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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!

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!

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

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!

Beth Ellen DiLuglio

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

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

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

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