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Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Registered Dietitian, Health Counselor

Timi Gustafson, RD, LDN, FAND is a Registered Dietitian, health counselor, book author, syndicated newspaper columnist and blogger. She lectures on nutrition and healthy living to audiences worldwide. She is the founder and president of Solstice Publications LLC, a publishing company specializing in health and lifestyle education.

Timi completed her Clinical Dietetic Internship at the University of California Medical Center, San Francisco. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, an active member of the Washington State Dietetic Association, a member of the Diabetes Care and Education, Healthy Aging, Vegetarian Nutrition and the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition practice groups.
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Why Less Is More for Your Health as You Age

When it comes to diet and lifestyle choices, older adults are well advised to practice moderation. Whether it concerns weight management, physical activity, or alcohol and tobacco use, health experts urge people to consider their limitations and changing needs as they approach their senior years.
09/09/2015 08:25 EDT

Body Image Cuts Both Ways for Teenagers

Becoming more conscious of and admitting to existing or developing problems is a necessary first step to adopting behavioral changes for nutritional health as well as successful weight management. It is important to find a good balance from early on.
07/31/2015 12:14 EDT
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What You Need to Know About Hypertension

Often, patients don't even correctly understand the meaning of the word "hypertension," and think of it more in terms of stress, anxiety, or other psychological disturbance rather than what it actually is, namely a physiological dysfunction that can turn into a chronic disease if untreated.
07/19/2015 11:32 EDT

Independent Living Is a Top Priority Among Today's Seniors

One of the most dramatic consequences of age-related deterioration is loss of independence, and it is more feared by seniors than almost any other outcome. For many, even an untimely death seems preferable to becoming beholden to others, according to surveys. "Aging in place," as it is now widely called, is particularly popular among seniors who cherish the lifestyle they have become accustomed to and wish to maintain for as long as possible.
05/24/2015 10:56 EDT
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Childhood Obesity Is an Adult Problem

As childhood obesity rates continue to rise worldwide, we are now approaching the level of a major public health crisis. While that is common knowledge among experts, the alarming news doesn't seem to reach millions upon millions of parents who keep overfeeding their offspring with unhealthy meals and fattening treats
05/14/2015 01:07 EDT
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Positive Thinking Can Benefit Your Mind and Body

Traditional psychology has almost always been concerned with mental and emotional disorders and malfunctions and ways to treat them, he explains. By contrast, positive psychology adds an important emphasis on the human potential for building and maintaining highly functional and constructive lives.
05/10/2015 11:09 EDT
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Pairing Wine With Food Can Be Extremely Simple

Matching the right wines with specific foods can be intimidating and unnecessarily off-putting. But it is a fact that a well-chosen wine does indeed have the ability to enhance the enjoyment of almost any dining experience.
04/28/2015 05:27 EDT
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Not One (Plus) Size Fits All

When it comes to treating weight problems, even experts believe that similar methods can be applied almost universally: Put your patients on a diet, have them engage in regular exercise, and, if all else fails, recommend some surgical procedure. What gets rarely looked at are the differences between overweight individuals that may have led to their unhealthy weight gain in the first place.
04/24/2015 08:35 EDT
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The Downside of Restaurant Food

Eating out is generally considered a pleasurable experience, not least because of its convenience. Busy lifestyles as well as lack of cooking skills and amenities make it an easy choice for many working-age adults to let others take care of their nutritional needs. Unfortunately, not being in charge of your own food preparation can prove hazardous for your health in the long run.
04/20/2015 05:49 EDT
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Inequality in Health and Life Expectancy Is Growing Between Nations

Canada was generally lauded for its universal healthcare system but also faulted for its high costs as well as timeliness and efficiency of care. High marks were given to Australia for quality and cost efficiency. To turn things around, WHO experts recommend that policymakers in the respective healthcare systems combat first today's fastest spreading health threats.
04/05/2015 10:46 EDT
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How To Keep the Weight Off When You're Away From Home

Whenever you travel, whether by plane, train, or automobile, bring a few healthy edibles along so you won't have to make do with whatever is available, she recommends. Don't wait until you become too ravenous, only to fall victim to the next temptation that comes your way, like fast food or snacks out of a vending machine.
03/04/2015 12:59 EST
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Why Obesity Is Such a Huge Problem to Tackle

By the end of this decade, diseases stemming from poor diet and unhealthy lifestyle choices will top all other causes of death worldwide. At the same time, there are no effective policies in place to tackle the most pressing problems such as the obesity epidemic and other so-called non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
02/26/2015 10:21 EST
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Going Gluten-Free by Choice Is Not Always a Good Idea

The rapidly growing popularity of wheat-free and gluten-free food products over the past few years is not necessarily an indication that an ever-larger part of the population is actually suffering from food sensitivities like celiac disease, wheat allergies, or irritable bowel syndrome.
02/16/2015 01:55 EST
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How to Escape the Sodium Trap

So, if you are absolutely determined to escape the sodium trap, the best you can do is to stick with whole fruits and vegetables, lean, unprocessed meats, fresh seafood, beans and legumes, and unrefined whole grains.
02/01/2015 11:20 EST