Timi Gustafson, R.D.
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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.

Entries by Timi Gustafson, R.D.

When Should You Start Taking Care Of Your Health?

(1) Comments | Posted May 19, 2017 | 11:03 AM

In this day and age, we can reasonably assume that most people are familiar with diet- and lifestyle-related recommendations, although they may not always turn those into action. According to recent surveys, over 80 per cent of respondents agreed that health-improving guidelines are important to follow, but not...

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The Upsides To Growing Old

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2017 | 11:47 AM

Old age is no laughing matter. Inevitably, it comes with decline and decay, perhaps disability and loss. On the other hand, there are also opportunities to enjoy one's later years when they are no longer occupied with goals and ambitions, tasks and duties, and the good opinion of others.

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How To Think Yourself Healthy

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2017 | 6:36 PM

Change is hard, even when the benefits are obvious and the path to bring them about is clear. When it comes to taking steps towards healthy living, this is especially pertinent. There are no deep secrets, no hidden obstacles that may prevent the implementation of well-known health measures. And yet,...

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When It Comes To Food, Price And Convenience Matter

(1) Comments | Posted March 28, 2017 | 6:00 PM

Food is not cheap. High quality food can be prohibitively expensive. Even people who want to improve their diet may be prevented from doing so because of the costs involved. There are ways to stretch a limited budget, but that takes time, knowledge and careful planning. For most consumers, money...

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Are Millennials Health-Conscious Or Obsessed With Perfection?

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2017 | 4:53 PM

Millennials, those who reached adulthood at the beginning of this century, are said to be particularly discerning in their choices, from where and how they like to work to what they shop for and what they eat. But this insistence on always having one's needs met is sooner or later...

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Stay Sharp By Learning Something New And Difficult

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2017 | 2:41 PM

For Baby Boomers approaching old age, there is all sorts of advice available how to stay physically and mentally fit. Fear of decline is particularly common in this generation that has long been used to so many advantages their forbearers could never fathom. Yet, health threats to both...

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What Is The Right Amount Of Sleep?

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2017 | 7:40 AM

The importance of getting enough sleep is undisputed among experts. But research also suggests that too much shut-eye may do just as much harm as too little. When it comes to the right amount of rest for good health, a perfect balance, it seems, is not easy to strike.


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Why Some People Never Seem To Get Sick

(7) Comments | Posted February 7, 2017 | 7:38 AM

Winter weather makes most of us apprehensive about getting a cold or the flu, and often enough those fears are justified. No matter how religiously we wash our hands, keep our distance from others who already have the sniffles, or try to fortify our immune system with extra doses of...

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Can Robots Meet A Growing Demand For Assisted Living?

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2017 | 1:29 AM

One of the coming great challenges of senior care is facilitating assisted living, according to experts. The so-called Baby Boomer generation that is now entering retirement age lives longer, expects the world from its twilight years, and insists on staying independent for as long as possible.


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Younger Consumers Are More Health Conscious Than Previous Generations

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2017 | 5:19 PM

When it comes to health matters, people seem to become more proactive than they used to be, according to surveys. While professional healthcare is generally still practiced in response to disease, an increasing interest in preventive measures shows a shift in awareness and behavior, especially among the young....

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Why I Still Believe In New Year's Resolutions

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2017 | 4:17 AM

According to statistics, weight issues reliably rank at the top of all New Year's resolutions. Sadly, of those who want to do better in that department, less than 10 per cent will succeed. Long-lasting improvements are even more elusive. So why even bother, you might ask. The short...

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Eating While Watching TV A Formula For Weight Problems

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2016 | 3:37 PM

Recently I came across a photo collection by the photographer Stephen Shore about the lifestyle habits of Americans. Many of the images showed people eating their meals at home, sitting on chairs, sofas or on the floor -- almost always while watching television.

The conveyed impression is not...

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Can Age-Related Muscle Loss Be Prevented?

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2016 | 8:25 AM

One of the most significant changes that come with aging is the loss of muscle mass, or sarcopenia in scientific terms. While much attention has been paid to diminishing bone density, a.k.a. osteoporosis, the importance of keeping the body's muscle structure intact for as long as...

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How To Navigate The Pitfalls Of Over-Indulging This Holiday Season

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2016 | 1:02 PM

For many people, weight gain during the holidays is a foregone conclusion. Resolutions to do better this time are largely destined for failure, no matter how seriously they are taken. In the end, the countless temptations offered at office parties and family gatherings prove as irresistible as always, obliterating all...

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Do You Have A Life Plan?

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2016 | 3:46 PM

In times of great uncertainty, it can be tempting to fall for emotional responses rather than calm reasoning and cautious planning. But these are also opportunities to take stock and readjust one's inner compass. After all, we have only one life to live -- our own.

Looking forward, of course,...

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What Fear Can Do To You

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2016 | 7:55 AM

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously proclaimed in his first inaugural address that there was "nothing to fear but fear itself," it was intended to encourage people not to despair in the face of an unprecedented economic crisis, a.k.a. the "Great Depression."


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How Global Events Change Our Eating Habits

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2016 | 9:08 AM

Predicting trends is a tricky business. The "next big thing" may go out with a whimper (if that) before it even becomes noticeable. Sometimes predictions eventually come true, but with much delay and perhaps in ways not expected at the time.

When it comes to forecasting food preferences, it...

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Constant Distraction May Cause Memory Loss

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2016 | 12:08 PM

You don't have to be a senior to experience a "senior moment," meaning you forget an otherwise familiar word or name, or can't exactly remember what you planned to do the next minute. It happens throughout life, it just seems to happen more frequently with age.

But it's not...

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Keep Your Aging Mind Occupied, Interested And Engaged

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2016 | 2:09 PM

The Rolling Stones have announced the release of a new album before year's end. There may be no big surprises in the offing. Critics in the know say it will be more like going back to beginnings, a retrospective of sorts. Still, I find it nothing short of...

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Fat Shaming Completely Misses The Actual Issue

(2) Comments | Posted October 4, 2016 | 9:37 AM

Should carrying extra weight be judged as a matter of personal failure? Considering the fact that two thirds of Americans are now diagnosed as overweight and one third as obese, it feels strange that there should be any prejudices against body fat.

And yet,

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