Safe Sips

Most parents know it’s important to get children to eat healthy foods, but what about getting them to enjoy healthy drinks? It’s a question that has been the focus of attention for leading pediatricians and dietitians lately. The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued advisories for parents to avoid 100 percent fruit juice for babies…
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Fueling up for Exercise

Whether you are a beginner or a full-blown endurance athlete, don’t start your exercise routine without proper nutrition and hydration, says Kathleen Shafer, director of Nutrition Services for NorthBay Healthcare. “Eating right and drinking fluids can help you get the most out of your workout,” she says. Nutrition tips to consider: Stay hydrated. Water is…
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Functional Nutrition Can Transform Your Health

Karin Grumstrup, N.P. and Eric Hassid, M.D. Throughout history, food has either been hailed for its health benefits or ignored altogether. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” was taught by Hippocrates, a Greek physician born in 460 BC. Today, that thought is simplified to “you are what you eat.” “Food is…
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What is Functional Medicine?

Functional medicine examines six areas of a patient’s health that contribute to optimal living. These include medical nutrition and gastrointestinal health, environmental exposures and detoxification, hormonal optimization, sleep, exercise and the mind-body connection. With functional medicine, traditional medical treatments are administered only when a patient requires a bridge to better functioning while they are working…
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Emotional Eating

Don’t Let Your Feelings Guide Your Food Choices Food is not only necessary for your physical survival, food “feeds” you at an emotional level, too. Think about it. When you were an infant, one of the primary ways your caregiver soothed you when you were upset was to nourish and nurture you with food! If…
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Eating Fresh, Eating Local

Solano Grows Almost Everything A few of the products grown here: Boysenberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Apricots, Peaches, Plums, Pears, Apples, Grapes, Pumpkins, Melons, Tomatoes, Walnuts, Pistachios, Lavender, Olives, Honey If you’re on a quest to eat fresh, you live in the right place. From apricots to zucchini, dairy to nuts, just about everything is grown…
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Food or Foe?

Some Medications and Food May Not Mix Well You knew drinking too much coffee could be problematic, but did you realize that mixed with certain medication it becomes downright dangerous? Chocolate, cheese and yes, coffee, don’t mix well with some antibiotics, says Hy Ton, pharmacy supervisor at NorthBay Vaca-Valley Hospital. But wait, there’s more. Not…
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Food Freshness: What’s the Date?

Have you ever been confused by the dates you find on food labels? Here’s a rundown on what they mean: Packed On This is the date the food was packaged. Frozen foods are best used within two months of a pack date. Canned foods should be used within a year of the packing date. Best…
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Breastfeeding Moms Need a Healthy Diet

NorthBay Medical Center A Baby-Friendly Hospital NorthBay Medical Center’s status as a Baby-Friendly hospital means that a mother’s right to breastfeed is not only supported, it’s encouraged. That means all staff in Women’s and Children’s Services are available to answer questions and provide materials, and that lactation consultants are ready to provide techniques and tips….
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Battling Bacteria

Nutrition Team Shares Tips to Keep Kitchens Sparkling and Food Safe In the battle against bacteria, Nutrition Services Director Kathleen Shafer and her army of dietitians, cooks and food service workers at NorthBay Healthcare stand ever vigilant, washing hands, keeping surfaces clean and checking food temperatures. “Our standards for a hospital are of course very…
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