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By   /  June 19, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Jennifer: I’m really focusing on meal prep, and I know I need to let go of sauces but it’s so hard. Which is worse…. ketchup or barbeque sauce? Megan: Ketchup may be the lesser of two evils. The key is the sugar content ketchup and BBQ sauces have in them. In one serving, ketchup has […]

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By   /  June 12, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Kirk: I like bell peppers a lot and it’s one of the few vegetables I will eat. What are the health benefits of eating bell peppers? Megan: There are many reasons bell peppers are good for us including all the vitamins and minerals they contain, antioxidants, helping with iron absorption, and helping with your eyes […]

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By   /  May 29, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Cindy: Is it true how ripe a banana affects your blood sugar level?? Megan: Bananas that are more ripe actually do cause blood sugar to rise faster versus a more yellow/green banana. The more ripe the banana, the more sugar and less resistant starch it has, so this means it is higher on the glycemic […]

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By   /  May 22, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Nick: I’ve been following a meal plan and on the list of foods it says rolled oats. What is the difference between rolled oats and oatmeal??  Megan: They are the same type of oat so they are the same thing. Some brands just label them differently. They’re interchangeable, so you can shop for either at […]

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By   /  May 8, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Jerri: I’m thinking of growing some herbs on my porch, but I want to try one to start. What is the most versatile herb I should try to grow?  Megan: Opinions vary, but I would say mint. Of course it is great for cooking and to put in beverages, but it also can be used […]

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By   /  April 30, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Marissa: I’m trying to eat healthy and I always hear that rice cakes can be a good snack when trying to lose weight. They seem so boring to me and why are they even considered a good snack?? Megan: Rice cakes may seem plain, and that’s because they’re low in calories and low in fat. […]

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By   /  April 24, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Maria: My carpal tunnel flares up and I have to keep working and meet deadlines despite the discomfort. How can I help alleviate carpal tunnel pain when it arises?  Megan: If you are going to continue the repetitive movement ongoing for work, when carpal tunnel pain strikes, there are a few self care things you […]

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By   /  April 17, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Dawn: The office I work in was determined to have asbestos. How can asbestos affect you? Megan: There won’t be any immediate impact on your health from asbestos but symptoms can arise years later. Long periods of exposure can cause scarring to the lungs. This can lead to developing lung cancer and other types of […]

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By   /  April 10, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Annie: I do love eating salad but I’m well aware I turn it unhealthy because I use so much dressing. What is the worst type of dressing to have? Megan: I would say Caesar dressing could be considered the worst because it is made of cheese, mayonnaise, oil, and salt. These ingredients add up to high amounts […]

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By   /  April 2, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Shirley: I’m getting back into exercising. How many days should I do cardio and how many days should I do weights?  Megan: My best recommendation would be based upon if I knew what your goal was. However, in general, you can do cardio 3 to 4 days per week and strength training 2 to 3 […]

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By   /  March 27, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Kimmie: I went to the dermatologist for a red spot on my face. She said it was a broken blood vessel and if I wanted I could make it go away with laser treatment. What causes broken blood vessels in the face? Megan: There are a few possibilities that can cause broken blood vessels on […]

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By   /  March 20, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Maria: Certian foods like lentils and tofu have antinutrients but I eat them anyways since I’m vegan and need protien. Why are antinutrients bad? Megan: If you base your diet solely on plant-based and grain resources, antinutrients could be a concern because they impede upon the body’s ability to absorb essential nutrients. For example certain […]

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By   /  March 13, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Kim: I love getting my nails done but I feel like my real nails are suffering from it? Is getting your nails done bad for your real nails?  Megan: Sometimes regular touchups to your fake nails depending on the type and polish you use, can leave your real nail thin, brittle, and weak. Fake nails […]

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By   /  February 20, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Amber: When I had a cut growing up I always put a cute bandaid on it from my mom. Now, I’ve heard it’s better to let the cut breathe and not put a bandaid on it. Which is true?  Megan: As soon as a cut stops bleeding, for the first 24-48 hours or until a […]

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By   /  February 14, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Derek: My friends always go to Costco and swear by buying groceries in bulk especially since I’m trying to meal prep. They claim I will save a ton of money if I buy in bulk. Is that true?  Megan: When looking at the price comparison of certain items, sometimes buying them in bulk is the […]

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By   /  February 7, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Jessica: I’ve had excruciating stomach cramps when I do ab exercises to the point I don’t want to do abs when I workout. What causes these? Megan: It sounds like you have muscle spasms when you strain your core doing abdominal exercises. However, it could be gas or even dehydration. If you have any gastrointestinal […]

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By   /  January 31, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Anne: My friend sometimes says don’t let me forget my EpiPen when we go on weekend get-aways. Why is she always worried about bringing it?  Megan: An EpiPen contains the drug epinephrine. She may be allergic to certain things that could lead to anaphylaxis. For example, certain insect stings or foods could cause your friend’s […]

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By   /  January 24, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Taryn: My son and I have a debate about what being an athlete means. I think people can be athletic and he thinks it just means you’re a sports player. What do you define as being an athlete?  Megan: Anyone can participate in physical activity, but that to me ,doesn’t mean you are an athlete. […]

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By   /  January 10, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Logan: I have a hard time with eating too much and controlling how much I eat. I’m concerned so I want to know the difference between binge eating and overeating? Megan: There certainly is a difference. Overeating is eating to the point of feeling too full and you have some level of awareness that you […]

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By   /  January 3, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Nadia: I travel a lot so my workouts often end up being just bodyweight in my hotel room. Are bodyweight exercises as effective as using weights?  Megan: You are probably doing a wide variety of calisthenics such as pushups, sit ups, and others like jumping jacks. We are recommended to do strength training at least 2 to 3 […]

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