this question or something similar? This question is usually asked by well-meaning people who just want to understand your diet. And some people really do consider meat to be beef and pork. Poultry and fish are often listed as separate categories, though I’ve

Different Kinds of Vegetarians: or How to Feed Your Veg*n Guests Read More »

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Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD So, you’ve embraced the vegetarian lifestyle – that’s awesome! But, you know, there’s more to it than just cutting out meat. Today we’re diving into the nitty-gritty of potential issues that could pop up in your diet.  By now, almost everyone has heard of the health benefits of a vegetarian

The 7 Habits of An Unhealthy Vegetarian: Do You Have One? Read More »

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Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD It’s hard not to get swept up in the hype. Google “Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet” and you’ll find a broad range of topics such as lower blood cholesterol and blood pressure, a smaller waistline, and a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. You’ll also find

Are There Heart-Healthy Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet? Read More »

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