Archive for the ‘Diet & Nutrition’ Category

Fall In Love with Chocolate for Better Heart Health

Can one chocolate a day really keep heart disease at bay? As we celebrate Heart Awareness this month, we’re giving you one more reason to fall in love with chocolate: it may actually help your heart!
Heart Health and Chocolate
The health benefits of chocolate have been known for centuries, but the true hero behind the ‘chocolate [...]

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2016 Is the International Year of Pulses

What are “pulses”?
Pulses are part of the legume family, but the term “pulse” refers to the dried seed. When you think pulses, think of beans.
Peas, chick peas, kidney beans – all provide a healthy source of protein; all are considered “pulses”, and all are part of the 2016 International Year of Pulses (IYP) campaign, launched [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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; [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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.

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