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No More Mid Afternoon Slump

Does your body experience a mid afternoon slump? Does it crave something sweet or salty? Another cup of caffeine? A nap? It’s different for all of us. Let's talk about what’s to blame for this afternoon slump – and what can we do to correct it.

What Causes the Afternoon Slump

In short, that energy slump a normal aspect of our body’s biorhythms - or the normal ebb and...

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Will Melatonin Help Me Sleep?

Do you have trouble falling asleep – or staying asleep? You may have low melatonin production.

Are you taking (or thinking about taking) melatonin supplements to help you get a better night’s sleep? Do melatonin supplements work? And how does it work? Before I answer this, it's important that we about what melatonin is. 

What is Melatonin?

Melatonin is the hormone that makes us...

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10 Reasons You’re Having a Hard Time Getting to Sleep or Staying Asleep

Do you have difficulty falling asleep – or staying asleep? That’s not surprising. According to the CDC, an estimated 50-70 million US adults have a sleep or wakefulness disorder.

While we often think of sleep as critical to feel alert, sleep is more important than that. Getting adequate quality sleep is critical for your health, safety, and sanity. 

Inadequate sleep increases...

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Quick, Healthy Meals…When You Hate to Cook

As a registered dietitian, I frequently get asked how to prepare quick healthy meals. I'll tell you how. But first, I've got a confession to make: I hate to cook.

“You’re a Dietitian and You Hate to Cook?”

People are baffled when they hear that even though I’m trained in the science of nutrition (my bachelors and a masters degree), I don’t like to cook. Even though...

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Am I Dehydrated? Adequate Water Intake can Boost Mood, Performance, and Energy

One moment we were on the dance floor stepping it out with a brisk cha-cha dance, and then all of a sudden, things became a blur (and no, I hadn’t had even one alcoholic beverage). Instantly, I was keenly supersensitive to the colors around me, the music and the laughter. Though I’m used to being twirled around, I had lost my sense of direction and, instantaneously, my energy was...

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Stay Healthy & Sane During the Covid-19 Pandemic

As I write this (March 2020), the federal government has just announced another month of social distancing to rein in the covid-19 pandemic. Which means another month of thinking about all the things we can’t control and an even longer list of things we can’t do. But, if that’s all we focus on, we’re going to feel even more stressed and anxious.

Let me help you stay...

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Could Less Coffee Make You More Alert

Do you have a hard time waking up in the morning without a lot of coffee?

Do you find yourself reaching for even more caffeine to ward off the invariable mid-afternoon slump?

How’s that working for you? Is it giving you the energy you need? All day long?

What’s the most effective form and dose of caffeine to help us maintain optimal productivity? Read on.

Caffeine and Energy

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