All posts by Marc Halpern

How to Know If Eating Beans Is Right for You

How to Know If Eating Beans Is Right for You

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Beans, beans, the musical fruit. You may have heard the rest of the song. While gluten has been attacked in the news over the last few years, beans have been criticized under the radar. Some diets claim beans are unhealthy due to blocking the absorption of other nutrients, having too many carbohydrates, or not being a natural part of the human diet.…

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How to Know if Counting Calories (or Macros) Is a Good Idea for You

How to Know if Counting Calories (or Macros) Is a Good Idea for You

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Have you ever counted calories before? Beyond counting calories, many people also count their “macros” (grams of protein, fat, and carbohydrate). If you’ve been on the Internet for more than ten minutes, you’ve probably come across somebody talking about their calories or macros.

When I was studying to be a dietitian, I counted lots of things. In some instances, such as when a person has a medical condition, this counting is important.…

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How to Win at the Healthy Eating Game (by Using an Instant Pot)

How to Win at the Healthy Eating Game (by Using an Instant Pot)

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I’ll be the first to admit I’m skeptical of most new things in the nutrition and fitness fields. Tried and true is usually the best course of action. Occasionally, though, something comes on the market that sparks my interest.

You may have seen the Instant Pot being sold in stores and online this past holiday season. I tend to not go to stores, I don’t pay attention to online ads, and generally I am the last to know about anything new.…

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The 2 Most Powerful Tools for Nutrition Success

The 2 Most Powerful Tools for Nutrition Success

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I’ve been in health and fitness for over seventeen years. For most people, success in exercise comes easier then nutrition success. Nutrition concepts can seem simple enough: just eat lots of vegetables, adequate protein, healthy fats, and the list can go on. Execution, however, is another story.

Getting to the gym or exercising at home is something you either do, or don’t do.…

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How to Create a Foolproof Meal Plan for Healthy Eating

How to Create a Foolproof Meal Plan for Healthy Eating

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Whenever I tell people I am a registered dietitian who works with private clients, people assume I hand out meal plans and tell people to follow them. While this approach does work for short periods, it’s not ideal long term.

The real answer is to make your own meal plan.

This might sound intimidating but creating your own meal plan can actually save you time and effort.…

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How to Eat All the Chocolate You Can and Still Be Healthy

How to Eat All the Chocolate You Can and Still Be Healthy

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I’m sure if I asked most people what their top favorite treats are, their list wouldn’t read, “Boiled lettuce wraps, plain tofu, and egg whites.” More likely it would look something like, “Chocolate, chips, candy, pizza, and many other comfort foods.”

As a Registered Dietitian, when I meet with a new client, I ask them what their favorite foods are, regardless of what they think is healthy.…

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What Elite Athletes Eat (and Do) You Should Too (or Not)

What Elite Athletes Eat (and Do) That You Should Too (or Not)

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Is there a difference between performance nutrition and nutrition for general health? We often hear on TV or the Internet about athletes doing an intensive nutrition program and using sports science to their advantage. Is this what we should all be doing? Why would athletes do something for a competitive advantage and not us?

Well, first off, much of what you’re seeing is marketing.…

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6 Simple Ways to Eat More Veggies and Actually Like It

6 Simple Ways to Eat More Veggies and Actually Like It

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I make a living telling people to eat more veggies. This is according to my wife. I do a few more things, but I understand her point. Whenever I am on the phone with a client, we are almost always discussing how to get more fruit and vegetables into his or her life.

There are a number of reasons to eat vegetables, none of them being to torture you.…

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The Truth About Gaining Muscle (and How to Do It)

The Truth About Gaining Muscle (and How to Do It)

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I recently went to a brand-new supermarket that opened by us. I had on a pullover branded with my business name, “MH Performance and Nutrition.” We had guests staying with us, so I was buying a few items for a cookout. While my shirt boasted that I was a nutrition guy, I carried a basket of bacon, beer, chips, eggs, and a few different guacamole dips.…

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Know What You Want and Forgive Yourself Along the Way

Know What You Want and Forgive Yourself Along the Way

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I recently attended a popular fitness conference that I go to every year. The presentations and workshops are always great, but often the best learning experiences come from casual conversations.

When we’re at this conference, my wife and I love waking up early and enjoying the hotel hot tub. One morning, we started talking to a gentleman who made a career switch later in life to become a personal trainer.…

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