Post by Mavis

Eating Big in NYC

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Do you find yourself over eating and not being able to stop? Some people are constantly telling themselves to stop eating but end up eating more. Restaurants are serving larger portions than they have in the past. People are more likely to eat more if they are served larger portions.

Why are people now eating more than they did in the past?

Food has become more accessible and people are constantly snacking. New York City Nutritionist, Lisa Cohn, reminded me that increased portion sizes and constant snacking causes increased calorie intake and weight gain. With a large variety of snacks to choose from it is hard for people to break the habit since it is part of their environment. When we see food we are more likely to eat it.

For me, there was a period of time where I did not know what it felt like to have an empty stomach. I would go from store to store just to eat and even when I was not hungry I would buy it just because it looked very appetizing. Also the foods that I chose to eat were mainly cupcakes, chocolate, cookies and pastries. I tried to change my over eating habits by taking my time to eat.

When I told New York Nutritionist, Lisa Cohn, about my overeating habits she told me that the brain takes about 20 minutes to realize that the stomach is full. Taking my time to eat is probably the best way for me to learn how to stop overeating. Instead of ordering a whole entrée and eating it all by myself I usually ask my friends to share a dish with me.

Since restaurants are serving larger portions there is enough food to keep the both of us satisfied. I also learned to snack on healthier snacks in between meals so that I am not famished by the next meal. Some of my favorite snacks are almonds, granny smith apple and hummus with carrot sticks.

Does any one have tips on how to not over eat during the day? Also do you have any healthy snack ideas that you can share?

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Fruit from Chinatown in New York City

Post by Mavis

With New York City being America’s melting pot you can spend one day in city and experience many different food cultures.

I invited Shelby and Naomi to take a glimpse of the neighborhood that I grew up in, Chinatown.

New York’s Chinatown is the largest Chinese community in the western hemisphere.

The vibrant streets of Chinatown are full of stores that sell anything from clothing to fresh fish and exotic fruits from the local supermarkets.

Chinatown is also a great place to try out different fruits from Asia. Have you ever had dragon fruit, durian, lychee, longan or rambutan? These fruits are not native to the American culture and many people have not even seen these fruits before until taking a walk down to Chinatown located in lower Manhattan.

These fruits are great for satisfying my sugar cravings without having to constantly purchase gummy bears, sour patches or chocolate. During the summer time when I crave for sweets I usually go for a cup of longan. The water and fiber content in the fruit helps me feel full for a longer period of time.

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Nutrition Advice: Diet Pills

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Summertime and slim bodies – how does one achieve the body she wants – safely !  I say, safely because dieting poses hazards including possible death.  Here is a quick review which may help you sort through the options – with your health in mind.  Please reach us with your questions on Summer Weight Loss so you can achieve results – safely and happily!


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Park Avenue Nutrition Seal of Approval: Reviews

Marmara Mediterranean Restaurant
1160 3rd Avenue (Between 93rd and 94th)
Lisa Cohn gives her seal of approval to Marmara; this Mediterranean and Turkish style restaurant uses fresh and all-natural ingredients to create their delicious meals. The grilled calamari is prepared with tarragon olive oil and lemon juice. This delicious dish is low in calories and full of flavor. Getting an A+ from Lisa Cohn and her nutrition assistants.

Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health
Lisa Cohn gives her seal of approval to the Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health. This institute holds classes for the public on all different types of cuisine. One of Lisa Cohn's assistants, Naomi, had the honor of participating in an authentic Mediterranean vegetarian cooking class taught by Jennifer Abadi, author of A Fistful of Lentils. Mrs. Abadi shared that most of the spices in Mediterranean cooking came from India. The class made Laban, a tart thick yogurt that can be used as a spread as well as Shakshuka, a hearty tomato and egg stew with white beans.

Farainella Italian Bakery, Pizza & Panini
1132 Lexington Ave
Lisa Cohn gives her seal of approval to Farinella, Italian Bakery, Pizza, & Panini. This pizzeria makes their food with fresh, all-natural and organic locally produced ingredients. The 4ft long rectangular pizza is baked to perfection, and the shape reflects on the way pizza is cooked in Italy. One of Lisa Cohn's assistants, who has just returned from living in Rome for 4 months, says Farinella's pizza is delicious and reminds her of living in Rome. She gives her seal of approval to the Primavera slice, loaded with fresh mushrooms and zucchini; the pizza has very little sauce but tons of flavor.

Park Avenue Nutritionist Lisa Cohn in the News


Lisa on WFAN 660 New York, NY
+The best ways to start and maintain a diet or nutrition routine
+Steps that can be taken nutritionally to address the winter blues
+How media/societal influences about body image impact persons with eating disorders.
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Park Avenue Nutrition Wellness Services