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Dietitian Q/A

Because of the contents of some questions and the large number we receive, the MUSC Dietitians only answer selected questions. Although we discourage questions regarding personal health problems, scheduling an appointment with the outpatient dietitian to address these concerns is encouraged. Appointments can be made after a physician referral is received.

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What are potential causes for becoming sleepy immediately after eating no matter the meal or its size? More, importantly, how do is this avoided?

Excessive sleepiness after eating is actually quite common and can have several ...

Popularity: 84533

I would like a list of foods and amounts for a low potassium and low sodium diet.
The list of foods for a low sodium and low potassium diet can be quite extensive. If you are on ...

Popularity: 18919
diet for a healthy colon when you have to be on a low oxalate diet.

A healthly diet for your colon will contain foods high in fiber, such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Some ...

Popularity: 18806

Is pudding considered a liquid at room temperature?
In the most basic sense, pudding would be considered a solid at room temperature because it can hold it's shape ...

Popularity: 18306
How can I make an appointment with a dietitian?
To meet with an outpatient registered dietitian (RD) who can counsel you on how to improve your health, regardless of ...

Popularity: 18252
My doctor has prescribed a medicine which will require me to follow a low tyramine diet. I have done a little research and have a good idea of which foods to avoid, but I am left wondering if there's any tyramine in refridgerated almond milk.
Almond milk is likely to be safe. Almonds are not recommended on a low tyramine diet because they contain a ...

Popularity: 18047
Almond Milk - Soy Milk- Whole Milk- which is best for a 3 1/2 year old boy.
All three, almond, soy and cow's milk, can be a part of a healthy diet for a child. Each can provide ...

Popularity: 17956
How many eggs should you eat in a week?
When it comes to eggs, the key is moderation. At only 70 calories ...

Popularity: 17918
My mother choked on a grilled cheese sandwich and green beans on a Nursing Home here in Connecticut. She went into cardiac arrest and passed away the next day from this choking episode. I don't think grilled cheese and green beans are part of a mechanical soft diet, is it??? Thank You !
I am sorry for your recent loss. Mechanical soft diets are assigned to patients with swallowing and chewing ...

Popularity: 17779
Which is better, butter or margarine?
In general, margarine (specifically the tub-kind) is a better option than butter. ...

Popularity: 17778
Our Health Class was looking up information about different "energy drinks." One had VERY high amounts of vitamin B12 and B6-both over 3000% of your daily requirements. Can you explain what this would do to your body or why they put so much of these B vitamins in their drink? Thank you, Karen Beck, Health and Physical Education Teacher
Energy drinks are marketed to "boost energy". People who are deficient in vitamin B-12 and/or vitamin B-6 can often be ...

Popularity: 17645
My 25 year old daughter, who lives in Charleston, was diagnosed about 9 months ago with IBS-D. Her doctor in Chicago prescribed medicine for her IBS that she takes almost daily. Do you have a nutritionist at MUSC that works with IBS patients. There is lots of info on the internet but so much of the IBS nutrition info is contradicting. She would love to find a nutritionist there to help her better understand nutrition and how it relates to IBS. Thanks!

Here at MUSC we have an outpatient dietitian who can provide nutritional counseling on a wide variety of ...

Popularity: 17638

I add about 1/4 cup of walnuts, craisins and raisins to my oatmeal each morning. How many calories would this be?
It would depend on the mix of the walnuts, craisins and raisins. However, if we assume that the 1/4 cup contains ...

Popularity: 17637
My husband has been put on a mechanical soft diet. Would pizza be on this diet?
A mechanical soft diet consists of foods that are soft and easy to chew/swallow. Most pizzas crusts are dry and ...

Popularity: 17591
What would be on a menu for Renal diet meals?

A Renal Diet is a diet your doctor may put you on if your kidneys ...

Popularity: 17553

i have a big problem of digestion. it will not in a regular interval so please let me know what specific diet should take for the best digestion and the health goes fine. my age is just 30
Problems with digestion can be caused by a variety of medical conditions. It is most important to first have a ...

Popularity: 17530
I have read recently contradicting evidence to what has been published in the past about alcohol consumption. Previously a glass of red wine a day was good for you and now I have read any alcohol consumption is bad for you. What is the truth?

The reality is both are true. Very little we do is completely risk free. Research ...

Popularity: 17496

i have a duodenum ulcer. would like a good diet

Unfortunately, no diet that will help ulcers heal faster; just ones to make you more comfortable while the ulcer heals. Generally, ...

Popularity: 17435

I was wondering what is the best way to loose your unwanted belly fat? What can you eat to shrink your stomach?

The best way to lose belly fat is to reduce your total calorie intake and ...

Popularity: 17415

What type of foods can you eat that will help lower triglycerides?
Foods that are high in monounsaturated fats can help you lower your triglycerides. These foods are olive oil, canola oil, ...

Popularity: 17404
My husband was recently diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing the typical treatments, surgery & chemo. I've been reading alot about the link between cancer & diet and some things that I'm reluctant to believe (coffee enamas, colon cleanses, etc). So I'd like to consult with a nutritionist on how to best feed my husband for recovery and myself for cancer avoidance. Are those specialities within your nutrition counseling services? If not, would you recommend someone to us? If so, how do I make an appointment?

We have an oncology dietitian at Hollings Cancer Center and he would be happy to assist you with nutritional guidance. ...

Popularity: 17385

I had heard that coffee is good for you-how much caffeine is too much?
You have heard correctly; caffeine in modest amounts can actually be good for you. The important part of that statement ...

Popularity: 17343
I often feel tired at certain times in the morning at after lunch. Whats a natural way to boost energy?

Tiredness throughout the day can be caused by a variety of reasons. Not getting enough ...

Popularity: 17249

What types of foods boost metabolism?

No one particular food will boost your metabolism, but how you eat can. The following tips can get your metabolism ...

Popularity: 16998

I would like a list of high potassium foods.

The main high potassium foods are: tomatoes, bananas, melons (except watermelon), mangoes, papaya, prunes/prune juice, pomegranate, nectarines, kiwi, orange juice, dried fruit, ...

Popularity: 16471

My 80 year mother eats brownies for breakfast because she heard that chocolate was good for you. What can I tell her to help her with her diet habits?

I applaud your mother’s efforts to try to incorporate foods that are shown to be healthy. She is correct that ...

Popularity: 16414

If I eat carbs or more than 1400 calories (even when I am working out), I gain weight. I have been taking my body fat percentage and the weight gain is fat not muscle. I don't understand what's going on. My mom has hypothyroidism. Is this something that I could possibly have? Could this be a gluten intolerance? I just want to figure out why I can't eat like normal people!

It is possible to have an underlying medical condition, such as hypothyroidism, that can make it difficult to lose weight ...

Popularity: 16222

Upon discharge I was provided with "The Tyramine restricted meal plan" Under Vegetables one of the "Foods to Avoid" was soybeans. Is that meant to include all soy bean byproducts(soy milk, soybean oil, soy sauce etc.?

Yes, as all soy products contain tyramine.

Soy is a ...

Popularity: 15941

My question is - Is a patient who has been placed on a mchanical soft diet in a nursing home who is to be supervised when eating allowed to have a sliced pork sandwich and must someone be with her when she is eating in her room and not in a dining areaThan ks so much Pat
Thank you for your inquiry. I think the best person to answer this question is the Speech Therapist or Administrator ...

Popularity: 15930
what is a good recipe for a salt free diet?
Most people do not need a true "salt free" diet. The human body needs at least 500mg of sodium daily ...

Popularity: 15889
I have several severe food allergies/intolerances and find it difficult to gain weight, what kind of specialist should I see?

It may be beneficial for you to have your GI specialist refer you to a Registered Dietitian who can help ...

Popularity: 15808

At 5' 2" and 120 lb. why do I require the same amount of minerals and vitamins as others who are twice my size ?
It would seem like someone one twice your size would need more than you, but it would be difficult to ...

Popularity: 15533
My husband has been a patient at MUSC and the VA hospital in Charleston this past year. He had rectal cancer and had a colostomy done at the VA hospital. Recently his colostomy was revised and an ileostomy was done in place of the original colostomy (because of some prolapse problems he had w/ the colostomy after chemo/radiation treatments). Since having the ileostomy, I've noticed my husband has a LOT more gas production, which is causing loosening and premature bag failures for us. I do not feed him any known gas producers (like beans, cabbage, cauliflower, or broccolit). I've tried "Beano" before meals, which hasn't helped much. Recently I've tried Gas X, but haven't been on that long enough to evaluate progress. Are there any other dietary suggestions of things to avoid in his diet that might be helpful to us??? We can't even get an 8 hour period for sleep at night w/o having to get up and "deflate" his bag. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Excessive gas is a common complaint with any type of ostomy. Typically, in the first few weeks after surgery it ...

Popularity: 15188

My dad has been hospitalized for the past month in Columbia, SC and has been unable to eat. Before being admitted to the hospital he complain about drinking a cup of coffee that was given to him that had a nasty taste to it that has left a "wild" taste in his mouth which is preventing him from eating. What could be the cause of this?

Taste changes can have a variety of causes. The vast majority are not diet related, but instead are caused by ...

Popularity: 13352

I have been hospitalized several times over the last year with pancreatitis. I have been told be on a low fat diet - no fried foods. Is this all that a low fat diet consist of? Any guidance is appreciated.

A low fat diet is more than just avoiding fried foods. Your whole diet should be low fat. Exactly how ...

Popularity: 8611

I had a colectomy 3 years ago. Am having trouble with my diet and difficulty absorbing. I would like to find a dietician who specializes in this area. Thank you.

Here at MUSC we have an outpatient dietitian who can provide nutritional counseling on a wide variety of ...

Popularity: 7579

Can eating too many fruits hinder you from loosing weight? I eating losts of fruits(strawberries, bananas,pineapples etc) at least three times a day. Are raw vegatables required in a healty diet. I can not loose weight? I need good health guideline-How many veggies,fruits,meats, bread etc.
Too much of anything can hinder weight loss if you are exceeding your calorie needs for the day. In order ...

Popularity: 7424
I can't gain weight after having a baby. I am 5'10" and down to 119lbs. I am lactose intolerant. Any suggestions? Thank you!
In order to gain weight, you will need to increase your calorie intake by 250 to 500 calories a day. ...

Popularity: 7354
Hello, My name is XXXX and I am currently a sophomore at XXX. I began severely restricting my diet around November of last year (I started the school year at 120lbs, was 130lbs when I began restricting and got to 115lbs..I am 5'7"). This carried on until May and there were timea when I would even b/p. This lasted 6 months or so and then I decided to end it, and deal with recovery weight. I do not know my current weight because I have stayed away from the scale (a guess would be 140), however I am now at a good point where I can began to try and lose that extra weight the right way. My question is: is this possible, or have I ruined my metabolism? If it is possible, what is the best way to lose this weight? Thankyou!
You can still lose weight! There are some basic things you can do to get started losing weight in a ...

Popularity: 5571
My 7 year old son has been diagnosed with reflux esophagitis. We know his acid levels are at 4.7%, even while taking Protonix, carafate & Pepcid. Rather than taking the surgery route (Nissen Fundaplication), we'd like to know what benefit a nutritionist/dietician might be. Any & all information is greatly appreciated.
Reflux esophagitis is a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD is a condition in which the stomach contents (food or ...

Popularity: 5291
I am HER2-,ER+PR+ on Tamoxifin. I was taking flaxseed and found out I should not be. Is there another along these lines I can sprinkle? i.e., wheatgerm?

According to the American Institute of Cancer Research there are a few animal studies show that flaxseed does not ...

Popularity: 4178

I have been taking proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) for reflux, such as Nexium, Omeprazole, etc. for years. I'm worried about reports concerning the long term health issues with these PPIs. I've gone "cold turkey" a couple times, but it didn't work--I got bad "rebound" reflux, and a sharp pain in my right side, which resolved when I went back on PPIs. Any recommendations for weaning myself off PPIs, whether dietary or otherwise, are greatly appreciated. thanks, ben

You are correct that long term use of proton pump inhibitors (PPI’s) can have some long term side effects that ...

Popularity: 4117

Is there a recommended diet that a person should use after a kidney removal?
I am going to assume that you have only had one kidney removed and not both. If you had both ...

Popularity: 4079
I have been working out hard for over a year, yet am not achieving the results I want. I know nutrition is key, and unfortunately eat unhealthy. What "Healthy" cookbooks would you recommend?
It's hard to recommend just a few "healthy" cookbooks as there are so many wonderful options out there today! As ...

Popularity: 4007
Would like to talk to a dietician about possible food interactions with Hashimoto's thyroiditis
To meet with an outpatient registered dietitian (RD) who can counsel you on Hashimoto's thyroiditis and possible food interanctions, please ...

Popularity: 3772
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