Finding cheaper protein to help cut down your grocery budget

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For a family of four within the US, the average food bill is from $586 to $1,159. Meat makes up for forty percent or more of that spending budget. Reducing your grocery spending budget is something individuals are investigating as food costs are expected to rise within the next five years. Eating cheaper shouldn’t mean eating less healthy.

What Exactly is a "Balanced Diet"?

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Dear Nutritionist,
My husband and I are trying to conceive. Could you possibly give me an example of a day with a well balanced diet? I know you need your vitamins, fruits and vegetables. However, I am very petite and never needed to watch my weight. In fact, I am always trying to put on a few pounds. Please help me to understand exactly what a well balanced diet contains. I know I need to be patient. I just want to make sure I am doing this right.

Weight Gain

Kimberly A. Tessmer's picture


Dear Nutritionist,
Help! I feel terrible about myself!

My question is about excessive weight gain during pregnancy. Before my pregnancy, I was very happy with my size - 5'6" and 128 pounds. I'm now 23 weeks pregnant and have gained 24 pounds. I'm worried that I'm on track to gain an excessive amount of weight. I'm too afraid to ask my doctor about this because she is very heavy and I don't want to be offensive.

First and foremost, the baby is doing great - very healthy and growing beautifully.

Can I Diet While Nursing?

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Dear Lactation Consultant,
I have a two-month-old son who is breastfeeding and hopefully will continue to do so for at least a year.

My diet has always consisted of tons of carbohydrates throughout the day. I would like to cut back on them to feel better about myself (sometimes after eating lots of carbohydrates it's hard for me to get up and move around because I feel so full) and to loose some of this after pregnancy weight. I am 5'3" and weigh 150 pounds. I am still about 25 pounds more than before my pregnancy.

Accept Your Body

Simply put, a negative attitude toward food (such as feeling that it controls us, not the other way around) takes away our confidence and belittles our self-esteem. And it's this shaky belief in oneself that is at the root of many a real weight problem.