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  • Weight Loss Plateau Part 3: Weight Loss in Perspective and Reevaluating Your Goal

    03.20.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    By Jane Jakubczak MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN; Redskins Team Dietitian

    This week we are looking at the 3rd consideration in reevaluating your weight management efforts; weight goal and expectations.

    Unrealistic weight loss goals and the consequences of them (eating disorders, depression, body dissatisfaction, self-esteem deterioration, unhealthy dieting and exercise behavior, etc.) is something I see in my office everyday. Considering the, “You can never be too rich or too thin” culture we live in, it is no wonder many of us hold unattainable weight and body shape ideals as our goal.

    From a very young age, we are ... Read More

  • Grab and Go: Top 5 Kidney-Healthy Snacks

    03.16.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    March is National Kidney Month and the Kidney Walk at Reston Town Center is fast approaching! In the spirit of promoting kidney health, the National Kidney Foundation has provided WOW with a few snacks that are not only healthy, but are delicious and perfect for eating on the go...

    The kidneys are only the size of a fist, yet they pack quite a punch in keeping the body healthy. They filter the blood, remove waste and extra fluid and regulate blood pressure and red blood cell production. To protect these hard-working organs, it’s important to limit or ... Read More

  • Rev up your workout and your weight loss!

    03.13.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    By Becky Johnson, Certified Personal Trainer (ACE); IBNFC Certified Nutrition Coach

    After reading Jane’s great blog about weight loss plateaus yesterday, I thought I would look at it from a fitness point of view. In January, I wrote about busting through plateaus. This week, I will expand on some of the topics covered in that blog post.

    Reassess Your Habits

    Look back at food and exercise journals (because you are doing that, right?). Make sure you haven’t eased up on your standards, letting yourself get by with larger portions or less exercise. You may need to ... Read More

  • YOU vs. Mother Nature: Weight Loss Plateau Part 2

    03.12.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    By Jane Jakubczak MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN; Redskins Dietitian

    I am fascinated everyday by this amazing machine we call the body. The hundreds of mechanisms and reactions it employs for survival is intriguing. Nowhere is this seen more than when it comes to nutrition and body weight.

    Anyone who has embarked on a weight loss program has experienced first hand one of the most robust survival defense mechanisms the body possesses; Defense of the Energy Storage System.

    Our biology is designed for scarcity yet our environment is one of abundance.

    For millions of years, food had been scarce ... Read More

  • How Women Build Muscle

    03.07.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    Becky Johnson, Certified Personal Trainer (ACE); IBNFC Certified Nutrition Coach

    There are more myths and misconceptions about strength training than any other area of fitness. While research continues to uncover more and more reasons why working out with weights is good for you, many women continue to avoid resistance training for fear of developing muscles like Arnold Schwarzenegger. You’ve heard “Women can’t build muscle like men. They don’t have enough testosterone." This is, in fact, only partly true.

    Many women, believing they wouldn’t build muscle, hit the gym with a vengeance and then wondered ... Read More

  • Happy St. Patrick's Day From the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association!

    03.06.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

    When your thoughts turn to St. Patrick’s Day, green beer, corned beef and cabbage usually come to mind. But many other foods long traditional in the Irish diet – potatoes, oats, fish, stout, cabbage, and cheese - rank among the healthiest.

    Cheese is a very well-liked food in Ireland. The Emerald Isle has always been known for its lush meadows, perfect for providing the best environment for cows that produce Ireland’s tasty farmhouse cheeses. Cheese is an excellent source of protein and calcium, and the fat in cheese contains the powerful cancer fighter conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). Irish cheeses are ... Read More

  • Weight Loss Plateau? Help is on the way!

    03.05.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    By Jane Jakubczak MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN, Redskins Team Dietitian

    I have noticed a trend in my office over the past couple weeks – clients frustrated with weight loss plateaus.

    I quickly checked my calendar and thought, “right on time!” It is 8 eight weeks into the New Year and the New Years Resolutions of losing weight is losing its luster. This is a crucial moment in your weight management journey and what you do at this point can determine whether you are successful in life long weight management or you re-enter the cycle known as yo-yo dieting.

    I ... Read More

  • Angela Rypien talks Lingerie Football, staying fit, and football tips from her Dad - Superbowl MVP Mark Rypien

    03.01.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness WOW Interview Series

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    With a last name like Rypien, it's hard to be ignored in Redskins Nation, especially on the 20th anniversary of Super Bowl XXVI. With one of the greatest teams ever assembled, Mark Rypien led the Redskins to victory over the Bills, took home the title of Super Bowl MVP and cemented his title as leader of one of the best offenses in Redskins history.

    Twenty years later, there's another Rypien making a splash in the football world and it’s probably not who you would expect.

    Angela Rypien, Mark Rypien's daughter, entered the Lingerie Football ... Read More

  • High Fructose Corn Syrup: Bad Rap

    02.28.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

    Our sweet theme continues this week with a very controversial topic; High Fructose Corn Syrup. We welcome back Christine Turpin RD, LDN, CSCS as a guest blogger to give us the scoop on this category of sugars. To read about Christine background, click here.

    - Jane Jakubczak, MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN; Redskins Dietitian

    As promised from last week’s Sugar Alcohol discussion this week’s read is a continued discussion of sweet stuff. Chances are you have said it, heard it or read about it – High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). If you have said it, you may have noticed heads whip ... Read More

  • More Fitness Myths Busted

    02.27.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    Will weight lifting bulk you up? Is cardio the only exercise your body really needs?

    Becky Johnson, cerified personal trainer and nutrition coach, answers your questions and breaks down four more fitness myths for women...

    Myth #1: Drawing your belly button to your spine is the best way to protect your back from injury during exercise.

    Truth: While the act of drawing the belly button toward the spine — also known as “hollowing out” or “drawing in” — does in fact activate the transverse abdominis (the deep musculature of the core), a growing body of research in recent years has ... Read More

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