Today I’m so happy to share with you answers to a few questions that I’ve had about nutrition, and I know some members of the Stellar Fit Fam Facebook group have had as well. And to answers these questions, I turned to a former classmate of mine from Northwestern University, Amy Gorin, MS, RDN.
Amy is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), media personality, speaker, writer and editor in the New York City area. She’s been interviewed by many media outlets, including CBS Up to the Minute, CBS Power Up Your Health, and SheKnows.com. In addition to speaking on panels and presenting to private companies, Amy serves as a consultant to food- and nutrition-focused companies — helping to create effective media messaging, conducting interviews and developing recipes.
Make sure you check out Amy’s nutrition-focused blog, “The Eat List,” for WeightWatchers.com. She is the former senior editor of Health, Weight Watchers Magazine, and WeightWatchers.com. Amy enjoys creating recipes, several of which have appeared in Runner’s World cookbooks.
Amy completed her Dietetic Internship at Utah State University and her Didactic Program in Dietetics at New York University. She holds a bachelor of science in journalism and a bachelor of arts in visual art studies from the University of Florida, as well as a master of science in journalism from Northwestern University.
Let’s get to the questions and answers!
1. Do veggies/fruit lose any nutritional value when cut up and stored, either in the fridge or freezer?
Amy: Yes, unfortunately. Cutting produce may lead to a decrease in certain water-soluble vitamins, such as vitamin C. Keeping the fruits and vegetables in open air increases this loss, so wrap tightly in saran wrap after you cut. And nutrient loss tends to increase over time for refrigerated produce, so try to purchase produce that you’ll eat quickly.
2. Is drinking something like unsweetened tea just as good as drinking water, as long as there are no sweeteners?
Amy: Yes, and it can actually be better for you! Many people in Japan drink upward of five cups of green tea a day, and in studies, drinking large amounts of green tea daily has been shown to help weight loss, improve mood and fight disease. Other good-for-you teas include black and white, which like green tea also contain a large amount of antioxidants. Of course, add-ins like milk, honey and sugar also add calories — so it’s best to add just a squeeze of lemon juice, which may help you better absorb the antioxidants in the tea.
3. Is it best to stop eating a certain time before going to bed, or is that a myth?
Amy: A new review study that came out this year shows that eating a smaller dinner and a larger breakfast and lunch may be beneficial for weight loss. You need less calories in the evening (unless you’re a night-shift worker or exercise after dinner) than you do in the morning and afternoon, when you’re typically up and about and using those calories for energy. If your routine is to eat dinner and then lounge around until bedtime, you don’t need a lot of evening calories because you’re not burning as much of the energy that you’re taking in. If you snack right before bedtime, you’re providing your body with extra energy (and calories) that you likely don’t need.
A big thanks to Amy for helping answer these questions. Make sure you check out her Facebook page where she shares a lot of great tips for eating healthfully and weight loss. And don’t forget to read her blog, too!
Do you have any other nutrition or fitness questions? Ask away, and I’ll search out the answers for you!