Clean Eating: What’s the Deal?

What does the term “clean eating” mean to you? Making sure to rinse off your produce & meat before cooking? Maybe some complicated meal plan that came from your neighbor’s sister’s fitness guru? Some level of perfection that you never bothered looking into, because you’d never be able to do it anyhow? Good news! The [...]

By | May 22nd, 2017|Nutrition, VHP Voice|Comments Off on Clean Eating: What’s the Deal?

How to Buy Organic on a Budget

When suggesting organics to my clients I generally hear the same response: Too expensive! And my clients are not wrong. Prices range from a few cents higher per pound of produce, to a few dollars higher for meats and dairy. But if you’ve read our previous posts on the benefits of eating organic, you know [...]

By | May 4th, 2017|Nutrition, VHP Voice|Comments Off on How to Buy Organic on a Budget

Glycemic Index: Valuable Tool, or a Waste of Time?

Are watermelon, and grapefruit created equal? According to the glycemic index, they are not. Watermelon is considered a “high glycemic” food, versus grapefruit, which is a “low glycemic” one. What does this mean, and does it matter to you? The glycemic index (GI) was developed in 1981 and compares how rapidly different carbohydrate foods raise [...]

By | April 27th, 2017|Nutrition, VHP Voice|Comments Off on Glycemic Index: Valuable Tool, or a Waste of Time?

Success with Recipes 101

Our VHP nutrition exerts help thousands of patients, and one area of confusion they report is with food preparation and recipes. Some get frustrated and decide that they're "a bad cook" and always will be. For many, cooking has become a lost art. We are all so busy, that investing the time into teaching our [...]

By | April 13th, 2017|Nutrition, VHP Voice|Comments Off on Success with Recipes 101

Quality or Quantity: Which is More Important

Remember when fat was the enemy when it came to those of us interested in weight loss?  I certainly do, as I struggled through my own weight loss journey in the 90’s.  But the days of eating fat-free cookies for weight loss are now behind us.  This ever evolving idea of healthy eating leaves many [...]

By | April 5th, 2017|Nutrition, VHP Voice|Comments Off on Quality or Quantity: Which is More Important

Plant-based Protein

Protein. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear that term? Muscles? Maybe a steak, burger, or piece of chicken? What about plants? Plant-based proteins may contain less protein per ounce than animal proteins, but they can still be part of a high protein diet. They are great sources of fiber, antioxidants, [...]

By | March 25th, 2017|Nutrition, VHP Voice|Comments Off on Plant-based Protein

March is National Nutrition Month

Ever wonder if there was a whole MONTH dedicated to celebrating healthier eating (of course you have, who hasn’t)? Well guess what? MARCH is that month! Every year, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics creates a campaign to help educate the public on healthier eating and lifestyle habits. This year’s theme, “Put Your Best Fork [...]

By | March 3rd, 2017|Nutrition, VHP Voice|Comments Off on March is National Nutrition Month

Watch Out for Added Sugar

Do you know how much sugar are you consuming on a daily basis? If you’re using a food diary, such as the one available on the Virtual Health Partners' portal, you do. And the amount may surprise you. Food manufacturers sneak sugar into a wide variety of products these days, from condiments, to canned tomato [...]

By | February 23rd, 2017|Nutrition, VHP Voice|Comments Off on Watch Out for Added Sugar

The Addictive Power of Sugar

February is known for many things. Here in the northeast, we think of cold, blustery, sometimes snowy days (thank goodness it’s also the shortest month of the year!). Some of us start to worry that our New Years' Resolutions didn't stick. And if we are working on a weight loss goal, we cringe at the thought [...]

By | February 7th, 2017|Nutrition, VHP Voice|Comments Off on The Addictive Power of Sugar

A Peek Inside the Experts’ Kitchens

Ever been tempted to ask your Physician, or Nutrition Specialist what they keep in their kitchens? After all, they are the ones giving you advice on how to lose weight & stay healthy, right? And when it comes to staying on track with a diet plan, having the right items on hand is essential. Today [...]

By | February 4th, 2017|Nutrition, VHP Voice|Comments Off on A Peek Inside the Experts’ Kitchens