(HealthDay News) — A registered dietician can partner with you to develop a safe and realistic eating plan, says the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Whether you want to lose or gain weight, or to simply maintain your health, there are many reasons to seek the help of an RDN. They include: You need help…  read on >

Pile those vegetables and fruits high when you sit down to eat, and your heart will thank you. A diet rich in plant-based foods translated into fewer heart problems in a new study. For the study, the researchers analyzed data collected from more than 10,000 middle-aged U.S. adults who were followed from 1987 through 2016.…  read on >

Are you craving a seafood bonanza but can’t get to the beach? Here’s how to make a clambake right in your own kitchen. Traditional clambakes serve up more than clams. This special one-pot meal typically includes other seafood, such as lobster and mussels, plus hearty sausage, potatoes and corn. This may look like a decadent…  read on >

Leeks may look like scallions grown out of control, but they can add subtle flavor to many dishes, from soup to sides. Leeks are part of the onion and garlic family and are a good source of nutrients, including antioxidants. But unlike their cousins, leeks aren’t usually eaten raw. The first step in any leek…  read on >

In the quest for more plant-based protein sources, yellow peas have been getting a lot of good press. And the number of packaged foods enhanced with this “pea protein” has tripled in the last few years. But dried split peas, whether yellow or green in color, were an excellent food choice long before they achieved…  read on >

You’ve made the decision to improve your eating habits, but where should you begin? It can seem overwhelming at first. One way to approach new lifestyle habits is to map out the improvements you’d like to make and tackle them one at a time, over a week or two, before making the next change. Here…  read on >

Is your toothbrush more than four months old? And how about your contact lens case? These and other everyday essentials need regular replacing, no matter how comfortable you are with them. At the top of the list is your toothbrush. To benefit oral health, your toothbrush needs to be in tiptop form. The American Dental…  read on >

Gaining too much weight during pregnancy can lead to unhealthy post-pregnancy weight for moms, and a higher risk of obesity and related conditions in their children. But not gaining enough weight has consequences, too. Historical studies on children born during times of famine show they have twice the risk as the general population of developing…  read on >

(HealthDay News) — Hypoglycemia occurs when your blood sugar is too low, says the Hormone Health Network. People with diabetes often develop hypoglycemia, but it is possible for people without diabetes to become hypoglycemic, as well. It’s a good idea to discuss your diet with a doctor or dietician, who may suggest limiting high-sugar foods,…  read on >

Exercise is essential for girls, but problems can occur if they take in too few calories. Young females who eat too little risk menstrual irregularity, weak bones and eating disorders. Among high school girls, only 1% have all three issues, but between 16% and 54% have one of them, and that increases the risk for…  read on >