Nutrition tips and resources brought to you by Certified Nutrition Educator Abby Bliss White.

Focus on Eggs

by Teri Sprouse September 25, 2016

Unfortunately, over the years, eggs have been a much maligned food.  Due to their yolk’s high cholesterol level, doctors and other health professionals have advocated limiting their consumption, particularly for people with high cholesterol.  These recommendations are unfortunate because eggs offer many health benefits and their impact on cholesterol is not clear cut.  Eggs are […]

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Sit Less, Stand More

by Teri Sprouse September 18, 2016

Recently,  I attended a Continuing Education Class on reducing chronic inflammation in the body through nutrition.  The speaker was Dr. Michael Lara, a doctor who specializes in the treatment of mood, anxiety and memory disorders through an integrative approach to health. Dr. Lara combines traditional psychiatric approaches with innovative, evidence-based strategies that include nutrition and exercise […]

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Pumpkin Eater

by Teri Sprouse September 10, 2016

While today is incredibly hot here in Portland, I am so excited to move into Fall.  One of the reasons I love Fall is the abundance of pumpkin on the menu.  I love pumpkin just about any way possible.  Because it is so yummy and offers so many health benefits, I included it in two […]

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4 Reasons to Reset with The Refinery This Fall

by Teri Sprouse September 4, 2016

Fall is definitely in the air here in Oregon.  This week brought the first rains we have seen in a long time and, for many of us,  a return to the routines of school.  The summers in Portland are always an amazing time to relax and take in all the Northwest has to offer-outdoors, concerts, […]

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Ditch the Sugar in Your Diet

by Teri Sprouse August 28, 2016

With all the recent research being released about the detrimental effects of sugar on the body, many people are looking to reduce their sugar consumption.  Excessive sugar consumption has been shown to lead to insulin resistance, increased stomach fat, increased inflammation in the body and a suppressed immune system.  Unfortunately, for people eating a Standard American Diet […]

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Five Steps To a More Sustainable Life

by Teri Sprouse August 19, 2016

Eat Seasonally:  Eating food that is currently in season for your part of the world helps to reduce pollution.  When you live in the Pacific Northwest and buy a nectarine in the middle of January, you can be sure it was not grown locally.  Food that travels a long way  requires more energy and has […]

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Good Foods for Workout Recovery

by Teri Sprouse August 14, 2016

Most of us here at the Refinery love getting our sweat on on a regular basis.  Nothing feels better than leaving The Warrior on Saturday morning after burning out my legs with Mari’s endless squats.  People often ask me what are the best foods for recovery after an intense workout.  Most of us are hoping […]

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The Goodness of Tomatoes

by Teri Sprouse August 7, 2016

As we move towards the end of summer, I am loving the bounty of the summer fruits and vegetables.  No fruit says summer more to me than tomatoes.  I love that you can have a single bush on your back porch and be overwhelmed with yummy goodness.  As well as being tasty, tomatoes also offer […]

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Sweat Like a Pig

by Teri Sprouse July 25, 2016

When I was a girl growing up in the South, sweating was not considered lady like.  An old saying I would hear is “Girls don’t sweat, they glow”.  Sweating was avoided at all costs.   Now for anyone who has spent even a speck of time in the South in the Summer, you know how […]

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Focus on Avocados

by Teri Sprouse July 17, 2016

Recently, I have noticed an increased interest in avocados.  It seems they are the new super food.  In the past, back in the low fat crazed days, avocados were avoided due to their high fat content but now that people are realizing how necessary fat is for our bodies, avocados are enjoying a popularity surge. […]

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