Pyramid Nutrition Services Blog

June 27, 2019

Trans fat is a type of unsaturated fat that occurs naturally in meat and milk fat. However, unlike poly- and monounsaturated fats, where people are recommended to consume the majority of their fat from, trans fats have been shown to be detrimental to health. Consuming trans fats can increase levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, also known as “bad” cholesterol and lower high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, known as “good” cholesterol. Trans fats have also been shown to promote inflammation that can lead to heart disease, stroke, and other chronic conditions.


In one of my recent presentations I was discussing low salt or salt restricted diets and the need for such with certain health conditions. I was asked if salt is restricted what about iodine and are there other sources? Excellent question!

Iodine is a critical micronutrient in the human diet—that is, something our bodies can't synthesize that we have to rely on food to obtain.

Iodine is a trace element that is naturally present in some foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement. Iodine is an essential component of the thyroid hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothy...

April 12, 2019

Spring cleaning? How about the refrigerator and pantry? Here are some tips for food storage and safety. Feel free to post them on the fridge for easy referencing.


Remember to check the refrigerator and freezer and clean the shelving and drawers where bacteria can hide. Bacteria that cause foodborne illness aren't always visible so be sure all surfaces including small crevices are cleaned well.

  • Check that the refrigerator temperature is set to below 40°F.

  • Keep the refrigerator clean at all times; this is a good time to look for unnoticed spills and remove lingeri...

February 5, 2019

Fiber is an essential nutrient. Fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains all contain dietary fiber, a type of carbohydrate that provides minimal energy for the body. Although the body can't use fiber efficiently for fuel, it's an important part of a healthy eating plan and contributes to health and wellness in a number of ways:

>Heart disease: Fiber may help prevent heart disease by helping reduce cholesterol.
>Weight management: Fiber slows the speed at which food passes from the stomach to the rest of the digestive system – this can make us feel full longer. Foods that are hig...

December 30, 2018

I don’t know about you but as I clean up from the holiday festivities I am thinking about New Years and the need to make a resolution for 2019! Many of us may be thinking diet or improved health is a focus. During the holidays we tend to indulge and get off track with taking care of ourselves. If this is you or someone you know, I challenge you for 2019:  not to diet!

Dieting consists of restrictions, keeping yourself from eating foods you enjoy or maybe following some fad diet and eating foods you don’t enjoy. Weight loss is a billion dollar industry! We can’t pass up that gr...

November 26, 2018

Thanksgiving is behind us and many are preparing for Christmas so I have to share this funny tidbit. Some of you may have seen something similar on Facebook....

This Christmas there are 3 rules:

1. Don’t go into debt showing people how much you love them.

2. Don’t go visit your family if it compromises your mental health.

3. If someone says something negative about your them!

That being said many of us gain weight over the holidays between Halloween and New Years. Did you know it takes 500 calories above and beyond your daily needs for at least 7 days to gain one pound?


March is National Nutrition Month, and this year's theme is to "Go Further with Food."  One way to go further with your food is to reduce the amount of leftover and spoiled food you throw out.

About 31 percent of all edible food is wasted in the U.S., and American households throw 19% of vegetables and 14% of fruits they buy (1).  ​​The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is committed to cutting food loss and waste in the United States in half by 2030 (2).

Most of us have good intentions on our weekly shopping trip, buying a bounty of groceries with a grand plan for home-cooked healt...

March 4, 2018

These energy bites were a big hit at the WAMDA 5K Run/Walk this weekend.  They make a good snack, pre-workout boost, or even an on-the-go breakfast.  The recipe is quick to put together and definitely will be a hit with everyone in the family!


1/2 cup natural drippy peanut butter

1/4 cup honey

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1/2 cup rolled oats

1 tablespoon chia seeds


In a large bowl, mix together peanut butter, honey, and vanilla extract.  Add in coconut, oats, and chia seeds.  Mix until well combined. 

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This Halloween, treat yourself to some tips to keep your skeleton healthy. 

According to the National Institutes of Health, bone mass density peaks at the age of 30.  Your risk for developing osteoporosis, or weak bones, depends on how much bone mass you acquired by age 30, and how quickly you lose it after. Maintaining bone health and slowing bone loss is influenced by a number of factors including hormones, diet, and exercise.  A well-balanced diet containing sufficient calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D is essential for supporting a healthy skeleton.



October 3, 2017

Starting in October 2017, we will be offering appointments at a second location in downtown Northampton, Ma on Mondays.  We will continue to see clients at our Springfield office as well.  

For more information or to schedule an appointment, email or call (413) 330-8167.  

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