Amanda Watson

Holistic Nutrition Consultant, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®
AFAA Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor

NUTRITION AND WELLNESS BLOG

Take the guesswork out of your nutrition and wellness…

Serving you the best, most current research and advanced nutritional science. Let’s address diet and lifestyle factors to help you achieve your goals and fit your busy lifestyle.

Adding More Veggies and Fruits to Your Diet

Adding More Veggies and Fruits to Your Diet

Vegetables and fruits are full of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, antioxidants and fiber which keep us healthy. For optimal health we should be aiming for 5-9 servings of vegetables per day and 1-2 servings of fruit per day. Let’s take a look at how you can get this amount in your diet:

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Why You Should Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup

Why You Should Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup

Eating a lot of fructose, especially from HFCS can raise levels of LDL cholesterol and triglyceriedes, increase blood levels of uric acid leading to gout and high blood pressure, cause deposits of fat in the liver (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease), cause insulin resistance and lead to obesity and type II diabetes, and promote overeating and leptin resistance.

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How Much Protein Do You Need?

How Much Protein Do You Need?

Protein is one of the three macronutrients (carbohydrate and fat are the other two) necessary for optimal health. Macronutrients are needed in large amounts and provide calories and specific biological building blocks.

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Hidden Sources of Sugar in Packaged Foods

Hidden Sources of Sugar in Packaged Foods

Many packaged and processed foods contain added sugars, sometimes from multiple sources and you really need to read through the entire ingredient list. Many times sugars are added when fats are removed in order to make the food more palatable.

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Improving the Gut Microbiome for Optimal Health

Improving the Gut Microbiome for Optimal Health

The human body is home to trillions of microorganisms, many of which are found in the colon or large intestine. Most people think all bacteria are bad, but there are good bacterial strains that live in our colon (aka the large intestine) and perform functions that help keep us healthy.

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Do You Need a Multivitamin?

Do You Need a Multivitamin?

As a holistic nutrition consultant I always encourage my clients to focus on obtaining nutrients through their diet. Whole, real foods contain a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in the balance that mother nature intended. Vitamins and minerals work together synergistically and antagonistically in our body and it is important to have them balanced.

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Don’t Fear Saturated Fat and Cholesterol

Don’t Fear Saturated Fat and Cholesterol

There are many misconceptions about saturated fats and dietary cholesterol, it can be very confusing and I understand your concerns. These misconceptions stem from a researcher (Ancel Keys) who incorrectly found an association between high fat consumption and heart disease. We now know that the cholesterol and saturated fats we eat have little effect on our serum cholesterol levels and heart disease risk.

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What is the Best Diet?

What is the Best Diet?

Our diet, or the food and drink we consume, is the most powerful determinant of our overall health and wellness. It can be our best ally, or our worst enemy. Unfortunately it can be difficult to know how to build a healthy diet with all the conflicting dietary plans out there. Here is discuss the common principles found in health promoting diets.

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The Meaning Behind Different Labels on Egg

The Meaning Behind Different Labels on Egg

I frequently get asked what type of eggs are the healthiest. If you purchase your eggs from the local grocery store I’m sure you’ve been overwhelmed by the options available: regular, natural, vegetarian fed, certified organic, cage free, free range, omega-3 enriched, pasture raised..… How can there be so many types of eggs, and what do all these labels actually mean? Are the $7/dozen eggs really better than the $4/dozen eggs?!?

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A Nutrition Career Over 20 Years in the Making

A Nutrition Career Over 20 Years in the Making

Blending dance, fitness and nutrition has always been my dream. After graduating high school I  enrolled in college to become a registered dietetic technician (DTR). I loved the material and  the program but did not want to work in a hospital or nursing home and those were the main  career paths with that degree. I had done clinical rotations in both places and did not enjoy it. Feeling discouraged by my job opportunities and career path as a DTR, I switched majors to focus on business. I figured no matter what I did having some business courses under my belt  would be beneficial.

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