Laura Jeffers, MEd, RD, LD

Laura Jeffers, MEd, RD, LD

With her own successes at marathon running and weight loss, registered dietitian Laura Jeffers knows what it takes to achieve goals. She is passionate about nutrition and works closely with the Eat Right at School Program to improve school menus. She enjoys counseling patients with metabolism disorders, celiac disease and fructose intolerance, and for weight loss.

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Breakfast: Is It Still the Most Important Meal of the Day?

Tags: breakfast, healthy diet, morning, weight gain, weight loss

Two studies came out in recent months that seemed to say eating breakfast did not play a role in weight loss. They surprised many because for so long we all thought that we had to eat breakfast to be healthy and to lose weight.


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Are Your Favorite Foods Too High in Calories? (Infographic)

Tags: calories, calories and weight loss, dark chocolate, fruits and vegetables, healthy diet, infographic, weight loss, whole grain

Just like sticker shock when you’re shopping for a car, you can get "tracker shock" when you’re trying to lose weight. Here are satisfying swaps for 13 surprisingly unhealthy foods.


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Best Ways for You to Eat Healthier in an Airport

Tags: healthy diet, holiday season, holidays, snacking, travel, travel tips

It is possible to eat healthy while you travel and wait in airports. But you do have to work at it. You have to be ready because unhealthy food is everywhere in an airport. Find some practical tips to eating well while you travel.


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Best – and Worst – Holiday Foods for Your Skin

Tags: fruits and vegetables, healthy diet, holiday season, holidays, skin care, vitamins, weight gain

The holidays are coming – and so is holiday food. But weight gain and poor nutrition aren't the only things you might worry about. What you eat also can affect your skin’s appearance.


9 Tips for Healthier Munching at the Movies (Infographic)

9 Tips for Healthier Munching at the Movies (Infographic)

Tags: diet soda, holiday season, holidays, portion size, saturated fat, snacks, soda

Movie theater snacks can be hazardous for your health. The sizes are larger than recommended servings (by a lot)! The best strategy for going to the movies? Try not to go hungry! But if you must munch on something, follow these tips.


Pumpkin Seeds: 7 Ways

Pumpkin Seeds: 7 Ways (Infographic)

Tags: fall, infographic, pumpkin, Recipes, seeds

You worked hard to scoop out those pumpkin seeds — now roast them! Try these creative combinations from Cleveland Clinic dietitian Laura Jeffers, MEd, RD, LD, for starters.


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Want to Increase Your Water Intake? Add Sliced Cucumbers (Video)

Tags: dehydration, hydration, potassium, video, videos, vitamin c, vitamin k, water

Cucumbers add a fresh, light flavor to chilled water. The vegetable also is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin K and potassium. Wash the cucumber, cut it into thin slices and add a few pieces to your water.


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Increase Your Daily Veggie Intake with Lettuce (Video)

Tags: fruits and vegetables, healthy diet, hydrate, hydration, nutrients, videos, water

Incorporating lettuce into your meals can be a great way to add nutrients and water to your diet. Furthermore, the fiber in lettuce helps to fill you up, and it does so at just 20 calories per serving.


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Eat Your Beets to Fight Inflammation (Video)

Tags: farmer's market, fruits and vegetables, healthy diet, Spinach, video

Beets are a great source of healthful, naturally occurring nitrates, which may help to support healthy blood pressure. They are delicious roasted or steamed. You also can slice them thin and bake them into crunchy chips.


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Top Nutritional Pick for Fall: Apples

Tags: fall, farmer's market, fruits and vegetables, holidays, videos

Apples are a simple and nutritious choice for a snack or dessert. One apple has about five grams of fiber, which supplies about 20 percent of the daily fiber recommendation that most health experts recommend.