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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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New Year's Resolutions That Don't Stand a Chance

If your aspiration is to run a marathon by spring, even though you've not been performing on that level for some time (or ever), you're bound to fail. And if you train too hard, the outcome will be equally as frustrating. The best approach is to have reasonable expectations and work diligently towards fulfilling them.
01/05/2015 12:36 EST
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Overeat During the Holidays? You Probably Haven't Stopped

The problem is that once people start eating larger portions on special occasions, they tend to continue doing so, although they may believe they are not. Insidiously, it becomes a regular habit that leads to ever-increasing food consumption year after year.
01/02/2015 07:31 EST
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Don't Rush To Get Back in Shape After the Holidays

Chances are the holidays have left you sleep-deprived, perhaps even more than usual. So you may want to go to bed a little earlier or sleep in for a few days, if you can. There are plenty of things you can do to readjust your sleep pattern, so you wake up refreshed instead of hung over.
12/28/2014 11:10 EST
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Do You Know the Real Reason <i>Why</i> You Eat?

By nature, we are genetically programmed to eat whenever opportunity presents itself, presumably stemming from times when food was much scarcer than it is today. And although the "feast or famine" scenario is no longer as common as it used to be, our instinct for making the most of opportune encounters still exists and influences our behaviour.
12/10/2014 06:32 EST
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How to Keep Calm and Christmas On

Chronically overworked and overtired, we often don't have enough energy left for doing the things we really want, such as spending more quality time alone or with loved ones. It doesn't have to be this way. The holiday season can be a good opportunity to re-examine our priorities.
11/30/2014 11:07 EST
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What Makes People Live Longer?

While experts have long debated whether nature or nurture is ultimately the decisive factor in how well we age, whether some of us are born to last longer or whether diet and lifestyle play a role, it is clear for Dr. Kim that genetic make-up outdoes anything we can add in terms of healthy living.
11/20/2014 08:09 EST
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Posting Calorie Values on Menus Shows Long-Term Success

The idea that providing more information about food served in restaurants, such as calorie and fat content, would reduce the risk of weight problems has widely been greeted with skepticism and outright rejection. Now a new study presented at the Second Annual Obesity Journal Symposium in Boston showed that calorie labeling on menus can indeed influence the choices people make.
11/14/2014 08:57 EST
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Healthy Aging: You Are as Old as You Want to Be

In other words, the way we think of ourselves as we grow older determines at least to some extent how well or how poorly we fare. If we perceive aging purely as a loss of vigor and vitality, nature will probably help us along on that path. If we see it as a chance to continue with life's journey, albeit perhaps in different ways, we may reap unexpected rewards.
11/06/2014 12:49 EST
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Can Weight Loss Make You Smarter?

Being overweight is associated with multiple negative health effects, including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Conversely, weight loss can lower the risk of developing such illnesses, or lighten their burden. Now, a new study from Brazil found that besides physical improvements, slimming down can also produce positive outcomes for the mind.
08/29/2014 05:08 EDT
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Exercise Can Change the Way You See the World

What sets this study apart is that it was able to demonstrate how participants perceived ambiguous events like being approached by an unknown figure. It found that those who had previously exercised, for example by walking or running on a treadmill, felt less apprehensive about the encounter than others who had remained sedentary.
08/02/2014 05:44 EDT
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Why Creative People Age Better

Do creative and artistically inclined people have advantages over the rest of us mere mortals who can barely draw a stick figure or whistle a simple tune? There are indications that individuals who are able to use their talents also tend to fare better in other ways, including their physical and mental health, compared to others whose existence mainly consists of repetitiveness and routine. Still, scientists have never been able to prove that creativity is indeed a contributing factor to humans' well-being.
07/26/2014 10:53 EDT
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Watching the World Cup Is Shortening Your Life Span

With the competition in full swing, millions spend hours sitting in front of TVs and computer screens, while their teams engage in grueling matches. Even if you discount all the drinking and snacking that typically comes with watching games on television, the fact that people sit for extended periods of time is disconcerting enough.
07/08/2014 06:05 EDT
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Fight Climate Change With a New Diet

The production, transportation and storage of animal food products, especially red meat, greatly contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, affecting the amount of heat retained by the atmosphere. Reducing meat consumption in favor of plant-based eating would therefore help mitigate the environmental damage stemming from our dietary preferences.
07/02/2014 05:28 EDT
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What Eating Right Can Do For Your Skin

It is not just age-related decay, or cellular damage from too much sun exposure, but also our diet that affects how our skin looks. The skin is the body's largest organ, and as all other parts, it must constantly be nourished.
06/05/2014 01:00 EDT