Meet Pendulum Nutrition Communications Liaison Natalie Carabeo, MS RD LDN

Natalie achieved her undergraduate degree in Dietetics and Nutrition from Florida International University. She is a hospital-trained Registered Dietitian, previously dedicating most of her days to educating patients and interns on nutrition therapy for chronic disease management. Although her passion is nutrition, Natalie also completed her Master's in Marketing from Florida International University to better serve the community via tailored communication. With over four years of experience in digital marketing...

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Bittersweet: The Impact of Sugar Substitutes and Sugar Alcohols on our Gut Microbiomes

We’ve all been there: trying to cut back on calories or sugar content with the foods we eat. But it’s tough to resist the delicious sweet taste, especially for those of us who have sweet cravings! Sugar substitutes can be a popular addition to foods that have had their sugar removed, but the food companies want to still provide that sweet taste. I’m seeing sugar alcohols and substitutes popping up...

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Seasonal Segment: Put a SPRING in your step and microbiome with seasonal food.

Put a SPRING in your step by nurturing your microbiome with current seasonal foods. Happy (almost) spring! The first day of spring is on Saturday, March 20th. The transition into warmer weather brings a variety of delicious, in-season produce. Choose in-season fruits and vegetables to make for a more delicious, juicy, and flavorful experience! Another trick to tell which produce is in season is that it is typically on sale...

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Meal Prepping 101

By Tara Karr MS, RD, LDN, CDCES   Simply put—meal prepping making or preparing food in advance of when you plan to eat it. In other words, setting yourself up for nutritional success during the week! Let’s face it—even with the best of intentions, sometimes we put healthy eating on the back burner when short on time. We’ve all been there before. All of the sudden, it’s 6PM and you...

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Meet Pendulum Dietitian Jennifer McManus, RD LDN

  March is National Nutrition Month, and we wanted to introduce you to Jennifer McManus RD LDN, a registered dietitian at Pendulum. She provides support and nutrition education to our customers. Jen obtained her undergraduate degree in dietetics from Florida State University. Upon graduation, she went on to complete her dietetic internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She started her career in the clinical setting covering numerous disease states including...

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The Science of Healthy Aging

Overview As we get older, the dream of sustaining good health for as long as possible is increasingly top of mind. Aging is a continual process, and right now, different scientific fields are working together to not only find a novel approach to increase lifespan but also to maximize the time we as humans spend disease-free. Reducing the length of time spent sick is associated with the new term: ‘Compression...

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What is the Link Between Gut Bacteria and Type 2 Diabetes?

  Overview The gut microbiome is a living ecosystem that exists deep within our gut and is intimately linked to our health. Like any ecosystem, the gut microbiome is vulnerable to change and these changes can either help or hurt us.  Decades of research have shown us that changes in our microbiome that increase the presence of specific types of bacteria may help protect us from conditions like Type 2...

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2021 Super Food Trends

New year, new food trends! Every year, there are new super foods that people flock to, and you can find them just about everywhere in the grocery stores! Remember a few years ago when Kale was king? You could (and still can) find kale pizza crusts, noodles, and other foods with kale added to it.The term “super food” doesn’t technically mean anything, and is largely a marketing term. Super foods...

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What you need to know about oats

Discover which oats are considered the best to regulate hyperglycemia. This guest post is written by Moe Brandi who holds an MSc in Food Innovation and Health and specializes in bioactive components in foods that improve human health. Her work centers around natural ingredients and a strong belief that food can be healthy, delicious, and gratifying at the same time. Oats come in many forms and variations, all with slightly...

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Everything You Need to Know About Lectins

  This guest post is written by Moe Brandi, who holds an MSc in Food Innovation and Health and specializes in bioactive components in foods that improve human health.  Her work centers around natural ingredients and a strong belief that food can be healthy, delicious, and gratifying at the same time.   “If you are familiar with the former heart surgeon, Dr. Steven Gundry, you have probably heard about the...

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