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About Clinical Nutritionist

I am a clinical nutritionist and Registered Dietitian, certified in Nutrition Support for almost 20 years. Nutrition is a fascinating science that I will continue to study and teach! After developing a Minor in Nutrition and subsequently obtaining a Master's degree in Nutrition from Columbia University, I realized the study of nutrition can be a lifelong endeavor! I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and professional opinions with individuals who are interested in improving their health and wellbeing through nutrition.

The “HCG” diet…. the controversy continues.


I received several inquiries about the “HCG” diet and my first response is a question in itself.  “Do you know what HCG is?”  So far there has been no lay person that actually knew what HCG was or what the diet entailed.  I will make just a few brief remarks to start the conversation and you can add comments as we go.  First of all, HCG is “Human Chorionic Gonadotropin” hormone.  It is made either by a developing embryo, the woman’s placenta while pregnant (!) or by a tumor in the human body.  Think about whether or not that is something you want to take into your body!  Second of all, the original “HCG diet” is based on a 500 Calorie per day diet that is severely restricted and nutrient deficient.  Weight loss without appropriate nutrition support is a recipe for a detoxification disaster that can do much more harm than good.  So, let us know what you think of ingesting a hormone made by a tumor or  during pregnancy, while starving yourself on a nutrient deficient diet! OR consider a professional nutrition consultation here at Metabolism.com that will walk you through the steps necessary to achieve balance and healthy weight loss without any gonadotropin!

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More Egg Yolks Please!


I have another 2 cents to put in about egg yolks. For some reason they have been demonized and demoralized. People have been led to believe that if you eat egg yolks, or cholesterol for that matter, they will somehow cause a heart attack. NOT TRUE. For the majority of people, consuming cholesterol will actually cause a feedback loop to kick in and reduce your bodies own production for the day. Cholesterol is REALLY REALLY important for producing Vitamin D, cortisol, estrogen, testosterone and other hormones, as well as cell membranes and brain tissue! IF cholesterol gets oxidized (from too much pollution/toxins and too few antioxidants) then you may have a cholesterol problem. So cut down on toxins and increase antioxidants to address that problem!
BUT back to the yolk of the egg… that is where the MAJORITY of nutrients are found. The yolk contains omega 3 fatty acids (especially if the chicken is fed properly), vitamins, minerals, carotenoids and choline. Choline is essential for producing acetylcholine, the “memory” molecule. So, don’t forget to enjoy 1 or 2 eggs EVERY DAY to boost your intake of these essential nutrients. Eat whole, organic eggs high in omega 3 fatty acids to give your brain and your body a boost!

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Why is “Nutrition Your Best Health Insurance?”


It is curious that we think of Health Insurance as a system or service that keeps us healthy, yet we seldom use it unless we are sick!  We pay our premiums and believe that will keep us healthy.  The truth of the matter, it is up to us to achieve optimal health and maintain it for life!  Nutrition counseling can help people with debilitating diseases reduce their risk of symptoms and disease progression.  Even simple steps such as reducing meat and toxin consumption and increasing antioxidants for someone with heart disease can make a world of difference.  Basic counseling for diabetics that stresses whole foods, proper supplementation and meal balance and timing can greatly affect blood sugar control.  Someone with high blood pressure benefits significantly from increasing foods the contain potassium and magnesium and decreasing processed foods that contain excess sodium chloride.  Take a look at your “Health Insurance Policy”.  Does it help you to insure your health?  If not, consider a nutrition consultation!

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Beth Ellen DiLuglio, MS, RD, CNSD, CCN, LD/N

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Weight Loss Step by Step by Step.


Johnna and Hank came to me for a nutrition consultation.  They both wanted to lose weight and had tried several programs but none that they really felt comfortable sticking with.  They found most were too complex and time consuming and frankly just not palatable!  I introduced them to my Step by Step program, a simple guideline for incorporating healthy habits into daily living.  The first week Johnna lost six pounds and Hank lost eight!  They found a new way to incorporate some time for themselves into their busy schedule and even got the kids involved.   Contact us for more information about my Step by Step program and Five Steps to a Healthy Being.  Metabolism.com clients get a special discount!  Beth Ellen DiLuglio, MS, RD, CNSD, CCN, LD/N

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What to expect from a Nutrition Consultation


What exactly is a Nutrition Consultation? That is Question Number One from the public! Well, a nutrition consultation is something that takes into account someone’s medical and weight history; blood work/laboratory values; activity; habits; Calorie, protein, carbohydrate, fat and fluid needs; nutrition support needs and personal goals. A good nutrition assessment will take all of this into account in order to get a full picture of a client and what their specific needs and recommendations are.

A very common issue is that people think they are eating way too much at night and want to cut down on their intake a night. Most of the time, these folks aren’t eating enough during the day and find themselves so hungry at night that they make up for missed meals and more! In this case, I teach that food is the best appetite suppressant around! If you eat good, solid, healthy meals and snacks, you won’t feel so hungry later on in the night.

Of course, sometimes people experience “emotional eating” where they are counting on food to meet an emotional need that they have. At first it may feel like the need is fulfilled. Food is comforting, nurturing, it can seem like a “companion”. HOWEVER, food is fuel, not emotional support. When we mistake food for emotional support, we stop looking for the real, underlying emotional issues that need our attention. That is when food becomes a distraction, a past time, even an addiction. I urge clients to look at food as food and not an emotional crutch or distraction.
On the other end of the spectrum are the folks who need to gain weight and can’t seem to gain no matter what they do. A nutrition consultation will provide an assessment of exactly how many Calories they need to maintain and to gain weight. It will provide guidance for consuming healthy foods and not empty Calories, as well as recommendations for maintaining lean body mass.

Some folks need nutrition support, especially if they are on medications that deplete nutrients. My professional opinion is that the majority of people in this country do not even meet the RDA’s for many nutrients and I believe that the RDA’s need to be updated to reflect current knowledge and research in the science of nutrition.

A Nutrition Consultation will also help dispel the numerous misleading concept about nutrition that are out there floating around on the internet and in the media. I teach people some very basic concepts so that when they look at the latest headlines or listen to what other people have to say about nutrition, they will be armed with knowledge that will help them to judge what it truly best for themselves. So that is a Nutrition Consultation in a NUTshell.
And as always,
Consider having an individualized consultation!
http://www.metabolism.com/beth-ellen-diluglio/

Beth Ellen DiLuglio, MS, RD, CNSD, CCN, LD/N
In regards to this reply please read the our terms of service at:http://www.metabolism.com/legal_disclaimer/

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Gastric Bypass- A not-so-quick solution.


Hi,  just wanted to open up the discussion about gastric bypass from the perspective of a nutritionist.  Maintenance of a healthy weight, and HEALTHY LEAN BODY MASS is absolutely essential to our overall health and well being.  That goes for our biological, biochemical, social and psychological health.  Many people strive to achieve a healthy weight but is weight loss at any cost worth it?  There are cases where the weight loss becomes necessary to control blood pressure and blood glucose.  There are cases when gastric bypass may be a last option but it should be considered a last option after a 6 month trial of HEALTHY NUTRITION INTERVENTION and a reasonable activity schedule has been tried.  It can take at least 6 months to reprogram good habits into a person’s life when nutritionally poor habits have been dominant for most of their lives.

The main issues with gastric bypass revolve around the fact that one can easily return to eating unhealthy foods, just in small portions and the fact that normal digestion and assimilation is disrupted.  Without adequate hydrochloric acid (HCl) in the stomach proteins won’t get digested properly and can putrefy and cause discomfort and reflux.  Without adequate HCl bad bacteria like H.Pylori won’t be killed off, minerals won’t be extracted from food and the small intestine won’t receive the proper signal to produce digestive enzymes.  Also, following gastric bypass the carrier for vitamin B12 is not produced efficiently and absorption is compromised.  Sublingual methylcobalamin should then be taken on a regular basis along with a full spectrum multivitamin/mineral supplement.

SO, maybe this isn’t such a quick note but it is an important one!  A HEALTHY DIET and REGULAR EXERCISE can’t be beat!

And as always,

Consider having an individualized nutrition consultation!

http://www.metabolism.com/beth-ellen-diluglio/

Beth Ellen DiLuglio, MS, RD, CNSD, CCN, LD/N

In regards to this reply please read the our terms of service at:http://www.metabolism.com/legal_disclaimer/

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Update on our Nutrition Consultation winner


Hi again.

Just wanted to update folks on Sally Anne’s progress, with her permission.  Since our exchange began on March 16th, Sally has lost 7 pounds and has been told she even looks thinner.  Eating frequently with adequate protein is an important step to boosting metabolism and curbing night time cravings.  She has started resistance training and is consuming more protein so she is maintaining lean body mass and losing fat tissue.  She has started a workout routine from home,  is taking targeted nutrition support supplements and has been developing menus based  on a 1200 Calorie balanced diet.  She no longer consumes products with the artificial sweetener sucralose and uses the natural sweetener stevia instead.   Sally is an excellent student, she’s quite motivated and is looking forward to having more energy to kayak and enjoy the summer.

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Expert Advice for Those Who Want to Gain Weight.


Yes, as we can see from so many posts here at Metabolism.com, some folks just can’t slow their metabolism down and keep their weight up! It is true some people just have a “high metabolism”… they burn up Calories like they were a fiery furnace. My professor at Columbia University’s College of Physician and Surgeons Institute of Human Nutrition was such an individual. He was tall and thin and took part in a study where he consumed an extra 6,000 Calories per day for 2 weeks and didn’t gain a pound! This can actually be frustrating for some people and needs to be addressed as seriously as the desire for weight loss is. No one wants to just gain adipose tissue (fat) either. Most people want to gain HEALTHY WEIGHT by increasing their lean body mass/muscle. A person’s total Calorie, protein, carbohydrate, fat and fluid needs depend on their height, weight, activity, gender, age, and yes, their metabolism! Metabolic rate can actually be measured by an indirect calorimetry machine. Once we know what your basal or resting metabolic rate is, we would factor in activity and other variables. It is always important to work on a weight gain program with a nutrition professional. Nutrition plans and supplementation should be developed by a professional so that you are not led astray and given misinformation. We have had inquiries about supplements such as L-carnitine and CLA for example. Always learn the basics about a supplement and see if it is really appropriate for YOU to use. I will answer quickly about L-carnitine because it is a popular supplement. Think of a CAR… it can carry things… CARnitine is like a little car that carries fatty acids across the cell membrane and into the mitochondria where they can be burned for fuel. We are able to produce carnitine ourselves and it is found in most animal based foods. However, some people may not produce enough and functional levels can be determined by a Spectracell test (see SpectraCell.com Comprehensive Nutritional Panel). Now, that is just a little Nutrition 101 for CARnitine… there is more where that came from, and as always,

Consider having an individualized consultation!
http://www.metabolism.com/beth-ellen-diluglio/

Beth Ellen DiLuglio, MS, RD, CNSD, CCN, LD/N
In regards to this reply please read the our terms of service at:http://www.metabolism.com/legal_disclaimer/

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Water, Water Everywhere…Is Our Drinking Water Safe?


Nor any drop to drink.  Remember the dilemma of the Ancient Mariner?   Water everywhere but none safe to drink.  Have we found ourselves with the same dilemma?  Heavy metals, pharmaceuticals and even radioactive elements have been found in our drinking water.  What are we to do about something so essential to health?  Water is the blood of life.  Our bodies are 60-70% water and it is necessary for transport, temperature control and the basic functions of metabolism.  We can only go a number of days without it,  while we could literally go for weeks without food (not that I recommend that!).  Most folks need at least 1/2 ounce of water for each pound of body weight ( 30 mls per kilogram of body weight in metric).  Fluid needs may change with exercise, kidney function and other variables so the initial calculation is just a baseline.  But where should we get our fluids?  Purified water with lemon juice, lime juice or alkalizing minerals would be ideal.  But what about tap water?  What about it… or more importantly, what is in it!  I refer you to EWG.ORG for an assessment of the nation’s drinking water… find your city on the list!  I encouraged them to also assess the level of radiation in the water as well because we know it can factor into health risk.

What about bottled water?  Bottled water is water in a bottle, period.   You must look further to learn exactly how and if it has been purified.  Some bottled water simple states that it is from a “municipal source,”  basically tap water!  Although bottled water must meet certain standards, just as tap water must, they may not be removing all undesirable contaminants.  We collected drinking water samples at RPHP and found radioactivity was greatest in samples within 20 miles of a nuclear power plant.  The water 40 miles away had less radiation but after reverse osmosis, almost all the radiation was removed.  That is why I encourage people to be sure their water is purified/filtered by either reverse osmosis or distillation.  Because that does remove ALL minerals, along with the radioactive ones, I am sure to supplement appropriately with minerals and trace elements.  Again, everyone’s needs are different and someone with decreased kidney function would not supplement unless guided by a healthcare practitioner.  Bottomline… be sure to get enough clean alkalized water to support your health and metabolism!

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Dr. Oz may have the tools he needs right in his pocket!


We all hope that our healthcare providers will do their utmost to remain updated on the latest and most progressive treatments and data available.  I am hoping that Dr. Oz will use the tools that I literally slipped right into his pocket at St. Mary’s Hospital during a Children’s Pavilion dedication.  The DVD I gave him was the news coverage of the link between low level radiation and childhood cancer, including the brain cancer clusters in Port St. Lucie and Miami Florida.  Being in Palm Beach County is especially high risk because we are in between the two nuclear power plants and we have a relatively high level of rainfall.  The rain brings the radioactive elements down to ground level where they leach into drinking water and into crops.  The combination of radiation and agricultural chemicals has an even more insidious affect.  The cancer clusters in West Palm Beach are following the same pattern.
The evidence is overwhelming and I was hoping to educate Dr. Oz on the subject so that he could use his public voice and television personality to shed light on the issue.  I provided him with the website for Radiation.org and a direct phone number for follow up.  Perhaps we can give him the benefit of the doubt and hope that he has been studying the issue in depth and will use his public appeal to begin to really address the underlying causes of childhood cancer.

We all hope that our healthcare providers will do their utmost to remain updated on the latest and most progressive treatments and data available.  I am hoping that Dr. Oz will use the tools that I literally slipped right into his pocket at St. Mary’s Hospital during a Children’s Pavilion dedication.  The DVD I gave him was the news coverage of the link between low level radiation and childhood cancer, including the brain cancer clusters in Port St. Lucie and Miami Florida.  Being in Palm Beach County is especially high risk because we are in between the two nuclear power plants and we have a relatively high level of rainfall.  The rain brings the radioactive elements down to ground level where they leach into drinking water and into crops.  The combination of radiation and agricultural chemicals has an even more insidious affect.  The cancer clusters in West Palm Beach are following the same pattern.

The evidence is overwhelming and I was hoping to educate Dr. Oz on the subject so that he could use his public voice and television personality to shed light on the issue.  I provided him with the website for Radiation.org and a direct phone number for follow up.  Perhaps we can give him the benefit of the doubt and hope that he has been studying the issue in depth and will use his public appeal to begin to really address the underlying causes of childhood cancer.

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