Archive for the ‘Diet & Nutrition’ Category

Understanding Gestational Diabetes – Now Offered in North Raleigh

As many as 10 percent of expectant moms develop high blood sugar, a condition known as gestational diabetes that only occurs during pregnancy.
If your doctor finds that your blood sugar levels are elevated, you may be diagnosed with gestational diabetes – even if you have never had diabetes before. When detected early, it can be [...]

Share
Read the rest of this entry »

Three Simple Steps to Improved Heart Health

To improve and preserve your cardiac health, a few simple lifestyle changes can make a big impact.
We always stress the importance of exercise, but for those who feel intimidated by that word, a simple place to start is to increase the amount of steps you take each day.  Try taking the stairs whenever possible, park [...]

Share
Read the rest of this entry »

WakeMed Milk Mothers’ Bank Finds New Home at WakeMed Cary Hospital

WakeMed Cary Hospital is proud to welcome the WakeMed Mothers’ Milk Bank to their newly renovated location within the hospital. The milk bank’s new address and phone number are as follows:
WakeMed Mothers’ Milk Bank
WakeMed Cary Hospital
1900 Kildaire Farm Road
Cary, NC 27518
919-350-8599
The WakeMed Mothers’ Milk Bank is one of only 15 milk banks in the United [...]

Share
Read the rest of this entry »

Pregnancy Cravings…on the Wild Side

While not a common side effect of pregnancy, cravings for non-food items are neither unheard of nor surprising. The desire to eat ice, chalk, dirt, ashes, starch, soap – even matches – is called pica. 
If this happens to you, don’t panic. We see patients many times who are too embarrassed or afraid to admit they have [...]

Share
Read the rest of this entry »

Preparing for a Marathon

In many ways, preparing for a marathon or a half marathon is the same as preparing for a 5K or 10K.  When getting ready for any running event, the focus is always on hydration and nutrition.  The difference comes in when you start prepping and what and how much you eat.  The reasoning is simple; [...]

Share
Read the rest of this entry »

Healthy Weight Gain in Pregnancy

A patient once asked me if she could eat a piece of chocolate every day while she was pregnant. At about 75 calories each for a Lindt chocolate truffle, well, technically she could.
The key to a healthy pregnancy is exercise and nutritious eating… there’s no surprise there. But there is also a third factor to consider – metabolism [...]

Share
Read the rest of this entry »

Facts About Gluten-Free Labeling

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that can occur in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. When people with celiac disease eat gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye and barley), their body mounts an immune response that attacks the small intestine. These attacks lead to [...]

Share
Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrating Black History Month Through Food

Our North Carolina Central University dietetic intern, Akiia Robertson James helped us highlight black Americans who made significant contributions to the culinary and food service industries during Black History Month. The project included a bio wall, featuring 14 black Americans prominently displayed in the cafeteria as well as meal specials.

Share
Read the rest of this entry »

Winter Weather Yum

Everybody knows the first thing you do when the meteorologist calls for winter weather – like they are tonight and tomorrow – is to run to the grocery store (along with the rest of the city) to buy staples to get you through the storm.
The list of staples includes the obligatory milk, eggs and bread.  [...]

Share
Read the rest of this entry »

In the Season of Flu, Help Boost Your Immunity

Flu season is officially here. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that the illness is widespread throughout 43 states, including North Carolina. For the week of December 29 through January 5, WakeMed reported 240 cases of positive flu diagnosis.
This year, the influenza A H3N2 strain of the virus is particularly prevalent and has mutated or changed since being included [...]

Share
Read the rest of this entry »